Perhaps you have your individual indicators that summer time is coming to an finish. Here domestically, it’s the ending of out of doors avenue fests or live shows. MLB playoffs is perhaps one other for you. Every place and particular person most likely has its personal marker. But one other one for all of us is the annual “Fat Bear Week” competitors placed on by Explore.org.
It doesn’t want a lot clarification. It’s Katmai National Park’s fattest bears on the brink of relaxation up for the winter, pitted towards every for all of us to determine who is the finest bear. Whatever parameters you select. Much like plenty of issues in life, “Fat Bear Week” actually is about making an attempt to determine that unknowable high quality about occasions and other people and locations that we are able to’t fairly label that offers life its spice. So let’s run by way of the bracket!
Holly vs. Grazer
We begin with the two first-round matchups that kick off as we speak. There’s an actual Law & Order cops vibe to this showdown, with Grazer being the barely youthful of the duo who can really feel her zest for all times and the job being chipped away by all that she sees each day, however can nonetheless sometimes discover the muster to rage towards the dying of the mild. Whereas Holly is barely older, and has been glazed over by the world and life and cooly, if not completely eliminated, simply observes the passing scene. If there’s a fireplace inside, it’s dim, changed by an acceptance that it’s going to at all times be this fashion. Feels like Holly has been by way of one too many rodeos, and her time to assert the crown has handed and she or he is aware of it. Much like Tomohiro Ishii in the G1, she’s right here to offer an awesome match and make somebody appear to be a star. That’s for Grazer to maneuver on.
Popeye vs. Walker
Classic upstart vs. vet tangle right here, as Popeye has been round for almost twenty years. His expertise is invaluable, as profitable Fat Bear Week is as a lot about know-how because it is girth. But Popeye has proven indicators of slowing down and even he can’t hold the ravages of time at bay anymore. Efforts to attach him with LeBron’s pregame stretching routine have proved futile, as Popeye needs to stay with what Popeye is aware of. Sometimes, you simply lose the bat-speed, and Walker’s acquired a vigorous fastball.
812 vs. 131
It’s 131’s first entry into the event, and she or he’s mainly right here for the expertise. Winning your first Fat Bear Week in your first try can be akin to the Miracle On ice. You gotta be taught the ropes, construct up your endurance, know the pitfalls that await. Even the Fab Five couldn’t navigate all of it as freshmen, coming as shut as they did. Especially as her introduction is a tough one, a date with 812. Look at 812. This is his prime. The wide-eyed pleasure of merely making the dance is gone, changed by a steely menace that solely the prize will do now. No extra “just happy to be nominated” spiels for 812. It’s title-or-bust. 131 is merely a pace bump on what may very nicely be an extended journey for 812.
402 vs. Otis
Otis, as the oldest bear in the competitors, would have benefitted from attending to face an opponent that was new to the recreation, who hadn’t been round the block a lot. Otis has to depend on his wiles now. He’s that outdated dude on the court docket with the knee and elbow pads and the excessive socks who can nonetheless pull the chair on you and whose submit strikes are so pristine they need to be put in a e-book, even when they appear to be they’re taking place in gradual movement. You nonetheless go for that ball-fake. Otis can nonetheless discover his strategy to the rack towards those that take him calmly.
But 402 has seen an excessive amount of shit for any of that, and the occasional sneaky elbow in the again or chin isn’t going to part her. This is her recreation too, and she or he’s a lot hungrier and spry. You can play Tim Duncan’s recreation for therefore lengthy, Otis, however finally the recreation bends in the direction of capturing guards disguised as energy forwards. 402 FTW.
2nd spherical: Grazer vs. 132 Cub
Not positive how 132 Cub acquired a seed right here, clearly an oversight by the committee. This is clearly the weak facet of the draw. 132 graduated from the juniors, however we’ll see simply how powerful of a step-up this is. That freelancing, coast-to-coast shit gained’t work at this degree, 132. Grazer with the shock run to the semis.
Chunk vs. Walker
I don’t suppose I’ve to say something greater than “Chunk.” Walker will get a stern lesson.
812 vs. 503
503 is maybe the most infuriating competitor, one you know nicely. All the instruments are there, and but it by no means fairly comes collectively. You get the impression he’s right here solely as a result of he’s good at it, not as a result of he loves the recreation or competitors. A setback early and you simply know he’ll go away. Is the combat actually there? Can 503 go to that place to attain one thing really memorable? Or is he pleased to simply par the seventeenth and 18th and take his test. No such questions on 812, who strikes on.
402 vs. 747
The unquestioned #1 seed, 747 is the measuring stick. Quite merely, an absolute drive, and if you wanna be the man, you gotta beat the man. Is he resting on his laurels a bit? Maybe, and 402 can actually present a wake-up name with out having sufficient firepower to tug the upset. Part of profitable an extended event is realizing how you can tempo your self and peak at the proper time. 747 might have greater than he’d prefer to get by way of, however he gained’t want the full arsenal.
Semifinals: Chunk vs. Grazer
A superb run from Grazer to get this far, and maybe the urgency of realizing this may very well be her final actual probability is greater than sufficient to beat a complacent Chunk. Calling the upset. Grazer grabs the brass ring.
747 vs. 812
This semifinal will drive 747 to carry the A-game, as 812 has nearly the proper mixture of verve and expertise to make for a tough contest for the favourite. 812 can play this any means you need, however at the finish of the day generally the chalk is the chalk for a cause. One doesn’t merely simply stroll previous 747, however 812 will probably be extra harmful in the future for the expertise. Five years from now we might not keep in mind who gained Fat Bear Week 2021, however we’ll keep in mind this semifinal in a Duke-Kentucky sort vogue.
Final: 747 vs. Grazer
812 takes too huge a piece (not Chunk) out of 747, and he arrives to the ultimate sore in too many spots. Grazer has been ready for this her complete life, and a less-than-full-strength 747 is simply the sort of alternative that comes round as soon as and solely as soon as. Grazer has been by way of an excessive amount of to not admire the break. Everything has been resulting in this. 747 will probably be again, however this is Grazer’s time.