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Preacher (comic -- SPOILERS) - Baloo
Preacher has been in development hell for over a decade, but they are finally adapting the popular comic into a TV show. I've never actually read it, so I went down to my local comic shop, picked up a trade paperback, and read the first 12 issues. It's one of the the most praised comics of my life, ...


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NHL Free Agency Thread - Baloo
Free agency begins July 1st. Your unofficial ranking of the UFA's can be found here: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/6/30/5856870/nhl-free-agents-2014-rankings Who is going to get wildly overpaid and bust your team's cap for disappointing production? ...


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The Germs are the band people think the Sex Pistols are - Baloo
Listening to (GI) and pondering the ridiculously stupid suicide of Darby Crash (they literally had one last show so he could raise money to buy enough heroin to kill himself -- not a joke). Stiil, the album is amazing and a billion times better and more "dangerous" than anything the Pistols put out,...


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Kris Letang has a mystery illness - Baloo
http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5524500-74/letang-penguins-games#axzz2sYLH2jYx He's expected to miss the rest of the season, and it's always a bad sign when the headline has to re-assure you his mystery disease is not life threatening. Good God. It's a real shame. He's a terrific player. H...


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Shaky Knees Fest in Atlanta - Baloo
Anyone ever been? Know anything about it? The lineup is pretty much like they got together and asked themselves what would Baloo and his wife like to see? (Well, if they could add the 'Mats). http://shakykneesfestival.com/...


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Four goal night for Ovechkin - Baloo
Ummm... that was insane. Ovie scored his last goal with 30 seconds left in the 3rd with the goalie pulled to tie the game. Just an amazing game. He's playing at a level right now that is almost unmatched. This is like Pavel Bure in his prime kind of goal scoring. ...


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Fun Fun Fun Fest! - Baloo
Austin's best music fest starts today! On my way to see some Slayer. ...


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Defending Ron Howard - Baloo
With the release of Rush and the high praise it has received, there’s been a recent uptick in Ron Howard think pieces. Here are two recent examples: http://thedissolve.com/features/the-conversation/172-the-ron-howard-enigma/ http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/88348/reco...


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Long thoughts on the ending of Breaking Bad - Baloo
This is going to be TL;DR but screw you, I’m verbose. It’s taken me a few days to digest the finale of Breaking Bad, and I’ve perused all of the major episode reviews out there. The general consensus seems to be that this was a satisfying though not spectacular finale. I can agree with that asse...


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The Unofficial Season Long Hockey Thread - Baloo
Puckheads, unite! Puck drops tomorrow. Can Chicago repeat? Will the Penguins be healthy enough to dress 23 guys? Will the Flyers goalie suck? (Yes. Yes he will.) Will the Bruins miss Seguin and Horton? How much will the Red Wings enjoy the East? Can LA bounce back? How badly will Calgary suck? Wi...


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Grantland Fixes the NHL - Baloo
Down Goes Brown was one of the best hockey blogs out there, and he's been writing for Grantland about hockey for a few months now. Today, he had proposals to "fix" the NHL http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9538380/how-fix-nhl/ [quote]NHL offense spiked after the 2005 lockout thanks to new ru...


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Smurfs 2 grossed $18 million... and turned a profit - Baloo
Ugh. http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-smurfs-2-already-covered-its-production-budget,101201/ [quote]There’s already a third film slated for 2015, and that box office number is [b]offset by $150 million that over 100 corporate partners ponied up to promote the film through licensing deals.[/b...


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Movie posters - Baloo
Mrs. Baloo and I just bought a new house, and we're in the process of decorating. Now, being the guy, I have almost no authority whatsoever, but we are going to decorate the den with movie posters. So... I need suggestions. What are the best movie posters taking into account both aesthetics and w...


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A's win 19 inning game - Baloo
Man, I'm glad I didn't watch that. Game ended at 3 AM, and the Angels blew a five run lead in the 8th inning, which is hard to do. Josh Hamilton is hitting .202/.246/.298 after going 0 for 8 last night. That's unfathomably bad. ...


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Wedding DJ - Baloo
A couple of good friends of mine are getting married next weekend and they have asked me to be their wedding DJ. I have the equipment and stuff, but I'm most definitely not a professional. It should be a pretty casual environment (clearly, if they are asking a buddy to be the DJ). But, I thought I'd...


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The death of rock n roll - Baloo
Stephen Hyden has been writing a largely excellent series on Grantland called the Winner's History of Rock n Roll, in which he looks at the most popular rock acts and what the hell happened to rock radio. It's beena fun read, but I think he gets to the core issue of "what's wrong with rock?" in this...


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Re-evaluating the 1980s Best Picture winners - Baloo
The Best Picture thread inspired me to look at the 1980s, a decade renowned for being the low point in the Academy Awards. I’m going to try and re-issue the Oscars, using the same criteria that the Academy uses. So I’m not going to give it to a comedy or foreign film… just give the Oscars the benefi...


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Music Board's Albums of the Year - Baloo
Sorry it's a tad late, but I've tabulated the vote for the top albums of the year, according to this board. 111 albums received at least one vote, but I decided to make this a top 27 list, as that was every album that received over 15 points, which required at least 2 people voting for it. There was...


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MSB Season Long Hockey Thread - Baloo
Or, how will the Caps choke this year?...


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Fantasy hockey -- any interest - Baloo
I've actually never played fantasy hockey, but was thinking of joining a league. Figured I'd check to see if there was any interest here before I did that. Any interest in forming an auction league? ...


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The Music Board's top ten albums of 2012 -- Voting Thread - Baloo
OK, I’ve waited a few weeks so we could all listen to the last purchases of the year, so now it is time for the Music Board’s albums of the year. A list of albums released in 2012 is available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_albums_released_in_2012 Now, if you want to just submit a ...


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Comparing the HOF Ballot to the Middle Tier HOFer - Baloo
How good is this year’s HOF ballot? There’s about 15 players on it who not only meet the Hall’s minimum criteria, they greatly exceed it. Many people argue against players getting in because a guy isn’t as good as Willie Mays, which is not, nor has it ever been the Hall standard. But even if you ...


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Poz on Hamilton and Pujols - Baloo
http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/40716262/ [quote]Which of these two sets of teammates would you rather have for the next five years if MONEY IS NOT A CONSIDERATION? 1. Anaheim's Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. 2. Kansas City's Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez. Yeah, you might have thou...


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How the GOP could rebrand itself - Baloo
I’ve been giving some thought, like many people, how the GOP could reverse its current fortunes on the national stage. I’m a center-left guy and clearly not in the GOP’s target, but I’ve voted for GOP candidates in the past. In fact, this year I voted for a Republican for Congress as well as in plen...


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Hall of Fame candidate: Dale Murphy - Baloo
As y’all know, I’m a Hall junkie. So, since the Best Ballot Ever is upon us, I figured it would be fun to go through each candidate that has a legit case for induction using the Keltner List. First up is Dale Murphy, on his last trip on the ballot. It’s his 15th year, and he got 14% of the vote last...


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Happy Birthday, Stan Musial - Baloo
My favorite sportswriter on my favorite player ever: http://joeposnanski.blogspot.com/2012/11/musial-redux.html There is absolutely no question that Stan Musial is the most underrated player in baseball history. The fact he is not mentioned regularly among the greatest of the great is absurd. ...


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Tax Cuts don't lead to growth, study says - Baloo
Interesting article from the Atlantic on tax cuts and the GDP http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/09/tax-cuts-dont-lead-to-economic-growth-a-new-65-year-study-finds/262438/ [quote]Analysis of six decades of data found that top tax rates "have had little association with saving, in...


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I've never been less interested in a political election - Baloo
Seriously, who cares? You either get a bland center-left candidate or a bland center-right candidate. And to be perfectly honest, both will govern in largely the same way. I know the bases will get fired up, but I don't think there's ever been less of a difference in the two major candidates in ...


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Little Shop of Horrors Blue Ray! - Baloo
Now, with the original 20-minute "Holy crap! Audrey II is going to destroy the world!" ending. One of the greatest satires ever made -- it's funny, kind of scary, has great music, and surprisingly poignant. And now, we can finally see the legendary ending that test audiences rejected as "too dar...


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The Baloo Family Baseball Apocalypse - Baloo
Well, crap. My wife is a huge Rangers fan. Like, her dad watches every game and practically raised her at the ballpark kind of fan. Like the sort of fan who has a Steve Beuchelle jersey. She's kind of fanatical, as she smashed in a light fixture during Game 6 last year (which, to be honest, was very...


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