Recent Locker Room Comments by worldcup2002

FPP Yanked?

Obama had it yanked to placate the British after the BP kerfuffle.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:33 PM on June 14

Arguing Politics During My Vasectomy

All I wanna know is:

Does the ... erm ... procedure, you know, hinder your performance, post-op?

When the gun is firing blanks, is it still as pleasurable to fire it as when you were using live bullets?

Can you still see the blanks? Do they look, urm, funny?

And, of course, I am inquiring on behalf of, uh, a friend. Yeah. That's the ticket.

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:54 PM on October 27

Auto-Login Enabled

All hail the Pope(squatter)!

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:28 PM on October 23

Mo' bugs, Mo' problemz.

no, the YingYang filter has been activated. Apologize to your friend, but tell him it's not a bug, it's a feature.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:45 PM on October 10

Mo' bugs, Mo' problemz.

Also, as Bernie Mac said: I ain't scared a' you, muthafuckas! You don't unnerstand!

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:04 PM on October 07

Mo' bugs, Mo' problemz.

Or, if I may paraphrase Bernie Mac (R.I.P.): I'm big-bonered, I'm hung low... when I pull my shit out, the room gets dark!

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:01 PM on October 07

Mo' bugs, Mo' problemz.

Before anyone gets their knickers in a bunch about the last comment, read this. I've loved every moment of it.

posted by worldcup2002 at 07:59 PM on October 07

Mo' bugs, Mo' problemz.

I'm with owlhouse on that "unread comments" feature.

And for you zebra-stripe lovers: Fuck off, you slimy cunts (no, I'm not Joe-kin-near).

posted by worldcup2002 at 07:54 PM on October 07

Mo' bugs, Mo' problemz.

Also, the comment threads are hard to read because the completely even spacing between text blocks (be it a paragraph or the commenter info) makes it hard to distinguish one person's comment from another's.

I'd suggest a few subtle changes (once kirk returns) that will make a world of difference:

1. Don't do any horizontal rules or zebra stripes to separate comments

2. Increase leading between comment blocks from different individuals. Make sure individual paragraphs inside a comment block are closer together than the leading between comment blocks.

3. Fun idea: Put a number next to each individual comment block. This will make it easier to keep your place as you read long threads.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:38 PM on October 07

Member Pages Are Back

DOODZ - CAN I HAZ MY LOCKER ROOM INTERVIEWZ BAK?

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:23 PM on October 07

New Wii User: Recommend a soccer title?

I know. Getting hit in the head with flying panda heads and football boots ain't no picnic either.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:19 AM on September 30

New Wii User: Recommend a soccer title?

bill, I've been renting Wii games at the local GameCrazy (Hollywood Video) before I plunk any down. Waiting to try FIFA 08 (09?) but still trying to work with the boy to get all fricking 160 power bricks on Lego Star Wars!

Will try any suggestions on Wii soccer games. Staying away from Mario Strikes coz it does look crazy unrealistic. All the games are unrealistic, but that one's crazy unrealistic.

Also, will immediately plunk down money for any Wii soccer games that come with WiiBoots.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:41 AM on September 29

Bug: Spofi eats comments

It's not a bug. It's a feature.

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:38 PM on September 23

Link dump!

Time to drink some HATORADE!

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:24 PM on June 25

Link dump!

wait wait, are you saying it's fake?

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:57 AM on June 25

Link dump!

omg - give that girl a contract!

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:49 AM on June 25

Sportsfilter Technology Refresh?

How about bringing back all the lost Locker Room Interviews? If this tech update really allows for lost content to be retrieved, then I'm all for it.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:33 PM on June 10

Champions League Footie Chat

Thanks WC :-) WC, no taking credit for The Big Salad. Who's using my name in vain? And what's The Big Salad?

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:09 PM on June 03

Ben Saunders's North expedition ends early

btw, a TED talk by Ben about his 2004 solo trek to the North Pole.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:51 PM on April 08

Ben Saunders's North expedition ends early

It got cold yesterday. I actually had to put some clothes on.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:47 PM on April 08

Would a short story about baseball make a good column?

Just do it.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:45 PM on April 08

Ben Saunders's North expedition ends early

NoMich, when he's talking about the ice, he's not just talking about how smooth it is. The ice is basically the platform on which he's skiing. Sometimes it shifts, and he could find himself having lost distance after skiing his ass off. Other times, the ice could break and he could float away or drop in and get crushed. Other times, the sections of ice "rub together" and push up, creating barriers around which he has to ski OR climb over (this includes pulling the sledge that's carrying his supplies). Check out his daily journal for examples. There aren't that many entries. Wow - I was gonna link to his journal but now the whole NORTH site seems to be down. I'm guessing they're gonna point back to his normal bensaunders.com site soon (which has been redirecting to NORTH since the expedition, but is also down now).

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:26 PM on April 07

Open Other End:

Ben Saunders will roundhouse you in the face.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:04 PM on March 24

Open Other End:

And here's the NORTH blog. Ben's sat at a refueling station waiting for his dropoff plane to be fixed. He's currently 3 days behind schedule - he was supposed to be dropped at Ward Hunt Island to begin the expedition Mar 21.

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:41 PM on March 23

Open Other End:

Whether you consider Ben one of us or not, I've still got $100 riding on SpoFi's name showing up at Mile 27 of the SOUTH expedition, presumably after October this year. (Wow, at my last check just a minute ago, all links to Ben Saunders, including SOUTH, are redirecting to the NORTH expedition, the topic of this post.) Also, at the rate the polar ice caps are melting, Ben better step to it, or he might be doing his expeditions by kayak instead.

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:30 PM on March 23

Open Other End:

Hmm, doesn't say if this replaces the SOUTH expedition. It would be quite a feat to complete both North and South Pole expeditions in one year.

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:33 AM on March 21

SportsFilter Team Ownership Project

terrapin said: wc02 wants us to diversify our sport portfolio :) Yes. In fact, I am seeding the beginnings of a large global sports conglomerate, SpoFiMegaloCorp. We will be a collective Abramovich. The Sports Borg. We will send us up the bomb. Bwahahahahahahaha.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:51 PM on March 12

SportsFilter Team Ownership Project

SpoFi: All your teams are belong to us.

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:52 PM on March 11

SportsFilter Team Ownership Project

I say the more teams and players we own the better. Keeps things active, you know. We can assign any interested and trusted SpoFites to represent us in tracking news for that team and bring up any voting issues. Conversely, rcade could just post the issue up for vote here (set up an online poll with a deadline) and then check off the actual vote based on what happens online. Fun.

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:51 PM on March 11

SportsFilter Team Ownership Project

A little OT: We have a long-standing sponsorship of an expedition to the South Pole on foot. Just about two years ago, I paid $100 for mile 27 (of 1800!) of the expedition in SpoFi's name but it's been postponed a couple of times. I'm not disparaging the expeditioner (who is a SpoFi member) but there are risks (ok, in this case, deferred satisfaction) to this sponsorship/ownership thing. Note: We were all offered our money back when the postponements were announced but I elected to stay on. The expedition is on track to launch in October this year. And speaking of getting back on track, I'm all for owning a team or player. Sounds like fun.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:17 PM on March 11

Sportsfilter Siting:

Oh, and he also washes Barry Glendenning's car on the weekends, so that doesn't hurt his shout-out potential. If it was not for the fact that he is married to my wife's sister, So, holden, lawn is, what, twelve and married?

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:04 PM on March 11

Sportsfilter Siting:

It's not the colon, fatty, it's the spelling. Sighting, not Siting. Wake up, America! (Don't know if anyone listens to Paul Harvey. There used to be a segment with this curmudgeonly guy who just cracked me up with his down-home truisms. Anybody remember his name? I know the whole thing was an act, but damn, he was funny.)

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:01 PM on March 11

Can we get these guys for plagiarism?

Howard T, could you point out the offending sections that indicate plagiarism?

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:18 PM on March 07

Kudos on the good posts today (March 4).

C'mon, Weedy, put down the ... erm ... weedy, and start posting again!

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:51 PM on March 06

Kudos on the good posts today (March 4).

I'll go with what yerfatma said.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:49 PM on March 05

Another Congressional Committee Gets Into the Act

CHMN DINGLE: Cut out the horseplay or I'll have you all kicked out!

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:48 PM on February 19

Another Congressional Committee Gets Into the Act

It be-hooves me to say that I think the Congressional committee are chasing after a lost horse, I mean, cause. Neeeeeeiiigh, verily I say into you, this action speaks of foal play. Indeed, what kind of ass would display such enmity to our equine athletes? Shoed we fine them if they are found guilty? Should we strip them of their trophies? Should we put ass-terisks on their records? Insteed, I've been chomping at the bit to propose that we run the good race, stop jockeying for position, be equineimical, and end this sham.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:18 PM on February 16

Happy Iron Anniversary, Sportsfilter.

Hey, since we're all in a nostalgic mood, wasn't I the one who came up with the "Pantheon" moniker for our titanic moderators? I'm just askin' but it feels good when I think of it that way. Plus, on a bittersweet note, this anniversary makes me think of my Locker Room interviews and how it would be nice to see them all again ... The reverberations of the Great Database Purge continue to be felt to this day. Peace be upon all the lost Locker Room posts and comments.

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:13 PM on January 24

Happy Iron Anniversary, Sportsfilter.

I joined in June 2002, during the World Cup. Which explains my nickname. So, in June, the sixth month of the year, I will be celebrating my own SpoFi sixth anniversary during SpoFi's sixth anniversary. Actually, I didn't know until I saw this post, that SpoFi had actually started the same year I joined. Explains my low (three-digit) member number. 459 FTW! Waitaminute, I just checked my profile, and I joined May 31. But the World Cup was impending. You can tell what was on my mind. Well, whateva, close enuf. And, oh yes, Happy Birthday, SpoFi!

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:26 PM on January 24

Guidelines update request

You all remind me of Hitler. NUFE SEDDDD!! ROTFLMAO K THX BYE worldcup2k2 FTW sent from my iPhone

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:22 PM on December 29

Consistency in FPP formating

I think that's like five swings left, two quick swipes right, and 25 up and down.

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:14 PM on November 25

Spofiswap 2 - Son of Spofiswap

Good luck with all of that, owlhouse (especially the divorce). Meanwhile, I'll be getting my Hasselhoff, Shatner and Cher mix turkeyed up for you all. ... Just kidding.

posted by worldcup2002 at 07:24 PM on November 21

Happy Thanksgiving, Fellow SpoFites!

Gobble, gobble, gobble!

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:33 AM on November 21

Did holden just quit or was that a joke?

Since holden couldn't stay away, I'm going to quit. And I'm taking holden's aura with me.

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:35 PM on November 19

Cavs vs Celtics, now with added JJ

Aw, man, I'm gonna be in CLE for Christmas. Would've loved a meetup. Oh well. Anytime anyone from out of town comes to visit the Bay Area, give us a shout in the locker room.

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:06 AM on November 17

Did holden just quit or was that a joke?

I'm gonna guess: not a joke.

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:04 AM on November 17

Presented without comment,

Samso, are you really in the military, man? Godspeed, my friend.

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:30 PM on November 14

SpoFi Footie fans

If, however, rcade is referring to teams that are fan-owned, they might want to take a gander at MK Dons or FC United (whatever that disgruntled fan-based spinoff of Man U is called) or Barcelona. Again, I might be wrong, but it's a lot easier than looking it up on Wikipedia.

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:00 PM on November 08

SpoFi Footie fans

I thought Man U, Spurs, Arsenal and Leeds (RIP) were publicly traded. Some of them might have gone private after a poor experience with the stock market and with the emergence of new billionaire owners. But that's just a guess based on poor recollection. So do with it what you will.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:58 PM on November 08

Presented without comment,

verfatma has a Dutch-Arabic ring to it...

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:20 PM on November 06

Presented without comment,

btw, I love yerfatma's interjections. They tend to be funny and often lighten exchanges that are starting to get, what do they call it, heavy. Yeah. Just had to say it. yerfatma, yer all right by me. Oh, btw, I also hate yerfatma because he has a two-digit member number.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:39 PM on November 06

Presented without comment,

jerseygirl: Right there with you, verfatma. hey yerfatma, jerseygirl cut off your one good leg! Quelle horreur!

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:32 PM on November 06

EPL Saturday

For some reason, the Reds never like to make it easy on themselves.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:12 PM on November 06

Presented without comment,

I've wondered about the value of seeing X comments (Y new) below a post. Long time ago, someone posted that they sometimes feel intimidated to comment, even though they really liked the article. So there you have it. I used to worry more about the comments until I saw that. (btw, I also sometimes engaged in yerfatma's "trick" of seeding the comments. This is actually useful, tho, in cases where you're avoiding making a big fat FPP, but want to add additional notes or clarifications.) In fact, I had a couple of posts in the last couple of weeks that ended up w/ zero comments. A little disappointing but, hey, them's the shakes. It ain't a popularity contest (unless that's how you measure the value of your posts). Anyway, from the 60+ comments I'm seeing here, I see a general move toward flagging stuff, kinda feels like Digg. Whatever it is, let's keep it real simple. Let's not encumber a system with controls aimed at 1% of the numbnuts that ends up breaking the system for the majority of the population. At the end of the day, no amount of rules and techno-sophistication are going to make up for plain bad behavior. Also, some concern about rcade "double-posting" stuff and getting away with it. Can we have a special knuckle-rapper icon for flagging naughty Pantheon posts, then? A nun with a ruler? Heh heh. Also, who here's left and returned? I didn't realize fatcat garfield was one of that club. Oh, yeah, you can count me as one of the "blessed", too. btw, I realized, when I went through my, erm, "experience"... unless people have really met you, all this flaming is in response to a string of words you put up. It ain't about you, man, just some symbols on a flickering screen. And you're responding to the same symbol sets. Symbols against symbols. No need to get riled up. Re: trolls ... Here's my favorite: The ubiquitous "who cares?" troll in every soccer thread. I recommend we just build in this feature that plugs in "Who cares?" as the automatic first comment everytime someone posts a thread in the "Soccer" category. That gets that out of the way, and we can carry on with some proper communication. Also, it saves owlhouse and the other gents the effort of responding very nicely with the "read the guidelines, please" comment. It would look like so: "Who cares?" posted by nobber n00b [brought to you by SpoFi Technologies Division] Dear nobber n00b, please RTFG. posted by All the ones that care [brought to you by SpoFi Technologies Division]

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:43 PM on November 06

EPL Saturday

Bill said it.

posted by worldcup2002 at 08:58 PM on November 04

EPL Saturday

Yes, I had a nice set of Tits this week, didn't I? As for Liverpool v Rovers: Gerrard was not the problem. It was Brad Friedel playing out of his head today. Stevie had two beautiful runs and shots that only Friedel could stop, and Friedel did. I was more frustrated with Kewell, who had some good moves, but still looks rusty and unwilling to run at players. His final touches and passes were poor. In the final 15 minutes, I don't think he got a single pass or cross to a Liverpool player. This was especially grating when he was doing well positioning himself and making space for a pass. Still, not enough mobility and sharpness. Kuyt was a game tryer, and definitely worked up enough sweat today, but his touches were off, too. Crouchie came on with twenty minutes left and made his presence felt, too, especially winning the header that set up Stevie's shot. But no getting by Friedel today. I think we had Blackburn well-contained today, but didn't have enough in the final third to punch through the defence. And when we did, it was down in the center, with players coming from deep to pick up the layoffs. Unfortunately, we had Friedel "The Wall" to contend with. I didn't see any good crosses either. Don't know what Finnan was trying to do. And Kewell was doing bloody sod all in the crossing department. Riise, too. Babbel was also playing very much down the middle. With Riise and Kewell out left, I would've liked to see Babbel and Finnan stretching Rovers more on the right. But no luck with that. Having Pennant out is doing us a doozy. And I guess having Kuyt and Benayoun upfront doesn't exactly make for good heading targets.

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:07 PM on November 03

EPL Saturday

It's gone bloody bonkers for me this week. Goals coming in from all corners. I've got goals from Ronaldo, Fabregas (captain!), Benjani, Dempsey, Laursen. And a clean sheet for all three of my Villa defenders. Veddy good. Now all I need is for Liverpool to trash Blackburn and it will be a perfect weekend.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:01 PM on November 03

An update for SOUTH (for which we are sponsor 27)

A quick bit of history: I put down $100 on behalf of SpoFi back in 2005 or 2006 (I think). Given the option to get a refund, I've told Ben to keep the money. He also agreed to my posting his email, which I received yesterday: -------------------------------------------------------- Dear supporters of SOUTH, Firstly, my apologies for the bulk nature of this email, but I wanted to drop you all a line to give you a quick progress report. The main news is that the SOUTH expedition has had to be postponed to October 2008. This is, for the most part, due to the pressure of raising sponsorship. A few of you have expressed (understandable) frustration at the time it's taking to get this project off the ground, and I wanted to stress that the expedition's budget is close to US$1million, so even if we had sold all the miles by now, it would cover less than a fifth of the total cost. The idea of selling miles came after a few people emailed after my 2004 expedition to ask if they could contribute to the next one somehow. I've had a couple of gut-wrenching emails from parents of kids with pocket money invested in the expedition, and in hindsight, it wasn't the greatest idea - I now have 125 people with a vested interest in a project that has been postponed three years in a row, and 125 people I feel I've let down. Rest assured that the expedition will go ahead - I'm on track to announce a three-year partnership with one of the world's largest technology companies later this year, and the decision has also given me time to return to the North Pole: in March 2008 I set off from the coast of Canada for the geographic North Pole with the aim of setting a speed record. Robert Peary is widely credited with reaching the Pole in 37 days in 1909, using dog sleds. Travelling on foot, no one has come close to Peary's time, and I'm going to have a go at raising the bar a bit. I haven't announced this to the press (or on my website) yet, so you heard it here first! If you'd like your sponsorship investment refunded, drop me a line at ben@bensaunders.com. If you're happy to continue your support (and you have my heartfelt thanks if you do) then you don't need to do anything. As ever, you can read more about what I'm up to at http://www.bensaunders.com/ and I look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible before I head back to the Arctic... My best, Ben Saunders

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:06 PM on October 24

SportsFilter Has 2.37 Million RSS Subscribers

SO SORRY@! NUFF SAID!

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:13 PM on October 21

SportsFilter Has 2.37 Million RSS Subscribers

DAMN STRAIGHT! OMG!11111111!

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:07 PM on October 21