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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: October 3, 2004, 03:54 AM »
I'm not arguing your points Morgbug, as I agree...  I don't like seeing Canuck teams falter, but the figures are against them.

My point is within Scott's entire point...  The real problem's profit sharing and a cap...  Copying the NFL to a tee so the NHL can prosper and competition is spread...  And then to Holographic Elvis's point about restructuring the rules and enforcing them as well, so the game itself is more to the fast-paced hockey that draws ALL fans in.

My post was in regards mostly only to Holographic Elvis's idea to close a ton of teams down.  You don't close off teams that are solid performers for the NHL and that will thrive in a competitive and economically friendly league.  My hometown being one of them... 

I think the expansion's out of control...  Not that I think Phoenix is doing that poorly as an expansion team but I don't agree with them taking a team from Canada for it.  Some of those teams I think are a bit much though, but not all of them.  Columbus and Florida (one of the FL teams) namely.

I think there's room for all these teams, but it's the league that's screwed up, not the small market teams which Pittsburgh turned into...  We weren't that way a little over 10 years ago though.  We were the dominant team in the league by far and away...  And fans still are supporting the Pens vehemently (though the arena thing's leaving a sour taste because we've got 2 stadiums we're paying on, and one's for a losing team that gives nothing back to the city *cough*pirates*cough*).

My post wasn't a shot at Canada, but rather a point that you don't close teams in the U.S. that have been here for ages, have a solid hockey foundation, have shown good performance, and have the ability to grow and expand, in favor of Canadian teams...  It's the same problem you've got in Winipeg, but in reverse...  I don't agree with closing shop and moving a team North or South of the border if they have a viable market, and Winipeg and Pitt both have that...

Columbus, Carolina, Florida, Nashville, Atlanta...  I dunno.  Atlanta's minorleage team always did well, but on those others I'm not so sure.  I mean, Columbus isn't even really a "major" city in Ohio beyond being its capital.  That's like saying Harrisburg's a major city in PA...  It's just not the truth.  It's our capital but Philly and Pittsburgh are considered the 2 "big names" here.  I'm perplexed on the Columbus decision.

Washington was the ONLY older US team on HE's list I agreed with, and that's because they are just not behind that team and never have been.  The caps would have dominant teams in the playoffs back when the Pens were winning cups, and you'd still see MORE fans from out of town than Caps Fans...  You don't see that in Philly, Buffalo, or NY though, and I'd say each isn't but a hop, skip, & jump from Pittsburgh as well...  No offense to any Caps fans here though, I just am speaking for what I've seen over all the years of playing them.

Anyway, I'm not in disagreement iwth your points MOrgbug, but I do disagree with catering to Canada at the cost of established U.S. teams just as the Canucks feel the same but in reverse order.

I say lock the NHL (teamwise) at what it is, sort out a salary cap and profit sharing, and revise the rules in grand fashion...  Then you'll see a game ready for expansion on both sides of the border.

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The Original Trilogy / ROTJ Sound Funny?
« on: October 3, 2004, 03:28 AM »
I just watched my ROTJ DVD tonight with my gf, who fell asleep multiple times through it, and she and I both seemed to notice lips and voices not matching, voices seeming "low" and tough to hear...

Did anyone else notice this on their DVD?  Is it possible to get a "bad" copy of a DVD I mean?

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Good call on the articulation count.

They said 13 points but the Stormie sports the same exact points as the Clonetrooper did...  Why they went with 13 in the preview I'll never know.  I do recall being quite worried about said count though, thinking Hasbro dicked us over on a wrist or something.

Thankfully they didn't.

Ya know what though?  The holster sucks.  Don't like how they did it one bit, but it'll do...  Blaster looks like poodoo in it though...  This would really hurt any other figure in my eyes...  Hell, the Stormtrooper's got a few flaws I'm noticing, and flaws that would really detract from ANY other figure, but this thing's so poseable I'm biased.

I saw someone at Scum complaining about a lack of hip ball/sockets...  He's getting a bit of a "you're nuts", which I see their point, but I also see his point as the Stormie's legs are closer together than other figures.  Lando's the same way actually...

Still, this figure's so kick ass, and I can get him into several running poses...  I'm happy as a clam, and he doesn't look out of place with the CT Stormie.  He'll "blend" witht hem I think.  I've been posing mine amidst a line-up of CT's and he gets lost in them.  Cool stuff.  :)

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: October 2, 2004, 05:31 PM »
I don't know...  It' sprobably the 1:6 Radio Controlled Stuart which never showed up in my area, but it's a big honking RC tank.  Supposedly LOTS of fun.

That's my only guess on it.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: October 2, 2004, 05:18 PM »
I live in Pittsburgh, I support the Pens, they still are drawing crowds even with the (arguably) worst team in the NHL last year, and the city's a big hockey town and has been since the team's inception.  Folding us isn't going to do anything but weaken an already crappy conference.

Financial woes for our team were business decisions gone sour, not a poor performance by the fans, so declaring a fold here isn't based on anything "current".  Lemieux just needs a new stadium and the Pens will be back...  Given that we just passed the gambling bill to help get a new arena, hopefully, things will turn around.  There's little talk of the team collapsing here at this point.

As for the other teams, I disagree with Buffalo as well, only because I think Buffalo's a good hockey town...  A good market, just again poor management (currently as well as in the past).  Phoenix is tough to say... 

Washington I agree with.  They usually have more Pens fans than Caps fans when we have games.  That's a telling sign that the sport's not viable there...  Columbus I also agree with.  It's not a team that had a strong showing last year as I recall, and I can't see it increasing.

Carolina had solid sales last year I thought...  I could be wrong.  They always seemed to have big crowds to me.

Florida should have one team, not two, I agree.

I saw so little of Atlanta and Nashville last year to even know what was up that I'd hate to judge, but those are pretty foreign lands for hockey.  Atlanta's had solid minor league performances though over the years, so....

To me you fold who doesn't help the game at all.  Folding a ton of U.S. teams at the cost of Canadian teams that are equally (or worse off) financially inept isn't the answer.  It's not good business...  Tradition or not.

I'm as old-school as the next hockey fan today, and I hate seeing Canadian teams fold, but they're not carrying the NHL to warrant the closure of TONS of U.S. markets in their favor.  It's not the CHL, it's the NHL.

Pittsburgh's been a huge advocate for NEW major rule changes and BIG enforcement of them...  So I agree with tweaking things for a more wide-open game.  Lemieux's always pushed for that, from the height of his playing on into his ownership years.

I think the rules changes and enforcement are the #1 problem of the NHL, and the next is salary...  Salary Cap's the greatest thing that happened to the NFL.  It'd be the greatest thing to happen to the NHL, even if it is pointless to argue about that...  It's still the biggest "issue" the NHL faces as a whole.

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Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: October 1, 2004, 03:36 AM »
without a doubt Bob...

I'll be but floors away since I booked when you told me to so I didn't lose out on a good room.  I'll be there whenever I can, though my gf's going (as of right now) so we'll be spending the evenings out on the town as much as we can too.

I've already got a chunk earning a whopping 2% (less actually) in the bank (haha, sad rate huh?) in a 6 month certificate that I'll cash right before the trip.  Things are looking like fun.

I'll be there in an official capacity for JediDefender of course, and possibly my other little site I work with some, so I'll have my responsibilities there too, but drinking's one of my top priorities.  :P

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Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: October 1, 2004, 03:33 AM »
Matt, think you can make it out here since we go to Hooters?  :)

Seriously though it is a good time, if not a bit of a small show...  Though the December one's the largest one we have actually.  Still, it's no SDCC, but it's fun and we all almost always go home with something.

I know I always buy up the random junk some table is selling...  Got a bag of MLC 3's for customs one year while the table catty-corner from him was trying to sell me one in sad shape for $10.  The bag of 3 were complete and parts were in there for like 3 more...  And I got it for $7.

I found a MIB (inserts, and no stickers applied) A-Wing there years and years ago, a MIMB B-Wing sealed, and my telescoping Luke (long before all the repros of him started to show).  It does yield some interesting fruit at times. :)

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Episode 1 / Re: What's your favorite vehicle?
« on: October 1, 2004, 02:01 AM »
That's a good point Bob that they're forgotten but incredible in detail.  The cannon was actually the one that lowers on the Droid ControL Ship and fires on the Republic Transport that brought Obi and QGJ there if I'm not mistaken.

They were both quite cool little items, and overlooked.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: September 30, 2004, 11:52 PM »
I picked up.....

1 BBI Chopper pilot (green blackhawk pilot)
1 of each of the new accessory sets.

The new weapons packs are cool, and have tons of heavy weapons.  LAW rockets are what I think the one thing is at least, and there's a LAW thing that's on a 2-handled control/sight thing.  I saw it on the history channel once (I think on Q&A) and it is a computer sighted LAW rocket?

Cool stuff, and customizeable for Star Wars if you're creative (wink wink!).

Lots of rocket launchers, a 3-piece morta that's neat, some extras of the pistols an M-16 with grenade launcher, the SWAT figure's sniper rifle (not sure of its make), etc.

They're pretty great sets, so keep your eyes open...  I wish they'd do some weapons from other countries though.  ::)  RPG's, AK's, Dragunov's, and such.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: September 30, 2004, 11:49 PM »
I gotta tell my bro about Suncoast finds...  We've not seen much of anything new at WM or anywhere else lately and I really do keep my eyes open for this stuff.  Last wave I've seen is the one with the prologue elf, Elrond, Bezerker Uruk Hai...  That's about it.  Never saw the Shelob figure or any of those...  Some repacks is about all, though repacks my brother needed nonetheless.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: September 30, 2004, 11:28 PM »
So was anyone lucky enough to find a Red ARC since the last post? Found no more up here.  :-\

I've found ZERO of this figure ever Dale...  Unfortunately they were just a quick hit here in Pittsburgh and sold out...  Same with the SA Clone but he did somehow linger long enough for me to grab one.

The SA Clone, reworked, would make such a great ARC...  I really wish both had been more abundant because I'd loved to have made a SA ARC with relatively little effort.   :)

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Episode 1 / Re: What's your favorite vehicle?
« on: September 30, 2004, 11:24 PM »
AAT was my favorite, but the E1 line didn't yield a lot of vehicles I was impressed with.  The Flash speeder could've been really great actually, but it unfortunately was way underscaled.  They should've done better there.

The AAT was reasonably to-scale I think...  A little off.  There's a model that actually was to-scale I believe, ironically.  The Naboo Fighter could've been real great IMO...  I'd have loved to seen it done better.  I think it's one of the few designs in E1 that hold up tot he other films. 

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: OTC Wal-Mart Exclusive Carry Cases
« on: September 30, 2004, 11:21 PM »
I've only seen these cases at one Wal-Mart around here (i don't hit them much since they're not good for new stuff right now), and the one WM they are at they actually have sold well.

They went from having a huge aisle display of these to having like 4 total (3 Vader and 1 3PO).  I'm surprised by that myself, but a lot of OTC things have sold oddly well...  The DVD 3-packs are non-existant here except the ANH one...  I never did get my ROTJ one. :(

WIth that said, they're not something that will sell over and over I don't believe...  This is the type of thing I can see a short run of them going well, but if Hasbro keeps pumping them out they'll have trouble selling the extras.  Just my take on things anyway.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Defender Wish Lists 2004: A New Hope
« on: September 30, 2004, 11:15 PM »
Blue Harvester?  I believe this is a friend of mine from the local collecting circuit in Pittsburgh, so if it is you Dave, welcome to the JD forums!  It's good to see ya wander over... 

If not, welcome anyway. :)

My list...

1) New Super Articulated Rebel Fleet Trooper
2) New Grand Moff Tarkin
3) New Super Articulated Death Star Trooper
4) Hem Dazon
5) Garrouf Laffoe (Cantina Snitch)
6) New Biggs Darklighter X-Wing Pilot
7) Biggs Darklighter (Imperial Academy Uniform)
8 ) SE Jabba Human Henchman (with pointy Hat)
9) Bom Vimdin
10) Special Edition Swoop w/Rider

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Target Sale... 10/3-10/9
« on: September 30, 2004, 11:10 PM »
A strong key to all of this is going to be whether or not they have anything of value, indeed.  I have recently found some good stuff at stores, but other Targets in my area are not sporting lots of great stuff.

If I found some TIE Pilots, or even old Saga army builders I'd dig that...  If I found some decent VOTC sales I'd be happy too...  Namely ESB figures or the Stormtrooper who I'm in the market for 4 more right now. :P

Some Target stores here have gotten the ROTJ wave in though so I'm hopeful...  I'd be ecstatic if I got 3PO and R2 for less than full retail, just so I didn't feel so ripped off by getting them for a complete set.

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