We threw our contestants a curveball in Round Six: pick a game and write an article using that game’s story as a starting point. Not much bend in the concept so far, but the games were on Thursday, and the article was due Friday. We’ve mentioned several times during this competition that we’re looking for people who can be assigned a topic and produce strong content on deadline, and in Deadline Week we put our remaining contestants to the test. Selected comments from our judges:
“I really liked this as almost a sit down with the game and just let the stream of consciousness flow.” — Kevin Goldstein, on Ken Funck
“Really good stuff, all in all.” — Christina Kahrl, on Tim Kniker
“This article just proves that even a good writer can’t pull off a bad concept.” — Will Carroll, on Brian Oakchunas
“I really liked that Matt did such a good job of using a single game to make an interesting, much more broad point about World Series rematches.” — Kahrl, on Matt Swartz
“Look at the graf that starts with “I would have let Rasmus …” No offense to Brian here, but La Russa has 2,500 wins, so I would have liked to have seen something more than opinion.” — Carroll, on Brian Cartwright
It’s getting harder and harder to let people go here–you’ve commented on it, and we’ve certainly said it ourselves. But after tabulating the results, we have to say goodbye to Brian Oakchunas–Brian, thank you and best of luck.
Now on to happier news: we’re looking for topic suggestions for one of the final rounds of the competition this year. I know we’ve seen some from you all in various comment threads, but in this particular one please leave any ideas you have, and use the ratings and reply buttons to make your feelings known on other commenter suggestions. We’ll have a look at them and pick the ones we like for use in an upcoming round of Prospectus Idol.