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The Bullpen / Re: Avengers Infinite
« on: June 14, 2015, 02:56 PM »
Is this even the right thread?  I've no idea any more what these things are supposed to be called.  But that said, has the latest wave of figures available so I picked up the classic Vulture and Doc Ock plus Shanna.  The rest of the wave - ultimate Spiderman (?) and armored (?) Daredevil were up as well, but no interest from me.  Get 'em while you can. 

I'm old enough to more remember Lee from the Hammer movies though he was fantastic as Dooku (as could be, given the circumstances) and Saruman.  Sad to see him go but that's how you live a full life.  Well done Christopher, well done. 

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: June 7, 2015, 10:39 PM »
I just picture Stamkos and his Agent, rolling into Steve Yzerman's office with the Stanley Cup, copies of Toews/Kane's 8 yr, $84mil contracts, and saying "your move" while Toronto sits with Babcock behind the wheel of a Brinks truck parked outside Stamkos' house.  :D

Hawks better win this year because that pair of contracts is likely to cripple them for some time.  Players are likely to vote for the escalator but you have to think the Hawks thought the salary cap would be higher than $71 million when they went ahead and signed those deals. 

I don't even know what to suggest the right amount for Stamkos would be, but I'll guess less than Toews/Kane got.  I'll also guess Tampa will hold onto him somehow. 

Oh, Hawks in six. 

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: May 17, 2015, 04:39 PM »
Because I can't help myself. .....

And the greatest trophy in the world once again stays in the only country that can support it's sport.

How funny would it be if Tampa Bay had two cups since the last time Canada had won?

You might want to look at where the revenue keeping many of teams afloat in "the only country that can support it's sport" is coming from before uttering jackass nonsense like that.   ::)

Of course this is from a country who's elite military was so bright back in the 1990s and so bitter about a Canadian franchise being in the World Series, let alone winning it that they flew the Canadian flag upside down. 

See?  It's easy to be an ass****.  Stay classy 'Merika.   :-*

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: May 10, 2015, 04:10 PM »
Sorry to hear about Buffy, that sucks. 

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: May 5, 2015, 10:52 PM »

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: April 27, 2015, 09:50 PM »
Let's Go, Wild!

Awesome to see the Wild clinch a series on home ice like that.  Bring on the blackhawks, hopefully things go better this time than the last two years...  :D

I do wish this impacted the draft position more.  If both the Blues and Islanders were to lose the first round, it should have made their 1st round picks higher in the order (i.e. better) but I think the NHL changed the rules this year. 

So, how much youse guys gonna pay this Dubnyk kid in the off-season?  He's UFA, correct?

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: April 22, 2015, 05:34 PM »
Yeah, I hope they win too, just to prevent a sweep if nothing else.  I'll be at the game tonight too.  Loving these 8:30 starts.   ::)  I know it's about TV but gee, I wonder if the late starts favor the Ducks to any extent.  Nah. 

JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Hockey 2014-15
« on: April 12, 2015, 12:19 AM »
Congrats Scott on winning.  Not quite enough juice to catch you.  Well done.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: April 10, 2015, 03:49 PM »
No, you can't.  You should know we Americans invented the sport and everything in the world.  ;) ;D

But, to be honest, I'm relatively new to being a hockey fan.  I lived in MN for years, watched the Wild and wasn't very impressed.  Go to NY and see the Rangers play and it felt like a pro team (than the collegiate feel the Wild had at the time).  So, I'm still learning rules.

I sure hope Kerry Fraser didn't ref the last Cup Finals.  Man, there were some bad calls (or no-calls) that shifted momentum in a couple games that might have changed the results.  Goalie interference is one penalty that seems rarely consistent in games I've watched.

Anyway, you guys can educate me, and I appreciate it.

Traveling in the NBA: do they even call that anymore?  I gave up watching basketball years ago when it became an individual sport with 4 other guys on the court.

Kerry Fraser has been retired for a couple of years, so nope on last year.

And thanks for the civility, it spared me posting the last NHL power rankings by TSN that had Minnesota first and the Rangers second.  Providing that would have been painful. 

Either way, kind of overwhelmingly surprised and very, very happy today for some strange reason.   :-X ;D

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: April 8, 2015, 09:47 PM »
Yeah and it's a Canadian source.  Just like StL reporters say it's BS.  So, with that logic of not playing the puck then the defender that raises the stick during offensive play is also guilty.

But hey, I'm a Rangers fan.  Great year so far.


First, you're a Rangers fan, congrats.  Sorry for lumping you in with the Blues fans.

But seriously, your argument is it's a Canadian source?  Sorry, should I be verifying it on that vast American hockey network ESPN?  Besides, TSN, the Toronto sports network as it is colloquially known has no great love for the Jets. 

All that aside, Kerry Fraser?  30 year NHL referee?  Reffed in thirteen Stanley Cup finals?  Voted by the players as the fairest referee?  Yeah, he's a Canadian on a Canadian site, what could he possibly know?  Easy to brush aside. 

All that aside I guess we always could have actually looked at rule 61.1 and read:
Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent’s body, the opponent’s stick, or on or near the opponent’s hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing.

It's a downward motion, hence the 'chop' in the rule or the name of the infraction - slashing.  Lifting a stick does not fit remotely into "that logic".  You don't chop up, you don't slash up.  Upward infractions get covered under high sticking.  But that's probably a Canadian thing too.  Should I pull out the stupid "American's don't know hockey" argument now and be equally condescending?  :-*  Cuz no way could American's, especially those based in St. Louis possibly be biased in a game they lost that they thought was going to be a cake walk. 

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: April 8, 2015, 06:13 PM »
How about that "Slashing" call that robbed the Blues a goal.  Seriously?  Guy just can't hold onto his stick.


Rule 61.1 reads, in part:

... Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent’s body, the opponent’s stick, or on or near the opponent’s hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing

Note the bolded part.  He played the stick, not the puck.  Jets have been called a ton on it this year.  Defensive player is reaching for the puck, offensive player hacks his stick downward in an attempt to knock the stick down.  It's a penalty, each and every time.  Sorry you and the rest of the Blues fans are unaware of the rules.   ::)

And if you think it's just me, Kerry Fraser agrees.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: April 8, 2015, 12:10 AM »
C'mon, who ever doubted Pavelec could shut out both the Wild and Blues  :-X

Glimmer a little brighter....

Oh and let's watch the NHL give nothing to Backes for the cross-check to the back of Stuart's neck with 30 seconds left.  Not the same intensity as Buff's but it should be a couple of games, it's a nearly identical play. 

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: April 6, 2015, 11:27 PM »
Ruh-roh...Dubnyk may be human after all.   :-*

Outplayed by Pavelec?  Because yeah, I'd have put money on that.  Definitely a four point swing I wasn't expecting there. 


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: April 5, 2015, 02:21 AM »
So yeah, I pretty much stopped collecting toys.  But the disease is strong in this one...

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