Chronicle of the Dub…well, kinda…
Monday, May 7th, 2012
What a ride this has been.
Just a little over a month ago, friend John Wyatt Edgar made his much anticipated trip back to the Ohio Valley and with he brought competition. His signature Dubpoints contest returned from a long hiatus to sprout one of the most interesting April’s in modern time. The 64 man tournament pitted friend against friend, boy against girl, and boyfriend against girlfriend. We saw the emergence of hermit Justin Benline and we also saw the complete unawareness of Shawn Williams. We are now in the Final Four and only two weeks remain until the Dubpoints IX Champion is crowned.
I would like to chronicle my journey in this tournament for two reasons. Reason One: I am in a hotel room in Chicago with very little to do. Reason Two: I am in a hotel room in Chicago for the entire week with very little I can do. I fear this might be the end of Eric Hersey’s Dubpoints IX run.
Round One: The Battle versus Corey Thornton
Little is known about the man. Well, at least little is known about him from my perspective. Complete honesty, I know only a fraction of the people in this contest. I did my best to find data on this Corey Thornton. Luckily, he was a lower seed and all I had to do is put together a few campaign ads and it took me to the next level. Seems like a nice fellow that didn’t want to mess with my Photoshop ability.
Round Two: Down goes the Neighbor
Josh Clevenger turned out to be a tough fight. Living directly next to JW, I sent in some heavy guns. I contracted out good friend Bobby Casserole (from Martins Ferry Senior Video “Halloween 10-0” fame) and his counterpart Friday Bastulo. They reported with the first Weekly Dubdate and created DubTV and the YouTube Dubpoints IX channel.
A weekly trend I started was the Social Media Blast of John Wyatt Edgar. I signed into every social media site both Edgar and I subscribed to and messaged him with the same memorandum (Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, YouTube, Google+, WordPress, Playstation, GetGlue, LinkedIn, etc…) Without any knowledge on point structure, I hoped this would help with the overall chance of winning. This would continue every week.
Another video leaked with the lineup of DubTV. This along with a breaking news story to prevent Clevenger getting hang out time with Edgar at his Saturday night party.
Finally, I took down a last minute attempt for Clevenger to deface the name of Hersey and provided a near midnight Photoshop retort.
Round Three: Detroit Damned!
Brad Urhig seemed like a nice enough guy but there was no time for games. When news broke he was from Detroit something had to be said. Not by me of course, but by the hard working people of the Ohio Valley.
Bobby and Friday did another fine job of making sure the competition was documented in the Weekly Dubdate…and I made sure to get a campaign video in there as well.
With the help of all those in the Valley, I found myself moving to the next level….and a DUB Magazine helped a bit too…
Round Four: Benline, You Failed Me!
This was my chance to defeat my arch rival Justin Benline….but he was scared and made no attempt to beat Alena McAllister. McAllister was putting in a solid effort for the first 3 rounds but fell a bit flat in Round 4. It started early on as she made an attempt to boycott Hershey made products. This of course is not a huge deal for me, because I too dislike Hershey products, mainly because people have been mispronouncing my last name for 27 years. This gives me a bad taste for their chocolate. Wonka had this to say.
With the condescending Wonka bit getting much face time on the web, it was time for a DubMeme.
Not much was done from that point on. I put together the final blow and submitted to the Dub for his Facebook wall.
Final Four: Chicago and Stranded
This is where we currently sit. I have little to few tricks in my sleeves for this week. I have been blocked from 90% of the relevant internet sites needed to make a huge rise.
I have been able to create the Dubpoints banners for the last few weeks and continue to supply Edgar with a featured image for the new week in Dubpoints. But how far can that get a man?
I face Kristen Gray, who has defeated many admirable opponents. The Western bracket saw the Great Allen and Bumbico fall this last week and the championship is in my grasp. A detailed journey was posted (you are reading it now)…but what else can be done?
Big plans were slated for the upcoming weeks, but with restrictions I fear this may be the end. In good faith, I will bless the final three in competition and will reveal some of my unused “tricks” for the last two weeks.
Mass Puppet Show featuring All Dub Hall of Fame members as characters.
Renting several moving trucks and painting Dub’s image on side. Driving around Ohio Valley for 3 straight days.
Adopting 3 stray cats and naming one John, one Wyatt, and one Edgar.
Driving down to Brilliant, OH and making a Mount Rushmore on mountain side of Edgar, Bumbico, Delbrugge, and Benline.
Hiring two or three John Wyatt Edgar look-a-likes and have them act out the movie “Multiplicity” with Edgar at home.
Buying Edgar iPad preloaded with Del Money’s Big Drink albums.
Planting flowers in front yard.
Call up Tom Brady and have him send Edgar a text message saying “I’m with Dub”
Meet with Martins Ferry City Council and proclaiming Day “John Wyatt Edgar Day” Date to be Determined.
Dig underground tunnel from Dub’s house to Ohio Valley Mall incase he needs express lane to Fabio’s Pizza or K-Mart.
Let’s face it; I can’t do these things from Chicago. Take these and run with them.
Dub Bless Everyone.