Recent Locker Room Comments by Mr Bismarck

All My Children ... or posts

There's always an icy silence when it comes to (Euros) and (Pounds Sterling).

It's like bringing up Tebow at the Orton family Thanksgiving.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:01 AM on December 15

All My Children ... or posts

Can we have foreign currency symbols yet?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:18 PM on December 11

Cricket Question

The talk of "the new ball" is because they use the same ball in cricket - none of this throwing a new ball out to the pitcher after every slog.

In the test game a ball has to last 80 overs, (80x6 = 480 deliveries), before the bowling team is offered the "new ball" (which they don't have to take).

In the 50 over game a new ball is offered after 34 overs, I think.

This means the ball deteriorates over the course of the game and you'll generally have your fastest meanest bowlers use the brand new ball, while it's at its hardest and then after it has been smacked about a bit, you'll give it to a slower bowler, or a bowler who has reverse swing in his repertoire, who'll use the damage to both the ball and the wicket to make the ball do unexpected things.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:39 PM on March 31

Cricket Question

Yeah... "wicket" is used to describe more than one thing. Not purely to confuse newcomers to the sport, honest.

None of these ways refer to Ewoks.

In the instance you've posted "wicket" is being used to describe the general conditions of the field they're playing on - specifically the parts the batsmen are concerned with.

It's used this way all over the (cricketing) world, I believe. Certainly in England we talk about "preparing a wicket" a certain way - which is making the grass and ground respond a certain way over the day/five days to suit the kind of bowlers that are strong in the team.

Certain cricket grounds have a reputation for being certain types of wicket and the groundskeeper will prepare the wicket to either accentuate his own team's strengths, or attempt to neuter the opponents.

You'll sometimes also hear it referred to as a "track." For example a "flat track" is one where the ball isn't going to do much off the surface at the point where it hits the ground, handing advantage to the batsman.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:32 PM on March 31

Cricket Question

it seems possible that a game could have 40 overs without having an out.

This happened in this world cup, between England and Sri Lanka.

England scored 229/6, (229 runs, six wickets lost) and Sri Lanka replied with 231/0 as the opening batsmen, Tillakaratne Dilsan and Upul Tharanga scored 108 and 102 respectively.

You'll notice that 108 + 102 = 210... The other 21 runs came from variations on the "extras." 6 of the wides that Owl mentioned, 6 leg byes and 9 byes.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:44 PM on March 30

FPP Yanked?

I don't know and the silence from the top of Mount SpoFi makes me suspicious.

Clearly there's a conspiracy at hand here.

We need to get Dan Brown on the case.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:34 AM on June 19

FPP Yanked?

Link 14801 was about the US win over England in 1950.

I was surfing SpoFi from my Incredible over the weekend and saw a link about the USA's 1-0 win over England in 1950 and made a mental note to check it out when I got home today and now... it's gone?

Did it break, or get taken out behind the SpoFi shed and shot for drawing no comments?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:38 AM on June 14

World Cup Talk

Sadly the new job means I'll be working during most of the weekday games, so someone else will have to pick up the slack of shouting for someone to kick Ronaldo.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:38 PM on June 08

Profile, Posting Bugs Squashed

Can I post socialist currency symbols yet?

Pound.
Euro.


*Edit.
No. No I can't.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:52 PM on April 18

SportsFilter Turns 8

One of my first comments on the site is about Football Manager. I like to play the game and I like to write nonsense about how it's going. (In my current game I just got the Sport Recife job in Brazil, thank you for asking.)

Anyway, the gratuitous self link in that post in 2004 pointed at a forum which contained tales of derring do about my time in charge of Vertikal Kalinkovichi in Belorussia.

In 2010 it points to a site about public nudity in Canada.

[NSFW : Site contains alleged Canadians and actual nudity.]

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:35 AM on January 29

Viewing Bug

Is char support fixed now? How about now?

Don't make me ascii the mullet pic.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:57 PM on December 17

Viewing Bug

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posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:14 PM on December 13

Viewing Bug

Did it fix the character support issue so I can use Euro's, Pounds and other socialist manifesto stuff?

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No, apparently not. [sad face char]

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:13 AM on December 13

Viewing Bug

Tigger's lawyers got a restraining order on some information about the issue in the UK, so clearly he's attacking Sportsfilter as one of the remaining sources of The Truth!'

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:20 AM on December 13

On Kim Clijsters, Marriage and Childbirth

"Ufez Jones has posted 274 links"

That one's going to take the paint off the walls.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:55 PM on September 16

On Kim Clijsters, Marriage and Childbirth

How does this work? I've made two FPPs in the last two days - do I get a coupon to call you a bad name?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:35 AM on September 16

On Kim Clijsters, Marriage and Childbirth

I'm impressed at how far the thread has gone with barely any mention of Clijsters' achievement. At least it gave Drood an opportunity to swear.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:45 PM on September 14

Comments with Profanity

We have a couple of folks who struggle to get through an entire post without use of some profanity, but for the most part it doesn't seem to be a problem here, unless I'm not hanging out in the right threads.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:07 PM on September 04

New Comment Count When?

Works nicely in Chrome rcade - thanks!

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:13 AM on July 03

I'm wanting to puchus a CrossBow

I'm wanting to know if Folkways is OK

He's already the up to the fourth result on a Google search for "puchus." I hope he uses his fame wisely.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:35 PM on June 10

This Jug's for You!

In that vein, as a lifetime Ipswich Town fan, I present to you the day the Ipswich groundskeeper beat Norwich.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:11 AM on March 15

Small Bug

Indeed. This can't be fun Mr Pope, but we appreciate it.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:18 PM on October 31

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"Top sant Mr R!"

That should have been Sante, with the accent aigu on the e.

Add "supporting accented characters" to the back of the to do list. Way, way at the back.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:02 PM on October 23

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Top sant Mr R!

This will make my IE6 life at work a lot easier.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:59 PM on October 23

Mo' bugs, Mo' problemz.

A downfall for the IE6 I'm forced to use at the office.

If it gets any worse, I might just do some work instead.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:12 PM on October 09

Mo' bugs, Mo' problemz.

Another vote for Zebra kind here.

Also, if the "ads by google" that wedges between the OP and the start of the comments could be moved, that would be super.

Also, why are the ads always about helping me to lose weight? I'm big boned!

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:09 PM on October 07

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If you're taken with that, then you might want to meet the Doodys - the UK's erstwhile National Faggot Family.

Or just watch the original Tv ad [YOUTUBE]

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:08 PM on October 05

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"Firefox has a "speed dial" add-on that sounds similar to your Chrome homepage. I like that too. Something I read about Chrome that may convince me to switch to it - but wanted to confirm with a user first - if a tab crashes on FF, the whole browser crashes too. I read that if using Chrome, only the one tab would crash, not the whole sha-bang. Is that true?"

Yes, each tab is its own process, so allegedly, when one crashes the rest don't go with it.

And I'm from England, home of Mr Brain's Tasty Pork Faggots, so I suspect my "faggly" doesn't mean the same as your "faggly."

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:46 PM on October 05

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"which Chrome does with some lan"

Lan? That's supposed to be elan, with the e with the faggly squiggly line above it.

What does SpoFi have against the French?!

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:20 PM on October 05

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"I haven't tried Chrome yet, MrBis. What do you think of it?"

I like it a lot. I've always had a man-crush on FF's tabbed browsing, which Chrome does with some lan, (especially compared to the clusterfuck attempt IE7 made at tabs), and there are other neat touches too - I love the homepage that opens with nine or so windows, each containing a small version of one of your most visited sites.

It seems to be quick and it looks purdy and the only problem I have with it so far is the way it handles bookmarks. I don't like losing screen real estate and the bookmarks sit in a bar under the address bar.

Right now I just CTRL+B them on and off as needed, but I'd like there to be a button on the address bar line which drops down the complete bookmark list.

If it gets its own extensions and skins, like FF, then it'll be a very nice bit of kit indeed.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:19 PM on October 05

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I don't mind so much at home, where I can have Chrome sort it out for me, but at work where I'm forced to use IE6, (God help me), messing about with passwords is a bind.

I guess I could just do some work instead.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:36 PM on October 05

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I'm all about lazy.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:19 PM on October 05

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"Sorry to all that feel differently, but does signing in each day or prior to posting really cause so much pain? It just seems a bit lazy to say that people don't post simply because you have to sign in first."

I'm willing to admit I could be wrong - it's happened before - but a couple of times I've gone to drop an hilarious gem into a thread only to remember halfway through typing that I'm not logged in. Then I realise it wasn't all that funny anyway and don't bother.

Now, no one's struggling to get to sleep wondering wistfully why I don't post any more, but a lot of the comments around here do trigger off of other comments made and if some of the genuinely interesting people are being put off for want of a simple cookie, then that would be bad.

"I'll recreate the login page next and see how Matt coded it. I think he just stored account info in cookies."

Thanks chief!

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:26 AM on October 05

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Nice work R. Any chance we can all have a cookie now? As in the one that means we don't have to sign in every time we come to the site?

I can't help but feel that the place has been significantly quieter recently because everyone has to sign in before they can drop a pithy comment about how Greg Maddux slaughters whores.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:19 PM on October 04

New Wii User: Recommend a soccer title?

"Well, why did you go and bring that up in a Wii discussion on SportsFilter then?"

That was MrFrisby, not Mr Bismarck. We look alike.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:59 PM on September 28

New Wii User: Recommend a soccer title?

NHL09 isn't on the Wii, sadly.

EggsBox and PS3 for now, with PS2 and PC next month.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:46 PM on September 27

Bug: Spofi eats comments

Is it possible to get back to the point where we don't have to sign in every time we come to the site?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:16 AM on September 27

New Wii User: Recommend a soccer title?

Err, sorry. To clarify; PES is "Pro Evolution Soccer." It might be called "Winning Eleven" in the colonies.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:13 AM on September 27

New Wii User: Recommend a soccer title?

Mario Strikers Charged is an excellent party game - insane fun in small bites, but not really a "proper" football game.

Go for PES - the latest release was disappointing on just about all of the conventional platforms, but they totally revamped it for the Wii to take advantage of the control system and it... works.

The way you build plays is very satsifying and the way the career game works, building up in difficulty over time is just right.

Enjoy!

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:11 AM on September 27

Link dump

The music from 86's link reminded me of this. [Youtube] Probably not safe for work. Or sanity.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:59 PM on July 30

Hockey Scores not deserving of SpoFi Front Page

It might be front page worthy, if it was looped over an image of Don Cherry doing "the Robot." While wearing a fez.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:12 PM on July 23

Hockey Scores not deserving of SpoFi Front Page

As mentioned on SpoFi's front page, CBC screwed the ice-skating pooch in negotiations for the classic Hockey Night in Canada theme tune. As a result, they recently started an online contest to find a replacement. If you check it out, you'll note that none but the newest additions have a rating higher than 2/5 and those new uploads plummet to two stars or lower soon after appearing. In fact, the only song currently scoring highly, is this one, (be sure and read the comments too). "Hockey Scores" is so popular that it has its own supercool animation on YouTube and a Facebook group. People who suspect that the internets are afoot, corrupting an online vote in the same fashion that got us a whale called Mr Splashy Pants, would be correct.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:12 PM on July 23

Champions League Footie Chat

The Italians just lost Cannavaro, which is a huge blow.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:46 PM on June 02

Champions League Footie Chat

I presume you'll be hanging out in there during Eur08 then? It looks like we won't get the chance to shout "Cisse!" however.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:17 AM on May 31

I needed to make this link dump, for this video I found that was not enough for a FPP. However, I needed to posted it!

0% addicts? Lies!

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:19 PM on May 12

Draft Day

As a Dolphins fan, I was in the room three days ago.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:12 PM on April 26

SportsFilter Team Ownership Project

Cisse! Lewis Hamilton is rumoured to be selling shares in himself shortly. Cleveland Indians reliever Randy Newsom is selling shares in his future for $20 a pop.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:05 AM on March 12

Thread-pissing

That's the code for a no-hitter?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:12 AM on March 08

Not exactly eponysterical, but close

I have to admit not seeing the funny either. I was putting that down to having a German surname, but if I'm not the only one...

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:00 PM on March 06

Thread-pissing

Needs more "nuff sed!" Plus, TBH hit #7 better.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:41 PM on March 06

SportsfIlter last.fm Group

I'm pending. Cunningly, I'm called "MrBismarck."

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:01 PM on February 02

Super Bowl Link Dump!

So are most of us smart, or are we all mostly smart?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:26 PM on February 01

Homer Jersey Swap?

No he means Anne Frank, the chick that was all duhhh, until that miracle worker showed up and knocked the smarts into her.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:52 AM on February 01

Super Bowl Link Dump!

I think your post is just fine on the front page Mr Jackson. Linkdumps are for stuff we don't feel are strong enough to put out front. And Paris Hilton manga.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:01 PM on January 31

Super Bowl Link Dump!

I look forward to Garth Crooks' "insight."

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:57 PM on January 30

Happy Iron Anniversary, Sportsfilter.

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

Calling All Rookies

[vet... ish] I'll second, (third/fourth?), the desire to see the guidelines given a prominent front page link. (I used to feel like calling him Mr Chicobangs too, until I saw him on cashcab. Now I just want to borrow money.)

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:52 PM on January 21

Guidelines update request

You could remap your keyboard so that the exclamation mark replaces something unimportant. Like the space bar.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:06 AM on December 30

Guidelines update request

Needs more exclamation marks.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:10 PM on December 29

Happy Festivus, Merry Chrismukkah, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year.

In the words of GLaDOS I wish you all a Happy <holiday name>.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:50 AM on December 22