Lent Madness 2011: We Have a Winner!

And the Golden Halo goes to…C.S. Lewis! In an ironic twist, Lewis defeated Thomas Becket by a neck — 7 votes out of 208 cast or 51.44% to 48.56%. This means that for the second time since 1170 Becket has lost his neck. Becket fought the good fight but in the end the former Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered in his own cathedral could not withstand the popularity of C.S. Lewis. Lewis joins last year’s champion, George Herbert who defeated Julian of Norwich in the Lent Madness 2010 final.

Congratulations to C.S. Lewis and his Final Four proponent and celebrity blogger Neil Alan Willard. What put Lewis over the edge? Despite Scott Gunn’s reasoned arguments/pleas for Becket, it must have been Neil’s appeal to “Remember Narnia and think of the children.” Talk about playing to our emotions…

The 2011 version of Lent Madness has been a lot of fun and it’s been great to e-meet all sorts of people throughout Lent. Thank you all for participating — it’s been a wild ride. Click to Lent Madness 2011 view the final tournament bracket.

And now that Lent Madness 2011 has been put to bed, it’s off to prepare for tonight’s Easter Vigil. After Easter I’ll post something seeking feedback and suggestions for next year. In the meantime, have a blessed Easter everyone and I hope Lent Madness has been as meaningful for you as it has been for me (though hopefully it’s been less work).

In Christ,


5 Comments on “Lent Madness 2011: We Have a Winner!”

  1. Penny Nash says:

    Thanks, Tim! It was fun. Next year, let’s have all women!
    Blessed Easter to you!

  2. The Virtual Abbey says:

    What she said…

  3. Dana says:

    What fun! I haven’t had such a good time learning about saints in awhile (Ever??!). I enjoyed being enlightened and voting every morning over my cup of coffee. Thank you for this gift, I look forward to next year!

  4. Mark S. Delcuze says:

    Such a great diversion (or was it a re-alignment) of my attention during Lent. I shall wait with eager anticipation for next year’s bracket!

  5. Sister Mary Winifred says:

    OK – exactly why does it say about Perpetua, “. . .during which time she told her dad that he is not the boss of her,” instead of “. . .told her dad that he is not her boss” — were we supposed to give points for he number of words used or awkward grammar? Please!

    I, too, look forward to next year’s contest!

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