SIFTING THROUGH THE ASHES OF ROUND 1
Well, to say that some things blew up in Round 1 would be an understatement. There were upsets galore and plenty of surprising results. We had more than 13,000 people submit a bracket and bands hitting their own Facebook pages, message boards and Twitter handles making their pleas. So before we get to the exciting match-ups in the 2nd Round of 32, let's pause to look at what just happened.
In the Eastern Region, everything went about as expected. Steve Green really gave The Gaithers a run for their money, but at the end of the day, The Gaithers had just too much talent, speed and veteran know-how.
The Southern Region had an unexpected victory as MxPx upended Mercy Me (they of "I Can Only Imagine" fame) and Sandi Patty eeked out a close victory over Delirious. While Kari Jobe ended up losing to Third Day, there seemed to be a collective uproar that she had been given a 13 Seed.
The Northern Region only had one notable upset with Atlanta-based singer/song-writer Aaron Keyes outlasting 1990's super-group Point of Grace. And while Rich Mullins ended up pulling out the victory, 5 Iron Frenzy was this close (and I mean this close!!!) to pulling off the a historic defeat as a 16 Seed. But alas...it was not meant to be. Fortunately, FIF will always have "Oh Canada."
But without question, the Western Region was truly the wild wild west with multiple surprise outcomes. P.O.D took care of business and made short work of Phil Keagy. Audio Adrenaline, in the biggest swing game of the first round, decimated Michael Card. And as as 10 seed, Tim Hughes stole some spare change from 6 Pence None the Richer.
In our humble opinion, the most gut wrenching battle was a first round pairing of Gungor vs Sufjan (all pairings were done at random). Two indie geniuses pitted against each other before ever gaining any steam or momentum before a big showdown?! Tragic.
But have no fear...
We have some great storylines developing. The real question, though, is what Cinderella story will emerge from the Round of 32 and into the Sweet 16? That's where the real dancing begins.