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1281  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / The new beta testers' WoW impressions thread! on: November 11, 2004, 03:05:00 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
Quote from: "jessie"
well what's cool about the game is that any monster has a chance to drop something awesome (for your level)  gone are the days of camping only named mobs.

Whats funny is you see folks that do not realize this who are camping named mobs. In the newbie dwarf/gnome area there is a cave with some trolls. Your final mission before you leave the area is to kill the boss troll. You have idiots that just sit there at the spawn killing it when it pops because they think they are going to get a magic item off of it. By the time they do actually get a magic item off the creature I will be 5 levels ahead of them with items better than they got.

I also see higher level noobie folks "grinding" early on and it makes me chuckle. They do not realize that quests are abundant and are much better exps that grinding.

It goes to show that old MMOL habits die hard.

I was in the same spot last night and there were about 10 people camped around waiting to kill the guy. He spawned maybe three or four times before someone came up with the bright idea for everyone to group so we all would get credit for the kill. Kinda funny.

I would've tried to start a group, but I had no idea how and didn't want to look like a total idiot  smile
1282  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / CG WoW Guild Roll Call on: November 10, 2004, 07:32:43 PM
I'm going to reserve saying anything till I've actually played the game (which will hopefully be tonight), but if I like it I'm in. Most likely a mage of some sort, probably gnome.
1283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got $3500 and need a car, help me choose on: November 09, 2004, 06:59:28 PM
Quote from: "dbt1949"
I had a used Geo Prism for ten years that was very reliable and required very little maintenence.
Honda Civics and very reliable too but probably more expensive per year than the Geo.

I still have a Prism  biggrin

And the thing runs like a charm. The body of the car itself seems to be slowly falling apart (paint chipping, random handles breaking off), but the engine and all the necessary parts work wonderfully, and I haven't had it break down once in 4 or 5 years of constant use.
1284  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / CG WoW Guild Structure, etc. on: November 09, 2004, 04:21:07 PM
I hope you didn't think I was being negative, because I could care less what they did with mages, I just like being a mage. Plus, if they do indeed "suck", then that means fewer mages which then means I get to be unique  biggrin
1285  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / CG WoW Guild Structure, etc. on: November 09, 2004, 03:11:51 PM
I'm most likely in provided I don't hate the game (haven't tried it yet, dloading the open beta now). I'm usually a gnome mage kinda guy, so I'll go with that most likely, even they've been completely nerfed.
1286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox v. Cards on: October 28, 2004, 05:26:49 AM
It's hard to give an MVP for a 4 game series. You can't really give it to a pitcher since they each only pitched once. Manny is deserving as any, but you could've given it to any of them probably.
1287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN: San Andreas is the best PlayStation 2 game ever made on: October 26, 2004, 06:42:36 PM
1288  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Zonealarm ate my internet... AND explorer.exe on: October 26, 2004, 06:17:33 PM
I too have used Zone Alarm for the past 2-3 years and have never had a problem with it.
1289  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: October 25, 2004, 03:17:03 PM
+1 to Rage. Bit late on this one, sorry.
1290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 9.0 on the Steinbrenner Scale on: October 22, 2004, 10:00:09 PM
Quote from: "Jaddison"
Perhaps this is where I don't see the logic if your stated glee is the Yankees ruining the Yankees.  They were 1 inning from the series, last year they were in the series.  Only you fixate on Steinbreners statement that winning the World Series is the only acceptable thing...which as an owner of a baseball team why wouldn't that be your definition, except for owners who say profit is the only goal.

The Yankees are not ruined or going to ruin, they are a good team who plays mostly fundamentally sound baseball, they rarely shoot their mouths off unlike so many other teams/players(Red Sox large among that group).  if a player really crosses the line he is gone quick.  Torre is just a class act all around.  I would say no matter what the Red Sox do this one year they are much more a circus than the Yankees are.

Maybe they will go through a correctional period like they did in the 80s, maybe but as long as Torre is manager I'll bet they remain a class act.

And you wonder why people accuse you of being a Yankees fan...  :roll:

Either that, or you just hate the Red Sox for some reason. I have to ask, is it the hair?

And also, Sheffield has one of the largest mouths around. He spouts complete nonsense half the time, threatening people (like Pedro) because he thinks he's the shit. And don't forget your resident cheater A-Rod.
1291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 9.0 on the Steinbrenner Scale on: October 22, 2004, 02:07:27 PM
The other thing to consider is if the Yankees can afford it. I know they have limitless pockets, but they're already committed to that $180 mil payroll next year. They'll obviously go after Beltran, and they still need to find a couple more starters, a couple more relievers, and maybe a first baseman under the age of 35 (and no, Tony Clark doesn't count).

Posada is overpaid as it is right now (I think he gets something in the $10-11 mil range), so unless a team is desparate for a catcher, I'm not sure they would want to pay that much. I'm not positive about the no-trade thing, I just read it on a website that looks a couple years old.

And Devil, the reason Varitek isn't blamed for a 19-8 shallacking is because ultimately it's the pitcher's responsibility. The pitcher is the one pitching, and he is the one that decides what he wants to pitch. Just because the catcher says fastball inside doesn't mean the pitcher can't shake it off. I wouldn't give Varitek (or any catcher) any more credit for winning a game than for losing one.

The Sox will have some money to play around with in the offseason, so I think any number of things could happen, but I think ultimately they will resign Varitek over any of the other FAs.
1292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 9.0 on the Steinbrenner Scale on: October 22, 2004, 03:47:59 AM
Well first of all Varitek is not irreplaceable. Doug Mirabelli, who is not as good as Varitek IMO, is certainly good enough to be a starting catcher if Varitek wants some obscene amount of money.

Second, why would the Yankees want Varitek? They got Posada through 2007 and he has a no trade clause (last I recalled). Varitek won't sign with a team unless he gets most of the starts.

Third, Varitek is considered to be the "captain" or leader of the Red Sox. Who knows if that plays a factor, but I don't see him having any sort of Nomar-like loathing.

He'll probably command a high price with asshat Boras as his agent, but the Sox could definitely sign him and Cabrera if they let Pedro and Lowe go (over $21 mil in contracts right there).
1293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 03:27:52 AM
That Nomar deal is looking even nicer right now... that was a sick pick up by Man Cave Itch.
1294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 03:21:51 AM
Fellow Sox fans, it is time for the bottom of the eigth. Soon, they will be only five outs away...
1295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 03:15:31 AM
Please do NOT pull a Grady Little, Terry. You have relievers for a reason, so please please please use them. I wouldn't even mind Wakefield, but no more Pedro.
1296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 03:05:23 AM
I need to side with Devil on this one.

What the fuck are you doing Francona?!?!?!

God, I take back everything nice I said about him. Someone put him back on his medication.
1297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 02:39:43 AM
Getting to that time where Mussina collapses in Game 1... hold it together Lowe.
1298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 02:31:01 AM
On the flip side, why is Lowe suddenly a pitching machine? I mean that third strike to Cairo was just nasty.
1299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 02:25:04 AM
God damn, why is Manny picking the postseason to be incredibly useless?

At least Johnny is making up for it. Let's go Lowe.
1300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 02:09:08 AM
No true Red Sox fan can calm down in a game like this  :wink:

I'm not super nervous anymore, but the Sox need to score runs when they got the bases loaded and only one out.
1301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 02:01:17 AM
Why am I still scared?

If anyone could give up the lead, it's Boston in Game 7 vs. New York.
1302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 01:38:32 AM
I am pacing around all over my apartment drinking a many beverages to calm my nerves.
1303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 01:25:44 AM
I'm still scared. I want Tom Brady to pitch.
1304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 12:53:34 AM
Wow, what a juicy pitch for Sheffield to hit... but he let it go, strike 3.
1305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 12:45:37 AM
Brown is not on his game, let's see if Lowe is...
1306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 12:41:51 AM
Ortiz is my daddy.

Still, should have been 3-0.
1307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 12:23:54 AM
Here we go...
1308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 20, 2004, 08:47:49 PM
This is ridiculous, I can't get any work done today. I'm so fidgety, checking every sports site known to man. Less than four hours to go!
1309  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 20, 2004, 07:35:33 PM
Looks like Brown, possibly Vazquez. Both have gotten shelled by the Sox this year (Brown a few days ago), but this IS game 7 after all, so who the hell knows.

Both Lowe and Brown were great pitchers just 2 or 3 years ago and now are both quite less. Still, there's potential for something great.

And if there was ever a game to throw Pokey into, it might be this one (not that it will happen since Francona loves Bellhorn). Any ball that travels to the right side of the infield makes me worried with Bellhorn and Millar there. Replace with Pokey and Mientciewicz and I feel much better. If the Sox have the lead getting into the 7th or so, I'd pull out the defensive replacements early.
1310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 20, 2004, 07:02:06 PM
You honestly think he's worse than Gary "I Sound So Nasal I Think I Have Something Permanently Lodged Up My Nose" Thorne and Bill "How Many Times Can I State The Obvious?" Clement? Not to mention Darren "I Was A Crappy Goalie 20 Years Ago And I'm An Even Worse Goalie Announcer Now" Pang?

And don't get me started on Barry Melrose. Possibly the worst hockey analyst out there. And he thinks he knows what he's talking about too. I like Buccigross, but mostly just for his columns. I wish we had the Canadian guys for national games.

Oh yeah, and Go Sox! I'm not going to see the first 20 or 30 minutes so I hope I don't miss Lowe's huge meltdown.
1311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 20, 2004, 06:21:12 PM
Oh come now, Dale Arnold isn't that bad. If he was butt-kissing Scott Neidermeyer, you'd think he was the greatest. I like Dale and Gordie... they're no Fred and Derek or Sean and Jerry, but they're about a billion times better than the ESPN goons.

Anyways, all the breaks have gone the Red Sox way in the last few games. But that doesn't mean they'll continue. I think the momentum factor is out the windows. As the Intangibleness said himself, "We had the momentum after our third game." Game 7 is going to be a fuckin crapshoot. Unless the Sox put up a 15-0 lead, I'm going to bite my nails till the end.

Prediction: Sox take a small lead early, keep it until the ninth, then Yankees get two on, two out, and......

Who knows. Are the baseball gods honest in their dishing out of karmic justice, or are they simply waiting to give the ultimate kick in the groin to the Nation?

This will either be the greatest comeback in history or the ultimate heartbreak (we're talking about rivaling Buckner here). It's just not fair to an honest fan like you or me.
1312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox v Yanks - Game 6 on: October 20, 2004, 02:34:38 PM
So you've suddenly become a Bellhorn fan? I told you he had the potential for one of those "where the hell did that come from?" moments, and he sure had it. I had to eat my words about both Bellhorn and Millar, who each played very well (minus Millar's minor screw up on a potential DP).

If we had Schilling coming out for Game 7 too, I'd be a lot more secure. But it's Lowe, probably Wakefield, and most likely 5 or 6 other pitchers. It will be such a whacky game that almost anything can happen, and as a devoted Red Sox fan over the years, I usually expect the worst.
1313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox v Yanks - Game 6 on: October 20, 2004, 05:22:51 AM
I'm as ecstatic as the rest of you, but they still need to win Game 7. This time it's been set up with even more on the line than last year and I'm not sure I can take a Sox loss so I'm already preparing.

It's amazing to come back from 0-3 to tie it, but remember the curse is not officially reversed yet.
1314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's the last thing you've copied and pasted? on: October 19, 2004, 08:30:31 PM
Let's find out:


1315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Terry Francona's Cry For Help on: October 19, 2004, 06:08:28 PM
I don't know, I think Cabrera is worth it. He clearly knows what he's doing and can provide a good clutch hit (you can't teach that!). There's definitely a lot of quality shortstops in the league, but the there's a pretty big gap between the elite ones and the next level.

Varitek has, what the Jeter-lovers like to call, "intangibles". I like his defense, he's a switch-hitter, has some power, and at least has shown he can hit. You won't find many other catchers with that kind of versatility. Still, the Sox are lucky enough to have Mirabelli, who is good enough to start. I wouldn't pay Varitek an obscene amount, but I think Varitek himself would not mind being paid reasonably. His asshat agent Boras might think otherwise however.

As for Manny, I don't think they really have a choice. As good as he is, I doubt anyone could afford him. He was put on waivers last offseason after all. I think you can sign Beltran for less than the $20+ mil Manny's getting now. Also, Manny is simply a great player. Unlike so many other hitters of his generation, he is consistent every single year. You can always count on him having a good season. He has his Manny Moments, but I don't think he's any worse a fielder than Sheffield or Guerrero (sans throwing arm). Beltran is an amazing player no doubt, but I don't think the Sox really need him as much as they need pitching.

Speaking of pitching, if Pedro goes, along with Lowe (who will go), that's over $21 mil in salary. The Sox could spend the extra buck or two on OC and Tek and still have plenty for a good #2 man and whatever left for a #5 (with Schilling going 1, Arroyo/Wakefield going 3/4).
1316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Terry Francona's Cry For Help on: October 19, 2004, 03:47:56 PM
I think it's a tossup about Pokey/Bellhorn. I personally can't stand Blowhard so I'd put Pokey in, but I also think Bellhorn could come up with a "where the hell did that come from?" performance.

Cabrera is a stud. While I don't have the disdain you have for Nomar, even I would have taken OC in a straight swap at this point. The fact we got Man-Cave-Itch and the roadrunner Roberts makes that trade even better. Even my dad (Nomar fan #1) thought the trade was a good one by the end.

Unfortunately Cabrera is a FA at season's end, and I think the Sox need to push to resign. I also think they NEED to resign Varitek. There are simply very few catchers of his caliber in existence.

And it seems that leaves Pedro the odd man out. I love Pedro, but I think his pride is going to cause his asking price to not fall very much from the $17 mil he gets now. He's only 32, yes, but he's not Schilling or Clemens... he's going to be done in the next five years I think. I still think Pedro is worth big bucks, but not more than the $12 mil Schilling is getting. And sadly I think some other club will be willing to pay him what he wants (and I do NOT think it will be the Yankees... they'll be busy buying Beltran).

I say the Sox go for a young, talented pitcher (or two). I like what I see from Arroyo, but they need to find another Santana (real easy to do I know).

Jeese, I didn't think I'd be talking so much about the Red Sox at this point. I think the fact that I can't fall back on the NHL season has a lot to do with it.

EDIT: I should also mention Thornton has 17 points in 11 games for his Swiss club. That's almost Neely-like!  :wink:
1317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Terry Francona's Cry For Help on: October 19, 2004, 03:17:18 PM
If anyone's worse at batting than Bellhorn, it's Pokey. No offense to the guy, I love his defense, but he can't swing the bat. No idea how good he is at bunting, but from watching Damon bunt, I doubt the Sox as a whole are any good. The whole Moneyball thing coming back to bite them in the ass (of which Francona is partly to blame, yes, but not the only culprit).

I would have put in Mirabelli probably. He has proven power off the bench and especially against the Yankees. I will admit I disagreed with that decision (or lack of).

The ESPN talking heads love to second guess Francona, and they had some rather weird suggestions.

First was subbing in Pokey for Bellhorn the entire game. As much as I don't like Bellhorn (nicknamed Blowhard), he's got more pop than Pokey. And I don't think the Red Sox will win any more of their games on pitching (unless Schilling returns from the grave).

Second was putting in Mirabelli in for Varitek. This could be viable, especially since Mirabelli has been on fire in Yankee Stadium (the only Sox player I'm sure). Varitek is the leader though, and I trust his defense much more than Mirabelli's (with the exception of Wakefield as pitcher).

The third was kind of silly: taking Damon out of the lead-off spot. OK, he's struggling, sure, but who else are you going to put there? Dave Roberts? I don't think so. They suggested Mueller, which is ridiculous because he's shown he only hits in the 8 or 9 spot. Remember when he was batting second earlier this year? He sucked. Damon is simply our only leadoff hitter and he needs to get something going.

I like having Cabrera in the second spot but I also kind of like having him down in the order with Mueller.

And am I the only one who has zero faith in Kevin Millar? He is the king of the infield popup. I know Mientciewicz isn't as good as Millar stat-wise, but he at least puts the bat on the ball, and he's about 8 billion times better a first baseman.

Think Schilling has it for tonight? If anyone could ignore a broken ankle and pitch a gem, it would be him. But with his Game 1 performance I'm not so sure. Still, I think he pitches well and the Sox win tonight, because how else can you setup yourself up for another heartbreaking loss? Who gets the Grady Little Goat Award this year?
1318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Go Astros !!!! on: October 19, 2004, 02:14:49 PM
I don't watch the National League at all, but catching a few clips from last night's game, I will say this: That Beltran guy is pretty good, you might want to consider holding on to him  :wink:

Seriously, that catch in eighth (or ninth?) was just unbelievable.
1319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Terry Francona's Cry For Help on: October 19, 2004, 02:07:57 PM
Please, with the amount of vitriol you spew towards Boston teams I seriously question whether you're just not a New York (or NJ) fan in disguise. Well you aren't in disguise on one count.

I won't get blind loyalty, but I'll sure get blind hatred. You seem to have some irrational dislike of various local sports figures, and no matter what it is they do it's always something bad.

Francona is not a great manager (he's certainly no Torre), but he is pretty decent and is better than you give him credit for, IMO. He's made some terrible calls this season, sure, but not in the last two games.

Arroyo was taken out because he has to start a potential Game 7. Or do you want to see Lowe go up for that one? Wakefield sure seemed like he knew what he was doing. I'm surprised you aren't questioning Tito's decision to throw out Arroyo in the first place after how he got shelled a couple days ago.

Bellhorn is a professional baseball player, he should know how to bunt (and he should give some tips to Damon once he figures out how).

The Ortiz play was supposed to be a hit and run. Mientciewicz is a good contact hitter but he got the signals mixed up and so he didn't swing. AND Ortiz was safe. How is that Francona's fault?
1320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Terry Francona's Cry For Help on: October 19, 2004, 03:22:10 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Ortiz saves them two nights in a row. Surprised Terry didn't have him up there bunting!!!

They won in spite of Francona again!!


Was it just me, or did I see Nomar AND Drew Bledsoe in the Red Sox dugout whispering things to Francona all night long?

Nothing like blaming Francona for a Sox win! Maybe they'll lose if he does a good job tomorrow.

Seriously, he's no Joe Torre, we all know. But I don't think he deserves the unbridled spite you have towards these sports figures. Once he leaves Arroyo in too long you can hate him, but I think he's done a pretty good job the last couple games.
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