Archive for February, 2007


YouTube Tuesday V

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

And just like that, we’re only a couple days away from Championship Week. The regular season has flown by, but at least we had a great Saturday and Sunday full of awesome games. Granted, ESPN somehow comes up with a name for every week of the College Basketball and Football seasons, but Championship Week is actually a legit one. T-14 days until #64 v. #65.

Today’s YTT clip is a PSA from George Takei repsonding to last week’s comments by Tim Hardaway…and his smooth, chocolatey head.


Friday, February 23rd, 2007

After seeing the highlights on SportsCenter, I was really curious how the NHL was going to cut the highlights for last night’s battle between the Sens and the Sabres. There’s not a single bit (or even mention) of the wild fight that not only saw two goalies go at it, but a goalie and a forward tussle for a bit, but that doesn’t mean the NHL’s recap isn’t really exciting.

Can someone tell me who the play-by-play man for Buffalo is? And why a goal being scored causes him to yell “There goes the population in Convenville!” (at -3:49). There were 10 goals scored in the game bout, plus a shoot out, and each goal call by this guy is better than the last. I’ve always loved the Soccer guy that yelled “Gooooooool” for his voice control, but this Buffalo commentator screams and strains on his call of “Scoooooooooooooore” like it’s his dying breath. It’s awesome.

And…We’re Back!

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Wow. Well a lot has happened since I went to bed last night this morning. The videos seem to be working again, and the NHL is saying that they never told anyone to block embeds.

Was this a major YouTube bug? Internet Gremlins? Not sure yet, and it may be a while before we know for sure, but the important thing is that I’m an NHL fanboy again and I get to giggle at hockey recaps in French—’cause that’s really all that matters.

NHL Yanks Videos

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Hey folks, I just got off the phone with someone at the NHL. Looks like the NHL wants you to see video recaps, but they don’t want anyone to spread the word. I’m not sure exactly when they flipped the switch, but as of right now the NHL is no longer letting anyone embed any of their YouTube videos on any other site.

Can someone explain this to me? Isn’t the whole point of YouTube to get more eyeballs on a video? I really thought that the NHL was doing a smart thing by pushing the envelope and embracing Web 2.0 to get more hockey in front of more people, (other than the once a month NBC game and All-Star game on Versus, of course), but it turns out they just don’t get it.

They’re putting their videos on YouTube, but they don’t understand why they’re putting their videos on YouTube.

So, for the time being, you’ll have to click on the video recap to go to YouTube’s site, and then watch the video there. Of course there won’t be any news, any way to know if the game is any good, or (god forbid!) the actual score of the game, but that’s how the NHL wants you to consume their product.


Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

It’s Tuesday. You know what that means.

But I need to be honest with you. I’ll be mailing it in today—I’m still recovering from the craziness of this long weekend. We have coaches smacking players, cars finishing the Daytona 500 upside down and on fire(!), news that the Golden Boy got his n-1 preggers, and on top of it all my hangover hurts even more after running into my n-1 at my favorite hip-hop spot last night.

Seems only fitting the clip of the week is a quality rant from my new favorite Big12 coach, Dan Hawkins. Granted, I wouldn’t be able to pick him out of a crowd if he was wearing a shirt that said “I am Dan Hawkins”, but you gotsta give him points for shaking up the standard coaches rant formula and blowing a gasket via teleconference.

Canada or the Egg?

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

I had guessed that Canadian listings would be on the site by today, but they’re not here yet. We have Postal Code instead of ZIP Code everywhere, and the back-end code is just dying to munge on a LetterNumberLetter NumberLetterNumber pattern, but we’re still working on the data. The problem is getting the data increases our TV budget by 50%, but only 5% of our visitors are Canadian.

But Mark, if you get the data, won’t you get more Canadian visitors?

Yes. And that’s the rub. So we’re trying to find a solution including looking for sponsors. If you know anyone send them our way, eh?

Happy Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Happy Valentine’s Day folks. I’ll be at a bar drinking and watching college basketball—just like last year. If you knew what’s good for you, you’d be doing the same.

YouTube Tuesday, III

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

This week we’ve had to borrow from YouTube’s cute, older sister. Pitchers and catchers report in two days, and I could only find this classic Conan O’Brien clip baseball clip on Google Video, so this week we’ll bend the rules just a bit.

Monday Monday

Monday, February 12th, 2007

I gotta admit, I’m pretty glad last week is done. Not because of the excessive ball I played this weekend that has every muscle in my body sore, but because we got pub from a lot of websites about our launch, including a review from the Siskel & Ebert of websites: The review was unexpected, so there was a lot of scrambling and IMs full of capital letters that maybe I’ll share sometime. The good news though, is we should hit 150 users tomorrow and people seem to be having fun.

It’s a good application of the community voting model that benefits greatly from the automated analysis of scores to determine interestingness. They also tie it all together by letting you track your watchlist by RSS and iCal feeds, check if your friends are getting a game you aren’t. (more from TechCrunch)

Its a combination of digg and tv guide but focused on sports. Basically people ‘digg’ a sports event that they’re currently watching, and alert others that theres a great game going on. Theres also a decent amount of video and recommended upcoming games. Its a pretty cool idea, and I thought i’d share it with you. (more from Hotfoot)

I really like the concept, how they’ve implemented it, and can’t wait to see what they plan to do with it in the future. (more from RotoNation)

Seemingly like every other week since RUWT? launched, this week will be a big one. We’re pounding the keyboards and the pavement to keep innovating and make sure you never miss a classic. As always, you can drop me a line with questions and feedback at

30-day return policy

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

I hope you kept the receipt Gonzaga, cause you can’t wear that glass slipper anymore. But it’s not all bad Bulldogs—once you have a pair of your players arrested for drug possession, you’re officially a big-time program.

I’ve shouted my congrats to Gonzaga and now you can too. Starting tonight, you can not only post shouts for games, but for any article you see on the site. And if the article is about a game, your shouts will be automatically added to the bleacher section.