(3) Michelangelo vs. (2) Benjamin Franklin

Tournament of Genius

The Breakdown

Two of the bracket's more colorful characters square off here. The ever-quotable Franklin was an inventor, scientist, author, and diplomat without peer in his day, but he was also a fellow who enjoyed a good beer and a fur hat and had an illegitimate son. (William Franklin later became the last Loyalist governor of New Jersey, presumably in the ultimate act of filial rebellion.) Michelangelo, for his part, gained renown for his arrogance and single-minded devotion to his work, which often led the artist to sleep in his clothes and forget to eat. Both are undeniably brilliant, but which genius are you going to take here, the man with the glass harmonica or the man whose hands sculpted the Pieta?


[See the whole bracket here.]