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293 Responses to Hot Blogger Bracket – NL West – Round 2

  1. Such a hard, hard bracket… hmmm… how to decide…

    PITTSBURGH SPORTS AND MINI PONIES FOR EVER!!!!! HE HAS MINI-PONIES!

  2. Holly says:

    A. MEN.

    MINI PONIES 4 LIFE!!!111

  3. Texas Gal says:

    I protest RedSoxStatsGuy being seeded against Kevin. They’re both so hot!

    Also: McBain from Flyers Fieldhouse looks A LOT like Michael Barrett. And that is a very good thing.

  4. Yeah, that 10-13 match up is a fucking bitch to decide.

  5. And “You’ve Been Blinded” was a fucking genius for wearing eyeblack.

  6. HG says:

    thank you ladies for the 4 seed and for the genius remark.. both are probably better than i deserve.. people, if you love your country, go vote for YBB right now.

  7. Holly says:

    If I had to pick based on photos, right now, it’s Red Sox Stats Guy, all the way to the finals. But the EYE BLACK. Oh, YBB. Masterful.

  8. Texas Gal says:

    Eye black = IT. Game over.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’m not going to lie to you. The main page is pretty impressive. Well done ladies…

    What’s the significance of the bracket names?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Above said comment:
    I’m not going to lie to you. The main page is pretty impressive. Well done ladies…

    What’s the significance of the bracket names?
    was me

  11. DougOLis says:

    Above said comment:
    Above said comment:
    I’m not going to lie to you. The main page is pretty impressive. Well done ladies…

    What’s the significance of the bracket names?
    was me

    Was actually me. And I’m a retard.

  12. DougOLis says:

    I don’t know where to post general questions so I’m going here because hey it’s the NL West and it’s also Will’s side of the bracket. Did Mottram and Ufford really not enter? Were they too proud? Is this below them?

  13. McBain says:

    Shit. I’m up against an Alabama fan, who is probably tailgating with a crew of 2,000 for the event. I need a miracle.

  14. Ang says:

    Discovery I have made while making my votes: I am a sucker for pictures of dudes with small children. I have no desire for my own children! I find them sort of annoying and sticky (children, that is), and yet? Pictures of dudes holding babies or with their kids or whatever? I just sort of go “awwww.” weeeeeird.

    In further and unrelated news: Texas Gal! Having returned from a game in which I sat in the left field bleachers: Dellucci’s pants are a bit too baggy these days to properly judge the sweetness of his bum. Also, he doesn’t lean over and stick his butt out enough.

  15. tcmcg says:

    Thanks! I’m honored to get the 5 seed, and was pleasantly shocked at the attention given me at Barney’s Beanery. I didn’t want to mention anything until the brackets came out, to avoid jinxing myself.

    This is terrifying.

  16. ladyandrea says:

    I think 289 will be a surprising #12 seed. That picture alone, woo woo.

  17. Yostal says:

    I’m just happy I’m in the bracket. I feel like I won my small conferences tournament and will be out of here by Friday morning.

    By the way, as the regions aren’t powers of 2, how will they be condensed as you approach the end?

  18. TC, the picture of you in Picasso at the Lapin Agile did it for me, the theatre dork.

  19. Clare says:

    All in good time, Yostal, all in good time.

  20. tcmcg says:

    Woo hoo, theatre dorks! Spelling it with an “re,” because not only are we dorks, we’re elitist dorks.

  21. Yostal says:

    Clare, understood. I should always trust in the Ladies… masterplan.

    Eye black. Why not just bring a 2-3 match-up zone, for criminy’s sake?

  22. PSaMP rocks…..vote early, vote often. Or P Diddy will come and make you run a marathon.

    Who doesnt love mini ponies….plus, he’s got a killer banner on his site.

    psamp.blogspot.com

  23. Disco Stu says:

    So, Deadspin DOES EQUAL Duke. Hahah.

    Can’t wait for MJD & Daulerio’s triumphal romp thru Vegas to celebrate their benefactor’s (overall?) #1 seed. It will put Thompson & Acosta’s to shame. Just, gentlemen, no pink eye. Don’t. Get. Pink. Eye.

  24. McBain says:

    This is completely unfair, by the way. I have actual work to do today, but can’t seem to concentrate long enough to get anything done without refreshing the score. Can we get a estimate on how many dollars this is costing the U.S. in terms of productivity? I’m no mathematician, but I’m guessing eleventy billion.

    Googling “rigging internet polls”….

  25. MDG says:

    289 doesn’t really write he just comments, photoshops, and takes pictures. That said. I voted for him cause he’s f’ing awesome.

  26. McBain says:

    @MDG: The Sheffield photoshop from a few days ago was enough on its own to get my vote.

  27. I can be bought.

    Just putting it out there.

  28. Suss-- says:

    Googling “rigging internet polls”….

    Did you mean: “sending the poll to all your friends and co-workers”

  29. awfulannouncing says:

    3 Seed! Good lord…..someone give me the upset stats quick.

  30. Holly says:

    289 also makes us presents. Our lurve for him knows no bounds.

  31. awfulannouncing says:

    Oh Balls…..I have a potential 2nd Round matchup with William. Someone just put me throught for the press alone.

  32. I’m officially the Rachel Smith of this bracket. No, not the looks … the considerable spill when selecting a sample.

  33. Isn’t Rachel Smith from Tenn? Way to suck up to Holly, CF.

  34. awfulannouncing says:

    And throught is a brand new word meaning to advance or pass along.

    Washington Post Headline, June 7, 2007:

    AA THROUGHT’S INTO ROUND 2, DOOMED VERSUS MATCHUP WITH GAWKER MEDIA

  35. Sooze says:

    Holy hotness, batman! I’m in handsomeness overload right now.

  36. twoeightnine says:

    In the tradition of DC politics AA, slander slander slander.

    I hear Will has a Puff the Magic Dragon tattoo.

  37. Sooze says:

    289 – your picture is my favorite of absolutely all of them. so serious, fireplace.

  38. twoeightnine says:

    Thanks. Copies of my self-portrait are available for a small donation.

  39. awfulannouncing says:

    Amen 289….You are officially my campaign manager, and I yours. We shall meet in the Finals of the National League West where I will bring out the woman Bartender you stiffed at Rhino Bar!!!! All Ladies while then vote for me!

  40. a 2 seed?!? ima call everyone else a “normie.”

    very unexpected.

    yes i realize i wrote this on another bracket, but i slept horrible last night. forgive me

  41. and im the darker of the two dudes on the voting page.

  42. twoeightnine says:

    I’m going to be in Georgetown on Friday, I’m tempted to stop in and say hi.

  43. Yostal says:

    You know, upon further review, of all of the dumb things I have done in my life, picking an entry where I go after SEC football to some extent may be in the top five for really dumb. Oh and going after Tennessee in a parenthetical. Honestly, at this point, it’s a miracle I made the bracket at all.

  44. Holly says:

    Oh, Yostal. Of all the guys I was not allowed to throw ouf of the bracket, you’re my favorite.

  45. Matt J says:

    The classic 11-12 early round matchup……and against possibly my favorite blog…..my emotions are torn

  46. awfulannouncing says:

    P.S.- I want everyone to also know that I’m wearing a Navy Baseball shirt in that photo…….Support the troops…..Vote for AA.

  47. Clare says:

    Ooh, really, AA? ‘Cause if you beat a service academy…you’re an enemy of freedom.

    I’m looking at you, NOTRE DAME.

  48. MDG says:

    Sports Blogger Happy Hour on Friday? We can play the Blogshow drinking game at Rhino Bar.

  49. socalgal says:

    I’m voting for KentuckySports Radio! Matt is cute & I love an upset!!!!!! Go Cats!

  50. jebushchrist says:

    I’ve been wondering for a month why you bloggers would put yourself through this. Now I know. Ladies… you did an amazing job with this and it’s clear you put in a lot of hard work. Kudos to all of you because it’s already a success, just like everything else you do.

  51. A 20 seed. And up against a Greg Grunberg clone. I knew I wasn’t going to come close to winning this, but damn…

    Between this and the boys at AOL ignoring my emails and practically refusing to put my mugshot on the FanHouse, I am feeling seriously unloved today. I want to crawl into a hole, play an endless loop of The Cure’s Disintegration, and gorge myself on Chunky Monkey all afternoon…

  52. play an endless loop of The Cure’s Disintegration – “Disintegration is the best album ever!”

  53. tcmcg says:

    Dave, don’t feel bad: I like your blog. You gave us one of our very early links! Even though we decided to write about professional backyard football with silly rules.

    Besides, the NL West seems to be the Region of Death. Hm. I wonder if that was on purpose. Seriously, between 289’s best photo in the bracket, Will’s 1-seed juggernaut and the eye-black, I’m just going to have to put my head down and hope that people like artsy, thoughtful types.

  54. shorty1321 says:

    My only request is that if I somehow survive the first round, I can change my selected photo. PLEASE?!?! Is that pheasible? I propose that every contestant should have a new photo for round two…add some excitement & new blood, no?

  55. awfulannouncing says:

    Hahahaha Greg Grunberg??? I love his work on Heros and Malibu’s Most Wanted, but that’s a first. I had one group of girls in college think I looked like Jason Lee.

    What am I going to argue?

  56. SA says:

    So, Deadspin DOES EQUAL Duke.

    I guess that means I’m entitled to vote for Will then. Of course he’ll be going out in the round of 16 and everyone around the country will collectively cheer.

    Man, I got some issues with my own team.

  57. Stanz says:

    tragedy…I’d rather be in the NIT then given such disrespect.

  58. mcbias says:

    SA, I don’t think Deadspin wants to be Duke this year, although the Ghosts of Wayne Fontes may like that. (Of course, Duke fans and haters alike can get back to their regularly scheduled Duke obsession next year). But I have to laugh at the photo of Will Leitch in Siberian exile after one too many underhanded attempts to throw ESPN under the bus. It no doubt was taken after his literary agent said “Will, send me ONE stinkin’ picture that doesn’t make you look pasty or has no Cardinals regalia! You have to have ONE of those! Just ONE! Then, of course, the photographer figured out that the only thing that made Will look less pasty was adding a snowy white backdrop.

  59. Stanz says:

    Well, I hate Duke and sure as hell the St. Louis Cardinals…so.

  60. Stanz says:

    and of course, I wasn’t about to hire a photographer for a photo shoot with fake back drops. I’m not quite on par to have a portfolio…just yet.

  61. awfulannouncing says:

    That made me laugh out loud Stanz. The trash-talking has begunuth!

  62. SA says:

    Mcbias, and yet he still has the STL hat on. I’m chalking it up to a skill now. And I would liken Deadspin to the Duke of old. The ones that actually deserved their 1-seeds.

    Ah Stanz, you never know when you’ll be VCU.

  63. Stanz says:

    Yeah, being seeded as VCU is comical. Can’t even give any creedence to that seeding. I feel like ‘Sheed…just a complete injustice aimed at me…all the time.

  64. Stanz – Can I get a “both teams played hard” from you?

  65. Stanz – We’re sorry that you are not happy with your seeding.

    BTW – Did we tell you that we were also drunk and had a couple of miscounts?

  66. Holly says:

    Stanz—believe me, I’m a fan, but the thing about brackets is that someone had to go against Leitch. You’ve got the worst draw of anyone. Rotten luck, man.

    May we comfort you? If you know what we mean?

  67. You mean Holly’s gonna tie him the bed and read Walt Whitman to him?

  68. Stanz says:

    There are no hard feelings…both teams played hard my man.

    I’d actually rather go against Leitch. I mean ya’ll gotta protect the Stars. Could I just arm wrestle Leitch for the assured “W” though?

  69. Extra P. says:

    The nice thing is – Will has not directly used his powers against Stanz. No “vote for me” on Deadspin today.

  70. dahrn says:

    not yet atleast :)

  71. J.Sexton says:

    Why does 289 with leather have his hand on his face? Is he another joker!Matt Jones dont you know the name.Does this cat do radio?Looks like he gets all is info from other people alot.has he ever interviewed anyone?Vote Matt Jones KSR all the way!

  72. Jen P says:

    I’m going to get nothing done today. This is fantastic.

  73. Extra P, you spoke too soon. Deadspin’s all over it.

  74. Jen P says:

    Mini ponies will always get my vote. And in one of the other brackets, the #22 seed with the cat. Cats and dogs get my vote. Kids, not so much.

  75. HG says:

    Yostal Says:
    June 6th, 2007 at 8:28 am
    Eye black. Why not just bring a 2-3 match-up zone, for criminy’s sake?
    ——————————
    the match up 2-3 usually fails in the tourney..oh crap.. on the other hand, i’m an old school nc state fan so junk defenses and fouling at the 4 minute mark are not out of the question

  76. Master P. says:

    Hmmmm… decisions decisions decisions!

  77. Dan L. says:

    Who can be bought again? I’m in a barnburner, and need to get my 90s Gonzaga on…

  78. That was me. I can be bought. Feel free to send your offerings. All reasonable bribes will be considered.

  79. April says:


    TheStarterWife Says:
    June 6th, 2007 at 4:47 am

    Yeah, that 10-13 match up is a fucking bitch to decide.

    Not really. 13! 13!

  80. twoeightnine says:

    Why does 289 with leather have his hand on his face? Is he another joker!Matt Jones dont you know the name.Does this cat do radio?Looks like he gets all is info from other people alot.has he ever interviewed anyone?Vote Matt Jones KSR all the way!

    I feel honored to be taken down by the UK sports family. It’s like Jason McElwain part 2.

  81. Dan L. says:

    That was me. I can be bought. Feel free to send your offerings. All reasonable bribes will be considered.

    *Best Godfather voice* I will have to make you an offer… you cannot refuse.

  82. I’m registered at Tiffany’s.

  83. Flametown says:

    Yeah, so I’m pretty much voting All Deadspin. THis means, if you’re a deadspin commentator, i’m picking YOU! cmon guys, Suss and 289 need your help!

  84. Matt J says:

    Credit where Credit is due 289….that was funny

  85. twoeightnine says:

    Honestly Matt, I think it’s awesome. I have absolutely no chance against a rapid college fan base. I’m just surprised that they could stuff a ballot box that wasn’t, you know, an actual box.

  86. Dan L. says:

    I should note, then, that my Deadspin handle is Pity Da Fool. Never occurred to me people might not have put things together.

  87. twoeightnine says:

    Rabid. Rabid. Though rapid at voting.

  88. Holly says:

    +1 Sportsgirl…HOW did we not think of registering for bribes??

  89. awfulannouncing says:

    I don’t know if Rabid will take care of it Matty. The dude’s got 700 some votes and Ashley Judd is one of them.

  90. Suss-- says:

    “HOW did we not think of registering for bribes??”

    Because women naturally expect them?

  91. Suss-- says:

    Unrelated, Holly, a couple months back I seriously e-mailed Brandon Stokley asking for his autograph “for a friend.”

  92. Yostal says:

    Flametown, where’s the help? Just because I didn’t go by Yostal as so not to be confused with Yost from MZone?

    The Hoover Street Rag, we’re small, and neutral, like Switzerland. No wait, we’re horribly partisan and small…

  93. Texas Gal says:

    Everyone is aware that Dan aka “Eye on Foxborough” also writes the most hilarious Red Sox blog for MassLive.com, too… right? If not, please to proceed to Red Sox Monster, post-haste.

  94. twoeightnine says:

    He just lost my vote.

  95. Texas Gal says:

    Well, just for that 289… [behind the scenes vote-rigging for UK]

  96. Holly, because you hold pure the ethics of the bracket. And because I have no problem selling out for some bling.

    Oh man. I’m starting to sound like the Yankees front office.

  97. Wow, that’s impressive. In a span of about 15 minutes (not that I’ve been checking) Up for Sports received in upward of 200 votes. I didn’t even see him pass me.

  98. Dan L. says:

    Shout-out on Sox Monster appreciated, Texas Girl. Is it your Papelbon jones that’s helping me out?

  99. twoeightnine says:

    [behind the scenes vote-rigging for UK]

    Too late to go behind the scenes.

  100. Dan L. says:

    Ah, the anti-New England vote. Knew that was gonna be a killer.

  101. Texas Gal says:

    It’s the love for all things Sox-ian. Papelbon is clearly one of those Sox-ian things. But all Sox guys get the bonus points.

  102. Dan L. says:

    Well, thank you. Getting ugly, though… Two hours ago, I was down by 4 percent… now it’s closer to 15.

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  104. awfulannouncing says:

    P.S.- Is this an actual pic TG? If so….Yes.

    http://texas-gal.com/

  105. Matt J says:

    The Kentucky community is rabid in its fervor and rapid in its ability to left-click. Getting their help was needed, as my pic had the misfortune on catching me with bad hair and a Brewers sweatshirt on…..never a winning combo

  106. McBain says:

    Is Lady Nibbles wearing down?

  107. swellesley says:

    Since Marco is kicking my ass as the 7 — congrats, by the way — I figured Id take a look around at the other 16s and see how I compared. MMP? Troy Nunes? Is that some Lady’s…favorite number or something, the 16s are stacked.

  108. Thanks, Holly! I got screwed going up against DeBruin, who can’t hold Ufford’s jock. I should have this locked up with a cute 3 year old in my picture.

  109. Dan L. says:

    RSSG — tough break, bro. This Sox thing can be a killer, methinks…

  110. socalgal says:

    Never underestimate the Big Blue Nation! Matt, you really should change the pic though, Brewers? really?

  111. Thanks, Dan. Holly is an admitted Sox fan, so I think that helped sway her vote. I wonder if I’m getting the votes because the rest of the Ladies are scared of her… something to do with a stabbing? I missed most of that, so maybe it was another of the Ladies…

  112. swellesley – #7 = John Elway, #16 = Joe Montana? Hmm…

  113. swellesley says:

    are the 12 seeds doomed, or do they have it made? There’s Jim Kelly (uh-oh), but then there’s Brady (now we’re talkin’). There’s Randall Cunningham, but then there’s Terry Bradshaw…

  114. Holly says:

    Unrelated, Holly, a couple months back I seriously e-mailed Brandon Stokley asking for his autograph “for a friend.”
    DUDE, YOU COULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING.
    @RedSoxStatsGuy—unlucky draw on your part, but it could have been worse…I pity the poor boys up against Leitch & Shanoff. You’ve got (seven or eight of) my vote(s)!

  115. Suss-- says:

    Oh my god, 289. What is your first round opponent wearing?

  116. … in a classy hotel room to boot.

  117. awfulannouncing says:

    DAGGER!

  118. Yostal says:

    You know, I was all set to rally the world’s largest living alumni population to my call, as I thought I was the only Michigan blogger in the field, and then I see that Caesar himself, Brian from MGoBlog, is in the Campbell Conference. So I can’t even make myself the defender of Michigan’s sacred and ancient honor…

    And to make matters worse, I actually really enjoy my opponent’s blog…

    [back to drawing board…]

  119. Awful Announcing… I’ve got to say that your profile looks an awful lot like mine. At first I thought it was me and didn’t recognize the picture. My wife thought it was me and didn’t recognize the hat “I” was wearing.

  120. awfulannouncing says:

    We are dead sexy…..women get all flustered and confused by that sometime(s).

  121. twoeightnine says:

    Oh my god, 289. What is your first round opponent wearing?

    Well it can’t be shoes. I don’t know, I give up.

  122. BigRicks says:

    Clearly something I should have submitted a picture before, if only to pull off a Duke and lose in the second round to an underdog.

  123. blue says:

    I think this idea is grrrrreat

  124. blue says:

    I am voting for Will because he is a nice guy

  125. Dan Shanoff says:

    My wife says I’m not even worthy of a seed in this tourney, she has me as “not ranked”.

  126. twoeightnine says:

    I vote for Dan’s wife. Muy caliente.

  127. twoeightnine says:

    And Joe Speaker (Up for Sports) needs to send a big thank you to Kentucky.

  128. raging inferno says:

    guy bloggers voting on who’s the hottest guy blogger? brilliant!

  129. Extra P. says:

    Go SHORTY!!!! You must uphold the honor of Extra P. (even if it is secondary to Bad Choice Milk) after I am gone!

    By the way, I never comment on Deadspin, but I did get to write some sparkling NCAA tournament profiles for Will this year. That ought to count for something.

  130. twoeightnine says:

    Now I have to go find pictures of “Mrs. Quickie.”* If there ever was a woman for me she’d be named that.

    *that’s wiki saying it not me

  131. Hey Ladies, have these photos been authenticated for Photoshopping? Because I’m about to call shenanigans on one of the entrants.

  132. bigricks says:

    Does one vote for oneself?

  133. “And Joe Speaker (Up for Sports) needs to send a big thank you to Kentucky.”

    that or “good friends”

    https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9337515&postID=3019545266926332211

  134. SportsGirl – Who?

  135. Well, far be it for me to cause trouble (ok, who am i kidding), but a little birdie who knows another little birdie who happens to have met a certain 8th seed claims that the posted pic is not entirely accurate.

    I’m just saying…

  136. What is funny about that is that look long and hard at that photo over the weekend for that VERY REASON! I even made my boyfriend look!

  137. Holly says:

    Now that you mention it…hmmmm…well, we did say we welcome tomfoolery, and this would certainly qualify.

  138. I was worried I was the only one who saw it!

  139. I had questions after taking a closer look (the closer look being for obvious reasons) and decided to reach out to someone who’d be able to justify my reservations.

  140. aloysius says:

    I have an enormous crush on Will’s brain, so you know how I voted on THAT one. {dreamy sigh}

  141. ladyandrea says:

    Hee hee, Aloysius. He does have a good brain.

  142. Stanz says:

    Ok, look I hate to grovel, but I need your votes. We all know I got the shaft on the seeding, so let’s rally – buck up and pull for the upset!!!

    This my push for votes…

    http://ghostsofwaynefontes.blogspot.com/2007/06/call-for-armsi-mean-votes.html

  143. Texas Gal says:

    Stanz, I won’t lie- the picture of you with your puppy is so very cute.

  144. Holly says:

    Stanz, that? Is awesome.

  145. Suss-- says:

    Stanz, it’s never too late to grovel.

    http://blogcritics.org/archives/2007/06/06/174511.php

    “21 defeats 2.” Say it with me. “21 defeats 2.”

  146. Yankee says:

    CriticalFanatic is a fucking loser. Thank God he is losing.

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  148. Somehow, I’m holding my own against DeBruin.

  149. Holly says:

    The inclusion of the Cutest Child Ever in your photo can’t hurt.

  150. I know. I cheated. But at least I didn’t photoshop muscles in!

  151. ladies… average daily hits = 1,539

    ladies… hits today = 9,543 (so far)

    well played

  152. Jai Eugene says:

    These goofs should be damned happy that a military jet pilot, with great hair (me) is not in the fight….

  153. McBain says:

    Does opening a bottle of wine without the aid of a corkscrew count for anything? Because I just did that. Thanks, Esquire!

  154. Disco Stu says:

    Outside of I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER? and passive-aggressive note from friends, neighbours, coworkers, and strangers, none of the day’s “top” blogs deserve mention over Ladies…

    Seriously, wordpress needs to look at their game, girl.

  155. How do you open a wine bottle without a corkscrew?

  156. Radioman says:

    289, sorry to see you are getting housed brother. But you had to know that would happen seeing as how there are only 5 last names in Kentucky.

  157. McBain says:

    Wrap the base of the bottle in a towel. Hold the bottle horizontally and firmly and rhythmically pound it against the wall (base-first, of course). If you do it right, the cork will eventually come out far enough and you can pull it out. I was skeptical at first, but it worked.

  158. Wow, hated by a Yankee fan. I feel so honored. I think that calls for opening a bottle without a cork. Thanks McB

  159. Dan L says:

    Ooooh, it’s down to a 10-point deficit for me. Just call me Bryce Drew!

  160. McBain – That is awesome. If I wasn’t already into my vodka tonic, I would totally open a bottle of wine tonight to try that trick.

    Ahh… trolls. What can you do, CF? You run a stellar site.

  161. Holly says:

    I have a fresh bottle waiting for me when I get home, and I am so trying this. I’ll get back to you.

  162. McBain says:

    I don’t lose points if it doesn’t work, do I?

  163. Holly says:

    Naw. I like the Fieldhouse.

  164. McBain, that is a sexy skill to have!

  165. tcmcg says:

    While Dan L. has managed to narrow the gap some, we here at TC Campaign Headquarters (Motto: “I’ll look into it after rehearsal.”) have yet to consider the possibility of thinking about entering anything resembling a semblance of a panic mode.

    We have, however, sent an e-mail or two.

  166. How the hell did I pick that Joe Morgan post to represent me, anyway? I think I just gave you my most recent (at the time). Check out this one, particularly if you hate the Yankees.

  167. Texas Gal says:

    Add in the Proctor beanball incident the next day and Roger’s groin problems over the weekend… and that pretty much sums it up.

  168. Oh man, RSSG. Them’s fightin’ words.

    Ladies, can I have my vote back?

  169. McBain says:

    SportsGirl – Is it worth a vote? I’m not above whoring myself.

  170. Haha… just how I like my men, McBain!

    If you can open that bottle with your teeth while giving me a massage and whispering baseball stats in my ear, I’m all yours.

  171. Texas Gal says:

    Don’t forget the eye black!

  172. The Turd says:

    Stan I have to agree with you…I will whore myself out to get TGOWF votes. Hey a mouth is a mouth bro. McBain I just tried that wine trick…. I have to take my poor dog to the vet hospital. Side note: It doesn’t work on bottles of whiskey.

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  174. McBain says:

    [Gnawing cork] Grady Sizemore was one of two players in MLB history with 50 doubles, 10 triples, 25 HRs, and 20 stolen bases [working shoulders, moving down if the vibe is right]

    Anything, SportsGirl? Nothing? Alright, fine.

  175. You lost me at Grady Sizemore.

  176. McBain says:

    Sorry. Looked for current Yankees stats and my laptop exploded.

  177. Apparently your compiuter hasn’t caught up after tonights game.

    “Wang pitched a complete game with 104 pitches, giving up only one run to beat the Sox.”

    Now that’s a panty dropping sentence.

  178. *eating popcorn, marveling at my non corkscrew opened bottle of wine*

    Is it wrong I’ve been an amused spectator of this thread tonight?

  179. McBain says:

    Not at all. I’ve sat back and watched my own match-up like an MLB Gamecast all night.

    I’m self-conscious like that.

  180. twoeightnine says:

    289, sorry to see you are getting housed brother. But you had to know that would happen seeing as how there are only 5 last names in Kentucky.

    I think it’s awesome. He’s only had to post that he needs votes three times on the first day of voting. I’m like Tubby Smith. Me against a whole state. I’m going to take my Championship trophy and go to Minnesota.

  181. i support you everything you do because anyone who attempts to be connected with the white house at 2am from the barstool in new york city. well sir, that is a true rock star!

  182. […] Ladies… moved from 22 up to 7 with their hot blogger bracket which, by the way, has me kicking myself for not making sure that the men of Ballhype were […]

  183. Steve says:

    289, I voted for you despite your hatred of all things Indiana. Partly because of the awesomeness that is WithLeather, but mostly because I HATE Kentucky. While I won’t argue the excitement level of Indiana unless you love corn, soybeans and the spectacular awesomeness that is Gary (Wait, what?), we do currently have LadyAndrea so we have that going for us.

  184. twoeightnine says:

    I don’t hate all things Indiana, just those located along I-90. Is it possible to hate something that is actually nothing?

  185. Steve says:

    Oh well, to make it even better, our brilliant (rolling eyes) governor sold that toll road to a group of foreign investors. So that lovely stretch of nothing isn’t even Indiana anymore. So I’ll let your hatred of I-90 slide, I don’t like it either.

  186. ladyandrea says:

    Steve, I’m touched that I get to be in the plus column for the state of Indiana. I will say that Michigan and Iowa, however, both kick Indiana’s ass.

  187. Steve says:

    LA, just so long as you don’t put Kentucky up there, no problems. Any gal who’s willing to play in the mud for charity and then post pictures of it for our enjoyment is alright in my book. I don’t see Ashley Judd doing that. Take that Kentucky!

  188. 289 says:

    You cant see my face I am ugly This is a hottness contest I suck.You cant even see my face .But Matt Jones has a face and oh yeah vote for Matt Jones He has a face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  189. #4 says:

    What is this guy cookin? I say It’s crack cause im #4 and I like it.Big deal I can cook crack patties if I want

  190. ladyandrea says:

    289, you aren’t ugly at all.

    Yes, clearly I outstrip Ashley Judd
    *shakes head at poor, deluded Steve*

  191. Matt J says:

    I am a huge Ashley Judd fan…..but Lady Andrea can hold her own I bet…..

  192. Sportz Belle says:

    Nicely done Ladies – great brackets. This reminds me of when you see a picture of Casey Kasem for the time….

  193. Steve says:

    Woah I never said anything about stripping, just playing in the mud. But, if you and Ashley want to have a strip off, I guess I could be persuaded to judge. :)

  194. whoa stripping contest? sweet

  195. ladyandrea says:

    *sigh* Not what I meant.

  196. Clare says:

    Firm and rhythmic pounding against a wall? I missed firm and rhythmic pounding against a wall? Man, I have to stop doing this “work” thing. I miss all the good stuff.

  197. McBain says:

    Slowly but surely, Pete is chipping away at my lead as I look on helplessly. So this is what it feels like to be Lloyd Carr. Sucks.

  198. Extra P. says:

    Does opening a bottle of wine without the aid of a corkscrew count for anything? Because I just did that. – McBain

    I imagine if you did it with your glutes, that would make a big difference.

  199. Radioman says:

    Andrea, let me tell you immediately why you beat Ashley Judd. You are six feet tall. End of story, ball game. Ashley Judd is an anorexic hobbit. And don’t try to convince us you didn’t throw the “outstrip Ashley Judd” line in there full well knowing what you were doing.

  200. HG says:

    good morning/afternoon to all..except the guy going up against tecmo bowl bo..that dude said he wants enemies and is openly campaigning for my opponent.. if i should happen to win my match, im gonna sit in the stands at the TBBJ/other guy game, scouting, and nodding my head approvingly as BoJack pulls away down the stretch and the players on the opposing bench hug and cry with towels over their faces. as always *hat tip* Ladies…

  201. mcbias says:

    Oh man, I can’t resist any longer…it’s poster time. First one’s for Will Leitch:
    http://x96.xanga.com/d54d7140c3630127305324/b92396971.jpg

  202. Hahahaha….I want one of those for my office wall.

  203. mcbias says:

    And while 289 may make gifts for the ladies, he’s cut down his fellow male commenters one too many times for my liking. A little of your own medicine might do you good.
    http://x9e.xanga.com/efdd814361d35127307737/b92398967.jpg

  204. Stanz says:

    Ever since I made my plea for more votes…the evil empire of Will Leitch has done another lap around me in the vote count. Perhaps, that was a bad idea.

    It’s time to take it to the next stage, figure out to sabotage/rig this poll system. I’ve got a call into the IT guy, we’ve got our best man on it.

  205. Extra P. says:

    MCBias, you kind of rule. But you knew that. Or at least you knew I thought that… Or something.

  206. Actually, judging by the pot selection, he must be cooking a crack soup or maybe a crack sauce of some kind. Perhaps a crack jumbalaya?

  207. Holly says:

    Attn: MCB

    Run away with me.

  208. McBias, your 289 poster made me laugh out loud at work.

    If it doesn’t work out with Holly, you can run my way.

  209. Extra P. says:

    Wow, MCB. You have quite a choice to make. Yet another benefit of being single, I guess.

    *Fumes*

  210. ladyandrea says:

    MCB, those are awesome.

  211. mcbias says:

    And one more for the Professor, who may or may not have come by those abs and biceps legally. Shenanigans or not? You decide.
    http://x1f.xanga.com/9edd7241d9530127317761/b92407251.jpg

  212. mcbias says:

    Thank you, ladies, thank you…although, you know, if I don’t make it to the second round, I’ll be too demoralized to make more posters…

  213. I’ll save you the time and help with mine:

    Red Sox hat: $15
    Red Sox American League Champs t-shirt: $15
    Using your 3-year old son to help you win a hot blogger competition: pathetic.

  214. Should have thrown in “Bottle of suntan lotion: $3” because I’m so goddamn pasty in that picture.

  215. tcmcg says:

    MCB, if your poster helps Dan L overcome his deficit, I’ll be very unhappy. Unfortunately, it’s hilarious, so I won’t be able to hold a grudge very well. The 289 one made me laugh hard enough to concern my co-workers.

  216. Holly says:

    Seriously, I am losing it reading this thread. People are staring.

  217. Suss-- says:

    All right. I figured out how to embed the 2-vs-21 poll on my site.

    [sits back]

  218. Clare says:

    Oh God, Sussman’s working his nerd-fu again.

  219. awfulannouncing says:

    Should I be jealous that I didn’t get a poster made of me. I think so.

    Also, I read that the 289 poster was hilarious, and I thought the moment would be lost. Nope, full on spit take.

  220. Suss is so not the first one to figure that out.

  221. ladyandrea says:

    In 289’s defense, he doesn’t need firelight to make himself look good.

  222. Can we see a quick count of which polls have the most votes? I’m too lazy busy to click on each one.

  223. Holly says:

    Suss is so not the first one to figure out that people can vote against him on his own site.

  224. Suss-- says:

    Hey why don’t you just go reconst your Flavo-5s?

  225. How do I embed it? I can’t seem to figure it out. I spent, like, 30 seconds trying. At least.

  226. Holly says:

    This is probably where I should draw the line in chicanery, but I encourage you to ask Suss. He has mad nerd-fu (tm Clare).

  227. Suss-- says:

    I forgot how I did it, but a public ringing endorsement might jog my memory.

  228. Radioman says:

    I made a bunch of pictures on despair.com like MCBias. It really is one of the funniest things around. If you get a chance to visit, read their posters. Just hysterical stuff really.

  229. Suss – Hmmm… I wonder what this button does…

    “Reset Results
    If you want to reset your poll results you can do so here. This will set all of your results back to zero. All information will be lost!
    Reset poll results

  230. Suss-- says:

    “I wonder what this button does…”

    Erases my deficit, I believe.

  231. Holly says:

    All right, he does have a point there.

  232. Dan L says:

    Despite my best efforts to get out the vote, I’m still stuck with an 8 percent deficit.

    Anybody know any dead people who could vote in this thing? I’m desperate.

  233. Suss-- says:

    Dan, all I can do is give you one name: Edgar Neubauer.

  234. texas_honey says:

    can i just say i’m surprised at how classy a lot of the pictures are–aside from #8 there aren’t a whole lot of ‘look at my hot bod’ shots…but i do find humerous the number of photos that were sent in in which i think the blogger thought ‘hey let me send in this pic with [ insert name ] in it–that will score me some points’, for instance R.S.S.G with his son, Marco with his lady, and Shorty and his girlfriend–which I must say make a cute couple!

  235. Yes, it was shameless and I’m not proud of it.

    Speaking of shameless, I just spent $1,000 for an e-mail list so I can spam 100,000 to go and vote for me.

  236. twoeightnine says:

    You cant see my face I am ugly This is a hottness contest I suck.You cant even see my face .But Matt Jones has a face and oh yeah vote for Matt Jones He has a face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I wanted to make fun of the elementary school humor but then I realized we’re talking about Kentucky, we should just be happy it wasn’t a knock knock joke.

    A little of your own medicine might do you good.

    I must say I lauged out loud at that (even though I didn’t choose that picture, it was all Andrea) but laughed even harder at the irony of it coming from a guy who has trouble posting a picture of himself without something covering his face. Next time might I suggest one of these?

  237. ladyandrea says:

    Hey, I only picked out ones of you I thought were good, in general. You submitted them all.

  238. Yostal says:

    Always one to embrace the ideas of MC Bias, I submit my own motivational poster, in the spirit of last year’s phenomenally successful Television Without Pity Contest

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1205/535303913_82a2ef1f5b.jpg?v=0

  239. shorty says:

    Actually, the pic of Shorty is not with his girlfriend…as I said before…i sent the wrong pics, which is why i’m hoping for NEW PICS – NEW FEATURED POSTS for the second round…besides, my actual GF is much much cuter…

  240. Yikes…my lead is slipping. Voting for Suss means you hate small equine. How can you live with yourself?

    /speaking in generalities

  241. So does voting for you mean we’re into horses? Because dude, that kinda freaks me out.

  242. Just miniature ones. That’s all. Big ones freak me out

  243. Okay, we’re talking ponies?

    I guess that’s cool.

  244. Completely random thought of the day that will most likely end up as a blog entry and since this is still open, I’m posting it here, too:

    Does Nate Robertson’s fatigued arm have anything to do with Roger Clemens’ fatigued groin?

    Yuck.

  245. twoeightnine says:

    Leave it to me to read that wrong and think:

    Nate Robinson is the size of Roger Clemens’ groin.

  246. Texas Gal says:

    Personally, I never get tired of talking about Clemens’ groin. But I’m a girl.

  247. Radioman says:

    And of course, Texie, you have that thing for Clemens anyway, asshattishness aside.

  248. Extra P. says:

    Is Roger left-groinded or right-groinded? Because that makes a difference.

  249. Clare says:

    Yostal, you hang out at TWoP? I haven’t been around in a while, but what’s your handle over there? I’m Miss Clare (real creative, I know).

  250. Dan L says:

    Dan, all I can do is give you one name: Edgar Neubauer.

    Oh my god! The dead have risen, and they’re voting Republican!

  251. mcbias says:

    That’s being a reasonably good sport, 289, so this one might be more to your liking:
    http://x74.xanga.com/f7ed6051c6033127372159/b92450442.jpg

  252. mcbias says:

    Oh, and while I’m kissing up to WL, Kevin works the weekend shift on WithLeather. Hardly anyone else is writing then, so I appreciate the content. Kevin, keep up the good work.
    http://xc9.xanga.com/2fcd745137130127372183/b92450457.jpg

  253. Dan L says:

    I could read those all night, MCbias. I”ll admit it, though: it scares the pants off of me what you would do with mine.

  254. Texas Gal says:

    Roger Clemens is whatever groinded way he wants to be, and you’re going to shut up and like it! And pay $28MM for it! Or, by god, he will buzz your head.

  255. mcbias says:

    Been there, done that, Dan L.; scroll up. You were the second victim, err, subject of my posters.

  256. Hope McBias never, ever finds a picture of me.

  257. Dan L says:

    Haha, my bad, MCB. At least you went sort of easy on me.

  258. A #22 beating a #1 would be so awesome. It’s like the NCAA basketball tournament, but my vote can completely screw the masses!

  259. Thanks mcbias – it’s good to know someone actually reads my posts. Your posters are brilliant!

    @ Texas Gal – I appreciate the compliment, but I can understand if your ballot went with your beloved Sawx.

    @ Red Sox Stats Guy – I can’t hold the Chief’s jock huh? Of course I can; laundry is one my duties as assistant editor.

  260. Yostal says:

    @ Clare – Not a whole lot. I read recaps, but I don’t post for fear of being sent to the TWoP Siberia. But they were having the contest in the middle of the summer last year and it was make your own Television Motivational Poster, and they even had the tool for Flickr, so I ended up making about 3 dozen of them, some of which were very well received.

  261. Yostal says:

    Hey, I just realized, I may be the only person in the tournament who actually was in the same collegiate graduating class as one of the athletes in the banner!

    Michigan Class of 2000 baby!

  262. DeBruin – I actually read With Leather every weekend and enjoy it thoroughly. I was just talking smack. No offense intended.

  263. Holly says:

    MCB, if you’re around this morning…I updated my list. Ch-ch-check it.

  264. awfulannouncing says:

    I was in the same school as Brett Favre….The School of Hard Knocks!

    That was bad, but once I type anything I have to hit submit.

  265. Radioman says:

    Wow, AA, that is almost as bad as Mid-Major basketball announcers who go completely over the top when some sort of amazing last-second shot goes in during the NCAA tournament. Talk about awful announcing! Not that I would know anything about that…

  266. ladyandrea says:

    Dude. Do not talk about that on here. You lookin’ to get punched?

  267. Radioman says:

    Sorry Andrea. Won’t happen again. Please don’t get the whip back out.

  268. awfulannouncing says:

    I deserved that…..entirely.

  269. awfulannouncing says:

    I’m officially bored on a Friday….here’s my poster submission…..

    http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l305/awfulannouncing/defeat.jpg

  270. Don’t you people have jobs? You disgust me, you lazy asses.

    Unless you make a living by blogging. Then I worship you.

  271. This poll makes me feel like Paris Hilton: I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, I haven’t shaved or worked all week. I looked out my window a few hours ago and there were 3 dozen paparazzi out there waiting for me and 2 helicoptors circling overhead. I don’t dare go to TMZ to see what they’re saying about me or what they have for pictures. A cameraman snuck in through my back balcony earlier and snapped a picture of me in my boxers sitting at my computer, reloading the poll. He ran away screaming.

    4 votes separate me from DeBruin and I keep reloading it every second. It’s killing me!

  272. Holly says:

    A vote for DeBruin is a vote against adorable children.

  273. Holly says:

    I’m just saying.

  274. And I’m 2 votes behind with 9 hours to go… this has got to be the closest matchup of them all.

  275. You’re tell me. Should we get you some cupcakes to you can ride this tension out?

    /Defamer joke

  276. Mmmmm…. cupcakes….

  277. BigRicks says:

    I never imagined a Manning Family Reunion blogger would make it to the wire in a first round matchup (since the blog died roughly 3 months after inception…8 months ago). Clearly I should have submitted a drunken photo.

  278. […] mere hours to go until the end of the first round of the Hot Blogger Bracket (presented by the Ladies…) that took the sports-blog universe by storm this week (and shot […]

  279. Suss-- says:

    Does anyone have, um, like, 140 votes they’re not using?

  280. twoeightnine says:

    Yup, I hereby withdraw from the competition and give all my votes to the bloggerific Matthew Sussman.

  281. JD says:

    Joe Speaker is a CHEATER

  282. I agree with above statement. (500 votes in 15 minutes)

    Should be interesting to see what happens in the 2nd round. Ballot stuffing vs Kentucky … now there’s some drama.

  283. TheLesserManning says:

    Suss…ofcourse

  284. Please do not spam us with your “Paris satire”. We know where to find the far superior Defamer if we need Paris jokes. Love, TSW

  285. […] of the Ladies… collective — Holly and TheStarterWife — right out of the gates squeed over the concept of mini ponies. Again, it’s not worth it to pull a Mark Cuban and say that the tournament is rigged. Rather, […]

  286. Caleb says:

    Go Matt (KSR)!

    Nubb16

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