A few weeks ago, TSG was honored to be named by US Soccer as one of its finalist for best US Soccer Blog 2010.
Today is in fact the last day to vote for that award…and we don’t mind saying it’s unlikely TSG is going to pull an Algeria here. The simple law of numbers and conversion of those from reader to votes might leave us just shy in the group stage here.
But a huge thank you to you is in order nonetheless.
Since it’s inception, the The Shin Guardian has been about–and will continue to be–a community where your voice can be heard. The nature of media in the Immediacy Age makes it both necessary and imperative that we hear what you the reader has to say in order to help guide the editorial direction of our publication. So another thank you there as well.
TSG thought we take this time to acknowledge the support of a number of folks, in no particular order, who make this publication go and to give you the reasons “to” and “not to” vote for TSG for the award.
First, the most important thing, the thanks:
• To all of our contributors including but not limited to: Matt, Ryan, Jay, Donald, Jason, Dan, Nick, Allison, Connor, etc. (if I left you out, send me a note and I’ll include you).
• To US Soccer’s media team and each MLS club media team that we’ve come in contact with. The absolute best part of covering soccer in the United States is the desire for folks who are typically shaping a message to actually just try and help you out and offer access. Thank you, thank you.
Kyle, Justin, David, Neil, Jed and everyone we’ve interacted with, you guys are all top notch, top notch. You make it very easy to cover the great game of footie in the States.
• To all those who were gracious enough to sit for interviews with us or support them, including Preston, Taylor, Charlie, Alejandro, Stu, Omar, Steven, Geoff, Kristine, Heather, Kyle, Alex, Mo, and many more which I will add throughout the day. Thank you. To Clark Haptonstall particularly for opening the door to the interview world in the Summer of 2009–thanks.
• To the American Outlaws United States Soccer support group including Justin, Korey and more, who reached out to provide us an audience early on. Galvanizing my friends.
• To the charitable organizations out there that add perspective to our coverage, like the Freddy Fund, Soccer Without Borders, Little Feet, Street Soccer and more.
• To all other groups and fellow blogs that I will just mash together here (and will likely again leave some out), like: The Free Beer Movement, Du Nord, The Yanks Are Coming, Dirty Tackle, Church of Soccer, MLS Soccer (News and more…), Pali Blues…oh please send me your names I’m missing so many.
• To fellow reporters and broadcasters like Jeff, Kyle and more who have both helped us along and always looked to help us as we got our footing.
• And to all of you, for being respectful of one another’s opinion and offering the TSG folks a place to read and learn each day.
Now the Pros of voting for us:
• We have never once run an erectile dysfunction ad or a personals ad on our site.
• We do this all for free…at least right now.
• Every contributor to this publication holds down a day job.
• There is rarely–if ever–blabber in the commentary. Newbies are treated with respected and educated by the vets of the game. Comments are pithy and personal comments are ironic or merely poking fun, not inflaming.
• We favor in-depth features, interviews and researched analysis. We try not to ask you to create the story.
• We just started covering the USWNT.
Now the Cons:
• My word! Your mispelings and grammatical mistakes is off the charts.
• We rarely get the scoop.
• The Shin Guardian is arguably a corny name.
• We have no iPhone app and we’re not going to get one until Steve Jobs allows Jailbreak–maybe true.
• Which reminds us, we sometimes spout on technology or surfing or even family.
Have fun voting…but most importantly, thank you for participating in the community.
Congratulations to all the other deserving nominees as well.
Oh and it would be un-TSG-like if we didn’t ask you for suggested improvements in the comments below. Thanks…happy holidays.