TOM quickly became a fan-favorite last season after entering as one half of the Looney Bin. In his rookie season, he had a perfect first round in every match and hit the bonus in every match after his debut. Now, as a sophomore member of The Den, he is stepping out on his own and entering Singles play to show just how dominant he really is.
His opponent, Tim “The Tank” Franco, wouldn’t make it easy for him as TOM (1-0) outlasts the Tank (1-1) in Round Three to secure the 17-16 win and advance to the next round of the Ultimate Schmoedown Singles Tournament.
Manager Kate Mulligan never had any doubts about her top pick.
“You [Harloff] asking me how I feel about going with my number one guy?” Mulligan said prior to the match. “This is the favorite day of the month. Now, I know it’s early, but I’m just saying. This is going to be my favorite match of the year, right here. I feel great.”
It certainly was a great match as both competitors were neck-and-neck down the stretch. At the end of the first round, the score was tied at 6-6 with each competitor hitting and missing the exact same questions. TOM went first in Round Two, landing on the category of Julia Roberts and securing 6 PTS off of a 3/4 performance. However, his opponent kept things interesting by spinning Spinner’s Choice in the wheel round, going 4/4 in the category of James Bond to outscore TOM by one, and hold a 13-12 lead heading into the final round.
The best competitors get the job done down the stretch, and TOM did exactly that as he hit his 2-point question to avoid the TKO early in Round Three. Franco, on the other hand, struggled, missing his 2 but hitting his 3-pointer to force it back to his opponent. TOM stepped back up to the plate and delivered once again, nailing his 3-point question to take back the lead. The Tank tried to come up with the answer to his 5-pointer but was unable to foster a correct guess resulting in the 17-16 win for TOM.
“That was neck-and-neck,” advisor Grace Hancock said following the match. “But look, that’s how we roll, and I’m not at all surprised by this. And clearly, our pop little program that we set up to keep him focused worked out. And, I’m quite thrilled with myself, as usual.”
TOM advances to the next round of the tournament to take on Jader “The Hurricane” Paramo in a matchup that sees the former managing team of Hancock and Ken Napzok facing off.
“This is not for babies,” Hancock said in regards to Paramo. “Ken and his little playpen of jokes can go take a hike.”