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Kevin Scarbinsky Is A Genius.

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Richard CotnerContributor IDecember 11, 2009

A funny thing happened in Birmingham, Alabama recently.

Sportswriter Kevin Scarbinsky filled out his Heisman ballot.

Why Scarbinsky was ever given a ballot is a matter of great debate, but he was nevertheless endowed with a vote.

You may be asking yourself, "What is so funny about a sportswriter from Birmingham, AL filling out a Heisman Ballot?"

Well, the act of filling it out wasn't really all that entertaining, but the content of that completed ballot was nothing short of comedic genius.

In some sort of protest understood by no one other than Scarbinsky, he chose to vote Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain as his first choice for the highly coveted award.

This really came as no surprise since Scarbinsky all but told readers of his Birmingham News blog on Nov. 17 that he intended to do as much—although he did feel it necessary to warn other voters who may not share his high regard for the award and the sense of duty that comes with being a voter with the following statement.

"How could you, in good conscience, cast a ballot before you watch serious candidates like Alabama's Mark Ingram and Florida's Tim Tebow play their most important games of the season?

"Anyone who votes before those games are completed should have his ballot revoked forever."

During this same blog Scarbinsky joked about protesting in favor of defensive standouts with "no chance" such as McClain.

The funniest part of it all is that Scarbinsky could have taken his responsibility seriously and still voted for a defensive player with a legitimate shot in the top spot, but chose not to.

I am sure Ndamukong Suh would have appreciated another first place vote no matter how big a joke the voter was.

Luckily Scarbinsky did not have a vote for the Lambert and Butkus Awards, or Mark Ingram and Colt McCoy would have surely been his first choices for both.

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