July 25, 2006

Is this a viable FPP?: Or just another in what could be a never-ending series of rather predictable preseason-ranking-articles? Somebody could just find a league-wide scouting report and post that, so we don't have to go through this will all 32 teams. Or is that just being nitpicky?

posted by The_Black_Hand to editorial policy at 08:33 AM - 27 comments

The link seems to be broken for me -- just a blank USA Today page. So I'd say, no.

posted by Amateur at 11:11 AM on July 25

I don't see the harm in it. If we start getting multiple preview threads about one team, we can encourage people to keep it all in one thread, but even 32 separate NFL threads in the next month isn't going to crash the server or gum up the front page. It's one a day. No biggie. But yeah, a working and appropriately detailed preview link might be a prerequisite.

posted by chicobangs at 01:05 PM on July 25

I don't think it is. Optimistic young reciever looks forward to the season - what is the story here? I considered bitching about it on the thread but there's nothing more annoying that a "this thread sucks" post...

posted by Venicemenace at 03:43 PM on July 25

No, not a real good link. Hopefully the first of very few.

posted by justgary at 07:31 PM on July 25

Well...I think it's worth recognizing that, while there is crossover interest generated by some FPPs, such that a football(US) FPP could conceivably be of wider interest than just football(US) fans, preseason stuff really will have no appeal at all except to fans of that sport. So what, huh? Well, I'm not saying shut it down, but maybe think about what it would look like if there were a preseason FPP for every team in major league baseball, NFL football, college football, college men's basketball, college women's basketball, NBA basketball, WNBA basketball...damn, and I haven't got out of North America yet! Not, mind you, that this is happening, so...I guess I'd say it's a viable FPP, but not an excellent FPP.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:20 PM on July 25

I reckon there won't be threads for all those things -- not even close -- but even if there was, all those teams you listed aren't having their previews listed on the same day anyway. That's over the course of an entire year. (And the college previews are, at most, one thread per division anyway. We don't have 50 Duke fans, and 50 other Syracuse fans, and 50 more Hofstra fans, etc. on here where that's going to happen. And how many MLB preview threads did we have in March? Was it even as many as ten?) Most of these threads won't be gems, but that's more because some teams & athletes have more fans on here than others. That's only natural. If it becomes too much of a problem, we can start herding multiple teams into one preview thread. (We routinely do this anyway, and while there's some crosstalk, it works fairly well.) If there are enough Arizona Cardinals fans to generate even one thread a month about them, I'd be surprised. I think we're alright. (Now, if we could just get rid of these Red Wing fans, we'd be golden.)

posted by chicobangs at 09:36 PM on July 25

I liken this to my Burnside NHL free agent post. I threw it in the locker room because it wasn't exactly breaking news, but it was a fun topic to discuss. Sometimes I just want to hear my fellow spofites opinon on possible trades/draft picks/free agent signings.

posted by HATER 187 at 02:08 PM on July 26

I'd like to see this issue be addressed. I've seen members espouse the opinion that any and all trade/Free agent/DFA/relegation/"Hot Stove-type" news be confined to one sport specific thread, and I've also seen others post individual transactions. I usually post each transaction seperately to encourage discussion about a given player/team/blog. Sometimes the thread is full of comments, other times I'm pretty much talking to myself. I don't think that their is a wrong way to do it, but I think it would be nice for the PANTHEON to weigh in with its opinion. Perhaps one thread for all such discussion should be sidebarred, where it would be handy?

posted by lilnemo at 07:33 PM on July 26

lilnemo, I wouldn't group this FPP with news of a trade or free agent signing - because there is absolutely no *news* in the link. I have no problem with, say, an "Elmer Dessens for Odalis Perez" thread, even though it's not that noteworthy, at least something *happened*.

posted by Venicemenace at 08:10 PM on July 26

lilnemo, I wouldn't group this FPP with news of a trade or free agent signing - because there is absolutely no *news* in the link. I got that. What I'm asking is whether the pantheon should lead a pre-emptive strike against such posts by providing a thread to discuss such dealings rather than have dozens of these priceless little scamps running around. For Example: NFL/MLB/NHL/NBA Off-Season Transactions. Trading Deadline transactions. Drafts etc. That way users (new or otherwise) wouldn't have to post such ham-handed FPPs just to have an excuse to talk about such negotiations.

posted by lilnemo at 08:44 PM on July 26

Perhaps our own little "Transaction Wire?"

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:56 AM on July 27


posted by lilnemo at 03:59 PM on July 27

We need a cleanup in Aisle "Faith Day" if possible. Close the thread, delete the thread, start punching people in the balls, something. Getting way too MeFi up in this MoFo, you dig? And mjk said he wants to beat Cody up. The appearance of Message Board Muscles is never a good thing.

posted by jerseygirl at 08:16 PM on July 29

start punching people in the balls And mjk said he wants to beat Cody up. The appearance of Message Board Muscles is never a good thing. You can't request violence and then condem it, jg. Pick a side. Either it's groin shots for everyone, or we keep it non-violent.

posted by grum@work at 09:09 PM on July 29

Cock punch for everyone! *straightens cup*

posted by lilnemo at 10:00 PM on July 29

Pantheon can nut-punch. Figuratively, literally, whatev. I wasn't saying I was to be the puncher of nuts.

posted by jerseygirl at 10:15 PM on July 29

I wasn't saying I was to be the puncher of nuts. Your words say no but your fist says "yes yes yes!"

posted by billsaysthis at 11:32 AM on July 30

Captain O'Hagan: Bulletproof cup, huh? I invented this gag, Rabbit. Only in my day, the rookie got naked. Captain O'Hagan: And we also used blanks. You're a sick motherfucker, Mac. Mac: Thanks, Chief!

posted by yerfatma at 03:12 PM on July 30

Whats a lideracola?

posted by lilnemo at 04:42 PM on July 30

And mjk said he wants to beat Cody up. The appearance of Message Board Muscles is never a good thing. Careful, jersey, you'll be accused of talking behind somebody's back, just like back in junior high. Meet me at the 7-11 after school...if you dare!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:23 AM on July 31

Yeah? Oh yeah? See you in the farts forum, chum!

posted by jerseygirl at 08:27 AM on July 31

Yeah - I regret getting into that Faith Day shit. Bad move. I'm all for deleting my idiocy, but something tells me I chould be reminded of it occassionally.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:31 AM on July 31

Evil shenanigans!

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:27 PM on July 31

posted by NoMich at 02:23 PM on July 31

violence and religion; together again, and again, and again, and.....

posted by garfield at 03:30 PM on July 31

I don't know -- The Faith Day thread kind of became worth it to me when the "farts forum" retort got busted out. As off topic and pointless as the whole argument was, I'm still laughing about that one. Hahaha, farts forum.

posted by Venicemenace at 07:53 PM on July 31

As off topic and pointless as the whole argument was, I make a spoof on a credit card commercial and some one just had to twist it. I guess they don't really want to let it die. Why bring it up if you don't want to go through it again?

posted by MrFrisby at 08:13 PM on July 31

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