Draftivus has finally wound to a close around these parts. The wrapping paper is strewn around the living room, some of you are sleeping soundly, knowing that your favorite players are in orange and blue, while others are figuring out where their presents were bought so that they can take them in and exchange them.
There is a lot ot agree about, and there is a lot to disagree about, but one thing is for certain: you guys made MHR's Inaugural Draftivus a HUGE success, and I thank you.
I'm talking about 6000+ comments in the frontpage threads alone, plus thousands more spread across many great fanpost discussions. I'm talking about 40,000+ visitors checking into some of the finest coverage and highest quality discussions that could be found for the Broncos draft this weekend. I'm talking about 2000+ solid members, 6 hardworking editors and 1 visionary leader with a press pass.
I'm talking about one of the best draftday experiences I have had the pleasure of enjoying, with company too good to be true. And regardless of the draft's outcome, I think that is why we are all here.
But I also need to talk about some special members, guys who get to represent a "slice of the MHR communtiy" and who will live forever in Draftivus fame. Its time to start announcing the 2009 Draftivus Winner's Circle, starting with the winners of the "Top Twelve Mock Contest"!
Click through to see who they were!!
First Place Winner
Calibroncoboy (103/144 pts) .............MHR Tshirt featuring Peyton Hillis, and an autographed Peyton Hillis Rookie card.
Second Place Winner
BroncoJoe311 (+10 Bonus Points) (97/144)..........MHR Coffee Mug and some Orange and Blue Coffee.
Third Place Winner
gnarlybroncodude (96/144 pts)...........MHR and Peyton Hillis drink coasters. I "won" a set of these myself, and I love 'em, they look awesome!
As you can see, BroncoJoe311 was able to discover the "secret-player" that was hidden in the Draftivus contest posts, and his bonus ten points was just enough to edge him into the 2009 winner's circle. Honorary mention goes to Ejruiz, scottwchicago, studbucket and topnation for some also very high scoring entries. Overall it was a very highscoring contest, with only a small handful of "duds" (names reserved to protect the innocent).
There were a TON of entries, way more than I was expecting, and so I am still tallying scores and auditing the openthread raffles (basically, if you were there, you are IN!). Expect the First Round Mock Winners to be announced tomorrow night, the 7 round Broncos Mock winners to be announced the next night, and for the raffle winners to be announced the night after.
Here is a big MileHighSalute to all the Top Twelve Mock Winners! Please send your mailing info to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive your very special 2009 Draftivus winner-only swag!