I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.
— Dolly Parton


October called for being the best I could be - early voting, stimulating the economy by buying lots of fall-themed lattes, reading books, actually listening to voicemails before deleting them… But now, November is a time of giving. THANKSgiving. And in the spirit of both civic responsibility and thanks, I will rise to the occasion of giving. Because, to quote our great patriot Reese Witherspoon, "I am an American citizen."

For this Thanksgiving season, Haley Bragg and I have turned our focus from Great Britain to  the colonies and we need your help as we narrow the field and name the hottest American.

When we put together the initial list, things got a little…ridiculous (I mean, even more ridiculous than this entire thing). It took not one, but TWO coffee shop powwows* (shoutout to The Well Brentwood!) and quite a bit of conversation and compromise to put together our Big Dance.

To make things orderly, we've set our divisions as Must See TV; Renaissance Men; Superheroes, Swashbuckers, and Supervillains; and Bright Lights, Big Hotties. You can click on the links to see a list of contenders, or there is a view of the bracket at the bottom of this post. 

Here are some stats on our competitors:

Maybe you want to see detailed stats on these guys. We understand! Here you go!

And, of course, a look at the bracket, which will be updated in every post. Good luck to your favorites! To vote, don't forget to click in the link directly above (at the bottom of the infographic) this section.

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To recap what's in the infographic, the voting dates will be:

  • Round one: today (November 6) through Monday, November 10
  • Round two: Monday, November 10 through Wednesday, November 12
  • Round three (Sweet Sixteen): Thursday, November 13 - Sunday, November 16
  • Round four: Monday, November 17 through Wednesday, November 19
  • Round five: Thursday, November 20 through Sunday, November 23
  • Championship round: Monday, November 24


*See our notes here, you can see they're divided into Round One and Round Two. Yep. It happened.

We, like time, have moved on. CLICK HERE to view the next in this series.

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