October 13, 2004

Spoilsport: Perhaps I'm in the minority here, but I don't think spoiler warnings are necessary for sporting events aside from highly unusual circumstances, such as a tape-delayed Olympics that isn't broadcast live in the U.S.

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 07:13 AM - 12 comments

Spoiler issues are a pain in the ass -- they inevitably lead to etiquette arguments about when enough time has lapsed for spoilage to no longer be an issue. There's always some spoiler fundamentalist who believes that you should wait until the Farsi edition of a film comes out, 12-24 months after its first theatrical release, to tell people that the chick had a dick in the Crying Game. In my opinion, it should be incumbent on anyone who tapes a game for later viewing to stay off sites like this until they see the event.

posted by rcade at 07:18 AM on October 13


posted by blarp at 07:35 AM on October 13

wait....the chick had a dick in the Crying Game? I guess that's coming off my netflix queue.

posted by mbd1 at 09:19 AM on October 13

Yep. And she named it Rosebud.

posted by rcade at 09:38 AM on October 13

And she's her mother...and she's really dead...and Sam Jackson is the evil genius...

posted by MeatSaber at 11:04 AM on October 13

Its gonna suck during the World Cup in 2006. I like coming here and talking about the games while at work. So i'm just going to have to avoid Sportsfilter altogether during that time.

posted by StarFucker at 11:10 AM on October 13

With Germany six hours ahead of the East Coast and nine hours ahead of the West Coast, if no match starts before 3 p.m. there, almost everyone would be watching on tape delay in the U.S. That would probably be an example of an exception.

posted by rcade at 12:25 PM on October 13

In 1998, they showed all the games in France live in the US (great long lunches). Why would 2006 be any different?

posted by trox at 01:02 PM on October 13

trox: because the soccer gods always find ways to fuck us over.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:50 PM on October 13

Oh go on then rcade I'll bite. I think SpoFi has a fair proportion of European members. I like baseball and appreciated the lack of spoilers with regard to the first Sox-Yankees game. I didn't realise it was a bloody 24 hour delay though, and the fact that no one had posted the score directly on the front page helped me avoid the result as I stumbled in here. I don't see the problem in not posting results to the front page when there's a time delay.

posted by squealy at 06:17 PM on October 14

The only thing really requested is not to post the result in the post itself. Maybe we lose out on a couple of amazing headline puns, but is that too high a price to pay for our foreign allies? If it is, we can probably pick up Poland on the cheap.

posted by yerfatma at 05:24 PM on October 16

Then again, I think any spoiler rule should be broken for games like last night. Why should anyone else have to sit through that?

posted by yerfatma at 10:34 AM on October 17

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