Alabama Wins 2012 Slabby National Championship
After more than a week of wild voting and with all precincts now reporting, the winner of the 2012 Slabby Award by a narrow margin is Alabama with 27 votes. Notre Dame came in a close second with 21 votes to make it one of the narrowest margins of victory in the history of Slabby.
The award dates all the way back to 2004 when it had a controversial split vote between Auburn and USC. Ironically, Slabby was the only award bestowed upon Auburn that undefeated year yet was rejected by its athletic director. USC’s athletic director, on the other hand, was gracious and acknowledged the award personally.
This year’s vote reveals that an obvious SEC bias reigns in the pool as five SEC teams garnered at least one vote as national champion. The tally is below with a total of 74 ballots being cast.
Kate Dishongh voted, but cast it for no one alleging that the BCS process is a sham and no one has earned it. There was a vote for Wisconsin (Jerry Wild) that was later withdrawn. I’m not sure what that means. There were also one or two people who tried to vote twice. Notre Dame fans should have tried that trick more often.
Other votes of note:
Jeremy Peppas is convinced Stanford is the best team. To Jeremy, it’s not an academic challenge.
Apparently, if you’re a grad of Georgia that is all it takes. I’m going to assume that Hilary DeMillo is also a Georgia grad as she proclaims it’s her team and her chance to award it to them.
Joe Chu liked Ohio State because they were cheaters.
Mark Shull cast two votes with different criteria such as Alabama would win a playoff, but Oregon could win a single game. Tough to divine these types of votes, but such is the job of Commissioner.
The wildest vote goes to Oscar Davis who voted for Arkansas State just because it supplied his school (Auburn) with its new coach.
Trip Miller voted for Arkansas retroactively for 2011. Unfortunately, Slabby is not an award that can be taken back, which is too bad since sometimes in the early years of Slabby it was a horrible predictor. But since the SEC dominance of the BCS championship game, it has gotten better. Will it be right this year with Alabama as its pick?
Thanks to everyone for taking the time to vote. Your picks and comments were read with much interest.
Alabama - 27
Notre Dame - 21
Texas A&M - 6
Georgia - 3
Oregon - 3
Kansas State - 3
Florida - 2
Florida State - 2
Ohio State - 2
Stanford - 2
LSU - 1
Arkansas State - 1
Nobody is deserving - 1
Slabby is a stone tablet weighing more than 75 pounds. It is proclaimed as the heaviest and most indestructible award in college football, and as a bonus is also all-weather. Each year, the elected national champion’s name is added to the trophy and sent to the university’s athletic department provided they accept shipping. The athletic director must then carry the tablet 10 feet in the Slabby Strength Challenge in order to keep the trophy the remainder of the year.