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Kari - DaPrez

Hello, fellow FanNation friends!

I am sitting in the comfort of my bed (long story...suffice it to say three-inch-heels + ice = Kari in much pain), and much to my delight, the finalists were just announced for the Heisman Trophy.

*Drumroll, please...*

Colt Brennan, Hawaii

Chase Daniel, Mizzou

Darren McFadden, Arkansas

Tim Tebow, Florida

Well, I have to say that I'm not really surprised at three of those four finalists. I am, however, shocked that Colt Brennan made the cut.

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE Colt Brennan. He is a beast--busting NCAA passing records, and bringing a relatively unknown program to the national spotlight along the way. It's fun to watch him play. I think that he and his team got dissed because of geography (which is another blog, coming soon...). But every commentator and analyst and armchair quarterback I've heard has said outright, "There is no way Colt Brennan is winning the Heisman."

Well, why not?

According to, the voting process works as follows:

"The states are divided into the six sections accordingly:
Far West: AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, ND, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
Mid Atlantic: DC, DE, MD, NC, NJ, PA, SC, VA, WV
Mid West: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI
North East: CT, MA, ME, NH, NYC, NY, RI, VT
South: AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, TN
Southwest: AR, CO, KS, MO, NE, NM, OK, TX

Each Section within the United States has 145 media votes, totaling 870 media votes across the country. Additionally every former Heisman winner, 54 presently, has a vote as well. In 1999, The Heisman Trophy agreed to develop a special program to allow the public at large to become part of the balloting process by permitting one (1) fan vote eligible in the overall tabulation. This program continues in 2005, bringing the total number of voters for the 2005 Heisman race to 925.

The actual ballots include a space for electors to designate three individuals for the Heisman Trophy. The first choice on an elector's ballot receives three points in the overall voting tabulation, the second choice receives two points and the third choice receives one point.

Ballots are void unless signed by the elector. A first, second and third choice must be indicated on each ballot. The Heisman Committee created the point system in an effort to eliminate any sectional favoritism.

The ballots state that "In order that there will be no misunderstanding regarding the eligibility of a candidate, the recipient of the award MUST be a bona fide student of an accredited college or university including the United States Academies. The recipients must be in compliance with the bylaws defining an NCAA student athlete."

The independent accounting firm of Deloitte tabulates the Heisman ballots. Deloitte is responsible for mailing the ballots and voting instructions. Since 2002, electors have the option of sending their completed ballot to Deloitte via mail or voting online via a secured website, created and maintained by Deloitte personnel. Deloitte tabulates all ballots and tallies the votes according to the point system outlined above. The individual with the most points receives The Heisman Memorial Trophy.

The 2007 Heisman ballots are mailed out on Wednesday, November 14th 2007. The ballots are due back to Deloitte, by Wednesday, December 5th. Again, there are 925 votes for 2007."

Okay, first of all...huh? Geez, this system is more complicated than the Electoral College. But second of all, the only qualification that I saw on the whole website was that the Heisman should go to the best college football player in America.

So can someone please tell me why Brennan shouldn't win? He's come back from the bottom. He went to Junior College for a year or two after being kicked off of Colorado's football team after a conviction for trespassing and burglary. He walked on at Hawaii. Let me say that again--he walked on at Hawaii. He's blowing away records and led the only team in D1 (or whatever they are calling it this year) that went undefeated.

The fact that he plays for Hawaii and not one of the big boys shouldn't count against him.

Now, I'm off to figure out how to become one of those fans that can vote each year for the Heisman. I'll catch y'all later. 


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