Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hornets endorse ballot stuffing

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 7:02 PM

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I realize ballot stuffing has a negative conotation (especially considering current events) but this is mostly harmless, I think. The Hornets today are hosting an All-Star ballot campaign tip-off at the Shops at Canal Place at 5 p.m. In attendance will be one Tyson Chandler accompanied by Hugo the Hornet and some Honeybees.

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But wait, there's more.

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Tyson will be there for an hour (5 to 6 p.m.) and will be signing autographs for everyone that fills out 50 All-Star ballots. What a novel idea, bribing voters with professional athlete autographs. Although, if the Hornets were a political organization, they could see this plan backfire. See, there's no requirement for fans to actually vote for Hornets on their ballots, just that they fill out 50. Of course, most everyone who shows up to this would probably be voting for Hornets anyway, it just seems like there's a loophole there to be exploited.

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If you can't make it to the Shops at Canal Place, it should also be noted that the Portland Trailblazers, in town to play the Hornets tomorrow night, will be taking a tour of Dillard University and watching their men's basketball team take on the Chriton Coments of Memphis, Tenn at 5 p.m. Actually, these events aren't too far from each other, so die-hards will have time to cast their ballots for Tyson Chandler and Chris Paul and then go taunt Brandon Roy and Greg Oden for having inferior ballot-stuffing campaigns.

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