When all the votes were in, there could only be one winner of the Food Fight. One dish to rule them all, and that dish is roast turkey.
Pumpkin pie put up a spirited fight in the final round, but in the end, roast turkey was the only dish left standing. It pulled ahead early in the voting and held on for a 217-172 victory.
Maybe things would have been different if turkey had faced a real challenge on its road to the title. Instead it feasted on pretenders like elk, turducken and baked ham, getting fatter and fatter, juicier and juicier, tempting the voters with its deliciousness.
Oh, who are we kidding? Turkey was destined to win from the start.
So what else have we learned from this tournament? We learned that stuffing beats mashed potatoes and gravy, apple pie beats pumpkin pie, and really, no one wants to feast on venison, mashed rutabagas and Jell-O.
Thanks, everyone, for voting and Happy Thanksgiving!
How it worked: HeraldNet polls decided which dishes advanced in each round and which got fed to the dog. The 2011 voting schedule: • Round 1, Nov. 8-10; • Round 2, Nov. 11-14; • Round 3 (Sweet 16), Nov. 14-16; • Round 4 (Edible 8), Nov. 16-18; • Final Four, Nov. 18-21; • Championship, Nov. 21-23.