Monday, April 20, 2009

2009 NOTY Final: Barkevious Mingo v. Iris Macadangdang

One is a high-profile football recruit, the other a modest political science/Spanish major. One is from the South, the other from up North. They represent big conferences – the SEC and the Big Ten – but what else would you expect for the final of a tournament with a field of 64? Both have powerful grassroots interweb advocacy groups.

Bulltron Regional No. 4 seed Barkevious Mingo has been the force of the 2009 NOTY Tournament, racking up the biggest margins and – ahem – biggest vote totals so far. We are already on record as backers of the West Monroe, La., native, incoming LSU linebacker and Steampunk Emperor of the Kingdom of Mingovia. His name is a going-both-ways thing of beauty. Barkevious rallies the base not from us, however, but via the many proclamations issued on his behalf by puppetmaster Orson Swindle of the college-football blog Every Day Should Be Saturday.

Chrotchtangle Regional No. 1 seed Iris Macadangdang has been derided by some as an unworthy finalist. But her indigeneous Filipino name – not especially common, she tells us in an email sent to correct some facts we lifted from an outdated bio – is undeniably mellifluous, and paired with her old-school first name qualifies for NOTY greatness. The 2008 Michigan grad from Kalamazoo is by all accounts a lovely person. She even dabbles in ballroom dancing! (Yo, Dancing With the Stars . You love football players. How about a Mingo-Macadangdang tandem next season?) Iris draws online support from her acolytes at MGoBlog – and a Facebook group organized by her friends.

Cast your ballot. Voting continues through next Monday, April 27.

77 comments:

  1. Worst. Championship game. Ever.

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  2. There is no way a Big 10 grad from Michigan should win this. SEC! SEC! SEC!

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  3. Who has the better hackers?! ? Let the computers decide!

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  4. Mingovians!!! We Must Triumph!!!

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  5. For Mingovia!!!!!!!! Ready the dirigible shaped like a tiger!

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  6. If only Iris had a less ordinary first name... but sorry, with such an ordinary first name, you can never hope to triumph over Barkevious Mingo.

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  7. I think Iris' first name is part of her greatness. Given the length and rhythm of Macadangdang, Iris is a great lead-in. Anything more in a first name would be overkill.

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  8. I definitely support a Dancing With The Stars teaming of these two. :D

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  9. macadangdang has to be the funnest last name i have ever heard!!!

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  10. Some day there should be a name of the geological epoch contest.

    My vote: Pope Hilarius

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Hilarius

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  11. People complain that Iris is a boring first name.

    I say Mingo is a pretty tame last name no more worthy of NOTY honors than Iris.

    With the lame names cancelling eachother out, it therefore comes down to Barkevious vs Macadangdang.

    Both are ridiculous. Barkevious's parents actually had a choice which cuts in his favor. Macadangdang, as a surname, could live on and be passed to other generations, but if Iris marries and doesn't have a brother, the Macadangdang line ends with her generation. There may be other Barkeviouses, but there may never be another Macadangdang. I say that carries the day for Iris.

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  12. I'm sure that the great one has sired numerous little Barkevious "Spring Mules", and will continue to do so in the future.

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  13. Wishing there were a write-in option. We could pull a Colbert for Nutritious Love, or Crystal Metheny, or Velvet Milkman...

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  14. A quick facebook search reveals abundant Macadangdangs. Velvet Milkman got robbed.

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  15. There are 4 people in Norway with the Macadangdang last name, which makes it the 1226th most popular surname.

    Barkevious remains unique.

    All hail our steampunk overlord!

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  17. is it just me, or doesn't the map closely resemble the red state blue state map of the second george w election? i'm just saying.

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  19. "but if Iris marries and doesn't have a brother, the Macadangdang line ends with her generation."

    There are lots of people in the Philippines with that name, so no.

    But it's still better than Barkevious Mingo.

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  20. I think this is mostly just voting against Barkevious and his giant following rather than people voting for Iris.

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  21. Macadangdang > Mingo.

    Nevertheless, Juvyline Cubangbang >>>>> Iris Macadangdang.

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  22. "is it just me, or doesn't the map closely resemble the red state blue state map of the second george w election? i'm just saying."

    It's not just you. Iris Macadangdang lovers clearly hate freedom.

    For Mingovia!

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  23. I still think Taco and Velvet got screwed

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  24. MACADANGDANG WILL REIGN SUPREME!!! GO BLUE!

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  25. "Who has the better hackers?! ? Let the computers decide!" [2]

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  26. That's not a U.S. Army jersey in the picture, that's the official jersey of Barkevious' own militia. While all of the common jerseys read "Mingovian Army," our fearless leader's simply says "Us Army."

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  27. For Mingovia!! For Lord Barkevious!! Ready the hot-air frigate for immediate boarding of Macadangdang.

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  28. The SEC can't beat the University of Michigan in anything unless it has Jason Witten splitting UM safeties and racing to paydirt.. and Jason Witten ain't walking through that door.

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  29. One Vote for Velvet Milkman

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  30. Why vote for some football player who could care less - lady Macadangdang would probably love to win. Vote for the REAL PERSON!

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  31. Football players aren't real people too? Well Barkevious does have metal arms in many of the pictures, but hes still a real person.

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  32. None of the above. This is the NOTY equivalent of the Detroit Lions vs. the Washington "Natinals". Horrible horrible horrible.

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  33. iMac! iMac! iMac! iMac! iMac!

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  34. We will not be intimidated by the radical militancy of the Migovian nationalist. We stand here in defiance of tyranny, for we are free men, under a democracy.

    You have swayed the electorate with inflamatory talk, characteristic of personality cults of the past. Irisians unite! We will not be under the kingship of someone who is obviously an oblivious figurehead for a nefarious regime. I vote as an Iristocrat!

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  35. DO YOUR WORST, STINKBEARS!!! MINGOVIA SHALL TRIUMPH IN THE END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  36. I'm still waiting for the None Of The Above choice, and also for a Runner Up poll between Velvet Milkman and Nutritious Love. I would have preferred Crystal Metheny, another victim of these odd collegiate spambots, but that's water under the bridge at this point. I guess I'll just take the Runner Up poll if I can get one.

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  37. The Macadangdang are an impressive foe. Rise again, Mingovians! For the Steampunk Emperor!

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  39. Ditto the above comment.

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  40. Emperor Mingo's first official act following his NotY victory should be to abolish the corrupt democratic process that elevated Iris Macadangdang above superior entries like Velvet Milkman and Shasta Kielbasa.

    NotY admins, it's time for some enlightened despotism.

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  41. hmmm..
    A charasmatic leader voted into power by a fanatical following. A fanatical following that strong arms the electorate to vote its candidate into power.

    Then, once in power, said candidate abolishes the democratic process altogether, declaring a military state, and himself as a supreme dictator.

    I believe next up is.. Censorship of the press, oppression of the minority vote.. war on Poland?

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  42. hmm.. to switch historical context, I'll play Trotsky to your Lenin/Stalin.

    Rise up Irisians. Come forth Macadangdangdangians!

    Another reason Macadangdang is better than Mingo...

    more letters.

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  44. All the people that prevented the Milkman /Love battle for the championship can suck it, go back to your crappy blogs.

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  45. The Barkevious part is the cooler half. Parents can't choose their last name, but the first is fully up to them. Barkavious >> Iris

    "Wahh those meanies got together and gathered support for their favorite name" EDSBS does not call the troops of Mingovia because he's from LSU, nay it is because the name is awsome.

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  46. cj:

    How about we put this in a more current context. You can be Jeremiah Wright and I'll be Barry Obama

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  47. IRIS MACADANGDANG aka iMAC is the best name! vote for her! even her nicknames are awesome too.

    what nickname does barkevious have? barky?

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  48. What nickname does Barkevious have? How about Lord Mingo, ruler of all he surveys, courge of those lands who dare rise against the iron fist draped in velvet that he doth swing?

    Rise Mingovians to victory!

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  49. In response to Pip, I'm pretty sure we have the better hackers. (Barkevious Mingo)

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  50. Sleestack90:

    honestly not seeing the connection here, but perhaps you could illuminate your train of thought.

    I don't believe I'm playing a racially divisive card in order to draw attention to my personal ambition, through the vehicle of an enigmatic public figure with whom I have a previous history (which in this case is you?)

    I'm up for a battle with the velvet covered iron fist of the Mingovian warlord, but, i think you lost me a bit.

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  51. he goes by KE KE

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  52. Maca Dang
    Maca Dang
    Maca Dang Dang Dang

    Maca Dang
    Maca Dang
    Maca Dang Dang Dang

    Repeat 3x and try to keep out of your head for then next 20 minutes.

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  53. Mingo will ultimately triumph due to his superiority (and Orson Swindle).

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  54. It seems Lord Mingo is triumphing over the Macadangdangians... may He have no mercy on their pitiful souls.

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  55. I'm voting for Barkevious simply because of the "voting irregularities" that cut down what was, by far, the best name in the contest: Dr. Shasta Kielbasa.

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  56. M-I-N-G-O
    M-I-N-G-O
    M-I-N-G-O

    AND MINGO WAS HIS NAME O

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  59. CollegeFootballFanApril 27, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    I refuse to vote for either candidate. Too much box stuffing relegated the really great names to the consolation round. Nutritious Love, in the third place round. Seriously? Meh.

    More importantly, though, I hate the Big Ten in general, Michigan most specifically out of that godforsakenly boring conference, But I also am a sworn enemy of all that is LSU as well...Can't vote for a Corndog to be that I'll just spend the next four years hating.

    What an anti-climax.

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  60. I'm a proud Gamecock, but consider me a Mingovian for this vote. Iris is a weak #1 seed and, while her last name elicits a brief chuckle, has no place in the finals. BARKEVIOUS FTW!

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  61. Speed Equals Championships

    Barkevious FTW!

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  62. And so shall the Lord Mingo crush the souls of those who oppose him.

    Macadangdang delenda est!

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  63. Mingo HAS to pull through so when the Tigahs roll into Oxford this fall we can add "Steampunk Emperor and NOTY Champion" to our list of People We Beat the Piss Out Of. HOTTY TODDY MINGOVIANS

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  64. Macadangdang is endorsed by ding-dongs

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