Happy Millennium! Welcome, Mr. Fleming.
I hope no one minds the FPP regarding my SportsFilter column. There's been discussion on using FPPs to draw attention to the columns since they are often missed on The Sidelines. Of course, I'm aware that it looks pretty egotistic to begin FPPing columns with my very own. If enough members object, I'll not only delete the post, but I'll banish my sorry, self-centered ass from SportsFilter, not to mention google-bomb myself until I'm the laughing-stock of the Internet.
SportsFilter: Year One
After this month, we will be a year old. So let's begin a tradition of sharing our end of the year reflections and unofficial SpoFi awards. I'll start. We in America have always heard that Soccer/Footie is the most popular sport in the world, but we've mostly scoffed at that notion. "Um, soccer is for little girls and their SUV moms," we say. Or "Soccer cannot compare to American football or baseball or basketball or hockey or auto racing." But SportsFilter has proven that Soccer/Footie fans are indeed the most passionate about their sport.
So here's to the SportsFilter's soccer/footie fans: you have shamed us consistently in the year of 2002 with your active threads and damn fantasy league. May you footie fanatics continue to make everyone else look bad by using our site as a playground for your obsession.
What does everyone think about having weekly reports of the NBA, NFL, NHL, etc.? Someone could post an initial link that highlights the week, and others could comment and post other links within the thread. Would it function too much like a discussion board? Is there room for this kind of post, since SportsFilter only covers sports? As others have mentioned before, it may be too much to ask that members find original sports content on the web. How can we enhance this site to make it a sports connoisseurs dream? If we had weekly threads that provided links within the thread (pointing to the best net coverage of a particular sport) as well as discussion, would it be annoying or beneficial?
Ahhh, the NFL is back. American Football. What a great way to begin. Let's take advantage of having members from all over the country/world. Instead of linking to ESPN or NFL.com, introduce readers to some your best local coverage/columnists. Post a link that offers a unique voice or insight. I have my own favorite local writers, but I'm looking forward to discovering voices from Texas, Ohio, Florida, Minnesota, etc. Let the season begin!
Does anyone have a subscription to ESPN's Insider? If so, is it worth it?
Look who made the Shiftlist (in the latest issue of Shift Magazine):
"MetaFilter's Matt Haughey must be tired of getting ripped off by every two-bit would-be community site, because now he's biting himself. Originated by seven MeFi members with the help of Haughey, SportsFilter is all the fun of a locker room, minus the giddy towel-snapping."
Sucks-Rocks Alternative: Not yet a week old, and we are aptly avoiding the two most common words in sports discussions (aka, sux-rox). But how long can we hold on until we fall prey to these two readily available words. Here is where we can offer creative alternatives for those under the spell of sux-rox-itis. For example, The Steelers sure do inhale viciously when they are under pressure.