Some favorites and a few duds from the waning moments of existence as we know it.
Favorites, in no particular order:
Steve_U dropped the day's first winner in the Thrashers to Winnipeg post, earning a round of applause. Nice work.
I enjoyed this thread, featuring dont-forget-where-you-came-from-cheese-mac, Tulos_Mullet, snoop-a-loop, unstarred commenter Rare Endangered Vuvuzela, Eddie Murray Sparkles, and Body By Bacardi. The excellent original comment from dont-forget-where-you-came-from-cheese-mac worked because of its self-aware use of the Emmitt Smith meme. The silly thread that followed expanded upon that characteristic, including a couple of tongue-in-cheek bare-bones iterations of other popular memes. At any rate, I chuckled at this. Nice work.
Hatey McLife's Iron Sheik joke in the Macho Man post rendered me disabled for several minutes this afternoon. I laughed and laughed at this. I'm still laughing.
DJ Jazzy Jeff Weaver's comment in the same post also killed me. That's just ridiculously funny. Excellent work.
Not to be outdone, Eddie Murray Sparkles dropped this outrageously funny joke in the same post. I'm not kidding here - I laughed until it hurt while reading these three comments today. I mean I was dying. I can't tell you how many times I scrolled back and forth between this comment and the photo at the top of the post. At a certain point, laughing became crying. It was embarrassing.
And finally, in the Jared Max post, President Camacho showed the commentariat how to kill with a photo-joke. That's a job well done. The photo is not the joke, it's a reference for the joke. It accompanies the joke. Nice work.
Total Fucking Duds
Our first dud comes from unstarred commenter 1jaxstate1, whom I suspect has no future as a Deadspin commenter. One of these days, I'll abandon all dignity and start investigating in even greater detail the commenting histories of people like 1jaxstate1. I will unearth the identity of the featured commenters behind these approvals, and I will publicly shame them. It's either that or be disemboweled during tomorrow's Rapture.
Unstarred commenter Paolo.Lex returned from the void today and left this pile in the Thrashers to Winnipeg post. I suppose absolutely nothing was learned during the exile. Ah well. And to unstarred commenter CarlCarlerson, I'd be real careful about calling out another commenter like that. The same rule that makes Paolo.Lex's comment inappropriate applies to any replies as well: make sure you're being funny. I would take it a step further, even - if you're calling out another commenter for not being funny, be damn funny. Extra super-duper funny.
I was disappointed to see Hit Bull Win Steak leave this unadorned clip from The Simpsons in the Thrashers to Winnipeg post. I probably don't need to rehash my issue with this kind of comment. It boils down to the difference between being funny and observing funny, and the rule is be funny.
Unstarred commenter dondi203 apparently gave up on commenting for good after being slapped by ClueHeywood for this mostly terrible offering in the Thrashers to Winnipeg post. It's a bad comment. But I have to say, it's a bit of a shame to see a commenter more or less jettisoned from the commentariat, and in the case of dondi203, he actually seemed to be improving as a commenter. I'm not saying he was on the bullet train to Featured Town, but he'd started regularly submitting halfway decent comments of late. This joke, from Thursday, while certainly not groundbreaking and having been denied a promotion or any feedback (until now), at least reflects an honest-to-God sense of humor. I'm not saying ClueHeywood's assessment was wrong, but herein lies the danger of sniping another commenter's work in this way; it would be a shame if the commentariat took to actively cannibalizing itself in full view of readers. I say, if you don't have a kick-ass joke to use as your snarky reply to a bad comment, and without the benefit of personal messages, use the time-tested method of going way back to a DUAN comment from the person's history to give them this kind of feedback. You save them the humiliation and keep this kind of incident out of view (says the guy who routinely refers to people as morons and degenerates from the safety of his blog).
As for dondi203, this was a bad comment. But I disagree with the overall assessment of Deadspin's commentariat; for the most part, Deadspin's commenters are a goofy, gregarious group of solid people, and I think time and exposure would lead one to agree. I'd recommend a return to commenting, albeit much more conscientiously.
In the Rotationplasty post, unstarred commenter BeerbogganingGoldMedalist left ye olde The Simpsons clip with the flimsiest of captions. I'm going to assume BGM is a new commenter, and I'll use that assumption as an excuse to point out that it often takes new commenters a while to figure out that there's more to commenting than searching YouTube for an appropriate The Family Guy or The Simpsons clip. Of course, it would help if featured commenters like Hit Bull Win Steak would stop reinforcing this behavior.
And finally, we can thank unstarred commenter FutbolGenius for filling our quota of lame, worthless porn jokes with this uninspired offering in the Bear Tennis post. Think bigger!
Hey, in case I never see you again because the world is coming to an end ohmyGodohmyGodohmyGod, you magnificent sonsofbitches crack me up, keep doin' what you're doin'.
Enjoy your last DUAN ever, and have a great weekend.