Edit: As requested in the comments, the poll was reopened on Saturday morning. There were an additional 11 votes, but none since Sunday morning, so I think we're done. Updated results and slightly updated commentary below.
So I asked everyone to take part in a four-question survey, and 27 people did at first (see above). Eventually we got 38 participants. Thank you for your participation, and as promised, here are the results.
Question #1: Which 3 Vanderbilt sports do you actively care about the most?
For the record, only two people had both bowling and women's tennis selected. And neither one got any support after reopening the poll (aww), which tells me that we're a small but exceedingly fervent group. Hail Pinman.
If you're the one who had women's golf selected, please feel free to share why below. I thought soccer, lacrosse, or men's golf might get a random vote (and indeed, soccer did after I reopened the survey). I genuinely wasn't expecting women's golf, and I just think it's cool.
The fact that I didn't even expect women's basketball to get a vote (and then it didn't, until reopening) is pretty depressing. Back in the halcyon pre-Web days of 1993, #2 Tennessee rolled into Nashville to play #1 Vanderbilt. I swear I remember that game being featuring on the front page of the Tennessean -- not the front page of the sports section, the A-1 front page used to get people to buy the paper. And the Nashville fire marshal closed the door and threatened to shut down the game if any more people were allowed in.
But that was 27 years ago, and 27 years is a long, long time.
Question #2: Which 3 Vanderbilt sports do you follow (watch, read about) the most?
I really want to hear from the person who follows women's basketball, but doesn't actively care about it. Is your spouse making you watch? Are you dating a player? Are you one of the cheerleaders? You're the single most interesting person in this entire poll.
Question #3: Which of these sports would you most like to see Vanderbilt add?
|Soccer (men's; not SEC-sponsored)
|Ice Hockey (men's; not SEC-sponsored)
|Lacrosse (men's; not SEC-sponsored)
|Field Hockey (women's; not SEC-sponsored)
|Track and Field (men's)
This was the question I wound up being most interested in watching. Reopening didn't really change much, though.
I love that every single option managed to pick up a vote. If you were the gymnastics or field hockey voter, feel free to share why. We got our equestrian explanation in the comments, and it's as fantastic as you'd expect. (We may need to create a login for IOC Bowler Hat Wife, in addition to Tom's Pregnant Wife. Hopefully they won't start a Below Decks: Mediterranean live thread.)
For the record, I voted for volleyball, but I really didn't expect it to tie for third. I think I expected lacrosse to perform better than it did.
(Naturally, my two least-favorite sports finished first and second. This is far less an indictment of the commenters' tastes, and far more proof that, as always, I'm a weirdo.)
And now the important question.
Question #4: Which of these do you most think the NCAA should start sponsoring?
|Piss for Distance
(One of you didn't vote on the last question.)
Remember when you couldn't flip past ESPN2 or a Fox Sports regional channel without poker being on? It was the biggest waste of airtime possible**, and I wish I could properly express how much it DELIGHTED me that no one picked it. Truly Anchor of Gold has the best commenters on the Internet.
And then one of you monsters voted for poker after I reopened the survey. I knew I should've included sumo, which ESPN2 should still start re-airing.
(** -- And then the SEC Network said "let's air forty hours of Paul Finebaum a week!" instead. And then they said "no wait, let's make it SIXTY hours starting in September!" because they actively hate their viewers.)
Anyway, pinball is awesome. Badminton and billiards are both pretty rad sometimes, and made runs after reopening. I'd be okay with adding either. (But SBN is not okay with adding iframes to fanposts, so I can't embed this video. Aw.)
And in closing, I'm linking to a video of the 2015 England Korfball League Final. Imagine trying to keep track of the lines on that court.