Zaza Pachulia is no NBA All-Star — but he almost landed a starting spot when lineups were announced Thursday. John Scott is no NHL All-Star — hell, he’s not even in the NHL anymore. But he’ll be captaining an All-Star squad for the league on Jan. 31

Pachulia and Scott play different sports, of course, and as far as we know have little else in common. But here’s what they do share: Both became major All-Star factors in their respective sports because of hijacked fan voting processes. Scott was voted into the NHL game out of sheer irony (he’s a journeyman who lacks an All-Star’s skill), while Pachulia made his surge thanks to a Vine star’s promise to follow back Read more…

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Zaza Pachulia, John Scott and All-Star games in the age of Internet irony