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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL Offseason '04
« on: March 22, 2004, 11:01 PM »
Hey Mikey D, what is the deal with the NE coach and Ty Law?  I saw him on a talkshow and they had the lead in where he was talking serious smack, but I had to leave.  Not that Dallas needs another DB, but he seems good.

ANd has Denver quietly had a very busy Off-Season.  Lynch signed with them today.


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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 22, 2004, 10:55 PM »
I was in no way meaning that the Oilers weren't going to make the playoffs, just that it looks like the usual first round matchup of Edmonton/Dallas would be difficult to see this year.  Heck at this point only Chicago can definately start making plans for Golf trips in May. :(

I am thrilled they beat Dallas.

Right now I see Dallas, Edmonton and Detroit finishing strong like the Ducks did last year.  The Stars are finally scoring more than 1 goal a game.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 20, 2004, 09:14 AM »
Ok sadly the Stars are not going to get any help from the rest of the league catching the Sharks.  (Not that they deserve help after giving up a 3 goal lead)

The only bright side I can see is that barring some sort of very crazy last month of regular season, the Stars will at least get to start the playoffs against somebody that ISN't the Edmondton Oilers. (who at this point are the only team from Canada not in the NHL playoffs).


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JD Sports Forum! / Re: March Madness 2004
« on: March 18, 2004, 09:09 PM »
Ah the General...why wasn't he there in Lubbock when I was there...Not like I would have gone to games in the Old Colesium anyway.

Of course now with St. Joes "warmed up" by Liberty, I fear for our second round chances.

I'd enjoy Okla St. getting beat tomorrow. And I'm not a huge Basketball fan, but I do get tired of hearing about Duke, U Conn and Kentucky so I'll root for whoever is playing them.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 17, 2004, 08:25 AM »
Well my previous post must have displeased the hockey gods...after I got offline I watched the Stars go up 3-0 on the Sharks.  I then watched them give it back with 5 minutes to go.  So instead of making up some points...they just made it push.

I could even see it coming, the announcers "jinxed" them.  And you guys all know I am talking about, they show a stat or graphic about how this will shut out # blah blah for the Goalie, or how many times a team has beaten the other, etc etc.


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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: March 16, 2004, 09:38 PM »
I don't think I am brave enough to try and wait for re-packaging.  I am going to order mine and if I end up with some that I overpaid for, oh well, it wouldn't be the first time.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Bespin wave
« on: March 16, 2004, 09:35 PM »
I'd order a case if it wasn't for all the "extra" figures after the Bespin wave.  This is one I may just try retail on.  I do want a "Squad" of CCP's.  One of my favorite Vintage Figures.  Sadly the Vintage Pilots are going to have to give up their Pod Car to the new guys.

Bespin Leia looks good for what she is. and the new Lobot should pretty much be the definative version.(which means he'll be repackaged and repacked 100 times before 2018)

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I ordered 2 cases.  This may actually be one of the few times that I leave something "Carded".  The other case is for trading purposes in case I miss something down the line or maybe even some Customs with the Luke, Han and Obi-Wan.

I just wish they'd do a case of the Stormtrooper.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Dagobah wave
« on: March 16, 2004, 09:30 PM »
I can't wait for this one.  I just wish they would give us the Yoda's Hut Playset too.  It is one of the few Vintage Items I didn't get as a kid.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 16, 2004, 09:22 PM »
I would not say that the Southern US is the hotbed of hockey for "Adults", my point was mostly that it is now catching on in the kids/rec leagues, it will take time, but I think in my lifetime we will see a Hockey star that was born not only South of the US-Canadian border, but the Mason-Dixon line as well.  

Besides, the main problem for those empty seats is that they are all "Corporate" seats.  They are not for Fans they are for those that want to See and be Seen (or the Cocaine and Boob job crowd as the local radio calls them).  Kids don't work for corporations, they don't get to see the game up close.  It is a patience thing.  It will happen, maybe not in all the new franchises, but enough that it will take hold.

If it is all said and done, I PREFER teams to be in Canada, it is part of the Sports Heritage.  I by no means think that the US (and it's Dollar) is the savior of NHL Hockey, more like it is a vast new market that is just barely being tapped by the NHL marketing and farming machine.  

Teams in the NASCAR belt (Carolinas, Georgia, Florida) just have demographics issues.  The sport doesn't appeal to fans there.  You would think that after their run for the Cup just a few years into their existence that the Panthers would have enjoyed a loyal fan base for years.  

And to add to our discussion of "sociology".  There is a reason that Soccer is so big in Latin America.  You can play by yourself, you can play on a field for free(like Morgbug mentioned) and out of 22 people, only one person has to own or have access to a ball.   The same goes for Basketball in the Cities (I live in the Suburbs so most of the B-Ball is played in driveways, not at a local court with a bunch of people).  

But this all takes away from the excitement that is on its way.  We are only a few weeks away from the PLAYOFFS.

It will be Hockey on 3-4 channels every night.  All the games count.  They start at 5:30 or 6pm local time and the last one is over at 11pm.  I'll watch teams I haven't seen play all season.  Once the seeds are set, I usually pick my teams in this configuration:  Dallas Stars, then I pick an Eastern Conference Team (usually the Devils), then I pick my Team from Canada to watch and root for, then I root for whoever is playing against the team with Eric Lindros on it or on it's Injured list(because I wish nothing but failure for him).

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL Offseason '04
« on: March 13, 2004, 08:41 AM »
Hey Dallas got a guy who quit baseball and hasn't taken a snap in 4 years.

I know what you are thinking, "wait, they already have the failed bit of Chad Hutchinson"

I guess Dallas is playing the averages, now they have Drew Henson.  Maybe he'll be playing in NFL Europe too.  I am sure the signing was merely to make us fans all feel better about Quincy.  

I think they are going to get Nolan Ryan to play running back.

I don't know what I expected, but I guess I expected more.  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Survivor All Stars
« on: March 13, 2004, 08:36 AM »
Colby's gone, I am so done with show now.  I had hoped for nothing but failure for that other tribe, but now I hope Jerri gets a disease and Lex get "hep" when he gets home and has her face tattooed on his ankle.

Poor Ethan, maybe he can get traded before the deadline.

No matter how much "Boston Rob" and his accent ANNOY the everliving **** out of me, I am now a HUGE fan of their tribe.  I hope every challenge until merge is a physical one and that Rupert single handedly wins them all for his tribe and the other tribe visits tribal council 4 times in a row.

On the series in general, does anybody feel cheated that we have had 2 quitters and been forced to miss challenges because of it?  I watch for the challenges mostly not for back stabbing and politics.  

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 13, 2004, 08:30 AM »
I'll take this opportunity to defend those of us Southerners who have hockey and Love it.  And give you an example of why having hockey teams in Phoenix, Nashville, Columbus, DALLAS etc is the only way to keep the NHL more viable than the XFL.

Prior to when the Stars moved here to Dallas, it was a sad state of Hockey Affairs indeed.  If as a kid I had wanted to play hockey (which I did, want to that is) I would have had to go to one of 3 malls in the area with a sheet of ice.  I would have had to wait till the "all skates" were over, the broomball, the wanna be figure skaters etc.  I think their was one actual "rec-league" rink, and I only know that because a transfer buddy from "up north" played hockey in High School.

I grew with one of my earlier memories as being at a Minor League game between the Fort Worth Red Wings (Farm club) and the Dallas Blackhawks (also a farm team).  My dad was a HUGE hockey fan (almost as fanatical as my Mom).  But I never got the opportunity to play.  So we had hockey, but not on TV (unless it was the Olympics)

Flash forward to 2004 and 10+ years after the Stars get here, I now have 3 Dr. Pepper Stars Centers within 10 minutes from my house, there are Hockey Leagues for people from 5 to WAY OVER 5.  

The High Schools now have Hockey Teams (Club level, but that is more Title 9 than interest).

You have to plant the seed.  It will grow.  And if I could just learn how to skate, I'd be playing Instructional League Hockey right now with all the other Over 30 first timers.

It also doesn't hurt that the area I am in is very desirable for the relocation of families from Northern Areas.  And their kids wanted to be able to continue playing.  It has even gotten to the point where there is a chain of (successful) Hockey Equipment Re-sale shops.

So, I'd say give it a chance south of the Polar Ice Cap.

on a second topic, With peoples schedules the way they are it is very difficult no matter how fanatic you are to commit to 41 Home Games (especially when the schedule is erratic at best).  I can make an appointment/proclamation that for 16 Sundays I will NOT be disturbed (assuming no Monday or Thursday Games) and it is pretty much a given.  When the Stars play on the West Coast a game won't start till 9:30 local time.

Another thing is and I don't want to start a socio-economic RS style political debate and nipple twist, but Hockey is still a "White" person sport.  Yes I am well aware that the league is not all lilly white, but for the most part the fan base is for now.  So the potential fan pool is really to only 60% or less of our US population.  

And if we are talking levels of Fanaticism in fans, my votes go for:

Texas High School Football
European Soccer as a distant second. (but that is another thread)

Sorry for the long post, I had to play catch up.  "GAME ON"

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 11, 2004, 10:41 AM »
I think it is also a bit telling that the league is now also fining the Team.

What irritates me about this most is that all the Non-Hockey Fans, or people who don't know any better, in the media are going crazy about how this kind of stuff happens in EVERY game and that is why Hockey is the #4 sport here in the US, blah blah blah.

I'm like most of you and believe the fighting is part of the game and a good part at that.  But it has to be done FACE TO FACE.  Not by hitting somebody in the back, hitting them with a stick or ramming their Knee into the wall (the Brian Marchment way).

I also think that having the Police get involved is also a very bad idea.  The league has rules and standards and this is something that for all intents and purposes is "part of the game".  Bertuzzi did not pull out a gun or break his stick over his knee and stab the guy (which would be considered, NOT part of the game).  Whats next, a visiting team "Enforcer" (or GOON as I've heard it called by the hockey-haters) is arrested after a game because he gets a game misconduct for instigating and fighting?  All things that would get you arrested in a bar, but are already contemplated in the rules of the game?

I was at a minor league game where the visiting captain came out of the box over the glass to get at the fans that were throwing beer and stuff at him.  NOT part of the game, both parties went to jail that night and rightfully so.

I think the other thing that gets lost in this is that Moore was a Checker/Grinder too.  I wonder what the suspension would have been if he had run Sackic or Forsberg or one of the other poster boys and ended their season/career.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 9, 2004, 12:54 PM »
Good, Pavel was one of my favorite players early in his career.  And that was even before I knew he was dating Anna K.

Hopefully his brother is the Russian Rocket part II.  

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