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April 26, 2012 1:25 PM   Subscribe

Maybe I'm just smarting because I was in the midst of composing a thoughtful comment when this thread got shut down.

Or maybe I feel like when I posted about hockey I got a lot of "why do we care". But when this thread about football is okay but that first one about hockey isn't, I'm starting to wonder.
posted by lumpenprole to Etiquette/Policy at 1:25 PM (97 comments total)

All else aside, the thread today was someone compiling their own spreadsheet to post their argument about their opinion about something to the front page of Metafilter. The problem with it was not hockey, it was with needing to get their own blog.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:26 PM on April 26, 2012 [7 favorites]


> but that first one about hockey isn't, I'm starting to wonder.

Did you read the deletion reason? I doubt there is an anti-hockey bias going on here.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:27 PM on April 26, 2012


Eh I think it's cause the OP posted a link to something they disagreed with, just so they could tear it apart. I agree that that's your-own-blog material.
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:27 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


I did read it. I guess I felt like that the stuff compiled in the link as a reference to the NPR link and the study wasn't necessarily a bad thing. But I defer to cortex, obviously.
posted by lumpenprole at 1:29 PM on April 26, 2012


I think the problem with that thread was that the real meat of the story is paywalled, and the rest is just original info -- which isn't okay -- meant to rebut said paywalled meat. There was a really epic post about soccer a few years ago with a ton of YouTube video examples and so on, but, IIRC, the main link it revolved around was paywalled as well and it got canned, too.

As far as the gripers, it's almost inevitable that sports threads bring out the folks carrying a load of baggage marked PROPERTY OF JFK HIGH SCHOOL PHYS ED. DEPT.
posted by griphus at 1:30 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Your favorite team sport sucks.
posted by Trurl at 1:32 PM on April 26, 2012


Baseball is a tradition. Football is a ritual. Basketball is an innovation. What the hell is hockey??
posted by grog at 1:40 PM on April 26, 2012


Baseball leads to football, football leads to basketball, basketball leads to hockey, and hockey leads to suffering.
posted by hellojed at 1:42 PM on April 26, 2012 [16 favorites]


football football football tennis hockey golf
posted by michaelh at 1:46 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm totally into the various politics and prejudices of sports officiating especially w/r/t interactions with race (in fact, I often think I am the only person to be skulking around with my Marxist hat and glasses on in discussions about, like, the standardization of strike zones and defenseless receivers, except for maybe Dave Zirin?), and there is totally a good post to be made about penalty minutes in the NHL right now (Shea Weber! Raffi Torres! WHITHER THE SHANABAN?!), but this was a link to a bad study behind a paywall and some back-of-the-envelope wiki research below the fold, dude, come on. If you make your own hockey penalty post, I'll come talk in it (what a prize!), even.
posted by Snarl Furillo at 1:47 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Is anyone in the penalty box down here?
posted by davejay at 1:48 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wait for the payoff...
posted by Burhanistan at 1:48 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's a fine discussion to have, but "here's a pile of numbers to assert the opposite of my link" is kind of what GYOB is for.
posted by Plutor at 1:48 PM on April 26, 2012


Seems like a good deletion, though the NPR article is interesting to me as a hockey fan. They also mention that a similar study was done in the NFL, with similar results.

But yeah, having made a few hockey posts to the front page, there's inevitably a few people who feel the need to come in and make a lolhockey joke.

(Shea Weber! Raffi Torres! WHITHER THE SHANABAN?!)

May I present to you: Behind the scenes at the Raffi Torres suspension hearing
posted by mannequito at 1:50 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is the best commentary on sports commentary I know.

Football, football, endless football!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 1:51 PM on April 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


Also your whole "Kovalchoke" spin looks silly in retrospect.
posted by inigo2 at 1:54 PM on April 26, 2012


"Every kick of it massively mattering to someone, presumably!"
posted by Sidhedevil at 1:54 PM on April 26, 2012


Somebody needs to make a good post about the Shanabans and the head-hitting rules and Shanny's explanation videos so that I can complain about the slap-on-the-wrist that Shea Weber got. Because seriously, wtf?
posted by specialagentwebb at 1:59 PM on April 26, 2012


I agree that this is a good deletion reason and that you must be smarting from for other reasons unrelated to this post (be it the sports connection or the comment you didn't get to make), so I should be 'meh' about this callout.

But whenever somebody says "GYOB", for a second, I always thinking that it's some sort of weird Arrested Development reference I don't remember until I remember what it stands for. And for some reason, my stupidity makes me happy. So in the end, I'm all for this call out.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:05 PM on April 26, 2012


What the hell is hockey??

It's the goddamn nation religion of Canada, that's what it is. And I'm a non-believer... I'll say it: I do not care to watch hockey, talk about hockey, hear about hockey, or, most of all see the stupid flags people fly from their cars during playoff time.

Even though I haven't said anything nasty about the game itself, saying these thoughts aloud will generating menacing stares in Canada.

And now my eldest son has become a convert. Thank god the Pens are out of the series, thank god the Canucks are out of the series (and likely won't be in another series for a good long time).

I can now go back to contemplating baseball, a wholly more refined, intellectual sport where no one cares one lick if you say you hate or love it.
posted by KokuRyu at 2:07 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


A deletion reason named Gyawbh.
posted by griphus at 2:08 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


That Shea Weber thing and similar actions are why hockey has no place in my sports interests. That kind of crap is tolerated and even supported. Gross.

Regardless, this was a good deletion. Poster should have put that in a blog entry.
posted by batmonkey at 2:09 PM on April 26, 2012


As far as the gripers, [...]
posted by griphus at 15:30 on April 26 [+] [!]


Griphus please do not use the word 'gripers' in this exact position of your comments anymore because it gives me a headache.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:10 PM on April 26, 2012 [5 favorites]


What KokuRyu said ... and I played the stupid game for 12 years.

Actually, let's be clear. I do still love the game. I've just come to hate the savage hash that the combined forces of Canadian National Assholism and whoever's guiding the NHL have made of its major league.

That said, it's nice to see that Bruins are out of the playoffs now.
posted by philip-random at 2:25 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I see that deletion as pretty clearly about too much original content in the post, and not at all about hockey.
posted by OmieWise at 2:31 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


I made a hockey FPP once and it seemed to go okay, even though I don't give a fuck about hockey. Maybe that's the trick to successful hockey posts.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 2:43 PM on April 26, 2012


I made a hockey FPP once and it seemed to go okay, even though I don't give a fuck about hockey. Maybe that's the trick to successful hockey posts

Actually, you have to make three successful hockey posts to earn a trick.
posted by Atreides at 2:45 PM on April 26, 2012 [17 favorites]


I agree with the deletion, but one of the weird quirks of MetaFilter is that I'm pretty sure if you cut everything from "Except when they're not..." and reposted it as a comment inside the thread, instead of as part of the FPP itself, then the thread wouldn't have been deleted.
posted by cribcage at 2:49 PM on April 26, 2012


Nothing to do with anything other than hockey, but this was one of the most awesome moments of the playoffs so far:

Holtby stares him down
posted by never used baby shoes at 2:52 PM on April 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


I made a hockey FPP once and it seemed to go okay, even though I don't give a fuck about hockey

That wasn't about hockey. That was about super refined perception and mastery variable placement.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:53 PM on April 26, 2012


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posted by Burhanistan at 2:53 PM on April 26, 2012


What the hell is hockey? It's the natural evolution of both Canada's and the United States' only surviving indigenous sport. Baseball? Football? Please. Hockey was played here long before Europeans ever arrived, though it is possible people of the First Nations saw Vikings playing something similar and they worked on it together. Hockey is America's heritage sport.
posted by Toekneesan at 2:56 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


That would be lacrosse - hockey and basketball are derived from that sport.
posted by KokuRyu at 2:58 PM on April 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


Five minutes in the grey for all of you!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:13 PM on April 26, 2012


I'm pretty sure if you cut everything from "Except when they're not..." and reposted it as a comment inside the thread, instead of as part of the FPP itself, then the thread wouldn't have been deleted.

Well maybe. Except if you did that or anyone else they'd be copying the data that wensink put in the post which was basically either original research or in the paywalled article (I couldn't see the paywalled article) and is, unfortunately, the third "This seems a little GYOB-ish" deletion for this poster. I thought it was an interesting NPR bit but the rest of it pushed it into something that is more personal and maybe not really right for MeFi. I mean we're not Wikipedia so there isn't strictly a "No original research" moratorium here, but I did get the feeling that the bulk of the post wasn't "something cool you found on the internet" but a lot more like "here are my thoughts regarding this story and this paywalled article" which is less great.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:15 PM on April 26, 2012


If you'd still like to talk about it, the same stuff is now posted over at SportsFilter.
posted by LionIndex at 3:18 PM on April 26, 2012


Well lumpenprole, some of my best work here also ends up on the deletion room floor like that. You are not alone.
posted by Danf at 3:24 PM on April 26, 2012


Baseball is a tradition. Football is a ritual. Basketball is an innovation. What the hell is hockey??

Jesus, it's not American, that's what. Some days Metafilter makes The Family Guy look like the BBC World Service.
posted by GuyZero at 3:26 PM on April 26, 2012 [6 favorites]


And Hockey Fans are so classy. (Although I must note these are mostly Boston Hockey Fans, not real Hockey Canadians)
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:52 PM on April 26, 2012


Toekneesan, there are a bunch of lacrosse players here to have a word with you, and I think they're a bit angry. Go out the back if you can.
posted by Sidhedevil at 4:06 PM on April 26, 2012


grog: "Baseball is a tradition. Football is a ritual. Basketball is an innovation. What the hell is hockey??"

Fun to watch.
posted by Splunge at 4:07 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm Ok with this deletion and I'm very OK with hockey, although I'm kinda glad the Canucks didn't make it through this year.
posted by arcticseal at 4:23 PM on April 26, 2012


What the hell is hockey?

Hockey is more regional than a lot of other sports. I grew up in New England where hockey was srs bzns. One of my neighbors went on to play for the Bruins and two of the guys I went to high school with were hockey Olympians. Kids where I live now in Vermont often go to hockey camp and we have a town rink that is maintained right along with the town baseball field and the town swimming pool. We sing hockey songs. Everyone owns skates. This has been true for friends of mine from Michigan and Wisconsin as well, but I guess it's a lot less prevalent in the south.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:24 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


And Hockey Fans are so classy.

Well, like I said, it's nice to see that the Bruins are out of the playoffs now.
posted by philip-random at 4:30 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I'm conflating lacrosse and hockey a bit to make a rhetorical point (natural evolution), but they are pretty closely related. And it does seem, to me anyway, much more North Americian than the so-called popular sports. Just trying to defend the only sport I was ever any good at from all the haters.
posted by Toekneesan at 4:55 PM on April 26, 2012


Lacrosse, Little Brother of War.
posted by gudrun at 4:55 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hey, stop blaming the Bruins for the Back Bay.
posted by lumpenprole at 5:05 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Baseball is a tradition. Football is a ritual. Basketball is an innovation. What the hell is hockey??

After reading all the answers here to that question, I have to conclude that it's a festival.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 5:16 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


grog: "Baseball is a tradition. Football is a ritual. Basketball is an innovation. What the hell is hockey??"

We just don't know.

No, wait, that's birds.
posted by ShawnStruck at 5:43 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have to conclude that it's a festival.

Of fighting!

No idea why it's not more popular here....
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:45 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


I will totally admit that lacrosse and hockey differ in the whole ice thing. Skating is clearly a new wrinkle. But I don't concede that it wasn't played on ice before Montreal brought skating to it. Also the two sports are both rooted in a warrior culture. And a cool curved stick.
posted by Toekneesan at 5:56 PM on April 26, 2012


Jessamyn- Bazinga!
posted by Splunge at 5:58 PM on April 26, 2012


Alvy Ampersand writes "I don't give a fuck about hockey"

I've never heard someone say that before.
posted by Mitheral at 6:14 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


I will totally admit that lacrosse and hockey differ in the whole ice thing. Skating is clearly a new wrinkle.

I think that's partially the answer to hockey's regionalism, too, btw. Half of the USA doesn't freeze in the winter, so there's nowhere to shinny. I would say the other half is how flipping expensive it is, both for individual players and for schools that have to insure a bunch of 15-year-olds trying to kill each other while traveling 157 (approx) miles per hour. I live in a place where everything does freeze, and my (poor) home county has no hockey culture, but the rich-ish county next door has mad hockey.
posted by Snarl Furillo at 6:15 PM on April 26, 2012


If we're talking hockey I gotta link to these old friends of mine. 123 the kids love the monkey....
posted by jonmc at 6:30 PM on April 26, 2012


I see your point, Snarl, but it depends entirely on whether skating is central to your frozen culture or not, because the fundamental cost is skates. Everything else is optional. Kids played ice hockey in the alley, the street, and at the community outdoor ice rinks where I grew up. (The ice rinks were the same patches of painted asphalt that served as the tennis and basketball courts in the summer.)
posted by gingerest at 6:33 PM on April 26, 2012


By "hockey" you guys mean ice hockey, right? Not proper hockey? I do wish you'd say so. You North Americans have such weird sports. I mean basketball... what the hell is that about? Is that something specially designed for ADHD people who throw a tantrum if the score doesn't change for more than fifteen seconds? Does it all have to be about constant, relentless over-stimulation? What is wrong with you people? No wonder you're all so lousy in bed. Except for my missus.
posted by Decani at 6:39 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


gingerest: "I see your point, Snarl, but it depends entirely on whether skating is central to your frozen culture or not, because the fundamental cost is skates. Everything else is optional. Kids played ice hockey in the alley, the street, and at the community outdoor ice rinks where I grew up. (The ice rinks were the same patches of painted asphalt that served as the tennis and basketball courts in the summer.)"

The puck was usually, but not always a roll of black electrical tape. The sticks were indeed hockey sticks, but usually worn down to the point that the blade was maybe an inch high. When a kid bought a new stick it was an amazing thing. he was then the goalie. Cause, big blade, ya know? And you know what else? A roll of electrical tape, propelled by a powerful point blank slap shot, could knock out a tooth.
posted by Splunge at 6:46 PM on April 26, 2012


By "hockey" you guys mean ice hockey, right? Not proper hockey? I do wish you'd say so.

I KNEW I WAS GOING TO GET A CHANCE TO TELL THIS STORY.

Scene: Snarl's workplace, a wretched hive of scum and villiany.

SNARL: You know field hockey is actually, like, the second most placed sport in the world? They just call it hockey everywhere else.
COWORKER: Why should I care about this?
SNARL: They play it on sand, makes the game fast as hell apparently. Incredibly compelling, violent as anything. Good stuff.
COWORKER: You know what makes it really good? When they play it on a flood plain, but in the winter, so the flood plain freezes, and then all the players strap sharpened knives to their feet and they hit a heavy flat rock instead of a bouncy ball. I hear that's popular a few places, too.
posted by Snarl Furillo at 6:47 PM on April 26, 2012 [12 favorites]


I love hockey! My best friend and I spent a lot of time in high school (in New Hampshire) going to college hockey games, sitting above the penalty box and mercilessly mocking the players who had to sit in it. Since we were 15-year-old girls, we were perhaps less intimidating to these college hockey players than they could have been, but I suppose we may have struck a different kind of fear into their hearts?
posted by ChuraChura at 6:47 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


I see your point, Snarl, but it depends entirely on whether skating is central to your frozen culture or not, because the fundamental cost is skates. Everything else is optional. Kids played ice hockey in the alley, the street, and at the community outdoor ice rinks where I grew up.

I'm just spitballing, I know it's more complicated than I'm making it out to be. There was always a lot of street hockey around my county, never much of an ice hockey culture, that's all.
posted by Snarl Furillo at 6:49 PM on April 26, 2012


By "hockey" you guys mean ice hockey, right? Not proper hockey?

Don't ask what he meant by "football" then.
posted by GuyZero at 6:55 PM on April 26, 2012


Oh, I don't actually disagree with you - like all kids' sports, it can be as expensive as poser parents want to make it, and - unlike basketball - the fundamental piece of equipment is not available for $3 at the dollar store.

I actually have no dog in this fight, because I'm not a sports person. (Not that there aren't sports I like less than others - any game that takes more than a calendar day is a lifestyle change, not a sport. Cricket, I would be looking at you except I fell into a coma yesterday during the first innings.)
posted by gingerest at 6:57 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have an Irish friend who says that ice hockey "is the hurley for little girls." He will say this to actual minor league hockey players, too. And then kick their asses at the hurley the next afternoon. That hurley shit is fucked up.
posted by Sidhedevil at 7:12 PM on April 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


You aren't going to believe this, but as a kid we played "hand hurley". My friend Gerard (Irish kid, duh) was a big hurley fan. We played it with a handball in my backyard. The point of the game seemed to be that you'd bounce a ball in your hand and Gerard would knock the shit out of you. It didn't catch on, for some reason.
posted by Splunge at 7:25 PM on April 26, 2012


It's called hurling. Calling it hurley is like calling ice hockey, "stick."

And I bet they transfer WAY better to hurling then he does to ice hockey. (It is a very fast sport though.)
posted by zephyr_words at 7:26 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


"I have an Irish friend who says that ice hockey "is the hurley for little girls." He will say this to actual minor league hockey players, too. And then kick their asses at the hurley the next afternoon. That hurley shit is fucked up."

How did he not get shirted and whaled on?
posted by klangklangston at 7:28 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


Is "shirted" like "pantsed"?
posted by gingerest at 7:55 PM on April 26, 2012


Yes, but with a dude's shirt.
posted by GuyZero at 8:00 PM on April 26, 2012


"Baseball is a tradition. Football is a ritual. Basketball is an innovation. What the hell is hockey??"

Of the four, hockey is the one you play with your friends down at the pond when the weather is just right.

Hockey is ... opportunity.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:01 PM on April 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


It's the traditional punishment for anyone foolish enough to enter a hockey arena while wearing a shirt for pants.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:02 PM on April 26, 2012


He's big. Also charming. Also, have you ever seen the hurley? It makes hockey look genteel.
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:04 PM on April 26, 2012


Thank you, zephyr_woods. I guess he is saying "the hurling" after all. My US ears are only capable of approximating his grand flow of words.
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:07 PM on April 26, 2012


My brother learned something about what to wear to hockey games. Specifically, don't wear an Islanders Suck shirt to an Islander game. He came home with a busted lip, bruises and one less shirt.
posted by Splunge at 8:16 PM on April 26, 2012


He said he had a great time.
posted by Splunge at 8:17 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Baseball is a tradition. Football is a ritual. Basketball is an innovation. What the hell is hockey??"

Hockey was the reason I lived and breathed and the worst day of my life was the day the doctor told me I could never play hockey again because I broke my femur playing fucking football of all things.

I wasn't even particularly good at it, and my parents could only afford shitty used and handmedown equipment - but damn if I didn't love the violence of the game.

Anyway, one Friday night I spent the night at my friend Alex's house. We farted around all night playing Atari and sneaking his stepdad's beers from the basement fridge. Alex fell asleep somewhere around 3, but I stayed up. Anyway, as dawn began to gather, I thought I'd go down to the river. It had been cold as hell that year, but no real snow yet - and that meant that part of the St. Louis river was smooth as glass. So I got my skates and set out.

I had never skated so fast in my life. Not being bound by the boards meant I could go just as fast as my legs would let me and in the brisk morning air, I was positively flying. I had gone 4-5 miles before I began to get cold and turned back; stopping just long enough to watch the sun come up over Spirit Lake and the small island where I shot my first duck when I was 9.

I still love hockey, but it's hard for me to watch. I'd so much rather play, but I can't skate now because of the injury that stupid day when I was 16. Stupid football.

If there had been a computer game club, I would have been doing that instead.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 8:25 PM on April 26, 2012 [6 favorites]


Maybe I'm just smarting because I was in the midst of composing a thoughtful comment when this thread got shut down...

OK, but in all seriousness it is super frustrating when that happens. I was actually thinking about posting a MeTa thread about that issue (not hockey) since it happened to me last night in AskMe.

Matt, pb et al. - a pony request - maybe the form submission script could spit out what you were trying to post when you submit a comment on a thread that is closed? Because you generally can't get what you wrote by clicking "back" in that situation. To be clear, I'm not suggesting MeFi maintain a permanent record of that, but instead of just disappearing it to /dev/null, maybe just a text box labeled "here's what you were trying to post"? Then you could send it via MeMail or whatever if relevant.

Seriously, I know that losing a long comment you wrote is not the worst thing in the world, but it would be so easy to make it salvagable for those times when it is useful.
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 8:29 PM on April 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


go cap--ahem* GO CAPS
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:55 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wait, so this sport Sidhedevil is talking about is called "the hurling"? Like, with a definite article?
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:23 PM on April 26, 2012


For accuracies sake, it should be called the hurting.
posted by arcticseal at 10:08 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Is "shirted" like "pantsed"?"

Hockey's ritual approach to gentlemanly fisticuffs requires that you make a sincere effort to pull the other gentleman's shirt over his head, trapping his arms and blinding him, while you pummel him senseless.
posted by klangklangston at 11:38 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hurling - The Fastest Game on Grass
posted by philip-random at 12:05 AM on April 27, 2012


Hockey's ritual approach to gentlemanly fisticuffs requires that you make a sincere effort to pull the other gentleman's shirt over his head, trapping his arms and blinding him, while you pummel him senseless.

Works off ice as well. It's an effective way to neutralize an opponent without having to actually hurt him. Used it more than once when I was cab driver. Drunks.
posted by philip-random at 12:13 AM on April 27, 2012


So, just like pantsing. Never let it be said that MetaTalk isn't educational.
posted by gingerest at 12:30 AM on April 27, 2012


...the fundamental piece of equipment is not available for $3 at the dollar store.

I believe your dollar store has missed the concept of dollar stores.


I broke my femur playing fucking football of all things.

This is a variation on the game I had not heard of before. I don't understand why it is not wildly popular. Is it the broken bones?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:52 AM on April 27, 2012 [5 favorites]


The true value of suspenders is finally realized.
posted by fleacircus at 4:49 AM on April 27, 2012


fleacircus: "The true value of suspenders is finally realized."

Suspenders are actually an important component of hockey equipment, but they are worn under the sweater, so they don't prevent shirting.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:20 AM on April 27, 2012


I doubt there is an anti-hockey bias going on here.

there is an anti-hockey bias going on here.
See? Take "I doubt" out and there is some bias going on. Just a matter of time before they come for the table tennis threads.
posted by a shrill fucking shitstripe at 6:20 AM on April 27, 2012


It would be awesome if whenever a thread (maybe just on MeTa?) hit 88 comments, it would jump to another point in time.

And then cortex would make this face.
posted by Eideteker at 6:47 AM on April 27, 2012


Ah, this explains wensink's sudden joining of SportsFilter to post this.
posted by terrapin at 6:56 AM on April 27, 2012


Shirling.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:36 AM on April 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


Shirling is now my favorite sport. Thank you, Meatbomb.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:56 AM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


... maybe the form submission script could spit out what you were trying to post when you submit a comment on a thread that is closed?

We do that already. If a thread is deleted before you click Post Comment, you'll get a note about the thread being closed and the full text of the comment you wrote on that page.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:13 AM on April 27, 2012


and then all the players strap sharpened knives to their feet

Darn kids these days with their knife-boots.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 11:02 AM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


the fundamental cost is skates. Everything else is optional.

Even skates are optional. I played a bit of hockey growing up, but I played a lot more street hockey. You do need some beaten up sticks to play, but beyond that all you need is a ball of some kind and a few backpacks to set up as goal posts.

Car! Game on!
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 11:54 AM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


I just want to say that looking back on that Kovalchuk thread I was totally right and the guy is playing really well now in New jersey, so nyah!

Also any paper that argues the Bruins get penalized because of the color of their shirts rather than the style of hockey they play is bunk.
posted by Hoopo at 4:54 PM on April 27, 2012


I was totally right and the guy is playing really well now in New jersey,

Okay, but is he playing 100 million well?
posted by lumpenprole at 5:19 PM on April 29, 2012


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