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Monument Madness finals: Seabee Memorial vs. Fire Dog Monument

Welcome to the final round of Monument Madness, The Washington Post's challenge to see which of the region's monuments stands above the rest. Here's a look back at what happened in a very unpredictable Round of 16Elite 8 and Final 4.

Results from the Final 4:
(6) National Seabee Memorial 1391, (2) Lincoln Memorial 438
(7) National Fire Dog Monument 2215, (4) Jim Henson and Kermit statue 571

Not even the most upset-minded forecaster could have predicted the matchup presented by the Monument Madness finals. The Final 4 saw the sixth-seeded National Seabee Memorial overwhelm the second-seeded Lincoln Memorial, while the seventh-seeded National Fire Dog Monument emphatically ended the storybook run of the Jim Henson and Kermit statue. What happens when two Cinderella teams meet for the chance to determine which D.C. monument stands supreme? We'll find out today.

The matchup that follows is the final round of Monument Madness. The poll is now closed. 

(6) National Seabee Memorial vs. (7) National Fire Dog Monument

Both the Seabee and the Fire Dog have enjoyed charmed paths through the first four rounds of the tournament. The Seabee edged a symbol of freedom and leadership in Nelson Mandela; the iconic U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial; and the towering figure of President Abraham Lincoln. Will the Seabee take his final foe for granted? He shouldn't. The high-scoring Fire Dog must be taken seriously after upsetting the mighty Second Division Memorial in the Elite 8, and also beating back challenges from the plucky Roscoe the Rooster and the dual-species tag-team of Jim Henson and Kermit. The final round looks like true toss-up, and a thrilling conclusion to Monument Madness.

(Photos: left, Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post; Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)
(Photos: left, Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post; Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)
Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.
Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
John Taylor is an editor for Weekend and the Going Out Guide.
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