Happy New Year, everyone

DMZ · December 31, 2005 at 3:40 pm · Filed Under Off-topic ranting, Site information 

It was a fun year for the site, even as the M’s didn’t do so well. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves, learned something, or at least felt like part of a larger group, and I hope you hang around for the next year, too. Official USSM Endorsements will be coming over the next week or so, but feel free to send nominations. Or comments, complaints, thoughts for the new year… whatever.

Fun 2005 stats
972 posts by authors
~72,000 comments by authors and readers (74 comments/average article)

Comment Power Rankings
1. Me, with 2,860*
2. David J. Corcoran, 2,209**
3. Dave, 1,794
4. Jim Thomsen*** 1,592
5. (tie) Evan and msb with 1,559
7. eponymous coward, 1,361
8. ray 1,117
9. Jason, 1,058
10. LB, 787

* this was not a last-minute drive, obviously, and yes, that means I’m responsible for 4% of all comments
** and Corco is 3%
*** Thomsen, no ‘p’

Top searches not obviously people looking for USSM*
1. Kenji Jojima
2. Mariner
3. Jeff Clement
4. Lastings Milledge
5. Safeco Field
6. Felix Hernandez
7. Daisuke Matsuzaka
8. Andruw Jones contract
9. Cameron Maybin
10. Jennifer Pankratz**

* ie, overall 1 “uss mariner”, 2 “ussmariner” 3 “u.s.s. mariner” 4 “ussmariner.com”

Most annoying search engine
Yahoo! crawlers sucked 2% of our total bandwith this year. Way to be. People who came here through Google outnumbered Yahoo about 5:1


94 Responses to “Happy New Year, everyone”

  1. David J. Corcoran on December 31st, 2005 10:58 pm


  2. David J. Corcoran on December 31st, 2005 10:59 pm

    Yes! My computer just survived Y2K+6!!!

    I love life.

    Happy New Year in Idaho everybody!

  3. eponymous coward on December 31st, 2005 11:02 pm

    Have we made it to Corco’s dating life yet?

  4. Matthew Carruth on December 31st, 2005 11:37 pm

    Oh, I thought it was a play on the ancient greek term. Kind of ironic if it’s not due to the translation.

    Almost 2006 here. ummm. yay.

  5. bogus on December 31st, 2005 11:39 pm

    EC- We are now blessed with Mr Corcoran’s own blog to be inform one of his dating life. It is indeed informative.

  6. eponymous coward on December 31st, 2005 11:53 pm

    You have an interesting definition of “blessed”.

  7. bogus on January 1st, 2006 12:25 am

    It is the sparkling wine followed by the the shots of Absente. Or maybe the Port.

  8. DoesntCompute on January 1st, 2006 1:05 am

    Happy New Year everyone.

    Thanks to Derek, Dave, Jeff, et. al. who run this site. This is the most informed blog regarding baseball I have found to date. The fact that it is about my favorite team is simply a bonus.

    There is only one hole I think needs filling. What is the probability of trading for (or signing as a free agent) the Batgirl? This site could really use some LegoVision analysis of Mariners games.

  9. msb on January 1st, 2006 1:21 am

    #58–not to mention mini-operas.

    a happy new year to all! I wish I could send you a shot of the Space Needle exploding with fireworks; I actually got a picture of it going off tonight

    an example for us all in the new year of something good coming from bad — in this case, finding an place with a view after being forced to move on short notice last summer due to The March of Fremont Condo-ization…

  10. Graham on January 1st, 2006 2:27 am

    Happy new year, everyone, and thanks to all who make this site a fun place to check out.

  11. Mat on January 1st, 2006 2:43 am

    Rumor has it that with her attendance-swelling capabilities, the Twins are clearing payroll to sign Batgirl to an extension. She’s a franchise blogger, and you’ve gotta find money when you get special talents like this.

    And Happy New Year, etc., etc. I look forward to my first full year of USSM.

  12. David J. Corcoran on January 1st, 2006 8:03 am

    Dating life= Corco traveling to coffee shops all over the McCall/Donnelly/Cascade/New Meadows/Council/Riggins area to flirt with females.

    Let’s not get into it.

  13. msb on January 1st, 2006 9:26 am

    from the Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose file, this morning Kirby Arnold tells us that Gil Meche is ready to break through this year….

  14. Gomez on January 1st, 2006 10:44 am

    As much as I’d like to get into a Comments Race, I’ll stick to chiming in whenever I have something relevant to add, thanks.

  15. zzyzx on January 1st, 2006 10:48 am
  16. msb on January 1st, 2006 12:58 pm

    ah, now that’s a much better view point (and camera)!

  17. David J. Corcoran on January 1st, 2006 2:36 pm

    64: That’s crazy talk right there.

  18. Gomez on January 1st, 2006 3:01 pm

    67. LIKE A FOX!

  19. David J. Corcoran on January 1st, 2006 3:03 pm

    Hey, when’s the Pizza Feed this year?

  20. DMZ on January 1st, 2006 5:14 pm

    What days are you unavailable?

  21. David J. Corcoran on January 1st, 2006 5:20 pm

    I’m ALWAYS available.

  22. Dave in Palo Alto on January 1st, 2006 5:23 pm

    The new Hot Stove League: Corco Baiting.

  23. David J. Corcoran on January 1st, 2006 5:31 pm

    But I really am always available. I have no life.

  24. DMZ on January 1st, 2006 5:52 pm

    As we discovered in trying to set something up last year, that’s not true.

  25. David J. Corcoran on January 1st, 2006 5:54 pm

    Good point.

    OK, I USUALLY have no life.

    But, hey! I’m moving to Tacoma in August, so I’ll be there next year.

  26. Mr. Obvious on January 1st, 2006 5:58 pm

    73. “I have no life”…. How often must you bludgeon us?

  27. Mr. Obvious on January 1st, 2006 5:59 pm

    76. Maybe DMZ is looking for a roommate or renter up north??!!

  28. David J. Corcoran on January 1st, 2006 6:05 pm

    I can’t think of anything DMZ would rather do than live with Corco.

  29. David J. Corcoran on January 1st, 2006 6:05 pm

    Actually, a root canal might be more appealing. 😛

  30. David J. Corcoran on January 1st, 2006 6:08 pm

    76: I don’t think I’ve ever hit you with a stick.

  31. Jim Thomsen on January 1st, 2006 8:21 pm

    Sorry to interrupt with something relevant, but pitchers and catchers report in 46 days.

  32. marbledog on January 1st, 2006 8:39 pm

    Every thread has a silver lining. Thanks.

  33. David J. Corcoran on January 1st, 2006 10:58 pm

    81: MY EYES!!! Relevance is the root of Evil! EVIL!

  34. msb on January 1st, 2006 11:38 pm

    #81– CBSportsline has a nice little countdown clock on their site:

    44days 21hrs 23min 49sec

  35. kc on January 2nd, 2006 12:13 am

    After all the negative feelings swirling around Marinersblogdom the last month or so, the last five minutes spent reading through the Corcopalooza was actually really nice…
    Not that I am encouraging this sort of thing on a regular basis…
    Even if I do have one brother in Meridian and another in Eagle…
    Hey, Corc, they’re both Mariners fans. But they don’t know any single women who drink coffee in bars…
    But you could get together and talk Bruce Bochte, or Jack Perconte, or Julio Cruz.
    Or Spike Owen.

  36. David J. Corcoran on January 2nd, 2006 8:21 am

    heh. I’ll be in Meridian/Eagle today.

  37. mandy bot on January 2nd, 2006 4:27 pm

    I am already posting for the first time this year and it’s only January 2nd. I would be worried about ending up on next year’s major posting list if Corco wasn’t already up to something like 20 already. Just kidding lol.

    Happy New Year to everyone and thanks for all the great posts. I love reading them and usually stay in the background but this thread looked about right for my limited knowledge level. Thanks for the good information in 2005.


  38. AQ on January 2nd, 2006 7:00 pm

    Happy New Year, all. Here’s hoping that the collective intellect of the commenters continues to improve and that there’s no snarkiness at all in 2006. LOL!

  39. Jim Thomsen on January 2nd, 2006 7:54 pm

    Post #88 shall be recorded in cultural history as the moment USS Mariner jumped the snark.

  40. Jeff on January 2nd, 2006 7:56 pm

    Jim, how can you say that? You were around for Corcoromance.

  41. eponymous coward on January 2nd, 2006 8:13 pm

    We wish we weren’t, though.

    (Though I hope that the M’s have another singles night so DMZ’s plans come to fruition.)

  42. Jim Thomsen on January 2nd, 2006 8:38 pm

    I need a Corco-Concordance to keep this all straight.

  43. Choska on January 3rd, 2006 9:51 am

    Glad you guys got some ads on the site. Well, glad about the potential cash you can make. I just clicked a few times on the Felix Hernandez ad, and picked up an autographed ball – cheap. (I hope it’s real.)

  44. vj on January 3rd, 2006 10:44 am

    Re the google ads, I just saw one from Military.com (linking to USS Engage) and from ebay (re submarine base new London). This site’s name is somewhat misleading, I guess.