You already know from my previous nominations for The 2006 College Football Blogger Awards that I have an overinflated regard for my own writing, so it will not surprise you to learn that I was only too happy to list my nominees for the I Wanna Talk About Me Free for All, which Joel described thusly:
I will begin by telling you which of my postings did not make the cut. Regrettably, my comprehensive denunciation of a Division I-A playoff first appeared in July 2005, well before the start of the period covered by these awards, so that one is out of the running.
Furthermore, I opted against nominating my two treatises of government and football, my pieces on the lawsuit against Warren St. John, my two-part defense of defense, my sequence of seven postings on the East Coast bias, the tale of my return to baseball, or what turned out to be an 18-part series on the radical realignment of the college football conferences, as these multi-part postings seemed to violate the spirit, and likely the letter, of the requirement to name my "three best posts of the year."
The key to a good post is starting with a good post hole digger. (Photograph from Shandong Jinfu Tools Co., Ltd.)
I attempted to identify my best posting from each of three different categories: humorous, editorial, and emotional. These are they:
1. Humorous: The E.S.P.N. "College GameDay" Drinking Game
Simply stated, nothing I have ever penned stands as good a chance of being remembered in the annals of blogosphere history as my "claim to fame" as the "GameDay" Drinking Game, not even my "Grey's Anatomy" posting.
By the way, if you've ever actually attempted to play the "GameDay" Drinking Game and you have a story that you (a) are able to remember and (b) would care to share with the rest of the class, please feel free to recount your experience in the comments below, in the diaries to the right, or in your next hourly session with a licensed and caring therapist chosen by you or appointed by the court.
Like this wouldn't drive you to drink. . . . (Photograph from Sports Illustrated.)
2. Editorial: Shock Treatment: The Punditocracy v. The Blogosphere
While I was proud of The Weblogging Disclosure Statement and my argument for giving Auburn the death penalty, I felt my best commentary came when I was offering a point-by-point refutation of something silly written in the mainstream news media, and I was more pleased with my dissection of Stewart Mandel and Ivan Maisel than I was with my replies to Rick Bozich or Dennis Dodd.
3. Emotional: Why I Am a Georgia Fan
For me, this came down to a trio of contenders. I regretted not being able to select my tributes to Erk Russell and Lewis Grizzard, but, after re-reading all three pieces, I decided to go with my answer to the question, "How did you become a fan of your team?"
How did I become a Bulldog fan? Well, how could I not?
All right, I'm done talking about me for the moment. You may feel free to leave comments about me, but, in the meantime, I'll be preparing my nominations for the Blogger Championship Series, so stay tuned. . . .