Karson/Kennedy: Alyssa Milano (28) vs. Middays: Kelly Monaco (20)
I was surprised that Alyssa Milano pulled away at the end--after around 7:45 (and after Ole Miss Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone gave his approval to Milano), it was all Alyssa. Kelly Monaco started out strong, but faded badly late in the contest--it had to be a cruel blow for Middays after they rolled the dice and went for the kill in Round 6 with the substitution. Their gamble did not work. Now, it sets up an epic Round 7, with everything on the line. Here's the matchup:
Paris Hilton (Karson/Kennedy) vs. Maria Sharapova (Middays)
In lieu of my usual preview, I have solicited comments and predictions from around the Sports 56 WHBQ offices:
Craig Wack, Commercial Appeal Racing Writer and co-host of Memphis Motorsports Weekly:
"This is a matchup of "dirty Paris" versus "seemingly clean Maria"; how you feel about this all depends on if you prefer a rich good girl or a richer bad girl."
PREDICTION: Hilton, in a close contest.
Tyler McLellan, Producer of The Morning Rush:
"I pick Sharapova, because everyone hates Paris Hilton."
PREDICTION: Sharapova (obviously)
Danni, host of Middays With Danni on Q107.5:
"Maria Sharapova is not a skank and she actually has a talent--she can do something besides spend money."
PREDICTION: Sharapova, but it's close
Zeke Terry, Commercial Production/Imaging, Flinn Broadcasting:
"Paris Hilton will win because she's more well-known. Sex always wins."
DJ Superman, Hot 107:
"The thing with Paris that attracts--see, she's not all that hot--but it's the money. That other girl--she ain't got that much money. Paris Hilton can do some things--don't get it twisted--but it's all the amenities and parties...what man wouldn't want that?"
PREDICTION: Sharapova, surprisingly enough
Will Askew, Host of Inside the Memphis Redbirds and Chip Shots and Babe Draft Expert:
"Hilton is very much a polarizing force--you either love her or you hate her. Everyone loves Sharapova. Sharapova is well-known in the sports circuit, and she's pure--but Hilton is a skank. That's why Sharapova will carry the day."
Geoff Calkins, Commercial Appeal Lead Columnist and Co-host of Sportstime:
"I haven't seen a final matchup this disappointing since Bush v. Gore in 2000. I question the sanity of the team owners for putting these two forward. On the one hand, you've got a skank; on the other hand, you've got a beautiful (by sports standards) woman who is at best a B+ by Hollywood standards. Having seen the Paris Hilton video, Sharapova has better strokes."
I've also managed to get a comment from each of the teams represented in the Babe Tournament Finals:
Eli Savoie, Middays:
"The Middays program feels very confident sending a classy young woman like Maria Sharapova against a skank like Paris Hilton."
Karson, Karson and Kennedy
"Paris Hilton is the girl who will take one for the team."
If I am forced to make my prediction, it would be Paris Hilton. I know she's dirty, and probably the owner of at least 2 different STDs, but she's attractive, and she's got serious name recognition all around the world. Sharapova is classy, but maybe too classy--she might be too clean-cut to win this competition. We've seen throughout the competition that being skanky is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to winning rounds. I think Hilton's fame and fortune lead her to the victory, and that, of course, would mean Karson and Kennedy would be crowned the first-ever Babe Tournament champions.
Of course, it's not up to any of those people quoted above--it's up to all of you. Every vote is critical for this matchup. Go ahead and email your votes to email@example.com or call the program at 360-8255 or 1-888-360-8255 for those of you outside the Memphis Metro area. In fact, you can go ahead and call to give your vote off the air--and you can definitely call during tomorrow morning's show to vote. A champion will be crowned tomorrow at 7:50 am--tune in to find out who wins!