Friday, January 19, 2007

Slate on Rorygate

Online magazine Slate offers the most comprehensive breakdown of the Rory Fitzpatrick all-star ballot mess in a piece posted last night. I found this portion in particular quite interesting:
The press had fallen in love with the Rory campaign, and no one seemed to notice when the Globe and Mail broke the Vote-O-Matic story on Dec. 20.

Eric McErlain and Deadspin have also picked up on this development.


At 1:07 p.m., January 19, 2007, Anonymous Logan said...

While I have no doubt whatsoever that the NHL stepped in and adjusted the numbers after people openly flaunted that they were cheating the system, the number crunching looks a bit foolish given that the NHL has never (to my knowledge) published the complete data set. they published the totals of the players on the ballot, as well as the write-ins who finished ahead of those players, but I have yet to see a list that includes total votes for Slava Kozlov, who showed up on the first list as a significant write-in (back when he was 5th in the league in scoring). We know somethign happened, but using the numbers to make it sound technical and thus more credible is a bit foolish when people don't have all the numbers.

At 1:25 p.m., January 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most foolish thing about the All-Star game is having a player from every team make it while denying this is the case. Turco over Hasek? Perrault over Kariya (Gilles yes, Yannick no)? That is a mockery considering this wasn't perpetrated by some casual fan, but by the League itself. Maybe players with fashion sense decided to stay away from the new jerseys.

At 1:26 p.m., January 19, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Logan -- that's certainly the league's position on why the totals don't add up, but it makes little sense that the Western Conference defencemen totals would be so far off what they were every other week.

There is some variation due to the write-in votes the league has (and will) not released, but the one week in question offers far too great a variance to chalk it up to write-in ballots.

At 1:31 p.m., January 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NHL got more positive attention from a media that loathes the sport than any of its own initiatives in the last 10 years. So of course they're against it!!

At 1:35 p.m., January 19, 2007, Anonymous Chris DeGroat @ The Checking Line said...

I just blogged about this and, as I said on my blog, I'm glad the league stepped in. Since they voters were using an automated system the votes for Rory didn't represent what the average fan wanted to see that game.

At 1:38 p.m., January 19, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I don't have a problem with the league stepping in, but it doesn't make sense why they would throw out only votes for Rory that were automated. I'd also like to know how many votes were thrown out.

It seems to me the campaign had more then enough momentum to get him in without the auto-voters (which no one had even heard about until I linked to them on Dec. 20).

At 2:29 p.m., January 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jovo added to All-Star lineup. We get to see 2 all-stars from the desert dogs!!! Good to have friends in high places. Fitzpatrick makes a mockery of the All-Star game? The hypocrisy is killing me.

At 4:13 p.m., January 19, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

I have no problem with the NHL throwing out the automated votes -- I even admitted on this blog that I used it 14 times.

But they haven't admitted that. They haven't said anything.

And if they did throw out automated votes, why would they only throw out Rory's? The mathematics make it painfully clear they singled him out.

At 4:19 p.m., January 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NHL in the past season has reminded we the unwashed masses that this is THEIR League and we are only entitled to pay for the priviledge of watching it.

Since the lockout we've heard it was in our best interest. A year without a Cup champ is what I've alway wanted!

Don't like the same old high ticket prices, even with the empty seats, don't worry we'll find a way to appeal to corporate sponsors. Here I thought those high payrolls were causing the high prices.

Care about the heritage of the jerseys, tough luck you'll buy fewer at $400 a pop anyway, but we'll still make the same amount.

Vote for All-Stars, but only for whom we deem is appropriate or we'll change the outcome.

Don't like to see the team play the same teams over and over and over, don't worry it saves on travel costs. Can't you tell you're more entertained watching the same team 8 times.


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