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January 25, 2010

SportsFilter Turns 8: Sunday was the eighth birthday of SportsFilter. Accomplishments of the past year include the server move, the de-redesign (to the way things were in the first place), our collective rediscovery of profanity and the time SportsFilter's admins were thisclose to banning each other. Don't make me sorry I reconsidered, Gary!

posted by rcade to navel gazing at 03:08 PM - 43 comments

Congrats!

posted by mathowie at 03:18 PM on January 25

Sweet lord, that's much longer than I'd ever intended to hang out here. I guess something's going right.

But how could you not list The Huddle as a notable, uh, thing, of the last year? I was pretty skeptical, but it's turned out better than I could've foreseen.

Is it too early to start nominating folks for the Tenth Anniversary Party Committee?

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:26 PM on January 25

Nice to see Mathowie in here. The first post on this site is actually the second, but the first by Matt was deleted. Here it is, in its entirety, for SportsFilter completists: "foo: foo."

posted by rcade at 03:45 PM on January 25

So how long is 8 in dog SpoFi years? I've been here for almost half that time, and I've thoroughly enjoyed (almost) every minute of it.

posted by Howard_T at 05:01 PM on January 25

Wow, I didn't even realize I'd been here for four and a half of those eight years, and/or that I joined this site when I was a sophomore in high school. Cool. It's been a blast, and I figure it will continue to be so. Cake all around.

posted by boredom_08 at 05:29 PM on January 25

Happy Birthday to us.

Member since 2004. As you can see, my antipodean membership drive has worked wonders in that time.

posted by owlhouse at 06:13 PM on January 25

Thanks guys for everything.

posted by apoch at 06:31 PM on January 25

Happy Birthday, Sportsfilter. Why, it seems like only yesterday that you were crapping your drawers and making us wipe your arse.

Seriously. Yesterday.

posted by THX-1138 at 07:08 PM on January 25

This is the one site that makes me wish I had a boring office job so I could spend more time here.

Happy birthday. Does this mean we're arbitration eligible?

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:50 PM on January 25

How old is SpoFi?

Terrell Owens was playing in San Francisco when SpoFi started up.

posted by grum@work at 09:10 PM on January 25

How old is SpoFi?

Holy shit - how long have I been using this ridiculous username? Yep - coming on seven glorious years.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:40 PM on January 25

It doesn't sound as if Jaycee Dugard got to see SportsFilter.

New posts on all the hot sports-related topics of the day were not available to her from June 10, 1991 until Aug. 31 of this year.

She never saw a Barry Bonds thread get derailed. Never got to vie for the Costanza in a fantasy league. Probably hasn't LOLLERSKATED in a while.

She was not allowed to call Weedy a moron. Or act out in mock outrage over the steroid brouhaha with "what about the children" handwringing. Or offend someone with coarse language. Or wonder what the hell some fella from Australia was doing (virtually) hanging out with all these crass Americans and Canadians without them ever busting out a "You All Live in a Convict Colony" singalong.

Now, that's deprivation.

posted by holden at 11:03 PM on January 25

how long have I been using this ridiculous username? Yep - coming on seven glorious years.

Hey! I just got it. Happy birthday to my favorite break from the drolleries of a legal education.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:04 PM on January 25

It's been four years and counting for me.

Although I prefer to not look back at my first 1000 or so comments. I sounded pretty damn stupid in some most of them.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:48 AM on January 26

Wow, I've been here for seven years? Incredible. Thanks to all of the pantheon, admins and fellow spofites... you've made this into a fantastic place.

posted by dusted at 02:31 AM on January 26

Happy birthday, bitches! WOOOOOOOO!!!11!!1!!

Although I prefer to not look back at my first 1000 or so comments. I sounded pretty damn stupid in some most of them.

Yeah, that was pretty much my main reason for changing my username. Well not really, but it was one of the perks.

posted by MrFrisby at 02:40 AM on January 26

I've been here for most of those eight years. Sorry for stinkin' the place up all this time.
I found this place through an ad at Metafilter. So blame them for my presence here.

posted by NoMich at 06:56 AM on January 26

This is the one site that makes me wish I had a boring office job so I could spend more time here. I resemble that remark.

What user number are we on? I joined five years ago, and I was 1395.

posted by bperk at 07:26 AM on January 26

From the front page: Members: 17355

posted by NoMich at 08:04 AM on January 26

Happy Birthday to us! Thanks for increasing my knowledge of sports!!

posted by yzelda4045 at 08:36 AM on January 26

Thanks guys for everything.

Yeah, that.

posted by tommytrump at 09:32 AM on January 26

Thanks guys for everything.

Agreed.

posted by yerfatma at 02:56 PM on January 26

Don't make me sorry I reconsidered, Gary!

Don't tempt me java boy.

Honestly, rcade should get a ton of credit. Without his work behind the scences and his 1,234 links sportsfilter would be celebrating 8 years on a godaddy landing page.

posted by justgary at 06:02 PM on January 26

Just out of curiosity, are the ads enough to completely cover the costs of running this place? If the question is not out of bounds, that is.

posted by NoMich at 06:13 PM on January 26

rcade should post no more links (1234) and consider retiring from commenting once he hits 5678 comments and see if the world explodes.

posted by holden at 06:18 PM on January 26

Happy anniversary. Hard to believe I've been here longer than most of the people that have already commented. Thanks for keeping us marginally sane these past 8 years, and here's to many more...

posted by MeatSaber at 07:15 PM on January 26

Happy Birthday, Sportsfilter!

Although I prefer to not look back at my first 1000 or so comments. I sounded pretty damn stupid in some most of them.

I feel as though I am setting a new standard for stupid comments. Maybe I'll go for 2000. They just sound so good prior to typing them, then boom, a whole paragraph of stupid.

This party is stupid and I'm not having any cake.

posted by BoKnows at 08:55 PM on January 26

Just out of curiosity, are the ads enough to completely cover the costs of running this place?

We break even. We lost a little money last year while paying for the old server and new server at the same time, but the costs are down now.

posted by rcade at 10:05 PM on January 26

I spent a day at the Australian Open last week, however the woman I was with wouldn't let me take my "Beat Her Like a Strumpet" sign.

Still have my SpoFi t-shirt, though.

posted by owlhouse at 10:54 PM on January 26

Although I prefer to not look back at my first 1000 or so comments. I sounded pretty damn stupid in some most of them.

I just took a stroll through my early work as well, and I can say unequivocally that I was a goddamn genius then, and I'm a goddamn genius now.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 11:44 PM on January 26

OK, OK, so it's been 8 years, but, I mean, why change it? It's working, isn't it? I'm not against the idea of marriage per se, I just don't see why we should risk what we've got now in the pursuit of something that might not even be as good as this.

The tenth anniversary falls in an Olympic year. We should do something in London.

posted by JJ at 08:41 AM on January 27

The tenth anniversary falls in an Olympic year. We should do something in London.

Face punching?

posted by NoMich at 08:44 AM on January 27

My only regret on SpoFi?
Not waiting a couple more weeks before writing this column.

That last line is a doozy...

posted by grum@work at 08:52 AM on January 27

My biggest regret on SpoFi (and only because yerfatma has so kindly chronicled this on his user page for all to see in perpetuity):

I'm not so sure that Lester will be anything other than a league average pitcher going forward . . . he may not even be better than Anibal Sanchez.

What I meant to say was:

I'm not so pretty sure that Lester will be anything other than a league average a Cy Young contending, or strong number two (at worst), pitcher going forward . . . and that he may not even be better than Anibal Sanchez will probably struggle with injuries and not have half the stuff or success of Lester.

And oh yes, I am obviously not a scout.

Favorite moment on SportsFilter probably had to be to the vulgar front page post dealing with figure skater Arakawa in the last Winter Games. The SpoFi equivalent of Funkhouser's joke in the penultimate episode of this last season of Curb Your Enthusiasm in terms of unexpectedness and content.

posted by holden at 09:11 AM on January 27

WHERE'S MY LOCKERROOM INTERVIEW from 2005 !!!!!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!

ahem

I can host the 10th anniversary party, but everyone needs to bring their own tent.

posted by scully at 09:54 AM on January 27

Jesus Christ, I've been here for almost the whole thing

posted by jerseygirl at 11:02 AM on January 27

Jesus Christ: He's been here for almost the whole thing.

posted by JJ at 12:15 PM on January 27

WHERE'S MY LOCKERROOM INTERVIEW from 2005 !!!!!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!

It's burned into all of our hearts, terrapin.

posted by JJ at 12:16 PM on January 27

Dude, that's a heart attack that you're having!

posted by NoMich at 12:36 PM on January 27

One of my first comments on the site is about Football Manager. I like to play the game and I like to write nonsense about how it's going. (In my current game I just got the Sport Recife job in Brazil, thank you for asking.)

Anyway, the gratuitous self link in that post in 2004 pointed at a forum which contained tales of derring do about my time in charge of Vertikal Kalinkovichi in Belorussia.

In 2010 it points to a site about public nudity in Canada.

[NSFW : Site contains alleged Canadians and actual nudity.]

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:35 AM on January 29

Wow...hard to believe I've been hanging out here for nine years!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:40 AM on February 01

Must've been awfully lonely that first year...

posted by MeatSaber at 06:50 PM on February 02

Yeah, but I'm a trailblazer, so I'm used to it.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:42 AM on February 03

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