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Name of the Year Ballot is Up

March 24th, 2010 Comments off

The almighty Steampunk Emperor, LSU linebacker Barkevious Mingo defeated Michigan student Iris Macadangdang for the 2009 NOTY crown. Who will succeed our faithful overlord?

It’s that time of year again?  Earlier today, the good folks at Name of the Year put up the new ballot for this year’s true March Madness: the nameoftheyear.blogspot.com bracket challenge.

Over the course of the next several weeks, all 64 contestants will be whittled down to a Final Four and then a national champion worthy to carry on the title.  For those that don’t know, all names must be real and verifiable as not invented.  Only two of this year’s entrants were familiar to me, thanks to my affection for NCAA athletics: Myron Rolle (former FSU cornerback, current Rhodes Scholar, future NFL player and my current athletics hero — Sonny Gray and Steve Tchiengang have to accept a tie for second place) and Just-in-Love Smith (from Siennnnnnnnnna basketball).

Some of this year’s entrants are real winners and the seeding seems to have a few interesting matchups, though the Sithole Region seems particularly weak.  I’ve got my eyes on a few real favorites (like Bulltron 1 seed Nohjay Nimpson and Sithole 1 seed God’s Power Offor) and some possible dark horses (such as DragonWagon 10 seed Can Du and Chrotchtangle 4 seed Spartacus Bernstein).  And, for the first time ever, I’m calling a 16 seed upset by Shy Ely of Dragonwagon 1 seed Spontaneous Gordon.  Bank it.

To view a printable version of the bracket, click here (PDF format).