May 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 9 comments

As a one who is notorious for abandoning well-intentioned projects, this likely ends here, but I bring you installment two of From the Archives.

It was February 2006, and the Winter Olympics were in full swing. And on SportsFilter, we were about to be treated to a level of creative crassness rarely seen on the front page.

While rcade would like to pretend this did not happen and quickly excised the offending post (thus limiting it to four comments), a Google cache of it remains (for now).

Some fun talk in the locker room on this as well.

posted by holden at 06:03 PM on May 29

Thanks for reminding me that I once ordered something from Amazon.ca and had no problems receiving the item. Good times, friends, good times.

posted by NoMich at 09:04 PM on May 29

From that "fun talk in the locker room", I complained about my copy of Baseball Prospectus taking too long to arrive (often after my spring fantasy baseball draft).

I guess I suffered through for 3 more seasons because the last one I ever bought was the 2009 copy. I'm still getting Baseball Forecaster (2000-2020), and it's been rock solid for my fantasy team results. Not just for their projections, but for providing different ways to look at the numbers to see trends.

By the way, does anyone want copies of the 1998-2009 Baseball Prospectus? They take up a LOT of room on my book shelves and I need to clear some space. I don't want to recycle them, but I know my local library won't take them (as out of date reference items).

As for Amazon.ca, I must live near a distribution point because I've ordered something at 10pm on a Monday night and received it by 4pm on Tuesday...and that's with normal, free shipping.

I always laugh at the Amazon Prime or "pay more for faster shipping" options when I order from there.

posted by grum@work at 09:44 AM on May 30

I am one of those survivors. The brave souls who agreed to try a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime and then cancelled it on Day 29. And who then placed future orders as a non-Prime customer and chose the free shipping option.

When you do that, they move you into a new, special customer category and proceed to make your life a living, parcel-starved hell. The secret internal code name for this is UPS Gitmo.

They triage your future orders, and service you accordingly. If you clicked on a ring bound book of large print crossword puzzles for a family elder, they'll send that right along. That's a discretionary item. But the specialty pet supplements for your ailing dog? Those will take days, even weeks to ship, while your beloved companion suffers in their absence. The more urgent and necessary the items you order, the longer it will take to get them.

So carry on, fellow SpoFites. Go ahead and order a year's supply of aspirin and a defibrillator and see what happens. You'll start getting pop up Coumadin ads on your phone and the order delivery will be signed for by your neighbors while you're at the urgent care walk in facility.

posted by beaverboard at 10:21 AM on May 30

Thank you for bringing back that link, Holden. I had blocked it from memory, apparently, so I got to enjoy it all over again.

posted by rcade at 11:17 AM on May 30

How did I miss the jollity concerning the hirsute MS Arakawa? Oh, I know, I didn't join this happy band until April of 2006, and the fun had happened in February of that year. Maybe it's a good thing; with my perverse sense of humor rcade would likely have wielded the lifetime banhammer upon me. OK, I'll clam up for now.

posted by Howard_T at 11:32 AM on May 30

Man there are a lot of usernames in that LR thread that I haven't seen in a long time.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:29 PM on May 31

Nobody say "Carpe Peloris!" around the President. He might get ideas.

posted by bender at 03:05 PM on June 01

No mention of why a Brazilian has never won a gold medal in women's Olympic figure skating.

posted by beaverboard at 11:37 PM on June 01

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