Archive for May, 2007


The UFL. No, Really. YTT17.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Hey folks, hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend. You’ll notice that this week’s YouTube Tuesday is actually happening on Wednesday. Crying foul? Well, go back to the first sentence. It was Memorial Day. And just like garbage pickup, everything shifts a day. Don’t buy that excuse? Well you obviously hate America.

This week’s video was an easy choice after hearing about the United Football League. That’s right folks, Bill Hambrecht, a “rich old Wall Street guy” is teaming up with rebel Mark Cuban (eyeing the Vegas franchise) to start a new football league directly opposing the NFL. They’re aiming to kick off in August 2008, and the plan is to televise games on Friday nights, targeting cities currently without a pro team—all they need is 7 more billionaires to hop on board. The NFL has swatted off four competitors and it’s hard to imagine this crew breaking through, but if I get to watch a pro game in Vegas or we get even one “He Hate Me“, it’ll probably be worth it.

Save Me, Johns Hopkins!

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Duke is mounting a major come back against Johns Hopkins (ESPN), in what is turning into a great Lacrosse National Championship game. Lacrosse doesn’t really do it for me, but I swear to God, Johns Hopkins better win or we’ll be hearing about the Duke story on every SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, Behind the Glory, and chinese fortune cookie for the next 50 years.

update: game is now tied with 4 minutes to go…

RUWT? Sports Toolbar: The Revenge

Monday, May 28th, 2007

We released a new version of the RUWT? Sport Toolbar this week (v1.4.1) and it’s flying off the “shelves.” This version has two new features that users have been clamoring for that I’m happy to include.

First, you can customize the location of the toolbar in your browser. Want the toolbar at the top of your browser today? Do it. Tomorrow you want it down at the bottom of your browser? Go for it. We won’t judge.

Second, a feature that I’ve personally wanted for a while, the ability to lock the ticker. If there’s only one game that you care about, just click the lock icon and the toolbar will instantly get a one-track mind. And don’t worry, you’ll still get alerts for other games if something goes down.

Do you use Firefox or Flock? Then what are you waiting for? Get the toolbar now! If you already have the toolbar, help us spread the word by leaving us a review!

Boy, Tough Night

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Well tonight wasn’t so fun. For the record, even though you may have gotten a text message that said otherwise, no, there weren’t 5 no-hitters going on all at once (believe it or not, related to Twitter), and the Mets vs. Braves game tonight really wasn’t worth 348 roots. Toss in the sports feed going down (believe it or not, related to the new Who You Got? leaderboard) as soon as I got to the supermarket, and you end up with a pretty stressful night.

Building a project to scratch an itch I’ve had for years has been a blast, but nights like these you just have to toss in the trash. Could be worse though—I could be a Celtics fan right now…

Tainted, YTT16

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007


  1. To affect with or as if with a disease.
  2. To affect with decay or putrefaction; spoil. See synonyms at contaminate.
  3. To corrupt morally.
  4. To affect with a tinge of something reprehensible.

The word taint seems to be everywhere in sports these days. You have players saying that Bonds’ run at Aaron is tainted, the ridiculous blackmail and child abuse soap opera that is the Landis trial, and even ESPN, that bastion of sports news, is raising eyebrows over how they try and win scoops.


So for today’s YouTube Tuesday, we’re going old school. We’re going pure. We’re going 8-bit. (via)

Stern is at it again, YTT15

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Well it’s official. The NBA has come down hard (and how!) suspending Horry, Stoudemire, and Diaw. Horry gets two games, but that might be all that’s left in the series.

Just the thought of a Spurs v. Utah Western Conference Final, and then probably a Spurs v. Pistons Finals just pisses me off. How could Baron Davis’ forearm shiver just get him a fine, but Diaw taking a few steps off the bench and turning around by himself warrant a suspension? How about some consistency beyond just blindly following these arcane rules? More than anything I wanted to see the Suns tangle with the Warriors, each team putting up a buck and a half each night, but it looks like that’s not going to happen. Big Shot Bob has come up big in the final seconds of a game again. This time though, it might be his shoulder that wins him the series.

Cue the conspiracy theorists. Here’s a clip (via) of Duncan leaving the bench after a hard foul earlier in the same game.

Going Back To Cali…

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Well, not really, but Going Back to Brooklyn just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

I’m just barely unpacked from being in New York last week, and I just found out that I’ll be back there next month. I just scored a ticket to the Future of Online Advertising conference in NYC next month and I’m psyched. Time to go make some more RUWT? t-shirts.

p.s. and don’t say i never did anything for ya. if you’re interested in going use code 10p3rc for 10% off…

YTT14, We’ve got ourselves a bleeder…

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Breaking news: Nash had a big cut on his nose on Sunday. You didn’t hear? Really? Yeah, SportsCenter hasn’t really mentioned it at all. I missed it ’cause I was travelling. Since I’m sure you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a montage in all it’s bloody glory.

And then Drew Brees started taking off his belt…

Monday, May 7th, 2007

I feel good. Really good.

I just got back from my first vacation since I started coding last Fall and I genuinely feel great. I had skipped Thanksgiving, Christmas, and countless birthdays, but forced myself to take some time to go home and visit the family and friends, and I’m so glad I did. Five days full of homecooked Jamaican food, NYC subways, and drinking with HS friends was exactly what the doctor ordered. I’ll be tackling a couple big features in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned.

And oh yeah. I ran into Drew Brees in the security line at Newark Airport. I was thinking “That guy looks like Drew Brees but smaller”, when I realized his trademark mole…and then his trademark gorgeous wife. Realizing you’re as tall as Drew Brees? Kinda cool. Watching him waddle away from security as he struggles to put back on his belt? Strangely enjoyable.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Wow. There is an absolute revolt going on on right now. From what I’m reading, someone posted a code to decrypt HD-DVD copy protection, or something like that, and digg axed the story. Now all the 12-year-olds are going nuts.

Is this the death of digg? Doubtful. But it’s gonna be pretty fun to watch.