Clemson weblogger Peter wins the award for being the first to complete the challenge, as a response was up on his Tigerpundit site within twelve hours after the gauntlet was thrown down.
Peter wins points for his segue from Joe Theismann to Joe Montana and I have resisted the urge to downgrade him for describing Sanford Stadium in the 1970s as seating "70,000-plus characters from a Patterson Hood song," despite my belief that more Drive-By Truckers ditties are populated by the Clemson faithful than by denizens of Bulldog Nation.
However, I had no choice but to dock Peter's score for his closing line, "They ain't never gonna change, either."
His reference, of course, was to the song "Never Gonna Change" from D.B.T.'s 2004 album The Dirty South. It would have been a nice Patterson Hood allusion . . . except for the fact that "Never Gonna Change" is a Jason Isbell song! That's like mistaking a Beatles song by John Lennon for one by Paul McCartney; it simply isn't done.
L.S.U. weblogger Ryan's paean to cultural regionalism wins the award for weaving the five disparate elements of the challenge most seamlessly into his narrative. In addition to slipping the references in surreptitiously, Ryan also made a good point. It was like something Donald Davidson might have written for Oxford American. (Oh, all right, Donald Davidson would have hated Oxford American, but you know what I mean. Such is the duality of the Southern thing.)
MGoBlog's Brian took his time, dropping the requisite names at intermittent intervals. My steadfast Southernness put Brian at something of a disadvantage, since no Wolverine weblogger could fairly be expected to know who Patterson Hood is . . . although it should be noted, for whatever it might be worth, that George Wallace won the Michigan presidential preference primary in 1972.
All in all, it was a successful initial outing for what I hope one day will be viewed as an integral part of every Thursday in the intercollegiate athletics blogosphere, doing its part to bridge the gap between Mustache Wednesday and Friday Random Ten.
Accordingly, I bring you this Thursday's edition of . . .
The Weekly Weblogger Challenge
Judah P. Benjamin
Phillip Freemason Esterhaus
The Council of Trent
Have fun working those five names into your postings in the upcoming week. Don't forget to provide the pertinent links in the comments below.
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