Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday Roundup

Favorites and duds from Monday's commenting.

Favorites, in no particular order:

Here's a classic little wordplay zinger from Bring Back Anthony Mason in the Lance Armstrong Rewind post. Nicely done.

Eddie Murray Sparkles dropped this goofy one-liner in the Pee-Wee Concussions post. This is sort of a sleepy post-Kinja example of Eddie Murray Sparkles' ability to assemble what is right in front of us into something surprising and funny.

And finally, I have to admit I laughed more at this comment, from Sponsored by V8 in the Spooky Stare post, than any other from today. It's meta, sure. But it's also damn funny.

Total Fucking Duds

This lazy pile of crap, from idiot rando War3agle3 in the Daily Screencap post, is just sort of par for the course these days, an example of the kind of uninspired, totally unoriginal commenting that has become the norm on Deadspin.

Erg . . . Erg! Erg, I'm sure, can do much better than this, in the Lance Armstrong Rewind post. Talk about low-hanging fruit. Booooooo.

Here's a kind of commenting I don't particularly enjoy: QuesoDeCabeza did it heredarth_farter did it here; and TheRescue did it here (all in the Lil Wayne post). It's just sort of a snarky, throwaway rhetorical question. Good comments can end in question marks, sure, but there was a time when Deadspin commenters recognized the difference between the kind of easy, mostly punchless stuff that might work at the bar among friends, and the kinds of jokes that deserve a dedicated space on a popular website right alongside the inventive, genuinely original stuff the best commenters sometimes churn out.

And finally, here's more crap, this time from some guy called TheComing in the Fake Injury post. There was plenty of this shit pre-Kinja, but it was all hidden from sight. Now? Virtually that entire comment section is devoted to people tossing around these canned, boring, totally uninspired angles, with nothing new or interesting to say anywhere.

So, a million years ago, I wrote these things before anyone at all read them, before I ever even wanted anyone to read them. And this was roughly what the comments looked like back then, immediately after the redesign; a lot of boring, shitty, style commenting, with a steady diet of Simpsons clips from norbizness. And I've gotta say, Roundups are a hell of a lot easier to write when there are only three noteworthy comments a day. Keep up the good work!

DUAN! Do I have to fucking beg?


  1. Now, now. I was just trying to get a rise from Marv over at MKM. I know I don't have the talent for these. I AM trying to improve what small ability I have by throwing more stuff out there when I can. I'll keep plugging away.

    1. I won't beat you up, buddy. You're plenty funny, this was just a miss. It happens.

  2. I've been trying to keep the morale up, but it's been a bit of a rough go lately. It's depressing.