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The Last Installment of the Hot Blogger Bracketology? Say It Ain't So, Ladies . . .

If you've been keeping up with round four of the hot blogger bracket hosted by the Ladies . . ., you know that there's been some freaky-deaky stuff going on, including accusations of skullduggery leveled at the wrong people, denials of skullduggery by innocent bystanders, confessions of skullduggery from the ingenious cheaters, cheap shots, hair care tips, asides on Kentucky Wildcats basketball practice, the complete shutdown of the poll, and, of course, quiche recipes.

There was even talk of bacon.

Ultimately, the plug was pulled and the Ladies' latest explanation of what all this means will be forthcoming forthwith, but, in the meantime, here is how the facts and figures break down:

Evidently, "Sports Night" references have now become so completely out of date that the only pictures I can find of Joshua Malina are from "The West Wing."

In order to put this into something approaching context, let's look at it this way: Kentucky basketball fans generated somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000,000 votes for their preferred radio host. Registered voters in Kentucky produced only 550,577 votes in the most recent primary election for governor and lieutenant governor.

Now, I am all about linking government and sports, but, when a fan base produces five times more votes for a radio talk show host than for the two highest-ranking officials in the commonwealth, well, it's time for the rest of us to apologize to the Alabama faithful for finding the high turnout at the Crimson Tide's spring football game even a little bit odd. Jay, buddy, you were right.

That, my friends, is how the brackets broke down for the Studly 16. Stay tuned to the Ladies . . . for further updates on where we go from here. (For what it's worth, I think the best way to crown a champion at this point would be by a majority vote of the women behind the tournament, who would be permitted to pick from a pool of candidates consisting of webloggers who entered the bracket, submitted an application in the proper format, refrained from making rash accusations at the architects of the competition, made a humorous telephone call to EDSBS Radio about the entire enterprise, and have the first initial "T." Still, I'm sure they'll come up with a fair way to handle matters.)

By the way . . . not to get all anti-playoff on you or anything, but this wouldn't have happened under a hot blogger bowl system. I'm just saying. . . .

Go 'Dawgs!