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INTRODUCING: FOWL HYSTERIA
Welcome to the world's first-ever bird-themed bracket tournament!!!!!!!!!
OK give us a moment, we just have to calm ourselves because the excitement is threatening to overtake us. OK, breathe in, breathe out, breathe—AHHH IT’S NO USE WE’RE TOO STOKED FOR THIS!
WELCOME TO FOWL HYSTERIA, THE WORLD’S FIRST-EVER BRACKET-BASED BIRD TOURNAMENT!!!!
That’s right. Since it’s March, when bracket-based tournaments are all the rage, Discourse Blog is entering the fray with our very own bird-themed contest. We (or, rather, a randomizer tool on the internet) selected 32 of the birds that have been spotlighted in Bird of the Week over the past two years and put them beak to beak, wing to wing, claw to claw, feather to feather. And over the next month or so, you, our favorite bird-loving readers, will be able to vote on which birds should fly through to the finals and which will have to be content with merely being an amazing bird.
We even made our own little bracket!!! Look!!!! And the absolutely brilliant Sam made the illustration up top. And the absolutely brilliant Paul came up with the name! We’re serious about this thing!
We’d love to claim that we had this idea all by ourselves, but it came to us from one of our brilliant commenters, Morgan O. “You should run a bird of the year(s) bracket for everyone,” Morgan wrote. “My vote is going to the Kea, but they're all winners!”
We loved this for a few reasons. First, Morgan’s idea was incredible, which is why we’re doing it. Second, the Kea is a wonderful bird. And third, “they’re all winners!” is exactly the spirit we want this contest to have.
Every bird, in our opinion, rules. Every brings wonderful things to the table. This is just a fun way for everyone to wave the flag for their faves! So don’t be too downhearted if your bird doesn’t make it too far in the contest—especially since that bird will definitely not know this is going on.
How This Is Going to Work
It’s pretty simple. There are 32 birds, so that means 16 different matchups for this first round. We’ve created polls for every single matchup, and made sure to provide you with the links to the relevant bird blogs so you can refresh your memory if you need. All you have to do is vote for the bird of your choice in each poll! You have a week to vote, and then, every Friday, we’ll narrow the field down until we reach our final.
If you are reading this in your email and want to vote in every contest, you will have to click the “[Message clipped] View entire message” link at the bottom of the email, which will take you to the complete post.
OK, HERE. WE. GO. LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy voting!!!!
The Kirtland’s Warbler, the bird made famous by Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame inductee John Schneider, versus the Himalayan Monal, a bird so beautiful that future Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame inductee Caitlin Schneider said “Oh my GOD this bird looks fake.”
Weavers, the refined artists of the bird world, make impeccable, stunning nests. Pigeons, the striving hustlers of the bird world, just throw some sticks together. Both approaches are perfect. But which gets your vote?
OK, that’s it for this round! Don’t forget to vote, and tune in next week to see who made it to Round 2!!!!
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