Bracketology: The Quest to Determine the Greatest Character on The Wire

The Wire is one of my all-time favorite TV shows (together with LOST and Breaking Bad). So it was with great pleasure to learn of the show’s revival in a new contest held by Grantland to determine the show’s greatest character:

This gave us an idea. What if we actually did subject the key players of the Wire-verse to rigorous bracketological inquiry? If we played corner boys against dock workers, murder-polices against hoppers, and craven politicos against enigmatic not-actually-Greek human traffickers, in matchups as arbitrary and occasionally unjust as life and death on the mean streets of West Baltimore, would the king stay the king?

This week, we’re going to find out. And we’re probably also going to make David Simon mad, again. Behold: Grantland’s first-ever TV bracket. Thirty-two characters. Six days…

Grantland's March contest to determine the greatest character on The Wire.

The voting is done on Grantland’s Facebook page. I’ve cast my votes for today. Who’s in my final four, you ask? Omar Little, Jimmy McNulty, Avon Barksdale, and Stringer Bell. Jimmy McNulty vs. Stringer Bell in the finals. McNulty wins it all. What does your bracket look like?

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