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Y! Sports Defender No More

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

I’ve been trying to write this post in my head for a while now, but sometimes there’s no thinking like doing, so here it goes:

I’m in Sunnyvale this week finishing my last days at the Y Bang. Awkward is the only word that comes to mind right now. Saying goodbye to the people who have supported and shaped my life for the past four years is not something I take lightly, and although I’ve been working remotely for the past year, I’ll still miss my daily interactions with the group.

Deboarding the plane in SJC this past Sunday, I was a bit surprised to be awash in memories of the first days of my return to California and all the decisions that led to this point. I remembered landing in Oakland four years ago filled with excitement and enthusiasm. I think I even raised my hands in victory as I trotted down the stairs and took my first breaths of bay area air as a newly re-minted Californian. There was a lot to be happy about in addition to the sunshine and blue skies. I was tired of new york, I was going to be closer to family, and I had this great new job that blended two things that I really loved–engineering and sports. In hindsight, that moment is going to be hard to beat. But on this particular Sunday, all I could think about was how a lot of the things I was excited about just didn’t pan out–not necessarily in a negative way, but more in a non-expected way. I never thought I’d move back to New York and I certainly never thought I’d leave Yahoo!.

So, here I am. Y! Sports Defender no more. While leaving has it’s down sides, I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead at the new job. I’d like to say a final thank you to all my co-workers at the Y!. It’s been a lot of fun. If any of you are ever in NYC, give a holler. Otherwise, I’ll see you all on the Madden field.

finally

Monday, January 26th, 2009

someone is talking about the incredible similarities between the new espn site and our humble home on the web.

I have yet to decide whether the lack of commentary on the interwebs is a function of apathy or perhaps a tipping point in the company’s public perception which makes it ok to ignore the largest sports website in the world.

Hootenanny

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

So the y! has been doing this live sets thing down in santa monica for a couple years now. I haven’t been paying too much attention to it, though. every now and then a band will show up that peaks my interest and i’ll catch a couple of the songs online, but that about it. to be honest, my interest in music has waned dramatically since leaving the dungeon.

anyway, getting back to the point, weezer performed recently and, well, they knocked the shit out of the park. Instead of giving just another concert, they invited the crowd to bring their instruments. here’s a taste of what ensued:

and here’s the behind the scenes action:

the final set list:
pork and beans
creep (radiohead cover)
island in the sun
automatic
jaimie
say it ain’t so
el scorcho
beverly hills

you can check it out in all its glory here.

one-oh

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

talking to the chuburys the other day, it occurred to me that my career will be turning ten years old in a few short months. I’m not sure how I feel about that. On one hand, I feel a retrospective is in order. On the other, I feel like I’m too young to be thinking about a retro anything. I wish I had something more substantive to say about this mile marker.

I guess what I can say is that this past decade I’ve been incredibly lucky to have worked with some really wonderful people with whom I’ve formed enduring friendships, and for that I am very grateful.

So, thanks y’all!

Here’s to another ten. Cheers.

Roundup

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Non-obama lovefest posts have been scarce lately. Things have been busy, what can i say? Here’s what i’ve been up to:

1) The new navigation on the ol’ s.y.c. If you haven’t noticed, there’s a new nav on sports.yahoo.com. I have to admit that i wasn’t much of a fan of the new nav when i saw it, but apparently, i’m in the minority. anyway, this is merely phase one of a three or four parter.

2) Yahoo! Sports Minute: This was sorta a big deal. It marks the first time Dunkin’ Donuts has advertised with us, and i think it went off pretty well. Check it out at http://sports.yahoo.com/sportsminute

3) Finally, with a great deal of effort, UFC PPV dropped last night. This is our second live broadcast deal with a sports league (the first being nfl game pass, also brought to the masses by yours truly). Overall, i think we did a pretty good job and, personally, i’m stoked that we got to do this. If you’ve got $45 laying around and don’t mind using any other browser other than safari, feel free to give it a look-see at http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/ufcppv/82.

next up is a santa monica-new york sandwich.

$25K for your school? Why not?

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Looks like the Y! is having a little promo for our new kickstart project. Here are the rules. Go get ’em.

Something for everyone

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

So a few months back, the Y! sports team did a little redesign. We spruced things up a bit, updated the look, put a big ass picture on it. Personally, i really liked it. I know that others didn’t. So, today, we snuck in a little something, something. A slimmed down, bare bones, hold-everything-just-the-meat-and-bun digest for y’all. Let us know what you think over here. enjoy.

Git yer NBA on.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

In a frakkin’ awesome deal for us, we signed with the NBA to get 2007 playoff highlights for Yahoo! Sports, everyone’s favorite destination for all things news, scores, rumors, and fantasy. It’s a pretty sweet package. We have highlights for every game, post game interviews, top ten plays and more. I’m pretty stoked about it. Of course, i’d be more stoked if my kings were in the playoffs, but why bog down a good thing with crushed dreams and broken hearts?

Egregious

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

I’ve started taking the 6:30pm bus home lately. I had been taking the 6pm due to the physical limitations that prevented me from spending more time in the gym. Thankfully, those limitations are now in retrograde. One of the downsides of the 6:30pm bus (affectionately known as the Van Ness line), is that it drops me off at Van Ness and Grove. The intersection of Van Ness and Grove helps form the locus of points in the city that are farthest from my home. It often takes another 40min to and hour to get home from that stop. Just for some background, the 6pm bus (The Glen Park line) drops me off at 19th and Judah where it takes me about 15min to get home.

Anyway, so i’m on the 6:30pm and we’re waiting to leave sunnyvale when a woman steps on and asks “Does this bus go to Glen Park?” I kindly tell her that the last Glen Park bus was 6pm. She then turns to her comrade and says “Sorry about that . You can take a cab home and expense it.” I have to say i was slightly aghast. To me, that’s an egregious misuse of company funds for multiple reasons. I mean, you’re going to get into the city at 7:30/7:45. You have to stay past 8pm for a free cab ride in most financial institutions in new york! Also, if you need to get from Van Ness and Grove to Glen Park, you should take the Bart for $2 instead of running up a $30 cab ride. sheesh.

The Ship

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Has sailed! No stopping it now. Be on the lookout cause it’s coming your way.