Recent Locker Room Comments by Spitztengle

Hockey! Hockey! Hockey!

Those young Oilers are going to be fun to watch ... Jordan Eberle already with a crazy highlight goal.

Agreed. The goal.

Re: no hockey pool. That's why NHL playoff pools are so good. Timing is everything. Right now, NFL picks each week, CFL picks (albeit only 8 teams), NBA kicking off, MLB winding down, and hockey season just underway ... in the words of the immortal Nestor Pistor, "I so busy 'round dis place, I barely have time to wipe myself!"

posted by Spitztengle at 02:18 PM on October 08, 2010

Want to Close the Locker Room?

Count me in as voting for:

1. Keeping the Locker Room 2. Keeping Fantasy Leagues in the Locker Room 3. Keeping the Sidelines up to speed

I do like the huddle, but it's still nice to be able to slip into the locker room for a little more casual stuff like fantasy (that, as has been said, doesn't turnover as fast as the FPPs) and moderation issues, etc.

posted by Spitztengle at 01:26 PM on May 19, 2010

Greatest Teams Of All Time?

By that, I mean, actual teams that played together (for one game/contest/match or more) in a competitive environment with the goal of winning the game/contest/match.

Oops, I kind of missed those criteria.

posted by Spitztengle at 06:38 PM on January 08, 2010

Greatest Teams Of All Time?

Canadian Football:

Edmonton Eskimos (ca. 1977 thru 1982)

posted by Spitztengle at 04:05 PM on January 08, 2010

Should SportsFilter Think of the Children?

I'll second rocketman. While there is undoubtedly "some profanity", on the whole, SpoFites are a relatively clean bunch who self-police already.

I think of it this way: I attend sporting events (football stadiums, hockey arenas, basketball courts, etc.) on a very regular basis. People talk. Children are present. If someone starts blarin' out filth-flarin'-filth, somebody says, "Hey, not in front of the kids." If somebody slips the odd cuss word into a normal conversation ... c'est la vie. He's (the 11 year-old) gonna hear/read it somewhere. Rather than try to eliminate it entirely, I say we set the example and continue to engage with those who exceed our established norms.

posted by Spitztengle at 12:16 PM on November 05, 2009

On Kim Clijsters, Marriage and Childbirth

rcade, as the first one to question the intention of your comment, I'll be the first one here to praise the consistency, quantity, and quality of your FPPs (and your ongoing interaction inside the threads).

I admitted that I missed the sarcasm. Oops. I do, however, think that my critique was fair (and definitely not intended as a personal attack). At your urging, I will strive to do my part to improve my own FPP to comment ratio.

But it is the best thing about SpoFi ... this is a "thinkin' man's1" sports forum. The fact that we debate this stuff (sexism, racism, economics, etc. through to the the quality of an FPP and the quality of posts in general) makes the stops I make here each day worthwhile.


1 Yes, I caught the sarcasm this time around.

posted by Spitztengle at 06:12 PM on September 14, 2009

Comments with Profanity

Fair dinkum, what a drongo.

posted by Spitztengle at 02:28 PM on September 04, 2009

Banhammer Requested

It was some kinda used Toyota ad or something, no?

posted by Spitztengle at 06:17 PM on August 31, 2009

Happy Birthday to Us

Yeah, Happy Birthday SpoFi! May there be many many years ahead!

posted by Spitztengle at 03:46 AM on January 25, 2009

Bug: Spofi eats comments

um, what's a troll?

posted by Spitztengle at 10:14 PM on September 23, 2008

Should Fantasy Sports Be on the Front Page?

Yeah, locker room works for me too. It does separate it nicely from the mainstream, newsy stuff.

posted by Spitztengle at 11:52 PM on August 19, 2008

New front page categories

I think there should be a "Wide World of Sports" category ... where those things that you just don't see every day could be posted. That way the fans of cliff diving or jai alai can enrich us with news from the fringe of popular sport.

posted by Spitztengle at 10:51 PM on July 29, 2008


Plus, TBH hit #7 better. Shitting on somebody else's thread is taboo; you should know that by now. Yeah, but now I'm also confused. That's because after all this talk about pissing on threads, TBH had to go and talk about "shitting" on threads too??? What is it? Piss? Or Shit? I don't know what to do anymore!?!? 'nuff said

posted by Spitztengle at 01:48 PM on March 06, 2008


All I gotta say is that I absolutely love how the SpoFi community polices itself and works continually to improve the quality and the calibre of the posts and ensuing discussions. I've said it before and I'll say it again, with limited time in a day to get up-to-speed on what's going on in the sports world, I check in here before turning on the tube or sports radio. I'm also a fan of just letting the "thread pissers" piss themselves out. Not responding usually ends it right then and there. Practicing restraint and not sinking into those back'n'forth pissin' contests works, for the most part. Like steelergirl said, simply ignore them.

posted by Spitztengle at 12:41 PM on March 05, 2008

Pony Request: Developing Story Link?

Ditto. I think it's a great idea.

posted by Spitztengle at 01:55 AM on February 24, 2008

Shotgun in the bucket

(Now, Spitz, how many times during a game did Mike Webster have to change his pants?) Well, that's a question I can't answer. But it does bring up another pre-game ritual for many guys that never seems to be spoken about outside of team locker rooms---the pre-game dump. Some guys tend to celebrate this as a major part of the pre-game ritual ... and boast of exploits on the john. No shit!

posted by Spitztengle at 11:01 AM on January 13, 2008

Shotgun in the bucket

"Passing Gas" formation, (which would result in a false start depending on what his pregame meal was). Legend has it that the "Passing Gas" formation was pretty much every formation when Terry Bradshaw took a snap from "Iron Mike" Webster. Apparently, Mike liked to maintain a pre-game ritual of downing liver pills with buttermilk and as a result would be ripping eye-watering farts by the fourth quarter. But, I'm not sure they were using the leg-lift technique in those days.

posted by Spitztengle at 04:54 PM on January 09, 2008

Would you know the right thing if you saw it?

smithers, I'm not so sure coinciding the 16th boycott plans with the 23rd Gridiron Guardian game is necessary. I think we stick with the 16th, 'cause that was the plan regardless of other action ... and then make contingency plans based on what happens after the 23rd. Continue to raise awareness about this issue via the 16th boycott. Anticipate a positive response from the 23rd ... but plan to sustain action afterwards ... until it's fixed! On another note, does anyone find it incredibly ironic to hear that someone "might" be blackballed for standing up and doing the right thing ... by the very stakeholders that he's trying to benefit? Improve football afterlife for current players = good thing. Improve conditions that tarnish the League = good thing also. This is that much sought-after win-win, folks! imho anyway.

posted by Spitztengle at 11:40 PM on November 28, 2007

Link Dump!!!1!!one

Ray Emery as Zoolander in Ottawa

posted by Spitztengle at 04:45 AM on May 09, 2007

I Won't Stand for That

yeah, to be clear ... I don't mean that standing all the time makes you a better fan. What I mean is that responding to big plays and tense moments is an opportune time to jump up, stand, hoot & holler, whatever ... without being unduly disrespectful to anyone around/behind you.

posted by Spitztengle at 03:16 PM on December 03, 2006

I Won't Stand for That

I think that if you want to "sit" to watch an entire game, you should stay at home on the couch or armchair. I think fans should be "active" participants in the game ... it's what makes the live game experience fun--for fans and the athletes. Especially in the high-priced sections of stadiums/arenas ... loosen up folks ... get off your butts and "get into the game!"

posted by Spitztengle at 11:46 AM on December 03, 2006

Link dump!

that Albright link is freakin' HILARIOUS! if I ever hear Madden cough or clear his throat ... I'm sure to die laughing thinkin' it might be a "red pube"!!! bring on the thunder!

posted by Spitztengle at 12:42 PM on October 20, 2006

SpoFi Field Trip

If there is one sport that I would, even should, follow, it's the WNBA. I write about it from an academic perspective quite often. I stay in touch with what's going on in that league exclusively via the web (e.g., the Latasha Byears thread really renewed my interest). But I have not been able to catch even one game on the tele. So, if I hit the Lotto tonight, I'll book my seat for the full series! Otherwise, I'll just have to do my best to actually catch some of the games on the tube.

posted by Spitztengle at 10:32 AM on August 12, 2006

There aren't limits...

Heaven forbid ... a thread might actually generate some "real world" conversations ... OMG. Seriously, sport does not happen in a vacuum. The thread in question was already peripherally sport related anyway, which was kind of what I intended with my post. Sometimes, at least in my opinion, a little context or perspective really makes the sports-related conversations better. I haven't gone on too long, have I?

posted by Spitztengle at 11:37 PM on August 02, 2006

Are we due for another Link Dump?

"bite", "wedgie", and did I mention "strip"???

posted by Spitztengle at 09:07 AM on July 25, 2006

Are we due for another Link Dump?

in pseudo-Zidane style, "headbutt" works too do i not have anything better to do???

posted by Spitztengle at 01:40 AM on July 25, 2006

Are we due for another Link Dump?

okay, i admit it ... i'm a dirty bastard ... try "strip" ... use your imagination after that ;)

posted by Spitztengle at 01:33 AM on July 25, 2006

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

If I had to pick one winner in the CFL this week, after the fact, it'd have to be Mother Nature ... whew ... did she ever pelt us with a nasty little batch of rain and hail on Friday night in Edmonton!!!

posted by Spitztengle at 03:59 AM on July 09, 2006

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

Results for Week 4: Montreal by 6 (48 pts.) Edmonton by 7 (47 pts.) Winnipeg by 7 (41 pts) Calgary by 17 (89 pts.)

posted by Spitztengle at 03:56 AM on July 09, 2006

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

Hamilton by 2 (TiCats are too good not to squeak out a win soon) Edmonton by 5 (I'm gonna say that both offenses will be on fire this week and we'll see a high scoring affair +70 pts.) Winnipeg by 4 (the Bombers will continue this unanticipated winning streak) Calgary by 9 (can y'all believe they changed the name of Taylor Field???)

posted by Spitztengle at 12:11 PM on July 04, 2006