Favorites and duds from today's commenting.

Favorites, in no particular order:

This is smart and funny, from FreemanMcNeil in the the Clay/Liston post, even if it's totally conjured from thin air. Or, maybe because it's conjured from thin air. The delivery is quick and sharp and I dig it. Good job.

I love this, from Same Sad Echo in the Giannis Antetokounmpo post. It's a dark joke, and here's the thing: a lot of jokes are dark just to be dark and aren't actually funny. There are probably a half-dozen ways to deliver this joke to make use of the angle without actually drawing a laugh, and they all probably fail by overestimating the power of the reference. Here the author cooks up some fun misdirection and infuses it with tone and character, and that makes all the difference in the world. I also giggled stupidly at this dumb blurt in Greg Howard's N-Word post. Silly and funny.

This is silly and dumb from snoop-a-loop in the Carlos Martinez post. It's just so charmingly crappy. I laughed.

I like this an awful lot, from Madoffs Mets in the Carlos Martinez post. Everything about it is excellent. The awkward opening line is pitch-perfect, and the wanking motion is the exact right response! I'm surprised this didn't get a little more attention. I'm making this the Comment of the Day.

Here's a funny dialogue joke from A Big Ol' Butthead in the Tim Lincecum's Mustache post. I like how quickly this joke moves through the middle part, what is essentially the punchline. It's smart because it doesn't give the joke time to wind down or diminish as the interaction continues. The Freudian slip is the crux of the joke, but the author structured the joke in such a way that he adds a little effective awkwardness beyond that point without stepping on his punchline. Great job.

I can't help but laugh at this awkward sequence from marmol heater in the Old Asshole Golfer post. It's a wordplay gag rendered into something significantly greater. I can't help it, I love it.

This line from darinh in the same post is also good. Smart and elegant and perfect. Good stuff.

This is a fucking spectacular non-joke from a burner named cheeseman69 in Greg Howard's N-Word post. Whether you agree with the sentiment or not (and you should), we can all agree that it's smart and thoughtful and provocative and an interesting part of an important conversation.

I laughed aloud at this joke from Theodore Donald Kerabatsos in Greg Howard's N-Word post. The tone is great. So earnest! And then the punchline, in the same exact tone, at the very end. Terrific.

I enjoyed this joke from cobra, brah! in the Sad Manchester United post. It's something like the joke from TDK above, with similar mechanics. It's a familiar joke format, is what I'm saying, but it takes talent to craft the right tone and pick the right punchline. Nice work.

This is hilarious, from The Amazing Sneijderman in the State's Music post. I laughed loudly when I scrolled back up to the art and finally put it together. That's really goddamn funny.

Total Fucking Duds

I hate this whole brand of humor, from some idiot burner called AD in the Raymond Felton post. Don't do this crap. It's a cheap, lazy way of getting a handful of recs from morons with the evolved senses of humor of pre-teen boys. Jail=Butt Sex is ignorant and gross enough to need a considerable amount of skill in the delivery to not land with a resounding thud. This joke stinks, and the morons who recommended it are, well, morons.

Man, take this sorry shit back to ESPN.com, Gus Triandos' Jock Strap (from the Carlos Martinez post). Seriously. How dumb are you? How totally fucking clueless? God almighty.

Alright, folks. Sleep tight, and pleasant dreams.