August 28, 2003

Well, though technically not a bug, this issue has been bugging me. What is the deal with off-topic posts: in-jokes, rants, obscure references, etc. At times, people seem to enjoy it, and at others people seem to think its bringing spofi down.

posted by garfield to bugs at 12:49 PM - 63 comments

Personally, I think it is part of the charm of spofi. When I was new to this site, I got a kick out of the wide variety of personalities here. And though the comments detract from the seriousness of the all important and life-changing charge of discussing sports, I defy attempts to reduce or rid spofi of this enjoyable element. The decay of spofi seems to be a popular topic at the moment, and because of that topic being a topic, I have to agree.

posted by garfield at 12:53 PM on August 28, 2003

"Donít discuss etiquette issues here" Could it be any clearer? ;-) In all seriousness, I think sports should be fun and certainly enjoy people's efforts to introduce levity to the proceedings. In-jokes are almost a feature on MeFi and I think most of them have merely transferred here. What decay of SpoFi?

posted by squealy at 01:19 PM on August 28, 2003

I haven't seen anyone poo-poo the in-jokes or obscure references yet... and I'm not sure about this decay of spofi, garf. explain, please?

posted by jerseygirl at 01:35 PM on August 28, 2003


posted by StarFucker at 02:03 PM on August 28, 2003

I'm lost on this 'decay' theme as well, jgirl. I just keep reading about unintelligent remarks, spofi going down the shitter, etc. I guess I should've included 'unintelligent remarks' as being blamed for the decay/decline/pick a word, you know what I mean. Maybe because I relish, and often partake in, the 'unintelligent remark' as humorous, over the top, laughable, and downright fun, I may take the criticisms more personally than I should. Either way, the negativity sucks. Jgirl, you have me thinking I've made this up.

posted by garfield at 02:07 PM on August 28, 2003

u2 fucker.

posted by garfield at 02:13 PM on August 28, 2003

'Carry on, folks. Nothing to see here. Just some crazy, raving to himself.'

posted by garfield at 02:17 PM on August 28, 2003

Who are you and what did you do with garfield?!

posted by StarFucker at 02:39 PM on August 28, 2003

Large, strange and futuristic looking trucks swoop around a corner and screech to a halt in front of the innocuous seeming residence. Spilling out of their imposing vehicles, squads of space-suit clad drones rush the building. Back-mounted electronics and what curiously looks like a billy clubs accompany each. "Seal it off! Now!" barks some faceless athority figure. Passers-by who ask the wrong questions are deemed infected, and shuffled off for 'reconditioning.' Orange flashing lights zoom through smoke the chariot of the unknown egests from its gaping side door. A character emerges, shrouded as it crosses the yard and enters through the front door. Minutes later..... Hello. Garfield here. What's cooking, homies? Are you down to get up? I am. Let's toss back a couple brewskis and cruise the strip. I can't wait to.....SMACK. Word. Took care of that dolt.

posted by garfield at 03:28 PM on August 28, 2003

Mummy. The man is scaring me.

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:30 PM on August 28, 2003

Huh. That was weird. Okay, move along, nothing to see here folks.

posted by Samsonov14 at 03:31 PM on August 28, 2003

I don't pay much attention to the in-jokes, but if they're making the place a little more collegial, that's OK with me.

posted by rcade at 03:32 PM on August 28, 2003

glad more of you are chiming in.

posted by garfield at 03:32 PM on August 28, 2003

This was fun, in a "okay, what's wrong with him?" sort of way. :)

posted by jerseygirl at 03:58 PM on August 28, 2003

My singular advantage is that I don't recognize the in-jokes, therefore making me impervious to being annoyed by them. In an ignorance-is-bliss sort of way. And for the record, I think this forum has been very strong over the last two or three months.

posted by mbd1 at 04:07 PM on August 28, 2003

I don't pay much attention to the rcade bot, but if its making the place a little more collegial, that's OK with me.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:36 PM on August 28, 2003

I love this place, especially the derails. It might be more important to stay on subject at Mefi, with 17K+ members, but here it feels more like a typical conversation. It starts on one thing, branches and eventually returns. I'm too new to know about any decline (hell, I might be responsible) but I sure have fun reading, commenting and debating.

posted by dusted at 07:46 PM on August 28, 2003

If collegial means I have to start doing beer bongs again and listening to Howard Jones, I'm all for it.

posted by wfrazerjr at 08:53 PM on August 28, 2003

what? no flock of seagulls?

posted by jerseygirl at 09:43 PM on August 28, 2003

Aye, I can't wait for the next interview. Whoever it is, please don't show up for at least 60 comments. I love all the comedy quotations. It would be good for less mefi-orientated in-jokes to be quoted, and I'm as guilty as anybody in this. So, from now on, I'll never mention quonsar, Miguel, ponies, pancakes, overlords, or vibrates, or anything else here. I'm reserving the right to quote Ralph Wiggum though and obscure BBC Comedies ;-)

posted by BigCalm at 07:06 AM on August 29, 2003

actually, we don't have enough sportfilter tagline jokes if ya ask me. Sportsfilter - please don't show up for at least 60 comments

posted by danostuporstar at 07:19 AM on August 29, 2003

To answer your question jgirl, an over-active imagination for a 26 year old. Moral of this story: don't let a few sour apples get ya down. Sportfilter - the best stupid and smart sports-talk around.

posted by garfield at 08:05 AM on August 29, 2003

Here's googlism's take on us: sportsfilter is kind of slammed sportsfilter is not a place to ask a question or merely state an opinion sportsfilter is all the fun of a locker room sportsfilter is a separate thing from mefi sportsfilter is a successful sportsfilter is over there to the left and down the hallway sportsfilter is a yahoo sportsfilter is now officially public

posted by BigCalm at 08:12 AM on August 29, 2003

Take note of number 2 everybody!! Shhhh!!

posted by BigCalm at 08:13 AM on August 29, 2003

Googlism? All I know is, I go there, type in "rcade" and one of the statements is Rcade is right. So I know something's screwy already.

posted by wfrazerjr at 08:44 AM on August 29, 2003

Wait, my mind has been changed. wfrazerjr is taking care of business wfrazerjr is too classy to name names Googlism officially rocks my ass.

posted by wfrazerjr at 08:46 AM on August 29, 2003

Googlism officially rocks my ass. Who are you and what did you do with wfrazerjr?!

posted by garfield at 08:56 AM on August 29, 2003

Criminey, what's with all the rcade slamming? Hope it's in jest (and he's privvy to that sentiment). And for what it's worth: ufez jones is a cool guy as well and someone i wouldn't mind hanging out with on a regular basis. Fuck it, I'm just psyched that it's a Friday, a pay day, and a three day weekend. w00t.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:02 AM on August 29, 2003

Dammit, what is a quonsar!?

posted by StarFucker at 09:03 AM on August 29, 2003

er, were these the kind of off-topic posts you (or your former self) were complaining about garfield? SF: I cannot reveal the answer to that question. It ranks alongside "what is the sound of one hand clapping" - you cannot be told the answer, you must find it yourself.

posted by BigCalm at 09:05 AM on August 29, 2003

jerseygirl is dumping on Derek Lowe?!?!? jerseygirl is disturbingly well-informed about Mr. Tyson's legacy of outbursts. jerseygirl is hooking me up with a guy I met at her shop who's a friend of hers. jersey Girl is for sale! and... starfucker is pure and absurd fantasy

posted by jerseygirl at 09:17 AM on August 29, 2003

Whats a googlism? Pure and absurd? You're link doesn't work BigCalm... What is happening here?!

posted by StarFucker at 09:26 AM on August 29, 2003

Nevermind about googlism, i found out what that is... starfucker is sad starfucker is not one of them starfucker is a groupie that will pretend to offer you love and support just to get your money starfucker is a person starfucker is a great single starfucker is the least believable vignette of the bunch for two reasons starfucker is a commonly used synonym for a groupie starfucker is the final scene and its cute and sexy

posted by StarFucker at 09:30 AM on August 29, 2003

jersey girl is for sale? sure, but you're way too pricey for me. What'll you do for $18.69 then? Oooh ooh! Just found a little bug in the lockerroom. When previewing a comment, the Time links (e.g. 9:26 AM PST) show up as links in the form of rather than I meant to link here SF.

posted by BigCalm at 09:30 AM on August 29, 2003

Heh heh...StarFucker has some great googlisms! star fucker is a person that fucks someone because they're popular

posted by StarFucker at 09:33 AM on August 29, 2003

worldcup2002 is right worldcup2002 is a fine blog by bill davis what the ...?

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:34 AM on August 29, 2003

BC, thanks for pointing that out. Would all of you cease and desist already. You are distracting me from an uber-intelligent discussion of 'Who's on Third?'

posted by garfield at 09:34 AM on August 29, 2003

gspm is right gspm is a 'favourite team' free agent gspm is there to help wow. that thing is a wizard!

posted by gspm at 09:41 AM on August 29, 2003

jerseygirl is hooking me up with a guy I met at her shop who's a friend of hers. who knew jgirl was really Chuck Woolery?

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:46 AM on August 29, 2003

I think it might be too late to stop this now garfield. There seems to be an unwritten law that if you start a thread about something, it will end up as a discussion about something completely unrelated.

posted by BigCalm at 09:46 AM on August 29, 2003

Criminey, what's with all the rcade slamming? If you read those insults as thinly veiled sexual yearning, it's not so bad really.

posted by rcade at 09:49 AM on August 29, 2003

Never say never! We need to get to that law writing, pronto: Un-fun Tort.

posted by garfield at 09:56 AM on August 29, 2003

LOL ... I hope mine wasn't viewed as an rcade slam. I actually view posting after the man in the same vein as riffing with Jimi Hendrix. You might get in a good lick now and then, but mainly you're going to get overshadowed. That Rcade is right just sounds a bit Orwellian for me.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:01 AM on August 29, 2003

Chuck Woolery: Naturally Stoned. How did I miss that when it came out?

posted by garfield at 10:07 AM on August 29, 2003

It's pretty damned funny, G. I watched an episode last week that centered around Chuck not being able to get his favorite kind of cottage cheese at the local Sam's Club. Maybe it's just TV, but he seems like a good guy.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:13 AM on August 29, 2003

I know one of the people who worked on that show.

posted by rcade at 12:47 PM on August 29, 2003

tell me its Chuck.

posted by garfield at 12:55 PM on August 29, 2003

or Chuck's fluffer.

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:40 PM on August 29, 2003

grum is best grum is primarily worshipped in dwarven areas grum is credited with giving tremendous time and energy to counseling students in every step of their education grum is our god And don't you forget it!

posted by grum@work at 02:40 PM on August 29, 2003


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trox is finally here trox is a special member of the writers with vision ring would you like to join the writers with vision ring? trox is sleepy trox is involved trox is widespread in the holarctic and ethiopian regions trox is a god trox is a three dimensional tron trox is a perfect example of successful cooperation and my favorite: trox is a baaaaaad pirate

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posted by corpse at 04:07 PM on August 29, 2003

starfucker is a groupie that will pretend to offer you love and support just to get your money I think this is that most accurate of all the Googlisms posted. And funniest. RCade, though, knows he is loved and adored even to the extent of having his own starfuckers. starfucker: quonsar is slightly less coherent than me and not at all interested in things Anfieldian.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:39 PM on August 29, 2003

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posted by Samsonov14 at 07:10 PM on August 29, 2003

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posted by garfield at 09:24 AM on September 02, 2003

garfield is supposed to be fat and lazy So when anyone accuses you of this, you can just tell them...look pal, i'm SUPPOSED to be this way.

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posted by garfield at 10:40 AM on September 02, 2003

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