Archives for November 2006

Google vs. Yahoo at sports

(Okay, I did a serious SEO post about PubCon. I’ll do a fun one about the bowling at the MSN party. As it happens, I didn’t hit the Yahoo party, the MSN party, or even Greg Boser’s birthday party this time around. But I heard from several people that they were a lot of fun.)

Google’s mission statement is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. I’ve heard that Yahoo’s unofficial motto is to work hard and play hard. Given those two mottos, which company do you think is going to be better at sports? Oh hell yes, I believe it will be Yahoo. If you want world chess or puzzle champions, we are your company. If you want intramural sports, I’d bet on Yahoo.

Sure, it’s a sweeping generalization, but let’s look at some sports. Recently Yahoo! and Google played tennis against each other. Who took that one? Yahoo did. And a couple months ago, these flyers turned up at the Googleplex as Yahoo and Google squared off in softball:

Google Softball flyer

I don’t know who won that match-up, but I’d be willing to bet a shiny quarter that Yahoo did. On the other hand, Google can acquit itself pretty well at some activities. At SES San Jose, Vanessa Fox suited up in a sumo wrestling suit and took down her Yahoo! opponent, 3-1.

Given, all this, I was interested to hear bowling results from the MSN party at PubCon (MSN rented out a suite with a bowling alley at the Palms). It turns out that Danny snapped pictures of the final scores. A few of the players and their scores:

Melanie Mitchell (AOL) – 133
Eytan Seidman (Microsoft Live) – 116
Danny Sullivan (Search Engine Land) – 112
Tim Mayer (Yahoo!) – 99

I skipped the MSN party, but I’ll chip in my last bowling score:

My bestest ever bowling score

It’s nice to know that I could have gone to the MSN party without fear of bowling shame. I know, I know, you’re wondering why I have a copy of a bowling game from last year. Two reasons: first, it’s the highest score I’ve ever hit by margin of 50 points or so. I doubt I’d ever do that well again. Second, it was about an hour before I took my punishment for losing a bet. If you have to bet on a company for something sports-related though, I’d still put my money on Yahoo! over Google. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Enjoy your turkey day, tofurkey day, turducken day, or whatever you enjoy this fine afternoon. If you’re not in the U.S., have a great day nonetheless, and I hereby recommend that you take the day off anyway. 🙂