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1761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 27, 2008, 05:31:19 PM

Quote from: The Meal on May 27, 2008, 03:47:10 PM

Quote from: msteelers on May 27, 2008, 03:17:03 PM

Terrible first couple of games, for several reasons. The Pens are getting completely dominated, and so far have had no answer at all for it.
That's the opposite of "terrible," actually.   icon_biggrin

I thought you wanted the Pens to win at least one?  icon_wink

He has done nothing but head hunt in both games, and it is getting ridiculous.
I agree that he's not a clean hitter, but I disagree that his hits are head-hunters.  His issue is that he leaves his skates on 80-90% of his hits.  He tries to make up for his diminutive size by "exploding" into the opposition, and in doing so, he jumps at the opposition.  This isn't so much a specific intent to injure (such as Roberts' sucker-punch on Franzen from behind when the score was 3-0 with 3 minutes left in the game and the team down 2-0 in the series), but is definitely something which could be penalized.  Roberts should be suspended.

Even so, being small is no excuse to break the rule. The refs need to realize that this is something that continually happens, and start to penalize him for it.

Did Roberts throw two sucker punches in the game? I remember one, but it was more of an open palm to the face, and I thought it was earlier than 3 minutes left. I didn't really watch the end of the game, so if there was a second punch I missed it, which might explain why I'm not of the same opinion that Roberts should be suspended.

I hate watching players take cheap shots, but after two full games of it happening to the Pens, part of me was glad the tables were turned a little bit.
Ouch.  That stuff has no place in the game, IMO, and the retaliatory stuff (such as Datsyuk going after Roberts after it happened) should also be penalized within the ruleset of the game.  But intent to injure needs to be suspended, not (just) penalized.

I agree, it just needs to be equal on both sides.

And is it too hard to ask for the refs to be consistent? I don't mind if the refs are letting calls go, but in the first two games I have watched the Red Wings commit blatant penalties where the ref literally turns and looks the other way, while the Pens breathe wrong and they go in to the sin bin. These calls might not directly affect the outcome of the game (Detroit was still the better team in both games), but it would at least be fair.
I think the refereeing has been pretty fair, if not much to my liking.  The mysterious crackdown on Holmstrom's play near the crease has become *silly* and if it's the direction the league wants to go with players who make their living in front of the goaltender, I'm disappointed that the crackdown happened after teams had played 82 regular season games, and roughly 10 playoff games.  That is *not* the time to start changing the rules enforcement, IMO.

I agree, and to be honest I wasn't really talking about goalie interference or anything dealing with that. I can see both sides for the call in game 1. Fleury was just outside of the crease, and even though the defender did get his stick between the legs of Fleury, was it enough to stop him from moving to his side? I don't think so, but they only showed the replay in slow motion, and something like that is hard to tell. At least this call is going both ways though, or at least Osgood is doing his best to draw the penalty.

My beef with the refs is that I feel the Red Wings are doing a lot of holding, tripping, and interference, and the refs aren't calling anything, while the Pens are doing it to a lesser extent and get called for it repeatedly. Of course, I have an admitted bias which could make me see things that aren't there.
1762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 27, 2008, 03:17:03 PM
Terrible first couple of games, for several reasons. The Pens are getting completely dominated, and so far have had no answer at all for it. It seems the only two players that are even trying are Crosby and Staal. The good thing though is I feel Game 2 was a hell of a lot closer than what the final score showed. The Pens probably had more quality chances to score than the Red Wings did, and they whiffed every single time at the puck, or the puck would take a nasty bounce over their stick. I have a feeling that once the Pens do score, it's going to be a floodgate for them, at least in one game. They have had their chances, and just haven't converted.

As for the Roberts hit, if the league punishes him then they MUST go after Cromwell as well. He has done nothing but head hunt in both games, and it is getting ridiculous. I hate watching players take cheap shots, but after two full games of it happening to the Pens, part of me was glad the tables were turned a little bit. The refs need to do a better job of keeping that crap under control, on both sides, so that this doesn't happen.

And is it too hard to ask for the refs to be consistent? I don't mind if the refs are letting calls go, but in the first two games I have watched the Red Wings commit blatant penalties where the ref literally turns and looks the other way, while the Pens breathe wrong and they go in to the sin bin. These calls might not directly affect the outcome of the game (Detroit was still the better team in both games), but it would at least be fair.
1763  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: California Supreme Court strikes down ban on gay marriage on: May 23, 2008, 03:57:39 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 15, 2008, 05:54:56 PM

People who oppose gay marriage today will look just as ridiculous as these people look today.

"Race Mixing is Communism" is my new favorite slogan.
1764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Face, meet palm. on: May 22, 2008, 05:59:15 PM
Last year someone was having trouble on their computer, and asked me to help them out.

Me: Ok, click on 'File'.

Them: I'm trying. click, click, click, click...nothing was happening

Me: Ok, that's kind of weird that the mouse stopped working. Let me see.

I grab the mouse and it starts working fine.

Me: Whatever, ok, click 'Page Setup'.

Them: Still nothing is happening. click, click, click click

I looked at her hand, and she was clicking the wheel, and not the left mouse button. I grabbed her finger, and moved it over to the left button, and said, "now try".

She has maybe said 5 words to me since then. Put me in with the group of people that don't understand computers. If you are working in an office, you should at the very least know how to turn on a computer, use a mouse, and trouble shoot a little bit.
1765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 15, 2008, 07:26:49 PM
For those that might have trouble getting away from the cops, I managed to lose them in the Subway on foot one time. After a mission I had a 3 or 4 star wanted level and just couldn't get away from the cops with the clunker car I had. I tried to switch cars but they shot me up as I got in, and then rammed the car so much it caught on fire. So with barely a sliver of health left, I bailed into the subway system, and started running down the track. The cops didn't seem to follow, and after awhile of sprinting on foot I got outside the search zone and lost the warrant level.

Of course, this took a long time for me to actually sprint out of the zone, and I had to dodge the subway trains the entire time, but it worked.
1766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tampa Bound on: May 07, 2008, 08:28:38 PM
My advice is to not get stabbed in Ybor City. It sounds easy, but you never know...
1767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Early word on "Iron Man" on: May 01, 2008, 09:53:27 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 13, 2008, 09:18:16 AM

Quote from: The Grue on April 13, 2008, 02:41:50 AM

I've never really been into the comic book character, and I hate that I have seen trailers using Black Sabbath's Iron Man to promote the film, and yet I am very interested in this.

Where exactly did you think Black Sabbath got the song title/idea from anyway? slywink

It was painfully obvious that they would use the song to promote this film...but it still pisses me off. The character in the song goes crazy and kills everybody...
1768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NHL] Hockey Tournament on: April 11, 2008, 07:59:17 PM
Well, I did my picks. You've got mail!
1769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NHL] Hockey Tournament on: April 11, 2008, 12:29:04 AM
Meal, I haven't participated in previous years, but I'm interested in signing up this year. How does the scoring work?
1770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 11, 2008, 12:16:30 AM
Why all the empty seats in Detroit?
1771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How old are you? on: December 09, 2004, 06:49:23 AM
I turned 21 a week before Thanksgiving, which made me the family bitch come turkey day when we ran out of beer.
1772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 09, 2004, 06:45:39 AM
Quote from: "vagabond"
Not sure but in this game it seems the light side and dark mean more. In the last I felt it didn't really matter, your comrades responded the same etc. Seems, like they are affected by your side and are drawn to that side. Might make a darkside play more worthwhile than lasttime. I started one, but didn't finish because it was the same then.

I'll agree that for the most part everything was the same. But towards the end of the game on the dark side...oh yeah, spoiler warning from the first game...if you are a dark side jedi you kill 2 and possibly 3 members from your team, plus Juhani at the beginning of the game.

It was incredible.

I really want this game, and I'm biding my time playing the first one over again (3rd or 4th time now) until the new year when I'll have time to play it.
1773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Steelers - 27 .... Eagles - 3 on: November 08, 2004, 03:06:26 PM
Damn, hope Cope is ok.
1774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Steelers - 27 .... Eagles - 3 on: November 08, 2004, 03:45:36 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
our lines on both sides of the ball are just physically dominating their opponents.

THAT is why you're winning. Not Benny.

I also like the excuses once again, lest people keep forgetting we're winning with starters out at KEY positions.

Not saying that at all. Just that the Pats lost all those guys DURING the game.

I'm not afraid. We'll talk come playoff time.

We're winning because our team is playing better than any other team. Our lines are dominating. Our rushing game is on, even with Staley gone. We have three premier receivers. We have great linebackers and our secondary is doing their job.

And to all the Ben nay a game. You can call out his stats all you want, but when you see him get hit by two rushing linebackers, shrug it off, roll to his left and throw away from his body deadly accurate to a receive 10 yards down the field for a first down on a 3rd and'll finally understand.

The Steelers don't need to have a quarterback throw for 300 yards and win. Two years ago Maddox was airing it out for 300 yards a game and they still lost because everything else was weak.

Ben is making the decisions and plays that he needs to in order to win the game...what more do you want?
1775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sooo, anyone else seen Team America yet? *spoilers inside* on: October 17, 2004, 01:12:09 PM
This movie was perfect for me and my friends. It's not for everybody though (candidate for understatement of the year).

You're watching the movie, laughing, having a good time, and then all of a sudden you scream "HOLY SHIT, THEY'RE USING PUPPETS, I FORGOT!!"

There are so many great parts to the movie:

Still pictures of the Gary puppet in Washington DC,

the "leopards"

"let's make this interesting."

If you like South Park then you need to see this. If you don't...stay far away, you will die a little inside.
1776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So, anyone ever had a sleep study? on: October 15, 2004, 01:37:26 PM
My brother went through one around Thanksgiving. He said he never really got to sleep much because they woke him up after every hour. They gave him the mask and he hated sleeping with it, so gave up on it.
1777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I Hate Consoles! on: October 15, 2004, 12:54:57 PM
Quote from: "HankRaptor"
It is a project I am working on.. Every system you see there will be accessible via a swith under the shelf right to the television... I need time..

Complete this project and you will be king of the you realize the responsibility that entails?
1778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hey there, Red Sox fans. Who's your daddy? on: October 14, 2004, 02:41:10 PM
Has anyone ever thought of the ramifications if the Red Sox were to win the World Series.

I truly fear the day.

I'm convinced on that faithful day earthquakes will kill everyone on this planet, all volcanos on this planet will erupt at the same time, filling the sky with dark ash and blocking out the sun for a million years. Flaming frogs will fall from the sky, on fire because of the massive heat because of the erupting volcanos (the french will be happy about that), and 100 asteriods will collide with Earth, just to add to the mayhem. Then God and the Dark Lord will come to earth and fight the final fight between good and evil (I'll let you decide whether or not God is in a NYY jersey or a Red Sox jersey).

In other terms...the Red Sox must be stopped at all costs.  :?
1779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I Don't Even Bother to Match My Socks Anymore on: October 14, 2004, 02:31:54 PM
My mom always buys me socks for christmas and my birthday as part of my presents. The problems with this is that 1) they're socks and 2) they are different every year.

So I have about 15 different styles of socks in my sock drawer, and I tend to lose a bunch somehow when doing laundry. So I have a pile of socks with no mates.

This happened to our entire family, and soon after we all kind of went our seperate ways (I went to college, my parents moved away, and my brothers were off on their own) we had to have "The Great Sock Round-Up" (TGSRU) in order to condense our growing piles of lonely socks.

Unfortunately, dear mother bought everyone different socks, so TGSRU was a disaster.
1780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You know you're living in 2004 when... on: October 14, 2004, 02:20:28 PM
You can play solitaire with real cards?....good god why?
1781  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got to meet Dennis Edwards of the Temptations on: October 14, 2004, 01:19:02 PM
Last night the radio station I work for was broadcasting live from Epcot's Wine & Food Festival, and the Temptations Review was playing in concert. So we went backstage and got to interview Dennis Edwards.

He was extremely nice, took time to talk to everyone, and gave a great interview. The highlight was probably when he said that the only reason they are able to keep touring and making music is that today's music is so bad. He hates the fact that todays musicians have to "use four letter words" to get their point across and how they dress down so much when he and the rest of the Temptations get dressed up in Tuxedos every night, even if it's 90 degrees outside.

I'm not a huge fan of the Temptations, but I still like good music, no matter what style, and they created some damn good music over the years. Just another cool perk to the job.
1782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Call her Britney Federline on: October 14, 2004, 01:54:06 AM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
I think she should test the pr0n waters by having her honeymoon sextape 'stolen' and released.  Then in the text that accompanies her 'spread' in Playboy, she can complain about how embarrassing it is to know that people have seen such private, personal images of her.  She can also use the opportunity to claim that the strap-on was digitally inserted, both in the tape and elsewhere.

Nice, I wouldn't be upset with that.
1783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No Pics Until... on: October 13, 2004, 02:15:55 AM
Quote from: "pr0ner"
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Remember: no pics until it gets to 7 pages  biggrin

Is this supposed to be an allusion to the Wet T-shirt pics thread?    :twisted:

Ahh...the wet T-shirt thread...the most worthless thread in the history of internet forums...
1784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Zaxxon's GGNFL Football Pool (Week 5 recap / Week 6 Picks!) on: October 12, 2004, 04:37:38 PM

1 for 1 with a correct lock...

Of course I didn't get sundays picks in on I only got 3 points for the week...but that's a damn good win percentage.
1785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Somebody help me out here. on: October 11, 2004, 10:40:42 PM
Just give the name and address of someone you really hate. Then watch as all of their stuff gets stolen and laugh with evil delite.  :twisted:
1786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Drudge is reporting that Christopher Reeve is dead on: October 11, 2004, 01:52:51 PM
Is this the second or the third death?

Rodney Dangerfield, Christopher Reeve, anyone else?
1787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sattelite Radio questions on: October 11, 2004, 01:48:10 PM
Right now, XM is by far the most popular of the two, based on subscription rates. Anyone who has it will never listen to regular radio again.

On a side note, there is a comedy talk radio station here in Orlando that I listen to. Almost everyone of their programs got picked up and place on XM as well as regular radio. I know that a lot of shows are getting that chance.

Sirius is getting Howard Stern in 15 months. If even a small percentage of Howards audience makes the jump with him, then Sirius could become the bigger of the two. Plus they have the football...which is damn cool.
1788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Nfl Trashtalk on: October 11, 2004, 01:43:00 PM
Ben Roethilswhateverthehellhisnameis has won 16 game in a row including his first 3 with the steelers and his senior year at miami(oh). This kid is going to be good.

I didn't get to watch yesterday's game, but it was the first time this year he put up more than 200 yards in the air.

4-1, this season hasn't been too bad afterall.
1789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is there anyone who still needs/wants a Gmail invite? on: October 11, 2004, 01:32:43 PM
I've got 4 also. If anyone wants one send me an email.
1790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? (Pt. 2) on: October 11, 2004, 01:18:37 PM
Sorry to see GG down. I've been reading the main page for years and just got active in the forums. Oh well, time to start fresh. It will feel good to start posting annoying and irrelevant posts again.
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