2012 Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament: Sweet 16 Round (taking this seriously now)

Enough with the fanshot, this is getting an actual post now.

Around 1:30 pm, I realized that the second round of the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament was underway, and put a fanshot on the front page. Much to my (perhaps, our) chagrin, BTSC was getting its ass kicked 102-36 by The "Mc" Effect.

The score progressed more or less as follows from that time:

2:20 pm - BTSC leads 119-111

3:00 pm - The "Mc" Effect leads 157-153

5:40 pm - BTSC leads 323-177

7:00 pm - BTSC leads 341-311

As of posting right now at 8:15 pm, the score is 393-357 with The "Mc" Effect back in the lead.

The "Mc" Effect is a Pittsburgh Pirates blog run by one Jon Anderson, who appears to be a junior at Waynesburg University and is studying Computer Science and Communications. He appears to run the blog by himself, and he's a very resourceful young man: some time after 5:40, Anderson made it a ball game again by getting his fellow Waynesburg students involved and tweeting about it.

I have nothing against Anderson - I just don't want to lose to him.

I have nothing against his one-man outfit (his resourcefulness is impressive) - I just don't want the best Steelers blog around, equipped with a healthy roster of contributors, to lose to it.

I have nothing against the Pirates (a team that I nominally root for given their streak of 19 straight losing seasons) - I just don't want it to seem like the Steelers (with all of their success and deserved accolades) do not have what it takes to get past them, let alone the Tim Tebow show.

I know there is a passionate group of users that actively posts/comments on this site. I know there is also a sizable population that may not actively comment, but who are still loyal and appreciated readers.

To each and every one of you that reads this - please help us win.

Voting ends in just under 25 hours - 9:00 pm eastern time tomorrow (Thursday). It's enough time for us to come back (again) and win this thing, but it's going to take effort because The "Mc" Effect isn't going to sleep during that time either.

Vote from every computer/mobile device you have. It's the first one on the list - you don't have to scroll very far to find it and you don't have to bother yourself with voting for any other matchups if you don't want to.

Spread the word. As PaVaSteeler commented to the earlier fanshot:

don’t leave any chads hanging…tell your friends, tell your family, pay your office workers…but get out the vote!

I'm not advocating the use of underhanded tactics to cheat and game the poll - we have everything we need to win this fair and square.

If you don't feel like voting/helping us out, then let us know what we can do to improve as a site and change your mind.

To each and every one of you that reads this - please help us win.

(And please throw in a rec or two so this stays at the top of the fanpost column through tomorrow everning, even if it does get pushed down the front page.)

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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