Each year since its inception the GOTY poll has been won by a member of the Baby Belle family. While there have often been accusations of malfeasance these have been difficult to prove since the poll explicitly stipulates that there are no rules and that multiple votes are allowed. Perhaps even encouraged.
This does not leave much recourse for the sore losers (Melody?) of the world.
This year's contest was an extraordinary seesaw battle. Cora Belle for several days surged in and out of the lead, whipping her supporters into a frenzy of backroom politicking, while Melody almost wrestled the lead away at one point. Almost.
I was leading on Wednesday when Jammies the sad-eyed minimancha pulled briefly ahead of me.
Tangy (Tangy?)actually was atop the leaderboard with less than twenty four hours remaining.
Cora Belle always returned to the top until the final hours of the poll, when a dark dark horse surged out of the pack, pulling far ahead of the rest of the field with mere hours to go in the competition. This unlikely contender racked up hundreds of votes in the space of a few hours.
Then, in the final minutes, something unprecedented happened.
Without further ado, I present the results* of the poll.
*The results of the GOTY poll were reviewed and certified by our blue-chip accounting firm, Chitizoff and Prosper.