Monday, April 14, 2008

Bye Bye Blues - Final Four

Chicago Blues went bye bye today as the latest team name eliminated from the Chicago Women’s Professional Soccer Name the Team Sweepstakes. Now the Chicago Riot faces a weeklong battle to rally against the Chicago Wind in order to stay in the race in the advisory poll. If you're a fan of Riot, now's the time to vote and keep it alive!

When Chicago MLS was looking for a name to replace Nike's nominated "Rhythm"*, the Blues were also seriously considered, then rejected. It looks like Red Stars and 1871 are likely to make it to the final three, so the real battle now is whether Riot or Wind will survive to be the other finalist.

With balloting heading into the seventh of eight stages, fans are welcome to vote again. Vote totals below display both the cumulative and weekly vote. You can vote on line at www.chicagoprowomenssoccer.com through May 16th.

Cumulative voting through 4/14:

Red Stars......3066.....26.70%
1871...........2527.....22.0%
Wind...........2253.....19.6%
Riot...........2064.....18.0%
Blues..........1564.....13.6% Eliminated April 14th
Union..........1056 Eliminated April 7th
Stinking Onions..611 Eliminated March 31st
Massacre......526 Eliminated March 24th
Towers........183 Eliminated March 17th
Progress.......109 Eliminated March 10th

Weekly vote: 4/7-4/14:

Wind...........341.....26.0%
Red Stars......266.....20.1%
Riot...........260.....19.7%
Blues.........240.....18.1% Eliminated April 14th
1871...........216.....16.3%

* BTW, i find it interesting that all, but one (Galaxy) of the original MLS teams named by Nike are now extinct: MetroStars, Burn, Clash, Mutiny and (almost) Rhythm are all now part of MLS history.

8 comments:

kebzach said...

i'm amazed that MLS made it past 96 and 97 with some of the decisions that were made back then.

Anonymous said...

I had no idea Nike named some of the early MLS teams. Is this common knowledge?

Anonymous said...

If you name the team the Chicago Wind, then someone will have to name an indoor team or youth club the Chicago Earth.

Then Chicago will have Earth, Wind and Fire. :-)

BTCF

Mitchell said...

I believe there could be a naming issue if the women's team is named the Chicago Wind. There's a youth club where I grew up named the Chicago Wind, and they are still in operation. Doesn't that pose a problem?

peter said...

The youth club would love us to also be the Wind. Leadership of every other youth club would likely feel somewhat alienated, so it's unlikely the name will end up being Wind.

Mitchell said...

Gotcha, thank you Peter.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who goes to vote and when I type in the site gets a website called Tribe Agency?

peter said...

uh oh...working on it!!

thx!