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Athlete of the Week Needs Your Help

Are students really getting 12,000+ votes or are some people cheating the system? We'll let you decide.

Editor's note: This opinion piece is in response to But in short, people are voting too much - about a 1,000 votes an hour - for a contest where the winner gets nothing. It's funny, sad and now I've got a request for our readers.

There isn't a limit to how many straws you can take from a McDonald’s counter. There also isn’t a limit to how many Equals you take for your coffee.

But we know taking all of them is wrong.

The same holds true when voting on a kid’s athletic accomplishment.

Here’s a factoid: One of the first things a college recruiter does is Google a prospective athlete’s name. And guess what pops up? Patch Athlete of the Week. Some of those recruiters may wonder why athlete X only got 230 votes while their competitor got 13,568.

The above is just an example. And it’s something our readers should think about.

I’ll be honest; I could care less if someone voted 20 times throughout the whole week. Sometimes you get an extra vote, and if you use it, then that’s OK - this is supposed to be fun.

But when people maliciously manipulate the system to the point that they’re casting a 1,000 votes an hour, then everything becomes broken.

Our engineering team is one of the best and brightest. They are aware of the issue and are working on a solution. In the meantime, we ask that you don’t cheat the system.

I can assure you our nominees want to win, but they probably want to win legitimately.

Thanks to our readers for pointing this out. I’m curious to see how this plays out next week.

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westside joe December 29, 2011 at 05:54 AM
OK I have to ask, Is it just a coincidence that your name is Grant, just like last weeks 2nd place vote getter? Last week Grant got 2799 votes and lost. If you are related, are you just bitter that your relative was outvoted? Even 2799 votes appears to be more than one vote per person. It is great that these kids get so much attention and support! It is obvious that the process is flawed. Until it is fixed just relax and enjoy watching the results. These votes do not count for more than the push of a button! Even the baseball all stars are picked this way.
trolololol January 27, 2012 at 02:31 AM
"Our engineering team is one of the best and brightest. " PAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
Tsudera January 27, 2012 at 04:06 AM
I think you "Concerned parent" and "Skokie Mike" are both missing the authors point entirely. You're bickering about something that (I'm guessing) neither of you actually do for a career. Who's to say a college recruiter does or doesn't look at this, or maybe a college recruiter looks at only the big topics or every little detail, or maybe that person just decided that day to take an extra quick look at some side sources for the potential player? Either way, the point the author was making was about being a good sportsman, and not just cheating your way to the top. If you two want to argue about another point entirely, then please go ahead and do it somewhere else, preferably on private.
Skyward January 27, 2012 at 09:18 PM
A college coach/recruiter would be wise enough to read the article, not see how many votes he or she got.
Skyward January 27, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Agreed

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