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I hear ya.  Steinbrenner was smart in the way he went about putting YES together.  He owns the Yanks, and had a stake in the Nets at the time, too.  He also locked up the Devils once their current TV deal is up, and also looked into getting some other programming like Manchester United soccer.

If Pohlad wants to make a Twins focused network a reality, then he would try to lock up the T-wolves and Wild as well as some college teams to make it happen.  YES has proven successful, and so has NESN for the Red Sox.  I think it's pretty much inevitable that baseball owners are gonna go this route.

There will definitely be growing pains for baseball teams to do this.  YES wasn't carried on Cablevision in the NY area for a long time.  That wound up affecting about 6 million households.  Finally, the two parties came to an agreement since so many fans were incensed that they couldn't see the games.

I may be mistaken, but I think Pohlad is THE richest owner in baseball.  What he could do is follow the Yankees lead and try to form his own regional Sports cable channel.  Carry the bulk of the Twins games, the T-Wolves and the Wild when they come back.  A move like that will increase the team's revenues and then he could put more of that money out on the field.  That is the real future of baseball from an economic standpoint.

Gentle Giant / Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
« on: October 10, 2004, 02:10 AM »
I haven't heard anything definitive about a new Vader, but I think it's highly possible that we might get a new Vader in time for EPISODE III.

As for a re-release of the original version...there's no way in hell that's going to happen.  I heard that straight from the guys at Gentle Giant.

I think it was a good series.  Two extra inning games, and it went to 4 out of a possible 5.

As for the Red Sox, just let the teams play and we'll see who wins.  The Yanks have been pretty hot against the Red Sox lately, and Pedro hasn't been anywhere near as dominant against the Yanks as he was back in '99.  Schilling is another story entirely.  The guy's a horse, pure and simple, but he's also facing Mussina who's been pretty hot recently.  We just have to see how it plays out.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2004
« on: October 10, 2004, 01:00 AM »
That was just awesome!

Gentle Giant / Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
« on: October 10, 2004, 12:57 AM »
Just got my Deluxe Stormtrooper mini-bust today.  The number?  280 out of 10,000.  Can you believe that?!  But the nice added bonus was a Han Solo Bust Up that was packed in with it.  Nice little value added thing for Gentle Giant to do.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: October 10, 2004, 12:56 AM »
Still trying to find Gamiling and the Orc from the new TTT assortment.  Haven't seen hide nor hair of those yet, just the new Aragorn, reissue Frodo & Boromir.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: October 10, 2004, 12:55 AM »
Looks like I may get the first of several Sports Picks autographed next month.  Eli Manning will be signing at a shopping mall near me soon, and I'm going to try to get him to sign a Manning Brothers 2-pack.

So has anyone else gotten any of their Sports Picks signed?

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: October 2, 2004, 07:17 PM »
Wow, I didn't realize that Marvel Legends 7 was in comic shops.  I picked up the new Iron Man & Weapon X today.  Very cool, but totally uncoolness by Toy Biz with their F-ed up case assortments.  I'd like to find the Vision, Hawkeye & Apocalypse sometime during this lifetime.

Gentle Giant / Re: Clone Wars Maquettes Asajj
« on: October 1, 2004, 11:52 PM »
Haven't opened it yet.  Judging from the box, you need to place the lightsabers in the hilts after you open it up.

That's a bigtime record to break.  Congrats Ichiro!  Too bad it's been mired with some controversy.  Some baseball purists were suggesting that Ichiro's record should have something akin to an asterisk next to it since he acheived this in the era of the 162 game series.  Hasn't anyone learned from the terribly time Roger Maris was put through when he held the single season homerun record?  The stupidity of some people is really staggering at times.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: October 1, 2004, 10:19 PM »
Finally some more Jaguars!  Cool.  Gotta get my "helper" lined up now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Virex death watch Day 33 (Confirmed Killed)
« on: October 1, 2004, 04:21 PM »
Who am I going to talk with about The Flaming Lips now?!  sniff!

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: October 1, 2004, 12:51 AM »
The Shelob wave and Gil Galad wave have been turning up at TRU around here.  I only managed to find Boromir at Suncoast thus far.


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