Matt Haughey is Stepping Down at MetaFilter: Since so many SportsFilter users came over from MetaFilter, I wanted to share Mathowie's news that he's removing himself from day-to-day operations at the mothership to take a new gig. He announced it today so it's a good time to go there and pay tribute to the Willie Mays of the community weblog.
Suggestions for SportsFilter Links: My new editorial goal is to find one good link a day to post on SportsFilter. I'm trying to avoid going for low-hanging fruit like an athlete getting into off-the-field trouble or a viral video highlight, so I am checking places where more thought-provoking sports journalism is being published. This raises a question: Where is more thought-provoking sports journalism being published?
MetaFilter User Proposes New Site Called 'Sportsfilter': A MetaFilter user fired up about the World Cup has proposed the establishment of a new sister site devoted to sports. "There are quite a few people on mefi who love teh footy, and many more who love the World Cup, and it would give us a place to chat about it and not clutter up the Front Page. ... Sportsfilter is likely to be way way less a contentious place, and much quieter, as sports fans make up a smaller subset of mefites overall," writes Marienbad.
It Begins: just received an email about the EPL Fantasy League. Can whomever controls the Sportsfilter leagues post the password/ join information for this year?
Just dropping in to say hi: Hi spofites! It's been a while! Hope everything is well with you and yours.
Recent Activity?: On MetaFilter, the Recent Activity page (I've linked to the best one, obvs) is a great way to keep up with threads you are participating in, and I was wondering if there is any interest in creating a similar feature here at SpoFi? Even something as simple as linkifying (highly technical term) the Recent Comments on our profile pages would really help me (and others) participate more here.
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.
Favorites or Likes for comments?: Hey there old friends. I'm back lurking here. I'm even logged in, so I can see the (# new) thingy after the comments number. I don't have much to contribute, but 5 years of Facebooking have endeared to the simple "Like" action below each comment and I'm instinctly looking to click it when I read a comment that makes me chuckle. MetaFilter has a similar feature with their Favorites. Is this at all a possibility for SpoFi?
Password Change: Where can I change my password? I cant find anywhere on the site to do so.
Comment-shifting: I appreciate the efforts by mods to make threads out of hot topics in the Huddle. Perhaps they could include notations of such on the story and the affected Huddle, just to allay any confusion? For example, on the Seahawks-Packers story linked above, something like (Editor note: The first 22 comments were relocated from the Monday Huddle.) and (Editor note: 22 comments from this Huddle were relocated here.) in the Huddle itself. (Also, I apologize for the broken link -- the system is putting slashes before my quotes.)
Comment Editing: Wow, I'm not really not cool with the comment editing- chide me if you must, but if you're going to rewrite comments (and without clear indication, to boot), this site just became a whole lot less friendly.
Question About Armstrong Post: After reading the book, no doubt is left in the reviewer's mind as to Armstrong's guilt. If this is a quote from the article, shouldn't it be in quotes? And if it isn't, it's editorializing, and doesn't belong in a fpp.
Fantasy Sports Now on Front Page: The Fantasy Sports category has moved from the Locker Room to SportsFilter's front page. Use it to solicit members for leagues created for members of this site and provide updates during the season.
Olympic protocol: In the past we have strived to not give away event results for at least 24hrs in order to give those who connot see events live to watch replays w/o knowledge of results. As of this time I''m able to watch those events important to me live most of the time. It did come to my realization yesterday as I was watching the US France soccer match I really wanted to say a few things but by biting my stylis I refused. Should this consideration be reiterized by the pantheron or are we finally to the point it's understood.
Ps. Live preview not working on my iPad1 using suffery (safari.)
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.
Problem posting with Google Chrome: I've noticed that I cannot post comments in Google Chrome. The live preview doesn't work, and the "post comment" button is grayed out, even after typing a comment in the comment box. Posting new threads apparently still works, though. I'm using version 20.0.1132.57, if that helps...
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.
Back button don't work with Chrome: Post a comment, hit the back button. You go back to the page where you were editing your post. Hit back again, you go to the thread with the comment posted. Back again, you\'re back to the edit page. Back again, thread with the comment posted. The bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain, and what do you think he saw?
Other IM Options?: I just noticed that ICQ and AIM are the only options for instant message on our profile pages. Can that be expanded or should I just add them in the open "Blurb About You" section? The listed IM options are like having a Friendster or MySpace page ;)
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.
Guess No One Else Previews: If you preview when making a post, the link title disappears. But it doesn't happen in the Locker Room.
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!
Editing Your Own Posts and Comments: Graymatters writes, "I think it is totally unfair that rcade gets to go back and correct the errors in his posts when they are pointed out. Unless of course, there is a way that I could do the same thing?" I agree. How much time do you folks want the editing window to remain open on your own posts and comments? Do you also want to be able to delete?
MoSpoFi?: SportsFilter is one of the few sites that I visit frequently that are A) Primarily text and B) Nearly unusable on my mobile browser (to the point that I can post a new link with my blackberry, but I can't comment). Any chance there's a more mobile-friendly version of SpoFi in the works? If not, can there be?
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