Casey: “brendanloy.com is having a bowl contest! First prize is an all access pass to West Virginia cheerleader Lara Benninger.” Heh. Y’all wish.
Speaking of which, Lara needs your vote! The talk-radio automatons are once again doing their thing, and a result, Kelly leads Lara, 5,859 to 4,406 through three-plus days of voting since Athlon re-opened the polls in their hottest-cheerleader contest. All the other contestants, including the lovely Megan, are again trailing far behind.
The polls are open until January 5, and you’re allowed to vote once per registered e-mail address per day. And you know all those “Rick & Bubba Army” people have probably signed up for 10 Gmail accounts just to vote for Kelly (a.k.a. “Rock Steady“) over and over… so yeah. Vote early and often! Go Lara!
Oh, and about the bowl pick ‘em contest… enter now if you haven’t yet! The deadline is Tuesday, remember.
The hottest-cheerleader voting is once again underway!
I’ll wait and see who needs my support more as the race goes on. You can vote once per day until January 5.
The very, very early returns show a Hokie out front, with previous front-runners Lara and Kelly in second and fourth, respectively, and Megan, who had previously been languishing in the doldrums, now a strong third:
Dana Felder (Virginia Tech) 29
Lara Benninger (West Virginia) 21
Megan Martz (Indiana) 18
Kelly Dupree (Kentucky) 9
Shaina (Arizona State) 6
Alaina Carson (Auburn) 1
Casey Martin (Texas Tech) 1
UPDATE, 1:22 AM: Lara has surged ahead of Dana, 37-35! Megan is still third with 18; Kelly has 10.
UPDATE, 3:31 AM: Lara 57, Dana 40, Megan 32, Kelly 21, Shaina 14, Alaina 3, Casey 2. (”Oprah… Uma. Shaina… Alaina.”) But a commenter on the WVU boards thinks we can expect a Kelly surge in the morning. The Rick & Bubba Show airs from 7-11 AM EST. (Listen here.)
Athlon Sports and Samsung are excited about the participation and enthusiasm generated from the 2005 Sideline Spirit Contest. Despite our efforts to secure voting and prevent fraudulent activity, we have had issues with individual users ‘gaming’ the system and voting multiple times in a 24-hour period.
In order to be fair to our seven finalists, we are increasing security over the next few days and will require registration in order to vote. We are re-setting all voting totals to zero and starting the final round over on Dec. 14. The round will close on Jan. 5 at midnight, leaving 22 days for visitors to participate.
When the contest re-opens, we will have updated galleries of our finalists. Thanks again for your participation!
“Fraud!” cried the drooling thousands, and the hotties answered, “Fraud!” :)
Naturally, I blame talk radio. :) You may recall that Kelly was the object of a talk-radio campaign that had her doing very well in the contest. Over on the Rick & Bubba Show’s website, here’s what they have to say about the election re-do:
Ok Rick & Bubba Army, we can regroup and prepare for the next battle knowing we are on an even playing surface.
Yeah, like the “Rick & Bubba Army” aren’t the ones who were committing the fraud in the first place! (Huh? Evidence, you say? Bah! I don’t need no stinkin’ evidence!)
Anyway… so yeah, the polls re-open tomorrow. What to do, what to do? Previously, I had been stumping for the lovely Lara, owing to the “Florida-close” race between her and the aforementioned, not-as-lovely* Kelly, with everyone else far behind. But I really think that Megan should win. Not only is she from the flagship public university of the state where I currently reside, but she’s also, like way hot and stuff!
So, who should I vote for, and endorse here on Bloy? Lara or Megan? Decisions, decisions…
*No offense to Kelly. I’m not saying she’s not lovely… just that she’s clearly not as lovely as Lara, whose face could launch at least several hundred ships, not to mention set law students’ hearts racing.
UPDATE: Aha! Here’s some evidence:
Re: Kelly Dupree
I spent all last night and half the morning giving her votes until that site got tired of me giving her votes from my computer. It told me i had given the maxium amount of votes from my ip addy” lol I bet I have gave her a good 1000 votes, now i cant vote any more. please keep supporting her
The West Virginia fans were doing the same thing, though, it seems.
Shortly (a few hours at most) before the voting was suspended, the tally (as of 9:03 AM on Friday, according to this post) was:
Lara Benninger (West Virginia) 63,628 / 39 %
Kelly Dupree (Kentucky) 61,919 / 38 %
Dana Felder (Virginia Tech) 12,494 / 7 %
Megan Martz (Indiana) 7,125 / 4 %
Alaina Carson (Auburn) 5,936 / 3 %
Casey Martin (Texas Tech) 3,581 / 2 %
Shaina (Arizona State) 6260 / 3 %
It’s Florida-close again in the cheerleader voting:
Lara Benninger (West Virginia) 48,364
Kelly Dupree (Kentucky) 48,348
I can’t handle the suspense! :)
After briefly taking the lead overnight, the adorable Lara Benninger of WVU has once again fallen behind Kelly Dupree of UK in the Athlon cheerleader voting. Kelly must have gotten another talk-radio boost this morning. But the margin is less than 0.4%. Each IP address is allowed to vote once per day. So c’mon… rock the vote, people!!! :)
Earlier, I linked for a second time to Athlon Sports’s hottest cheerleader contest, and noted that the race between Kentucky’s Kelly Dupree (whose support is the result of a talk-radio conspiracy; see also here) and West Virginia’s Lara Benninger (whose support is the result of her yummy, all-American good looks, which get law students’ hearts racing) was tightening up:
it’s squeaky-close (though not quite Florida-close or King County-close)
Well, guess what? It’s Florida-close!!! As of 12:23 AM, Kelly had an eight vote lead, 41,638 to 41,630. But as of 12:30 AM, Lara has overtaken her, 41,656 to 41,648. Woohoo! Let’s keep the momentum going! Vote early, vote often, vote from multiple IP addresses, but whatever you do, vote for Lara!
Oh, and for those of you who think this whole topic is sexist… lighten up! [UPDATE: It has come to my attention that perhaps I should take my own advice. The above-linked comment is a “Saved by the Bell” reference that went right over my head, and thus was probably not intended to be taken seriously. Still, just in case anyone really is thinking this, I’ll continue with my rant.] We’re just having a bit of fun, and it’s not like these women are being taken advantage of in some way; they’re willing participants in their own blatant objectification! Anyway, if Boi From Troy or some other gay male or straight female blogger linked to a similar contest where you could vote among hunky male cheerleaders (or firefighters or federal-judge superhotties or whatever), I would have absolutely no problem with it. (The question for Ms. Spano and her ilk is: would you?) I might not personally be as interested as I am in this contest, but that’s not because I’m sexist, it’s because I’m heterosexual! Anyway… like I said, lighten up. I’m as big a supporter of female equality as you’ll find (I consider myself a feminist), but there are way more pressing women’s rights issues to be concerned about than a bunch of horny guys on a blog voting for their favorite hot cheerleader.
P.S. Becky, whose feminist credentials are impeccable — she’s the former president of the USC Women’s Student Assembly and co-creator (with me) of a feminist newspaper — agrees with me. “It’s rather silly to get all upset about that,” she says.
Following up on my previous post… it’s squeaky-close (though not quite Florida-close or King County-close) in the cheerleader voting between the not-all-that-attractive Kelly Dupree of Kentucky and the totally-way-cute Lara Benninger of West Virginia. At this hour, Kelly inexplicably leads, 39,173 to 38,507. (Even more inexplicable is the poor showing of hottest-girl-in-the-finals Megan Martz of Indiana, who has just 6,157 votes. I suspect anti-Hoosier bias!)
Anyway… Save America! Vote for Lara!
P.S. Back in Round 2, WVU’s Lara just barely defeated IU’s Megan in a result that was Florida-close: 90,797 to 90,764. (That’s a .018% margin!) So what happened? Where did all of Megan’s fans go?
Honestly, I’m so sick of championships being decided by polls. Take, for example, the Athlon Sports Cheerleader of the Year contest. It’s just not fair to let biased voters decide these things. Dammit, we need to let these girls battle it out
in the bathroom stall on the field!
But as long as we’re stuck with this flawed system, I suppose I might as well cast a ballot. I would go with either ASU’s Shaina (out of Pac-10 pride, since USC’s Natalie was eliminated in the second round) or IU’s Megan (out of Indiana state pride, and also because she’s the hottest one), but since it seems to be a two-woman race between UK’s Kelly and WVU’s Lara, I guess I’ll cast a pragmatic vote and choose Lara. She’s not my favorite, but she’s way cuter than Kelly!
And yes, I have officially given this too much thought. :)
(Hat tip: Scientizzle.)