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Some Love for the SBI Mafia

MoreThanVoodoo 

For those who didn't catch it, our friends over at the New York Times Goal Soccer blog wrote a post on the SBI Mafia, and ask me some questions about the group. For those wondering about the SBI Mafia, it isn't an official group or anything. At least not yet.

So here's a question for you. Do you consider yourself a member of the SBI Mafia? If so, when did you become one?

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  1. Yeah I am a member absolutely! I started checking the site in the fall of 2007 although I was a big fan of Ives’ columns on soccernet.com long before. I clicked on the link at the bottom of each article and haven’t looked back since. Easily one of the top three if not the top US Soccer blog around.

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  2. I’m on the site at least 3 times/day and have been since early last year so i guess count me in!! T-Shirts!! To steal a famous quote from Special-1 TV … “do it!! it would be Fantastic!!”

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  3. I don’t make too many comments, but I do find myself checking the site at least five times a day for a new post. So I guess I consider myself part of the Mafia.

    I am definitely going to make a big effort in making the US-T&T game in Nashville.

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  4. I come by multiple times per day, but I only make comments once a week or so. I come here to learn and I’m not really able to spread much knowledge unfortunately. Maybe I’m only a fringe member, but I definitely root for Ives. I also struggle to pronounce your name correctly despite your clarification. I’ve known other Ives who pronounced it the French way (Eeevs).

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  5. It happened for me somewhere between receiving free copies of the

    herald as i left metrostars games (what did they pay that poor bastard anyway?) and finding your site on-line. It’s our homepage and my wife now accepts that.

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  6. I started reading right before you switched to the new site. Now its the first website I open every day, and I always read every post. Don’t comment too much, but enjoy reading other’s comments.

    I consider myself a member, though, because I almost squealed when I saw the banner on the US-Mexico game.

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  7. I’m not only an SBI Mafia card carrier, I’m also a member! I’ve been reading you’re stuff for years, and I have to say SBI is one of my favorite sites on the web. I hope it remains a huge success.

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  8. Let me test your criteria:

    1) If you read SBI multiple times a day
    CHECK
    2) Make intelligent comments on the site regularly
    THOUGH MY ENEMIES MIGHT THINK OTHERWISE, CHECK
    3) Visit SBI before most, if not all other soccer sites
    CHECK

    Then you’re a member of the SBI Mafia.
    WOOHOO!

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  9. i became a member of the mafia at the first roll call of this new site. plus, i check this site more than my email. great site ives. i’m addicted to posts.

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  10. I’ve only been reading since the end of 2008, but I definitely consider myself a member of the SBI Mafia. I’ve posted several times and it’s the first site I visit on my phone any time I’m on the can…or on a bus…or a plane.

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  11. Oh man, I became a mafia member way back when you started the old blog. And then back before you migrated to the new site, you made me a mafia captain, which was probably one of the best days of my life lol

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  12. I consider myself a member of the SBI Mafia because its like the first site I check every day, plus I visit it multiple times a day. As an 18 year old college student, I would think thats pretty impressive, so yes, I am a member.

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  13. i’ve been constantly checking your site since before you launched it on your own. i have it as a link at the top of my browser. and i think the fact that all my friends know your site without reading it because of how often i am on it might be a sign of something…

    plus i’ve recently decided to start commenting, so i think i’ll count myself in

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  14. I am a proud SBI Mafia original. I’m talking the SBI 1.0 website. Nice. And I’m a bit of a snob because of it. I love Ives’ successs but it gets a little crowded in here! LOL.

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  15. I’ve been a daily reader since the summer of ’07. I’d like to think of myself as a member, but I get the feeling I’m more like…an unwanted, bastard child of the mafia.

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  16. Yeah, I’m a member. I have been reading this blog for a good while. Well before Ives gave up the newspaper gig. I check in at least twice per day. I was very proud to see the SBI mafia banner on ESPN during the last USA/Mexico tilt. When the banner was shown I told my daughter, who was watching the game with me, “I’m in that Mafia.” She thought I was crazy. I have always wondered if I am the only Mafiosi in the State of Mississippi. (A displaced Jersey Boy.) Well, what about it Ives, am I the only one from the Magnolia state?

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  17. SBI afia member here!

    First of all its my home page. Check about five times a day and post now and then. The part about intelligent posts worries me though. Nevertheless reading Ives’s comments as well as all the posters is allot of fun.

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  18. “I do consider myself a member, and it was probably staying up during the Galaxy-Pachuca final that really made it stick.”

    YesYesYesYes.

    IMO, the thread for that game really is *THE* classic SBI thread. With Ives posting in the first half about how bad the game is and all there is to keep us interested was the drinking games (and it was dreadful for the Gals for the first 55 – 60 minutes). And then the game turned into a heartstopper, with great action, a classic goal, and an incredible ending (even if the Gals ended up losing). Yet it was a 500+ post thread for a game that began at 11:00 and ended at 1:30 am (Eastern), didn’t involve the USMNT, and was not even televised on an English-language channel (IIRC).

    That thread really showed me how great Ives’s website can be.

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  19. I was in Afghanistan from May07-July08. I spent 30-40 days on mountain tops and they would fly us to a base with Internet for 2 days so that we could refit. Everytime I came back for a couple days I always wanted to know what was going on in the MLS/EPL and the soccer world in general. I only had a 20 minute time limit on the Internet so i had to search quickly and then one day I found SoccerByIves.net and from there on I spent 15 minutes of my 20 after sending my wife and mom an e-mail on SBI. The high point of my deployment other than leaving that place was listening to Fulham avoid relegation on a transistor radio on a hilltop 100 meters from the Pakistan border. SBI kept my passion fueled and it is now my homepage as I am out of the Army. Airborne!!!!!!!!!!!

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  20. With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy:

    * If you check SBI more often than your email

    * If SBI became blocked at work after you started reading it

    * If you think Ives does a better job covering your favorite MLS team than the local beat reporter

    * If you can actually pronounce “Ives Galarcep” and “GianFranco Panizo”

    * If Google Reader doesn’t refresh Ives’ feed often enough for you

    * If it’s not official until Ives reports it

    * If you’ve ever been dejected when your YWTC caption didn’t make the top 10

    * If you’ve ever asked Ives about CAMs, John O’Brien, or Promotion/Relegation, just to annoy him… only to find some other commenter beat you to it

    * If you’ve ever sent Ives a news tip, only to go back to the site and find it’s already up there since you checked 20 minutes ago

    … then you might be a member of the SBI Mafia!

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  21. Most def. Ever since you became the first site i check every time i log onto the computer. Now every time i take my girlfriend’s iTouch she asks, “are you on Soccer By Ives?!”

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  22. I just did. Keep up the good work Ives. You put the other U.S. soccer sites to shame. (although I still read them. Can’t get enough)

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  23. Hey guys, I emailed Objectivo about the tshirt design and am waiting to see if they want to run with it. I’ll let you know more as soon as I hear back. Im glad you guys like the design.

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  24. Yes. I had been reading your blog for a least a year when you converted from the Herald site to your own site. Does that make me a charter member?

    Keep up the great work Ives. This is pretty much the only soccer blog I read now.

    NM

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  25. I have been reading since you were with the Herald, so like the posters above, I consider myself a member. I consider myself a stalker after the banner went on tv during the Mex game. I was watching with 15 people, and I was the only one that knew about SBI. I was beaming with pride as I explained about the site.

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  26. I think I became a mafia member when I decided that I thought some of the posters were full of s*** but it was still well worth reading.

    I guess that’s about the same time that I realized that the O’Brien questions were a joke for some people but, sadly, not others.

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  27. Just a thought, but for those of us who really are “mafia” members, maybe we could all add appropriate monikers to our regular posting names to indicate that. You know, like kpugs “Malone”, “Mike the Baltimore Mauler”, “Fat Tony in Quakeland”, etc. Some names, like mine, might have to be changed though. “Aristotle the Crusher” just sounds plain silly. The best I could come up with was “Aristotle the Freakin’ Philosopher”. Yo, ay, oh.

    It’s alright to start mocking me now!

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