Over the past few years of Silvertails existence, many a phrase has been coined that has turned into a meme for the site. As such many newcomers often wonder what many of these memes in the form of silly words, unique misspellings, acronyms and phrases are. The wonderful forum and Silvertails community are often quick to explain these to new users to the site, but it is still easy to forget, and so many are generated on a weekly if not daily basis.
Therefore the goal of this page is to run through and describe a good deal of Silvertails.net memes so that people can easily find an explanation and reference for them when they see them.
YART stands for "Yet Another Ryan Team" this is probably the first and most well known meme of the site. A poster of the site, known as Ryan throughout the early days of the site, and in fact still today enjoys coming up with various combination's for different team lineups for the mighty Manly Warringah Sea eagles. These teams are at time controversial, other times they are quite normal and yet others they are just outlandish. YART's are no longer restricted to Ryan and these days many posters choose to put their idea for a team line-up under the title of a YART. One of the more famed YART's was with the selection of Adam Cuthbertson, prop/backrower on the wing
The famed goat photos was coined based on the continual selection of players who seemed to not be living up to potential. It was theorised that said players, must have photographs of the coach in some kind of act with a goat. Whomever originally coined this phrase is not entirely clear, however it sprung up in the relative early days of the site, when players of the ilk of Jye Mullane were running around for the team. When a player who now continually under performs is included in the weekly roster, it is often thought and said that this player must have inherited the goat photos from the previous owner, who has usually by that stage left the club. The longest assumed possessor of the goat photo's is thought to be Luke Williamson, a hardy utility player who probably did not posses the attacking flair of other players, but was defensively great and a workhorse. Though many were astounded at his selection each week. Other noteworthy holders of the photos are, Jason King, Chris Bailey, who seemed to hold the most revealing photos for the longest term and currently Tony Williams.
Club Mullaniac, Mullane, The Mullane Stand:
Club mullanic was named after a player that has been much maligned by The Silvertails over the years. Mullane was one of 3 halfbacks that were running around shortly after the Northern Eagles era. Not high on skill or salary, this player whilst always giving his best, was not first grade material. However will live on in club culture for years as somewhat of a cult villain rather than hero. Some of his known accomplishments were throwing passes from the centre of the field into the Jane Try stands and coming close to bombing cars in the back car park on several occasions.
The Mullane stand was formed in these years as several of the posters who attended games together would gather under a large plastic drop sheet on the rainy days supplied by Dan's dad. We were oft seen huddled underneath and this became known as the Mullane stand.
The entire Mullane saga lead to many an argument between supporters and lead to the then "Alternate Eagles" being labeled as "Not true supporters" (see below) due to their continued call for the axing and replacement, plus "bagging" of players who were clearly not up to NRL standards. The forum wars were started mostly off the back of this, but those wars will not be documented here.
A true supporter, is generally used as a last action to try to belittle another supporter when all other arguments have failed. This is usually pedaled out by the more mentally weak of the forums and is meant to be used in a more negative light, i.e. "You are not a true supporter". However, it has now become more of a comedic meme used by those not deemed "True Supporters" to show the weakness in an opponents arguments. It is also used generally when speaking about club membership, without it, many deem you to not be a True Supporter.
Specifically what makes you a true supporter is often up for debate, but as far as we can tell the criteria is as follows
- Must never say anything negative about the Manly Sea Eagles, the team or any of it's players
- Must own at least 1 of every jersey ever released by the club
- Must attend every game at Brookvale oval and as many other games as you can, no matter your location or socio-economic status
- Must be part of the "In Faction" with the football club
- Must have an IQ of no more than 85 points
Free Sandwiches is a term used for the inner faction of the Sea Eagles supporters, it is the holy grail and even more likely the trophy awarded to the truest of true supporters that are entrenched in the inner society of the Sea Eagles, it is part of becoming one of them. The term comes from jealousy, spawned by those not lucky enough to sit on the board, have a seat in the presidents lounge at games or help out with membership drives. It really comes from the catering standards at Brookvale also, i.e. if you sit in the presidents lounge, help out with membership or sit on the board you will be rewarded with free sandwiches.....oh such lofty heights.
The name "Princess" is the nickname given to Jason king, coined in part because of his surname but also due to his days where he was known as the softest of soft Props, in games rarely making a hit up and never pushing the advantage line. Falling into tackles backwards and struggling to make 10m. Princess has since change his ways, and this moniker is now rarely used for him.
This is a classic example of thinking before you criticize. In an attempt belittle the people that run Silvertails.net one user "Pontian Sea Eagle" posted the following in this thread
"By the way the ironstines that run this forum should have deleted it before the thread went any further."
Clearly this user was trying to call us "Einsteins" and attempt to use sarcasm to call us stupid, however in one of the most spectacular backfires in the history of the internet, dear Pontian completely misspelled Einstein. Whether this was done on purpose, or whether this was done due to stupidity we may never know, but it has spawned a mini phenomena on Silvertails.net and you will oft see in multiple thread people being called "Ironstine". It's meaning is obvious and it's impact is hilarity and will go down in the annals as one of the more brilliantly funny terms ever coined on this site.
Fifi is the nickname given to Tony Williams, one of the tallest players to take the field but who often runs back at the line as though he were only a 4 foot tall 5th grader. Fifi, is short for Fa'afafine, being the name given to men, who in the Samoan culture are raised from a young age as women. Obviously implying that Williams is soft. It is likely that the name Fifi, will be passed between players that display a special degree of softness in years to come. More about Fa'afafine
Obviously being Manly Warringah Sea Eagles fans, we have a particular disliking for just about every other team in the competition. As such, the members of the site, often refer to teams by other inventive names. If you have ever have trouble deciphering these, then I have listed many below.
Sharks: gummies, flakes
Storm: drizzle, Scum, purple pricks
Souths: Mixos, Vermin
Roosters: The Rorters, Rooters, Feather Dusters
Do you have another Silvertails.net Meme? If so, contact Dan, either on the forums or via email and we can add it to the list.