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« Reply #45 on: January 24, 2007, 01:08:28 PM »

Dan,

I sense a Tony Romo comment coming any minute from Welkodox.  :'(

I actually felt bad for the guy, though it was nice to see the Cowboys lose.  I think the rule with the K Balls should go.

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Like who, Saban?  Wait, he's back in college.

At least they have a real way of figuring out who won the championship.  Between the bowl system and the sham of the coaches polls, I don't know who can take the college game seriously.
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« Reply #46 on: January 24, 2007, 01:12:01 PM »

Hockey: Detroit Redwings  (duh. And we got a nice Greek boy on the team too! Smiley )
My wife is from Detroit, that is reason enough to despise the wings.   Wink

Hockey Town MY FOOT!  Every civilized and self respecting person knows that Toronto is the ONLY right to claim itself as HOCKEY TOWN on the planet!
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« Reply #47 on: January 24, 2007, 01:16:55 PM »

Here is Canada's contribution to world culture

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« Reply #48 on: January 24, 2007, 01:19:42 PM »

Don't diss Don because even the New Englanders love him!
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« Reply #49 on: January 24, 2007, 01:22:07 PM »

Hey, I'm a huge Yankees fan. One of the greatest days of my entire life was October 26, 1996, when the Yankees defeated the Braves and won the World Series for the first time in my lifetime.

One of the other greatest days of my life was July 18, 1999, when my favorite pitcher, David Cone, pitching for my favorite team, the Yankees, twirled a perfect game.

One of the other greatest days of my life was the night of October 16, 2003, when Aaron Boone hit a home run that made Bucky Dent's look insignificant.

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Part of the reason why I still like the Red Sox, perhaps, is that I love the rivalry. It's great to have a strong Boston team because it gives our Yankees a challenge. And perhaps there's an element of pity after all those past (and coming) years of futility Wink
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« Reply #50 on: January 24, 2007, 01:31:13 PM »

For my good friend welkodox.  http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/hnic/coachs-corner.html

A little Cherry for your sundae.
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« Reply #51 on: January 24, 2007, 01:39:30 PM »

My wife is from Detroit, that is reason enough to despise the wings.   Wink

Hockey Town MY FOOT!  Every civilized and self respecting person knows that Toronto is the ONLY right to claim itself as HOCKEY TOWN on the planet!

Awwww, and we have been getting along so well.  I can see that changing now.  Tongue

I was born in Montreal, so you know where my loyalties are.  Grin


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« Reply #52 on: January 24, 2007, 01:51:52 PM »

Part of the reason why I still like the Red Sox, perhaps, is that I love the rivalry. It's great to have a strong Boston team because it gives our Yankees a challenge. And perhaps there's an element of pity after all those past (and coming) years of futility

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« Reply #53 on: January 24, 2007, 03:07:14 PM »

Baseball: New York Yankees. Second: Boston Red Sox

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« Reply #54 on: January 24, 2007, 03:34:50 PM »

Awwww, and we have been getting along so well.  I can see that changing now.  Tongue

I was born in Montreal, so you know where my loyalties are.  Grin


The only other sport I follow would be Soccer/Football and that would have to be the Udinese Calcio.

Well, you've got to be introduced to Pravoslavbob... he's a Senators fan (and he lives in the Canadian capital - although for the life of me, I cannot remember the name of that little village  Wink)
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« Reply #55 on: January 24, 2007, 04:14:55 PM »

Long live the memory of the 2004 WC Boston Red Sox...and damn that traitor Johnny who when over to the Dark Empire...

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« Reply #56 on: January 24, 2007, 04:21:50 PM »

Hockey:  Maine Black Bears

Football (American):  New England Patriots

Baseball:  Boston Red Sox

Basketball:  Boston Celtics. I guess. I don't really like Basketball.

Soccer/Football: Ack! Soccer!
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« Reply #57 on: January 24, 2007, 05:34:26 PM »

when my favorite pitcher, David Cone, pitching for my favorite team, the Yankees, twirled a perfect game.

that jerk could (or is it would) never do that pitching for the Royals. 

I hate the friggin' Yankees!!!! Angry

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« Reply #58 on: January 24, 2007, 05:36:40 PM »

and damn that traitor Johnny who when over to the Dark Empire...

How about damn him for betraying Kansas City?! Sad

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« Reply #59 on: January 24, 2007, 06:07:06 PM »

that jerk could (or is it would) never do that pitching for the Royals. 

I hate the friggin' Yankees!!!! Angry

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Hey, I beg to differ. He was excellent his two seasons with Kansas City. The first year he got no run support, and his second year, the strike-shortened one, he won the Cy Young. He pitched a one-hit shutout against the Angels that year that was almost as good as the perfect game. He faced 29 batters and only allowed a single from Chili Davis. And that game was his third straight complete-game shutout.

Unfortunately, the Royals promptly traded him back to the Blue Jays. That poor team has not had an ownership that has any desire to win since Kauffman died.

We all remember where Johnny Damon came from. And Kevin Appier. And Carlos Beltran. . .

Oh, and David Cone came from Kansas City too---traded to the Mets for Ed Hearn (who?) back in 1987. Kauffman said it was the worst trade blunder he ever made, and he rectified it by signing Cone in '93. Then as soon as he was dead, Cone was shipped out again.

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« Reply #60 on: January 25, 2007, 10:22:41 AM »

That poor team has not had an ownership that has any desire to win since Kauffman died.

We all remember where Johnny Damon came from. And Kevin Appier. And Carlos Beltran. . .


I suppose that it's my frustration that's causing all my spats.  So much talent has come through KC but no one knows how to put it all together to win.  Pitching has been the absolute bane of the KC organization for the last 10 years.  I can't remember the last time we had a 15 game winner (possibly Byrd, I can't remember t hough).  But you're right--the current ownership just wants to make itself money and not care about winning.  If the fans were smart--they would not show up for games. Leave the stands empty for a couple of games then maybe someone will get the point. 

Also, these athletes' agents always seem to steer them away from KC as soon as possible.  I mean who wants to play for a perpetual non-contender?

Still, I never saw David Cone back in the 90s pitch like he did with the Yankees.  He always seemed to be taken out of games early and was never consistent.  I'll have to check more on his stats.

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« Reply #61 on: January 25, 2007, 10:29:33 AM »

Small market teams can't compete with the big ones, and I think KC is if not the smallest, is close to smallest in market and therefore revenue size.  That's another reason why I don't pay attention to Baseball.  The NFL, through the salary cap, has definitely been able to maintain a level playing field among all the teams that has translated directly in to all teams being able to effectively compete, no matter the market size.

Also, I'm changing my favorite soccer team to Red Spork Belgrade too.
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« Reply #62 on: January 25, 2007, 11:05:43 AM »

Just want to remind everyone

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« Reply #63 on: January 25, 2007, 11:35:06 AM »

I suppose that it's my frustration that's causing all my spats.  So much talent has come through KC but no one knows how to put it all together to win.  Pitching has been the absolute bane of the KC organization for the last 10 years.  I can't remember the last time we had a 15 game winner (possibly Byrd, I can't remember t hough).  But you're right--the current ownership just wants to make itself money and not care about winning.  If the fans were smart--they would not show up for games. Leave the stands empty for a couple of games then maybe someone will get the point. 

Also, these athletes' agents always seem to steer them away from KC as soon as possible.  I mean who wants to play for a perpetual non-contender?

Still, I never saw David Cone back in the 90s pitch like he did with the Yankees.  He always seemed to be taken out of games early and was never consistent.  I'll have to check more on his stats.

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Well, Cone is a big-game pitcher, and he didn't get to pitch in any big games in Kansas City. Still, he was more than fine in his two seasons there.

Here's his 1993 game log: http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/gl.cgi?n1=coneda01&t=p&year=1993
He went 11-14, but he had a very good 3.33 ERA over 254 innings. 2.93 runs of support will do that to you. Perhaps your impression came from home games---Cone's ERA at home was 4.05, on the road 2.62.

His 1994 game log is here: http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/gl.cgi?n1=coneda01&year=1994&t=p
This year he went 16-5 with a 2.94 ERA and won the Cy Young Award.

He was more of a workhorse then. I remember him throwing 166 pitches in a complete game win, in the rain, over the Giants in 1992. This was before his aneurysm in 1996. He was plagued with the effects of that and many other physical problems (knees, hips, shoulder), not to mention age, with the Yankees. It was a real struggle. He broke 200 innings only once after that aneurysm. And that year he was getting cortisone shots all season and didn't warm up between starts for fear he wouldn't be able to lift his arm above his shoulder when it came time to pitch. But he pitched great most of the time when he was on the mound for the Yankees, especially in big games.
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« Reply #64 on: January 25, 2007, 11:42:37 AM »

Small market teams can't compete with the big ones, and I think KC is if not the smallest, is close to smallest in market and therefore revenue size.  That's another reason why I don't pay attention to Baseball.  The NFL, through the salary cap, has definitely been able to maintain a level playing field among all the teams that has translated directly in to all teams being able to effectively compete, no matter the market size.

The luxury tax has certainly improved the situation since the 1990s. Consider the recent World Series winners:

2000: Yankees
2001: Diamondbacks
2002: Angels
2003: Marlins
2004: Red Sox
2005: White Sox
2006: Cardinals

That's seven different teams in seven seasons. I think the NFL is the model and that there is still much work to be done---small-market teams still are in a position where they can't afford to make any major mistakes, while a team like the Yankees can write off bad trades and signings and just go buy somebody else---but I'm glad to see the improved competitive balance. In the last seven years, we have seen two teams win for the first time ever and two teams win for the first time since the First World War.
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« Reply #65 on: January 25, 2007, 12:20:23 PM »

Also, I'm changing my favorite soccer team to Red Spork Belgrade too.

I can't believe I missed this and have let is slide today.

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« Reply #66 on: January 25, 2007, 01:06:24 PM »

The luxury tax has certainly improved the situation since the 1990s. Consider the recent World Series winners:

2000: Yankees
2001: Diamondbacks
2002: Angels
2003: Marlins
2004: Red Sox
2005: White Sox
2006: Cardinals

It has gotten better.

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« Reply #67 on: January 25, 2007, 02:11:53 PM »

Chicago > Polonia = DA Bears...

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« Reply #68 on: January 25, 2007, 02:24:47 PM »

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« Reply #69 on: January 25, 2007, 03:12:53 PM »

I suppose that it's my frustration that's causing all  If the fans were smart--they would not show up for games. Leave the stands empty for a couple of games then maybe someone will get the point. 

Hey now, do you think there might possibly be a message here for Leaf fans, SouthSerb? Wink
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« Reply #70 on: January 25, 2007, 03:16:38 PM »

Hey, I'm a huge Yankees fan.

How sad for you, my friend.  But as Welkodox has pointed out, there is help.  Wink
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« Reply #71 on: January 25, 2007, 03:20:22 PM »

I was never really a big baseball fan while living in Toronto (even though the Jays won two consecutive world series).  However, when I moved to NYC and went to a Yankee game (sitting in the bleachers) and that was it... I was convinced into cheering for them.

Once they started the pre-game "roll call" I was hooked.  So that is how you become a Cowboy and Yankee fan. LOL

Wha?  You what?   Shocked  Oh yeah, that makes total sense.  Geez.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #72 on: January 25, 2007, 03:22:56 PM »

It has gotten better.

Can't believe the Cardinals won it all after having prevailed in just 83 regular season contests.  Pretty weird.  Or else Tony LaRussa really knows how to get things from his players when he needs to.  Or a combination of the above.
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« Reply #73 on: January 25, 2007, 03:23:11 PM »

Hey now, do you think there might possibly be a message here for Leaf fans, SouthSerb? Wink

Well, it might, since he wasn't talking about the playoffs, because we all know what happens when a certain team from Ottawa gets to the playoffs.

Winners they are nottawa, so bad I forgottawa.  Grin
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« Reply #74 on: January 25, 2007, 03:25:05 PM »

Well, it might, since he wasn't talking about the playoffs, because we all know what happens when a certain team from Ottawa gets to the playoffs.

You mean like the time they came within a goal of the Stanley Cup final in 2003?   Grin
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« Reply #75 on: January 25, 2007, 03:34:33 PM »

Boban (that would be your Serbian name - lol),

How about 2002, do you remember 2002?  Here, let me refresh your recollection.  http://youtube.com/watch?v=nsWvzylr-go&mode=related&search=
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« Reply #76 on: January 25, 2007, 03:36:46 PM »

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« Reply #77 on: January 25, 2007, 06:02:30 PM »

Can't believe the Cardinals won it all after having prevailed in just 83 regular season contests.  Pretty weird.  Or else Tony LaRussa really knows how to get things from his players when he needs to.  Or a combination of the above.

Or Detroit just really sucked or took money!  There is no way St. Louis can win a World Series on their own merits; they must have had help! Shocked

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« Reply #78 on: January 25, 2007, 06:07:10 PM »

Just want to remind everyone

GO BEARS!
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« Reply #79 on: January 25, 2007, 07:34:42 PM »

Or Detroit just really sucked or took money!  There is no way St. Louis can win a World Series on their own merits; they must have had help! Shocked

That just goes to show you how crazy and unpredictable baseball can be. Detroit steamrolled an already superior American League (which dominated the NL in interleague play last year) and looked like the 1927 Yankees against the 2006 Yanks in the Division Series, yet they go on to quickly drop the World Series to an 83-game winner.
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« Reply #80 on: January 25, 2007, 11:04:46 PM »

Hockey - the Pittsburgh Penguins (hockey is also by far and away my favorite sport); quite a blessed city to get to see first Lemieux, then Jagr and Kovalev, and now Crosby, Malkin, Staal and Fleury! And don't forget those 2 Stanley Cups in 91 and 92!

Football - dem Stillers (that's Picksburgeese) (I was at the "Immaculate Reception" game with my dad in '72; and yes, you CAN be a good Orthodox and believe in the Immaculate RECEPTION!)

Baseball - regular season - the Pirates (I am old enough to remember my older brother and sister going to the World Series in 1960 and it being such a big deal; I was a junior in high school when they won it in '71 and attending a protestant seminary when Willi Stargell's "Family" won it in 1980; I have to now pick a team to root for each year in the post-season)

Basketball - the University of Pittsburgh

soccer - sorry, just never played and seldom watch it

college - Robert Morris University is in their 3rd season with a NCAA D-I men's hockey team and they are coming along quite well. Maybe in ten years they can get to a "Frozen Four"

college - otherwise, University of Pittsburgh

Oh, and I will have to root for the Colts in the Superbowl. Tony Dungy - the ex-Steeler and Chuck Noll protege. I also like Payton Manning.

Sorry , I am a very parochial, hometown guy!
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« Reply #81 on: January 26, 2007, 02:00:20 AM »

Hockey---Hometown Calgary Flames

Football---nfl-Saints...cfl---saskatchewan roughriders

Baseball---Jays

Soccer---AC. Milan (if I ever watch...)
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« Reply #82 on: January 26, 2007, 12:43:33 PM »

Hockey---Hometown Calgary Flames

Can we get some professional therapy in aisle 1 please??

I wasn't aware we let Calgarians on here.....didn't I see something about this in the Forum regulations??
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« Reply #83 on: January 26, 2007, 01:17:30 PM »

Can we get some professional therapy in aisle 1 please??

I wasn't aware we let Calgarians on here.....didn't I see something about this in the Forum regulations??

Aha!  I've just solved a mystery.  Clearly Postolowka made the following video. http://youtube.com/watch?v=4-LzM9fMS-0
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« Reply #84 on: January 26, 2007, 01:47:25 PM »

Never been east of Wainwright, but great song!

Not the YouTube Video I star in though. Tongue
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« Reply #85 on: January 26, 2007, 02:01:37 PM »

Go Red Spork Belgrade!
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« Reply #86 on: January 26, 2007, 03:16:38 PM »

BLASPHEMY!
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« Reply #87 on: January 26, 2007, 03:19:33 PM »

And this one too!
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« Reply #88 on: January 26, 2007, 03:54:58 PM »

Now children are being indoctrinated in to sporkism.  This must stop!
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« Reply #89 on: January 27, 2007, 01:33:32 AM »

The Pens beat Dallas in a shootout. I think this is the first time Fleury has stopped every shooter.
If the Penguins start winning shootouts (instead of regularly losing them) lookout! They will be in the playoff hunt.
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