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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: January 22, 2005, 10:00 PM »
Speaking as an American, I like 1-0 or 0-0 scores.  Of course, I also like 1-0 Maddux/Johnson-esque pitchers duels in baseball too, so I may not be the average fan.  On the other hand, I do HATE 3-0 football games. 

It probably has something to do with the fact that I watch football to see TDs, not defense.  Baseball/Hockey though, those I appreciate enough to know the sublities of taking a no-hitter into the 8th or taking a shut-out into the third.  I guess that I find (in my experiences) that the games I REALLY love and REALLY enjoy and REALLY know, in and out, are the games where I can tolerate a lack of scoring. 

That's why I love 1-0 scores in hockey and baseball, but hate them in NBA/MLS/NFL.  I don't know those games as well.  I kow the ins and outs of working a count with a man on in baseball, but I don't appreciate the finer points of a 4-5/nickel defense.  Since I don't know that much, I don't care - I just wanna see the flashy touchdowns.

I think (like Brent kinda said) that is why most Americans don't like low scoring hockey games or call it soccer on ice, because they DON'T get it.  They don't have a fine appreciate for the finer point of the game.  They just don't.  It must be incredible frustrating for Canucks to see that.  Living as close as I do to Canada, I can understand as well.

I do think that there are some things that need to be done that will end up opening up offense (goalie pads, wider ice, and yes obstruction/the trap - even though our coach basically invented the current version of the trap  :P).

With changes to the game, I think it will open it up a bit so that we can get back to some Gretzky/Hull era 60/70/80 goal scores (maybe 4-2 type games instead of 7-6 games).  I remember the scoring of the 80s... when was the last time we had a 60-goal scorer in the NHL?

I agree with HE in that more scoring = more interest from the non-hard core NHL fan.  I am in total agreement that more scoring = more popularity, but I understand the frustration of the longtime fan.  The trick is to get just enough "more scoring" to catch new fans, but not too much "more scoring" to turn off the Canucks.   ;)

So, not to derail your "fun" Salaray Cap debate, what do you guys think about the Shootout?  How does that fit into the "more scoring" debate?

Would seeing your teams 5 best snipers duke it out be more exciting than a tie?  Or, would a shoot-out pander even more towards Americans for you Canucks?   :-\


Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: January 21, 2005, 11:47 PM »
Anyone seen the #09 Dagobah Luke and #10 Darth Vader 2005 Post-OTC repacks around town?

I had this case pre-ordered to fill in my Post-OTC repacks for my carded collection, but friggin' EE and Hasbro just cancelled all outstanding orders for the Post-OTC figures!

So, now I gotta worry about tracking down a minty-mint Post-OTC Luke and Vader for my carded colection...  ::)

Thanks a lot EE/Hasbro!   >:(


Kubricks / Re: Power of the Kubricks!
« on: January 21, 2005, 11:19 PM »

Figures that I just get my hands on the other box sets and they go ahead and get something new to tempt me!

As for Series 4 guesses...

Here's my Kubrick "Most Wanted" list for the next few waves:

Wave 4: Return of the Jedi
1.  Darth Vader (3:12) w/Spirit Anakin Chase (1:96)
2.  Yoda (3:12) w/Spirit Yoda Chase (1:96)
3.  Slave Leia (3:12) w/ Boushh Chase (3:48)
4.  The Emperor (1:12)
5.  Jedi Luke (1:12)
6.  Stormtrooper (1:12)

Wave 5: A New Hope
7.  Snaggletooth (3:12) w/Blue Snag Chase (1:96)
8.  Luke X-Wing Pilot (3:12) w/Wedge Antilles Chase (1:96)
9.  TIE Pilot (3:12) w/DS Trooper Chase (3:48)
10.  Walrusman (1:12)
11.  Hammerhead (1:12)
12.  Grand Moff Tarkin (1:12)

Here are my guesses on Series 4 (and 5) from a while back... This is still the line-up I'd love to see in Series 4!  :)


Revenge of the Sith / Re: Celebration 3 Figure: Talking Darth Vader
« on: January 21, 2005, 11:10 PM »
No worries Brent, Ice Ice here will be more than happy to help you pass the time in line there, bub.   :-*

I'll be standing in line right there with you fellas, don't forget!

Uh, can we sneak in beer? Seriously.

Should be plenty of room in Alice's sweater for us to sneak in a few brews to pass the time...  :P


Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Sad State of Padme Episode III Figures
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:17 PM »
What about Jar-Jar?  He isn't getting ANY Episode 3 figure yet...  :'(


Seriously, there isn't any reason they can't do a new Padme every year from here on out.  They should really have done at least TWO out of the first 56 figures, the fact that it is just one is kinda sad.

Maybe they should look into doing 1-2 Padme figures every year, even if they have to go the exclusive route.  Maybe a new Padme from every spring and another from someone else?


Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:12 PM »
One thing I noticed now, that I didn't notice last night - no stands.   :(

I thought I remembered seeing pictures of these guys with stands (from Hasbro or

Kinda disappointed that they don't have them...  :-\


Modern Classifieds / Re: Need Cheap VOTC Han
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:04 PM »
Anyone have a local Wal Mart/Target that has these on Clearance?

I do...  $5.33 plus elaborate shipping fees.   ;)

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: January 21, 2005, 09:59 AM »
I 'd like to propose a new idea for the "season" this year - A March Madness-esque Tournament of Champions. 

That's right, none of this regular season mumbo-jumbo since it's too late.  Let's take the 15 teams from each division and have them play tournament style, throwing in the 2 top college teams to get to a nice even 16 teams.  Everyone makes the playoffs!

16 matchups at best of 7
8 matchups at best of 7
4 matchups at best of 7
2 match-ups at best of 7
and then the Cup finals at best of 7

At the most a team could end up playing 35 games, at the least 4 games.  I'd use the rankings from last years standings/playoff finals as the seeding for this year's tourney.

Just think, you'd have Tampa Bay as the #1 Seed in the East facing off against #16 seed Boston College.

Eastern Conference Bracket:

#1 Tampa Bay vs. #16 Boston College
#8 NY. Islanders vs. #9 Buffalo

#4 Toronto vs. #13 NY Rangers
#5 Ottawa v.s #12 Florida

#3 Philly vs. #14 Washington
#6 New Jersey vs. #11 Carolina

#7 Montreal vs. #10 Atlanta
#2 Boston vs. #15 Pittsburgh

Then, over in the west you'd have #1 Seed Calgary facing off against #16 Colorado College!

Western Conference Bracket:

#1 Calgary vs. #16 Colorado College
#8 Nashville vs. #9 Edmonton

#4 Vancouver vs. #13 Phoenix
#5 Colorado vs. #12 Anaheim

#3 San Jose vs. #14 Columbus
#6 Dallas vs. #11 Los Angeles

#7 Saint Louis vs. #10 Minnesota
#2 Detroit vs. #15 Chicago

Just look at some of those brackets!  Like the bottom braket in the West - Detroit v Chicago, the winner to face the winner of St. Louis v. Minnesota!   

In fact, if the NHL does not want to do this, I think this is what I'll do this weekend with the Nintendo Game Cube.  I'll set up the "simulate game" feature and see what happens...  ;)


Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper 4 Packs!
« on: January 20, 2005, 11:06 PM »
The telling sign on well these sell, is to see how long down the road EE is still selling them. If in 6 months they still have them for sale, you can say that collectors/army builders weren't ready to drop down some good cash for these in sight of the upcoming ROTS onslaught. If in a year from now they still have these for sale, then you can say that it was definitely a bust, because at the price of the old army builder sets these should sell out within a month.

A quick update on these Clone 4-packs:

This is what EE is saying about the Clone 4-pack in their latest e-mail newsletter:

Also, I want to thank you for the overwhelming positive response we've received since announcing our exclusive Hasbro Star Wars Clone Trooper Troop Builder 4-Packs. I strongly urge anyone who wants these to order them now. This limited edition exclusive may be pre-sold out sooner than expected.

Now, take it with a grain of salt because it is in their best interest to make people think that they are almost gone, but if they are telling the truth it would seem like they are doing very well with this by pre-selling out.  Most people thought they'd sell out in like a month at the old price point, but it look like they may sell out sooner than a month even at the higher price point...  :o

It makes me wonder, would EE try to commision a second manufacturing run from Hasbro if they do pre-sell out the 4-packs from the first run?


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fun With Google
« on: January 20, 2005, 10:41 PM »

How about:
beaver dam

Gentle Giant / Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
« on: January 20, 2005, 10:10 PM »
Now, if only I could figure out a way to get me one of those Sandtroopers...   :-\

Hey, Mr. Moneybags, here ya go...

Gold & Silver Sandtrooper Bust Statue Gentle Giant MINT

Free UPS shipping included!   ::)


Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: January 20, 2005, 08:14 PM »

I love it!  Those pictures are fantastic, Jared!

I can't wait to get my hands on that Wookiee!  vOTC quality articulation sure makes the $6-7 price tag easier to swallow in my mind!

Love the pics of Greivous too!   :)


JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: January 20, 2005, 04:57 PM »
Big meeting yesterday was apparently productive, but Bettman and Goodenow weren't there.  How far do you think it will go once they show up ;)

Not far.  Both have egos too large to let anything pass that they personally didn't work on.

I do admire Linden for working around the bosses at the top and trying to get something done (despite him being a hated Canuck... stupid Vancouver  >:().

I do feel though that this is too little too late and is just a last ditch attempt for both sides to be able to say "See, we tried to get them to cave" before they axe the whole thing.    :(


Kubricks / Re: Power of the Kubricks!
« on: January 20, 2005, 03:31 PM »
Perhaps we can convince Daddy Warbucks to ship us his Million Dollar Carded Kubs for a weekend of heavy fondling?  Dale? Please?

Ah no.

Fine then, let's just see if I help re-route any more packages for you...  :'(


Kubricks / Re: Power of the Kubricks!
« on: January 20, 2005, 03:16 PM »

The following should shipped out to me by this weekend:

Early Bird Set
Speeder Bike Set
2004 TRU 5-pack

(yeah, I blew all my Christmas cash as well as the B-Day cash too) :) 8)

Let's see... I'm definately gonna open the Early Bird Set to display Luke/Leia/Chewie/R2 with the rest (they are gonna look soooo sweet with Han/Ben/3PO).  In fact, I've already got some space set aside for them in the new Kubrick Case I've got set-up. 

I'm not quite sure if I will open up either of the box sets right away, I may just enjoy them in their pretty boxes for a while until I work up the nerve to open them!

Now I just need Logray to "complete" my collection.  I decided to skip the Chase Fetts from Series 1 (for now) and the carded 'bricks can wait for a price drop too...


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