Strasburg Shutdown Contest winners


(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Earlier this week, we mocked the ridiculousness of the Strasburg Shutdown debate by asking readers to submit fake opinions on the matter from real famous people.

We got quite a response, as you can see here and by checking out the #StrasburgOpinions hashtag. Some people even misunderstood and just shared their own opinions on the Nats pitcher’s looming shutdown — which is good, because we didn’t have quite everybody on the face of the earth yet.

The Bog crew then put our heads together and picked out a bunch of our favorites, which included fake opinions from Mel Brooks, Alex Semin and Winston Churchill. After the jump, check out the “winners” (if you’re a millennial like me, we’re all winners anyway):

”Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when Strasburg blows his arm out before being shut down.” - Mel Brooks #strasburgopinions

— JapersRink (@JapersRink) August 28, 2012


”He shall go on to the end ... whatever the cost may be.” --Churchill #StrasburgOpinions

— Samuel Chamberlain (@SChamberlainSBN) August 28, 2012


”Everybody has a innings limit till they get punched in the mouth.” - Mike Tyson #StrasburgOpinions

— Philip Senerchia (@pbsenerchia) August 28, 2012


”Shut down in playoffs? I don’t see problem.” -- Alex Semin #StrasburgOpinions

— Josh C. (@joshcvt) August 28, 2012


K Cobain: With Stras pitching, they’re more dangerous. Shut him down now? That’s outrageous! #strasburgopinions

— BallWonk (@ballwonk) August 28, 2012


”I would not pitch him when it’s cold.I would not pitch him ‘til he’s old.” Dr. Seuss #strasburgopinions

— Chris Needham (@needham_chris) August 28, 2012


”I believe the Nats should shut down Strasburg.” - Bob Dylan (as told to Jonah Lehrer) #StrasburgOpinions

— David Malitz (@malitzd) August 28, 2012


”Strasburg really tied the room together.” -The Dude #StrasburgOpinions

— Jack O’Beam (@JackoBeam) August 28, 2012


“I was against shutting him down before I was for shutting him down.” — John Kerry (submitted by zmunchkin)
“There are known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns, and I just don’t know the known and unknown knowns and unknowns that Mike Rizzo knows or doesn’t know, but I say we just send him out there because we’ll be greeted as liberators of all bandwagon Nats fans.” — Donald Rumsfeld (submitted by darkduc_900)
“I’ve never even heard of Tommy John Surgery and a man” — Joe Paterno (submitted by GFisher1)

Thanks to all who entered for making us laugh. Please feel free to keep it going in the comments section below, or tell us which funny ones we missed.

Related (ugh)

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Post Editorial Board endorses Strasburg Shutdown

Bill James says it’s a ‘reasonable’ approach

Rudy Giuliani opposes the shutdown

Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw weigh in

James Andrews says you can’t criticize the Nats

Mitch Williams calls the strategy “absolutely absurd”

Dennis Eckersley says the Nats have to pitch Strasburg

Rick Sutcliffe has a plan for Strasburg

Stephen A. Smith says it’s disgraceful

Kevin Millar asks the Nats to look Strasburg in the eyes

Jake Peavy says it blows his mind

Scott Boras on possible legal ramifications

Rob Dibble blasts Strasburg and Rizzo

Andrea Mitchell discusses Strasburg on MSNBC

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