Recent Locker Room Comments by jacknose

The membership jump!

If we continue at this pace, we will take over the world by the next century.

posted by jacknose at 11:34 PM on November 24

there has been a deletefication of the self-linkification with a slight warnification of the abomination to the sportsfilteration. much appreciation to the squealy nation.

posted by jacknose at 07:20 PM on June 08

I don't think you'll have to worry about emoticons (or avatars). The goal is to keep the interface of SportsFilter intact. We will be changing code and server. We will be adding some new features (per your requests). There may be some slight design changes, but SportsFilter will not transform into a generic message board. And, yes, I am disappointed that the Pacers and Smarty Jones lost.

posted by jacknose at 10:07 AM on June 08

If mathowie jumped off a bridge... I definitely jump. Or I wait to see what rcade does.

posted by jacknose at 01:06 PM on May 13

SpoFos. That's nice. Did you come up with that? What the SpoFo? I like it.

posted by jacknose at 01:57 PM on January 30

okay, i'm joining the next fantasy league just so i can be part of the glorious tables created to show the standings.

posted by jacknose at 01:13 PM on January 23

jacknose is my user name. my real name is Xavier Clay Maeshin. When I write books, I go by X. Clay Maeshin. My friends just call me !. But people always complain that my nickname is too loud.

posted by jacknose at 11:14 AM on January 14

Patriots Rams Colts Packers

posted by jacknose at 09:24 AM on January 10

We are planning a structural overhaul soon. As you know, these things take time and must be carefully executed. But patient grasshopper. Soon you will taste the sweet fruit of progress.

posted by jacknose at 09:41 AM on January 09

I also want to apologize for being too busy. You know, the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon...

posted by jacknose at 11:18 PM on October 22

We're in the process of talking about the coding of SportsFilter and other possible changes. Thanks for your suggestions and your patience. Ponies for everyone.

posted by jacknose at 08:55 PM on September 09

that thing where you turn your collar up. In the 80s, I had a high school friend who thought turning your collar up was the ultimate in coolness. A sample of our conversation: FRIEND: So are you going to Todd's party Friday night? ME: I'm not sure. Are you? FRIEND: Shoot yeah, my collar's going to be up like a mug!

posted by jacknose at 10:09 AM on July 22

Good ol' Hoboken. Bars, Sinatra, and honking clowns. A year ago, I was living in Jersey City. Do you live off of Washington?

posted by jacknose at 06:53 PM on July 21

Texas hold'em?

posted by jacknose at 08:31 AM on May 30

corpse, if you go to the post link, you'll find the submit a column link.

posted by jacknose at 12:34 PM on May 19

Color Commentary: worldcup is on a roll! His questions seem fresh, less predictable. I think his time off has served him well. Let's see if he can sustain it throughout the middle Qs (4-7).

posted by jacknose at 05:07 PM on May 13

Future idea: We should email a sports journalist or a bench player (a professional athlete that doesn't get much action and, thus, many requests for interviews) and ask if they will do a Locker Room chat with worldcup2002. Thoughts?

posted by jacknose at 02:14 PM on April 29

Hal, Hal, Hal. Sorry for not replying sooner. We'll look into it.

posted by jacknose at 10:46 PM on April 23

Nice cinematic palate.

posted by jacknose at 08:43 PM on April 16

Per your request, the geeky "InterFACE to InterFACE" title has been changed. Of course, maybe the title should include your name: "the worldcup2002 show" (ala Charlie Rose) or "Not So Live with worldcup2002".

posted by jacknose at 10:39 PM on April 15

I'm all for a category meritocracy. Woohoo for basketball. Who would have thunk it? I suppose the NCAA tourney and NBA playoff race explains it. BigCalm, you're next challenge is to give us the monthly average since the beginning of SportsFilter. Even better, a visual graph that shows the rise and fall of certain categories throughout the year.** Also, a pony. **It would be important to see the pattern of a category throughout the year if we were going to dump categories that were hardly used. For example, tennis may be having a bad month, but in the summer with the French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open, postings would most likely be higher.

posted by jacknose at 10:01 AM on April 12

We plead the 5th, Oliver North style.

posted by jacknose at 09:02 AM on April 04

Crapola. I noticed a glitch that was screwing up my links in this thread. Sheesh, no one mentioned it to me. Either you didn't want to hurt my feelings, or you don't give a damn about my links.

posted by jacknose at 07:13 AM on March 12

No, I've not seen Gun Shy. Did you like it? By the way, rabi happens to be a close friend of mine, so I thought that I'd give him some props. Every non-soccer fan has a buddy that goes on and on about the beauty and majesty of "football" and the utter foolishness of other sports (you know, a starfuckety kind of guy). rabi is that friend. Admittedly, he has persuaded me a tad and is the reason that I found myself getting up early in the morning to watch the most recent World Cup. I've also heard his story of kicking a game-winning goal from the mid-field during one of his high school games about a gazillion times. I think he bent it like Beckham (by the way, has anyone seen this movie?).

posted by jacknose at 07:00 AM on March 12

Oh, I'm average height. You'll usually see me sporting blue pants and white short sleeve collar shirts. I have a lot of them. I have a gut that makes the shirts a bit snug on me, but I don't mind. I have a few strands of hair on the top and side of my head, and people always comment how big and buggy my eyes are. And I'm also yellow. Doh! Wait a minute that's not me. (The only thing that's true is that I'm yellow.) I'm not "Dirty Money" but I like that name. My favorite SpoFi member would have to be rabi.

posted by jacknose at 08:19 AM on March 11

Yeah, if you don't stop Harping on me, I'll kick your Bass.

posted by jacknose at 03:45 PM on March 10

It depends on who you ask, lad. The beer advocate prefers me combo; calls it "traditional," it does. (Don't ask me why I'm suddenly writing like an Irish Yoda.)

posted by jacknose at 03:24 PM on March 10

Fellas, I was responding to my last comment in this thread regarding my desire to "increase membership." I was just doing some cross-thread pollination. Okay on to Q9. So, WC, are you basically asking me what kinds of media I consume? Just kidding. My answer is bound to disappoint some of you. I drink a lot of liquids, but I'm no connoisseur. A Black & Tan is always nice (Harp and Guinness). I like ciders (especially in English pubs). But I'm not too consistent. I drink a lot of coffee when I'm studying/researching, and I like to have tea when I'm playing chess or feeling all Zen-like.

posted by jacknose at 02:53 PM on March 10

BTW, I agree with rcade and kirkaracha about being patient about the growth of SportsFilter. I think that we all want to see SpoFi grow a bit, but a slow and steady (more organic) growth equals a sturdier and more substantial base. rcade has encouraged this kind of growth from the beginning, and I think it's wise.

posted by jacknose at 12:48 PM on March 10

vito, I've seen Palookaville. It shares the same spirit as Bottle Rockets, but you can't beat Dignan. I'm also a fan of Wes Anderson. Ufez, I agree. Q8. I would have to discuss it with the Pantheon. We've not really talked about "monetizing SpoFi" yet. Maybe Google will buy us. We won't want to lose money year after year, but so far it hasn't been too bad. Right now, we want to increase membership.

posted by jacknose at 09:10 PM on March 09

At the moment, I'm reading mostly non-fiction academic works. I just finished Mary Ann Doane's The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive and will move on to Gilles Deleuze's Cinema 1: The Movement-Image and Cinema 2: The Time-Image. As far as fiction goes, I'm currently reading Walker Percy's The Moviegoer. I'm a fan of Hemingway and look forward to returning to some of his works. I used to visit MeFi regularly but rarely do so now. I check out the blogs of Steven Johnson and Wiley Wiggins. I'm starting to visit indieWIRE and Mindjack. I also check out the NBA's and Indianapolis Star's Pacers section. I just finished watching Saturday Night Live. I try to watch all of their new shows. Outside of sports, I'm a fan of The Simpsons ahd Gilmore Girls. Yes, you read that right: Gilmore Girls. I no longer have cable so that eliminates a lot of shows that I used to like. But mostly I watch films. In the past two weeks, I've seen the following: Amores Perros, City of God, Dreamlife of Angels, The Pianist, The Quiet American, Old School, Bottle Rockets, and Waiting for Guffman (the last two films I'd seen before). Zzzzzzzzzz. Before you snooze, let me slip in that I've been on a Bossa Nova jag, chilling to mellow sounds of Getz and Gilberto.

posted by jacknose at 12:50 AM on March 09

BTW, I do see the difference between Q5 and Q7; I'm just giving you a hard time. I appreciate your interview skillz. You've become our SpoFi MC: our homeboy, our macDaddy, the Mr. Bling-Bling of Locker Room smack.

posted by jacknose at 12:05 PM on March 08

Isn't this the same question as Q5 (re: media consumption)? Where are the "what kind of tree would you be" questions? I'm in the middle of some research, but I'll answer Q7 later today.

posted by jacknose at 12:01 PM on March 08

No kids, but that may change soon. We do have one dog. His name is Jack and he has a nose.

posted by jacknose at 12:50 AM on March 08

I bet you're not just a great actor, but a potential Star....

posted by jacknose at 12:11 PM on March 07

Growing up, I enjoyed and played most sports (especially American football), but around the age of 12 I started to focus on tennis and played quite seriously for a time. I was ranked in the state (in both singles and doubles) and broke several school records, but I eventually got burned out. Presently, I probably enjoy playing basketball the most, but since grad school, I mostly just sit around cafes and think deep thoughts, while downing peanut butter cookies. Like I mentioned before, I'm somewhat of a film junkie. As far as media consumption goes, film is my favorite dish. Of course, my work involves a lot of reading (zzzzzzzz). Production-wise, I'm working on a couple of small film projects. There are several kinds of honey that I like. Comb honey is probably the best because it feels so authentic. Of course, I also like whipped honey because you can easily spread it on a slice of bread. But to be honest, I usually just have the basic liquid honey. Oh, wait a minute, do you mean honey as in a chick, a babe, a lady, a woman? I'll be celebrating my 6th year of marriage in April. My wife is better than comb honey; she's made me a better human. That's the truth. She's my Marge.

posted by jacknose at 10:48 AM on March 07

Or as one of my friends would say: "that's very interes--Zzzzzzzzzz." (Think Homer Simpson with his head tilt back, saliva dripping out of the left corner of his mouth.) My current research incorporates film theory and media/cultural theory. I have a strong (and giddy) interest in cinema, which is to say I like films and am trying to make a career watching it, studying it, talking about it, making it. Okay, so enough about my occupation before everyone begins to imag-Zzzzzzzzzzz.

posted by jacknose at 08:44 AM on March 07

My discipline examines the relationship between media and culture: how are perceptions, values, and realities shaped and constructed by the media environment. (My particular background is in media ecology which seeks to understand media as a complex symbolic environment.)

posted by jacknose at 07:54 AM on March 07

I'm back. StarFuck, I'm not sure if MeFi is ready for you. The Pacers. Ugh. Ufez, we'll talk after Q10. (My stomach can hardly take their slump.) I am finishing my dissertation. I was recently hired as an assistant professor of media studies. I'm teaching college courses in film, media, and culture. I write when I get a chance.

posted by jacknose at 11:18 PM on March 06

I do have some soccer/football stories, so don't be afraid to ask. (BTW, do you hate me that I continue to use the slash when referring to football?)

posted by jacknose at 10:21 AM on March 06

I'm pretty good with online impressions. Name any celebrity (I'm a multiculturalist impersonator, so race/ethnicity does not matter), and I will type out my impersonation. Try me. Okay, on to Q2. To be honest, it has not been too difficult to start and maintain SportsFilter. This is due partly to our small numbers (under 1000 members) and having Pantheonic help and support (not to mention that community weblogs tend to run themselves). It's costing some money, but so far it has been worth it. With that said, there are two reasons that I wanted to start SpoFi. First, as I already mentioned, I wanted a place to discuss sports in a more stimulating manner. Sports radio can get really dull and the majority of comments from listeners make you want to cry. I also do not like to get assaulted by "hair loss" and "teach your kids how to read" commercials. I think most advertisers imagine that sports fans are insecure bald men with idiotic children. I think there's a place for some interesting and intelligent sports talk, and I'd like SportsFilter to be one of them. Second, if I'm honest, I imagine that one day SportsFilter may be able to generate some income (but not by annoying advertisements). This may be delusional and is not a desperate need, but it certainly was part of the motivation to begin SportsFilter. We'll see.

posted by jacknose at 10:19 AM on March 06

In the beginning . . . Well, I wish that I could tell you one of those stories where we ("the Pantheon") are sitting in a bar and are suddenly struck with an idea: SportsFilter! And for the next three hours, we write our plans on a stack of napkins, determined to take over the sports world. But alas . . . SportsFilter began with this MetaFilter post. I was mourning the loss of SportsJones, and within the thread, we were trying to identify other sports weblogs, and suddenly a shining light came down from the sky, and I heard an angelic voice (well, actually the voice sounded like Harry Carey): "you must begin a community weblog like MetaFilter but dedicated to sports, and you must call this site SportsFilter." Well, I might not be the smartest person in the world, but when there's a big light shining down on you from the sky and you hear the voice of Harry Carey, you listen to it. I gave it serious thought for a few days and contacted Matt Haughey (founder of MetaFilter) to get his opinion and see if he would help design it. I appreciated the spirit of MetaFilter discussions (for the most part) and wanted a sports weblog that offered the same kind of wit, intelligence, and thoughtfulness. So I did some MeFi research (I read all the past sports-oriented posts) and identified members that proved to be insightful and provocative and asked if they would join me. The rest, as they say, is history. (Of course, I could have just pointed you to our about page.) *One more thing: Although I have that number you always see associated with the big styrofoam hand pointing to the sky, I am no Matt Haughey. SportsFilter exists because of a group of people with a lot of web savvy and experience. So even though I walk around the house with my big styrofoam finger chanting that "I'm number one," I don't really believe it. (Okay, someone needs to stop me before I pull a Halle Berry.)

posted by jacknose at 08:33 AM on March 06

Hmmm... I think you might find the other members of the Pantheon more interesting, but I'll agree as long as you don't pull a "Jim Gray" on me and make me cry or talk crazy like Mike Tyson.

posted by jacknose at 12:22 AM on March 06

very ballsy.

posted by jacknose at 02:02 PM on February 05

I love the takraw ball. How about some more visual representations. I think we SpoFi-folk will eventually get around to creating some more balls, but we're busy and lazy. We did have the Olympic rings up during the last Olympics. What balls are out on the Internet? (Do people still call this thing the Internet?)

posted by jacknose at 09:50 AM on February 05

Man, does anyone lead besides SF? From an outsider's perspective, SF is always on top. (Insert innuendoes here.)

posted by jacknose at 12:21 PM on January 31

*cough* Gesundheit. (Or is that for a sneeze?) I moved a few months ago, I'm starting a new job, and I'm trying to finish my doctoral dissertation. It hasn't been pretty. I think I'm going to need some help with the NBA beat. Any volunteers? (Note: my replacement must be a biased Pacers fan committed to subversive NBA beat reports that make the Pacers look better than they really are.)

posted by jacknose at 12:47 AM on January 31

I officially do not like Ufez Jones anymore. Mavs win.

posted by jacknose at 08:40 AM on December 18

All is forgiven (I also missed my NBA beat). I blame it on Thanksgiving.

posted by jacknose at 12:18 AM on December 07

Cool JawaKing. Thanks for owning up. I didn't suspect you were playing us. By the way, self-linking within a thread is legit. We're just trying to avoid FPPs as self-promotion.

posted by jacknose at 03:45 PM on November 26

Ah, it seems that we have a self-poster. I suspect that Dan is not fully aware of the ethics of "community" weblogging, since he admitted that he (JawaKing) was Dan Lewis. Let's hope that he learns his lesson and continues to participate in future SportsFilter discussions. Hopefully, his participation was not merely inspired by opportunities to self-link. We shall see.

posted by jacknose at 11:07 AM on November 26

I already miss worldcup's gargantuan FPPs. Hey, isn't nice to be actually having debates about SportsFilter? (One day I'll regret this statement.)

posted by jacknose at 03:18 PM on November 25

djacobs, I feel the same way. I suppose if we had thirty posts a day it would be difficult to go through, but I like coming to SportsFilter and having something to read. I suppose I could always click to the thread, but it's nice to see a new splash of text that someone has worked on. I imagine that this will be an ongoing discussion.

posted by jacknose at 11:44 AM on November 23

Some nice comments. I'm sure the Beat Report will evolve. BTW, don't be discouraged by the amount of comments at the beginning. I think it will take some time to gain a larger audience, but I believe the Beat Poster will catch on and be quite beneficial for the SportsFilter community. We'll see what the Beat Posters do tomorrow. wc2002, the checks in the mail.

posted by jacknose at 06:24 PM on November 18

tieguy, since we don't have 20+ comments a day (a la MetaFilter), I'm okay with these more elaborate posts. It's not too difficult for me to scroll down (I use the mouse scrolling wheel). Is it really that annoying? Is it really a bother to scroll down? (Those questions are not meant to be snarky.) What do other members think?

posted by jacknose at 02:13 PM on November 18

Beat Posters Update: jbou - NCAA Basketball (on Sunday) thescoop - NCAA Football (on Tuesday) owillis - NFL (on Monday) jacknose - NBA (on Wednesday) Samsonov14 - NHL (on Tuesday) worldcup - Premier League (on Monday) trox - Champions League or UEFA (on Thursday) elsotano - MLS (on Sunday) jmpeterson - Golf (on ?) oliver_crunk - MLB (on Saturday)

posted by jacknose at 11:53 AM on November 17

Latest Beat Posters Update: jbou - NCAA Basketball (on Sunday) thescoop - NCAA Football (on Tuesday) owillis - NFL (on ?) jacknose - NBA (on Monday) Samsonov14 - NHL (on ?) worldcup - Premier League (on Monday) trox - Champions League or UEFA (on Thursday) StarFucker - UEFA or Champions League (on ?) elsotano - MLS (on ?) jmpeterson - Golf (on ?)

posted by jacknose at 08:03 PM on November 14

Beat Posters Update: jbou - NCAA Basketball (on Sunday) thescoop - NCAA Football (on ?) owillis - NFL (on ?) jacknose - NBA (on Monday) Samsonov14 - NHL (on ?) worldcup - Premier League (on ?) trox - Champions League or UEFA (on ?) StarFucker - UEFA or Champions League (on ?)

posted by jacknose at 02:55 PM on November 14

trox, they are yours for the taking.

posted by jacknose at 01:56 PM on November 14

I'll cover the NBA (for the time being). If someone else wants to take the NBA beat, please let me know. Monday is usually an off day for NBA games, so it might be a good time for a weekly recap. But it might be a better day for the NFL (unless owillis wants to wait until the MNF game is over). If he wants Monday, I'll take Wednesday or Friday (but, again, I think it's okay if we overlap--we'll have to). Beat Posters: jbou - NCAA Basketball worldcup - Premier League thescoop - NCAA Football owillis - NFL jacknose - NBA (Monday or Wednesday) BPs, call out your potential days.

posted by jacknose at 01:21 PM on November 14