Recent Locker Room Comments by lilnemo

Should SportsFilter Think of the Children?

I'm it still OK to say "fuck Gary Bettman"?

Of course. Whats wrong with calling the man by his full name?

posted by lilnemo at 05:28 PM on November 05, 2009

Hooking Delicious and Twitter to the Huddle

Yeah yeah, but who the hell is Jenis and why the hell is she spamming me via the SpoFi GoogleGroup?


posted by lilnemo at 05:45 PM on October 30, 2009

Did anyone else get a ton of 'sportsfilter' spam last night?

It was indeed, "THE BUSINESS".

posted by lilnemo at 03:39 PM on August 03, 2009

Did anyone else get a ton of 'sportsfilter' spam last night?

But you've got to form a queue!

posted by lilnemo at 05:55 PM on July 24, 2009

Did anyone else get a ton of 'sportsfilter' spam last night?

So what am I supposed to do with all this lukewarm cockpunch?

posted by lilnemo at 05:57 PM on July 23, 2009

Did anyone else get a ton of 'sportsfilter' spam last night?

According to the linked page, yerfatma (tclancy) is an admin.

*readies carafe of cockpunch*

posted by lilnemo at 01:15 PM on July 23, 2009

Did anyone else get a ton of 'sportsfilter' spam last night?

I'm up to 50 of these now.

But my activityrank is 0. :(

posted by lilnemo at 01:14 PM on July 23, 2009

Suggestions Needed for Sidebar Links

Condense the "links" space. We currently have two, one at the top, one at the bottom of the sidebar. There doesn't really seem to be enough links to justify a links section in the sidebar. I would cram the Bloglines link in with the RSS Feeds section, and provide a link to an actual "Links Page" full of links to sports resources like Basketball-Reference, or even member-nominated sport/team blogs.

We'd be sharing where we pluck our FPP's, but we'd also be providing a resource for tracking down info during slow posting days (like the weekends, or holidays), as well as providing datapoints to pull from for "more intelligent discourse" when arguing just how badly the SF Giants lineup sucks.

posted by lilnemo at 07:29 PM on March 11, 2009

Happy Birthday to Us

Diggity Seconded.

posted by lilnemo at 04:17 PM on January 26, 2009

SportsFilter Under Development

I vote header. Where we can see the damn thing.

*doffs cap*

posted by lilnemo at 05:48 PM on January 13, 2009

Arguing Politics During My Vasectomy

I was really afraid that this would spark a firestorm of argument over the politics of the thing, but I see the cooler heads have prevailed, and my fears are groundless.

What do you think this is METAFILTER?!

I kid, I kid, some of my favorite users post on metafilter.

posted by lilnemo at 10:33 PM on October 27, 2008

Welcome to the New Server

Quick question for the PANTHEON.

Are we to assume that Columns are now folded in with FPP's as far as posting is concerned? Or are they to remain seperate?

posted by lilnemo at 08:00 PM on August 11, 2008

Welcome to the New Server

Many thank rcade.

Said rejoinder for those with click-o-phobia: Ahem.

posted by lilnemo at 07:41 PM on August 11, 2008

Welcome to the New Server

I was going to post this witty rejoinder. But I'm going to have to settle for a link, because we can't post images anymore(?).

This aggression will not stand, man.

Tell me this is just a transition hiccup and not a SpoFi policy. The img tag hasn't really been that much of a problem has it? I can't recall it ever "really" being abused. PANTHEON?

posted by lilnemo at 07:23 PM on August 11, 2008

Where the hell is everybody?

Nothing wrong with Scrabble at all. Just the first thing to come to mind.

posted by lilnemo at 12:03 PM on April 15, 2008

Where the hell is everybody?

I've noticed the slowdown, but haven't contributed lately. I have a tendency to post one thing, and then completely dominate the front page with posts. Of varying quality. No one wants me to start posting scrabble contest scores again right? I'm just cutting back. Honest.

posted by lilnemo at 06:14 PM on April 14, 2008

Online baseball quizzes

*waves at terrapin waving at stupidsexyflanders*

posted by lilnemo at 03:04 PM on March 26, 2008

Online baseball quizzes

This is the most recent SpoFi thread that I can remember. Which links here.

posted by lilnemo at 11:06 AM on March 26, 2008

While you were watching the NCAA Tournament

Wow. A dude gets off work. Picks up his woman and his dog. Goes out for some greek food and comes back to screaming 10 year olds, Henry Porter bare ass, and a Chinatown reset. Wow. I really miss game threads/live-blogs.

posted by lilnemo at 10:48 PM on March 20, 2008

While you were watching the NCAA Tournament

Damnit. See, on Gamecast it looked like stack had a 5 pt. play. Laggy gamecasters. Making me look bad.

posted by lilnemo at 07:25 PM on March 20, 2008

While you were watching the NCAA Tournament

U following Gamecast as well Fez?

posted by lilnemo at 07:23 PM on March 20, 2008

While you were watching the NCAA Tournament

I'm scared.

posted by lilnemo at 07:20 PM on March 20, 2008

While you were watching the NCAA Tournament

Prediction: yerfatma will drink 10 beers, forget he's liveblogging the game and start a running diary of Working Girl. Prediction: Dirk will feel KG in his compression shorts as the C's run away with the Texas 2-step.

posted by lilnemo at 07:17 PM on March 20, 2008


The "no-hitter" thing threw me off. Dodgerthoughts runs gamethreads during the season. As a nod to baseball superstition, the commenters are asked not to type "no-hitter", if one is in progress. I believe there is an agreed upon code used in such cases.

posted by lilnemo at 04:52 PM on March 07, 2008

Not exactly eponysterical, but close

Odd that. Almost but not quite eponysterical. Nor syncronicity for that matter. Apologies to those now with "Every Breath You Take" in their heads

posted by lilnemo at 07:09 PM on March 05, 2008


I was thinking about this the other day and I've come to a decision. Orange is definitely my favorite flavor. How can you say that with purple standing right there? Have you no decency? *coughs* Since we're discussing "policy" I've cherry-picked some rules for one of the finest blogs around (DodgerThoughts for those who have yet to hear me pimp it from the mountaintops) to provide an example of rules that work for another community of commentors, that we may compare and contrast.

Thank You For Not ...
  1. using profanity or any euphemisms for profanity
  2. personally attacking other commenters
  3. baiting other commenters
  4. arguing for the sake of arguing
  5. discussing politics
  6. using hyperbole when something less will suffice
  7. using sarcasm in a way that can be misinterpreted negatively
  8. making the same point over and over again
  9. typing "no-hitter" to describe any no-hitter in progress
  10. being annoyed by the existence of this list
  11. commenting under the obvious influence
  12. claiming your opinion isn't allowed when it's just being disagreed with
Now obviously some of these rules are pretty site-specific (excessive hyperbole may seem like an odd duck until you see it in the wild), but they provide an example of how rules can be crafted to fit your needs. The overall point is when you have a community of passionate users you need to be able to encourage good discourse (which may not always sound intelligent) between users (which is the point of this site) while not allowing the conversation to grow contentious (second time I've used this word today, like me a good word of the day calendar). It is very hard as an "average user" when faced with someone with "the wrong facts" or "a stupid opinion" or who is "fucking nuts", to carry on civil discourse. And without the power to wield the banhammer it is far too easy for us too look for the heaviest, bluntest form of snark possible to bludgeon the poor dolt who thinks Juan Pierre in LF is a good idea. While satisfying (OH so deliciously satisfying!) it doesn't make us look too good. With that said, I call upon my fellow SpoFites to use the more delicate and precise tools available to them. Their intellect. Their good humour. Their good judgement. Their statistics, facts, and links. Use these tools so you won't get discouraged by the dolt who would oppose you. Use these tools so that even if you don't agree, you can be satisfied by the fact you were civil. Apologies for the excessive asides, commas, bunny quotes, and slandering of the good flavor purple's name.

posted by lilnemo at 06:50 PM on March 05, 2008

Kudos on the good posts today (March 4).

This is, and forgive me if I'm speaking out of turn here, a collaborative site. If you find the content of a post lacking, and you have links to more substantive material, by all means provide them.

posted by lilnemo at 03:40 PM on March 05, 2008

Best All-Time Baseball Broadcaster?

Off topic: Have you ever been to the Rose Bowl? A time or two. Mostly Galaxy friendlies about a decade ago. The last time I visited the Rose Bowl was about 5 years ago for the 4th of July festivities. Bad move. You had to show up at noon, park on grass, walk a mile to the bowl and then were subjected to wall to wall adverts for Seabiscuit (which I never did see) blaring louder than the kiddie bands on stage. All this in 90 degree heat. Thank you Clear Channel. Blecch.

posted by lilnemo at 03:44 AM on February 20, 2008

Best All-Time Baseball Broadcaster?

In Pasadena Vin Scully is code for Joe Morgan. Ahem. I am going to punch you in the uvula.

posted by lilnemo at 06:14 PM on February 15, 2008

Best All-Time Baseball Broadcaster?

  1. Vin Scully
  2. Vin Scully
  3. Vin Scully
  4. Vin Scully
  5. Vin Scully
I Guess I will have to rep for Vin here. I don't know that I can readily explain what Vin has done for baseball in the city of Los Angeles. A great deal of you probably remember Scully from his work on NBC. But here in L.A. he has been the steady pulse of Major League Baseball since time out of mind. He's made his fair share of famous calls. But to my mind what makes Vin so special is how he manages to make every game an event. He doesn't puff up player reputations, nor does he play a homer. He doesn't dismiss newer statistical metrics, though the folks in the truck don't always provide him with many. What Vin does best is weave a story through the game, he relates to the casual fan the anecdotes behind visiting players, he makes the whole game feel more tangible, more human. His broadcasts evoke a sense of timelessness, yet never clamour for "the good old days". For upwards of three generations of Angelenos, Vin has been THE ambassador for baseball. In a time where much of the climate (and coverage) surrounding baseball has been so dark and gloomy, Vin has reminded us of how good the game has been and how it will always remain so.

posted by lilnemo at 12:20 PM on February 15, 2008

SportsfIlter Group

Me too! Me too!

posted by lilnemo at 12:54 PM on February 05, 2008

Happy Iron Anniversary, Sportsfilter.

I'll be going on my fifth year anniversary soon. I lurked here for months prior to joining. Which is why I was eager to comment on damn near anything at the time. Believe I first moseyed over here from MeFi. Though I joined MeFi years after I signed onto SpoFi. Backwards, I know. What I love about this site are the truly unique voices that, every so often, raise above the din. The diversity of opinion, knowledge, and snark here is unsurpassed. You guys are all aces in my book.

posted by lilnemo at 04:50 PM on January 24, 2008

Calling All Rookies

This isn't 'Nam dude. There are rules.

posted by lilnemo at 05:44 PM on January 23, 2008

Calling All Rookies

[vet] One comment by a new member so far. Methinks the locker room is still a bridge too far for most of the newer folk. Sidebarring might not be enough. If THE PANTHEON want a larger discussion on this, they might consider making it an actual FPP linking to this thread. It runs the risk of dueling conversations, but it might do well to get the word out.

posted by lilnemo at 01:04 PM on January 17, 2008

Presented without comment,

I don't mind that some threads get a bit contentious, so long as the arguments are cogent and they don't get personal. I could however do without douchery like this. Thats just crass.

posted by lilnemo at 05:35 PM on November 06, 2007


The locker room is fine for asking sports or SpoFi-related questions. How is it determined who are among the Heisman candidates in NCAAF? Its actually pretty arbitrary. There is no "standardized" ranking for it that I'm aware of. Its a popularity contest. Need proof? Look no further than the disclaimer from ESPN's latest Heisman Watch (Where Ryan is currently ranked #1, and Harrell #5):

Each week,'s panel of experts casts its votes for the top Heisman candidates. The panel consists of analysts, former players, former coaches and's college football staff.
So essentially ESPN's "ranking" is based upon the opinion of various people with college football "knowledge". You might want to take a look at Wikipedia's Heisman page for an idea as to what factors into a given person's (in this case the wiki user's) selection process.

posted by lilnemo at 04:54 PM on October 16, 2007

Editorializing on the Front Page

He likes to watch.

posted by lilnemo at 04:39 PM on October 12, 2007

How would NFL look like EPL season?

I think its an interesting question. And yes we all know such an arrangement isn't likely to occur in any of the major US sports. But that shouldn't prevent us from discussing the merits of such a proposal and theorizing on its effects. I've been reading up on FIBA and the various national leagues (ACB, Serie A), I may have some comments on the notion of promotion/relegation, league/championship play in the NBA soon.

posted by lilnemo at 02:31 PM on October 11, 2007

Editorializing on the Front Page

A few things. I've taken to irregularly posting the results of NBA playoff series for the past few seasons. I have found that, even in doing so, whatever story is dominating the headlines in the press will inevitably be what takes over the entire thread. So all members positing that a playoff-roundup would have settled matters, can tuck that notion safely to bed. The post wasn't slanted. There was no editorializing to speak of. There isn't a hint of axe-grinding in the FPP. What we have is a weak link. Thats it. Unfortunately, its a link weak enough for some members to ascribe darker motivations to its posting. I don't buy it. If rcade's motivation for posting was to take a pointed jab at the Yankees or their fans why wouldn't he do so in the FPP? He's shown no compunction in doing so in the past why would he censor himself now? It makes no sense. The man is famous for pope-squatting for crying out loud! He is anything but subtle. Full disclosure: I am a Dodger fan at heart, and while I rooted for the Sox in '04, as a fan of baseball I see little difference between Sox and Yanx fans in real life or on this site.

posted by lilnemo at 02:19 PM on October 11, 2007

And now for something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

I didn't want to mar the Front Page with any of USA Womens Soccer scuffle, but this clip of Marta's goal needed to be shared. Oh! You've seen it. I don't give a crap. Watch it again. I believe her touch is what the kids nowadays call "fucking bananas".

posted by lilnemo at 03:48 PM on September 28, 2007

*Feature Request* - Blog recommendations.

Your second comment there was SpoFi's 150,000th. Congrats! * blots running mascara in vain * I had no idea! * Unfurls "unprepared" speech * mmm. Sausage.

posted by lilnemo at 06:45 PM on September 20, 2007

*Feature Request* - Blog recommendations.

"I swear every time I mention the wiki everyone goes quiet :)" To be fair, I made this post in connection with another thread. Guess what the first words out of my mouth were.

posted by lilnemo at 05:19 PM on September 20, 2007

*Feature Request* - Blog recommendations.

Dodgers Clippers NBA

posted by lilnemo at 01:51 PM on September 14, 2007

Quality of Links Decreasing. Discuss.

How do the posts get there? I was thinking it could be part of the upcoming "flag-pony". Once a SpoFite flags an FPP a script would auto-post a new editorial thread on the post. For Example: If someone found fault with a thread, say, my playoff roundup, they would flag it. Once flagged a small icon would appear next to the FPP. At the same time a thread is auto-magically created on the Bench. The Bench Thread would look sorta like this: Bulls 0 - Pistons 2 Cavs 2 - Nets 0 Suns 1 - Spurs 1 Warriors 0 - Jazz 1
"Comment icon" posted by lilnemo at 5:20 PM CST on May 10 The user who flagged the thread would have to post the first comment in the Bench thread to explain why they flagged the FPP. Or, in the flagging process the user could be redirected to a "flagging form" where they would be required to give a reason why they are flagging the post which would be inserted into the body of the Bench thread thusly: Bulls 0 - Pistons 2 Cavs 2 - Nets 0 Suns 1 - Spurs 1 Warriors 0 - Jazz 1
Another NBA thread? Do we really need more of these things?
"Comment icon" posted by lilnemo at 5:20 PM CST on May 10
There would of course still be some issues:

  • Would we want the person flagging an FPP to be anonymous?
  • Does the "reason for flagging" belong in the actual post or in the comments for it?
  • Should the FPP be pulled from the FP during editing?
  • Who's gonna code this mess?

posted by lilnemo at 12:21 PM on May 11, 2007

Quality of Links Decreasing. Discuss.

I wanna piggy-back onto Dr. John's suggestion from upthread. Editorial comments would be a huge boon to new users. I was thinking that a new section seperate from the Locker Room and the Front Page proper. Perhaps the FPP itself could have a visual indicator showing that it has been flagged with a link to the New editorial section. We could call it . . . THE BENCH - Where your posts wait to be put back into the game. It could be a seperate blog where each thread contains a link to the "Benched" FPP and the reason for benching. The resulting commentary would allow both the post author and the community as a whole a chance to clarify their thinking on the posts formatting, quality, etc. All this while the original FPP and its attendant comments are allowed to continue their course uninterupted and without derails.

posted by lilnemo at 05:20 PM on May 10, 2007

Quality of Links Decreasing. Discuss.

I almost forgot: Single-link wire service reports are the equivalent of watching ESPN while waiting for a flight. They make sense inside the playoff threads like lilnemo sets up, but the constant deluge of stereotypical sports page pablum isn't interesting to me. Just to clarify for those who haven't read them; there isn't a single ESPN, AP, or wire service link in any of the playoff wrap-up threads. Most of the links point to bloggers who follow a specific team, the rest are generally to local papers or columnists.

posted by lilnemo at 02:01 PM on May 10, 2007

Quality of Links Decreasing. Discuss.

I somehow knew who would post the not-FPP-worthy-yet McNair story... I am clearly psychic and have espn. And its an AP story to boot. Double trouble. Do you see someone crying racism in that threads future?

posted by lilnemo at 01:03 PM on May 10, 2007

Quality of Links Decreasing. Discuss.

We've sort of all agreed to let lilnemo do his daily NBA playoff wrap-up, right? I like the wrap up, but to be honest the formatting of the post bugs me. I like lilnemo giving us the playoffs in a neat little package, but it's going to be a pain, and a bigger one if the site grows, to start delegating who can post what on the front page. Theres never been an explicit decree that I do the playoff threads. However I've found by doing a wrap-up every few days it cuts down on extra playoff posts and creates a central thread to follow along and comment on series as they progress. Doesn't really matter to me if someone posts about an individual series (so long as the link is more than an AP recap). As for the formatting, I've kept it pretty minimal in order to keep from cannibalizing space from the rest of the front page, also I have a self-imposed rule about trying to cut down on editorializing in my FPPs (one of my bad habits). I have found that in wrap-up FPPs that not every user is going to read about every team and/or series, so I haven't done much in the way of "selling the links". Any suggestions? Comments? Terrapin is it a readability issue, context, or quality of links?

posted by lilnemo at 11:49 AM on May 10, 2007

What are SpoFites' favorite books?

I don't have time to make a book suggestion just yet, but would it be out of order to drop a seperate note in the suggestion box? Howsabout we put these reading lists on the SpoFi Wiki along with user reviews? Just a thought.

posted by lilnemo at 04:05 PM on April 25, 2007

What Makes a Good SportsFilter Post

And, it's "Britney Spears' hair." Depends on who you ask.

posted by lilnemo at 04:23 PM on April 23, 2007

What Makes a Good SportsFilter Post

No one is getting to the real issue here. Dude is totally hedging on my turf. We're gonna rain on you, Warriors! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket In all seriousness, the Posting Guidelines make it pretty clear what is acceptable:

A good link is sports-related, newsworthy and encourages discussion among the community. Links should be about something new -- such as a breaking news story, an interesting commentary, or a noteworthy sports site. The more specific the link the better. Linking to a preview of the Super Bowl is OK. Linking to an article on how the field conditions might affect play is better. The way you describe a link has a direct impact on the way it will be discussed by members.
In closing, FPPs consisting of AP, Reuters, or any game recaps for that matter? Bad. FPPs that divulge interesting, discussion-worthy tidbits like Baron Davis has the exact same beard as King Leonidas in 300? Totally AWESOME.

posted by lilnemo at 02:41 PM on April 23, 2007

Punctuation Matters

...I suggested John Madden called his penis "Mr. Lumpy" and that it was a misshapen and ashen-looking creature of the deep. The Kraken?

posted by lilnemo at 11:35 AM on April 04, 2007

Google Apps

I was thinking more of traditional blogging (for whatever that's worth in 2007), i.e. mostly linking and quoting interspersed with original thoughts, takes or opinions for some kind of individual flavor... I'm hoping we get a good mix of diverse styles. I'd like to emulate what Kevin Arneson has done on Clipperblog, which is to say, not only aggregate news/features links but to break down tape (occasionally) and get an idea as to what teams in "my" division run offensively and defensively. I would like to get an idea as to what a teams situational tendencies are (inbounding plays at the end of quarters, fouling strategies in the final 2 minutes, etc.). I like the idea of doing a roundtable at pre-determined intervals with the other divisional bloggers to gauge where each team/player stands at that point in the season in terms of their standing, playoff readiness, or all star/mvp/roy/etc potential.

posted by lilnemo at 06:51 PM on February 27, 2007

Google Apps

It certainly appears we have some interested parties here. Who's going to organize this mess? Who's in? Are the *.sportsfilter blogs actually going to be implemented? If so when do we start? rcade? Pantheon?

posted by lilnemo at 03:02 PM on February 27, 2007

Google Apps

I'll throw my hat in the ring for the NBA blog. I know ufez has got the Southwest Division covered, Yukon could do the Atlantic, and I could take care of the Pacific. That would leave the Central, Southeast, and Northwest divisions. If I'm not being too presumptuous.

posted by lilnemo at 01:14 PM on February 27, 2007

Dated Sample Post

I would also like to propose that we (okay, wick-tick-tooey) do an interview of the next real big flaming-idjit-newbie. Think of the questions you could come up with. I have a sneaking suspicion as to how that would go over:

Cameron: Why'd you kick me? Ferris: Where's your brain? Cameron: Why'd you kick me? Ferris: Where's your brain? Cameron: Why'd you kick me? Ferris: Where's your brain? Cameron: I asked you first. . . . Ferris: Now, I didn't hit you. I lightly slapped you.

posted by lilnemo at 07:12 PM on February 12, 2007

2007 bloggies

Hey! We were making fun of Joe Morgan and getting visited by bereaved family members way before Deadspin ever made fun of Stephen A. Smith or got visited by Barbaro well-wishers/shut-ins/fanfic/slash/letter-writers. How was SpoFi not even nominated? This is a travishamockery!! WHO SHAT THE BED ON THIS ONE?! WE WUZ ROBBED!

posted by lilnemo at 02:30 PM on January 26, 2007

2007 bloggies

Do we have to exact some Punch to the Crotch with Awesomeness justice on this fool? DUDE! "Punch to the Crotch with AWESOMENESS" is 2007 lilnemo. Aw fuck it, I'm a dork of the people. CROTCHPUNCH for everyone!

posted by lilnemo at 02:26 PM on January 26, 2007

Uh, I was promised I would have 3 minutes to rebut myself.

Hey the PANTHEON moved over to a new server, and wrangled a few small ponies for us all on their own. If you want a punch to the crotch*, you do it yourself. *The AWESOMENESS of your punch to the crotch may vary.

posted by lilnemo at 05:46 PM on January 25, 2007

Uh, I was promised I would have 3 minutes to rebut myself.

That profile is a thing of beauty JG. Lets breakdown viper-pit's comment from here with the tele-strator: Vick is a good Running back. Figuratively but not Literally. NICE. But a HORRRIBLE QB. It's the extra Rs that sell it. They should move him to RB and let him play the position he is good at. LAME. Where is the fire? The passion? The "jene se qua"? Then get a QB that can THROWN the ball. THAT my friends, is a punch to the crotch with AWESOMENESS.

posted by lilnemo at 05:10 PM on January 23, 2007