July 24, 2002

What's this Pantheon thing all about? Jacknose, Mathowie, Owillis, Lescour, Rcade, kirkaracha, and Msacheson are all doing great work, but if we're building a religion here (and we already have more members than the Shakers), we should probably have some demigods to go along with the big guys.

In no particular order the nominations include:
1) mkn (always good)
2) worldcup2002 (thanks for helping Americans enjoy the World Cup more)
3) succa (knowledgeable but Canadian)
4) djacobs (I disagree with him often, but his stuff makes for good reading)
5) fat buddha (see WC2002)
6) yerfatma (the other guy with "fat" in his name)
7) sb86 (Rangers, Mets, Redskins fan. Pity nomination)
8) jerseygirl (always insightful, and not afraid to call us out for being meatheads at times)
9) corpse (football talk and college B-ball too)
10) adampsyche (solid last year, but too old to compete with Dallas and Colorado next year)

I limited the list to ten, but there are a lot of great posters here that are trying to get make this site better. In my book the people above all have a million hit points and maximum charisma. Hopefully they'll all have the ability to post their own articles soon (snarky, sorry).

So who did I forget? Out of the non-founders, who do you think is an unrecognized poster? Give 'em some props.

posted by Samsonov14 to navel gazing at 10:59 PM - 16 comments

Dammit, Samsonov14, why did you have to make me cry? *snif* God bless us, everyone.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:54 PM on July 24, 2002

Hopefully they'll all have the ability to post their own articles soon (snarky, sorry). Coming sooner than you might imagine.

posted by jacknose at 09:23 AM on July 25, 2002

Samsonov14, since you limited the list to 10 I wouldn't bump anybody off, but I've enjoyed your comments and postings.

posted by kirkaracha at 10:22 AM on July 25, 2002

Yes, thanks for the kind words. I just wish you'd ease up on poor Theo!

posted by djacobs at 10:49 AM on July 25, 2002

I, SpoFi Demigod WC2002 (membership no. SD00002), advocate of futbol, converter of the ignorant, anoint and appoint Samsonov14 to the not-so-inner circle of SpoFi Demigods. He shall henceforth be known as Demigod Samsonov14, guardian of snark, protector of good-hearted ribbing. *GOOOOOOOOOOONGGGGGGGG*

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:02 PM on July 25, 2002

I'm in? Sweet! Thanks WC2002. The first thing I'm going to do is kick you and Kirkaracha out. There's no room for asskissers in this pantheon. Vito90 and Ttrendel can take your spots.

posted by Samsonov14 at 03:17 PM on July 25, 2002

I guess I'm a demi-athiest. :P

posted by insomnyuk at 03:33 PM on July 25, 2002

I have offered my spot to Theo Fleury, if he should so deisre. Although I wonder if the content of his posts would make it hard for sportsfilter to get past library and public school content filters?

posted by djacobs at 03:55 PM on July 25, 2002

Samsonov14: TURNCOAT! By the Gods of Mt. SpoFi! I hurl my demi-thunderbolts at you! I sling my supreme-stinky-sport-socks at you! I unleash my titanic-towel-snap at you!

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:44 PM on July 25, 2002

Man, I can't believe I forgot you, insomnyuk! You have some of the best hockey commentary out there. This was supposed to be a congratulatory thread for everyone who makes this board great, and now because I post messages when I'm drunk, insomnyuk gets slighted. Damn you Anheuser-Busch! Tell you what, Insomnyuk: you can have my spot. I resign. I'm sorry. Wussy.

posted by Samsonov14 at 06:06 PM on July 25, 2002

This is the first time in my life I've ever actually been picked for something Sports related. In your face high school jocks! I would like to promote grum@work to this pantheon... simply because there can never be too much Canadian Maple Leaf fan representation. And if you are raising certain people to godly heights, then I wish to make a movement to declare Anna Kournikova the patron saint of Sportsfilter.

posted by mkn at 07:53 PM on July 25, 2002

and now because I post messages when I'm drunk I understand samsonov, we all do it occasionally :)

posted by insomnyuk at 08:39 PM on July 25, 2002

Grum@work is a great mention. He knows hockey. And for the record, not all of my posts are drinky-related. I may have posted one or two messages once in a while when I'm "one over the eight", but for real, I love you guys. Woo! Woooo! What were we talking about? Screw it. I don't need any of you. Jerks. I'm going back to metafilter.

posted by Samsonov14 at 10:24 PM on July 25, 2002

Hey, om, since I *love* rumors, can someone spill the beans on that Floyd & Colon to the Red Sox talk? I thought the Red Sox were plum out of prospects.

posted by djacobs at 04:15 PM on July 26, 2002

Probably off topic on this thread but... Yes djacobs, we're out of prospects. Our farm system sucks. I curse Dan Duquette and John Harrington on a regular basis. But to answer your query, the struggling Expos now want cash, not prospects for Colon and Floyd. I don't even know if the team has cash. From ESPN.COM Insider: Colon, Floyd, Thomas wearing Red Sox? by Jim Baker There is something inherently wrong with the notion of the Expos selling players in straight cash transactions. Rumor has it that the Red Sox are interested in shipping a couple of box cars loaded with unmarked bills down to the Major League Baseball offices in New York City in exchange for the playing services of those still-new Montrealers, Bartolo Colon and Cliff Floyd. If only cash is involved, how does a league-run team go about selecting who will get its best players? Does it not put the league office in a position to greatly influence the outcome of a pennant race? If the Expos receive players in trade, then, at least, there is at least the pretense of fairness. But cash? That won’t do. In the meantime, the Red Sox are also rumored to be eying up Frank Thomas of the White Sox. Boston already took a flier on a down-cycling first baseman in the off-season, Tony Clark, and has little to show for it. Clark was a solid player at one time but has been a disaster in Boston and may well be looking at the bottom floor of his career. Thomas, on the other hand, was light years ahead of Clark at one time but has experienced only one season in the past four when he has approached the norms he established in the early phases of his career. What is more, Thomas makes a salary in the range of a full-shift’s output at the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The Red Sox are already sporting a $110 million load and might not have any more resources available for another first baseman in the maybe stage of his career. Thomas, once the most-feared hitter in baseball, is now batting in the six hole for a team that is in double figures below .500. With a trade, a “diminished skills” clause in his contract would be magically erased and his full salary would be guaranteed. While not at the full pariah level that Scott Rolen has achieved in Philadelphia, Thomas has been a center of discord in the White Sox clubhouse of late. He took undeserved heat from teammate David Wells last year on the matter of playing hurt and more flak from Paul Konerko (the man who displaced him at first owing to his well-known troubles handling a fielding job) in 2002. Interestingly, though, the White Sox don’t seem to be in much of a hurry to get rid of Thomas, in spite of a big push to clean house of any and all veteran players. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, any number of aging Pale Hosers could be shipped out by Wednesday’s non-waiver trading deadline. Kenny Lofton, Sandy Alomar, Jr., and Royce Clayton are all available to anyone willing to take on their salaries. In addition, writes Sullivan, “The Sox also are shopping outfielders Jeff Liefer and Carlos Lee, along with Todd Ritchie and Bob Howry and others.” I don't want Frank Thomas. Too high maintenance. We could really use the pitching. A 1-2-3-4 punch of Pedro, Lowe, Burkett and Colon would be great, especially since Castillo is extraordinarily suckass this year and the Sox designated Rich Garces for assignment. Adios El Guapo. by the way... I'd love to see a 'Trade Rumors' or just plain 'Rumors' category in either the lockerroom or on the main page -- there's always something buzzing around in just about every sport.

posted by jerseygirl at 01:35 AM on July 27, 2002

simply because there can never be too much Canadian Maple Leaf fan representation. Riiiiiight, because nobody gets tired of listening to Leaf fans...oh wait, you said "Canadian Maple Leaf". Carry on. The Maple Leaf is red, not blue! Anyway, I'm flattered to be a SpoFiDiety (SpoFiety?). And my fundamental lack of Americanness means that as soon as the "Broomball" and "Curling" categories are created, you just might start to see sports in a whole new light.

posted by Succa at 10:37 AM on July 28, 2002

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