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    Your teams 3 untouchable players

    Cardinals: Albert Pujols Scott Rolen Edgar Renteria Edmonds probably has one or maybe even two years left, I'm not quite sold on Wainright yet, and Isringhausen has had more than a couple of injury issues. I'll even do one for the Royals, since Rob was having difficulty (and rightfully so): Zack Greinke Jeremy Affeldt David DeJesus Honorable Mention: Matt Stairs, Ken Harvey Greinke's obviously a keeper and Affeldt has ridiculous stuff that would be best suited for the closer position (where his finger wouldn't combust every other outing). Once DeJesus learns how to, you know, hit, he should be a decent CF (though the "heir apparent to Beltran" insanity has got to stop immediately). Harvey's not amazing, but he's decent and, even though Stairs doesn't seem like a worthy option, he's got plenty of value as a hitter and (most importantly for Kansas City) he's CHEAP. Sweeney's an unmitigated disaster - the contract was a great show of loyalty, but it may set the franchise back at least two years. As for the others, it's ain't much better: Gobble might as well be called Captain Mediocrity, the Real Angel Berroa was last seen playing cards with Bob Hamelin, and MacDougal's too busy shooting the next entry in the Major League series. The Royals are an absolute mess...and the last decade has been decidedly L.A. Clipper-esque for the team. Here's to 2024, I suppose.
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    Fantasy Keeper Question

    Actually, I'm going to play dissenting opinion and choose Hasselbeck. McNabb's rushing capabilities are certainly a perk at QB, but they also frequently put him into position to have the tar beat out of him (which, in the scope of a long-term keeper league, ramps up the risk factor). Hasselbeck, however, has steadily improved the last two years, has a great corps of wideouts to throw to, has a running game to keep defenses honest, and a style of quarterbacking that doesn't necessarily put him in harm's way on a regular basis. Make no mistake, I'd take McNabb if I wanted a leader for my real football team, but the potential risk of him losing time during any given season from running drops him down a very small notch below Hasselbeck.
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    This Week in Baseball

    ...oh, sweet jesus. We walk the bases loaded (on Lee) for Aramis Ramirez. Two outs. Bottom of the ninth.
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    This Week in Baseball

    Sammy Sosa: Two pitches, one out (a pop out, no less). See what I mean? I'm absolutely stunned that Patterson took a walk, though.
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    This Week in Baseball

    11-8, after a Reggie Sanders bomb, and the Hawk gets ejected by home plate umpire Tim Tschida between innings? Am I reading that correctly? Good lord. If the Cardinals get away with three outs and win it, this is officially a meltdown.
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    This Week in Baseball

    And, with a So Taguchi (!) home run in the 8th, the Cardinals have came back from a SIX RUN deficit against the Cubs to tie it. And the heart of the order is up in the ninth.
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    This Week in Baseball

    I've talked with you about this before, but it probably bears repeating - the entire Cubs roster could use a new approach to hitting. The only guy who's been battling in counts has been Derrek Lee (OMG FANTASY~!) and, of course, he's been batting sixth in the order for most of the year. Dusty Baker = Managerial Genius As far as Womack is concerned, he's been a delight to watch and he's actually been drawing walks...so color me surprised. A lot of people rightfully thought his career was done, but he's just found something in St. Louis. That being said, I don't think that St. Louis would be foolish in trading a minor prospect for somebody like Frank Catalanotto, who could spell Womack down the stretch and maybe even fill into that elusive LF spot from time to time. Given the talent that he's had the last two years (this year in particular) and his tremendous attempts at strategy (Orlando Palmeiro over Jason Lane is but one page in a litany of colossal fuck-ups), I don't think there's any question that Williams is responsible for costing this team at least 5-6 wins this year, if not more. I don't think it's a grand coincidence that nearly everybody has been slumping this year, but Richard Hidalgo gets traded out of there and morphs into an absolute monster with the Mets (1.081 OPS in July). You can blame injuries (Pettitte) and you can blame age (Kent, Bagwell), but those only go far with a team that has this kind of talent. Dierker got canned because this team didn't want to win bad enough - Williams obviously didn't fix that, so it's time for somebody else.
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    This Week in Baseball

    Considering the situation within the division and that the Cubs' strength lies in their starting pitching...that was definitely one of the dumber moves I've seen in a while. And, as disappointing as the Cubs have been, weren't the HOUSTON ASTROS guaranteeed the division, league, and World Series crowns this year? Jimy Williams was shit-canned FAR too late.
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    Choken One..........banned?

    This is the kind of post that gets you banned around here. On-topic relevant post be damned. No sucky sucky for Benoit, no posting privileges for you. Actually, my sources believe that there was a second shooter, who was hired by the FBI. And, on a side note, the current score is: "Discresion" = 4 Choken = 0
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    Choken One..........banned?

    I went out of my way to not mention a name, or gender, or honestly, whether I was even talking about a single specific moderator. You two are so cute when you fight in public.
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    This (Half) Week in Baseball

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    Choken One..........banned?

    What, are you a delegate of the Post Whore Party? We need somebody that will tackle the serious issues.
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    Choken One..........banned?

    I copied and pasted as well, so for once it wasn't my spelling mistake. I could out campaign anybody. I'm great like that. Sure, you may have all of the corporate fundraising, but what's your platform, man? What do you stand for?
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    Choken One..........banned?

    ... For once, I agree with you.
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    Choken One..........banned?

    It's pretty funny that discretion is spelled wrong. ... ...no, it isn't. Forget I posted that.
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    Why ESPN sucks

    That large enough for you?
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    Why ESPN sucks

    Yeah, that's from the new Bill Simmons column. On ESPN.com. </irony>
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    Firefly on DVD

    Wait, wait, wait. I know I'm out of the loop and this has probably already been answered elsewhere...but when exactly did the Firefly movie become a trilogy? And how, considering that the source material was a canceled series - is Universal really that brave?
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    Best rogues' galleries

    Outside of four characters - Kraven, Venom, Green Goblin, and Doctor Octopus - Spider Man's foes look more suited to tangle with the Ambiguously Gay Duo. Check out the rest of these bad boys: Beetle (guy dressed in bug armor that shoots electricity) Electro (guy dressed as a green and yellow lightning bolt that shoots electricity) Shocker (guy dressed as a quilt and shoots "vibro-shock" blasts) Vulture (old "genius" - har har - who can fly around) Hydroman (guy who can turn into water) Sandman (guy who can turn into sand, manipulate his own density) Scorpion (green guy with a cybernetic tail) Mysterio (guy who wears a fishbowl and shoots mind-altering gasses) Prowler (former cleaning guy who shoots sleeping gas pellets) Rhino (giant indestructible guy dressed as a rhino) Lizard (giant lizard) Jackal (C-level villain who was responsible for the most inane 18-part Spidey crossover of all time) Carnage (idiotic second-rate Venom knockoff who was responsible for the second-most inane 18-part Spidey crossover of all time) Hammerhead (he has a big head) Puma (he has super-senses) Boomerang (he throws a boomerang) How this gaggle of morons compares to Batman's demented carnival of villains is beyond me.
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    Best rogues' galleries

    In terms of character depth, Batman's group wins out by a landslide, with the X-Men group coming in second. In terms of power, I think JLA gets the nod, given that the team is composed entirely of demigods anyway. The X-Men group doesn't fare too badly here, with Magneto and Dark Phoenix carrying the torch. And don't feel bad about struggling for the Avengers' rogue gallery - it's easily neck and neck with Spider-Man for one of the worst rogue's galleries of any major series, IMO. Just play through the Captain America and the Avengers arcade game sometime and bask in the total dweebery of such luminaries as The Living Laser and Whirlwind.
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    Watchmen

    Good deal.
  22. You know, not to open up a huge can of worms, but exactly how many careers did Flair make? Lex Luger? Barry Windham? Paul Roma? I'm not being sarcastic or rhetorical. I want to see the mile-long list of careers that Flair had a direct hand in making. Just for the sake of reference.
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    Watchmen

    Common sense? Look at the title of your own thread: "Watchmen: One of the most influential comics ever" There's nothing in that title that says that you're talking about the story. You could be talking about the comic's impact on the industry. You could be asking a question about it, asking for recommendations - nobody knows until they open the thread and read further. You make it sound like you advertised "ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION OF THE WATCHMEN" on the title of the thread in a full-screen pop-up ad. Besides, it can't really hurt to err on the side of caution and take three seconds to throw down spoiler tags for somebody stumbling into the thread, can it? There's a pretty big difference between saying that you liked/disliked a particular part of the story (which is what most of the thread was up to that point) and going into particular details. My apologies for derailing discussion, but the entire plot of the book builds up to and eventually revolves around the point that you mentioned and, for somebody who is looking to read the book for the first time, the revelation has just been blown.
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    Best X-Men writer?

    You know, as great as that issue is, I actually think the issue that follows later, where Kitty Pryde retires from the X-Men because of his death, is just that much better. I think that one goes to Lobdell. As far as the writers go, it's Grant Morrison by a landslide, though Lobdell's quiet issues (like the one following X-Cutioner's Song where Jubilee rollerblades with Professor X) are up there with any other issue in the franchise. I absolutely adore Claremont's earlier material with the X-books, but the tail-end of his first run was fairly mediocre and his second run with the Neo is some of the worst stuff I've ever read.
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    MLB Mid-season Awards

    Yeah, first double post EVAR.
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