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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 250 years of French & Indian action!
« on: April 18, 2004, 08:53 PM »
Are reenactments fun?

Oh most definately....

I have been a WWII re-enactor for over a decade (I spent my High School Grad $$ on the stuff to get started).......

And I actually just got back from a Vietnam Re-enactment 3 hours ago....

You learn so many more details if you do live it as oppossed to read it, like how does a C-Rat taste when it has been in a sock all day?

Some buddies and I were talking about F&I this weekend actually, but from Texas all the good events would definately be a weeks worth of vacation....  But we want to carry the Long Car-a-been...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 250 years of French & Indian action!
« on: April 14, 2004, 09:30 PM »
Well Jesse of the Long Carabine, I'll join in with some celebratory actions with you....

Nothing like getting into the leggings, the loin cloth and grabbing the "war club", while we talk of Kan-tu-kay....

I think that the French Indian Wars are the most interesting pre-Civil War military battles in our (US) history.  Great names, great leaders. Sets the stage nicely for the Revolution.

Unfortunately, not enough info (books, Movies, History Channel) is based on this period, since it seems to have lost out to other Topical areas like the Alamo, the Civil War and that guy with the funny moustache in 1940's Germany...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who has the best dollar menu?
« on: April 11, 2004, 11:21 AM »
Pre-Dollar Menu......when Taco Bell had 29 cent party tacos.....thats 3 Tacos for $1.

But nowadays it has to be Wendy's.  And I don't really like Wendy's that much, but I do admit their $1 menu is the goods....

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Playoffs for Lord Stanley's Cup NHL '04
« on: April 11, 2004, 11:19 AM »
Well my "rooting" jinx is in full effect this year.

The 16 teams in the playoffs on my rooting scale are listed here:

1. Dallas
2. Toronto (my Eastern Conference Team, this year)
3. St. Louis Blues
4. Montreal
5. Detroit (yes I know blasphemy)
6. Nashville
7. New Jersey
8. Vancouver
9. Ottawa
10. Colorado
11. Calgary
12.  Boston
13. San Jose
14. Tampa Bay
15. Islanders
16. Flyers

Again this is not who I think will win, in fact if my Jinx goes into full effect it will be a Philly vs. San Jose Final....these are who I am pulling for when I am watching 6-8 hours of hockey on the NHL CENTER ICE...

I'll be at the Dallas game tomorrow night, gotta love the fair weather fan, once the Stars went 0-2, the tickets became magically available from one of my buddies.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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).

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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