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1966
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.  

1967
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"

1968
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.

1969
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.  

1970
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Oldies Tune?
« on: March 9, 2004, 12:52 PM »
It depends on the Era for me:

American Rock N Roll 1950's is 'Great Balls of Fire', by The Killer Himself
British Invasion Early 60's is 'Love Me Do', by the Beatles
American Mid 60's is 'Little Deuce Coup' by the Beach Boys
Late 60's Early 70's is 'Paint it Black' by the Rolling Stones.

My all time favorite is "Okie from Muskogee"

Speaking of all these good old songs is there anywhere you can download oldies these days?  I am trying to make a good Road Trip CD

1971
JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 9, 2004, 12:07 PM »
What is the deadline for Trades today? Is it Midnight or is it during the day?

The Stars Picked up Valerie Bure (excuse my ignorance, but is he any relation Pavel?) and we also got some guy from Philly who is on the "Day to Day" list and in NHL lingo that could mean he has been dead for weeks or lost an arm in a thresher incident or could just have a hang-nail.

1972
JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL Offseason '04
« on: March 9, 2004, 12:01 PM »
Somebody poke me with a stick when Dallas actually does something in the offseason. GEEEZZ, I realize Jeff Garcia is not the answer to our QB problems but this is a multiple choice question where you have to pick the "MOST CORRECT" answer.  I am writing a letter now telling Jerry to just let the RB's take direct snaps for the 2004 season to alleviate any Quincy factor, oh wait, we don't have an RB either do we?  In a Free Agent season when only the Giants in our division are doing less....and I thought that this would be the year to see Parcells do something.

Somebody wake me up when training camp starts, I'll use last years program, its not like there will be any additions. UGH.

1973
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Last Time You Threw Up
« on: March 4, 2004, 09:39 AM »
I would say Last Summer.  I had gone in for a steroid injection in my back and when I came off of the Anestesia, I got more sick than I did at my batchelor party.

I almost puked over the holidays when my cousin brought her new boyfriend for Thanksgiving...he apparently is from some place where people don't dip/chew (Up North somewhere).  He grabbed a coke bottle (the little 20 oz) that he thought was his, but happened to be my uncles spit cup. And proceeded to take a sip.  And we all know what seeing somebody else chuck does to you, but I was laughing so hard it  I didn't have a chance.  Thank goodness we were on the back porch and had not eaten yet.

1974
JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL Offseason '04
« on: March 4, 2004, 09:32 AM »
Management is officially saying these trade rumors are complete BS, they aren't shopping Moss to anyone...

Well that would seem to confirm that he is gone.  Oh wait sorry I'm still thinking about Tom Hicks and A-Rod.

I'll have to say this is a pretty lively Free Agency already just 36 hours into it.

Either that or in the last few years the Cowboys have had ZERO cap room so I just tuned it out.

I just hope we get a Quarterback.  Now that it looks like we have a receiver big enough and with guts enough to go across the middle, it would be nice to extend his playing life by having a QB that could throw the ball in front of him, instead of behind him.  

And of course not to get picky, but I'm not to thrilled with the prospect of Drew Henson, we already have a failed baseball player who wants to be a QB in Hutchinson and he can't even beat out Quincy....

What scares me is the amount of $$ all our Division Opponents are spending. If it was Spurrier in Washington, I would just be laughing, but at least Joe Gibbs knows what a Pro System looks like.

And on a final note....Indianapolis has bankrupt their future on a Choke artist.  I cry for the memory of Johnny Unitis and for the current Career of Ricky Williams (formerly of Texas Tech not the Dreadlocked freak from UT)

1975
JD Sports Forum! / Re: Super Bowl XXXVIII New England vs Carolina
« on: February 2, 2004, 09:27 AM »
Vinaterri almost became the Steve Christie of new Century...

Congrats to the Pats and their fans (except of course the ones who thought the best way to celebrate was turn over cars, start fires and back over pedestrians)

Be careful when you go to the Celebration Mikey D. ;)

1976
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Surgery... Who's been under the knife?
« on: January 31, 2004, 09:31 AM »
The last time so far was in 2000. I hurt my back at work and had a lower discectomy. They removed parts of 2 vertibre(sp?) and then cut out part of the disc. I will say that after I woke up from the surgery it was instant relief from the pain. I actually looked forward to the surgery to get the pain over with.


I had almost the same thing when I was 14.  It took the Doctors months to decide what it was because 14 year olds don't get Herniated/Slipped discs.  Well 6 months and 1 quack Doctor later, we find a doctor who knew exactly what it was and I had surgery the day after Christmas  and you are right, the surgery made the pain go away INSTANTLY.  It was the physical therapy that hurt after that.

Then 18 years later(last Summer). BOOM back problems again.  Only this time they treat it with Steroid/Cortizone shots. So far 5 shots and I am begging them to just do the surgery again so I can get some relief.

1977
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ice cream
« on: January 31, 2004, 09:23 AM »
Homemade Vanilla.  And I don't mean "Homemade Vanilla" as the flavor, I mean mix the ingredients, put them in the maker and either Crank it or plug it in. (assuming of course some Guy hasn't fled Bespin with your maker)

If I can't make it at home, give me a Dairy Queen Dipped Cone.

1978
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: P-I-Z-Z-A
« on: January 31, 2004, 09:20 AM »
I used to have Pizza Inn almost exlusively until they went out of business around here.

Now its Pizza Hut.  

I realize there is better Pizza out there, but a flight from Dallas to Chicago just for some Pizza would not be economically feasible.

When I order I get Pepperoni and Extra Cheese and AS LITTLE sauce as possible almost to the extent of NO sauce at all. it is about 50% of the time that it shows up correctly, they usually give me EXTRA sauce.

1979
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What magazines do you subscribe to?
« on: January 31, 2004, 09:15 AM »
I have subscriptions at my office for Time and People, for the lobby.

At home I have The Insider, Shotgun News, The Texas Bar Journal, Vietnam, World War II, Cowboy Chronicle and Guns of the Old West.


1980
I'd be Wedge Antilles.  He's at all the major battles, he survives them all, but he is still low key enough that nobody remembers him and he has a pretty stable job.  Plus he can wear the Corellian Blood Stipe on his pants.

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