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EPL pool folks - I am okay though more or less threw my hands up because the new spofi code made the old tried and true, oiled to perfection, EPL update thread creation a chore.

I have been keeping track of the info though, so it is not lost to the ether. I just missed one week, one became two and then my PhD defence was scheduled and things fall by the wayside.

posted by gspm at 06:50 PM on December 09, 2008

What the heck is the site I am thinking of?

Yep, that was it. Thanks!

posted by gspm at 05:15 AM on September 13, 2008

Welcome to the New Server

bug or feature? it seems like random(?) hyperlinks are underlined.

posted by gspm at 08:31 AM on August 22, 2008

Link dump!

Watch that 3 pt video once. Then watch it again. Did you notice the guy in the gorilla suit walk past? Wait, wrong video.

posted by gspm at 12:51 PM on June 27, 2008

Link dump!

It is a viral for Gatorade. The agency has also done a Tour de France type one.

posted by gspm at 11:55 AM on June 25, 2008

Online baseball quizzes

There is a baseball instructional flash cards patent for something kind of along the lines of what you are looking for.

posted by gspm at 07:55 PM on March 26, 2008

EPL Saturday

So, Keane scores 6 of Tottenham's last 9 league goals (or 5 of their last 5) and he starts on the bench? I mean you can't say that Spurs didn't need a shakeup sitting third from bottom, but to bench the only guy scoring goals? Is Ramos getting tips from Benitez?

posted by gspm at 07:51 AM on November 04, 2007

RSS feed busted?

Maybe not busted. A few other sites are similarly borked. So it is likely a problem with netvibes. Delete thread as necessary.

posted by gspm at 08:13 AM on May 18, 2007

Quality of Links Decreasing. Discuss.

Thirded. I mean that Kentucky Derby post recently about OJ getting booted - there was little connection between the first couple of lines (cut and pasted) and the story itself... which made the post nigh-nonsensical.

posted by gspm at 09:50 AM on May 10, 2007

Happy Birthday!

Happy 40th.

posted by gspm at 09:12 AM on April 14, 2007

Punctuation Matters

Not knowing who the heck luther is lets me know how little I have been browsing the front page of late.

posted by gspm at 04:51 PM on April 03, 2007

Link Dump

Speaking of things you couldn't bring yourself to post on the front page - Hayden Panettiere making out with the Stanley Cup. She particularly loves the 63-64 Toronto Maple Leafs. Gotta love that golf ball launcher hunting enthusiasts love it AND it eliminates slow play AND it makes golf fun.

posted by gspm at 07:56 AM on March 28, 2007

Link Dump.

If you have (or have ever had) a chuckle at that youtube video of the nunchuk guy I strongly URGE you to read an article called the Prisoners of Youtube about him (and others like him) who have suffered from clips like that coming to define how people they don't know judge them as a people. Turns out he's a rather successful stunt man, but now his career has taken a bit of a slide due to this one clip. The article gives the background about the clip and the fallout he's experienced. You gotta feel for the guy. (It is a long and interesting article so for those cut to the chase types, the part about him is on page 2 of the article).

posted by gspm at 04:51 PM on March 01, 2007

Link Dump!

C'mon, Domi was a fan favourite every place he played. He just didn't play for the Flyers (so your assessment is not unusual and is to be expected). He is a bit of a lovable lunk. But that time when the fan fell into the penalty box was hilarious. In a 'that should never happen' sort of way.

posted by gspm at 08:07 AM on January 23, 2007

Images of the 20th Century

0:54 - Toronto Maple Leaf Stanley Cup champions (1967 [last one] or 1942 [win despite 0-3 deficit in finals]) Wouldn't be 1967. The 1967 jerseys had numbers on the sleeves. In 1948, the Cup became a two-piece trophy with a removable bowl and became a one piece trophy in 1958. So that leaves Leafs Cups in 1950-51, 1948-49, and 1947-48 1951 was the Barilko year, but they were wearing white when they won. Leafs clinched at home in 1949 and in Detroit in 1948. If the Leafs were in white at home in 1951, and we assume that the colour scheme was consistent for their two earlier Cups, the clip would suggest a victory on the road, so 47-48. The first two piece Cup. Ta da.

posted by gspm at 01:30 PM on January 17, 2007

Action dump ver 1

In the same week that Steve Nash had a game with 21 assists, a photo of Steve Nash threading the needle caught my eye. What else should I be checking out?

posted by gspm at 11:42 PM on January 13, 2007

Posting Requirements

I just made a post that included an ESPN link. I find that if you want to link to a game recap that ESPN is a pretty good spot since it won't disappear like some newspaper archives do (or at least not as quickly).

posted by gspm at 12:06 PM on January 05, 2007

Dear Santa: for Christmas, this sports fan would like...

I would like to see the NHL sort themselves out. Get those teams out of places where they aren't supported. Fat chance.

posted by gspm at 07:00 PM on December 22, 2006

The Hell with the Weblog Awards.

Deadspin is poo. At least in terms of their NHL coverage. I'd think SpoFi would have to win Best Sports Community, if such such a web award existed. Sure, other blogs do the blog thing better, but here it is about discussion, not in-jokes and flashy graphics. [cue in-jokes, flashy graphics] [or just flashing in-jokes]

posted by gspm at 07:00 PM on December 07, 2006

Shocker Sunday!

I haven't even looked at my team yet. I think I might be in for a week of about 25 pts. I don't think any of my guys did anything this week. But I guess I'll have to check it out since the gameweek is done and an update is due.

posted by gspm at 11:19 AM on November 06, 2006

Link dump!

I know I'd seen that Albright thing someplace else (on a different site, linked from digg) that made is clear (at least from the subhead of the site) that the content was a satire. And in the Digg thread there was a link to something on ESPN page 2 where they asked Albright about his rating and he said he didn't care. but I guess the satirical element can be a bit non-obvious if the material is taken in isloation. but, amusing. ummm, i mean, great recent Ronaldo goal bicycle kick, disallowed though. man, that kid is as good as Crouchie! Ryan Shannon spin move penalty shot works in the AHL! In the NHL, not so much. Dude, get the puck UP.

posted by gspm at 11:05 AM on October 20, 2006

Ryder Cup Confidence Pool:

hey, i dun won. a good weekend for me, then.

posted by gspm at 04:28 PM on September 24, 2006

Ryder Cup Confidence Pool:

hey, i am winnin'. a good day one for me, then.

posted by gspm at 04:31 PM on September 22, 2006

Ryder Cup Confidence Pool:

I forgot my tiebreakers. 1. Europe 2. 11.5

posted by gspm at 07:57 AM on September 22, 2006

New link dump

Sixths time's a charm! tags: football soccer penalty kicks anal referee

posted by gspm at 09:04 PM on September 16, 2006

New link dump

The Guardian's minute by minute recap of England's 1-0 win in Macedonia in the Euro qualifiers says this about Crouch's goal: "To his credit, the lanky striker got his body shape right as he volleyed from eight yards against the bar and down over the line." And if you look at the picture the BBC has you'd have to admit, that is some shape.

posted by gspm at 08:10 AM on September 07, 2006

I totally missed that Jeff Friesen contributor. Based on his profile and contributions there is no way to figure out if it is or is not THE Jeff Friesen so I guess it is left on faith.

posted by gspm at 12:36 PM on August 14, 2006

EPL fans in US now have less expensive option for PPV games

Yeah, maybe if I watch a few more clips I'll hear some Canadian in the accents (though likely broadcasters of all stripes work to develop "non-regional diction"). I've favourited the youtube uploader of that clip. He's all soccer. He had the CL clips of the games I wanted to see highlights for (Liverpool and Hearts).

posted by gspm at 12:00 PM on August 10, 2006

EPL fans in US now have less expensive option for PPV games

speaking of footie on TV - any hints on where this recap clip is from? I mean it seems to be from a North American sports desk and the fact that they are highlighting a Celtic-Chelsea preseason (for Chelsea, at least) friendly suggests indepth football coverage. but I don't recognize (or see?) any details to identify the network.

posted by gspm at 09:36 AM on August 10, 2006

Lindros Over/Under:

I placed in the top ten in that and the World Cup, but no final threads. Coincidence? Well, the lack of the final thread in the World Cup pool would be related to the Spofi outage that happened before the World Cup final and lasted long enough for me to forget that I was running that. Oops.

posted by gspm at 11:34 AM on July 20, 2006

Lindros Over/Under:

I think we need a confidence pool. Add in some other injury prone players like Samsonov, Belfour, Jason Allison, Hasek and away we go.

posted by gspm at 08:19 AM on July 19, 2006

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

Montreal by 15 Edmonton by 6 Winnipeg by 11 Calgary by 8

posted by gspm at 12:52 PM on July 06, 2006

World Cup question

the disappointing thing is that the whole kerfuffle could have been avoided if Rooney, when realizing he was faced with pressure from two players, had merely (a la the Portugal players) hurled himself to ground, rolled around, and grabbed his face or an extremity. On that play I don't have much problem with arguing with the ref really (who shouldn't allow himself to have the players make the call anyway) but the wink from Ronaldo to his bench was smug and cheeky and slimy. Yeah, you can bend the rules but at least be nice about it.

posted by gspm at 08:18 AM on July 04, 2006

FPPs and Linking

I think this thread is egregiouser (for reasons I mentioned in the thread). At the very least, lilnemo is a trusted and valued contributor so his post didn't raise any alarm bells for me.

posted by gspm at 10:25 PM on June 14, 2006

Linker Dumper

Chicky the Alpaca, Aussie footballer on the rise.

posted by gspm at 01:44 PM on June 05, 2006

Do you like baseball? Do you like writing about baseball?

qbert - I saw some ball going on in Parc La Fontaine just minutes ago. they had uniforms and ev'rythin'! of course, the pitcher couldn't find the strike zone, I didn't see a ball hit out the infield, and the game is over after 6 innings.

posted by gspm at 06:14 PM on May 24, 2006


England's World Cup victory parade has a date and a route. This is the sort of thing that the Football gods take note of.

posted by gspm at 07:47 AM on May 24, 2006

New Yorkish Meetup (ish)

somebody's gotta hold the camera!

posted by gspm at 11:20 AM on May 15, 2006

User name change advice

I'd say delete your cookies. plus there has been some difference between how and are treated, if that is relevant.

posted by gspm at 10:04 AM on May 13, 2006


Further Evidence That SportsCenter Has Lost All Connection to Reality.

posted by gspm at 01:02 PM on May 12, 2006

AskSpoFi: Football?

colour-coding = red is the best score on the week, orange is the second best score, yellow is the third best score, blue is the worst score. I'm sure somebody else can give a better explanation but as rcade has noted, there is a real melange of competition. DOMESTIC: The EPL teams play a domestic league, a 38 game season, home and home against the other 19 teams in the league. The bottom three teams each year will be dropped down one division, now called the Championship (ex-Division One until a couple of years ago, ex-Division Two before the Premiership existed and the top flight was called Division One. So, now, Division One is the third from the top flight, to confuse matters). To replace those three teams you'll take the top two finishers in the Championship and a third which is the winner of a playoff between the 3rd through 6th place finishers. (a similar promotion and relegation scheme happens between the lower strata). Titles are based upon regular season standings. Chelsea won the top domestic honour this year by finishing at the top of the Premiership table. DOMESTIC CUPS: These are cup competitions where they throw all the teams in the mix for the FA Cup (which includes all teams in the English FA) and the League Cup (which is currently called the Carling Cup and includes only the teams in the Premiership and the four next highest divisions). So, as far as I can gather (and not being somebody who knew much about English football until a few years ago) the Premiership title is the big domestic prize (for the top clubs at least), the FA Cup is the second greatest prize (for the top clubs that is, for all the other teams that have no chance to win the Premiership then this would be a crowning achievement for a season) and the League Cup is not something that the top teams get too excited about (often fielding second rate teams). There are two INTERNATIONAL CUPS: Champsions League and the UEFA Cup. The top four teams in the premiership gain a spot in the Champions League tournament (with, the top two starting further along in the tournament than the third and fourth place finishers who have some Champions League qualifications to overcome). The best teams in Europe compete in this competition. UEFA Cup is a second tier competition. The 5th and 6th place finishers from the EPL are in, as are similarly runner up types from other european leagues. or something. There are several other wrinkles about European Cup eligibility depending on who gets into the CL competition. I think.

posted by gspm at 01:11 PM on April 30, 2006

The S-Team.

whoa, lbb sighting in the lockeroom for the first time evar! welcome back.

posted by gspm at 05:10 PM on April 27, 2006

Category request

I think when the auto racing category was added that this point was raised during the discussion or right after the category was added. It casts a wider net and makes a great deal of sense.

posted by gspm at 03:51 PM on April 25, 2006

Time Stamp

I think he means the spelling is Quebecois, no offence intended? or maybe i don't get it given that the name would have an accent (ie René Lévesque) in Quebec. google suggests other famous Renés from Belgium (Magritte) and France (Descartes) and they both use an accent. So final score for other one ending E Renes that I have heard of is Quebec 1, Belgium 1, France 1. So, I dunno. (and, on post, too slow)

posted by gspm at 01:58 PM on April 21, 2006

Link dump time again!

I am thinking that yerfatma coulda dug up the info if he hadn't caught the video at the earliest opportunity. most of the links i found seemed to be on the same day as his comment that brought it here, and thus possibly not immediately accessible by searching.

posted by gspm at 10:28 PM on April 18, 2006

Link dump time again!

yerfatma - quick google of carlsberg pub team puts names to the faces (or at least gives you names). that was pretty sharp.

posted by gspm at 04:32 PM on April 17, 2006


I think it is more useful to scrap the tradtional PP efficient and move to the time per goal. i mean not all powerplays are created equal when a team on the powerplay takes a penalty and evens it up and ends their powerplay. Especially relevant are cases where the faceoff to begin the powerplay results in a penalty to the team with the advantage. those 3 seconds give you an 0 for 1 on the powerplay. i'd be curious to see the efficient work on a PROD basis.

posted by gspm at 10:46 AM on April 12, 2006

Link dump time again!

I'll tip my hat to the Masters site, I noticed earlier today that they were offering live streaming video of Amen Corner. That is awesome. You don't seem to get much in the way of free video, let alone live and streaming, from some sports (EPL, NBA and MLB don't offer free online radio streams) and it doesn't come much bigger than the Masters.

posted by gspm at 10:57 AM on April 09, 2006

Jennifer the Russian Spam Posting Bot.

personally i think this movie is to blame Well, if you want to ruin the name Jenifer (one N, mind) for yourself then there is another movie to ruin that name. ruin it. R-U-I-N it.

posted by gspm at 04:22 PM on April 03, 2006

Help Needed

stuff just comes up sometimes... ... and generally it seems to get put into Navel Gazing threads using the header Ask Spofi. Which seems to work within the idea of wanting info and generating discussion.

posted by gspm at 11:11 AM on April 02, 2006

Images in comments

I can't say that I have noticed the images in threads people are refering to. I guess I have drifted from FPP threads due to lack of interest. I guess I need to pay more attention to know if my previous assessment of "images are ok, especially in moderation in the locker room" is still intact.

posted by gspm at 06:05 PM on March 30, 2006

Hey -

I got one, which disproved my idea that not participating in this thread would render me immune from spamttention.

posted by gspm at 01:36 PM on March 30, 2006

Link Dump

No kidding. Glimpse of a nipple sends the country into an extended tizzy. That streaker could be a WMD if it happened on American soil. Anyways, I read an interesting profile of Johnny Damon starting things up with the Yankees but a) can't quite figure out how it'd be an interesting FPP and b) Red Sox & Yankees will probably gets loads of threads on the site without something lacking any sort of a hook.

posted by gspm at 09:29 PM on March 29, 2006

Link Dump

aye, congrats fraze. great news.

posted by gspm at 04:20 PM on March 21, 2006

Link Dump

The winning OT goal last night in the Oilers-Flames match was set up beautifully with a hard bodycheck delivered by a broken stick laying on the ice that took out two Flames defenders (wmv link, shuttle ahead to 1:40).

posted by gspm at 10:19 AM on March 17, 2006

Link Dump

That Bugs thing so rules.

posted by gspm at 06:37 PM on March 16, 2006

Link Dump

Dear EPSN: what kind of Paul Shirley RSS feed excludes his most recent post? a lousy, or tardy to be updated, one. that's what.

posted by gspm at 02:58 PM on March 15, 2006

Discuss Amongst Yourselves

.... though it would encourage garbage comments just to reach a threshhold.

posted by gspm at 02:59 PM on March 08, 2006

Once More With Feeling

I checked and spofi is #2 and 3 (or 2a and 2b) on the google search for clam shot now. behind a recipe for a drink containing Rolling Rock Beer, cocktail sauce, and a clam.

posted by gspm at 12:55 PM on March 04, 2006

Once More With Feeling

I recently ordered a (new and recently released) book from that promised a 4 week wait (which surprised me since the book was out and I had seen it in an Indigo for about 40% more than the Amazon price) and it came pretty much the next week. Of course that means nothing for a different, and as yet unmade, order but it did happen like that.

posted by gspm at 07:50 PM on March 01, 2006