There was never the excitement behind the campaign that there was with Sean Avery last year.
So it is with much regret that I am shutting down the Girardi write-in campaign.
If you still want to vote for him, I absolutely encourage you to do so but I will not be actively promoting the campaign.
Probably because it would have been hilarious, but moreso because it was easier to vote more often...that 30 votes per device killed it.
Bummer :-/ good try tho Kevin...you have a lot of enthusiasm. Damn NHL had to change to the voting rules...
I think we all want him in, but the format change this year pretty much doomed us from the start. I woulda been on there voting everyday if I could. But as far as I'm concerned the NHL doesn't really give a crap about what the fans want for the All-Star game anyway so its sort of a moot point in the end. As you say, hopefully we'll at least get Girardi on the official ballot next year.
While I think that G really does deserve a spot in the All Star Game, this campaign was never going to gain the traction that Avery's did. Sean's fans (and I count myself among them) are insane. We are very outspoken and we are the reason Sean plays for NY. When there came a chance for us to get him (ridiculously) honored in something like the All Star Game, were were all over it, and voted like mad. G doesn't have fans like that so he didn't get those votes.
Moreover, Sean is an extremely galvanizing person. It wasn't only his fans that voted for him last year. I would hazard a guess that 1/4 of the votes he got were simply people that wanted to see what sort of asinine hi-jinx Sean would get up to on that kind of stage. G is not galvanizing in that way, and certainly would not put on a show like that, so he didn't get those votes either.
Finally, there was an element of rebellion in the Sean Avery write-in campaign that just wasn't there with Dan Girardi. Dan actually belongs in that game. Every time we voted for Sean we had the sense that we were sticking it to Bettman and to the whole league. Be damned their retarded vision of what the NHL "should be", we want motherfucking Sean Avery.
If nothing else, we (hopefully) accomplished getting Dan on the All Star ballot next year.
@erichan Not all of us. This is one blogger who can not get over the Carcillo Gaborik incident where Girardi stood by and watched the Rangers best player get the stuffing knocked out of him.I'am sure that I'am not the only one still holding resentment against Girardi for that.
@CJ I also think limiting the text message votes to 30 killed us this year also. If you remember, Avery led the league in text message votes last year.
@CJ Couldn't agree more on your thoughts.