Recent Locker Room Comments by JJ

SportsFilter Turns 8

WHERE'S MY LOCKERROOM INTERVIEW from 2005 !!!!!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!

It's burned into all of our hearts, terrapin.

posted by JJ at 12:16 PM on January 27, 2010

SportsFilter Turns 8

Jesus Christ: He's been here for almost the whole thing.

posted by JJ at 12:15 PM on January 27, 2010

SportsFilter Turns 8

OK, OK, so it's been 8 years, but, I mean, why change it? It's working, isn't it? I'm not against the idea of marriage per se, I just don't see why we should risk what we've got now in the pursuit of something that might not even be as good as this.

The tenth anniversary falls in an Olympic year. We should do something in London.

posted by JJ at 08:41 AM on January 27, 2010

Book Giveaway: Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours

I tell her that all the time, but she maintains that's no excuse for my behaviour on the golf course.

posted by JJ at 02:00 PM on December 15, 2009

Book Giveaway: Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours

My girl's more impressed by the whole Pope thing.

posted by JJ at 06:39 AM on December 15, 2009

Should SportsFilter Think of the Children?

Of course we should think of the children, and perhaps take it in turns to go round and wipe kerrycindy's house and wipe their arses for them too. Catch a grip of yourself, KC. This is a website. What your son sees here is your responsibility, no one else's. If you're so worried about what he reads here, then it's on you to vet the content and allow him access to what you deem appropriate.

Furthermore, for what it's worth, swearing is not a reliable indicator of a lack of intelligence or a limited vocabulary - often, quite the opposite. As ever, Stephen Fry makes that point far better than I ever could. [warning: clip may not be suitable for son of KC]

posted by JJ at 07:21 AM on November 10, 2009

Pushing an Agenda on SportsFilter

I'd still be skint.

posted by JJ at 11:17 AM on October 01, 2009

Pushing an Agenda on SportsFilter

If I'd a penny for every time a girl has said that to me.

posted by JJ at 11:17 AM on October 01, 2009

Pushing an Agenda on SportsFilter

Sounds a bit grand for Mark E. Smith.

Since we're quoting, Dylan Moran has my take on religion covered:

"I respect all the major religions - and the minor ones too - but I do think that if you believe in any of it you're a moron. The thing is, to me, it really is just people talking to their imaginary friend. I don't mind that, whatever gets you off, but some of them are world leaders."

posted by JJ at 05:50 AM on October 01, 2009

Pushing an Agenda on SportsFilter

I don't know about others, but the bewitching and fascinating thing about sport for me is how it relates to and intertwines with so-called "real life". To discuss it in a bubble would be utterly meaningless and, I expect, incredibly dull. I don't come here to find out what happened, I come here to find out how it looked from your seat.

posted by JJ at 10:29 AM on September 30, 2009

Banhammer Requested

But how would Holden have felt about it?

posted by JJ at 10:39 AM on September 02, 2009

rcade newest MLS reporter

rcade, you wouldn't be the first to hit by a ball.

Harry and Jose both took one for the team. Hughes had better control.

Cricket's the game where, as a reporter, you want to avoid getting hit in the head by the ball.

Of course, it's still more likely to happen when you're actually playing.

posted by JJ at 09:02 AM on February 18, 2009

Link dump

This is David Feherty talking about Tiger Woods (as discussed last week in the Michelle Wie thread). This has nothing to do with sport (apart maybe from a lyric or two about the cost of sneakers), but it still makes me laugh.

posted by JJ at 04:19 AM on July 31, 2008

Link dump!

You calling my number squatting alter ego a moron? Wait... did I just self-link? Damn. I am a moron.

posted by JJ at 05:50 PM on July 01, 2008

Link dump!

From the ever-reliable Thursday roundup in the Guardian, a 6.3 metre slam dunk. In Japan. Like only they can. Or do.

posted by JJ at 09:31 AM on June 26, 2008

Link dump!

Isn't that just the definition of combat sport?

posted by JJ at 09:22 AM on June 26, 2008

Link dump!

The guy on the left knocked out the guy on the right despite selling his punch half a foot short? Amazing. I'm not surprised the ref was surprised.

posted by JJ at 09:00 PM on June 25, 2008

Sportsfilter Technology Refresh?

I pope squatted 10,000. Shall we start the bidding at, say, $500?

posted by JJ at 11:03 AM on June 11, 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 did a post on them once. Perfection. I'm watching the snooker at the moment. O'Sullivan is handing Hendry his ass. It's fun to watch. 14-8 at the mid-session interval of the second session. Ronnie needs three of the remaining four frames tonight to get the day off tomorrow to prepare for the final which starts on Sunday.

posted by JJ at 01:57 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!

You must be a Crip. We're Bloods here. (one trick that used to work in SE Asia but might not anymore after I made the epic mistake of telling the executive producer of the BBC's Masters coverage about it, is to change your profile to "UK user" - most of the pages have an option).

posted by JJ at 09:46 AM 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!

All the 147s at the Crucible on one page. Can you international types use iPlayer, or is it a UK only thing?

posted by JJ at 06:47 AM 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!

Don't underestimate the fat man...

posted by JJ at 06:37 PM on May 01, 2008

Shameless, Out-Of-Left-Field, Self-Linking Link Dump!

Moon landing map = awesome. Thanks, goddam.

posted by JJ at 12:42 PM on March 28, 2008

Shameless, Out-Of-Left-Field, Self-Linking Link Dump!

Frisby, you totally grounded your club in that bunker. Nice skirt though.

posted by JJ at 09:35 AM on March 27, 2008

Shameless, Out-Of-Left-Field, Self-Linking Link Dump!

Shameless self linking? Wouldn't dream of it. Disgusting, frankly. I'm presuming I've shared this before, but just in case I haven't: "The boys took a beating on that one..."

posted by JJ at 06:52 AM on March 27, 2008

Homer Jersey Swap?

Malcolm X Philosophy Football t-shirt Surely that should be 'Malcolm XI'... Thank you. I'm here all week.

posted by JJ at 04:33 PM on January 30, 2008

Super Bowl Link Dump!

*L* That really made me laugh Mr B.

posted by JJ at 02:58 PM on January 30, 2008

Super Bowl Link Dump!

We're getting it live on the BBC this year apparently.

posted by JJ at 02:53 PM on January 30, 2008

Happy Iron Anniversary, Sportsfilter.

There's no easy way to say this, but I think our SpoFi might be autistic. I came here from Metafilter when someone told me to stop discussing sport in the blue and to come over here. I sometimes hang out there now and shout "!" at the people discussing sports. I like to think the odd person might have come over for a look, but really I doubt it.

posted by JJ at 02:00 PM on January 24, 2008

Sportsfilter was's site of the day on october 3

The women on the other hand...

posted by JJ at 08:31 AM on November 20, 2007

Cavs vs Celtics, now with added JJ

WC - I was supposed to be coming to see some cocoa grinders in SF as part of this trip - which would have extended my trip and given me a weekend in California (at Pebble Beach I suspect!) - but the guys I was supposed to see have decided they don't want to participate in my study. Which is irksome.

posted by JJ at 11:50 AM on November 17, 2007

Cavs vs Celtics, now with added JJ

I have to fly to Wichita the next morning at 06:25, but in my experience the best way to deal with such an early start is to just push on through from the night before. Any advice as to how to behave also greatfully received. Is the crowd segregated? Do I need to tone down my Irish accent to avoid being ripped to pieces by the Cavs fans if I find myself in amongst them? Will there even be any Celtics fans there? It seems odd that having watched and followed American sports for so long, this is the first time I will ever have attended a game of any description. That said, I've been a Liverpool fan for years, but I've never been to a Premiership match (of theirs or anyone else's). [As part of my trip, I will also be in Philadelphia next Sunday night - 25th Nov - then Cleveland on the Monday and Tuesday night, Atlanta on the Wednesday night, and New York on the Thursday night. Although I'm not expecting to have a lot of time to kill in any of those places, any sports (or alcohol) related recommendations welcome.]

posted by JJ at 06:03 AM on November 17, 2007

Sticky Wicket

Sounds like my kin of game - I've got afternoons to burn.

posted by JJ at 04:29 AM on October 12, 2007

Sticky Wicket

Golf: disturbingly nice. I might give it a go then - do you play on a mac or a PC? I just took delivery of a new MacBook - it's not going to kill it, is it?

posted by JJ at 10:57 AM on October 11, 2007

Sticky Wicket

*L* That sounds like sporting retirement heaven... "Where is he now?" "He went to get fat and play left field. He can't hit a curveball and he can't catch, but other than that, he's still the Golden Bear." Is that golf game worth getting into? It seems like a lot of registration/download work for something that might prove disappointing. Is there a sample anywhere?

posted by JJ at 09:51 AM on October 11, 2007

And now for something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

I was about to start a link dump just for Woody Austin, but since you're already here...

posted by JJ at 05:35 AM on October 01, 2007

*Feature Request* - Blog recommendations.

Thanks for that blog, Yukon. There goes Monday.

posted by JJ at 04:54 AM on September 17, 2007

Link Dump

That didn't work for some reason, probably because I'm on Safari (the web browser, not the luxury African holiday experience) and didn't type the HTML right:

posted by JJ at 03:01 PM on August 25, 2007

Link Dump

Skiing - "The gate to the groin" - the commentator makes it even funnier than it would be anyway.

posted by JJ at 07:38 AM on August 25, 2007

Link Dump

Here he is in action.

posted by JJ at 05:56 AM on August 24, 2007

Link Dump

I especially love the host with the pint of ale in hand. Dont forget the pipe - and that's not just some bloke, that's the legend that is Fred Trueman, one of the greatest cricketers of all time. "I am here to propose a toast to sportswriters. It's up to you whether you stand up or not."

posted by JJ at 05:26 AM on August 24, 2007

Link Dump

The Guardian's weekly YouTube favourites.

posted by JJ at 06:18 AM on August 23, 2007

Anyone else get spammed by ArmchairGM?

Those Armchairs have been all over me like a sofa for months - years even.

posted by JJ at 06:43 AM on August 07, 2007

Sports illustraters

Two that spring to mind from the world of golf are: Jim McQueen Anthony Ravielli

posted by JJ at 10:36 AM on July 25, 2007

Link Dump:

Thanks, YYM. I think I get that now. I'm making my baseball debut on Sunday so didn't want to look a fool, you know?

posted by JJ at 08:48 AM on June 22, 2007

Link Dump:

Can someone explain to me the distinction between pitching a no hitter and picthing a perfect game?

posted by JJ at 05:45 AM on June 22, 2007

I found my beret while packing

See, that's backfired because I have a kilt [note for the nervous: not a picture of me in a kilt]; I have Scottish heritage. I've only worn it once. Cameras melted. The whole experience was summed up by one particularly drunken (Scottish) friend when he caught sight of my legs: "Fuck me, JJ - I've seen better hangin' outtah nests!"

posted by JJ at 11:10 AM on June 21, 2007

I found my beret while packing

Yerfatma... you're a ridiculously proficient and valuable contributor to the site So much so, owlhouse thought you were me. we're on the Bobby Sands No-Carb Diet Except, I would never say something like that, and as a Northern Irishman, I find that remark deeply racist and offensive. Not really (offended - sadly, I am really Northern Irish). Chico? qbert? You were both right and you were both wrong. As a Northern Irishman (given to tautology), I find your continued hostility in the face of common sense racially offensive. qbert, next time you offer an olive branch, pick a smaller one and don't batter the offeree over the head with it. chico, clumsily wielded as it may have been, qbert's beret photo was still an olive branch and you should take it. Take the knife from your nose before you cut it off to spite your face.

posted by JJ at 04:23 AM on June 21, 2007

Link Dump:

grum - I don't even know what most of that means and I got caught up in it. Thanks for that.

posted by JJ at 11:20 AM on June 20, 2007

Live Sport

I guess that's kind of my point.

posted by JJ at 06:30 AM on May 31, 2007

Live Sport

It just came to mind when I read the Derby County thread on the front page that salmacis was at that game in the new Wembley and I for one would like to hear about it. It then occurred to me that I was at the last day of the European PGA and need some sort of forum for writing about talking to Niclas Fasth in the locker room (at Wentworth, not here) afterwards while he stood there in his pants. I'm sure lots of others attended some live sport at the weekend - or even played some.

posted by JJ at 11:29 AM on May 30, 2007

Champions League Cup Chat

What holden said. I'm a Liverpool fan - I mean I bleed red... yeah - but I'd have to say I thought he was pretty good. Rafa came on the pitch at the end and looked like he was complaining about time (wasting and keeping), but he may instead have had some straws up his sleeve and been clutching at them, it was hard to tell. Milan didn't play all that well, but Liverpool were blunt. They need a world-class striker and a proper world-class midfielder who has more than guts and hunger like Gerrard has. They need some swagger, damn it.

posted by JJ at 10:13 AM on May 24, 2007

What Makes a Good SportsFilter Post

Never in the field of the written word have so many stones been thrown by so many occupants of so many glass houses. Apparently, it's "Britney Spears's hair", according to William Strunk, Jr., the US Government Printing Office and the Oxford University Press. Unless of course you consider "Britney Spears" an "ancient proper name". It's no wonder TB has trouble. I have to say in his defence (or "his defense" if we're trying to keep the lad on the US straight and narrow and not pollute him with trans-Atlantic ancient English like what we talk in the UK, innit?) that he has shown great maturity in this thread. I don't know many 15 year olds, but I was one once and I'm fairly sure that listening to and taking on board criticism wasn't my strongest suit. As has been mentioned before, TB, stick it out. It's worth it in the end. [Oh, and paging Amateur for the Landis thread]

posted by JJ at 08:32 AM on April 24, 2007

Punctuation Matters

No unnecessary use of punctuation for emphasis. If you are exclaiming something, one exclamation mark will do it just as well as five. Iíd suggest some wording to state a prohibition on the use of that phonetic gibberish that seems popular these days, but I donít even know what thatís called. Yeah... No Irish and no dogs neither.

posted by JJ at 10:28 AM on April 03, 2007

Link Dump

I couldn't find a single clip of the man with the action that made him look like a "frog in a blender" - which is very odd. Found some good photos though.

posted by JJ at 04:21 AM on March 30, 2007

Link Dump

Another nice moment. Goalkeeper scores a penalty (soccer, guys, soccer) and spends so much time celebrating that he doesn't see the other team kick off and then lob him to score. Goalkeeper's own team laugh at goalkeeper.

posted by JJ at 11:29 AM on March 29, 2007

Link Dump

Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga claiming four wickets in four successive deliveries yesterday in the Cricket World Cup. Unfortunately, it was too little too late to prevent South Africa from squeezing a tense 1 wicket victory in the Super Eight match at Guyana. Check out his action. It looks illegal - like a throw - until you see it in slow motion.

posted by JJ at 07:20 AM on March 29, 2007

Link Dump

I think it says more about me than I ought to admit that my first reaction was "That oaf is wearing jeans and running shoes on the golf course." For something a little more impressive and a little more important, how about a little Federer magic.

posted by JJ at 06:10 AM on March 28, 2007

Free Live Streams of Cricket World Cup

Finally! A podium finish!

posted by JJ at 05:07 AM on March 15, 2007

Free Live Streams of Cricket World Cup

The Guardian are doing OBO (over-by-over) coverage as ever. Worth reading sometimes even if you don't know anything about cricket.

posted by JJ at 11:37 AM on March 14, 2007