BMM10 The Road To The Final Spritz Day 1-2 Recap
Aaand we’re off and running on The Road To The Final Spritz! I’m your host Somerville Metro Man here to recap the first eight games of the 2010 edition of Basenotes March Madness. We saw our first #1 seed go down and Guerlain flex their muscles as all three of their entries made it into the second round. Seven of the eight games in the first two days of competition were complete spritz-outs and even the one close game still had a double-digit winner.
We’ll start in the Serge Lutens Region where the play-in winner Czech & Speake No. 88 had to come right back the next night after their play-in victory and go nozzle-to-nozzle with the #1 seed in the region Ralph Lauren Polo. The Crazy 88’s were mighty upset with the committee for showing the 2009 Essential Eight bottle so little respect. So far that chip on the flacon has kept their spraying tight and their defense formidable as they crushed Polo 63-23. Now they get some well deserved rest and they’ll need it because next up in the second round is Guerlain Jicky, 53-20 winners over Bond No. 9 Wall Street. If Czech & Speake has a bone to pick with the committee, Guerlain feels they have a whole skeleton worth of grievances. In last year’s tournament Guerlain placed three of the four Final Spritz bottles and this year feel like that effort was completely over shadowed by the number of bids given their bitter rivals from Creed and Chanel. With that Jicky went out and showed what a force they are as Wall Street faced a bear market in losing by 33. The Jicky/No.88 match-up is going to leave one set of fans gnashing their teeth over having to have met so early in the tournament.
The Guerlain entry in the Comme des Garcons Region is also going to face a tough match in their second round match. Guerlain Heritage the #11 seed put the biggest spritzdown on their opponent the #6 seed Acqua di Gio. The Acqua di Gio bottles were feeling their sales dominance was going to translate into a strong showing but instead they looked fatigued and Heritage sprayed ‘em down, winning 73-16. Their opponent in the second round is going to be Yves St. Laurent Rive Gauche pour Homme, #3 seed. Rive Gauche PH was one of the pre-tournament favorites and they entered in all their black and silver glory. Burberry Brit never knew what hit them and they faced the same fate as Acqua di Gio by an almost identical score of 72-16. The collision between the two high scorers of the first two days should be one of the highlights of the second round.
We’ll finish in the Guerlain Region where the defending champion Guerlain Habit Rouge is seeded sixth. The Red Coats didn’t expect much of a match from the #11 seed Giorgio For Men and they were right as Giorgio looked intimidated right from the opening spray and never was in the game. Looks like they’ll have to pack up those natty yellow and white uniforms and hope they can get out of the first round next year, as they lose 69-10 to the reigning champs. The Red Coats are looking forward to their second round match as they get a chance to take down one of the nouveau riche of the tournament, Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur. This was the only really close game of the first two days as the #3 seed Knize Ten faced off against the 14th seeded Musc Ravageur. These two niche warriors played it close to the atomizers early on but as the game wore on Knize Ten became more ravaged by Musc Ravageur and eventually succumbed, 43-33. It will be very interesting to see how Musc Ravageur does against the defending champs in the next round.
The remaining two games were also in the Guerlain Region The #13 seed Creed Silver Mountain Water took out their designer opposition in the #4 seeded Joop! Homme. The department store titan Joop! believed they would be able to hold their own against one of the lower seeded Creeds but it proved too high a mountain for Joop! to climb and they went down 57-12. Next up for Silver Mountain Water will be another department store monolith as they will face the #5 seed L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme who defeated the 12th seed Jean-Paul Gaultier Fleur du Male, 54-30. I’m sure the Issey Miyake entry is looking at Silver Mountain Water in the same way that Joop! did but they better be careful they don’t meet the same fate in the next round.
It’s a good start to the tournament and the second round match-ups to come look like they have the potential to be much closer than these early contests. I’m looking most forward to the Jicky/No.88 match in the Serge Lutens region that one promises to be a boutique burner. I’ll be back in two days to wrap up the next eight games in the first round.
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Until then, I'll see you back here on The Road to The Final Spritz.
Somerville Metro Man….Out!
Very entertaining and well-written recap, SMM! Thanks.