Yahoo Sports Shortcut Takes A Swing

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Do a query for a professional athlete on Yahoo Search, and a new Sports Shortcut may appear with extra details about him. UPDATE: It does now in Firefox; please see the comments section for details.

I’m a sports fan, I should be excited about the Sports Shortcut debuting on Yahoo Search. It appears some testing still needs to take place.

Like other Yahoo Shortcuts, the Sports Shortcut delivers a block of information about an athlete. Yahoo Search’s Ya-Bing Chu gives Dontrelle Willis as a search example. The shortcut…doesn’t show up in Firefox.

Strange. I tried it in Opera, Safari, and even IE, and there’s Willis, beaming out of his Shortcut over his 4.98 ERA. (Note to non-baseball fans: that’s an atrocious Earned Runs Average). Same thing happened when searching for Seattle’s dynamic leadoff hitter, Ichiro.

The Shortcut seems to be just for baseball players right now. A search for Peyton Manning didn’t bring up a Shortcut. Neither does a query for Eli Manning, but it’s not like he deserves one.

Omitting Firefox from the Shortcut looks like a strange oversight. We may have to blame Chu for this, as he is a Red Sox fan. Let’s hope Yahoo can get a New York fan to look into this.

Yahoo Sports Shortcut Takes A Swing
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  • http://search.yahoo.com Ya-Bing

    Hi David,
    Actually, our Sports Shortcut does work in Firefox. Your Firefox browser cookie was just selected for one of our small control experiences. If you that cookie, you should be able to see the experience.

    This is a pretty widespread practice, so perhaps it would be useful to take this into account in future reports.


    • David A. Utter

      I’m seeing Dontrelle’s gaudy ERA in Firefox now. Thank you for clarifying what was happening. When I tried it this morning, both in normal and safe mode for Firefox, I was pretty surprised the Shortcut wasn’t present.

  • Ya-Bing

    Also, if you read the Yahoo! Search Blog where we messaged this release, you’ll notice that it’s clearly stated that other sports will roll out with their seasons.

    • David A. Utter

      Pre-season training and games are taking place. I’m inclined to think it’s time for the Mannings to get their Shortcuts, don’t you?

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