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College Football Blog Award Nominees

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These are some of the CFB Blog Awards Nominees.

The Brady Quinn Award

FOR: The prettiest blog, the best layout and design. CRITERIA: An aesthetic appeal, whether from a stylish banner, a pleasing layout, or an eye-catching incorporation of blog technology.

Rocky Top Talk- Joel does some great work with Flash

College Football Resourse- CFR has a great layout and has every link and a Portal to hit all the hot sites.

The Best Community Interaction Award

FOR: The blog with the best community interaction. CRITERIA: A regular solicitation of input from readers and utilization of reader-produced content.

Burnt Orange Nation. Peter does a masterful job of getting his readers involved and has a great balance of funny and serious posts, commentary and stat related posts and a great working knowledge of all that is CFB. I think Kyle says It best!
I doubt whether anyone failed to nominate Burnt Orange Nation for this category, so there likely is little I can add to augment the praise that has been and will be heaped upon Peter Bean and his coevals at B.O.N.

Accordingly, I simply will say this: Peter is a leader in the blogosphere, not just through the example of his weblog (although his influence there is profound), but in the manner that he conducts himself behind the scenes. He is both genuine and gentlemanly, offering aid, advice, and encouragement to all who take up this endeavor and seek his counsel.

In that respect, he is apt to be remembered as the Bear Bryant of the blogosphere, whose impact set off ripples that long will radiate as those who learned from him continue to carry that knowledge outward and upward. Coach Bryant's coaching staffs produced a myriad of future head coaches and those who have profited from Peter's example likewise have gone on to attain some success as webloggers that is due in large measure to his guidance. I know that to be true because you are reading one such weblog right now.

That couldn't be more true, as I also consider Peter my BlogFather! His guidance and support, as well as Kyle and Nestor who also helped me launch Conquest Chronicles, is the main reason I started blogging.

The That's Not Really Real Award

FOR: The best photoshop or other counterfeit gag of the year. CRITERIA: Could be a photoshop, a Motivational Poster, an On Notice Board, or something similar, as long as it elicited more than a mere smile.

There were a lot of possibilities but I had to pick this one from HeismanPundit. Even Peter was impressed and he was not afraid to give HP some props for this cleaver pic.

The You Talkin' To Me Award

FOR: The best back and forth between rival blogs the week before a rivalry game. CRITERIA: Must be bi-directional, and both blogs must score points against each other. A unilateral beat-down will not suffice. Should be more in the spirit of fun than wildly abusive.

I know its shameful but I voted as Kyle did.
...To find the proper nominees in this category, we must overcome our East Coast bias and look westward. Although I would not characterize the "Holy War" as the nation's top college football rivalry, the Ute-bashing jokes found at Provo Pride and the series history found at Block U earned the Beehive State partisans an honorable mention as the runners-up in this category.

The clear winners, though, were Conquest Chronicles and Bruins Nation, who revealed how heated a rivalry the Battle of Los Angeles truly is. Heck, they had more back and forth after the game than most rivals do beforehand!

In all seriousness, Nestor and Paragon SC are both friends and colleagues of mine, so I hope tempers between the Bruin and Trojan contingents will cool in the weeks ahead, lest a storied institutional rivalry take on a decidedly unhealthy dimension of personal animosity, any more than it already has.

In the meantime, though, there's simply no way to claim that there is greater intensity in any rivalry represented in the blogosphere than that to be found in U.C.L.A.-U.S.C. Here's hoping Nestor and Paragon SC get to hoist this trophy together, then sit down and smoke a peace pipe afterwards.

We'll see how it goes. I know what DC Trojan would like to see ;-)

The awards will given out in January.