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General Discussion / Re: 2016 MLB Thread....
« on: June 01, 2016, 07:21:55 PM »
This young Sox team is fun to watch (or listen to since O's games are blacked out on my, especially when Mookie Betts hits 5 HR in 2 games.

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Gents Without Cents (1944)
« on: February 17, 2016, 12:05:53 AM »
I can't believe you guys like this one so much, to me it's the definition of mediocre (par for the course in this time period). 5/10

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Grips, Grunts, and Groans (1937)
« on: February 16, 2016, 11:52:47 PM »
One of their best shorts, that about sums it up. 10/10

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The Yoke's On Me (1944)
« on: February 16, 2016, 11:45:28 PM »
I'm watching volume 4 of the Collection, and I tried really hard to like this one or seperate the good from the bad but it's impossible. This short shines a spotlight on an American atrocity which makes it clear that people from the era knew what was happening. My least favorite Curly short that slugs it out with Half-Wits Holiday and the horse shorts for hardest to watch. It's just like a German comedy team making a film about concentration camp Jews escaping and being dealt some slapstick hilarity. Boo and hiss. 0/10

As an aside I think volume 4 as a whole takes a noticeable dip in quality from the previous volumes.

General Discussion / Re: 2016 MLB Thread....
« on: February 16, 2016, 10:17:43 PM »
There is a big part of me that wishes both BOS and NYY would stop trying to buy the pennant and build from the ground up, but I also understand it makes no business sense for them to do that. I watched very little baseball last season and I expect to watch even less this season. Now if you'll excuse me I think I'll return to my crypt and continue my eternal slumber.

General Discussion / Re: 2013 NFL Thread
« on: November 24, 2013, 11:26:29 PM »
How about that for an SNF game? Go Pats!

General Discussion / Re: 2013-2014 NBA Thread
« on: November 24, 2013, 03:04:37 PM »
The NBA seems to buck the trends of other sports leagues in that there is the least amount of parity. MLB and NFL take pride in this illusion that almost every team has a chance but the NBA loves dynasties and I believe we are in the midst of one right now. Let's face facts; it's too early in the season to throw in the towel on the Knicks (or Nets for that matter) and I highly expect them to finish well ahead of my Celtics, who are in total rebuilding mode and I hope miss out on the postseason so they can have a good shot at getting one of the big fish in the Draft. Either way I am 99.99% certain the Heat will once again reign as NBA Champions; to be quite frank I don't care if Indiana, Portland and San Antonio currently have better records at the moment. Miami has far and away the best team in the league, haters be damned. Do I want Miami to win again? No, I'm down on Florida pro sports teams in general because Florida sports fans kinda suck and are the definition of fair weather. With that said I wouldn't bet against them.

The NBA was so much more fun and exciting when I was growing up. Sure, the players today are better athletes or whatever but I used to love watching Bird/Parish/McHale and company battle Magic/Kareem and the rest of the Showtime Lakers. Then there were the Detroit Bad Boys, Jordan's Bulls, Sir Charles and the 76ers (when I first started watching basketball I was treated to actually getting to see Dr. J. play although I was really too young to appreciate it). Perhaps I'm walking around in a retro haze but the basketball of today doesn't even compare to the past.

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 31, 2013, 09:39:36 PM »
Thanks for the congrats, guys.  No doubt I deserve it as well, as months of screaming at the television screen like a lunatic contributed to their success.

Three titles in ten years, Red Sox fans have gone from lovable losers to spoiled.  I think those of us who are old enough to remember where we came from can appreciate this.  That eleven year old Sox fan, I'm not so sure.

I now hope to see the Cubs win one before I die, and Boston every other one, bwa, ha, ha, haaaaaaa!  May I live to be 95.

It's amazing that there are walking, talking people who never had to go through the anguish that used to come with being a Red Sox fan. In the 9 years (10 seasons) that they've won 3 championships they have quickly gone from the "lovable losers" that you mentioned to one of the "most hated" (and of course most popular by nature) teams in all of sports. If anything this run of success has helped me empathize with the shit the Yankees and their fans go through. Don't get me wrong, I hate the Yankees with an undying passion (ribbed someone for wearing a Giambi jersey and a 1996 World Champions hat the other day) but we have quickly gone in the same boat. Success not only brings about bandwagon jumpers but the haters as well. I'd much rather have the bandwagon jumpers and haters and win than get pity and lose.

I don't think the Cubs are going to contend anytime soon, much less win a championship. That team needs a complete overhaul and if I'm not mistaken they pissed away their farm system like the Yankees, but at least the Yankees have a ring to show for it. Add to that they are in the same division as the Cards, Pirates and Reds; all three of which have the potential to be good for quite some time, and it's going to be awhile before the Cubs are any good again. The vast majority of World Series teams do it with a nucleus of guys who have either been around forever, guys that have come up through the system, rookies/prospects/sophomores, character/team guys and perhaps a big signing or two. Both the Red Sox and Cardinals, two teams that have figured prominently in the World Series scene recently, have done a great job of doing exactly this. Both teams will contend for a while and other teams could stand to learn from them.

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 31, 2013, 06:32:20 AM »
They won on my brother's birthday.  He's obviously thrilled.  I also let out a rare "fuck yeah" in front of my mother when Victorino hit the bases clearing triple.  Also incredible to see how John Lackey's stock in Boston turned around. 

A perfect season.

By the way, do you guys remember Cardinals fan Whoa Moe/Boid Brain?  The guy who claims he never watched an American League game.  I remember he said he never heard of Jon Lester.  I betcha that's changed.

I was watching an international feed (nice not having to hear Buck & McCarver, happy retirement asshole!) and the color guy started talking about no more Curse of the Bambino since they won at home. Correct me if my memory's faulty but didn't we earn the right to lose all of that bullshit curse talk back in 2004?

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 30, 2013, 10:25:16 PM »
Boston Strong motherfuckers!

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 23, 2013, 10:40:14 PM »
Game 1 in the books as an easy Red Sox win. Lester was lights out tonight.

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 23, 2013, 07:52:05 PM »
The screaming at the TV screen commences.  I'm generally a mellow guy, so there's shock when people see me watching a Boston game.  This first game I'm watching at home, but the next two will be at bars, so I guess I need to somehow restrain myself.

I pissed off a close, non-sports fan friend of mine who tried to bust my balls during Game 6. Don't fuck with me while the Sox are in the playoffs.

General Discussion / Re: 2013 NFL Thread
« on: October 20, 2013, 09:01:20 PM »
I'm not really shocked, the Patriots have a few flaws. I'm more disappointed because I really don't like the Jets. (especially Rex Ryan).

The D is decimated right now, and that's what carried us through the first six games. Yeah, Rex Ryan is a piece of shit who is probably treating this week 7 win like it's the Super Bowl. That individual has no class at all.

General Discussion / Re: 2013 NFL Thread
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:16:24 PM »
The New York Jets just shook up the world....

Not really; the Red Sox won the pennant and that takes the sting out of the Pats losing to the Jets.

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 20, 2013, 06:27:27 AM »
Jim, here's a present for you.

That is one of the best presents I have ever received. A bunch of loser Yankees fans, with nothing left to pull for except a Red Sox loss, sucking on sour grapes. I'm surprised that none of them brought up the "27 rings" security blanket while they sucked their thumbs and cried. Poor babies, don't get sad because we took out the team that swept your overpriced whores in last year's ALCS. Enjoy being makeshift Cardinals fans (or hoping that a blizzard takes out the entire Series) LMAO!

I wonder how many strokes Jeter and A-Rod have shaved off their handicaps?

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 19, 2013, 11:40:52 PM »
Speaking of Iggy, such irony that for a guy known for his defense, his error is what opened up this game for us.

I had a shit eating grin on my face when he made that error. I knew, and Hunter knew too from  the look on his face, that it was all over for the Tigers. The first time since 1999 the teams with the best regular season records in each league meet in the World Series, that's amazing.

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 19, 2013, 11:16:16 PM »
By the way, this Xander Boagerts seems like the real deal.  He's about 20 or 21 and already has veteran plate discipline and handles himself well in interviews.

I have been saying that since the beginning of the season. When the Peavy trade happened I knew we would be fine losing Iglesias because we had Bogaerts in the wings.

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 19, 2013, 11:08:06 PM »

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 19, 2013, 10:54:08 PM »
Perhaps now the worst baseball commentating duo in the world will STFU about Detroit's pitching after this game. Thank goodness McCarver is retiring, wish Buck would too.

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 19, 2013, 10:40:29 PM »
Victorino has all of the business in the world being there!

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:31:39 AM »
Well Lefty called it a while back, whether it's the Red Sox or Tigers both teams are very familiar with the Cardinals as far as World Series' go. I have to say that even if Detroit does pull it off I'll be rooting against St. Louis (although I might not watch).

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 18, 2013, 06:25:23 AM »
That was a very interesting and crucial Game 5. Now all we need to do is beat one of their top pitchers at Fenway instead of both. I knew that Sanchez wasn't going to blank the Sox again and something tells me Scherzer won't either.

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 15, 2013, 08:03:27 PM »
Well that was spectacular. I remember reading the comments on an ESPN article about Game 2 where a Tigers fan tried to spin it as Detroit stole one in Fenway and now head home tied 1-1. Well now Boston stole one off of Verlander in Detroit and the Tigers are hoping they can get the series back to Boston.

General Discussion / Re: 2013 NFL Thread
« on: October 14, 2013, 01:55:45 AM »
It was damn good game to watch. I learned a long time ago to never count Brady out till the clock says 0.

Damn skippy; best QB ever.

General Discussion / Re: 2013 Baseball Thread...
« on: October 14, 2013, 01:54:28 AM »
Eh, fuck the Tigers and their starting can give them kudos after the series, lol. Both the Red Sox and the Pats coming up huge with comeback wins today, I needed that after the rough weekend I've had.

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