We reached out to Mr. Washburn for commentary, and he had this to say:
Thanks much for the terrible news that I've won the Summer ToB. I've long enjoyed the arbitrary, fundamentally ridiculous annual book cage fight of the ToB, mostly because I never had a book that was part of the Tournament, and therefore could enjoy with complete abandon as books were regularly pasted by smart readers, even as those same people rage-quit or blithely succumbed to the ridiculous pairings that the brackets produced. Now I'm going to be subjected to the same treatment, in which the only sure outcome is my damaged ego. But I probably deserve it.
I was going to suggest that we feed a rooster to a shark in celebration of my win, but I have a feeling that's illegal in most states and I don't want to try and drive a shark to the states where it's allowed. Here's hoping the 2021 ToB produces as much joy, rage, and disgust as years past. If I'm being honest with myself, I can only hope for a Zombie bracket miracle.
Congratulations to Mr. Washburn! And much love to Sharks in the Time of Saviors, which is now heading to the 2021 Tournament of Books, and possibly the 2036 Super Rooster.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in Camp ToB this summer, the Tournament of Books' summer offshoot. To catch up on all the discussion around Sharks, check out week three and week four of June, or you can enjoy the entire summer as it happened.