Recent Locker Room Comments by chicobangs

Welcome to the New Server

I stayed away for a couple of weeks, but I don't have a history anymore either. Has my years-long slate been wiped clean?

posted by chicobangs at 01:00 AM on August 29, 2008

Sportsfilter Technology Refresh?

Cash? Forget it. Ask to wear rcade's cool new hat and for a ride in his car. It's what he'd ask for.

posted by chicobangs at 11:13 AM on June 11, 2008

Sportsfilter Technology Refresh?

Why would you want a lower number? Nothing good comes out of having a low number. There's nothing in Spofi's Two-Digit Champagne Lounge except for some stale sandwiches and an extra backgammon board. Really, nothing to see in here. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to check up on one of the 15k kids. He's polishing the yacht.

posted by chicobangs at 11:02 AM on June 11, 2008

Am I making sense to anyone???

Yeah, this happens every once in a while. If there's an extended break close to the end of a period, the referees have the option of saying the hell with it and moving the intermission up. The glass changes tend to be pretty quick nowadays, though. From how fast they do it, I'm guessing the NHL rinks run drills to swap the glass in & out as fast as possible. I've seen it happen with brawls, too. If things are really close to flashpoint, and multiple scraps are happening at once, they'll send everyone to the dressing rooms to cool off for 15 minutes and just tack the extra time on to the next period.

posted by chicobangs at 10:59 AM on May 05, 2008

Guess I didn't get the memo

It goes back about a year a little over two years There, fixed my own statement. Jeezus, tempus fugit.

posted by chicobangs at 02:54 PM on May 02, 2008

Guess I didn't get the memo

If memory serves, the quiz came about as a minimum-intelligence hurdle, to keep mouth-breathers and youtube-level comments off the site. It goes back about a year, and there was no small amount of discussion about it when it went down. I agree, however, about the guidelines & wiki needing to be more prominently displayed. They're guidelines, not rules, and that needs to be reinforced, but I'm with you on that. (That correction was a tetch picayune, though, wasn't it.)

posted by chicobangs at 12:25 PM on May 02, 2008

I needed to make this link dump, for this video I found that was not enough for a FPP. However, I needed to posted it!

I don't know. I think we could probably use another MC Hammer. Y'know, as a species.

posted by chicobangs at 08:59 AM on May 01, 2008

Its that time of year again

Ovechkin is a lock for the Hart. Iginla & Malkin had stellar years, but Alex not only was the most exciting and highest-powered player in the game, he's also the most publicized. He's been on SportsCenter every night this season, and the NHL can't buy that kind of PR. Seriously, they can't afford it, and no one would sell it to them. Ovechkin going away. I love that two of the three Selke candidates are teammates (and often linemates). John Madden should be happy to have been nominated. Pominville for the Lady Byng. St. Louis has won it before (I think, I'm not looking it up), and Datsyuk... well, I guess he could win it. I agree, NoMich. Toews for the Calder. Kane was no slouch, but Toews is already mature and fully formed as a player. He's only going to get better. Chara and Phaneuf both had Norris caliber seasons, but if it doesn't go to Lidstrom on inertia alone, I'd be surprised. Brodeur had a quietly great year, and he probably deserves to win the Vezina, but I'd sure like to see Lundqvist take it.

posted by chicobangs at 09:40 AM on April 30, 2008

KC Area Meet-up

Be sure to take pictures. That's all I ask. (and not to hijack this thread or anything, but the NYC Spofite posse is probably due again.)

posted by chicobangs at 12:19 PM on April 25, 2008

MetaFilter Social Explorer

No, it's not, Hater. It's just louder.

posted by chicobangs at 04:35 PM on April 22, 2008

Where the hell is everybody?

lilnemo, I think Scrabble scores aren't the worst thing that could be posted, not by far. But then again, I didn't go to an American college, so all that stuff kind of passes through me. But Scrabble? Why the hell not. Darts? Spelling Bees? Competitive Eating? Arm wrestling? Rock Paper Scissors? Dwarf Tossing? Chess? Beer Pong? World of Warcraft? Foxy Boxing? Monkey Baseball? Survivor: Cleveland? Cheese Hockey? The Democratic Primary? Fingernail growing contests? Prison breaks? Spin the bottle? Exquisite Corpse? Flava of Love? I crossed a line in there somewhere. Sorry.

posted by chicobangs at 09:02 AM on April 15, 2008

Where the hell is everybody?

The sugar walls of my house of lies are freshly... sugared.

posted by chicobangs at 04:18 PM on April 14, 2008

Where the hell is everybody?

I tried that. Too weak to type. Spent all my time with my sidekick, Amos (played by Art Carney), hatching get-rich-quick schemes that never seemed to pan out. It was a great life, highly rewarding, and hanging out here 34258726349572 hours a day was lovely. But these Maseratis don't drive themselves, babe. Daddy needs to pay for his medicine.

posted by chicobangs at 11:34 AM on April 14, 2008

Where the hell is everybody?

I'm still neck-deep in work. I'm trying, though.

posted by chicobangs at 10:16 AM on April 14, 2008

Would a short story about baseball make a good column?

I would think that anything shorter than your average Henry James novel is fine, especially if you are, in fact, Henry James. But yeah, go for it. I look forward to reading it.

posted by chicobangs at 11:43 AM on April 08, 2008

Ben Saunders's North expedition ends early

Oh, man. That's rough. Fair play to him for trying, though. It's hard to get into the adventuring business, I guess. That investment is going to pay off eventually, I just know it.

posted by chicobangs at 02:42 PM on April 07, 2008

Open Other End:

It's true. I came twice, in my heart.

posted by chicobangs at 02:06 PM on March 26, 2008

Open Other End:

Do we know that, terrapin? Just because he said it doesn't mean they hang out. Maybe they just traded emails. Maybe that Google alert brought him there, and Kottke just took the same liberty I did. Again, terrapin: I'm sorry for implying he and SpoFi hang out.

posted by chicobangs at 11:40 AM on March 26, 2008

SportsFilter Stickers

I can't reach the order form from work, but this is a great idea.

posted by chicobangs at 11:17 AM on March 25, 2008

Open Other End:

I'm sorry. What I said upthread may have been construed as dickish and snarky. I don't for one minute propose we take any actual credit for anything he's doing or has done. He's just someone who's passed through here, has been a person of interest on SpoFi before, and is trying to do something big and interesting. I figured it was worth an update. The rest is me being mouthy. To be very clear, past wc2k2's investment, we do not, and have never, had anything to do with him, nor, except for one comment, he with us. That I implied otherwise was just my feeble and apparently ham-handed attempt at a joke.

posted by chicobangs at 10:14 AM on March 24, 2008

Open Other End:

Okay, he's not exactly a one-digit spofite with 150 FPPs or anything, but when someone who's on our rolls is trying to accomplish something this massive, then we should take as much credit for his success as we can without stepping on him. So yeah, he's heard of us, he's doing something really large and pretty cool (one might say cold, even), so I'm prepared, for the purposes of this thread, to just go ahead and call him One Of Us.

posted by chicobangs at 07:29 PM on March 21, 2008

Open Other End:

Apparently (I've heard from a third party) the SOUTH expedition is still on the schedule, somewhere around year-end. And yeah, that would be one for the books.

posted by chicobangs at 10:48 AM on March 21, 2008

SportsFilter Team Ownership Project

We should buy equal shares in both Celtic and Rangers, and call our consortium Spofi Self-Loathing LLC.

posted by chicobangs at 03:36 PM on March 11, 2008

SportsFilter Team Ownership Project

I would like to be able to visit "my" team at some point, so if there's still Wimbledon shares, that'd be my first choice. (Preston is quite... intriguing, though.) (I don't see a trip to Brisbane in the next year or two. Younever know, but, well, yeah.)

posted by chicobangs at 09:32 AM on March 11, 2008

SportsFilter Team Ownership Project

I was not in a position to do this when it last came up, but if the door is open, I'm totally in now.

posted by chicobangs at 12:07 PM on March 10, 2008

Ask SpoFi

There are Pac Man dots scattered across the track that only the drivers can see. Each one they pick up counts for valuable Sprint Cup Points. Yeah, I know, that's what I said. But the nice man on the subway wouldn't lie to me. I mean, I gave him a dollar and everything.

posted by chicobangs at 03:42 PM on March 03, 2008

NHL Trade Deadline Aftermath Thread:

...or should this discussion be out front?

posted by chicobangs at 03:12 PM on February 26, 2008

NHL Trade Deadline Aftermath Thread:

Ottawa doesn't unload either of their virtual #1 goalies! Fedorov is a Capital! I didn't even know he was still alive! Personally, I was hoping the Leafs would load up on draft picks, and so I'm happy with today's festivities.

posted by chicobangs at 03:04 PM on February 26, 2008

Kornheiser post

Sure thing, Einstein. You can call me Norman, because I Rock Well.

posted by chicobangs at 02:34 PM on February 26, 2008

Kornheiser post

For the fourth time: Bye, Nakeman. If this is what you think of Spofi, we're both better off seeing other people. If you're just dramaqueening again, then don't bring it back in here, okay?

posted by chicobangs at 01:46 PM on February 26, 2008

SportsFilter CD Swap

Okay. I was guessing. Trout weren't the only fish he wore.

posted by chicobangs at 03:35 PM on February 25, 2008

SportsFilter CD Swap

Is Grouper Trouper a Beefheart reference?

posted by chicobangs at 02:25 PM on February 25, 2008

Pony Request: Developing Story Link?

Maybe. Perhaps a section in the sideblog that links to the latest As-The-Stomach-Turns about the revolving hits of the moment would be a good idea.

posted by chicobangs at 05:22 PM on February 22, 2008

Best All-Time Baseball Broadcaster?

True that, YYM. If only Ernie Harwell was as great as the mighty Tim McCarver. If only.

posted by chicobangs at 11:10 AM on February 15, 2008

Best All-Time Baseball Broadcaster?

Like tommytrump, I'm partial to the local guys of my childhood, and while I have heard all these guys broadcast, it's one thing to hear them do a game or two, and quite another to carry on a two-hours-a-day, six-months-a-year, decades-long relationship with them. Some of us listen to them more than we listen to our own parents or spouses. The connection can easily get that deep with the play-by-play guy in your chosen sport. (Hi, Joe Bowen!) I may know what that relationship is like with a Vin Scully or a Jack Buck, but I only listened to Harwell or Caray or Uecker every once in a while, and that's a little different. These guys created a world that was best experienced day-to-day. Stopping in for the occasional national game of the week isn't the same. It's like watching a single episode of Days Of Our Lives. You'll get the gist of what's happening, but if you follow it every day for a long time, it makes a lot more sense. What I'd really like to see is people waxing poetic about their local broadcasters.

posted by chicobangs at 09:34 AM on February 15, 2008

Is anyone else following the hearings today?

justgary, that's beautiful. I'd like to see that tattooed across Rocket's forehead.

posted by chicobangs at 03:54 PM on February 14, 2008

Homer Jersey Swap?

Oh, her. Poor girl couldn't find her way out of an attic, even with her whole family helping her.

posted by chicobangs at 10:20 AM on February 01, 2008

Homer Jersey Swap?

Anne Frank had her issues, but blindness was not one of them. Are you thinking of Helen Keller?

posted by chicobangs at 08:46 AM on February 01, 2008

Homer Jersey Swap?

Hater, I feel like I'm the only person alive who liked that design. I'm wondering if I have anything I could swap you for it. Let me think.

posted by chicobangs at 11:17 AM on January 31, 2008

Missing Link?

That smacks of extra work on your part, which, well, why would you? Closed with a reason is a good idea. It works well at Mefi, and I can't see it not working just as well here if you guys went to it.

posted by chicobangs at 01:43 PM on January 28, 2008

Missing Link?

Yeah, I don't want lacrosse to be excluded just because I don't follow it. I'm sure there's plenty of decent discussion material there. As a group, we have a relatively good knack for getting people to raise their discussional game.

posted by chicobangs at 10:19 AM on January 28, 2008

Happy Iron Anniversary, Sportsfilter.

owlhouse, I'm jealous. I would very much like to beat Ana Ivanovic like a strumpet. Or do anything to her like a strumpet, for that matter. mmmmm.

posted by chicobangs at 12:02 PM on January 25, 2008

Happy Iron Anniversary, Sportsfilter.

All us low-numberers are starting to feel the burn.

posted by chicobangs at 10:25 AM on January 24, 2008

Happy Iron Anniversary, Sportsfilter.

Damn. I, too, like my personal birthday, but this... jeezus. Tempus fugit.

posted by chicobangs at 09:14 AM on January 24, 2008

Calling All Rookies

Well, to be fair, Dementieva may or may not be a strumpet on a given day, but she did get beat but good this week.

posted by chicobangs at 08:37 AM on January 22, 2008

Calling All Rookies

is, or has?

posted by chicobangs at 10:20 AM on January 19, 2008

Calling All Rookies

I don't know, THX, you do alright here. And your number may not be single-digit, but it sure would look pretty hot on a shirt.

posted by chicobangs at 12:16 PM on January 18, 2008

Calling All Rookies

[vet] I too am monitoring this thread.

posted by chicobangs at 03:28 PM on January 17, 2008

elijahin24- Jay;s leaving

No World Cup, but hey, the Olympics are coming. Though with that grip, anonymous person behind me, I sure as hell ain't.

posted by chicobangs at 09:31 AM on January 17, 2008

Shotgun in the bucket

THX, I think you're onto something. I've seen hidden-camera footage of these things, but I thought for sure they were doctored. I guess they don't call them "Romocop," "Matt Leindance" and "Eli-Trick Boogaloo" for nothing. (They're sure gonna miss "Denny Terrio-staverde" next year. He was the fuckin' King, man.) Fun thing I'ma do in the pub this weekend: every time Peyton or whoever lifts his leg, I'm going to squeal like Michael Jackson. HEEEE! SHAMAR! Anyone wanna come watch me get beat up, probly midway through the second quarter?

posted by chicobangs at 01:39 AM on January 09, 2008

Shotgun in the bucket

I always figured it was because the QB was far enough away that shouting the count was unreliable, especially in a noisy stadium, so it's kind of an "I'm ready when you are, Mister Center" deal. But the Whizzing Dog theory sounds totally plausible.

posted by chicobangs at 04:59 PM on January 08, 2008

Guidelines update request

Or a trap door? Or an ejection seat? Or a switch that cuts power to their computer! Come on, how about it, science?

posted by chicobangs at 01:39 PM on December 30, 2007

Guidelines update request

no srsly what

posted by chicobangs at 01:50 AM on December 30, 2007

Guidelines update request


posted by chicobangs at 04:15 AM on December 28, 2007

Happy Festivus, Merry Chrismukkah, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year.

Here's a special holiday-themed link dump!

posted by chicobangs at 02:49 PM on December 23, 2007

post dump

As a reader, I'm really wary of speculation-only links, especially around off-field issues. There's enough troll fodder on the front page naturally that I'm not interested in seeing more more fuel for it. (That's what the Yahoo and ESPN boards are for.) At least tie the links to an actual development in the case, like an indictment, conviction or release. There are going to be 50 more Barry Bonds posts over the next year or so as it is. Sorry, texasred. I kind of agree with the deletion.

posted by chicobangs at 11:40 AM on December 11, 2007

Spofiswap 2 - Son of Spofiswap

Never, ever skip an opportunity to use "Electric Boogaloo." That's one righteous dude's gift to humanity, and to pass up the chance to use it the way he & the good lord intended is straight-up disrespect, dawg. Ah, who am I kidding. I'll play too.

posted by chicobangs at 07:09 PM on November 20, 2007

Sportsfilter was's site of the day on october 3

My god, it's full of stars.

posted by chicobangs at 09:43 PM on November 19, 2007

Presented without comment,

Yeah, well, if you're disgusted enough to quit a place you've put a lot of time and effort into and you leave without saying anything, then there's 0% chance that it will ever change. Better you say something than you say nothing. That's what blogs, whether personal or community ones, are all about. A public resignation is not automatically the flourish of a petulant drama queen, and to lump all of them together in that boat is a bit disingenuous. Now that said, he's right. This has become a lint trap for glaring-blaring headliney bullshit. I stopped posting links to the front page myself, because people only seemed interested in the back-page-of-the-paper things. (No one noticed, did they. But hey, at least I wasn't a drama queen!) That's natural. It's sports, it's supposed to be a diversion. The people who get all academic about it will always be outnumbered by the where-did-my-team's-running-back-get-arrested bunch. It's only natural. I'm not saying it's right, and I'm not saying we shouldn't keep trying to swim upstream on that stuff (and I sense that by the Star Chamber, he means anyone who'll read this thread seriously or especially post in it), but -- the idiocy can get you down. (Can I get a hell yeah up in this bitch, or whut!)

posted by chicobangs at 03:20 PM on November 05, 2007

EPL Saturday

That's true about Kewell, though I just chalked it up to him still being rusty from -- what, a year? Longer? -- his long injury hiatus. He's made a few appearances over the last few months, but he's clearly yet to get his full sea legs under him. That's only going to take time. I don't understand why Crouch doesn't get more playing time. He makes defences uncomfortable just by his presence, and it's not like the pretty Spaniard or even Voronin is finishing any more consistently than he is.

posted by chicobangs at 07:57 PM on November 03, 2007