The Official 2016 Frat Bracket: Elite Eight

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Forget March Madness; this is March Fratness. The most fraternal objects, concepts, and actions, all duking it out to see what will reign supreme as 2016’s most frat thing — 100% decided by all of you. Big things went down in the Sweet Sixteen contests, as we saw a 14 seed best a 2 seed and the first-ever overtime matchup in tournament history. Who will be crowned regional champs? Let’s get to our first region.

Note: Bracket regions are named after the four main frat regions in a purely ceremonial manner. The things listed under them do not necessarily have any specific relationship with that respective frat region.

All polls will be closed on March 31 at 9:00 a.m. CST


The East Coast Region

#1 Natural Light vs. #2 Golf

One of two chalk regional finals matchups in this year’s Frat Bracket is the battle between 1 and 2 seeds Natural Light and golf respectively. If you can believe it, golf and intramurals’ Sweet Sixteen voting ended up in a 50-50 draw. So I had to take it into the Frat Bracket’s first-ever overtime period.


At the end of OT, a winner emerged — golf, ending IM sports’ Cinderella run. Now, Natural Light looks to end Golf’s run in this high-profile Elite Eight matchup. It’s a shame they’re meeting here, as either of these are deserving of a Final Four spot. But, alas, there can only be one.

Which is more frat?

  • #1 Natural Light (65%, 7,855 Votes)
  • #2 Golf (35%, 4,234 Votes)

Total Voters: 12,089

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The West Coast Region

#9 5″ inseam shorts vs. #14 Shower beers

Two Cinderellas battle it out to see who will be crowned king of the West Coast region. This is what March Fratness is all about. At least a 9 seed in the Final Four, maybe even a 14??? I love it. I love everything about it. Regardless of who wins and who loses, the defeated party can hold their head up high, knowing they defied all odds, and staked their claim to every fraternity man’s respect.

Which is more frat?

  • #14 Shower beers (53%, 6,391 Votes)
  • #9 5" inseam shorts (47%, 5,711 Votes)

Total Voters: 12,102

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The Midwest Region

#2 Sperry Top-Sider vs. #8 Beer pong

This is a matchup between two early-2000s frat staples, and I couldn’t be happier to see them face off. The Sperry is the most frat shoe there is (followed by New Balance’s frat cruisers), and beer pong is the most frat drinking game ever conceived. If fraternity men care about two things (which might be a stretch, given “TFTC” culture), it’s their appearance and their drunkenness — and this matchup marks the most high-profile contest between frat appearance and frat drunkenness of all-time. Give it the respect it deserves and cast your vote.

Which is more frat?

  • #2 Sperry Top-Sider (56%, 6,719 Votes)
  • #8 Beer pong (44%, 5,383 Votes)

Total Voters: 12,102

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The South Region

#1 Butt stuff vs. #2 Hazing

The second of two chalk regional finals matchups, which is fitting seeing as the round of 64 in the South Region went completely chalk as well. I’m no frat expert, but… well, actually, I am. And I think that if hazing can’t take down #1 butt stuff, it’s very possible that nothing can. This is the most important contest to be voted on thus far in the tournament. Can’t wait to see how it ends up.

Which is more frat?

  • #2 Hazing (68%, 8,317 Votes)
  • #1 Butt stuff (32%, 3,838 Votes)

Total Voters: 12,155

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Stay tuned: The Official 2016 Frat Bracket: Final Four will be announced this Friday

Bracket design by Connor Davis. Follow him on Instagram.

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