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Old 04-21-2009, 12:15 AM   #31
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Oh, right. I forgot because I am a senile old man.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:18 AM   #32
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Stop being so old Frent.
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:21 PM   #33
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Saw this today and it made me laugh.

BASEBALL FOR D&D PLAYERS
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"You enter a large space. There's a box painted on the ground ahead of you. Two masked men await."

"I approach them."

"One looks at you, the other pays you no heed."

"I step into the painted box."

"A missile comes hurling at you! Roll for save!"

"Crikey!"
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:49 PM   #34
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Jermain Taylor lost a hell of a fight with Carl Froch tonight for the WBC super middleweight title. Taylor was a technical whiz, as usual, and outpointed Froch through most of the fight. Froch came on strong in later rounds, though, and Jermain fell apart in the 12th and final round. Leading on all scorecards, Jermain was clearly winded and hurt. Froch opened up on him and Jermain crumpled to the floor. He got up at a nine count -- barely. After that Froch laid into him, and Jermain had no defense left. The ref stopped the fight, declaring Froch the winner -- with just 14 seconds left. If Jermain had held out, he would have won by split decision.

As a fan of Jermain's, it's an absolutely heartbreaking loss. Froch deserves my respect, even though I think Jermain fought a better fight overall. I hope Jermain is able to find more big fights, because this was a battle for relevancy. Now Froch has a big win in the U.S., and Jermain's back to the drawing board. Hell of a fight either way.
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:44 PM   #35
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I'm a big believer in scoring differential no matter the sport. Teams with a high scoring differential generally do quite well in the postseason, and teams with ones that are near even generally don't(if they even make it there).

This actually has me believing the Pirates are for real. I don't think they'll win the division(I picked the Cards before the season and I'll stick by that), but I see no reason why they can't make a shot at the wildcard if they keep playing the way they are. No way their pitching staff is going to hold an under 3.00ERA for the whole season, but all of their starting pitchers are young and have good stuff. With pitching like this no reason they can't finish .500

I'm scared to say the Tigers are legitimate, even with them leading a mediocre division. Brandon Inge isn't going to keep the pace he's at, he's something like .400 over his career OPS right now, and he's been carrying their offense along with Miguel Cabrera(who admittedly can keep doing what he's doing). They just give up so many runs. Kansas City is a great story, but there is no way they can hold up that sort of pitching. Leaning White Sox like I was before the season started. They are so unbelievably average at everything, but they hit so many homers, have good relievers, and while their starting pitching is wildly inconsistent their guys have a knack of outright losing or winning games in back to back starts.

The AL west isn't going anywhere. Oakland can't hit. Texas can't pitch(who knew?). Seattle is in a weird situation. They've played an easy schedule so far(playing against the Angels and Twins who both have major injuries, and the Twins just kinda suck). Even in last place I still see the Angels winning, as long as their injured pitchers show up and do what they usually do.

NL West - Dodgers. Picked them before the season started, they have the best hitting and relief pitching in their division. Starting pitching is really their only concern, but their division is full of fundamentally flawed teams(3 teams with no offense, Rockies just kinda suck)

NL East - Wide open(except the nats). No team is overwhelming here. I'd say the Mets have the worst shot here because they have a compounding problem of being choke artists, but also they rely on a lot of inconsistent players, and thats bad news when a good chunk of them are starting pitchers.

AL East - Red Sox. Even with Ortiz stinking up the place, and Manny gone, their offense is still stupidly efficient, and their pitching is so good even with Matsuzaka being useless. I see the Yankees missing the postseason again. They keep trading away good young cheap pitchers, then good more expensive ones with injury problems. It doesn't matter if you can score 5.5 runs a game if you give up 6.5. Tampa... I don't know what happened. All that good feeling stuff went away? Toronto is legit and they are my wildcard pick.

Also at some point this turned into a division break down.
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:48 PM   #36
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The Astros suck.
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:51 PM   #37
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Hey, they signed Ed Wade as their GM. That kind of thing just happens on his watch.
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:54 PM   #38
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Holy hell. Manny Pacquiao just obliterated Ricky Hatton. Pacquiao knocked down Hatton twice in the first round, then flattened him with a KO in round two. Manny is unstoppable.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:21 AM   #39
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I watched it and all i have to say is that Pacman is the greatest. Plus he has one hell of a story (coming from the worst part of the Philippines to being the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet). Not to mention he looks like a little kid walking to the ring. I've never seen a fighter smile so damn much. He's unstoppable.

I wonder how many studios are vying for his movie rights right now.

I gotta say, the fight cheered me right up after the Canucks' crappy loss to the Blackhawks.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:54 AM   #40
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Fuck the Lakers.
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:30 PM   #41
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Lama in Pats cap

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Old 05-04-2009, 06:53 PM   #42
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HOW 'BOUT THEM CAVS!?

Also, Tiger's just in a slump. Give him some time.
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Zack Greinke is amazing. Great story, too -- you just want to root for the kid.
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:07 AM   #44
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One.

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Zip.

Good game. Love seeing Houston play like this.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:22 AM   #45
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Go Cleveland.

Go Houston.

8D Screw the Lakers.
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Go Canucks Go.
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:51 PM   #47
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I hate all the media love the Lakers get. I always have. No series is ever about their opponent and them, it's only ever about the Lakers.
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Old 05-06-2009, 02:27 PM   #48
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Well thats cause the Lakers are a storied franchise, and most other franchises aren't.

Also Lakers vs. Celtics in last years finals was very much about both teams... actually leaning a bit to Boston.
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It amuses me that some people are saying Lebron is getting too cocky after last night's game. If you were on a roll like that and you were simply dominating other teams in the playoffs, you'd get alittle cocky too.

Guess thing won't be interesting for the Cavs until they see Boston later.
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:44 AM   #50
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Guess thing won't be interesting for the Cavs until they see Orlando later.
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Wow, Veseriously?

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Old 05-08-2009, 10:08 AM   #52
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Why is that so laughable? They have home court advantage now with the series tied, they had an easier series than Boston did so they should be less fatigued.

The biggest issues are injuries/suspensions. And I'd say courtney lee + rafer alston(discounting Jameer Nelson cause he's been replaced) is not equivalent to Garnett+Poe, especially wehn both Lee and Alston will be back in this series.

Boston pretty much needs Rondo to have a 20-10-15 statline every game.
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Well thats cause the Lakers are a storied franchise, and most other franchises aren't.
No, it has quite a bit more to do with Los Angeles being the second largest media market in the country. Being a storied franchise don't mean shit.
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Also, Boston isn't making it past Orlando.
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Triple post.

I'm calling the Finals matchup right here and now. It's gonna be Cleveland vs. Denver. LeBron's gonna get a ring. I honestly don't know who's going to win this Houston vs. Los Angeles series, but I think it's much more of a toss up than the media would like to play it out to be. I don't think either team is getting by Denver. And Cleveland will run into a little trouble with Orlando, but it won't be anything they can't or won't overcome.

So, yeah, Cleveland vs. Denver. Cleveland wins in six.
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NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS WIN IN UPSET. WORLD EXPLODES.
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NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS WIN IN UPSET. WORLD EXPLODES.
I actually take this to mean that once the Cavs win their world championship, LeBron sinks the hearts of millions (except sals) by becoming a Knick.
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No, it has quite a bit more to do with Los Angeles being the second largest media market in the country. Being a storied franchise don't mean shit.
Yes because people always talk about the Clippers.

The idea is that when you are in a large market and you know... a good team, you become mighty important in the media. The market plays a big part of it no doubt, as a large market team will get the media's eye much faster than a small market team(and they generally have some advantages, especially in the monetary department), but what the franchise quality means a hell of a lot, as does star power.

There are a lot of things that interplay into making you a storied franchise, it isn't just winning(though that is part of it), it isn't just your big name players(thats part of it), and it isn't just the size of your media market(though yes that factors in too), how good your "story" is(see the Saints and Hornets deep playoff runs after Katrina) but the idea is that a lot of things go into it. The Spurs are relatively small market(37th in the country) in comparison to a lot of teams they've had series with, but the story is always about how professional and well run their franchise is and how their opponent is not going to be able to win especially since it is an odd year, the Spurs win every other year, blah blah blah.

Anyways I'm rambling, but yeah, the media factor was part of what I was talking about.

Edit: Realized the term storied is shitty for those examples, and I can't think of better ones offhand. Steelers might not be a bad example, but I guess my point is that there more to being high profile than being in the biggest media market.

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I love you Nami.

Also, I'll admit the Cavs have gotten 'lucky' I guess is the right word for it. They're playing against teams that came out of the first round beaten and injured then to go up against a fresh Cavs team just throws insult to injury.
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Yao's foot is broken and he's done for the rest of the playoffs.
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