Jewish World Review March 9, 2009 / 13 Adar 5769
Name That Blago Book contest names its winner
By John Kass
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Rod and the Giant Impeach" is the winner of my Name That Blago Book contest, after a day of online voting in which readers selected their favorite title for former Gov. Rod "Dead Meat" Blagojevich's forthcoming steamy and possibly turgidly written expose of Illinois political sleaze (and maybe some sex, too).
Winner Kevin Floyd, 30, is a Notre Dame graduate who works in advertising in Chicago.
He will be honored at a special ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday out in front of the Tribune Tower, officiated by the most legendary politician in Chicago's history, the late Mare Daley.
The public is welcome to attend the ceremony and witness the reincarnation of Da Mare, as portrayed by my friend and actor, Neil Giuntoli, to celebrate Floyd's great triumph.
Floyd wins several prizes, including a fabulous 3-pound beef tongue (defrosted), in anticipation that Dead Meat will sing to the feds, as well as two tickets to an upcoming performance of "Hizzoner," a play about the late Mayor Richard J. Daley that stars Giuntoli.
"A beef tongue is a noble meat," said Hizzoner on Thursday. "I can't wait to give him this here beef tongue. Because, as you all know, beef tongue is a Chicago meat, a proud and humble meat that doesn't put on airs. It's the meat of the hard-working people of this great city."
When informed of his prize, Floyd said he would be honored to receive a beef tongue and free theater tickets from the legendary giant of Chicago politics.
"That sounds great. I'm a big fan of meat," Floyd said. "And like he (Da Mare) used to say, I won because I got the most votes."
Floyd recalled his inspiration.
"I read your column and decided to enter, and I thought of the impeachment of the governor, and about my childhood, when I read 'James and the Giant Peach' in fourth grade," said Floyd, who won with 22.3 percent of more than 10,000 online ballots cast.
Floyd's entry came on fast just before polls closed at 4 p.m. Thursday, and narrowly eclipsed two others that had been ahead all day, "From Hair to Profanity" (1,827 votes) and "They Paid Me a (Bleeping) Bucket of Cash to Write This (Bleeping) Book" (2,006).
Though I had urged all voters to engage in the time-honored tradition of voting early and often, Floyd declined to say how he won, exactly.
"Let's just say I had a lot of friends, and they decided to help me out a little bit," Floyd said.
There were thousands of suggested titles. Others that I picked for the top 10 and that were eligible in the voting included "Dr. Strangegov: Or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the F-Bomb" (1,352 votes); "The Grapes of Graft" (1,087), "Illinois Elvis: Just a Hunk, a Hunk of (Bleeping) Gov (555)"; "G-d is My Comb Pilot" (495 responses); "Prosecution Exhibit Number 1: The Defendant's Confession" (411); "Lonesome Gov" (325); and finally "The DeLeo Codes" (161), which was my favorite.
Thanks to all who sent in suggestions. Though the rest of you didn't win, at least you don't have to boil a beef tongue for six hours over the weekend.
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