Recent Locker Room Comments by elovrich

SpoFi does Sunday Night Baseball:

I will do my best to be there

posted by elovrich at 12:22 PM on August 12

Political Feuds of SpoFi

yep, It has been determined that your unnecessarily precise and meaningless stat quotient is up to .738. Pretty good work grum

posted by elovrich at 10:58 AM on August 08

FPPs and Linking

Just concentrate on telling someone in the room with you that you are ABOUT to hiccup, you must concentrate and tell them immediately before you actually hiccup. AS odd as it sounds, this truly works....

posted by elovrich at 10:14 PM on June 16

Summer Reading List

Just two books, but they are great.... The Complete Armchair Book of Baseball It includes writings by such greats as: Stephen Jay Gould W.P . Kinsella Ring Lardner William Safire Zane Grey Andy Rooney Damon Runyon Bob Eucker Thomas Wolfe George F. Will Red Smith Walt Whitman And: The Best American Sports Writing of he Century Another anthology, this time of the best articles from the entire 20th Century Two great reads that can be taken in small sips or whole gulps.....

posted by elovrich at 09:55 AM on June 08

most significant sporting figures of the 20th century

I buy Ali, Babe (both), and Pele, all from the standpoint that they are internationally recognizable. If you talk about shaping the ways that their respective games are played (and more pointedly, by whom they are played) Jackie Robinson, Tiger Woods, and five guys from Texas Western (Bobby Joe Hill, Willie Worsley, David Lattin, Orsten Artis, and Harry Flournoy). If you want to consider those that were significant because of WHAT they accomplished, I would have to go with multi-sport athletes: Thorpe, Didrikson. Or, if you want to go with doing things that will likely not be done again: Ripken, Jr., Jerry Rice, Cy Young, John Wooden, Gretzky, Chamberlain. The last part is more for single accomplishments either in a game or a season or a career, and puts me well over 6...perhaps another thread to grow out of this one.....

posted by elovrich at 01:26 AM on June 02

I want my MTV

It is a hard call, whether to go to invite-only, create a "SpoCave" (great metaphor, had to laugh when I read that). The reason it is such a difficult decision is; it was not all that long ago, I was one of the unwashed masses, finding my way here from Yahoo. Although I think I am better than your average troll, creating unrest simply for the delight in seeing whose day I can screw up, I must say that being able to get snarky on occasion is just what the doctor ordered. It takes time to get a feel for which subjects this goes over well on; how often one can do it and still be found (hopefully) a reasonable, contributing member; who you can direct comments towards that will not take it too personally (thanks tron7, chicobangs). I guess creating a Sanctum Sanctorum is an answer that could suffice for this, but if we did it, would any of us venture amongst the unwashed heathens, there to have to wade through the detritus of their scrivened crap? If not, would anyone receive a new invitation to the inner circle? Would we become as insular and inbred as the ruling familes of feudal Europe? I guess it becomes a choice between the pristine water of some spring-fed hole in the BWCA, pure, untouched, but completely isolated and unseen by human eyes; and the muddy, polluted, disease-carrying water of the East River, not exactly the place I want to vacation, but, oh the things you will see and hear, a bustling hive of activity. Just food for thought as we look for ways to reduce the signal-noise ratio, let's remember that sometimes that background noise carries the non-random transmissions from far-away galaxies.

posted by elovrich at 09:12 AM on May 28

Deadspin invite, anyone?

400 dolphins beached themselves? Must have heard Vick was goint to minicamp...

posted by elovrich at 06:35 PM on May 02

Feel the Draft

Beat me to the p[unch lilnemo, damn could Detroit really score Leinart?

posted by elovrich at 12:25 PM on April 29

The S-Team.

I don't drink beer. I drink guinness. I *knew* Guinness wasn't beer.

posted by elovrich at 07:42 AM on April 28

The S-Team.

*wipes the coffee from my shirt front after choking on my laughter* well, if no caps worked for a.a. milne, who are we to require it here?

posted by elovrich at 09:26 AM on April 26

The S-Team.

I guess the main reason for the Netiquette quiz ( I failed the first time also) is to at least make one know what is acceptable, having to go through it until you get it right. The second time I still failed, just can't agree with with posting if you think you may be wrong, but then, I am thinking of basic fact-checking before getting into a pissing contest, er polite debate.

posted by elovrich at 11:36 PM on April 25

The S-Team.

While I agree that there are those who make life unpleasant around here, and that much of this has to do with the phenomenal growth of SpoFi lately, I would hate to see anything that would detract from someone being able to contribute from day one. Looking back on my first comments, they were in regards to the "I want fast black players" fiasco that the Air Force Academy coach got himself into. It was a topic that didn't get too snarky even though it was loaded that way, given the material involved. In fact, it was that FPP that caught my eye in the first place. I would hope that we do not restrict new members from contributing immediately, either in comments or with links. But rather, make a first FPP that is pulled (for problems with the FPP itself, not with where the discussion goes) be grounds for a lengthy suspension of FPP rights. As for comments, which IMO are where the true problems lie, it is a bit harder. We almost all have days when we, for whatever reason, just have to make the snide comment, even if it is just to razz another SpoFier who knows better than to take it personally. But, it becomes obvious when all that someone does is cause trouble, casting flames about with disregard and impunity. Perhaps in addition to the enterance exam, we require something like THIS

posted by elovrich at 03:43 PM on April 25

Follow the link

why does tossing mullet sound like a hockey hairball?

posted by elovrich at 09:48 AM on April 20

Follow the link

In defense of long posts, and I know I am a prime example, it is often hard to get all that you want to say in a concise, succinct paragraph. Sometimes you need to dissect someone elses points and address them one at a time, rather than just say "you piece of whale snot, you don't have a clue". Heck, there are times I disagree and agree with different parts of the same post and want to acknowledge or defend my position in each case. Ok, getting out of this before it becomes a book.

posted by elovrich at 06:42 PM on April 17

Follow the link

*smiling, hoping I am not one of the idiot idiots, but not sure if being a clever idiot is much better* If you build a better idiot-proof system, do you eventually end up with better idiots?

posted by elovrich at 11:35 AM on April 17


Easter Monday (Pondělí velikonoční) is a day off, the day of the pomlázka. The origin of the pomlázka tradition (pomlázka meaning both the whip and the tradition itself) dates back to pagan times. Its original purpose and symbolic meaning is to chase away illness and bad spirits and bring health and youth for the rest of the year to everyone who is whipped with the young pussywillow twigs. In the past, pomlázka was not only used by boys to whip girls, but also by the farmer's wife to whip the livestock, as well as everyone in the household, including men and children. Boys would whip girls lightly on the legs and possibly douse them with water, which had a similar symbolic meaning. An Easter carol, usually asking for an egg or two, would be recited by the boy while whipping. The girl would then reward the boy with a painted egg or candy and tie a ribbon around his pomlázka. As the boys progressed through the village, their bags filled up with eggs and their pomlázkas were adorned with more and more colorful ribbons. Don't mean to overkill this, but found the apassage above and just had to share the bolded part.

posted by elovrich at 01:21 AM on April 17


for more on the Easter celebrations in the Czech Republic go HERE. In particular, the last few paragraphs dealing with Easter Monday. It was hard to dredge up my understanding of the Czech language, I am glad they had the translation there for the carol.

posted by elovrich at 01:13 AM on April 17

FPPs that get pulled

Thanks rcade, was hoping that you would chime in on this. I did read your final post in the thread, and agree that it was headed nowhere good. As far as the length, yes, it was short, as yerfatma noted, it was just a wire notice about the fact that the DNA result had come in negative. What are your feelings about getting something timely that is breaking, or waiting for someting more in-depth?

posted by elovrich at 09:37 PM on April 11

FPPs that get pulled

Sorry if the link was pulled, it WAS a link to the news wire. The original post was made almost as the news was breaking. As I said in the first comment, there was (is) another link available, but it was from the defendants lawyers, and as such, was biased in their favor. I presumed that, since it was breaking news, that some here at SpoFi may not have been aware of it yet. It was not something that I just pulled out of the air. As far as what Stephen A. Smith is screaming about.....who? I avoid his show like the plague, same goes for Rome. But, just because those two idiots are making noises that are supposed to be opinion about a subject, it does not mean that it is not something that can be discussed rationally and clamly here in SpoFi. For an example, see HERE it was intended to start a discussion on something you wanted to talk about Yes, it was something that I wanted to discuss, someting that I thought would be of interest to the SpoFi community in general, and I am sorry if it was of no interest to you individually. I am trying to understand exactly what you are trying to say, but must admit I am having a bit of difficulty. You go on to say...isn't what I come here for. I thought one of the purposes of SpoFi was for the exchange of ideas on subjects that were sports related and held interest for a number of its members. I do not mean to be obtuse, or a pain in the ass, but just because it isn't a subject you find interesting doesn't make it a bad post. I grant that it may have been the "wrong" post, since it seems to have disappeared, but again, I had no control over that.

posted by elovrich at 08:57 PM on April 11

FPPs that get pulled

I guess the thing is, until njsk8r told me that the post lives on in the archives, I was not aware of that. Perhaps if something were posted in the guidelines to that effect it would make things less confusing. Like I said, the only way that one's posts get better is if you know what the problem with it was to begin with. I understand that it may not have been the post itself, but the direction that the discussion went, which, as a poster, I have no control over. Thank you both for the support in this matter, and never fear, I will continue to post, and will probably step on my crank from time to time. Hopefully, this does not cause our wonderful admins to spaz, errr, strike that, freak out.

posted by elovrich at 07:46 PM on April 11

FPPs that get pulled

thanks sk8r; Had a chance to readh where the responses were going and rcades final comment. Have to say I agree with his assessment. Perhaps I was hoping for too much when I thought that anything like that could be discussed without it degenerating into a shoutfest about class and race. Yeah, I think I was (thinking how long and how deep into any B***y B***s post you have to go to get past the shouting and find intelligible discourse. Slaps my own wrist for posting anything that has any chance of being inflammatory and sends myself to the corner for a timeout.

posted by elovrich at 06:06 PM on April 11

FPPs that get pulled

I have read the guidelines, and have not had many FPPs pulled. In fact I can think of only 2. The first was replaced by a different post on the same topic about a day later, so I do not know if it was a source issue, or if the admins decided that perhaps it was of sufficient interest after the second post. The other was within the last 24 hours. Granted the post itself was minimalist, and perhaps that was the problem, but as I said in the first comment, I didn't want to link to a source that was biased one way or the other, as the subject matter is liable to debated enough around here without slanting the link one way or the other. Or it may be that the subject is one that is still nacent and so quickly developing that admins want to hold off....I am not sure. This is not a complaint that FPPs are pulled, it is an attempt to make future FPPs better.

posted by elovrich at 05:51 PM on April 11

ask.spofi: Home team advantage?

Basically, the easiest way to understand it is this. When a them which is shorthanded is scored against, the 2 minute penalty that has the least amount of time remaing ends. If, in the case of a double minor, the player has another penalty to serve, then he would remain in the box and the time for that penalty would commence with the following face-off.

posted by elovrich at 04:27 PM on April 09

ask.spofi: Home team advantage?

hmmm, not sure if I follow you on that one qbert, if your team is on the defensinve end of the ice for two periods, wouldn't my team, being on the opposite end of the ice, and my team defending teh opposite end of the ice, have the same benefit 2 of 3 periods?

posted by elovrich at 03:42 PM on April 08

Discuss Amongst Yourselves

an artificial minimum would result in garbage posts yes, and would we include locker room posts? Some of us have arguably good things to contribute even if we don't have the number of posts. *checks, 99 total if we count locker room, oops make it an even century with this one*

posted by elovrich at 11:26 PM on March 08

Time to impose a one FPP-per-day limit?

Just keep your head down in Matamoros, and your curve lower still. Good luck from one who called the outside corner really generously...

posted by elovrich at 10:51 PM on February 20

Hockey hockey hockey

So....ITA ties GER, GER ties SUI, SUI beats CAN.... If my Introduction to Logic meant anything it follows that: If A=B and B=C and C>D then A>D qed Italy will beat Canada for the gold....

posted by elovrich at 10:20 AM on February 19