Well, you guys may be prettier than me, smarter, funnier, more popular and socially well-adjusted, with better personalities and nicer cars, but... ...uh... ...well, I guess that pretty much sums it up. Happy Birthday SportsFilter. I wish I could say I knew ye when. Heck, I wish I could say when I knew ye. Who are you, anyway?
posted by BullpenPro at 06:01 PM on January 31
I would say, not cool, not funny, and since you pointed me in that direction and I now have gotten some of that on me, you can expect a dry cleaning bill. And maybe a letter from my lawyer about those emotional damages.
posted by BullpenPro at 05:48 PM on January 26
I would like to know why we are giving the smallest modicum of consideration to a pool of nominators that thinks Cute Overload is one of the five best American blogs. Puppies and emoticons. My pancreas is going into shock.
posted by BullpenPro at 04:26 PM on January 26
I went to a link dump and a hockey fight thread broke out. And here I am, just pushing that baseball agenda. I missed out on this thread, and I expect it's disappearing very soon, so I'll post here this link to the Baseball Hall of Fame photo contest which has great photos. The website only has up to 2003. I don't know if they discontinued the contest -- if they did, it would be a shame because they really had some great stuff. Check out the 2003 Best In Show photo of Derek Jeter being viciously attacked by a wild eagle. Also, I should have mentioned in that Yankees/Red Sox rivalry post that the survey is really geared toward Yankees fans specifically. I don't know why, but it doesn't really address Sox fans.
posted by BullpenPro at 05:12 PM on January 24
Speaking of brawls, Baseball Musings has posted a survey on the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry. The survey is run by some Temple student and runs about 30 minutes long. I found it can take a bit longer if you have a particularly detailed story to share about why you're afraid to use the rest rooms at Fenway Park.
posted by BullpenPro at 12:21 AM on January 24
That's why I went with "Magic Johnson," by the Chili Peppers. It just felt wrong not having a sports song tossed into the mix. Well, plus the song is freakin' sweet. It just occurred to me that after all my mixing and matching, the only sports-related cut I have is Stickfigure. Talk about losing focus.
posted by BullpenPro at 11:41 PM on January 23
Well, that would be the world's quickest shiner to develop. It looked more like shadow than shiner. Professional athletes, by virtue of their superior conditioning, bruise faster than average people. It's a tradeoff for healing faster. That was no shadow on Potvin's eye. If it wasn't a shiner, then it must have been a mascara issue.
posted by BullpenPro at 11:35 PM on January 23
I don't see the shiner you are talking about. At about :57/:58, Potvin raises his head. His left eye is so black it looks like he's wearing a patch. The newspaper the next day (Toronto Sun) had a picture of it and something to the effect of "Cat Mauls Hextall". Photoshop.
posted by BullpenPro at 03:00 PM on January 23
SummersEve Status: received. Heard. Rocked. Very hard. Injured myself. Wearing large bandage on forehead. Was not previously down with Brandtson or Arctic Monkeys. Like very much. Bus Driver is wiggity. And I'm not sure I mean that in a good way. qbert72 Status: received. Heard the first few songs. Stopped listening only because I had returned home. Musically, awesome. Lyrics, garbled, like they were in some kind of foreign language. Very fun set, I look forward to completing it. Ufez Jones Status: undelivered. Note from his doctor. garfield Status: undelivered. Face punchers may or may not be on alert. goddam Status: bonus CD received. Heard the first few songs. Again, only stopped listening because I got home. Very good so far, though I will say that the song "Saturday Night" sure doesn't get any shorter when it's sung by a school group and recorded on location. The inclusion of "Basketball Jones" was brilliant. I am anticipating the rest of the set with great anticipation. BullpenPro Send status: all CDs are out except for the bonus CD I owe goddam, which will go out presently.
posted by BullpenPro at 01:14 PM on January 23
Okay, I've determined it's not just a preview thing -- the ability to edit is gone completely. Also, it's not just on the front page, but in the locker room, too. I just whipped off a quick post, and there was still no editing allowed. This is a serious problem. My IQ reflexively jumps five points once I hit the post button. If I can't edit, that extra five points of logic is gone forever. It's not much, but it's mine, and I love it.
posted by BullpenPro at 01:19 AM on January 23
I dunno, Grum. Based on that video, I'd say Potvin got dealt on. He had a seriously wicked shiner. And while they didn't show Hextall's face after the fight, I didn't see much indication of blood, even after he wiped his face with his white sleeve.
posted by BullpenPro at 01:15 AM on January 23
In case this is relevant, I usually use Safari 1.3.2 on OS 10.3.9, but I've had this problem on other Mac browsers and on higher Mac OSs. OSes. OS's. Operating systems. Tiger, specifically.
posted by BullpenPro at 05:08 AM on January 22
As far as lip gloss goes, what is this Sephora place you speak of? Dude, seriously, don't ask. Just step away from the Sephora. Imagine all of the perfumes of the world mixed together in your bathtub, and then you have to get in the tub with Nicole Richie. It's a chemical spill, mall-style.
posted by BullpenPro at 11:22 AM on January 19
And occassionally we're just plain assholes to new people. I saw it as an initiation rite. Although it might certainly have been a response to my being an idiot.
posted by BullpenPro at 05:47 PM on January 17
My heart is on fire for Elvira.
posted by BullpenPro at 02:07 PM on January 17
Viewing this video may lead to tears welling in your eyes and sniffling. That's pretty much the reaction I had when I saw that Hank Aaron was given as much time as Kenny Lofton and three seconds less than Kirk Gibson. Two seconds for Jackie Robinson. 4:37 is Schmidt's 500th home run. (My assistance out of respect for the person who asked, and should not be taken as even reticent acceptance of this piece of trash. I love Babe Ruth, too, don't get me wrong, and he deserves due time here, but c'mon guys. Jackie freakin' Robinson.)
posted by BullpenPro at 12:14 AM on January 17
JG, for my part, I'm not picking on you. The rule to which qbert pointed gets flaunted plenty, and you definitely have precedent on your side, no question. As you said, the site is a work in progress. Pointing out this discrepancy between the rule as it's stated and the degree to which it is ignored and unenforced simply brings to light an inconsistency that the Pantheon can give whatever priority they choose on their to-do list. I don't personally agree with YYM -- I find the discussion in these threads to often devolve toward cliquishness and gossipyness, but they do seem to serve a purpose that following the rules as stated apparently does not. I mainly click into them to make sure the "Dude" isn't me. I imagine that Frisby is like me in that I wouldn't have brought it up at all if the discussion hadn't been introduced. And qbert was certainly not out of line in pointing to a rule as stated and wondering what it means. And you cannot be faulted for using a means to an end that has a good success rate historically. And the Pantheon, I'm sure, have plenty to do before getting to this really very minor issue.
posted by BullpenPro at 08:35 PM on January 16
Folkways, after a careful analysis of the problem I have determined that your internet connection is, indeed, working. Thanks for the comments. I enjoy your strangeness, for the record, but I suspect you're going to catch hell from the baseball crowd for giving me such high billing.
posted by BullpenPro at 05:15 PM on January 16
qbert, the guidelines say we can discuss FPP quality in the lockerroom. I presume that would include comments in FPPs that suck, like the deluge in the Chargers thread that fit that bill. Then what would fall under the category of "etiquette issues" that are to be taken to e-mail? From where I sit, at least one of four things needs to be done here: 1. Change the rule 2. Enforce the rule 3. Explain the rule 4. Close the damn parens Personally, I vote for #4. It's like going to a party and, no matter how hard to try to tell him, the host just refuses to zip up his fly.
posted by BullpenPro at 04:58 PM on January 16
The cover for "Coffee Is Rebus Juice": Also, I made some minor changes to my playlist. For many reasons, but mainly because I am annoying. I sent the changes via e-mail -- sorry for the trouble, guys.
posted by BullpenPro at 05:50 PM on January 15
Fris: As a fellow Refreshments fan, what's your opinion of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers? Have you heard them? I just recently discovered them, and contemplated putting them on my mix. Una Soda won because, well, it has that drunken end-of-the-night feel that just fits as a closer.
posted by BullpenPro at 05:37 PM on January 13
Songs: If I Only Knew - As Fast As Hey Man - Stickfigure Stickshifts And Safetybelts - Cake Rockinitus - Billy Boy Arnold Ashes - Mary's Danish Hey - Chalk Farm Now - The Royal Normans Department Store Girl - The Rosenbergs Wrong Bananas - Rathergood.com Bongo Bong/Je Ne T'Aime Plus - Manu Chao Root Down - The Beastie Boys Real Wild Child - Josie And The Pussycats Commercial Break Do Right - Jimmie's Chicken Shack I'm Wrong About Everything - John Wesley Harding Even When You're Here - The Groundhawgs Todo Me Sale Mal - El Tri Connecticut's For F*cking - Jesus H Christ and The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse This Is What I Do - Rhett Miller Why Girls Don't Like Me - STU Tears In My Beer - The Specials Ninja - 7 Seconds Of Love Creep - Richard Cheese Sadie - Farmer Una Soda - The Refreshments I had Black 47 on it until 2 minutes ago when Ufez called them. Dang. Cover to come. But maybe not as soon as I hoped... I'm looking forward to that one, SummersEve.
posted by BullpenPro at 08:55 PM on January 11
posted by BullpenPro at 06:58 PM on January 09
I heard recently that it isn't global warming, it's El Niņo. El Niņo is using global warming as a smoke screen to work unfettered, ruining good skiing for New Englanders everywhere. It may or may not also be responsible for increased incidence of goats being found up in trees.
posted by BullpenPro at 01:01 PM on January 06
Man, those Canadians own this game, huh? NoMich, I'm glad you won because The Ref is my all-time favorite holiday movie. And thanks to MrFrisby, qbert, DrJohn and everyone else who made this competition necessary.
posted by BullpenPro at 09:35 PM on January 05
Wait'll Otis sees us. He LOVES us.
posted by BullpenPro at 11:52 AM on January 01
I ain't fallin' for no banana in the tailpipe. TBH, looks like you may have a solution to your problem already, but if you get stuck and have QuickTime Pro you can import the mixed-down clip into there index it.
posted by BullpenPro at 04:18 PM on December 29
Cut him some slack. He just finished googling himself.
posted by BullpenPro at 03:58 PM on December 27
If it is, it's a four-digit-number-bearer's conspiracy. I would be inclined to believe you, LBB, if you hadn't so thoroughly shot your credibility by posting so much. (Jams four digits into palm while extending pinky to corner of mouth.)
posted by BullpenPro at 02:46 PM on December 27
I just typed "panteeze" into Google. The first thing that came up was panteeze's SpoFi user profile. When you click on his profile, the right column is filled with "Ads by Google." Also, third on the Google search was a profile for a "panteez" at a forum for BMW owners. Clearly, there is more to this story. Obviously, panteez has been employed by Google to tear down Yahoo and all their little satellite money machines like SportsFilter. And evidently, this work is quite lucrative. You guys hiring, panteeze? What kind of dental you got?
posted by BullpenPro at 01:15 PM on December 27
Santa, please give me the Wit to post things that are amusing, informational, or at least relevant, the Courage to stop posting things that are offensive, stupid or annoying, and the Wisdom to know the difference. That's a big one. How about getting rcade some duly prolonged credit for the year's best link title. And chicobangs the same for best parody. And Weedy, also, for best rant. And jerseygirl for best use of the word cheetah in a sentence. And some due recognition to all the folks that operate and administer to this site, from rcade, justgary and kirk to eveyone who, on their own dime, point to the guidelines and help smooth the roads. And to everyone who posts here regularly with the consistent wisdom I asked for previously, especially those who fill the baseball threads with that wisdom, hey Santa, give them what they want. Unless they are asking for new stats. Don't give them no new stats. And finally, continue to give me a new nugget of knowledge a day from this site, leaning more toward those nuggets that instruct me on the sports I know less about, or on the culture of sport in general, and less those nuggets regarding ways in which the Yankees are ruining baseball or Derek Jeter sucks. Oh, also a pony. Any pony.
posted by BullpenPro at 12:33 PM on December 26
Every day should be a holiday. Enjoy them all, sports fans.
posted by BullpenPro at 11:31 AM on December 22
However, at the end of that link, yerfatma, is a link to this. I have only barely stopped laughing enough to type this.
posted by BullpenPro at 10:16 AM on December 20
Uh... I think you just sent me a list of New York bands who occasionally come up to Connecticut to see the foliage. Connecticut may be good for a few things, but band development is not high among them.
posted by BullpenPro at 09:32 AM on December 20
If you're guilty of anything, it's of loving the Unicorns too much. If I made a mix of only local Connecticut bands, I would almost certainly be killed. Unless you really, really liked high school marching bands.
posted by BullpenPro at 08:27 AM on December 20
Well, yeah, I know that, but it kind of makes me the uncool one when I send out cds with the New Kids on the Block and MC Hammer, right? Again, it was my understanding that there would be no cool in this debate. I'm already practically done with my mix. I just have to call Tim McCarver and ask him which Wohlberg did that "Good Vibrations" song.
posted by BullpenPro at 04:19 PM on December 19
I am just wondering is it still cool to use Lou Rawls and Leonard Cohen on such a mix? I thought there were no rules... so now we have to be cool? Man, now I have to digitize my Big Chill soundtrack...
posted by BullpenPro at 04:10 PM on December 18
The last time I got roped into one of these things, I had to tell those fudge packers that I liked Michael Bolton's music. On the other hand, this might be just the excuse I need to finish my "Y" mix. Yanni. Yo Yo Ma. Youssou NDour. Yankovic. Yellowman. Yngwie Malmsteen. YMCA. If I can send it to yerfatma, well, that would just be perfect, wouldn't it?
posted by BullpenPro at 01:30 PM on December 18
honestly - top ten post of all time I'm not sure it cracks the top-10 on this thread, but if it got just one person's digit stuck in a vacuum cleaner it was totally worth it.
posted by BullpenPro at 11:48 AM on December 15
said the 4-digit guy Sure. Go ahead. Rag on the four digit numbers. We're easy. No, we are not well-trained in filters Meta and otherwise. Yeah, we came over from yahoo, trained at ESPN message boards, with our AP story posts,our all-caps,our excessive bold, our misspellings, poor grammar and inane banter. We are the harbingers of cliches, filled with disdain for Barry Bonds, T.O., women in a men's game AND the people who have disdain for them. We are the unwashed masses. But you must know today, my friend, that we are the glue that holds this site... nay, this country, together. Cue whistling of Battle Hymn of the Republic 1776 -- does that year ring a bell? It was a four digit year. Was it three digits when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor. Hell, no. And it ain't three digits now. The year Don Budge was born, the year of Byron Nelson, of Mary Lou Retton, of Ellis/Quarry, of Brian Boitano, of the Dream Team (the good ones... not the ones that lost), of Average Joes over Globo Gym, the year Al Michaels asked "Who the hell is Oswald the Lucky Rabbit?" and the year Joe Namath kissed Suzy Kolber right on the lips... four digits. You and I were born in a four digit year, and by god, we are going to die in one. We love every one of Barbaro's four long digits -- even the one that's broken and needs to grow a hoof or something. Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown actually had four digits. Every athlete who ever proclaimed themselves "Number 1" stuck four digits into their palms... and so did every athlete who ever told a drunken fan to go screw. We are mutts. YYM's a mutt. Look, his nose is cold. But there is no dog who is more faithful than the mutt. We are here to make sure that every thread that runs off on a tangent regarding political correctness goes at least 100 comments. We are here to make sure that when you wake up in the middle of the night and turn on your computer, there are still 3 new comments on the front page. We are here every day, making ridiculous accusations and fundamentally flawed observations, entertaining you when you can no longer entertain yourselves, and holding up the First Amendment, which holds dear our right to say anything we want to say anywhere we want with no repurcussions whatsoever by anybody for any reason, with lots of punctuation or none whatsoever, as God intended. Now, you can say what you will about me. But when you speak ill of the "4-digit guy," you're not just putting him down, you are spitting on the sacred document that houses those very precious First Amendment rights. And I will not sit here and listen to you bad mouth the Declaration of Independence! People!!
posted by BullpenPro at 11:03 PM on December 13
I'd rather have 17 great comments than 760 mediocre ones (at best).
posted by BullpenPro at 06:42 PM on December 13
Happy anniversary, bperk!! You definitely deserve some recognition. Here's a plan: Go to Georgia Brown's on 15th. Order the fried chicken. Best fried chicken in town. Then head up to U Street and catch Matisyahu at the 9:30 Club. After the show, grab a sangria at the Chi Cha Lounge. Now, remember, put everything on one credit card. Then post the card number and access information for your account here, and we'll take care of the rest. Enjoy!
posted by BullpenPro at 04:10 PM on December 13
5 years for me in February. /gives an appreciative, respectful bow My one-year anniversary was last week. I celebrated by sitting in my living room with a nice scotchyscotchscotch and pontificating on the pageantry of baseball, and Derek Jeter in particular. Pretty much like what I do on SportsFilter, but annoying to far fewer people. I rounded out the evening by making a really snarky, off-topic comment to my cat. Then I deadbolted the door, peeked out the peephole to make sure Maddux wasn't lurking, and went to bed. The mylar balloon from the event is going on e-bay if anyone is interested. I wrote the username of every SpoFi member on it in the signature style I imagined they would use. I'll let you guess whose "i" I dotted with a little heart. p.s. Weblog awards are for sellouts. We're officially still on the grunge tip.
posted by BullpenPro at 02:38 PM on December 12
Oh, that's a good one YYM. One other I just thought of: umbrellas at a sporting event are your way of saying that everyone sitting three feet from you in every direction deserves to get soaking wet more than you do. Put the umbrellas away. If you want to stay dry, stay home.
posted by BullpenPro at 04:34 PM on December 03
I think I'm more or less with Seve on this one as well, but I would break it down like this: If you're at a college event, and you are in the student section, you are in Rome, my friend, and you had better be willing to do what the fine inhabitants of that city are doing, or lump it. Anywhere else at any venue, I think the etiquette is dictated by the game situation. Certainly, there are appropriate times to get up and get excited, and I don't think I need to point out what those are. Standing through the whole game is rude unless, like NoMich suggested, you are in the back row. There is no point to it, and while I will not throw the beer on you myself, I will encourage others around me to do it. I'm not wasting my beer, but for the love of civility, there are people behind you. This is kind of a hot button point for me, because it fringes on some real pet peeves: == The wave is annoying. It is played out, stupid, pointless, and inconsiderate of people who brought their brains to the game. Please stop. (I'm looking at you, Fenway Park.) == Hey, guy in the front row who stands, turns to the crowd and gestures for everyone to stand with you -- it's the first period/second quarter/third inning. Shut up. I will stand when I want to stand, and this early in the game that will be for the Star Spangled Banner, to get the attention of vendors of food and beer, and to applaud the guy who just pantsed you so you would sit down. == I have missed my last classic sports moment by letting some jerk pass by me in the row to go to take a call on his cellphone. Your call can wait. I don't care if it's your boss, your ride, or the call of nature -- you are not passing in front of me until there is a break in the action. My breaking point was having a guy jump up and down on my foot from the excitement of a third period game-tying goal while I was looking at the back of his Members Only jacket while letting him through the row. Please pick appropriate moments to leave your seat. Thank you. On preview: afx237vi, I totally agree with you about the wheelchair seating. I have been to parks where I passed a wheelchair section and wondered what they were thinking. I think a lot of older parks here in the states were forced to add the seating after the fact, and just threw them in where they had space. In some places it's just embarrassing. However, I do disagree with your judgment that you should see what people behind you are doing before you jump up. There are some moments which even the moderately knowledgeable fan should know that it is appropriate to get up and get excited. I think it is enough to have that bar set at a reasonable level (not for every single complete pass or base hit, etc.).
posted by BullpenPro at 04:04 PM on December 03
Colgate, for the record, is not listed because of their hotly contested claim to the 1962 co-ed rifle championship. I say if you get to shoot first, and your competitors are in sight, well, that's just good strategy. Seriously, though, Colgate was the Parke Davis Champion in football in 1932 and 1875. That '75 team was monster. And we were IN the '90 NCAA Mens Hockey finals... not too bad for a school of 2700.
posted by BullpenPro at 12:24 AM on December 03
How did you find them? A little smug.
posted by BullpenPro at 02:56 PM on October 27
I don't think it's me. I don't understand what the smart people are saying.
posted by BullpenPro at 12:07 PM on October 27
posted by BullpenPro at 07:58 PM on October 26
Already done. Midnight Oil. "Blue Sky Mine." But if I work all day on my hair turnpike (There'll be a puck in your pocket tonight.) Who's gonna shave me?
posted by BullpenPro at 11:31 AM on October 26
Indeed. Unsatisfied with the Grande, she ordered the Venti. And it was hot. Did you ask the poster owner to throw in the cheetah, the stapler, the can and the roll of tape? I would like a poster of that picture of the poster.
posted by BullpenPro at 10:02 AM on October 25
That made me laugh. My girlfriend asked me what was so funny and when I repeated the line she laughed so hard she accidentally inhaled the cat. Sweet.
posted by BullpenPro at 09:59 PM on October 24
Lets hope that Art Bell find another outlet for his sleeplessness.. I believe that's how this whole mess got started. and btw, bullpen, unlike most of us, rcade has never hidden his real identity. I'm aware. I was just riffing off the silly comments on rcade's (other) site. tselson, that is a terrible story. Knowing almost nothing about the case, it sounds more than anything like your lawyers took you for a ride. Sorry to hear about that. but I do think it was BullpenPro who said something defamatory and I will testify against him to that fact...so there And here I had just finished saying the nicest things about you. Get my lawyer on the phone. I'm suing rcade. At first blush, that Section 230 looks like it could use some tweaking. It seems to me to be creating a sanctuary for all kinds of mischief. I sure hope we don't have to start up a DropCash campaign for rcade's legal fees. Again, best of luck rcade.
posted by BullpenPro at 08:58 AM on October 24
The second Art Bell post, about his remarriage, has drawn over 1300 comments. Let's see T.O. do THAT. Today I learned that I have a lot in common with Tommy Horseonovich Colligan. And some guy who calls himself JustSomeGuy is a dweeb. And SportsFilter isn't rcade's most popular site. Bummer. (I know rcade's real name, but I'm sure not going to say it out loud now. Or ever. You're taking a real chance there, justgary.) That SportsFilter suit... the lawyer didn't mention Greg Maddux, did he? Man, I hope he knows we're kidding... Presumably, the lawyer wants IP addresses because the user doesn't post an e-mail address. Phew. Good luck with that stuff, rcade.
posted by BullpenPro at 10:27 PM on October 23
People enjoy working in an office. What?
posted by BullpenPro at 01:06 PM on October 23
Holden: regarding the game download, your link didn't work for me, but the download page is easy to get to via mlb.mlb.com. And as far as the second link, living as close to New Haven as I do, Elis like that are a dime a dozen. It's so common, it almost isn't funny. Almost.
posted by BullpenPro at 01:53 PM on October 20
Great googly moogly.
posted by BullpenPro at 01:12 PM on October 18
eMac/Safari/1024x768 The box seems to be fine in the Locker Room, but Scott Norwood in the, you know, regular threads. I think it's a little taller than it used to be there, too. And YYM is correct. Preview corrects the problem.
posted by BullpenPro at 04:03 PM on October 17
Yeah, the comment box is running off the right edge of my screen, which is actually kind of annoying because I have to move it to see what I'm writing. And, no. It's not the pants.
posted by BullpenPro at 10:09 AM on October 17
You're from Jersey? I'M from Jersey! Everybody... When the strip mall you like Is, like, right off the Pike That's New Joisey. Okay, now just the teamsters... Did you know that it is illegal in New Jersey to slurp your soup. True story. It is also illegal, in some townships, to consume a pickle on Sundays. Which, of course, is bad news for the clergy. /rimshot C'mon now... hey, New Jersey is also the one state in which the majority of "New Baby" announcements come in the form of a subpoena. /gunshot I'm here all week. Ow. Maybe not...
posted by BullpenPro at 10:26 PM on October 16
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