And The Winner Is…

Another day, another WoSo award. Today’s reveal was the CONCACAF Awards 2016. Of course some (most) of the awards were just a popularity vote. That’s not the fault of the voters, that’s the fault of the people running the vote. This is not just confined to CONCACAF, the biggest award in women’s football is given by FIFA, and it’s no mistake it’s also the biggest popularity award.

This isn’t a ‘sour grapes’ article because my choices didn’t win, this is an ‘I’m pissed’ article because the women’s game, the players, and the fans deserve better.

I won’t go into all the minute details about how players are chosen to be in a particular list for each award, they are all basically the same – a technical committee ( I use the term very loosely) chooses a long list of who they think (OK, a long list of names they pull out of a hat) had an OK year in whatever category the list is for – then it’s narrowed down in a few different ways to a shortlist of 3 or 5 or 27 (maybe not 27, but why not, the outcome will be the same) – then the “real” voting gets underway. In some permutation that adds up to 100%, the vote is given to team coaches and/or captains, the media, and the fans. Doesn’t sound too bad so far, right? Wrong. This is where it really goes off the track. In the case of CONCACAF while the media and coaches/captains get one vote apiece, the fans get unlimited (may be limited by the amount of hours in a day and the stamina of your fingers) votes. Instant recipe for a popularity vote.  In the case of FIFA the process goes off the rails almost immediately, never mind the voting process. FIFA’s “technical committee” seldom gets the right players on the long list and therefor the right players seldom make it onto the shortlist. From there you go to the voting where many (if not most) of the voters only really know about a few of the more prominent names on the list . This is not confined to fans, this also includes the media and the coaches/captains. This brings us to the real reasons WoSo awards don’t reflect and reward the outstanding players in the game – the lack of exposure for much of the WoSo world game and the lack of respect.

It doesn’t matter if it’s one small confederation or all the confederations – if voters aren’t exposed to the players nominated how can they ever choose the ones truly deserving to be singled out with an award? You might argue that it’s hard to get WoSo on TV and you wouldn’t be wrong, but it’s not hard to get highlight reels on individual players. In today’s game most teams compile some type of video. Some leagues require it, some just do it for their own purposes, some players keep their own. We are in a digital age where anyone with a computer/phone to cast a vote could conceivably view a video. I don’t even entertain the production quality argument, how many of us have sat through a grainy phone video to see a favorite player or play? And if you’re shaking your head from side-to-side, get down – you could fall and hurt yourself from that high up. By exposing the technical committee, the media, the coaches/captain, and yes, the fans to all the players nominated at their level of voting would go a long way to solving the exposure problem. Until all WoSo is accessible, like 99% of BroSo is now, the award givers will have to work just a little bit harder here. Which brings us to lack of respect.

You might say that confederations and FIFA are working on the respect aspect, but are they working as hard as they could? Let me answer that for you, No. It would take very little work to treat the award process with the respect it deserves. In the case of CONCACAF all it would have taken was one vote per fan, at least FIFA got that part right. CONCACAF presented video clips of each nominee, which is what I would like to see, but then they opened the voting to allow fans to vote as many times as they possibly could for a favorite player. Even though the total fan vote only carried a third of the total voting, fans could still have swayed the results by voting non-stop for a fave over a possibly more deserving player based on merit not popularity. FIFA, by contrast, did only allow for one vote per fan, but was very lacking in the education of their electorate. You only need to look at who voted for whom to see that in many instances (as it has been since inception) name recognition was how most coaches/captains voted. It’s hard for all the member nations to keep tabs on all the other member nation teams and stand-out players. This is where FIFA needs to step up its game and show the nominees (and the voting nations) the respect they deserve. Awards at the confederation level and certainly at the FIFA level should truly reflect the quality and talent WoSo has to offer. They do not and it lies squarely at the feet of those organizations to do better.

I’m seldom at a loss on how to “fix” things, so here goes.

  1. Vet the “technical committees” to make sure they are the most knowledgeable about the women’s game within the given framework.
  2. Provide all electors with ample footage of the selected shortlist players so that they can cast an informed vote.
  3. Establish well-articulated, merit-based criteria for each award.
  4. Promote the vote all year, giving it gravitas as a true award and not a popularity or name recognition contest.
  5. Emphasize the importance of recognizing the most qualified to meet the award criteria.
  6. Limit voting to one vote per fan.

BroSo seldom has these issues with awards and in part it’s due to the wide exposure players get. WoSo isn’t there yet so we have to make sure that confederations and FIFA do what’s needed to make these awards meaningful and respected. The last thing we want to do is undermine the women’s game and the accomplishments of its greatest players by giving out awards that even the recipients know are often misguided.

If what fans want is a popularity contest give them one, just don’t disrespect the players by representing it as reflecting on their ability on the pitch in a given year.

If you have any ideas on how to make awards better, let me hear them in the comments.

 

 

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New Year..Same Old Song

Happy 2016, Everyone!

If you follow the USWNT and you follow me you know I have some strong opinions on how they conduct business. For instance, I was a supporter of Ellis and I was an advocate for letting her do things her way when it came to selecting the WC 2015 roster. That opinion wasn’t popular with many USWNT fans, but I stood behind it and defended it. And now I have another opinion that isn’t popular with many USWNT fans, I think that if the USWNT players are asked/required to play in the NWSL in order to be on the team, it’s a reasonable request by an employer.

I know, I know..we’ve been down this road before (see blog title). The same was asked/required of players before WC selection.

PSG announced today that Lindsay Horan had terminated her contract with them to play in the NWSL, “to join a franchise in her homeland to meet the criteria to represent her country.” Many USWNT fans are up-in-arms over this, like it’s some sort of revelation that players are being asked/required to play domestically in order to be considered for selection. USSF president Sunil Gulati said as much back in 2014.

It’s extraordinarily important for several reasons. It was actually part of our contractual agreement with the women’s national team that they would play in this league,” he said. “That’s important for the league, to have the best players playing in it. For Tom it makes the scheduling a lot easier – he met with them last week. And so the reason we made it a requirement that they’re here is for the league, but also because next year especially is because once we get into (World Cup) qualifying in the fall and beyond, then the schedule and everything will have to be fit around not just our program, but the Canadian program and the Mexican program as well.”  – Equalizer Soccer

Like it or not, the reality is that US Soccer employs the NT players. Playing for the NT is their job. NWSL is not able to sustain them in the same way that some European leagues can sustain their players. If US Soccer signs the check, they get to dictate the terms of employment. The leagues and big teams in Germany and France and Sweden are mostly able to pay the NT players enough that they don’t need to travel far from home to play. Even if European players wanted to play in NWSL many European national teams have intimated that they wanted their players close to home during the WC year..and I’m guessing that also carries over to this Olympic year.

It’s also partly logistics that dictates where a player laces up their boots prior to a WC or Olympic roster selection. While video and jets make observation of players possible, it’s not optimum for evaluation, as anyone who has watched video or flown across more than a few time zones will tell you. That doesn’t even factor in the costs and time spent of air travel..

There are also those pesky little FIFA dates & player contracts to take into consideration. Teams are not obligated to release players on non-FIFA dates to fly across the globe for a camp and a look.

Do I think it’s the best way to do it? In a perfect world, no. We do not live in a perfect WoSo world. We do not live in a world where our NT players can make their living playing in a domestic league, and not in most foreign leagues either. The hard realness of it all is that if we want to have a team as successful as ours is, we have to accept that for a while it means players don’t get to play where they want and still be in prime consideration for selection to the NT. We have to accept that until the NWSL is able to allow players to make a living that US Soccer will be calling the NT shots. We have to accept that USSF, US Soccer and the coaching staff are not the bad guys here. There is no bad guy. What there is is a situation that all parties are working through until it gets better.

As a fan I am most passionate about the game when I see the players play with joy and freedom and fearlessness. I would love for every player to play professionally, if they desire, in a situation that allows them all of these things AND allows them to make a living while they do it. And as a fan I am acutely aware that the women’s game around the globe is nowhere near that realization. We are fortunate in the US to have some of the best conditions for players to develop and realize their dreams, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only way or even the best way for every player.

In many, many countries players have no domestic option to play and if they want to pursue a dream they have to leave their home country to do it. So while it seems harsh to many that US Soccer is making demands of their players, it’s far from the worst thing that could happen to them.

When Rio is over and done and the 2016 NWSL season is over I’d put my money on more than a few NT players making a move to play overseas. And I think that international players will also be making moves to sign in the NWSL. For two years everyone will be happy because players will be free to move about..and then comes WC 2019. Hopefully by that time the NWSL will have grown enough that it will need minimal support from US Soccer and the players will have negotiated a good CBA that allows them some freedom of movement. And if not, we will be singing this song again…

 

#USWNT v NWSL – Not so far-fetched

I don’t even know where to start. I’m so perplexed (and pissed off) by the decision of US Soccer to schedule two friendlies against FIFA ranked number 63 Haiti as replacement for the two friendlies scheduled against number 9 Australia, that I can’t see straight.

So a little background. The Australian women’s national team, the Matildas, decided to go on strike, or more correctly refused to work without a contract from their federation, effectively canceling their trip to the USA for friendlies on September 17th and 20th.. It’s a complicated process and The Women’s Game can explain it far better than I can, so read and listen here.

This left US Soccer with 60 thousand tickets sold and nothing for fans to watch, in the stadium or on FOX Sports 1 & ESPN. What’s a federation to do? Well if you’re USSF you start by trying to replace the missing teams with hopefully something comparable..or so you’d think. If it sounds simple, it’s not if you limit your search to other competitive national teams. Most other competitive teams are in Europe. Most European national teams have their players already involved in club play and that means all sorts of cups and tournament qualifying. Not a good time to ask them to assemble a team and hop across the pond for a game or two. So, what’s left? Not much in the way of competitive teams. The emphasis is on competitive since every single pundit on the planet who opines about the USWNT seems to agree that the team needs more competition before Olympic qualifying not just to keep sharp, but to look at new players. Although I doubt any new players will be called up for these two friendlies (I wouldn’t mind being wrong about that) I think the players need to stay sharp and the fans deserve something better than the drubbing handed to a game Costa Rican team in the first two Victory Tour games.

And that friends is how we ended up looking forward to USWNT V HAIWNT. Well, maybe you’re looking forward to it, but I certainly am not. And here’s why –

  • The Haitian women’s national team is almost literally a third tier WoSo team, having played primarily in the WPSL. If you don’t know about the WPSL..Google it. They want very badly to be like the second tier of women’s soccer, the USL W-League. They aren’t anywhere near it, in standards or level of play. The HAIWNT did not qualify for world cup play. They won one game in qualifying, against Guatemala. Their mostly teenage team is anything but a competitive team for the USWNT.
  • The Haitian women’s national team being chosen as an opponent is being touted as good for development of women’s soccer. If it’s in comparison to the USWNT playing no one, then I guess there’s a case. I’ve read that it’s a great opportunity for them to play against very good competition so they’ll get better. So far that has not borne out as recently as last October during world cup qualifying. Also mentioned is the money that will go to the team..to the team? Is anyone confident the team or players will see any of that money? This is the Caribbean Football Union of FIFA scandal fame. Does anyone think any money received as a result of USWNT V HAIWNT will be used for development? I’ve got some lovely swamp land for sale..hit me up. Not to mention that a strapped CFU probably won’t be footing much, if any, of the bill for these two friendlies. So USSF will probably pay most of the costs involved with assembling the team and their travel and accommodations.
  • Do-gooder WoSo fans and pundits are all over spending USSF money to prop up a crooked CFU while at the same time lamenting over the seeming inability of US Soccer to increase funding to NWSL. Smacks of hypocritical to me. Very hard to eat your cake and have it, too. Or am I the one in a fairy tale? WoSo is often, and rightly so, told that it isn’t a charity and shouldn’t be treated as such, so why is it OK this one time? Is it because it’s Haiti, would we be OK if we paid Germany to come play us? If anyone says yes, they’re lying or sarcastic.
  • I have no idea if this is the case or information to support this, but if the TV contracts require a national team opponent, regardless of skill level, US Soccer has gotten what it deserves..another boring blowout to ruin ratings.
  • One last argument I’ve been given is that a game not against another NT team wouldn’t count as a friendly and as such caps and goals scored and other stats wouldn’t count. Is that really the most important thing to players and fans? I say it’s not.
  • There is another alternative.. a good one. It’s right here on American soil, game-ready, tested, competitive and the cornerstone of development for women’s soccer in the USA. I believe they call it NWSL. This is not a far-fetched or loony proposal. It’s very sound and probably more easily doable than Haiti at the last minute.

Hear me out..well at least read what I have to say.

NWSL semi-final  playoffs are being held on September 13th, this Sunday. That is 4 days from the 17th and 7 days from the 20th, the two friendly dates. If each of the eliminated teams played on one of the two friendly dates just think of the exposure for NWSL and all the good karma for US Soccer. I’m not saying there wouldn’t be logistical and contractual problems to overcome, but hey, NWSL and US Soccer live in the same house, right? Haven’t you ever worked out a living arrangement with a roommate? It could definitely be done.

There is so much upside to this match-up that I honestly cannot fathom why US Soccer or NWSL didn’t go after this as a first option. FOX is already on board with NWSL for semi’s and the final so for them to hype USWNT v NWSL is no stretch at all, it would help them sell the NWSL games they are already airing. ESPN could steal a little thunder from FOX, but they could always go the USWNT development route and not emphasize NWSL as much. The USWNT players could play with their club teams to help keep that extra step up in competition, further solidifying their ties to NWSL. The USWNT could call up players to replace them on the NT roster. Win – win- win- win- win. NWSL players would get an extra payday courtesy of US Soccer (because they would get to keep ALL the money) and please tell me any NWSL player not on the national team who wouldn’t jump at the chance to play in front of 30 thousand plus fans on national television and show off what they can do to US and international scouts. Have I gotten your interest yet? How about the fact that these very same domestic teams also have a few international players to showcase? Or that this is the cheapest national exposure to investors and sponsors US Soccer could ever expect to get for the NWSL. I’m sure there are other advantages I haven’t even thought of yet, but do you see why I’m so high on this idea and why I’m so very pissed US Soccer & NWSL can’t, or don’t want to, make it happen? I don’t have all the answers to the questions this idea is sure to raise, but USSF pays people to figure things out, surely they are smarter than I am and could pull this off. And if they aren’t and couldn’t maybe my next job application should be to US Soccer.

Please give me your feedback, pro or con on this idea. Tell me why/how it could/should happen..or not. This is a conversation that should be happening at a higher level, but I’m willing to start it here..let’s hear what you’ve got!

*As always, bring your passion, leave your disrespect at home.

So Much #WoSo

Yikes, when it rains it pours!

Lots of WoSo thoughts, so I’ll just put them out here randomly, you can decide their importance

  • Lori Chalupny back in the USWNT mix!! Can’t say how overdue or how excited I am to see if she’s still got it at NT level (my opinion is YES she does!)
  • NCAA semi’s!! Good as it get in US soccer this time of year. 4 teams, all worthy. Can’t wait to see who comes out the winner. My choice, UCLA,  has been eliminated, so I’ll just be happy for whoever wins.
  • FIFA’s Vackle is an ass. He is clueless when it comes to talking to/about women and has no understanding of the reason for the turf v grass debate.
  • No matter who makes the USWNT roster there will always be someone who wants to pick at it. Can’t we just take a day to celebrate those players who have made it before the conversation deteriorates into who should have made it and who is unworthy? Please?
  • Brazil is a seeded team for WWC 2015? Seriously? Ease of draw shouldn’t be a consideration.
  • Jill Ellis has far more of a clue than most anyone wants to give her credit for. Just because everyone’s favorite players aren’t in the mix doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a vision for the team. Might not agree with yours, but then whose would?
  • Student-athletes who garner academic honors are rock stars! They must be the masters of time-management.
  • It’s 2014, when are men in power going to understand that it does nothing to serve you to be condescending to women. Nothing. Yes, I’m still talking about Vackle.
  • WoSo gives me life.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to contribute in the comments.

 

 

A Little Something To Chew On

Yup. I went there. This IS about Luis Suarez and his apparent inability to control his mouth and Hope Solo and her apparent inability to control..I don’t know – drinking maybe? Anger?

These two people have more in common than you might first think. Suarez is a repeat offender having bitten people at least 2 times prior to his World Cup snack. Solo has a history of involvement in a domestic violence situation, on the night before her wedding – although not as the alleged aggressor – prior to her arrest this past weekend. Suarez is a very good soccer player. Solo is a very good soccer player. Both play for club and country. Both have been disciplined by their respective teams, Suarez for club and Solo for country. Both have brought their share of glory and negativity to the sport.

There are also glaring differences. The most obvious is that Suarez is male and Solo is female. Suarez plays for a prestigious men’s side with all the advantages that provides. Solo plays for one of nine teams in a U.S. women’s league trying survive in a pro sports environment. Suarez is being investigated by FIFA and Solo is being charged by Municipal authorities. Suarez faces a fine and suspension, Solo faces a fine and jail time.

Before I go further let me say with no ambiguity that I do not condone violence, domestic or otherwise and I do not condone biting an opponent during a soccer game, but having said that, I do have issues with the way people, journalists and just Janes and Joes, are treating the two offenses and the two players involved.

Suarez’s is the most recent, so I’ll start there. The man bit another player, blatantly, unapologetically and then blamed it on the other guy. This is not the first time or the second, but the third. Twice for club and now once for country. If it was done off the pitch to a family member he could be charged with domestic violence. See where I’m going with this? He has been fined and suspended for both the 1st and 2nd offenses and is now being investigated for the 3rd. Chances are they will give him another fine and suspension, bigger and longer than the first two. He has been given 2 chances to change his behavior and likely will get a third. Is it because of his gender and his ability and his celebrity? Yes and yes and yes. If he was not a talented male sports star he probably would have seen jail time. Not a lot, but the law does not look kindly on repeat offenders. Journalists and Janes and Joes are all over the board on this. Some say ban him from the game. Some say give him a break, he’s under a lot of stress. Some think it’s funny, some don’t. At the end of the day, Suarez hasn’t changed his behavior. He’s a role model, you say? The little boys, and girls, look up to him? All the more reason to make this a teaching moment of what not to do and how to recover if you do happen to go down this path. Too often we want to keep “offenders” for our own selfish pleasure, but what does that teach? That you are allowed unlimited mistakes? That you don’t have to change? That if you are a talented male sports star you get a pass because we like to see you play? If we truly are concerned about the message we send the kids who look up to him, we have to be willing to be tough and consistent. We have to look past gender and talent and celebrity and deal with the offenses fairly, based on the facts. The facts with Suarez are that he has had 2 chances to change already and hasn’t. He is a repeat offender. Should he be banned from playing? Maybe. If he was on the streets and didn’t change his behavior after the first two offenses he might end up in jail. At the very least he would have a “no contact order”. No contact with the game might be a just sentence.

And now to Solo. Worst case scenario: She is guilty of both counts. She did it, hit her nephew and her sister, was drunk and reacted in anger to taunts thrown at her, was pissed and pissed off. I know everyone cannot related to this scenario, but I have gotten into a drunken disagreement with a family member and if the police had been called I might have ended up in Solo’s shoes. In this scenario she is dead wrong, no excuses. So she’s sentenced, 364 days in jail or $5000, per count, (first time offenders with no criminal record typically don’t get jail time, a fine, counseling and time served usually is the norm, however her nephew is a minor and that may change things). Once she pays her fine and does her court ordered counseling she has paid her debt to society and that should be the end of it, but that’s only in a perfect world. There are also all the personal consequences for her actions; alienated friends and family, lost endorsements, sanction from her job, negative reactions from fans and pundits. And our society’s inability to accept that people are human. They make mistakes and have poor judgement, they violate our codes of conduct and our sensibilities. They also can change and often do when presented with their shortcomings.

People are equating her statements made during the 2007 World Cup with her current charges..not the same people. One has nothing to do with the other and shows no pattern, no matter how hard you look. They also want to throw in her comments on Twitter to Brandi Chastain during the 2012 Olympics..also not the same. Being outspoken does not predict violent behavior. Is it possible she has a problem when she drinks? Absolutely. Is it possible she has a problem controlling her anger when she drinks? Absolutely. Is this a reason to throw her out of the sport? Absolutely not. If she had committed these offenses on the pitch she would likely face a fine and suspension. She most likely would not be thrown off a team, based on the treatment her male counterparts have received. Everyone deserves the chance to change and if they must be judged they deserve to be judged fairly, based on the facts. If she successfully fulfills the requirements of the court, accepts and complies with the sanctions of her employers and does not engage in violent behavior going forward, why shouldn’t she be allowed in the sport? She’s a role model, you say? Little girls, and boys, look up to her? All the more reason to make this a teaching moment of what not to do and how to recover if you do happen to go down this path. Too often we want to get rid of “offenders” to make ourselves feel better, but what does that teach? That you aren’t allowed any mistakes? That you can’t recover from them? That you have to be perfect? If Solo doesn’t comply and does re-offend, have at her. But until that time we owe it to those kids we say we are so concerned about not to send a message of failure, but hope.

 

 

This Chaps My (Gr)Ass

I read an article today at The Equalizer written by Duane Rollins about artificial turf (AT) for the Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada. It’s not the first article I’ve read and I certainly hope it’s not the last, but this one got under my skin.

In the article, Mr. Rollins quoted Sandra Gage, chief marketing and communications officer for the organizing committee as saying ,

“We’re very comfortable with the decision that was made to play all (games) on artificial turf.”

“Going forward we do not see changing (the decision).”

You’ll have to read The Equalizer article to see the rest, but this was enough to get me hot under the collar and start my mind churning.

I started to wonder what the consequences might be of having the first ever senior level FIFA event contested entirely on artificial turf. This is what I came up with, in no particular order of importance.

Players have the perception, be it real or not, that playing on AT leads to increased chance of injury. I say real or not because you can find all manner of opinions and “findings” on the matter and even though the prevailing opinion among non-players is that the risk is not increased, it’s a hard sell to both men and women players actually on the AT pitch. So much of a players game is mental that this alone could lead to more injuries and has to be considered a tick in the minus column –

AT fields take a bigger physical toll on player’s bodies over the course of a tournament. -tick

Teams that play on grass in their home countries will be at a disadvantage. – tick

If this tournament is played entirely on AT, as Sandra Gage says it will be, it will surely be used as a wedge to get other senior level tournaments played on AT.  Men’s WC2018 on AT anyone? – tick

The difference between artificial turf and grass will fundamentally change the way the game is played. Some will argue this isn’t the case, but all I have to do is point you to field hockey. The billiard table-like surface the game is played on now is a far cry from any natural grass pitch, no matter how well manicured. It has made the game so fast paced you will be hard pressed to follow the action, it is like ice hockey, minus the imperfections of the ice. I know, AT is not like a billiard table..not yet. – tick

AT, no matter what the rating, is not grass. The game was invented to be played on grass, with all it’s imperfections and charm. Do you think you will ever see the game of golf played on AT (other than the putt-putt variety)? In some communities the grass sports fields are the only green spaces for miles. Converting the acceptable way to play all these sports from grass to AT will only be incentive for communities to install substandard AT fields in place of natural grass. Not to mention that the acceptance of AT has already encouraged the multi-stripe field.

And at the end of the day, if you really must change something..make it the number of referees, or goal-line technology (I will die a slow death for that one). Let’s change the inequality between the treatment of players between the men’s and women’s game. Let’s change the culture of racism and homophobia. Let’s make the venues safe for all to come watch the ‘Beautiful Game’ on natural grass, as was always intended.

Money is, and always has been, a big consideration, but some things transcend their dollar and cents value and become valuable on another level and sometimes that justifies the expense. Some things are just meant to be the way they were invented and envisioned. I love that soccer/football is known as ‘The Beautiful Game’, I don’t want that to go away because the surface the game is played on changes the way the game is played.

I’m sure there are other things I haven’t thought of yet, feel free to enlighten me in the comments.

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Tell ’em what you think! – Global #WoSo Survey

I know what you’re thinking “another survey..geez, how many of these am I going to be asked to fill out?” Answer: probably a lot.

Every survey is designed to collect different info and this one is no exception. This one is more concerned with the game as it’s experienced globally, especially Africa, Asia and South America. This doesn’t mean if you’re not from these countries that your answers don’t count, remember it’s a global survey.

The designers of the survey are interested in how to help soccer grow and what is good and not so good about the game today.. in 15 short questions.

So, flex your digits and get to surveyin’

Survey runs through Wednesday, July 31st 2013.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/1WorldWFS_OL

And don’t forget to share the survey on ALL of your social networks, Facebook, Twitter, Linkdin, Tumblr, Pinterest, WordPress, Blogger, and any I may have missed,  the more the merrier.

Feel free to link to this post, copy this post, re-blog this post, make your own pitch to get friends and acquaintances to participate and share..you know the drill.

You can see running tallies of results once you complete the survey..how’s that for instant gratification!

Thanks, folks.