You can play along by downloading or printing the following bracket.
A few notes about how this is going to work:
The winner of each matchup will be determined by voting. The polls for each round will remain open until the following Sunday at noon CST. For example, this week there are a number of matchups because it’s the first round. The polls will be released on different days this week, but they’re all open until Sunday at noon. The only exception to this is that the final matchup will take place over 3 days, and I’ll announce the winner the following day.
Matchups were determined “randomly.” After I collected all the photos, I sorted them by date taken and used that order to determine the matchups. If you doubt the validity of the process, look at the dog that’s going against Biddy. She’s adorable. There’s no way I’d match that puppy against Biddy if I had a choice.
You’ll note that it’s somewhat difficult to judge cuteness when you’re comparing animals to humans. I would suggest the Squeal Test (which photo makes you squeal louder), the Hold Test (which creature you want to hold more), and the Goo-Goo Test (which photo you find yourself talking to in baby talk).
There were a total 0f 27 entries (10 dogs, 9 cats, and 8 kids, including one of me as a baby from my mother). This means that there are a number of head-to-head-to-head matchups in the first two rounds.
[EDIT] I thought this might go without saying, but each person may only vote once.
Fellow bloggers: If you want me to link your child/pet’s photo to your blog, let me know and I’ll take care of it.
Without further ado, I present to you the first three matchups in the 2011 Tournament of Cuteness!
May the cutest creature win! Oh, and if you look at these photos and think, “My child or pet is way cuter than these creatures,” go ahead and submit a photo to me at email@example.com while it’s fresh on your mind. I’m thinking I’ll do a 2012 Tournament of Cuteness where I’ll pit new photos of this year’s contestants against people who wished they would have entered. So I’ll need at least 27 new entries!