I will admit this was hard and the decision is sure to be controversial. But after much deliberation, Jason Rosen and his Azubuike dunk are eliminated. First of all, Rosen had bad luck in getting in this group. We randomly drew out this round and had Rosen been in virtually any other group, he might have survived. But he went up against Nicholas Grisanti (who for my money had the best post so far in this competition) and Kate Martin, who followed up the best post of the first round with another solid entry.
To tell why I made the call is to sound like I am complaining about Rosen’s work, which really I am not. It was super creative, very intelligent and extremely well-written. But, it was a little too out there to move on. The assignment was to write about your most memorable game, and you wrote about one play, and did so in a style that actually conveyed little about the play itself. Now that isnt to say that the post wasnt interesting, but was only peripherally about basketball. I found it immensely creative and on third reflection, something to praise. But it wasnt exactly what this blog is about. I dont say that to critique it for being too deep (it wasnt) or to suggest you need to dumb it down (you dont). But when going up against 2 of the 4 favorites to win, it just didnt connect.
It was a tough call but Grisanti wins this group and Kate comes in second. Rosen got the “Group of Death” draw here and likely would have survived the others, but for now his journey ends. I do wish Jason luck and am sure Fake Gimel will be calling to ask you to come play Wii on Sundays.