The early days of March Madness are an orgy of sports, gambling, workplace time theft, and mid-day alcohol and hot wing consumption. It's capitalism at its best and worst. And part of what makes that so exciting and so unpredictable is the tantalizing potential for upsets. Whether it’s a 12th seed defeating a 5th seed or just an 8th seed upending a 9th, these unexpected outcomes are exactly what makes the early days of non-stop basketball so exciting and so endearing.
But, despite all those Disney-inspired storylines, the bigger schools are typically favorites for a reason: they're simply too deep and too talented to be defeated. And that was certainly the case in our March Madness Bracket Challenge.
Starting with 16 of the best hairstyles in recent Roma history, our bracket went mostly “chalk", with the higher seeds typically advancing out of each round. The only exception being Radja Nainggolan and his circa 2014 bleached mohawk. Radja, who we cast as a 5th seed, defeated Riccardo Calafiori's American Pyscho-inspired center-part in the opening rounds, before upsetting the entire bracket by toppling 2010 Totti and his Patrick Swayze mullet.
Rajda completed his run to the finals by seeing off Stephan El Shaarawy and his patented spiky hairdo, but Nainggolan's dream run came to a dispiriting end in the finals. In the end, no man, woman, or child could defeat Francesco Totti and his 2001 Scudetto-winning long tresses.
With an overwhelming 71% of your votes, long-haired, title-winning Totti stands as the bearer of the greatest hairstyle in Roma history. And we wouldn't have it any other way.
To mark this occasion, please enjoy Totti's finest moment on a football pitch: Roma's Scudetto clincher from June 17, 2001.