Cinderallas such as Macho Man Randy Savage and Drew Carey have seen their runs come to an abrupt end. After a decisive second round of voting, only four remain in The Arts region of the 11W Heart of It All Classic. Bob Hope, Steven Spielberg, Dean Martin and Paul Newman are names everyone knows, but two are going home.
With such legends at play, it will be hard to consider anything an upset at this point. Still, oddsmakers in Vegas are saying Bob Hope is still the region's man to beat, but Paul Newman is a public darling that won't go quietly into the night.
#1 Bob Hope vs. #4 Dean Martin
Bob Hope: Leslie Townes Hope, or Bob, as friends called him, was a 20th century entertainer, actor, singer, dancer, comedian, emcee, vaudevillian. A master-at-all-trades, Hope lorded over radio, television and movies and is one of the few non-band members to dot the "i" at Ohio Stadium. Hope's USO work earned him honorary veteran's status with the U.S. military.
Hope dumped No. 16 seed and Goosebumps author R.L. Stine in opening round action, 1,165-187. Hope's encore in the second round was a 756-152 thumping of No. 8 Halle Berry.
Dean Martin: The King of Cool was famous for his singing and jokes, and was infamous as a member of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and others.
After alleged mafia connections jump-started his career, he went on to host The Dean Martin Show and Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast.
Martin throttled No. 13 Wes Craven 1,190-153 in the first round. No. 5 Clark Gable put up a venerable performance, but he ultimately bowed out to Martin, 596-303.
#2 Steven Spielberg vs. #3 Paul Newman
Steven Spielberg: Spielberg is a director and producer behind works such as E.T., Jaws, Schindler's List, and Jurassic Park. He's also the director of nine films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, with Schindler's List winning the award.
Gunslinger Annie Oakley was no trouble for Spielberg in the first round, as he moved on after capturing 81% of the vote. In the second round, Spielberg snuffed out Macho Man's Cinderella run, winning with 66% of the vote.
Paul Newman: Shaker Heights' Paul Newman was a World War II veteran, philanthropist, movie director, actor, race car driver, maker of delicious salad dressing and one hell of a cool dude.
He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money.
Newman had no trouble topping No. 14 Bootsy Collins in a landslide, 1,224-128, to get here. No. 11 Drew Carey didn't fare much better; Newsman advanced, 648-243.