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February 6, 2008 5:57 PM   Subscribe

The authors of the sportswriting-mocking blog Fire Joe Morgan have dropped their previous anonymity. Among the blog's contributors was the late Robert Altman.

(Yes, that Robert Altman.) The most frequent contributors are TV comedy writers. Apparently Diablo Cody comments there occasionally. Among the unanswered questions: who is Chester Jesterton?

(FJM previously on MeFi.)
posted by RogerB (26 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Wow, some famous people are talking.

also, I use dto like that arm-flap thing Joe Morgan used to do.
posted by jonmc at 6:08 PM on February 6, 2008


Wait... what? Robert Altman? Diablo Cody? For reals and for trues?

It makes sense to me that they are involved with shows I find funny. Because these guys are hilarious.
posted by ORthey at 6:11 PM on February 6, 2008


*by "they" I mean the three main guys and specifically Ken Tremendous. Goddamn do I love FJM.
posted by ORthey at 6:26 PM on February 6, 2008


Okay, apparently the Altman thing was a joke. Color me embarrassed.
posted by RogerB at 6:47 PM on February 6, 2008


Where's this Robert Altman thing coming from? I can't find it mentioned in any of the links in the FPP, and Google is turning up nothing but this post.
posted by mr_roboto at 6:50 PM on February 6, 2008


From the previous thread:

Fuck the heck!

I love finding new ways of cursing.
posted by Mikey-San at 6:52 PM on February 6, 2008


I liked it better when Ken Tremendous was "the mild-mannered Pension Fund Monitor for Fremulon Insurance, based in Partridge, KS, who copies dumb articles about baseball and adds snarky comments."

Still, I love FJM.
posted by mullacc at 6:53 PM on February 6, 2008


Well, considering that what I thought was the most interesting part of this saga turned out to be a deadpan joke there may not be much to see here, but maybe the bloggers-as-Super-Friends/secret-identity question is still interesting without the "on the Internet, no one knows you're famous" angle that the Altman joke seemed to suggest. I'm personally inclined to agree with mullacc that the FJM writers were somehow a little more entertaining with their "masks" intact (even if that raises the unpalatable shade of Wealth Bondage), but I can't figure out why this would be. I mean, we all knew Fremulon Insurance was a sham, so why does the revelation somehow remove like 5% of the funny?
posted by RogerB at 6:57 PM on February 6, 2008


I think that it doesn't matter if they're anonymous or not, as long as they're consistent. Consistency is what makes any blog great, and these are some of the most consistent bloggers on the internet. Also, they're quite scrappy.
posted by popechunk at 7:08 PM on February 6, 2008 [6 favorites]


Also, they're quite scrappy.

You could even calls them gamers.

Gamers like Dykstra. "Nails" Dykstra.
posted by dersins at 7:34 PM on February 6, 2008


Swear to blog?!
posted by basicchannel at 8:14 PM on February 6, 2008


Get ready to meet my little friend.
posted by unsupervised at 9:01 PM on February 6, 2008


Almost the entirety of this post is incorrect. Neither Robert Altman nor Diablo Cody are involved with FJM. To see the actual names, check out the about us portion of the page. They are:

Ken Tremendous - Michael Schur
Junior - Alan Yang
dak - Dave King (pretty sure that's the right one)

That said, FJM is probably the best meta-sports site on the internet. Among the best of their stuff is the "JoeChat" series, which digests the weekly Joe Morgan ESPN chat session during baseball season.
posted by christonabike at 9:25 PM on February 6, 2008


The diablo cody thing might still be possible, btw. Check out the comments to the post.

Probably not, though.
posted by ORthey at 9:27 PM on February 6, 2008


Yeah, I'll be the first to admit this FPP is looking like it's clogging Metafilter's basepaths right now, but I posted it with real hustle, and that's got to count for something. We'll just have to grit it out until the end of the inning.
posted by RogerB at 9:30 PM on February 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


RogerB writes "Yeah, I'll be the first to admit this FPP is looking like it's clogging Metafilter's basepaths right now, but I posted it with real hustle, and that's got to count for something. We'll just have to grit it out until the end of the inning."

And with that, you are redeemed.
posted by mr_roboto at 9:47 PM on February 6, 2008


What's funny to me is that I have had real-life conversations with Schur in the past, and have discussed things with Ken Tremendous via FJM, without connecting the two.

Even though they're pretty much the same personality, now that I think about it, and it should have been obvious.
posted by rokusan at 10:20 PM on February 6, 2008


Swear to blog?!

C'mon, basicchannel, get your designed-in-the-movies sayings right. It's "Honest to blog?!"

Man, I hope that catches on. It'd be so wizard!
posted by graventy at 10:27 PM on February 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


This just in: TheBigLead is written by J.D. Salinger.
posted by puckupdate at 4:36 AM on February 7, 2008


You statheads want to talk about things like "Favorites Ratio" and "double-posts" but RogerB brings intangibles to Metafilter that you just can't measure. He's a salty gamer that brings veteran leadership to this, and he knows how to win because he's got a ring.
posted by drezdn at 7:40 AM on February 7, 2008 [3 favorites]


Call it "Fire Joe Buck" and maybe you'll get more hits. It's 2008, guys.

Another over-rated blog. What a shock.
posted by Jay Reimenschneider at 9:11 AM on February 7, 2008


Another over-rated blog. What a shock.

Such a bold claim. Please show me another baseball blog better. Until you do, I'll just assume you simply don't know anything about baseball.
posted by justgary at 9:29 AM on February 7, 2008


Call it "Fire Joe Buck" and maybe you'll get more hits. It's 2008, guys.

First, they don't need more hits. They get plenty. Also, they don't want hits from folks like you.

Second, Joe Morgan is one of ESPN's main baseball analysts. In 2008.
posted by ORthey at 9:33 AM on February 7, 2008


Call it "Fire Joe Buck" and maybe you'll get more hits. It's 2008, guys. Another over-rated blog. What a shock.

Looks like someone didn't bother clicking through.

I read a lot of baseball blogs. FJM is one of my favorites. There is no site that so consistently (and successfully) takes poor sports journalism to task.

And good god, there is a lot of poor sports journalism.
posted by sellout at 2:31 PM on February 7, 2008


no other* site
posted by sellout at 2:37 PM on February 7, 2008


Off topic, but I still miss Batgirl.
posted by Mental Wimp at 4:12 PM on February 7, 2008


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