Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Roundup

Some favorites and a selection of duds from Monday's commenting. Thought I forgot about it, didn't you? DIDN'T YOU? (I did.)

, in no particular order:

I chuckled at this dig at Sidney Crosby from Sonar Jose in the Hairy Guy and Gladiator Costumes post. Simple and effective.

Same Sad Echo cracked me up with this sad horse joke in the La Russa Foal post. Most people went with La Russa-the-drunk jokes, which is fine, but I appreciated the unique angle of approach on this one.

RMH=J submitted the best of the La Russa-the-drunk jokes with this beautiful one-liner, in the La Russa Foal post, earning a round of applause. Nice work.

Here's another great La Russa-the-drunk joke, this time from Eddie Murray Sparkles, in the La Russa Foal post. I'm the kind of guy who will almost always laugh at a good La Russa-the-drunk joke, and this was a very, very good one.

Unstarred commenter breakfuckslamwich earned a promotion and a round of applause for this elegant wordplay joke in the Shaq Book post. That's good for a chuckle.

And finally, I roared with laughter at this caption joke from Bevraj of Choice in the Concussion post. I'm surprised this one didn't get a little more attention.

Total Fucking Duds

Either I'm off my game or the commentariat is - there were a lot of fucking duds today. A lot of lame-ass puns, a lot of blunt-ended one-liners, a fucking shitload of inane chatter. I left a lot of this crap alone. What follows is a small sampling.

DubaiatNight got nothing from the shredded remains of the Brett-Favre-has-a-small-penis meme with this pancake flat, paint-by-numbers, utterly dead-on-arrival pile of crap, in the Donovan McNabb post. DubaiatNight is a featured commenter, presumably he can do a hell of a lot better than this. But for now, you're suspect.

Unstarred guy kluivertus offered some astonishingly unnecessary and embarrassingly obvious fantasy football wisdom in the Steelers/Patriots post. Ooof.

And finally, here's ye olde video joke from unstarred guy BobsCountryBunker in the Liquid-and-Towel Valet post. Be funny. Yourself.

Yeah, so, I forgot about this Roundup. Still, it is not yet midnight in the part of the world that matters, and here it is! That's a victory there. Here's hoping all you wonderful sumbitches are woofing down candy, drinking dangerous amounts of alcohol, and having wild, acrobatic sex with nubile young supermodels.

Goooooooooooo DUAN!


  1. Nice to see you back at it again.

  2. Have I told you lately that I love you? ;)

    +1, and welcome back.

  3. "Suspect" is fair. I've been off lately - too much else going on - and if you have to edit three times that definitely means you can't get it right. I'll take a break until I feel it again.

    - DubaiAtNight

  4. Your view on the duds is all to true. Sorry, I'll try harder. It seems that as people have taken some time off or reduced activity it's harder to get the ball rolling in the morning. Everyone can be great, but one-upping each other makes for a better comment.

  5. @Walk Off HBP

    I couldn't agree more with your point about the mildly competitive nature of Deadspin commenting. And besides, we're all funnier when we're laughing.


    I'm not sure it's a question of arranging that material, so much as it's a matter of sensing when to leave the low-hanging fruit alone. If you're going to take a swing at a roadkill meme, you really need to have something special. I doubt you thought very highly of the idea behind that joke, and no amount of finesse was going to salvage it.

  6. @Shitehawk

    Absolutely agree - what I meant was that if you have to edit 3 times to find the funny, the funny isn't there. It was a bad premise to start. That's the downside of spending the time to get it right - I looked fast, saw a picture of McNabb looking straight downward, saw the uniform # and went to the easy concept before running off to doing something else. Should have thought twice ... sorry all.

    - DubaiAtNight

  7. Glad to see this is back!

    Who's this RMH=J fellow?

    - RMJ=H

  8. Welcome back, MBA. +1
    Let's ring in this event by recalling one of the recent highlights that make Deadspin so great. This thread from last Thursday night's DUAN was a blast.

    A massive +1 goes to Same Sad Echo, who absolutely destroyed this thread with his contributions.

  9. Great to see this again.
    Thank You.