I think whats important to realize here about our sport is that sometimes people over come difficulties that make them special and deserving of crew of the week. If we wanted the fastest crews, the unbeaten crews, it would always be the same people. Thats what the coaches poll is for. This is for a team that would not otherwise get recognition, one that won't be winning any national championships, but has done something amazing in a weekend, or in the past race.
Lets vote for the underdogs, the teams that do something special every Saturday or Sunday but never get the credit for it. As for teams not getting nominated, get out there and do it yourself, no one's stopping you.
Columbia last week was another good example; crews win long-standing tri-meets all the time in our sport, but few break losing streaks that started before Pearl Harbor. as we all know, there's always more to a race and a crew than their time and place in a race; we're trying to capture that with this feature.
the only intervention row2k currently makes, and will make going forward, is choosing from among the reader-nominated crews. it's not our intent necessarily to post the "five best crews this week," although we're sure that will be exactly what happens on occasion, which is great - but rather to give the bully pulpit to the readers to tell the story, and then let the readers choose their favorites as well. we think it is a great way to go (btw, thanks and kudos and to erik for forming and executing the idea).
enough from me - i hope that all makes sense; enjoy, and give some consideration to keeping the haters in check! cheers, ed