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re: Top 5 NHL Uniforms - Baloo
Classics: 1. Wings 2. Blackhawks 3. Leafs Post-expansion: 1. Canucks (hockey stick jersey, Whaler colors) 2. Flames 3. Devils (non-Christmas tree) I can't believe a human being likes Nashville's jerseys, but different strokes and all. Love the Canucks' clean design, which is a depar...


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re: Official 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread - Baloo
[quote]Nationwide is sold-out which is a good thing, because they restricted it to people with Ohio addresses, hopefully the Pitt fans didn't get many.[/quote] Yeah, cuz no Penguin fans live in Ohio. Pretty much any hockey fan from Ohio over the age of 30 is likely a Penguin fan, or was one before ...


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re: Social Distortion - Baloo
Big fan, but it's not really Social D with Danell. At this point in his career, I prefer Mike Ness' solo honky tonk stuff. But Mommie's Little Monster is an unimpeachable classic. ...


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re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo
Sure. and the reason I really like that Holtby gif is because he's laying out Callahan. There's ragging on each other because that's what rivals do, but when you actually start taking your trash talk seriously as real analysis... then you're just a moron. Though I admit I'm probably rooting for ...


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re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo
I love firewagon hockey, but Trotz is an experienced NHL vet who clearly understands advanced metrics. I think part of the Preds' defensive style is by necessity. He's a guy that knows how to get the most out of his assets. For example, Erat was a far better offensive threat in Nashville than Washin...


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re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo
I would strangle a puppy for Trotz to coach the Caps. ...


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[quote]That said, can you make the argument that Stamkos hasn't had the talent around him that the Capitals have?[/quote] Sure, but he did have Marty St. Louis who is pretty darn good. And they've had a better defensive system. I think it's stupid to call Stamkos a coach killer or a bad player, but...


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re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo
[quote]How dumb is the beaudreau for Oates change looking now?[/quote] I'll point out that all of the hockey "experts" called for it, and the end of firewagon hockey. The Caps listened to the consensus, and this is where it got them. I remember being very outspoken against getting rid of Boudreau a...


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re: Official 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread - Baloo
[quote]Am I reading this correctly? Why is this so close? [/quote] Because Pitt isn't a very good possession team. Here's the team profile from extra skater: http://www.extraskater.com/team/pittsburgh-penguins/2013 The charts won't copy, so here's the long and short of it: the Penguins insist...


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re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo
Wanna know how I know Oates is getting fired? Because Holtby is giving zero fricks and playing like the Holtbeast instead of sitting back in the crease like Oates wants. [img]http://i.imgur.com/4BDKPvH.gif[/img] That's a goalie not listening to his coach telling him to be more conservative. ...


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re: Official 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread - Baloo
Because matchups are now divisional instead of conference. Colorado playing out of their collective gourds mean the 2nd and 3rd place divisional teams play each other. ...


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re: Official 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread - Baloo
Some good first round matchups. I'm going to pick each series, as an experiment, solely on their FenClose. I'm curious how accurate of a predictive tool it is. Bruins (54.43) over Detroit (51.09) Tampa (51.47) over Montreal (48.25) Pitt (50.66) over C-bus (50.56) Rags (52.92) over Flyers (47.7...


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re: Spinoff from Django threads - Tarantino films - Baloo
Inglorious Basterds Reservoir Dogs Jackie Brown Pulp Fiction Django Unchained Death Proof Kill Bill Vol 1 That friggin horrible rip off of the Twilight Zone episode from Four Rooms Kill Bill, Vol 2...


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re: Why Does Kevin Costner get so much crap? - Baloo
Changing accents is the most overrated thing in acting. I simply don't give a shite. I know Meryl Streep gets a lot of praise for her accents, and that's great, but she's not a great actress because she can do mimicry. She's a great actress because of the range of human emotion she can portray. I kno...


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re: "Nirvana" plays with various vocalists after Rock n Roll HoF induction - Baloo
John McCauley briefly turned Deer Tick into a Nirvana cover band and toured as Deervana. He sounds like a guy who should be singing in Cobain's place instead of all of the stunt casting they had. Except Joan Jett, who is always awesome. ...


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re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo
Scottie Hartnell cheapshotted Kris Letang because that's the sort of thing he does. After the game, Dan Bylsma complained about Hartnell and said that it was like a guy picking on a guy who just had a stroke. Told of these comments, Flyers coach Craig Berube said that if Letang can't take the hits, ...


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re: Why Does Kevin Costner get so much crap? - Baloo
As usual, I agree with Freaux. I'm not sure why Costner was compared with Cage, as they are entirely dissimilar. What's great abut Cage is that he approaches even truly terrible movies as serious parts and he throws himself into the role 100% even though, well, the movie kind of demands a certain am...


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re: How underrated is Dave Dombrowski as a GM? - Baloo
I'm a big fan of his. I didn't know there were people who didn't think he was a great GM. What more does he have to do? ...


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re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo
Dallas can clinch without winning another game. The Stars have a 2-point lead plus the tiebreaker. If they go into that final game with this 2-point lead, they have already clinched. Phoenix must get at least a point against the Sharks or they are eliminated. Stars clinch with a win tonight, but ...


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re: Which movie kicked off the boom in comic movies? - Baloo
It's gotta be X-Men, as that's the first movie from Marvel Studios after it reorganized. X-Men was the first real attempt by Marvel to profit off of its comic characters at the box office. And really, it was because the technology finally allowed you to do it. Before, comic movies just weren't feasi...


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re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo
You don't want the Rangers right now. I think they are gonna win the East. They've always been good defensively, but they have found an offense. They didn't score 4 goals in a game until November. They've scored 4 goals or more 7 times in March and April. This is a different team than the one early ...


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re: David Letterman to retire next year (Colbert named replacement) - Baloo
Colbert has stated that he will not be in the character. He's going to be himself. I like this move, as it frees him from the bit. It's a great comic bit, and maybe the best comic creation of the past 50 years, but it's got to be exhausting to always be in character. I'm curious how he does. ...


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re: Currently watching Drive, so far meh - Baloo
[quote]I think it gets too many accolades simply because Brooks played a bad guy. [/quote] Well, Brooks is by far the best thing about the movie. Though I agree its highly overrated. ...


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re: Coach Calipari has some suggestions for the NCAA in his new book - Baloo
[quote]Thats 2 billion dollars across all 400k+ NCAA athletes[/quote] Well, let's reduce it to scholarship athletes, and make it part of the schollie. That's 138,000. And that number includes Division 2. There's only 139,000 athletes in all of Division 1. So, right out of the box, let's reduce...


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re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo
If the Pens use Niskanen-Maata as their 3rd pairing, they are begging teams to beat them. That's probably their best pairing right now. They should be getting huge minutes. ...


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re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo
I think its the only fair way to handle it. There's no good solution, but it was early enough in the game that they should just restart, but instead of punishing the Jackets, they keep their 1-0 lead. I'm fine with it considering the special circumstances. ...


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re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo
Letang has a Fenwick of 49.8% this season. That's not that huge of a difference maker. I'm also skeptical of his health. The Pens real problem on D, considering Maata has been even better than either Martin or Letang were this year, is their leading blueliner in minutes is Orpik, who is pretty terri...


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re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo
I've belabored the point, but Fleury has been singularly awful in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He's a mediocre goalie in the regular season who plays even worse in the postseason. He is the single biggest issue on the Penguins roster. I think the fancystat crowd underrated goalies. Yes, you can win a C...


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re: Jessica Lea Mayfield - Baloo
Love her and her brother. The David Mayfield Parade is awesome. But her voice... my God, it's great....


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re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo
I honestly hope he doesn't die. That's not snark, but heart conditions are no joke. I'm legit terrified for the guy. He's a phenomenal player but more importantly, he's a human being. Same with Peverly. This isn't coming back from a broken leg, this is something that could honestly kill you. I ho...


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