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Lamest Contest Ever Mercifully Ended…

June 25, 2009

Usually at Scotteriology I am commenting, deconstructing, or lambasting someone else. Today, the high powered microscope gets turned on myself: I made a massive error in judgment.

A couple of months ago I announced a contest that I thought would be pretty cool: I would get to pay somebody’s SBL conference fee ($175 US), buy someone $ 50 US in books at SBL, and buy someone dinner at the biblioblogs get together (Min $ 25 US). The rules–I thought–were simple: email me an original post to be put up at my site. Obviously, I have been proven to be in error.

Grave error.

The results thus far? One submission. And that? Incorrectly.

Therefore, it is with great shame and humility that I announce an end to one of the poorest conceived contests in the (short) history of biblioblogs.

The Scotteriology Super-Amazing SBL Contest is over. I will pay my own fee, and buy some books for me, and buy myself dinner.

But hey, on the bright side of things: Chris and Tyler, I’ll buy the first pint!

Now the important biblioblog question is: what went wrong? Are we so addicted to the hits of any post that it is impossible to give it up to another site? OR: Was this contest very poorly conceived?

19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2009 9:59 am

    I just wasn’t really interested in the SBL. Yeah, I know, blasphemy. But I’m an AAR boy, and ballsy enough to admit I’m not a Biblical Scholar by any stretch.

    • June 25, 2009 12:08 pm

      That’s OK Frank. The world needs theologians too. Just more good ones.

  2. Jake permalink
    June 25, 2009 1:39 pm

    I blame rap music.

  3. Jim permalink
    June 25, 2009 2:56 pm

    i blame laziness. so i suggest that you buy me a book there and – heck- make it two.

  4. alan paron dithers permalink
    June 25, 2009 9:48 pm

    Comment moved to Dilettante Hobby Horse

    • June 26, 2009 8:09 am

      I’m speechless…

      • June 29, 2009 3:22 am

        It appears that Beth El Jacob Frank thinks just about every biblioblogger around might be interested in the teachings of the Frankist Association of America. He has visited my blog and those of a number of others. 🙂

  5. Ben permalink
    June 26, 2009 3:23 am

    Jim’s laziness and an inferiority complex did me in. I thought it was a great contest, but I knew I would never be able to write anything approaching the erudite hilarity that characterizes your blog; it is sui generis.

    Plus I wanted to write on Todd Bentley.

  6. June 26, 2009 3:56 pm

    If I don’t get any more submissions on my home studio contest I may dethrone your title. You had much richer pay off for the winner too, I’m cheap and lame.

  7. June 26, 2009 9:06 pm

    Scott, that was actually a brilliant idea and as one interested in actually going to SBL this year I’m kicking myself for forgetting about this. What will it take to get you to reopen the contest 🙂

  8. June 27, 2009 1:05 am

    I agree with Mike. I’m potentially on board.

    And if you pick me you can even save a little money . . . . I only have to pay the STUDENT FEE. That totally saves you like 80 bucks!

  9. June 29, 2009 3:25 am

    Unfortunately, having the registration for SBL paid for me doesn’t give me much incentive – the airfare is in the vicinity of $2,000 and then there’s the accommodation and the poor value of the Aus dollar against the US dollar… but a good idea.

  10. June 29, 2009 8:02 am

    Scott, buddy, someone’s got to say it.

    Maybe if you have a great contest, and nobody enters, maybe it’s not the contest that’s lame.

    You have to face the possibility that maybe it’s you. Maybe the contest was awesome, but nobody entered because you’re lame.

    Just sayin.
    …you know, in Christian love.

    • June 29, 2009 8:32 am

      Ouch… that stings! Even with your “Christian Love”.

      • June 29, 2009 11:04 am

        Oh, I forgot to add:


        • June 29, 2009 1:50 pm

          Ohhh. The wink! That changes everything! 😉

          • July 2, 2009 4:18 am

            yes, the world-renowned “sure-I-just-tossed-a-blistering-insult-your-way-but-look-I’m-only-kidding-or-maybe-I-am-just-a-farging-acehole-who-has-something-in-my-eye-(the-people-responsible-for-sacking-those-who-were-sacked-have-been-sacked)-I’ll-certainly-never-tell-your-sorry-ass-so-put-that-in-your-pipe-you-freaking-loser-how-did-you-ever-manage-to-pull-yourself-out-of-the-slime-that-formed-you-oh-wait-that-was-another-joke-ha-ha-(my-sister-was-a-møøse-no-really!)-see-I’m-a-really-funny-and-happy-go-lucky-kind-of-guy-so-please-don’t-take-offense-at-really-anything-I-say-‘cuz-I’m-just-going-for-the-cheapest-shot-and-basest-show-of-humor-out-there-I’m-sure-with-your-(Klaatu!-Verata!-Ni-cough-cough!)-history-of-weak-jokes-you-can-understand-what-I’m-talking-about-here-so-doesn’t-that-really-make-everything-better-you-no-talent-hack-oh-look-another-joke-ha-ha-now-I’m-really-on-a-roll” wink.

            Guaranteed to soothe any hurt! 😀

            Okay… I’ll stop now.

  11. Bob Staghorn permalink
    July 1, 2009 7:37 pm

    I wanted to enter, but last time you called me a jerk. (To be fair, I used the word first.) And I still think that you lean a little too hard on Joel (even if it does seem that he is asking for it.)

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