Last year was an exciting March Madness playoff leading to a nail-biter of a final playoff. Which was the Worst Company in America? Was it BP, which destroyed an entire ecosystem, or was it Bank of America, which merely melted down an economy?
Those who voted for second-place B of A may have been hoping for another chance this year, but there’s a new Winner (and by that I mean Loser) in town. According to the 2012 March playoffs hosted by The Consumerist, the worst company in America is… drumroll please… EA!
And EA was not content to merely ignore this ignominious achievement. Nooooo! EA, showing that the voters knew damned well what they were doing, actually made this stupefyingly ill-suited statement:
We’re sure that British Petroleum, AIG, Philip Morris, and Halliburton are all relieved they weren’t nominated this year. We’re going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide.
BP wasn’t even in the running this year because they won last year in a very closely contested contretemps. But Bank of America was back, of course. And once more B of A (it stands for Bunch of A’**holes) failed to “survive” the final death match.
Also, AIG won in 2009 and Halliburton won the very first WCIA contest in 2006.
Other Bay Area companies nominated for this dubious honor include:
Netflix, who lost its first match against GameStop. This one was a blowout final sale.
Wells Fargo also failed to advance when it was locked in the vault by CitiCorp.
Google similarly lost its maiden match to Apple by 404.
But Apple shouldn’t get a swelled AirBook over the experience, as it was easily short-circuited 2 to 1 by AT&T.
PayPal was knocked out in the quarter finals by WalMart in a Photoshop finish. But PayPal got that far by defaulting on CapitalOne in a walkover, and similarly slammed the receiver down hard on Charter.
Facebook had a much stronger string of worsts. It cut the power to Sprint by 4 to 1, and gave the US Postal Service a definitive Return to Sender, before falling to AT&T, who wrote the book on bad service. Facebook simply didn’t have enough Dislikes.
AT&T was in turn Ctrl-Alt-Deleted by EA, with 3 out of 4 voters gunning for the gaming goon. EA shut down Sony, closed out Best Buy, and blacked out Comcast to qualify for the semifinal with AT&T.
Which company do you think should have won the WCIA this year? And which Bay Area companies that weren’t nominated do you think should have been?