One year ago, a group of female Deadspinners got together and built a website that would forever alter the sportswriting landscape. Some delusions of grandeur, but whatevs.
Artwork, as always, by the one, the only, the incomparable Lady J-Money, who credits our success to the quality of our ingredients.
When we last saw our heroines, we were raising glasses to six months of this contraption. Since then….where to start? We got out of the house a little, and brought a few friends along for the ride. We stirred up a couple hornets’ nests and got our knees dirty. We launched a blatant homerism lovefest and let lust rule our fantasy drafts. We went undercover with the Mets and the Mitchell Report and got inside with the Tigers. We turned back time and had ourselves a total eclipse of the heart. We pledged our hearts to the World Series, and just about killed ourselves trying to get there, and just about GOT ourselves killed once we were…but that all worked out just fine, didn’t it? We got down and dirty with the history of Rock and championed the little guys. We came heroically close to covering every single bowl game. We said fond farewells to a fine crop of college boys, and found new targets for next year.
And the snacks. Oh, TSW’s snacky goodness. The legendary Buffalo Chicken Dip. The homemade corn dogs. The 9-Layer Ranchero Dip, K2 of snack foods. Pork with more pork. The genesis of our quiche obsession. The other Ladies got into the act, to the tune of Pudding Shots, Beer Bread, Cheese Straws, and a variety of meats and cheeses.
We celebrated (properly) the apex of football season (and then some), and marked the turning of the sports season. We got our gamble on. We gave thanks, wished on our stockings, spread holiday cheer and strove to be better fans. We found humor in the worst of times and stood up for boobs everywhere. We rassled and clawed and even screwed each other.
After the jump, some poetic and prosaic reflections on our year together.
Many thanks Ladies
Where are our satin jackets?
Time for the clubhouse.
12 months in the Men of the Mitchell Report calendar
11 (or more) insane liveblogs
10 prospects scouted in advance
9 new ways to look at Riley Skinner
8 Ladies… at-bat songs and screwed over
7 (or more) anipals at Metsy’s
6 KSK writers over whom we reigned victorious
5 fanbases better informed on lovemaking
4 regions in the disastrous Hot Blogger Bracket
3 genius All-Star Game BINGO cards
2 horrendous days in Cleveland
1 fantastic year
After one year, I can make a confession.
Until last night, I had never seen Demetri Martin’s “Ladies…” bit.
There! I said it! I’ve come clean! I knew what the joke was via internet memes, but had never actually watched the video. So for everyone who has never known where the name “Ladies…” comes from, check out around the 1:50 mark. No shame in finally catching up now.
So much has happened in this past year, the stories that I think define Ladies the most are the ones that we worked on as a team or were email conversations that we posted. CHEEZE DOODLE BACON PANTS still makes me laugh. Love, Sports, and Dating should be stapled to the foreheads of the
bitches editors at Jezebel and Radar. Our fantasy quarterback draft saw Tom Brady picked eighth. This got us in trouble (especially me) but I still think it was funny. We praised our mothers and fathers.
Mike Tomlin. We met, there was training camp, and you were proven to be hotter than Coach Nolan.
I was lucky enough to interview Curtis Granderson because of this site. Ladies allowed me to call out the NFL’s breast cancer awareness month. Seven kind women indulged my Sidney Crosby obsession. And they tolerated the monster that the Friday Football Foodie devolved into.
Sadly, my time at Ladies has come to a close. (To everyone who has asked, no I am not going to Defamer, although from what I hear I am pretty much the only person not applying for the job.) While I loved every minute I worked on Ladies, (okay, maybe not every minute), I’ve also pushed too many other things (career, friends who do not like sports, houseplants, pregnancy) to he side while working on this site. My use of the 2am/3am/4am/5am blogging tags needed to stop. (QUITE FRANKLY, my writing here suffered due to time constraints, and I felt shitty for putting up more dreck than droll.)
Thanks to everyone for reading for this past year. I look forward to playing in the comments and enjoying the brilliance of six fine Ladies for the next year!
Programming note: This will also be my final post for Ladiesdotdotdot. I’ve been invited to join the crew at EDSBS, and I’m packing up my bag of tricks and taking my game home to the Ess-Eee-Cee. I’m happy to be going but sad to be leaving, if that makes any sense, and hope you’ll all keep in touch.
Our pink corner of the internets has been a fantastic playground this past year. We’ve had some big stories—the Bracket and the KSK takeover come immediately to mind, of course—and I’ve used it to broadcast my love for football and flex my dramatic chops /poetry wings, but it’s the little stories I’ve treasured the most. And after everything we’ve been through, my all-time favorite moment is being accosted by that Dodgers fan. The one who read a blog titled “Ladies…” and a post titled “What Not To Wear” and thought I was a dude. A real life laff riot, twelve months of it, and epic in every sense of the word. Tears, bloodshed (internet blood), strong men, and the realest bitches alive—seven beautiful women I’ll miss terribly.
And no, my bed’s still not made. Be seein’ you.
The Ladies… made me care about baseball before October and the NFL before the playoffs. They shared in my utmost love of college football and college basketball. They don’t deride me (too much) on my football boyfriend Tom Brady (Michigan y’all), my love for Michigan football (screw you Appalachian State), and they (at least not to my face) don’t show their hate for Duke. They actually made me think about hockey for a minute. And that was a minute longer than I have ever thought about hockey before. They know that a last second buzzer beater in the first round of the tournament or a walkoff homerun or game winning touchdown is more than a great moment in a game, it’s an almost religious experience. The seven women that let me tag along are the sweetest, funniest, down to earth, passionate, straight up coolest people I know. And they taught me how to cook. In other words, they’re da realest bitches alive. Fo sho, yo.
Thanks to all our readers, and here’s to another unforgettable year.
Holly FTW. Seriously, you did awesome on this post.
Team effort, ma’am. :) All the way.
And no, I could not pass up one more chance to use that last picture.
I completely forgot about the turkey post. What the hell was I smoking?
Congratulations to all (and happy trails to two)!
What the hell was I smoking?
Someone cue up 10,000 Manics “These Are the Days”…
Makes me want to dance around my living room while playing Jock Jams ladies.
It’s been a great year. Here’s to at least a billion more. Raising my glass to Holly and TSW. What a legacy you leave.
Congratulations and an “awww” at the same time for the departing writers.
Congratulations etc., but… change? I suppose that retirements and free agency are the price you pay with a good team ; )
Could you include some links to favored posts of yore?
No love for the pizza loaf? God bless that tasty mess.
Happy one year, females.
Eighteen thousand links > trying to get eight women to agree on ten links. There’s just too many taut bodies for a top ten.
Burnsy, believe it or not, above the jump I was only posting links from the last six months. Pizza loaf was the first half of the year. But yes. Iz legendary.
Ape for the win. (And really, we all write separately, so who knew?)
Burnsy – Thank you for the pizza loaf love. (ONE MORE LINK!)
Oh no, TSW is the only living link to hockey! She will be missed. Even though she’s a Pens fan.
And Holly, EDSBS is lucky to have you. Have fun! You will be missed as well!
TSW, are you having a baby?!
I’m toasting this Diet Coke to a hell of a year here. Well done, Ladies.
You’re all growns up!
Thanks for one year of coworkers questioning my sexual orientation.
Happy Birthday Ladies…
And good lucky Holly and TSW. Can’t wait to see what happens next!
Congratulations! You lot don’t look a day over 6 months :)
Here’s to many more good years full of pizza loaf love and shirtless hotties.
OH MY GOD Clare you just made both my mom and Starterboyfriend pass out.
TALKING about having a baby. I said pregnancy had been pushed aside this year…
See? I am going to be lost without an editor!
Everybody raise a glass [raise it up the master’s ass!!!!]. Keep up the great work Ladies. Since we’re losing some writers, is it now just Ladies Dot Dot???
Thank you for the excellent-ness that is your site. Rarely is a blog prominently featuring pictures of sexy men so enjoyable for me. At least that’s what I tell my wife. While it is bittersweet to lose TSW and Holly, I look forward to year 2.
In all honesty, Ladies… was truly the inspiration that got me started blogging. The content and community created here really made me want to join in the fun. Not to mention I needed material to enter the “Contest That Shall not Be Named”!
That’s MISTRESS(es) of the house to you, Hot Blogger. ;)
TSW, are you having a baby?!
Clare, I thought the same thing.
Who knew a birthday party could end up being so sad?
Many congratulations on the anniversary, Ladies…, and good luck to each and every departing writers. Saying that you will be missed does not cover the entire spectrum of my feelings.
Although Ladies… will suffer greatly considering who is leaving (syke), I cannot bring myself to stop visiting. Fantastic work throughout the past year, and I look forward to what the future shall bring.
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Ladies…
Happy birthday to you
And many moooore…
If it weren’t for Ladies…, I never would have discovered PSAMP. And my life would be bleaker for it.
Happy Birthday Ladies…! So does this make DeadOn a year old too?
Farewell Holly! Best of luck over at EDSBS. We’ll be following you there and I know you’ll kick ass. Sorry for fighting with you all the time. And never make that bed.
Hi, I don’t think the site will suffer at all. GordonShumway/Jmoney, Texas Gal, SA, Andrea, Metsy, Clare- All geniuses.
I’m singing “Sunrise, Sunset” over here.
Well, not so much singing as “thinking” it.
I know we’ll all be sad to see a couple of ladies go, but hopefully we’ll continue to follow them wherever they go (assuming they withdraw that stupid restraining order), continue to enjoy those who remain here, and perhaps even one day welcome someone new.
Happy birthday Ladies!!!
Happy Birthday, and congrats, gals. You inspired this here MMA/wrestling obsessed gal to start my own blog, so I appreciate every one of you!
Congratulations, ladies… and hey, we shared a birthday week!
Oh, so sad to see two Ladies… go.
But three cheers to the birthday girls!
Many happy returns.
Happily Birthelday to all Ladies…
I can say, without a doubt, that through all of the HOT blogger contests and posts of hunky, athletically-inclined men, my sexuality has never been challenged. I think.
And next time TSW decides to post something on the Internets containing the words “baby”, “marriage”, or “pregnant” without letting me glance at it for editing purposes, I’m taking care of the modem with hammer.
That is all.
When does the first season DVD come out? I want to hear the commentary tracks and see the deleted posts.
Oh shit, TSW is leaving too? I will miss you and your food oh so dearly.
Great work ladies. You’ve made me crack up lots. :)
TSB/IJUMTU – Happy Valenpies Day to you too! :)
Tuffy – Will you do the MST3K track for us?
Seriously Holly, that opening is genius.
Cue Boys II Men…
“It’s so hard, to say goodbye, to yesterday…”
Hate to see you leave but I love to watch you go.
Cue Boys II Men…
“It’s so hard, to say goodbye, to yesterday…”
Thanks for reminding me of my unpleasant prom!
I feel we need to include that photo of Jacoby in every post we do from now on. It’s iconic.
Damn, that was one fun year.
Oh! And the Soxes! Without Texy and JHC I wouldn’t have been introduced to Papyboo’s thousand-yard stare.
You’re real classy dames, friends. Real broads. Thanks for a year of much laughter and recipes to use and efforts to explain why there are shirtless athletes on my browser. Good luck, TSW and Holly – I look forward to reading you guys wherever you go.
Congrats ladies and all the best – even to you posers who be sellin out. And thanks for the mayhem of the bracket. That was a lot of fun.
TSW: “Seen it.” “Hated it.” “Taped it.”
Congrats on the birthday Ladies… It has certainly been a treat watching this li’l blog grow up. Best of luck to Holly and TSW and here’s hoping for an evern better 2nd year.
And since you asked for yearbook sigs:
“Stay the same, don’t ever change”
“Have a great summer”
“See ya next year”
“To make you laugh, to make you frown, I wrote in your yearbook upside down”
Thanks for stealing my birthday from me.
Excellent work, one and all.
Congrats Ladies! Great job.
Here’s to another year…and Good Luck to TSW and Holly. *toast*
TSW, forget Defamer—stage a hostile takeover of Jezebel, that all may read it without being ashamed of our gender.
Some phenomenal stuff Ladies… well done, congratulations on your year!
Looking forward to the next one.
Congrats, here’s to another year (And hopefully another weekend as DS Weekend Mommies, you guys were pretty damn good.)
Happy Birthday, Ladies…
I’m making cupcakes in your honor and going to share them with strangers!
Congratulations,TSW and Holly. Will continue to follow your exploits and comments.
Happy 1st Birthday, Ladies…
You don’t look a day over zero!
Offering My Love and Respect ‘Til The End,
Which Lady… is buying the Steelers onesy for Li’l Starterbaby?
Congratulations to the Ladies…and fare thee well to TSW and Holly. I know I’ll read Holly at EDSBS, so it’s not really good-bye.
Please, come by DeadOn some more now that it’s not so…dead.
I’ll be back at DeadOn, too, now that the strike’s over, as soon as there’s new teevee.
1 year of much fun and ladies-sports goodness. Hope you all continue for quite some time.
Happy birthday to the biggest bunch of Ladies… whom I love but have never met. If I had something clever to add, this is where it would go.
Congratulations, Ladies. You took the blogging world by storm, and while I am sad to see TSW and Holly go, I’m sure that not only will they be successful in whatever endeavors they tackle next, but that the blog will continue to be as awesome as before.
Ladies…, you are awesome! It’s sad to see Holly and TSW go, of course, but still psyched to see everyone else keep posting.
…Posting pictures of Jacoby, in particular.
(Also, may I suggest an up-and-coming-baseball-prospects-HDH? I nominate Justin Masterson.)
Congrats on making one year.
Droll dreck? Or is it dreck droll? Whatevah… it’s always evident with sports writers, so ya alls did okay with that. Some a ya’s are leaving already? I shoulda paid more attention earlier; there’s always the archives to see what I missed.
I’m still waiting for the pics. Noooo… not the ones of the SacKings cheerleaders bent over with their thongs prominent… the ones of ya alls in that special way.
ciao to the leavers.
and I promise to read more frequently for those who stay on.
good luck with them dirty, stinky diapers.
Ladies, great work by all of you. Holly and TSW, vaya con dios. Those who are staying behind, thank you for giving me more laughs than anyone deserves.
Congrats Ladies and thanks for a wonderful year! TSW and Holly you will be missed. Holly, you want to lay bets on the Memphis vs Tennessee game next week? I’m getting nervous about it!
Congratulations, Ladies. You are all hilarious and have done a fantastic job.
TSW, I have been amazed at your ability to work a ful time gig, write for this site and be one of the best commenters on Deadspin.
Holly, Good luck at EDSBS. I know you will do great!
Hell Ya……some rockin’ eggs in that basket…plus the beer pouring picture….doesn’t get any better than THAT!
Happy Birthday, Ladies… Here’s to another year of fabulous posts
Happy Birthday to the Ladies …..
I have really enjoyed reading the posts and I will continue read them. I hope you won’t mind if I chime in every once in a while.
One more note just in case you didn’t realize it, I am not going to be StarterGrandma at least for a while.
Ladies…Congrat! Here’s to you on your 1st (raises bourbon glass).
I don’t comment often at all, but I do read the site pretty regularly. I’ve very much enjoyed this blog for the past year, and I’m terribly excited about the years to come! Thanks for an amazing year Ladies…and to those of you leaving good luck with your future projects and you will be missed!
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congratulations Ladies…!! Best of luck to Starter Wife and Holly!
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I come back from vacation to TSW and Holly leaving! I’m devastated!
I found this loveliness about 9 months ago and haven’t been able to stop looking at the view since, but I was never brave enough to comment. I think that says volumes about the loss of Holly and TSW, BUT….you Ladies… as a whole are awesome and I know the rest of you will keep the hotties coming. Thanks for all the entertainment while I should be working!
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