Business - Written by Mike Dover on Saturday, December 30, 2006 21:19 - 1 Comment
Rory Fitzpatrick’s own Internet bubble
Journeyman NHL defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick is currently a contender for the all-star team despite having yet to record a single goal or assist. His campaign has become an item of interest on the Internet, fueled by a website and a great deal of discussion on the Something Awful forums and other hockey blogs.
Wayne Gretzky and Don Cherry amongst others have encouraged Fitzpatrick to remove himself from the running since he would take the place away from a more deserving player. Purists become frustrated with situations like this and suggest that fans should not be able to vote at all-stars. Many suggested that Bo Jackson was elected by fans to the MLB all-star game mostly based on his football accomplishments (he silenced them by hitting a homerun to straight-away centerfield). In fact baseball stopped allowing fans from voting for players for 13 years as discussed in the passage below (from Wikipedia)
In 1957, fans of the Cincinnati Reds stuffed the ballot box, and elected a Red to every position except first base. Commissioner Ford Frick stepped in and removed two Reds from the lineup. As a response to this fiasco, fan voting was discontinued, and players, coaches, and managers were given the ability to elect starting position players until 1970.
IMO, the benefits of Internet voting (greater democracy, additional marketing reach for the league, etc) outweigh the downside. After all, if fans believe that Rory’s competitors deserve more votes, then they can set up their own MySpace pages to campaign for them.
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