FanDuel - WFBC

January 30, 2007

Happy slightly belated fifth birthday!: User #1 joined on Jan. 22nd, 2002, and invites to a broader public went out on Jan. 29th, 2002 (users 12-48.) Yay us! (Thanks to Ufez for pointing it out.)

posted by tieguy to navel gazing at 06:50 AM - 103 comments

Had I but known, I would have baked a cake. Happy birthday SpoFi!

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:56 AM on January 30

We can extend the anniversary party. Today is #61's Tomorrow is #62's Yay us! It's amazing how few of those early signups are still active members if you look around in there.

posted by YukonGold at 08:28 AM on January 30

Damn. I'm just over two years. But what I lack in experience I more than make up for in enthusiasm.

posted by hawkguy at 08:43 AM on January 30

I'd sing "Happy Birthday" to myself, but my cubemates would probably wonder about the tears. And the ASCAP people would only make it worse.

posted by yerfatma at 09:00 AM on January 30

Happy Birthday, SoFi! My fifth isn't until May.

posted by scully at 09:01 AM on January 30

Birthday? Anniversary? Happy 5th.......... Tiger Woods Kerry Wood John Wooden

posted by smithers at 11:36 AM on January 30

I expect something tasteful in linen on March 23.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:38 AM on January 30

Birthday? Anniversary? What's a year worth in web years? A dog is seven, the web has to be something like that.

posted by YukonGold at 12:47 PM on January 30

Wow, I've been here five years? It feels like it's been... well, five years. Five years in web time feels like 75-80 years in Gregorian time. Like, Spofi went live in the roaring 20's, and it's now an institution, where we all belong.

posted by chicobangs at 12:57 PM on January 30

A web year is obviously 111 years.

posted by apoch at 12:59 PM on January 30

Five years! We're old school like short shorts and tall 'fros in the NBA.

posted by rcade at 06:45 PM on January 30

Well, might as well once again note that I'd still like to reclaim this account, what with its low number, and merge it with my current account's posting history. I've offered my decent tech services to help, since it should mostly be a matter of change all instances of posts/comments from user ID 599 to userid 15. Also, because I like to dwell on the past, I was invited to be part of the original founding Pantheon of SpoFi when it was just an idea on Metafilter. Ah, but for want of a spare $100 I let limitless fame, fortune, and the bevy of bountifully endowed buxom SpoFi groupies pass me by. Ack- now I need another drink....

posted by hincandenza at 06:49 PM on January 30

You just want to skip me in line, Hal. Sore loser. ;)

posted by tieguy at 09:24 PM on January 30

Very cool milestone. Here's to fifty more!

posted by vito90 at 09:49 PM on January 30

As if I needed another excuse to drink too much beer. Happy birthday SpoFi.

posted by squealy at 05:27 AM on January 31

I'd still like to reclaim this account SpoFi is probably like The Godfather. If you can get its daughter married you'll be able to ask for anything on her wedding day.

posted by YukonGold at 07:51 AM on January 31

Congrats on your success - all those involved in the brith of this magnificent collection of nitpickers, obssessors, and online comedians. It's my favorite site. That's for damn sure.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:10 AM on January 31

Yukon, who is the daughter?

posted by apoch at 09:24 AM on January 31

Congratulations! Yeah, and what Weedy said.

posted by yzelda4045 at 09:55 AM on January 31

My SpoFi anniversary is on Valentines Day. I made it easier for you so you didn't have to buy two presents. You're welcome.

posted by jerseygirl at 09:55 AM on January 31

Congratulations! And what Weedy said.

posted by yzelda4045 at 09:55 AM on January 31

Sorry for the double posting, PC is doing interesting things here.

posted by yzelda4045 at 09:56 AM on January 31

I made it easier for you so you didn't have to buy two presents. I'm breaking up with you. There, now I don't even have to buy one present.

posted by MrFrisby at 10:18 AM on January 31

Oh, we were together?

posted by jerseygirl at 10:29 AM on January 31

... but I thought that we might.... You know... Maybe there was a chance for us to.... Slut.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 11:00 AM on January 31

Y'all better back off my woman, before I have to go all Carmelo Anthony on your ass. That's right, I'll administer a blistering open-handed slap to the face, then run like hell.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:24 AM on January 31

We're gonna need to form a single file line and have resumes in word or pdf format before we start any matchmaking.

posted by YukonGold at 11:31 AM on January 31

Is it ok if my Qualifications section consists entirely of measurements without any context?

posted by yerfatma at 12:17 PM on January 31

I always wondered how many inches were in a rod.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:05 PM on January 31

Upon review, my 5-yr is on May31. Seeing as my nick includes "2002", I shoulda been more aware of this. I also didn't realize the site itself was only 5 years old. Thanks for the reminder, tieguy! And Happy 5, SpoFive!

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:10 PM on January 31

Should we feel bad that jerseygirl spent Valentine's Day signing up for sportsfilter?

posted by SummersEve at 02:00 PM on January 31

No, because I was at work.

posted by jerseygirl at 02:11 PM on January 31

That's not very romantic.

posted by yerfatma at 03:48 PM on January 31

Do you suppose any of us will actually grow up?

posted by Fat Buddha at 03:48 PM on January 31

We're only 5. There's plenty of time for growing up. Poophead.

posted by jerseygirl at 03:53 PM on January 31

I always wondered how many inches were in a rod. It depends on how much you exaggerate. Do you suppose any of us will actually grow up? Lord, I hope not!!!

posted by Howard_T at 04:06 PM on January 31

We're gonna need to form a single file line and have resumes in word or pdf format before we start any matchmaking. Spofidate. We should probably wait until the cd swap is completely done to start this endeavor. If you need a gift idea, jg likes puppies.

posted by tron7 at 05:33 PM on January 31

Spofi may not be a total sausage party, but I gotta say, a Spofidate concept would provide a bit of a slanted table, especially for those of youse guys who aren't as pretty as me. But then again, who is, really. I ask you. Don't answer that.

posted by chicobangs at 05:42 PM on January 31

We could recruit.

posted by tron7 at 05:51 PM on January 31

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

Spofidate. We should probably wait until the cd swap is completely done to start this endeavor. I thought SpoFiWifeSwap was next. Can I please see a calendar in advance next time? My Five Year anniversarry falls on Super Bowl Sunday. How serendipitous.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:28 PM on January 31

We could recruit. Ew no.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 08:18 PM on January 31

Heck, I wish I could say when I knew ye. Who are you, anyway? I don't think wc2k2 does the interview thing any more. Sorry.

posted by LionIndex at 08:24 PM on January 31

Good news, I did not get blown up by a Mooninite.

posted by jerseygirl at 09:20 AM on February 01

I miss the interviews.

posted by rocketman at 09:23 AM on February 01

Good news, I did not get blown up by a Mooninite. Everyone knows mooninites don't use explosives, they use Quad-Lasers. ----- When I call your name, please say "here" and we'll assume the word "here" to be short for "here I am, rock you like a hurricane."

posted by YukonGold at 09:34 AM on February 01

You do as The Scorpions before you!

posted by jerseygirl at 09:47 AM on February 01

JG - that whole ATHF stunt-fallout has brought me great joy. "Geez Tom, what is that fahking thing under the fahking bridge?" "Holy shit, Mike - it's a fahking Lite-Brite... WE'RE UNDER ATTACK!!"

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 10:27 AM on February 01

Wires apparently mean 'BOMB' to most Baustonians.

posted by garfield at 11:13 AM on February 01

Incorrect. "BOMB" means "inebriated". "Wires" would be the opening to a sentence like "Wires always fahking 'round?"

posted by yerfatma at 11:20 AM on February 01

What would battery be in the baustonian lexicon? That battery lite beeh, I'm on a fahking diet?

posted by apoch at 11:25 AM on February 01

It's something you throw at Yankees. De Sell.

posted by yerfatma at 01:53 PM on February 01

"Geez Tom, what is that fahking thing under the fahking bridge?" "Holy shit, Mike - it's a fahking Lite-Brite... WE'RE UNDER ATTACK!!" Did you hear about the news conference, where only questions about 70's hairstyles would be accepted? Great joy!

In a news conference, Rich told reporters he had advised his clients not to discuss the incident. Stevens and Berdovsky took the podium and said they were taking questions only about haircuts in the 1970s. When a reporter accused them of not taking the situation seriously, Stevens responded, Were taking it very seriously. Asked another question about the case, Stevens reiterated they were answering questions only about hair and accused the reporter of not taking him and Berdovsky seriously. Reporters did not relent and as they continued, Berdovsky disregarded their queries, saying, Thats not a hair question. Im sorry.

posted by dusted at 01:55 PM on February 01

That conference seems fitting to me. Seriously, it's people who not only watch too much TV - but believe what they see. They would see a monitor and display with blinking lights and wires and imagine it's a bomb. Why, that's what they look like on 24... Except for the whole giving the finger part. Nation of idiots, unite. Though I noticed the 15 other cities didn't quite have the same reaction.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:57 PM on February 01

My first thoughts too, Weedy, (well, second to "Oh my god, Space Invaders!"). It's like old Batman episodes where the bomb said "BOMB". I'm no expert, but I would guess these kind of things come a little more incognito. In Philadelphia there was no reaction because most people didn't have an opinion. Apparently the local media folk didn't have time to give them one.

posted by SummersEve at 03:53 PM on February 01

Though I noticed the 15 other cities didn't quite have the same reaction. There's no evidence that officials in 15 other cities noticed they were there, and even less evidence that, had they noticed them, they would have reacted any differently.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 03:53 PM on February 01

Boston looks silly now, in hindsight, but I can understand why crudely put together devices with wires and a battery pack stuck to the underside of bridges and overpasses, near medical centers and on infrastructure with an LED setup of a menacing looking figure would raise eyebrows. Most people don't know what ATHF is, and Err sure isn't a recognizable character. Combine it all together and I can see where people could think it was something.

posted by jerseygirl at 04:00 PM on February 01

I do enjoy a run-on sentence in the late afternoon.

posted by jerseygirl at 04:01 PM on February 01

There's no evidence that officials in 15 other cities noticed they were there, and even less evidence that, had they noticed them, they would have reacted any differently. Didn't the article say in both Seattle and NY they were removed without incident? I mean, on one hand - you've got something with wires, batteries and a display. Of course, on the other hand, you've got a Lite Brite. Also, possibly a cell phone, PSP, remote control... Shit - don't drop your purse in a public space, they'd have to blow it up with a half-million dollar robot and 24 hours of news coverage. But, sure, hey - panic in the streets. Why not. I'd be scared - apparently these things giving the finger are from THE MOON. Really though - I imagine there are other ways of handling these things rather than simply calling in the Coast Guard, or whatever. We act like erring on the side of caution these days means declaring martial law. Doesn't make me feel safe. More like the contrary.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 04:16 PM on February 01

Haircuts from the 70's

posted by dusted at 04:22 PM on February 01

These things don't look like the Lite Brites I remember. They used to be the size of a small picture tube television. When did they go flat panel?

posted by MrFrisby at 04:34 PM on February 01

We were locked down in my building the other day because someone left a suspicious package in the bathroom. It was a thermos. If a terrorist was going to place bombs all over Boston, I seriously doubt they would have placed them in highly visible locations and made them look like Lite Brites. Common sense never enters the picture when dealing with these things. Everyone immediately skips common sense and goes straight to alarm mode.

posted by bperk at 04:53 PM on February 01

dusted: HFSNW. Kudos to those who refuse to be afraid. mrfrisby: recently.

posted by tieguy at 05:02 PM on February 01

I had a lite brite. I'm also somewhat color blind. Put that together with the fact that the thing had a habit of tipping over and I learned to dislike the thing.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:02 PM on February 01

Everyone immediately skips common sense and goes straight to alarm mode. Including you, huh?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 06:53 PM on February 01

Que? Why are claws the first response, kitty?

posted by yerfatma at 08:12 PM on February 01

Off topic: BullpenPro has been retired. I had to make a change, due largely to the fact that my poorly selected username's profile was out-Googling my own website. We'll go with this one until I tire of being called crafty, a souse, or a fire engine chaser. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. And for those of you who would just as soon forget BullpenPro, well, now you can. Sort of.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 11:26 PM on February 01

Should have used the Ron Mexico name generator for a new nickname, dude. ;)

posted by tieguy at 11:59 PM on February 01

No shit. Why do I give you these tools if you're not going to use them?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:12 AM on February 02

Wow, Bpp, 3850 to 15952. That sucks.

posted by hawkguy at 05:33 AM on February 02

Welcome to the 5-digit club, BPP TCS!

posted by MrFrisby at 07:46 AM on February 02

I'd change my tag - but really don't want to give up my member #. Sad, really, but I like being of the first 1000.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:59 AM on February 02

So, because Souse mentioned googling his username, I googled mine. I found the football predictions from Sept. Chico correctly picked the Super Bowl teams. I should also mention that Holden did as well, but not until after Week 1.

posted by bperk at 08:49 AM on February 02

I did? Holy shit, I did. Well, that's a first. Thank you for not mentioning that my other 23957826345 predictions fell flatter than the back half of Nicole Richie's Oscar dress. (Oh, Stephen A. Smith's show got cancelled. So that's two. Hey, sell the back forty, ma, I'm the next Jeane Dixon!)

posted by chicobangs at 09:33 AM on February 02

If a terrorist was going to place bombs all over Boston, I seriously doubt they would have placed them in highly visible locations and made them look like Lite Brites. bperk, do a little "what if" here. If I wanted to make sure a bomb were not discovered, I would do exactly what happened here, and I would also put in a 911 call to make sure that the emergency response teams were running all over the city. In the meantime I would plant a couple of real devices in innocuous looking packages where they would do a great deal of harm. Next week I am checking into a rehab facility to get over my addiction to 24.

posted by Howard_T at 10:14 AM on February 02

Chico, you also guessed that the Jets would be second in the AFC East, that the Cardinals would be 5-11, that the Cowboys would lose their first playoff game, and that Parcells would leave at the end of the season. Your awesome skills are uncanny.

posted by bperk at 10:53 AM on February 02

SousePro needs a bigger shirt. But not quite as badly as the guy behind him.

posted by SummersEve at 11:20 AM on February 02

I'd change my tag - but really don't want to give up my member #. Sad, really, but I like being of the first 1000. posted by WeedyMcSmokey The original moniquer WeedyMcsmoky will still exist wont it? So you could keep the first one hundred account as well as a new nic with a biggie number. I think anyway.

posted by Folkways at 12:39 PM on February 02

But not quite as badly as the guy behind him. I just assumed that username had already been taken, or I would have been all over it. Lucky guy. (This post was amended using the "Edit" feature. Awesome.)

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 12:58 PM on February 02

Oh, Folkways, you know that the lower the number, the more gravitas that user's words are given, and the more respect is to afforded to them in every -- oh look, apples!

posted by chicobangs at 02:19 PM on February 02

Oh, Folkways, you know that the lower the number, the more gravitas that user's words are given, and the more respect is to afforded to them in every -- oh look, apples! Plus, you get to have a SpoFi t-shirt, you don't need a friggin' cape.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 02:40 PM on February 02

Do you remember Thunderhead? Tall, storm powers? Nice man, good with kids. NOVEMBER 15th of '58! All was well, another day saved, when... his cape snagged on a missile fin. STRATOGALE! April 23rd, '57. Cape caught in a jet turbine! META MAN! EXPRESS ELEVATOR! DYNAGUY! SNAG ON TAKEOFF! SPLASHDOWN! SUCKED INTO A VORTEX! NO CAPES!

posted by MrFrisby at 02:51 PM on February 02

Those of us down here in the teens don't get distracted by apples.

posted by tieguy at 03:26 PM on February 02

I've been using the Jedi mind trick to get people to join the five-digit club. Obi Wan did say it'll only work on the weak-minded.

posted by SummersEve at 04:07 PM on February 02

But tieguy, apples are delicious! (and we joined on the same day, so don't get all hooty-snooty-patootie just because I was actually doing my job that day and didn't sign up until that evening, you slacker.)

posted by chicobangs at 04:22 PM on February 02

I couldn't bring myself to change to a new user. I take pride in my 1500 or so total comments.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:26 PM on February 02

Good Lord, I can't get used to BullPenPro's new screen name. In retribution, I'm going to randomly insert his name into threads as to continue the google hits on his name.

posted by hawkguy at 04:31 PM on February 02

Please I'm still getting used to MrFrisby. Everytime he posts I think, "he sure seems nice and friendly like he knows all of us..."

posted by jerseygirl at 05:16 PM on February 02

Is BP's boss at Pink's ready to fire him for publicly stating Nathan's is better too?

posted by YukonGold at 05:25 PM on February 02

posted by yerfatma at 05:35 PM on February 02

topjimmy's failing a drug test comment was deleted. He's cool with Paris puking.

posted by jerseygirl at 05:45 PM on February 02

He should have studied more. A little pratice toking and he would have passed.

posted by yerfatma at 06:17 PM on February 02

I'm still getting used to MrFrisby. From a skate rat to a, well, RAT rat.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:43 PM on February 02

topjimmy's failing a drug test comment was deleted. Shit. I had my money on the hot dog thing.

posted by YukonGold at 08:22 PM on February 02

chico: blahblahblah ;) (And I agree apples are delicious.) (Especially when they are American apple pies, with a crust made of the sugar of civil liberty and the flour of equal justice for all.) (God I miss fafblog.)

posted by tieguy at 08:57 PM on February 02

From a skate rat to a, well, RAT rat. Jonathan Frisby was actually a very smart rat. Not as smart as Nicodemus, but smart none the less.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:59 PM on February 02

Was Nicodemus the chick from Big Brother with the green hair and the even-lamer brother from Kentucky?

posted by yerfatma at 09:59 PM on February 02

Not as smart as Nicodemus, but smart none the less. yeah, well nicodemus was no roland.

posted by goddam at 10:37 PM on February 02

Jonathan Frisby was actually a very smart rat mouse. Nicodemus couldn't have been that smart. He should have known better than to walk under that cement block being hoisted in to the air. That's like OSHA rule #1.

posted by MrFrisby at 10:55 PM on February 02

Note: Nicodemus is not to be confused with this guy.

posted by chicobangs at 12:33 AM on February 03

I'm getting all misty eyed about this but HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY SpoFi and many more.

posted by BornIcon at 08:25 AM on February 15

One time I said something really dumb on sportsfilter. Well, lots of times probably. But one time, I was so ashamed that I had to change my name to Bill Lumbergh so as to totally disassociate myself from my former self. I've been doing better as Bill Lumbergh. Wish I could do that in real life sometimes.

posted by Bill Lumbergh at 10:25 AM on February 16

Me too, Bill. Me too... I've been a member here since 2002. Have posted a grand total of two stories. Both of which were in the last six months or so. Though I plan on doing more very soon.

posted by Drood at 02:37 AM on February 24

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