Flamesnation Contributor Search - Final Vote

Kent Wilson
August 17 2011 07:52AM

 

 

The entries have been received and posted and now it's time to pick the winners. We actually received interest from even more people than appeared here, but I had to limit the number of posts to something managable. When I put out the question of a new contributor on twitter, I had no idea the potential response. Thanks to everyone who applied and all those of you you who took time to not only submit an article but also read, reply and vote on them.

Here is the a list of all the entries once again. I'm going to ask everyone to vote for your favorite hopeful to help guide our ultimate decision.

When voting, consider each author's voice, organization, quality of rhetoric and the supporting evidence for his arguments. The tendency, of course, would be to vote for someone whose views closely match your own or who picked a partisan topic with which you would naturally agree. In truth, the best test of a writer is someone who has the chops to potentially change your mind about something. Ask yourself not if you naturally agree with the writers worldview, but if you think he would be a persistently interesting or entertaining read even when he doesn't march in lockstep with your preconceptions.

Without further ado, here are the entries again:

Derrick Newman - Calgary Flames State of the Union

Al MaGuinness - The Rebuild Begins Sooner Rather than Later

Byron Bader - The New CBA - To Sign or Not to Sign a Player...

Graham Wiswell - Putting the 'M' Back in GM

Kevin Hatch - The Run

Vintage Flame - What Makes an Elite Player...Elite?

Taylor Rocca - Tim Erixon Loves Chantal Kreviazuk

Mike Schmidt - In Defense of Jay Bouwmeester

Jake Travis - More of the Same is Significant Change

Scott Lepp - If it Ain't (is) Broke, Don't (Please) Fix it

Marty Clarke - SWOT-ing the Flames: Sloppy Seconds See Supporters Suffering

The poll below allows multiple votes. Please pick your top three choices.

Thanks again everyone. We will make our final decision by the end of this week.

 

 

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Former Nations Overlord. Current FN contributor and curmudgeon For questions, complaints, criticisms, etc contact Kent @ kent.wilson@gmail. Follow him on Twitter here.
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#1 rubbertrout
August 17 2011, 09:08AM
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These guys do realize that they are signing up for an upaid journalism internship right? With ongoing writing obligations?

Silly Flames fans.

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#3 Vintage Flame
August 17 2011, 10:35AM
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I'd like to say congratulations to all the submissions and good luck!

I'd also like to thank Kent for the opportunity and for putting this all together. As overwhelmed as he was with submissions, he kept it all very organized.

Good luck all!

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#4 Domebeers.com
August 17 2011, 10:51AM
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@rubbertrout

FML!

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#5 schevvy
August 17 2011, 10:54AM
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So Kent, since we vote for the top 3, does that mean there will be 3 new contributers? I really enjoyed this contributer search and whoever "wins" I will enjoy reading their work here at Flames Nation

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#7 sanehockey
August 17 2011, 01:56PM
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I enjoyed them all, took something out of each one. Looking forward to seeing the final results.

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#8 JF
August 17 2011, 06:18PM
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At least one of the links doesn't work ("The Run" links me to "Putting the M...").

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#10 Marcus
August 18 2011, 12:49AM
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I nominate Jake the snake

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#11 KingJafi
August 18 2011, 07:13AM
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Great articles guys! Solid work. Best of luck to all the contributors.

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#12 schevvy
August 18 2011, 11:59AM
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How long is the voting process going to be?

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#14 schevvy
August 18 2011, 02:02PM
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Holy cow 2300 votes! Turns out more people vote for the next FlamesNation contributor than the next prime minister. :)

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#16 Vintage Flame
August 18 2011, 02:38PM
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schevvy wrote:

Holy cow 2300 votes! Turns out more people vote for the next FlamesNation contributor than the next prime minister. :)

Too funny.. What does THAT say about our political apathy??

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#17 emilio!
August 18 2011, 02:40PM
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Hmm, I wonder which ones those could be... Do we really want the person who found out how to cheat the system best to be chosen as one of the new contributors? Isn't this explicitly going against what was outlined in the original post??

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#19 Concerned
August 18 2011, 03:29PM
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To mean to point fingers, but Taylor Rocca's article seems to have gained close to 400 votes in about an hour and a half. Hmm, could it be the site is getting more popular?

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#20 Concerned
August 18 2011, 03:30PM
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Don't mean to point fingers, but Taylor Rocca's article seems to have gained close to 400 votes in about an hour and a half. Hmm, could it be the site is getting more popular?

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#21 mslepp
August 18 2011, 03:46PM
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whoa... how the heck are there so many votes!? I checked this morning and I was at about 120!

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#22 Sincity1976
August 18 2011, 03:55PM
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It might be too late for this suggestion, but it would be interesting to see a round table review of the various submissions by Kent, Pat, and regular contributors to FN.

As one of contributor's it would be intersting to get their input.

Just a tardy thought.

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#23 Vintage Flame
August 18 2011, 04:42PM
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mslepp wrote:

whoa... how the heck are there so many votes!? I checked this morning and I was at about 120!

Lol.. I think someone wrote a vote generating program. #JebbBushConspiracy!

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#24 TFL
August 18 2011, 06:11PM
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emilio! wrote:

Hmm, I wonder which ones those could be... Do we really want the person who found out how to cheat the system best to be chosen as one of the new contributors? Isn't this explicitly going against what was outlined in the original post??

There's definitely some cheating going on here, although I'm know expert on this I suspect if they really got this much traffic their servers would have crashed but I disagree with your condemnation, (should that be a semi-colon?) journalism is a cutthroat business and this level of douchebaggery will lead to success.

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#25 Troll
August 18 2011, 06:15PM
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Douchbags unite!

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#26 Vintage Flame
August 18 2011, 06:22PM
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@Kent I think it's time to shut down the voting.. This is getting rediculous...

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#27 Vintage Flame
August 18 2011, 06:28PM
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Actually.. I take that back. It's kinda funny... How high will it go???

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#28 Taylo Rocca
August 18 2011, 06:32PM
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This original post has been edited. Please refrain from getting personal

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#29 Taylo Rocca
August 18 2011, 06:40PM
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I should just throw my hat in the ring. Vintage Flames you are better than me in every way possible.

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#30 TFL
August 18 2011, 06:47PM
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Hey guys, we don't need to pretend to be Taylor Rocca for petty insults, he's already cheated to win an unpaid internship, I think that says enough already.

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#31 TFL
August 18 2011, 06:49PM
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Haha okay he's not in the lead anymore

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#32 Debroglie
August 18 2011, 06:50PM
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Too bad about the apparent vote-fixing, I really thought these writers were all pretty classy. Ah well, I hope one of the others gets the spot now.

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#33 Taylo Rocca
August 18 2011, 06:52PM
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If I don't get it then I will boycott!!!

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#34 Taylo Rocca
August 18 2011, 06:55PM
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Aww man. I am 4th now... time to vote fix?

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#35 The Real Taylor Rocca
August 18 2011, 06:55PM
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First off I would like to say these are all excellent entries and I would like to wish luck to you all in all your future endeavors. I do not know how this voting eruption came between myself and the three other characters with excessively high totals but I assure you that I have the utmost integrity and would not lower myself to such petty acts. I believe I am a talented writer and deserve this internship based on merrit.

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#36 Vintage Flame
August 18 2011, 07:00PM
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Okay guys.. Let's ease off on the insulting posts. Not fair to Taylor, especially when you are posting under his name. Not cool.

Sorry I didn't catch it sooner Taylor.

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#37 Vintage Flame
August 18 2011, 07:05PM
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The Real Taylor Rocca wrote:

First off I would like to say these are all excellent entries and I would like to wish luck to you all in all your future endeavors. I do not know how this voting eruption came between myself and the three other characters with excessively high totals but I assure you that I have the utmost integrity and would not lower myself to such petty acts. I believe I am a talented writer and deserve this internship based on merrit.

Kent has already said the voting is NOT the deciding factor. It was a guidline for him. Let's keep this fun. Who cares how the votes get in there.. It's in fun.

How do you think I feel.. I've gotten all my support from an Oiler fan on Twitter!! #Embarrasing!

Let's just keep it fun and respect the effort ALL the contributors put in.

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#38 Debroglie
August 18 2011, 07:06PM
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And now it seems it's the commenters who can't be classy. Come on people, it is, after all, just a writing internship at the end of the day.

Good luck to all of the writers, and whoever gets the spot(s?): You earned it, because it is your Destiny.

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#39 JI_FTW
August 18 2011, 07:09PM
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Is this even serious at this point? We have 3 people posting as this Taylor Rocca character, who probably isn't a bad guy, despite misspelling merit and deflecting attention from the fact that he has clearly done some of this "vote fixing" himself. Nobody has a vested interest in this more than those who are in the contest. Just stop this garbage right now please.

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#40 Taylo Rocca
August 18 2011, 07:14PM
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Actually I am the real Taylor Rocca, and I have decided that as I am a god like figure you should all stop talking bad about me, and using my name under fake accounts.

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#41 The Real Taylor Rocca
August 18 2011, 07:16PM
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@Vintage Flamers

I cheer for the Oilers pretty good too, just only slightly more as a flames fan (even more embarrassing), too bad the vote turned out this way though, I actually was doing pretty good I thought haha

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#42 Taylo Rocca
August 18 2011, 07:17PM
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That is so insulting to me to not only pretend to be me, but pretend to be an oilers fan!

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#43 The Real Taylor Rocca
August 18 2011, 07:20PM
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@Taylor Rocca

I am Taylor Rocca, I don't know what the f*ck is going on but give it up.

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#44 TFL
August 18 2011, 07:21PM
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"I am Spartacus"

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#45 Vintage Flame
August 18 2011, 07:21PM
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@The Real Taylor Rocca

You cheer for the Flames AND the Oilers??? now I know there is something wrong with you..

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#46 Vintage Flame
August 18 2011, 07:22PM
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TFL wrote:

"I am Spartacus"

I'm Batman!!!

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#47 Taylo Rocca
August 18 2011, 07:22PM
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You give it up you imposter!

Nobody impersonates me!!!!!

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#48 schevvy
August 18 2011, 07:22PM
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C'mon guys this is getting ridiculous. I feel bad for Taylor right now I mean the poor guy has people bad-mouthing him using a fake account of him. Show some class guys, you're sounding like Canucks fans right now.

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#49 Taylo Rocca
August 18 2011, 07:23PM
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Legolas for the win. He beats batman who beats JC who beats spartacus any day of the week.

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#50 Vintage Flame
August 18 2011, 07:24PM
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Taylo Rocca wrote:

That is so insulting to me to not only pretend to be me, but pretend to be an oilers fan!

Given that you joined Flames Nation today... I doubt you are the real McCoy..

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