January 24, 2008

Happy Iron Anniversary, Sportsfilter.: Six years. Damn.

posted by Ufez Jones to navel gazing at 12:52 AM - 54 comments

Wow. My 42nd birthday is in a few short weeks, but Sportsfilter's anniversary is what makes me feel old.

posted by scully at 07:22 AM on January 24

Hey, I'll be 42 in a few months. Isn't 42 the answer to life, the universe and everything? So, do SpoFi years have an equivalency like "dog years?" I'll be six SpoFi years in June (or is it July?), which is, like, 42 years for people! Is that how it works? BTW, in case the pantheon cares, I found this site in a Metafilter homepage ad back in the summer of '02. I just a lurker at Metafilter back then.

posted by NoMich at 08:23 AM on January 24

Damn. I, too, like my personal birthday, but this... jeezus. Tempus fugit.

posted by chicobangs at 09:14 AM on January 24

Wow, Chico's a few days away from his own six-year anniversary. I thought I was old being a month into my third year.

posted by hawkguy at 09:34 AM on January 24

Maybe this would be a good time to sell my sub-1000 user account for uber money? After all, 1000 is the new 100.

posted by jmd82 at 09:44 AM on January 24

Wow, Chico's a few days away from his own six-year anniversary. I am 3 weeks away from 6 years myself. It's somehow fitting that my SpoFi love affair began on Valentine's Day.

posted by jerseygirl at 10:07 AM on January 24

Well junior, I'm 6 days from my 6 year and I'd like to tell myself that's less that 1,000 comments per year, but those of us who survived The Great Comment Purges know better.

posted by yerfatma at 10:12 AM on January 24

All us low-numberers are starting to feel the burn.

posted by chicobangs at 10:25 AM on January 24

Is that what that is? Thank god. I thought it was hemorrhoids.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:50 AM on January 24

I'm about two weeks out from my own 6 year anniversary. Between yerfatma and jerseygirl [insert dirty joke here]. I'd be curious to know how folks came to Sportsfilter. I know for many of the single and double digit types (and the low triple digit types), it was through Metafilter. I came to it through this interview of Oliver Willis by Tony Pierce. I actually didn't know Metafilter existed until maybe a year into Sportsfilter.

posted by holden at 11:10 AM on January 24

chico, should we tell them?

posted by yerfatma at 11:34 AM on January 24

...but those of us who survived The Great Comment Purges know better. By god, it was the 1930s in the Ukraine all over again!

posted by NoMich at 11:37 AM on January 24

I joined in June 2002, during the World Cup. Which explains my nickname. So, in June, the sixth month of the year, I will be celebrating my own SpoFi sixth anniversary during SpoFi's sixth anniversary. Actually, I didn't know until I saw this post, that SpoFi had actually started the same year I joined. Explains my low (three-digit) member number. 459 FTW! Waitaminute, I just checked my profile, and I joined May 31. But the World Cup was impending. You can tell what was on my mind. Well, whateva, close enuf. And, oh yes, Happy Birthday, SpoFi!

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:26 PM on January 24

I joined back in ought-three because garfield told me to. Much like the Simpsons, in that I can't remember what I watched on TV before they were on - I can't remember what interweebs sites I went to prior to SpoFi.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:43 PM on January 24

SportsFilter is now old enough for kindergarten. They grow up so fast.

posted by rcade at 01:46 PM on January 24

I found SpoFi through MyYahoo. It was linked, I clicked on it, lurked, created an account, and eventually figured out how to actually navigate the site without going through link by link.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 01:58 PM on January 24

There's no easy way to say this, but I think our SpoFi might be autistic. I came here from Metafilter when someone told me to stop discussing sport in the blue and to come over here. I sometimes hang out there now and shout "Sportsfilter.com!" at the people discussing sports. I like to think the odd person might have come over for a look, but really I doubt it.

posted by JJ at 02:00 PM on January 24

I also found SpoFi through MyYahoo (which I never use anymore because SpoFi is now my homepage at home. SpoFi is the perfect homepage. All I watch on TV is sports (except for Scrubs). Hell, I didn't even know till today that Heath Ledger died. I need to get out more often.

posted by hawkguy at 02:10 PM on January 24

I joined in '03. I have no idea how I got here. Life before SportsFilter is all a blur.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 02:12 PM on January 24

Almost five years for me, coming in when somebody shouted "SportsFilter!" once too often in the Blue. Even though I stopped even reading MeFi when I went back to work, this place is too interesting and fun to let go of.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:25 PM on January 24

86 and Sgt.Samsonov14 are responsible for my contributions. They extend their apologies, I'm sure.

posted by garfield at 03:30 PM on January 24

I was reading up on Steve Nash when this popped up on Google. The resulting bluekarma "blacks can't think" melee alone was enough to get me hooked. A few days later, I was a member. Happy Birthday, SportsFilter, and thanks for all the snark.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:50 PM on January 24

garfield, if it's all the same, I'll just lay all the blame with Samsonov14 and let him do the apologizing. Sammy got me here too so it's his fault anyway. I still wish I had user #86, but alas my three-digit gold-piece will have to suffice.

posted by 86 at 04:22 PM on January 24

The one constant through all the years, rcade, has been SportsFilter. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But SportsFilter has marked the time. This site, this "community": it's a part of our past, rcade. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come rcade. People will most definitely come.

posted by 86 at 04:31 PM on January 24

I'll be going on my fifth year anniversary soon. I lurked here for months prior to joining. Which is why I was eager to comment on damn near anything at the time. Believe I first moseyed over here from MeFi. Though I joined MeFi years after I signed onto SpoFi. Backwards, I know. What I love about this site are the truly unique voices that, every so often, raise above the din. The diversity of opinion, knowledge, and snark here is unsurpassed. You guys are all aces in my book.

posted by lilnemo at 04:50 PM on January 24

I prefer to think of myself as "Rules for Playing Poker".

posted by yerfatma at 04:53 PM on January 24

I too found the community through My Yahoo. I opened the link, read a few of the threads, and voila, I was hooked. Now I have to report all of us to the DEA for promoting an addictive web forum. You guys and gals are a prime source of my daily laughs and news about sport. Thanks for all you do.

posted by Howard_T at 05:06 PM on January 24

I was sent here by Mefi also...............is there any way out?

posted by Fat Buddha at 05:10 PM on January 24

My Yahoo is also to blame for my enrollment. I love SpoFi. Rarely do I miss a day of reading all of your opinions. Thanks to The Pantheon and all of it's followers for everything!!

posted by BoKnows at 05:22 PM on January 24

I found SportsFilter through MetaFilter, which I found through Kuro5hin, which I found through Slashdot, which I found through a real-life friend who actually knew what the "Dr. John Evans" joke was all about. Since I haven't continued the pattern and moved on to some other online community—SpoFi must be somethin' pretty special. Happy birthday!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:24 PM on January 24

I found Spofi through MetaFilter, which I found through Kottke, which I found through... I can't remember... Zeldman? Glassdog? Something like that.

posted by goddam at 07:06 PM on January 24

Also came via MeFi. And even though I'm not commenting much anymore I come here every day. I use to comment lots when where there were so few members because it was so easy to pick the low hanging fruit and make the simple, brilliant observation. Now someone inevitably beats me to it. I am still salty about the time the pantheon pulled my post about Vin Baker being traded to the Celtics. I believe my post was titled "Later Cocksucker" or something similarly mature.

posted by vito90 at 07:21 PM on January 24

I don't remember how I got here. I remember booze. And the hold of that tramp steamer. And Greg Maddux.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:23 PM on January 24

Almost five years for me, coming in when somebody shouted "SportsFilter!" once too often in the Blue.
My story of missed opportunity: as a frequent poster in sports thread back on Metafilter in the pre-SpoFi days, I was offered a chance to be one of about six founding members if I could kick in about $100 to get the ball rolling. Sadly, that was shortly after I had lost my dot-com gig (Rivals.com) and I was cash-strapped. I still got user #15... until I lost the password. Repeated pleas to DB-maestro rcade to do a union of my user 599 posts into user 15 and reset the password have fallen on deaf ears. Alas, by now my #599 posting history dwarfs my #15 posting history, which at some point was cleansed, despite the cool low number. If only I could have both the low number and the gaudy posting history of brilliantly insightful and witty comments.

posted by hincandenza at 07:33 PM on January 24

Geezers. All of 'ya. I came here because I heard that the booze was cheap and there was talk of felines coated in precious metals. Had to see for myself. Happy B-day SpoFi, ya' snot-nosed little brat!

posted by THX-1138 at 08:29 PM on January 24

Anybody with a binary user number wins at SpoFi.

posted by NoMich at 08:53 PM on January 24

THX is user number 17?

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:38 PM on January 24

It's 17,9. Can't you see?

posted by NoMich at 09:44 PM on January 24

My shirt # adds up to 2. So I got that goin' for me.

posted by THX-1138 at 09:48 PM on January 24

Happy Birthday folks. I spent it in true SpoFi style, watching the women's semi finals at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Yes, I finally got there to see it live. The trouble was that as soon as I got into the Rod Laver Arena, I wanted to yell out "Beat her like a strumpet". Sigh. You guys.

posted by owlhouse at 10:10 PM on January 24

Hey, since we're all in a nostalgic mood, wasn't I the one who came up with the "Pantheon" moniker for our titanic moderators? I'm just askin' but it feels good when I think of it that way. Plus, on a bittersweet note, this anniversary makes me think of my Locker Room interviews and how it would be nice to see them all again ... The reverberations of the Great Database Purge continue to be felt to this day. Peace be upon all the lost Locker Room posts and comments.

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:13 PM on January 24

I came here from Metafilter when someone told me to stop discussing sport in the blue and to come over here. Same here. I never like it when people say that on MeFi, but alas here I am.

posted by jmd82 at 10:22 PM on January 24

Plus, on a bittersweet note, this anniversary makes me think of my Locker Room interviews and how it would be nice to see them all again... The time is ripe to start the tradition anew.

posted by NoMich at 10:34 PM on January 24

Hey, about a year and a half since I spotted the site on Yahoo (like YYM, took a while to figure out how to navigate.) I've resisted the urge thus far to investigate metafilter, as SpoFi already consumes way too much of my time. Havin' a good time. Keep up the fun.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:16 AM on January 25

I am still salty about the time the pantheon pulled my post about Vin Baker being traded to the Celtics. The sad part is I remember that post. Sadder still the sense of hope the trade imbued me with.

posted by yerfatma at 06:20 AM on January 25

I've never been a prolific poster by any stretch of the imagination, but I've always checked in here pretty regularly. Also arrived from MeFi, which I imagine provided a large percentage of the sub-1000 users.

posted by LionIndex at 10:24 AM on January 25

My 6-year anniversary is in mid-February. I found this place after someone mentioned it on another, less celebrated website. After finally joining, I said [this is good].

posted by grum@work at 11:21 AM on January 25

owlhouse, I'm jealous. I would very much like to beat Ana Ivanovic like a strumpet. Or do anything to her like a strumpet, for that matter. mmmmm.

posted by chicobangs at 12:02 PM on January 25

Somebody (#1? #2?) emailed me because they'd found me discussing sports on mefi. And now here I am. Wish I had more time to comment here anymore...

posted by tieguy at 01:18 PM on January 25

Yeah, I got an email from jacknose back at an email account I don't have anymore at a service that doesn't exist anymore. I found Metafilter through Plastic, FWIW.

posted by yerfatma at 01:30 PM on January 25

I'm going to have to add that thing about the strumpets to the SpofiWiki. Just, y'know, so SpoFites will know what to do if they go to a Grand Slam tournament.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 01:42 PM on January 25

I'm working on a sign to hold up next year, lbb.

posted by owlhouse at 03:19 AM on January 26

I'm pretty sure that I first came here after Shift magazine declared it to be one of the best sports sites on the internet way back in the day. While Shift is sadly no longer with us, SportsFilter has fortunately survived.

posted by smithers at 05:57 PM on January 26

Happy Birthday, Spofi! Nearly 6 here myself. I write little here, but read much. Thanks to all for the quality site.

posted by Scottymac at 11:53 PM on January 26

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