I just tried to do this but I failed miserably. I'm so bad with names that I was trying to describe pictures and it was just awful. Also, I keep blanking on things that I know I have had strong opinions on at one time...I think I have killed my brain. Case in point: tagline. I know somebody has a tagline that absolutely kills me, but I have no idea who it is nor what it references. I'll probably remember it next June and have to bump this thread.
So my random notes:
I love, love, love the game threads, and I want to thank everybody who stops by and participates in them. They are the antithesis of all of this intellectual offseason analysis and I think they're a great release; I don't care how much they careen into directions unknown. I've never been a long-standing part of any message board before and those threads are the perfect example of why I've stayed on this one: sharing, if only briefly and anonymously (and one time that I remember, drunkenly), the joy and agony of following your team with other people who do too. Those threads saved me from the world's most boring job, and therefore potentially suicide, more times than I can count.
I also think that those threads contain quite a few of the greatest one-liners on the board, including what was, for some inexplicable reason, my favorite post of the year. Esteban Yan was self-destructing, and Pedro broke out with "I Yan't Believe It". This made me giggle for about three weeks. I'm laughing at it now.
Off-topic: the Cincinnati thread that Heath mentioned, and also the African watering hole.
I hate it when people attack others' fandom. My nomination for most tired topic of the year. It's pointless and irrelevant and there's no resolution to it.
I also want to say how much I appreciate the minor league forum. I don't even read it as much as I should, but I know that it is the best collection of such information that I'm going to get anywhere, and the ones who are big posters there are people who are really putting time and thought into keeping the rest of us up to speed on something more obscure. dougdirt, Doc Scott...well, here I am with my name problem again, but the rest of you know who you are.
My favorite username is tuna.
I wish superbarry11 would post more.
I thought I had more to say but I forget.
EDIT: I already remembered something I forgot.
Best use of an emoticon: anybody who can manage to squeeze in this dude
but he has to be used sparingly or he loses his power.
And also continuing with the game thread props, Matt700wlw and his jumping home run smiley faces. I used to loathe emoticons, but I've come around and I think matt and those jumping dudes are responsible. It's very Pavlovian; with the way he uses them so consistently and always for the same thing (homers), I now associate them with joy. Which I guess is not so weird considering that they're jumping smiley faces, but even so.
Very disappointed that no one has nominated me for best-dressed. I know you can't see me and everything, but it's all I aspire to.