Just dropping in to say hi: Hi spofites! It's been a while! Hope everything is well with you and yours.
I Have Six Chances to Consider as Popesquatter: In the hopes of continuing my reign as popesquatter, I have the following names as dot-com domains: Clement XV, Innocent XIV, John Paul III, Leo XIV, Paul VII and Pius XIII. Don't pray for this to happen, because it could be considered tampering.
MetaFilter Presidential Prediction Contest: I revived a 12-year-old MetaFilter tradition today -- the presidential prediction contest. Go there for your chance to win a Threadless gift certificate and a life-sized Joe Biden.
Costanza Trophy: Does anyone have a copy of the Costanza trophy graphic floating around? We have a couple of deserving winners in the CFL Pick 'Em, but I haven't seen the trophy anytime recently. It was a magnificent graphic and deserves to be unearthed. I did some searching and digging through the archives, with no luck.
Too Much Penn State?: Scully has suggested that the Penn State sex abuse scandal is covered too much on SportsFilter and is now only tangentially a sports story.
SpoFite/LFC meetup?: The wife and I will be at the Liverpool/AS Roma game in Boston, anyone else planning to attend and wanting to meet up for dinner before?
Lord, we're an awfully sentimental lot, eh?: Happy belated 10-year anniversary, SportsFilter. I mean, I guess.
Welcome New Users: I wanted to take a moment to welcome a few of the new people who registered to use the site recently. Hello to tonybrainard, sapo, fastgate, blazerjim, and preacher81. Old timers, please be kind and help them along. New folks ... my recommendation is to take some time to read the site before jumping in head first, and check the FAQ, the Guidelines and other parts of the wiki. If you have any questions, you can click my username to see how to reach me and ask any questions you may have.
Politics and Sports: Regarding this trainwreck, the Pantheon erred in not deleting the Obama vacation tangent the moment it appeared. It has nothing to do with the president greeting championship sports teams.
All My Children ... or posts: I went to find a post I *think* I made many many years ago only to find that clicking the number of \\\"links\\\" I had post all time only returns recent links. Is there a way to display every post we have ever made? This isn\\\'t even asking about my locker room interview from 2005 that is still MIA. Also ... Seriously? Still with the ////////// displaying?
Did Troy Play Dirty?: As many of you know I am a Steelers fan. But I have always prided myself on being fair. In other words I never automatically absolve players from teams simply because they are my team.
A coworker of mine is a die-hard Patriots fan. This afternoon when I came into work the first words out of his mouth were that he no longer had an respect for Troy Polamalu. Not because of the (debatable) punched fumble... he said that didn't matter ... but because he said Troy kicked at Patriots players after "6 or so" plays were over. He says he saw it himself and that it was all anyone on Boston radio stations were talking about.
I watched every down, and watched NFL TV most of the day on Monday and saw no evidence and heard not a single talking head discussing it.
I assume if it is true he will be fined. But I was wondering if other Patriots fan truly saw evidence of Troy's "dirty play"?
Obviously these accusations are bothering me. But if there is evidence I will be the first to admit I disappointment in Troy.
I know there are a bunch of Patriots fans here. Can you point to specific plays if you agree?
SpoFi Growth?: I see that a new member made an FPP today and that brought a question to mind: are we still growing as a site? How do new folks find us? etc. etc.
Link Dump!: Just haven't seen one in forever, so I figured I'd start one with an old favorite. Take cover...Boom Goes The Dynamite!
Cricket Question: I try to pride myself on understanding as many games as possible. From the ancient Chinese board game Wei-chi, which we know in the US as Go, to the advanced intricacies of Rugby, Hockey, American Football, and Baseball. I've even fashioned a crude rugby ball out of an old football, and can explain even the most complex Curling situations to my friends and family. Previously, after seeing a sports science where a baseball player took only 5 minutes to solve the puzzle of cricket batting, I was very negatively disposed to the game, thinking "if a baseball player can be hitting long bombs after a few minutes, then its obviously not that interesting to watch". But my curiosity got the best of me, and I found that cricket was considered a "Batter's game" rather than baseball's pitcher-centric style, and it made more sense to me. Although I don't see myself following Cricket as religiously as I picked up Rugby, I'd like to know a few more things about it; more specifically... 1) If a game has a limited number of overs, as many do today, and overs are based on pitches, as opposed to outs, then it seems possible that a game could have 40 overs without having an out. If this is true, why don't bowlers just bowl avoiding both the wickets and the batter, like a "pitch-out" in baseball? Is there some kind of rule as to what really constitutes a legal throw from the pitcher? 2) I've been led to believe that there are incredibly many ways to get a player out, but when I read into the sport, it seemed like it was very simple, either the bowler hits the wickets, you hit a pop-fly (i know thats not the term they use, s'all good), or they get to the base you're headed to before you. Is it really that simple? people made it sound so intimidatingly complicated. 3) Besides there being 20 overs in a Twenty20 game, are there any more significant differences. I heard a variation on this idea suggested for rugby, and thought it might have been the worst idea I've ever heard, which, knowing my friends, is surprising.
NYTimes links?: Should we as a group try to avoid linking to the Times going forward since with the new paywall reading the articles may not be possible for many SpoFites? As much as I agree that even journalists need to be paid I don't see the bulk of us forking over $4/week or more any time soon.
Thanks to all: Thanks to all (I guess BoKnows organized it) who sent me CD's while I was in rehab
I have all your adresses and will return CD's to all who sent me that great music
Now that Im in my own place again and have net conection Im back lurking around
SpoFi once again, man I missed youz guyz `n`galz! glad to be back!
Diaspora - The Friendster Killer: Anyone using Diaspora yet? If so, become my "friend." I also have five invites if you'd like to join.
Turtles in the big bad city: In case any NYC spofites are interested in meeting up this Sunday night. Also, looking for help with this: http://ask.metafilter.com/167746/Sports-bar-near-union-station-NYC
Hockey! Hockey! Hockey!: Why aren't we talking about this? No pool this year, but let's chat. Hopes, dreams, ludicrous predictions - let's have 'em.
Toronto Meetup: I'm making my way up north again, this time for the Red Bulls/Toronto FC match this Saturday. If any Toronto Spofites are up for a gathering let me know.
SportsFilter is a sponsor of Ben Saunders's Scott Antarctic Expedition 2011-2012: About three years ago, I put up a 100 bucks in SportsFilter's name for Saunders SOUTH expedition (unpowered walk from Antarctica to the South Pole and back) in 2008. When that was postponed, I was offered get a refund but chose to maintain the donation for the expedition, whenever it occurred. I've been keeping tabs since then and just discovered that SOUTH is now the Scott Antarctic Expedition 2011-2012. We're a sponsor for Mile 27, which means that SportsFilter's name will be printed on the team's sledges and the flag that will be planted on the South Pole, and the front page of the expedition site will display the SportsFilter name on the day that the team is on mile 27 of the 1800-mile journey. Second time lucky?
FPP Yanked?: Did a FPP get pulled for having no comments?
Want to Close the Locker Room?: The daily Huddle removes some of the need for a Locker Room. Anyone in favor of moving the Fantasy category to the front page, closing the Locker Room and letting all other inside-Spofi subjects be handled in the Huddle?
SportsFilter Turns 8: Sunday was the eighth birthday of SportsFilter. Accomplishments of the past year include the server move, the de-redesign (to the way things were in the first place), our collective rediscovery of profanity and the time SportsFilter's admins were thisclose to banning each other. Don't make me sorry I reconsidered, Gary!
Greatest Teams Of All Time?:
What were the greatest teams of every major sport (Baseball, Football (American), Football (Rest of the World), Ice Hockey, Basketball, etc.) ever assembled?
Book Giveaway: Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours: I'm giving away 20 copies of my new book Sams Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours to people who know people who want to learn Java. I can send them from you as a Christmas gift, and nobody needs to know I was involved. See the link for details.
Matt Haughey's Excellent Hospital Adventure: Matt Haughey, original coder of SportsFilter and a great inspiration to the site, has a post up on his personal blog today about his recent brain tumor diagnosis. The tumor appears treatable with hormones and surgery if needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Matt.
The Sidelines are Back: SportsFilter's admins can post to the Sidelines on the front page again, so if there's something site- or community-related you'd like to see us promote, just ax. Also, we're increasing the number of categories for posts, so make your suggestions and feedback here.
Early Predictions for the Upcoming 2009-2010 NHL Season! : The Annual SportsFilter "It's to Early" National Hockey League Predictions. We've missed a few years but what the hey there's nothing like reaching back for Old Traditions and making them live again! Once again we've got a ton to talk about with the upcoming Winter Olympics and a crazy amount of Off Season movements and various other Hockey Happenings. So go ahead ponder and pontificate, give it your best and remember "Hockey is for Everyone". (am I the only one that finds this disturbing?)
The Top-10 Sports Sites: According to Hitwise.com, these are the top-10 by market share. The 4-letter network is the runaway leader here. Of course, we all know that when it comes to quality of discourse, number one is where you are right now.
Ask SpoFi: Lesser known sports podcast recommendations?: More inside.
I'm wanting to puchus a CrossBow: Anyone out there in PC land familur with these weapons? Due to my phyical condition I am able to hunt and carry one. I think i want a pistol grip but no set in stone Thanks in advane, Folkways (j)
Champions League Final predictions and chat: Tomorrow is the big day, the toughness and refusal to surrender of ManUtd against the beauty and skill of Barca, Ronaldo vs. Messi, Sir Alex vs. rookie headman Guardiola. Who do you want to win? Who do you think will win? The NY Times has a three part roundtable (1, 2, 3) of European soccer journos to help you decide.
The Break of the Curve: Once again the argument is raised, "Does a curve ball really break?" Eric Wilbur in his Boston Sports Blog links to this possible explanation of why the curve seems to break as much as it does. If nothing else, it is fun to play with the settings and see their effect on the illusion. At least the authors admit that there is a physical principal involved, and not just an optical illusion.
So the whole time/amount of comments restriction on FPP is out the window?: There was a restriction, right? I'm not imagining this?
Logjam for President's Trophy: Didn't want to make a FPP for this, but I have a question about the NHL's tiebreaker policy. More inside first comment...