December 04, 2006

The Rory Revolution

For me, the true meaning of productivity is not studying for the four exams I have in the next four days, but it is voting for Rory. For the past half an hour, I have been taking advantage of the NHL's new all-star game voting system. This year, instead of allowing only one vote per IP address at their online voting website, the NHL is allowing unlimited online voting to vote players into the 2006 NHL All-Star Game (to be played in Dallas, TX on the 24th of January).

After hearing about this new voting system, some hockey fans thought that it was not accurately representing the players that are voted into the game. Voters are allowed to vote more than once for specific players, therefore inflating the votes for the more popular players and decreasing the chances for those who may be having spectacular seasons but based on lower standards. This doesn't seem to be too much of a problem right? I mean, the most votes will represent the most wanted players. Wrong, says one hockey fan. The creator of thinks that the NHL voting system is not fair because it does not allow for other players, besides the already established superstars to be voted into the game. He started the website in an effort to rebel against the NHL and try and reward a player that would otherwise have no chance of getting voted into the NHL All-Star Game. Rory Fitzpatrick, defenseman of the Vancouver Canucks and formerly of the Buffalo Sabres, is this player. Fitzpatrick is a hardworking player who gives his all every game and does not get rewarded with the fame and glamour. is trying to change that.

Last week, the NHL released preliminary all-star voting results and Fitzpatrick miraculously was 11th in votes, only 200,000 votes behind the leader (former Norris trophy winners Scott Niedermayer and Niklas Lidstrom). And this was before the Rory Revolution hit. Fans all over North America have been joining the Rory Revolution, some for fun, some to help further the point, and some who just have a dream - or who just get a kick out of it. No matter what the cause, Rory Fitzpatrick is getting more votes as each day passes and the joke which once was nothing more, is becoming a real possibility.

So if you find yourself sitting around being unproductive at anytime during the next week or two, snap out of it and visit and vote for Rory as much as you can, because well, you can. Help the underdogs be represented for their hard work! The final results will be revealed in early January, so vote now and vote often!

Until next time, vote Rory and good day.

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