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Over 16,000 votes have been cast to narrow PPC Associates’ “Most Influential SEM” tournament to the Sweet Sixteen, and some biiiig names were toppled in round 2. The most notable results:

-Marketing Pilgrim’s @andybeal squeaked out a win over SearchEngineLand’s @rustybrick

– In a clash of SEL titans, @bgtheory trumped @cjsherman

– Tourney host @rodnitzky barely edged out The Search Agency’s @hughesadmax

– SEOmoz’s @joannalord continued her big-name irreverence with a romp over @shoemoney

– In round 2’s closest call, Clickz/Search Marketing Standard columnist @lisarocksSEM scored a last-minute takedown of Google’s Larry Page

– SEL’s @mattmcgee rallied to topple fellow columnist @webmona

– Altimeter Group’s @lieblink surged to beat Covario’s @mktgmann

– Heddle founder @timmayer scored a huge come-from-behind win over Google’s Sergey Brin

The Sweet Sixteen showdowns are as follows (voting for this round closes Friday at noon PT!):

– Kenshoo’s @aarongoldman takes on @andybeal

– @bgtheory squares off against @dannysullivan in the round’s marquis matchup

– @rodnitzky matches up with Searchforce president Dhiren D’Souza

– RKG’s @georgemichie1 faces SEL’s @gsterling

– @joannalord meets Clix VP @joekerschbaum

– Acquisio’s @marcpoirier throws down against @lisarocksSEM

– BlueGlass’s @pamela_lund meets @mattmcgee

– @lieblink faces @mktgmann

As always, vote early and often and spread the good word. Good luck to our 16 remaining standouts!

Hillary Read, Marketing Manager