Favorites and duds from Wednesday's commenting.
Favorites, in no particular order:
MarkKelsosMigraine took any number of shots at Kirstie Alley on Wednesday, and this was my favorite, in the Tulowitzki/Tejada post. I chuckled aloud at this.
This masterpiece from vodkanaut in the Hair Extensions post really cracked me up. The line [eyes dart from side to side] is just so damn funny. I'm laughing even as I type this. Really great comment.
Here's a masterful pun from our guy dont-forget-where-you-came-from-cheese-mac in the Hair Extensions post. So, so many ho-hum puns are made every day on Deadspin, so it's nice to see a truly special one. Often, puns seem to be thrown up just to start another pun thread (which is fine); you know you've got a good one when folks skip right to the +1.
Unstarred commenter Buck Nasty earned a laugh with this excellent recontextualization in the Sean Burroughs post, and hey, look who promoted it! Awesome. For his efforts, his promoted comment received a pair of +1s. I'll say this for Buck Nasty: through all the hazing, he pretty consistently stuck to making jokes and trying to be funny. His stuff needs some work, but this comment was a clear winner.
Raysism earned a big ovation with this wordplay joke in the Sean Burroughs post. It's a well-made and confidently delivered shot at Staten Island, and the crowd really enjoyed it.
I laughed aloud at this plot summary from All Over But The Sharting in the ESPN: The Movie post. The whole thing's funny, but that final line is really hilarious. Nice work.
Bevraj of Choice dropped one of the day's very best comments with this fantastic wordplay joke in the ESPN: The Movie post. You don't often see a +1 from the comment_ninja. Take a bow!
UweBollocks earned a round of applause for a terrific shot at (of all people) Juliette Lewis in the Planking Slideshow post. I can't link to it, so you'll have to find it yourselves. It's worth the 8 seconds you'll spend looking for it.
I laughed very hard at two nearly identical jokes in the Intel Stupidity post. The first came from Theodore Donald Kerabatsos with this funny paragraph, featuring an actual punchline at the end in addition to all the humorous misspellings.
The second came from SavetoFavorites, and the humor here comes almost entirely from the misspellings, but that's okay because SavetoFavorites was good enough to squeeze the maximum amount of fun out of that concept. Great job.
And finally, here's something hysterical from Steve_U in the Mardy Fish post. The reference is funny and clever, but there's no question the structure of this comment significantly boosts its impact. I laughed aloud at this one.
Total Fucking Duds
Unstarred commenter LBabe went self-referential in the Wily Mo Pena post, to my great annoyance. We don't talk about this kind of thing a lot because it doesn't usually happen very often, but in general, jokes and comments and threads that seem too desperate for personal attention annoy the shit out of me. LBabe is a fun, active, outgoing, somewhat chat-room-y commenter, which makes her dynamic in DUAN but occasionally sort of nettlesome in Deadspin. It's helpful, sometimes, to remind yourself that the vast majority of Deadspin's readers are not regular commenters, and so comments that point inward at the commenter are mostly inaccessible to them.
Unstarred commenter Lars makes a pretty fair argument in this wall-of-text in the Sabermetrics post. Simply put, Deadspin commenting is not the place to make a fair argument. That would probably be a pretty great thread-starter in DUAN, but it has no business in a Deadspin post.
Ooof. This is a brutally conspicuous trip-and-fall from SponsoredbyV8 in the ESPN: The Movie post. The "can't be redacted" part confuses me. Why couldn't it be redacted? Is that a functionality issue, or was it a case of bone-headed commitment? At any rate, I have absolutely no idea what about any part of that post or thread is supposed to be funny. EDIT: I'm told it is, in fact, a functionality issue. Ah well. Sure makes the case for being more selective in the pre-submit stage, doesn't it?
And finally, Hit Bull Win Steak disappointed with that stupid fucking "what's the over/under"' set-up in this comment in the Intel Stupidity post. I'm not saying it can't be done, but in this and every other case where it's been tried, the over/under line has sucked all the humor right out of the joke. There was probably a solid idea behind that thing. Maybe not.
Hey, let's have a fun-filled DUAN.