|August 19, 2020||Singles Division||2020|
“Spicy” Sabrina Ramirez was the most highly sought after free agent earlier this year. Her manager, Bobby Gucci, lauded her as the potential “next Rachel Cushing.” Many people expected her to run away with this match, and she probably would have if Vinnie “The Ice Pick” Mancuso didn’t have anything to say about it.
Mancuso (1-0) missed just one question to beat Ramirez (0-1) 15-13 and officially enter the first round of the 2020 Ultimate Schmoedown Singles Tournament.
At no point did The Ice Pick buy into his opponent’s hype.
“She’s gonna answer her questions. I’m gonna answer my questions,” Mancuso said heading into the match. “And, I’m going to get them right, and she’s gonna get them wrong. There’s no prepping for her, there’s prepping for you [Ellis and Harloff], for the questions.”
That’s exactly how things went. Ramirez struggled early as she was only able to hit 3/8 questions in Round One, falling behind The Ice Pick by a score of 7-3. With the lead, Mancuso elected to defer to his opponent who ultimately went 3/4 for 5 PTS in the category of Judd Apatow, a strength of Ramirez. The Ice Pick was able to poach a 1-point steal off his opponent which furthered his momentum heading into the category of Young Adult Novel Adaptations. There, Mancuso knocked down all four questions, picking up 5 PTS to hold a 13-8 lead.
“We wanted Mancuso to get that,” Gucci elaborated following the contest. “We put it on there specifically for him to get that. Made him check down a couple of times. He was able to get the answers though. But, that’s the goal.”
Down five, Ramirez showed fortitude as she hit her 2- and 3-point questions to avoid the technical knockout and force Mancuso to answer some questions. The Ice Pick, however, stepped up to the plate with ease, nailing his 2-pointer and putting the ball back in Ramirez’s court. With the pressure on, she was unable to pull the final Oscars question, resulting in a 15-13 win for Mancuso and The Dungeon.
Despite picking up the win and tacking on 2 PTS for his faction, Mancuso still wasn’t satisfied.
“I’m glad I won,” Mancuso said. “I wanted a perfect round. That’s two separate times now I’ve gotten seven out of eight, so now I’m just chasing the perfect round. But, you know, I told Witt this before the match, I’d much rather win than lose, and I hit that goal.”
Following the win, The Ice Pick enters the Singles Tournament to face off against the former champion, Ethan “Big Time” Erwin on September 9. Nevertheless, Mancuso isn’t phased to be facing a titan of the game.
“I’ll look him up,” he said in regards to Erwin. “I let you know what I think after that. And, I’ll take it day-by-day.”