Roundup - Friday, July 11, 2014

It's a good thing there were no big news dumps today, because I really didn't feel like writing an extended Roundup. [Senseless Apprentice whispers from off-stage] Hmmm … I see. Well, fuck. Here we go …

Favorites and Duds from Today's Commenting

Favorites, in no particular order:

I liked marmol heater's simple wordplay in the morning's Fan Fight post. Just straight to the point punnage there.

pkellen2313 also stopped by the Fan Fight for a more extended exercise that gave me a good chuckle. Later, he whipped the defenseless Brazil horse a bit more with this excellent supplement to the country's naturalization process.

Here's some wonderfully childish wit from RMJ=H in the Rockies Owner post. The whole gag rests on the double meaning of "stance," but the mental image of Dick Monfort awkwardly bunting is ridiculous to me.

Gotta hand it to Samer for that Zapruder Film headline, and kudos to RCCola for misdirecting the conspiracy to something as mundane as LeBron's hat.

StuartScottsEye seems to be on a deliberately-failing-standup kick lately, and today's lunacy in the LeBron Bombshell is quite good. I especially like the sort of coming-to at the end that opens up doubt for the reader and deflates any sense of command over what's going on here. So dumb.

A quick note on joke formats: the [cums] gimmick is common around the DS sewers, and for the most part I find them pretty unfunny. Not that I'm vehemently opposed to the format, but it's become a saturated market and overuse leads to familiarity, which breeds contempt. That's why I was extremely pleased with Jay Sanin's quick-draw retooling of the gag in the Lebron Announcement. The after-the-fact sort of perspective pushes this one into Comment of the Day land, most notably because the joke requires just that little bit more connection to make the blocks fall into place.

Total Fucking Duds

If anyone is interesting in what the dark heart of irony looks like, have a look at whosevelt's submission in Magary's Hottest Take column. Thanks for stopping by, asshole.

Okay, enough of me. Let us know your favorites from yesterday below, and maybe I'll get around to a Week in Review tomorrow afternoon. Happy weekend.