(Here is a statement from the band courtesy manager and originator Van Easterday)
"We are extremely impressed by our fans' loyalty. We feel blessed to have them. Without the people who support us we have nothing. We love them all and they know it. We also would like to thank you for having us be a part of your great tournament of names. We knew we had a unique name but to defeat the powerhouses of the music industry is an honor."
After four rounds of voting over three weeks, your votes have declared Lt. Dan’s New Legs the winner of The Beat’s “Sweetest 16 Band Name Bracket.”
After falling behind early against fellow Cinderella story The Tragically Hip — the Canadian outlier that was the last band to make it into the bracket — the local dance/pop/funk band was given a huge boost by central Ohio voters, pushed LDNL over the top. The final tally was 56 percent to 44 percent, with the final round netting more than 5,400 votes.
The Beat has to say that, while we seeded LDNL at a #4 (16 teams, seeded 1-4 in four separate bracket flights), we had a feeling that, being the sole local act in the field, it might outperform its seed. But we honestly didn’t think the local group would go quite this far.
And we surely didn’t expect The Hip, which plays to arena- and stadium-size crowds north of the border but which, for whatever reason, has never achieved great success in the lower 48, to overcome well-known and well-named acts, including Toad the Wet Sprocket and the darling of our bracketologists, Squirrel Nut Zippers. But The Beat’s Canadian fan base (uh-huh) rallied around The Hip.
Had we filled out a bracket with predictions, it would have been in tatters after the second round — much the way March Madness usually fares among the hoops pundits.
Thanks to all you Critic Cronies who participated. It’s been a fun three weeks. Once again, congratulations to Lt. Dan’s New Legs.