Ok, I think it's clear the front page was wreaking havoc on the database queries. This is good news in the fact it looks like this host is still adequate enough to host the site, and no major move is needed.
What is needed is a redesign. There is another portal option I am going to start playing with to see if that works. I am going to hold off switching the forum software until the off-season, but I do think I will switch, as it has some nice features this board does not.
Anyway, I hope everyone is noticing a big improvement on the boards, and I thank you for your patience.