||January 29, 2002
||March 27, 2013
qbert72 has posted 15 links and 722 comments to SportsFilter and 26 links and 568 comments to the Locker Room.
Je suis un montréalais.
Two sports memories...
In 1981, baseball is on strike, and Montreal discovers soccer. Le Manic de Montréal
is drawing huge crowds to the Stade Olympique. Yes, the same toilet bowl usually inhabited by a few thousands Expos fans (and I'm one of them).
I was nine, at that time, and attended a game against the Washington Diplomats with my father. I had never seen so many people at the same time. So many different people, too.
I can't tell you much about the game. In my recollection, everybody was standing during the whole game, and I couldn't see a thing. What I remember clearly is the "Guess the attendance" game on the jumbotron, and the Italian man beside me who was screaming in ecstasy for the highest number to win: "Cinquanté mille! Cinquanté mille!" And damn it, he won, and nearly died on the spot. We were more than 50 000.
Fast forward to 1996. We're in September, and the Expos are still in it, miraculously. It's as close to a full house as it can be: 25, 30 thousands at best. Bottom of the 8th, the score is tied, bases loaded, two outs. The best utility player in baseball that year comes to the plate: F.P. Santangelo.
The crowd is wild for the man without first names. F.P.! F.P.! Good at-bat, a few foul balls, closely fought. And then, F.P. is hit by a pitch. The crowd erupts in joy. Everybody is jumping around, the standing ovation lasts a few minutes. I kid you not. Standing ovation for being hit by a pitch. F.P. gives us the tip of the cap. We go home happy.
My teams? Expos, Canadiens. As a good Canadiens fan, I pride myself in knowing exactly what is wrong with the team, and on never supporting them unless they've won 3 or 4 in a row. As a good Expos fan, I will cheer to death any AAA guy wearing the nice logo. Go ahead, make my Zach Day, and I'll Rocky Biddle 'til the cows come home.
I miss the Forum, the tree-color cap and the powder-blue uniforms, though.
Favorites or Likes for comments?: Hey there old friends. I'm back lurking here. I'm even logged in, so I can see the (# new) thingy after the comments number. I don't have much to contribute, but 5 years of Facebooking have endeared to the simple "Like" action below each comment and I'm instinctly looking to click it when I read a comment that makes me chuckle. MetaFilter has a similar feature with their Favorites. Is this at all a possibility for SpoFi?
posted by qbert72 to feature requests at 12:06 AM on October 17 - 20 comments
Fantasy Hockey anyone?: Yahoo! has opened registration for hockey leagues a couple of days ago. Who will start a SpoFi league? Not me, since I'm taking a break from fantasy sports this winter. But SpoFi still needs to see another edition of the battle royale between Weedy and grum (and new contenders) for fantasy hockey supremacy.
posted by qbert72 to fantasy at 09:10 AM on September 11 - 22 comments