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Messages - Qui-Gon Jim

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason 2015
« on: June 26, 2015, 09:13 AM »
I don't think anyone wants to leave Chicago right now, be it Saad or someone else.  But a couple of all-stars and 21 million tied up in two players under a $71 million salary cap says guys are going to have to move, like it or not.  Saad is an RFA, the Hawks don't have to pay him THAT much really.  But if they don't, he's likely to walk once he reaches UFA, winning team or not. 

Loyalty is a dead concept.  The "home town discount" is going to amount to far less than $1 million/year difference.  Rest assured if he gets a bridge deal at $2.5 or so, it'll be harder to sign him after that two beyond his two remaining RFA years.  Every team in the league wants Saad.  While I don't think anyone will offer sheet him with a ridiculous offer because of the compensation associated with high end deals, it still might happen.  But an unsatisfactory deal, economic reality be damned, isn't going to sit well if the Leafs come calling two years down the road offering $6/7 million per.  Chicago just can't afford that. 

Toews+Kane+Hossa+Shaw+Seabrook+Keith+Hjalmarsson+Crawford = nearly $50 million dollars in salary next year.  It's going to be hard to move Bickell, but easy to move Sharp.  But even discounting those two if they're moved, you've got 8 guys on a 23 man roster making $50 million.  Teravainen is a bargain, but if you don't get much for Bickell or Sharp or Oduya (well you won't get anything here because he's UFA but it'll leave a big hole) or Versteeg in return, it won't be quite as pretty.  As it currently shows, Chicago has $7 million in cap space and 10 guys unsigned.  Eep!

Again, great organization right now.  Really run well, some absolute top end talent spread throughout the positions.  Don't think you could find a guy that wouldn't want to go there.  Oh, oh.  Salary Cap.

No horse in this race, but this is dead on.  Most guys play for two reasons, the money and the glory.  With "glory" checked off the bucket list, it comes down to money.  Sports fans tend to over romanticize the concept of players turning their noses up at making big dollars playing for a loser.  Of course, the inverse is true when a player is at the end of their prime with no title to show for it, they sometimes take a lesser deal to play for a team that can realize championship dreams.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Pixar Thread
« on: June 21, 2015, 07:58 PM »
Saw Inside Out today. Another Pixar masterpiece. Oozing creativity. Every kid will love it and every parent will love it for a whole separate set of reasons.

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If you do, I'd be interested, but don't plan a special trip for just one.

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I may be interested...  How much was tis again?

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I grabbed a few of these at Target a couple weeks ago.  The base is designed to fit on a (child's) finger to simulate flying around.  These ships remind me of metal versions of Micro Machines, same level of detail but a touch bigger.  Pretty cool.  I grabbed the Y-Wing, Snowspeeder and the Falcon.  They also had the Ghost and Slave-1 (both of which seem to be the pegwarmers so far).

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 18, 2015, 08:32 PM »
OMG!  Dr. Bashir!!  One of the snakes is Jamilla from RotS.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: May 13, 2015, 08:24 PM »
Yes. Always remember this around Easter especially...  That plastic "grass" can be deadly. If you have pets, spring a little extra and get the paper variety.

Glad to hear your pooch is doing well. One question: was the dog-sitter a friend?

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Droid Factory 2013 / Re: 2013 Droid Factory = NOT Dead in 2015?
« on: May 13, 2015, 08:16 PM »
Remember the Kay-Bee dumps in the late 90's?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: May 11, 2015, 08:15 AM »
So sorry for your loss.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: May 8, 2015, 11:29 AM »

I do think they should have had Coulson on board the Helicarrier since he was the one who had it commissioned to be rebuilt in the first place. Dude is pretty much walking around out in the open all over so I don't know how people like Hawkeye and Widow who still have SHIELD connections wouldn't have realized he was still alive by now.


Whedon said in an interview that this was done so that people who saw Avengers I but have not watched AoS would not be confused.  That said, Coulson could have been there to hand over project Theta, and had a quick moment with the team with some quip about how they revived him.

I am surprised that I haven't heard any Whedon-hater complain that he put a character into the story that essentially looks at the audience and literally says "I bet you didn't see that coming" as he is killed off.  LOL.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: May 2, 2015, 06:48 AM »
Yeah, Better Call Saul is AWESOME. It took me a while to "get" the season finale but the rest of the episodes are all good stuff, especially if you've seen all of Breaking Bad. Plus, the official Twitter retweeted me once, so I'll always go to bat for the show.

My wife and I did start watching House of Cards on Netflix and really enjoy that (we just watched Episode 1 of Season 2)...

All downhill from there, but I'm the only one who thinks this apparently. I thought Season 3 was trash too.




I haven't watched S3 yet, but the end of S2e01 is the best part of the first two seasons.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: May 2, 2015, 06:46 AM »
Are you saying CA:TWS and GotG were just "alright"?!?

This movie isnt threatening for any Oscars, but it was ton of fun, the plot was not insulting, there was plenty of character development, and the action was amazing.

Has Marvel finally turned the magic corner where the fans root for them to fail?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: May 1, 2015, 12:55 PM »
Loved it.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Class II Vehicles
« on: April 26, 2015, 07:59 AM »
I don't mind the updated design, but seeing the size was a bummer for me.

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