February 01, 2002

Sucks-Rocks Alternative: Not yet a week old, and we are aptly avoiding the two most common words in sports discussions (aka, sux-rox). But how long can we hold on until we fall prey to these two readily available words. Here is where we can offer creative alternatives for those under the spell of sux-rox-itis. For example, The Steelers sure do inhale viciously when they are under pressure.

posted by jacknose to editorial policy at 01:25 PM - 8 comments

<shrug> I don't think we need to avoid the words; they just need to be carefully placed in context. My great fear is that all sports boards* inevitably decline with popularity if they aren't actively censored by the original standards holders. The solution (short of censorship) is More Information- say sucks, say whatever, just back it up. And flame hard when the backup isn't there. Oh, that said- anyone who spells either one with an X should be immediately be sent in to deep space or some other location without a net connection. :) *Well, really all boards, but that is a thread for ThatOtherFilter.

posted by tieguy at 03:42 PM on February 01

Its gonna happen, you know it is. I'm a Bronco fan, and you don't think I'm gonna be a magnet for "sucks" comments? I agree that those kind of postings/laments need to be dealt with extreme prejudice. This ain't Mefi, and Matt is not the benevolent ruler here. If someone wants to troll with "the Raiders just suck", then kick 'em them hell out. (p.s. They really do, the Raiders I mean.)

posted by Wulfgar! at 06:26 PM on February 01

Something along the lines of: "The Cowboys most certainly have sold their souls to Satan and eat the corpses of puppies for breakfast" would be another way to put it. Although if the Skins finally beat the Cowboys this coming season I will personally chant "Dallas Sucks" for a month.

posted by owillis at 07:44 PM on February 01

I am not suggesting that we should censor words, just offer fresh alternatives. "So and so sucks because..." is such a bore. However, "The Cowboys most certainly have sold their souls to Satan and eat the corpses of puppies for breakfast" not only makes me smile but also want to listen. Why exactly does this member think the Cowboys have given their soul to the Prince of Darkness, and why, pray tell, are they snacking on little doggies? "Sucks" stifles conversation like Dr. Evil's "zip it" in Austin Powers. Me: I really think the Cowbo-- Dr. Evil: They Suck! Me: Okay, but-- Dr. Evil: Sucks! (You get the idea.) Another alternative. The Memphis Grizzlies are to NBA teams as AskJeeves is to Search Engines.

posted by jacknose at 09:02 AM on February 02

tieguy, on a more serious note, I agree. I think that backing up what you have to say is most important.

posted by jacknose at 09:03 AM on February 02

I can't think of anything about sports that truly *rocks*. Maybe the World Cup. Lots of stuff sucks though. Like, say, the X Games. But, wait a second, the X Games are supposed to Rock. Maybe the text should just be parsed to substitute 'sux' for every occurrence of 'rox'. Can you see it? Bud Selig rox!!! The NFL instant replay rule rox!!! The WWF rox!!! err, the WWF sux!!! egad, it's some sort of paradox.

posted by pastepotpete at 01:55 AM on February 03

Maybe the text should just be parsed to substitute 'sux' for every occurrence of 'rox'. Please do this.

posted by walrus at 06:31 AM on February 03

This thread sux rox! See, it works!

posted by kirkaracha at 01:30 PM on February 03

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