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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: October 28, 2004, 01:44 PM »
Here are some of the Marvel characters I'd still like to see...

-The Black Knight
-Scarlet Witch
-She Hulk (w/ FF variant)
-Thor (armor and beard version)

-Beast (Hank McCoy pre-blue fur)
-Wolverine (bone claws)

Mr. Sinister
Sabertooth (first costume)
The Leader
The Blob

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What kind of car would you buy if.....
« on: October 27, 2004, 08:03 PM »
$100K?  Well, the Volkswagon Touareg was cool, and clocks in under $50K.

And then there's the 2005 Mustang that's coming out.  It's kind of a throwback to the Mustang Fastback.  It comes in under $30K. 

So if the limit is $100K, those are the cars I'd choose.

Bottom line is that a cap needs be instated like the NFL.  I really hope this happens in NHL this year and the owners dont cave.  Think about it.  The NFL is one of the hardest leagues to predict a teams outcome.  Baseball?  We all know basically which 5-6 teams will be there every year. Yanks, Sox, Braves, A's. 

It's obvious that you know nothing about the economics of baseball.  Let me start with this caveat:  I am a Yankees fan for as long as I've watched baseball, and that's since the '70's.  The Yanks should've sealed the deal in Game 4 and they didn't.  HOWEVER, by the same right, I've noticed more than a fair share of obnoxious Red Sox fans rubbing things in.  Get some class people, and also realize that you haven't won the World Series yet.

As for the economics of baseball and a potential salary cap, you have no grasp of the situation.  The NFL system works because of several things:  coordinated television contracts, extensive revenue sharing, fewer games and more demand for NFL tickets compared to baseball.

The NFL has coordinated television contracts.  That means that the league as a whole has negotiated the television rights for the entire league.  They've made it so that Fox is the home of the NFC, and CBS is the home of the AFC.  Then there are the Sunday and Monday night games which belong to ESPN and ABC.  All of the money from those deals is distributed evenly among all 32 teams.  And believe me, it's a TON of money! 

The difference between this system and the way MLB television rights are handled is staggering.  Each team in the MLB negotiates their own TV deal, meaning that there are disparaties between what the Dodgers will get in Los Angeles and what the Royals will get from the Kansas City TV market.  This is just reality.  So will MLB come to it's senses and centralize this?  Probably not, because the owners won't go for it.  Especially since the owners are now following the YES/NESN business model of owning their own regional sports networks to make even more money.

This problem only gets worse because of the MLB schedule.  You've got 162 games per team in MLB as opposed to 16 per team in the NFL.  Since the supply of games is higher in MLB, it means that demand for the product (games on TV) is lower.  Have you noticed just how few games were carried on Fox over the course of the summer?  Those are only window dressing and rehearsals for the Fox TV talent to get ready for the post season.  Seriously, I don't think they even started airing baseball on Fox until June this past summer.

The same glut of games is what brings down demand for MLB tickets.  Too many games means that people will only go to games when it suits them unless the team is doing really well.  It's even happened with the Yankees.  Witness the 80's.  Yankee stadium was pretty empty many a night in the 80's when the Yanks were stinking up the Bronx.  Why?  Everyone was crosstown at Shea watching the Mets win.

Now, as for the teams you've cited, I can't believe you mentioned the A's.  The A's have one of the lowest payrolls of any team that's been competitive over the past several years.  Run the numbers and you'll see.  It's Billy Beane that has made that team the success they are on a tight budget.  The Braves have gotten kind of cheap too.  And the Twins are run by a tightwad as well.  In fact, the guy is the richest owner is baseball.

The only thing that is going to change the way Major League Baseball is run economically is what is happening in the NHL right now.  That would be devastating to baseball from a PR standpoint, but it's possibly one of the few things that would remedy the situation.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: October 22, 2004, 07:14 PM »
I got my Portis-Lewis 2-pack earlier this week.  I still have to open it up though.

All in all, I think all of the 2-packs this year have been a lot more interesting than last year's.  Especially the NFL sets.  It's too bad they overproduced the Shaq/Yao Ming set though.  It's kept the Lebron/Carmello 2-pack from getting distributed.

I really wasn't too stoked for the NHL sets, except for Brodeur & Messier.  I mean, with the Shanahan/Blake set, just how many Avs and Red Wings players do we need in the NHL line?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone been to Hawaii?
« on: October 20, 2004, 11:16 PM »
I've been to Hawaii, but it was back in the 80's.  Still it was incredibly memorable.  While I was there, I spent a week on Oahu and a week on Maui.  Oahu is definitely very urban.  There are some great beaches like Waikiki and Hanauma Bay, but Honolulu dominates the island.  If you're a surfer there are some great surfing beaches near Hanauma Bay and along the North Shore, but you have to know what you're doing or else you're gonna die.  Seriously, you could die.  There's also the Polynesion Clutural Center which was a cool way to spend a day.  The coolest thing I did was take a glider ride at an airport near Hickam Field, and old Army air base.  As for the historical aspect, for our family, it was good to go there.  I have an uncle who was in the Army during the attack on Pearl Harbor and we visited the Army barracks where he was stationed.  Since then I've learned a lot about the day, but that's between me and my uncle.

Maui was simply put, paradise.  It's incredibly beautiful.  The water is crystal clear, and you can even dive down to volcanic rock if you're a couple hundred feet offshore.  That's just incredible.

If I was going to go, I'd want to check out the big island and Kauaii.  Those are apparently among the best.  There's so much to do on the big island.  And if you go there, you can get me some Kona coffee, LOL!

A friend of mine went to Kauaii with his wife.  It's one of the less traveled to islands, so it's pristine and beautiful.  It's also got what some call the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific".  I hear flying over this thing on a helicopter ride is awesome.

As for some of the smaller islands, Molokai isn't traveled to all that often.  But then there's also the Leper colony there.

Lanai is among the smallest islands, and there really isn't much there.  Although there is probably one of the most exclusive and probably equally expensive resorts in Hawaii on Lanai.

I think you can skip Oahu unless you're want to check it out for a couple of days.  Maui is awesome, but seriously consider the Big Island and Kauaii.

Here's my current ESB want list:

-Hoth Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi
-Wedge Antilles - Snowspeeder Pilot gear
-Luke Skywalker - Snowspeeder Pilot gear, with removable helmet, lightsaber, blaster & holster, grappling hook & mine
-Zev Senesca - Rogue 2 Snowspeeder Pilot

-4-LOM resculpt
-Zuckuss resculpt

-E-3PO - Cloud City Protocol Droid
-R5-M2 - Echo Base Astromech Droid

-Treva Horne

Feedback / Re: Morgbug's feedback
« on: October 16, 2004, 11:40 PM »
Even though our trades get held up by customs at times, I'm happy to report that Morgbug is a very good trader.  Thanks once again!

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: October 15, 2004, 10:05 PM »
Those dirty rat-bastards at Amazon cancelled my Vision order.  ARRRGGHHHH!!!!

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: October 13, 2004, 10:10 PM »
Surprise, surprise, surprise!  I was very surprised to see that the Vision turned up on  So, I wound up ordering one.  Nice to pay retail, even with shipping, isn't it?

JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Football 2004
« on: October 12, 2004, 10:41 PM »
Wait, you said "Gunning For".  Are you hoping I lose or something?!

Feedback / Re: Nicklab's feedback
« on: October 12, 2004, 05:51 PM »
Thank you much Brent.  You have the patience of a Saint for dealing with customs as you do.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Football 2004
« on: October 12, 2004, 05:40 PM »
Looks like we're gonna be duking it out for first place this week Brent!

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.

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