Shenanigans have officially been declared!
It comes as no surprise to us that QuizLaw made the final cut in Legal Antic’s “funniest law blog” poll. When Dustin pointed out the early results to me, however, it did come as a surprise that “Phila Lawyer” had taken a commanding lead, considering that its 723 votes are probably more than the number of readers the blog actually has, coupled with the fact that I hadn’t even heard of the site before this poll (please note that I’m not commenting on the substantive quality of the site’s humor because, truthfully, I haven’t managed to make it through any of the terribly long posts I’ve tried to read thus far). It was at this point that Dustin expressed his desire to declare shenanigans, and I agree. So:
Of course, Legal Antic’s proprietor, Nicole Black, also knows the results are a little suspect, as she’s already updated the entry to discuss the “minor league ‘voter fraud’” going on. But I’m also declaring shenanigans on Above the Law being in second place. To be sure, I love David Lat’s blog, but I don’t really think of it as a particularly funny legal blog, despite the occasional good humor over there. I think he’s in second place (and rightfully in first place, when you take out the voter fraud) simply because he shamelessly plugged the poll (and I take no issue with that whatsoever), and ATL gets quite a bit of traffic. So he’s gonna’ get more votes than the littler blogs just based on traffic numbers, regardless of the relative humor of the sites in the running.
Is this declaration of shenanigans nothing more than sour grapes? No matter how much I protest that it’s really not, I’m sure some of you will say “yuh-huh” anyway, so feel free. But that doesn’t change the declaration.
In any event, while I would normally make a similar-to-Lat’s plea for all our wonderful readers to get out the vote, I’m not particularly motivated to do so in this instance. Feel free to throw a vote our way, and I have no doubt some of our faithful readers will do so anyway, but we won’t cry if you don’t. And for the record, in the now-improbably chance that we do actually win, I would ask Nicole to donate $20 to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (my pet legal charity project) in QuizLaw’s name, rather than buying us some silly Billable Hour trinket.
(And also for the record, I do think there are some worthy contenders on that list, particularly Overlawyered. And while I haven’t read much on the site yet, big ups to Buffalo Wings & Vodka for the excellent blog title.)
Update: I’ve been told that Nicole isn’t actually purchasing anything from Billable Hour for the winner and that, rather, it’s just The Billable Hour donating something as a sponsor of the contest. So scratch my attempted altruism, I guess.