Monday, March 3, 2008

Early precincts reporting

The Chicago WPS Name the Team Sweepstakes got off to a good start Saturday both online and via distribution of more than 15,000 "ballots" at the IWSL Spring 2008 Seeding Meetings.

At six seperate seeding meetings, Chicago WPS GM Marcia McDermott and i addressed coaches and administrators representing more than 800 teams. We had a chance to talk one on one with most of them before and after each meeting. The response of encouragement and support we received has given me much relief and excitement about the team's future. This is certainly a group that we would hope would support our efforts, but it can't be taken for granted and hearing them volunteer their support and commitment was very encouraging.

Posting the link to the Name the Team Sweepstakes on the Section 8 Chicago, Big Soccer forums and Tribune Red Card blog generated more than 100 votes in the first 24 hours.

Using a 5-3-1 weighted point system for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place votes, the most popular names in the early going are Red Stars, 1871, Blues and Wind. Here are the early standings:

Red Stars..........227 points; 22.8%
1871...............167 points; 16.8%
Blues..............146 points; 14.7%
Wind...............146 points; 14.7%
Riot................129 points; 13.0%
Union...............80 points; 8.0%
Massacre ...........50 points; 5.0%
Towers..............24 points; 2.4%
Progress............14 points; 1.4%
Stinking Onions ...12 points; 1.2%

Tomorrow's official news release announcing the Sweepstakes will reveal a previously unannounced "Survivor" aspect to the voting. Each week, the list of team names will be reduced by one until only three names remain. Stinking Onions is currently in danger of being permanently relegated...who would've guessed!?!

3 comments:

B News said...

Great choices, best of luck!

Flynn said...

Peter, do you see any of these team names "pulling a Huckabee" and making an unexpected run toward the top?

Additionally, do any of these names remind you of the Clinton campaign? i.e. an early frontrunner that faces challenges as the vote draws to a close?

peter said...

Flynn, i do think the voting will change when the paper ballots start coming in as those are more from the youth "precincts". Those will be reporting later than the initial online surge, which came more from the urban/young adult "precincts". i imagine the youth vote cold lead to a surge for Stinking Onions!!!! Or not.