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    MLB Mid-season Awards

    I'd say he'd get Top 3, but he'd still be a LOOOOOONG way away from the two-horse race of Manny Ramirez and Vladimir Guerrero. My picks: AL MVP: Manny Ramirez, Bos NL MVP: Barry Bonds, SF AL Cy Young: Curt Schilling, Bos NL Cy Young: Jason Schmidt, SF (though Sheets is probably more deserving) AL Rookie of the Year: Joe Mauer, Min NL Rookie of the Year: Jason Bay, Pit AL Manager: Buck Showalter, Tex NL Manager: Bobby Cox, Atl
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    Bands that could have been bigger than they were

    Wow...two pages in and no mention of Sublime? Color me surprised.
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    MLB Mid-season Awards

    That's almost damning with faint praise, considering his competition. Plus, I imagine that they'd probably have 1985 NL MVP Willie McGee on the all-time Cardinals team in Center, despite the fact that Lankford has better stats. But that's neither here nor there. The fact of the matter is that his current production, OBP notwithstanding, isn't anywhere near his prior levels. He's filled the "scrappy veteran" role to a T in St. Louis, but he's got to actually be good to warrant consideration for the Comeback award.
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    MLB Mid-season Awards

    Picture the San Francisco offense without Barry Bonds and remember that, past Jason Schmidt, they have lifesized cardboard cutouts on the mound. These guys are 9 games over .500 with no pitching and the best power hitter behind bonds is MARQUIS GRISSOM. I'd love to be a homer and throw Rolen's name into the MVP mix, but it's got to go to Bonds.
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    MLB Mid-season Awards

    If I were to pick a Comeback player, it would have to be Ray Lankford. Here's a guy who was absolutely considered DONE. He didn't play organized ball at any level last season. This year, he's hitting 266/365/435, and building his case as one of St. Louis's all time greats. Kweh? Lankford's been splitting time in LF all year with other "All Time Greats" like So Taguchi, Colin Porter, and Marlon Anderson. I know the career OBP is good and he is a member of the 200/200 club, but are you seriously considering him one of St. Louis' best ever? With Brock, Gibby, Stan the Man, and the Wizard? Hell, Lankford's not even the best comeback player candidate on his own team, with Chris Carpenter coming back and having an absolute career year after sitting out a year due to arm surgery.
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    Jesus tap-dancing christ , can we get some spoiler tags?
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    This Week In Baseball

    I'm thinking Ugueth Urbina, actually, since the Braves are still in the race (!) in the NL East.
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    The Debate begins again or...

    I'd agree with this except in the case where a person spends their entire career with one team. Which, thanks to the modern era of free agency, is likely to never happen again.
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    This Week in Baseball

    Arthur Rhodes?
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    Graphic Novels

    Watchmen The Dark Knight Returns Kingdom Come Ronin (Frank Miller does Samurai Jack years before Cartoon Network) Sandman, Book 1 League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Vol. 1 Battle Royale, Vol 1. Dark Phoenix Saga X-Tinction Agenda (Yeah, I know - ain't it crazy?) And, finally, a hardcover version of Welcome Back, Frank, which covers that whole plotline, a special "dentistry" issue, and The Punisher Kills The Marvel Universe. Depending on where you shop, you may be able to get this at a HUGE bargain (I snagged mine for $15).
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    Pitchforkmedia loves King Crimson

    You know, I'd say that Plastic Ono Band was criminally snubbed, but...when you look over the list...it's really hard to rank it against a lot of the choices. Just a helluvalist, with a bunch of titles that I need to pick up.
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    Velvet Revolver

    Its more of an early 70's Iggy thang than Bowie... Have you heard his solo album?
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    28 Weeks Later...

    The theatrical ending is the only ending that matters, the other endings shown on the DVD were alternate endings that they didn't use. Good point, except that there was a theatrical re-release of 28 Days Later that had one of the new endings. Overall, if they go with Teke's plot point of the Infected somehow stowing onto one of those planes, they could take it from there and easily run with it for 100 minutes or so. However, Boyle brought a very distinctive visual sense to the first one so, if he's not on board, I think this one's going to lose a lot of steam.
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    I'm getting a guitar...

    The guitars you're referring to are the open case entries, though, and they don't carry those anymore (at least not to my knowledge). I've just seen two different stores with a closed-case box of all the materials, so that's why I recommended it. It goes without saying, though - look at your guitar before you buy it.
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    Velvet Revolver

    Yeah, which would have a little more power if Weiland hadn't already cashed in the "self-deprecating junkie" card on STP's "Tumble in the Rough." The album's all right, but it ain't exactly anything new and it has some really abysmal moments ("Fall to Pieces", specifically). The lyrics are dreadful, Weiland has deteriorated horribly as a vocalist, but the sound of the GNR vets in the back is great and the songwriting, while not really straying outside of your typical rock convention, is pretty tight. And "Slither" is one hell of a single - A&R reps must have creamed themselves when they heard that song. It's just missing something, and it ain't Axl. Personally, I blame Weiland, who will certainly trip out on some flavor of heroin in the coming year and morph back to David Bowie-wannabe Scott Weiland, complete with eye shadow and song lyrics that mention masturbation at least three times each. He's just trying waaaay too hard at this "rock thing" nowadays (The guy celebrates "M.W.A - Mass World Annihilation" on his section of the liner notes) and his voice sounds awful (listen to tracks from VR versus, say, an acoustic cover of "Plush"). Give it a rest, Scott - for you and your family's sake.
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    I'm getting a guitar...

    Another place to check out might be the place you least expect: Wal-Mart stores in select areas have a guitar and amp package with a gig bag for under $200. http://www.musiciansfriend.com might not hurt either.
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    Yeah, I'd echo the movie licensing, as well as the move towards dividing the titles into genre-specific imprints like Marvel Knights. The X-Titles look to be taking a huge regression, however, with Claremont doing everything within his power to undo or tarnish Morrison's run on New X-Men. I'm a fan of both writers, but Claremont could potentially create an even larger disaster than he did when he punished X-fans everywhere with the Neo.
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    This Week in Baseball

    Jose Offerman.
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    This Week in Baseball

    Grimsley smashed a chair against the locker room wall after hearing that Curtis Leskanic had been released by the Royals last week, so this one's no surprise. I'm absolutely stunned that the locker room atmosphere has turned from Pena's ultra-enthusiasm into near-mutiny with Baird's ultimatums. Just one of the most painful seasons in recent Royal history, in my opinion.
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    This Week in Baseball

    Or Jose Offerman.
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    Round Six of The RPG Character Tourney 2k4

    Care to expand on that?
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    Round Six of The RPG Character Tourney 2k4

    Celes Terra Luca Magus
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    "We Built This City" voted Worst Song Ever

    It's because all of the guys in Korn have their shit heavily detuned. (Isn't it something like Drop D tuning, and then two whole steps down on top of that?) That clicking noise is the banging of the strings against the fretboard, due to the low string tension. Hell, considering how embarassingly bad they've been in recent years, I'm surprised that they haven't detuned it to the point where the strings just drag along the floor.
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    5th Round of RPG Tourneys 2k4: Good And Evil

    Goodie Tourney Quarter-Finals: Nina – Breath of Fire (Series) vs Celes – Final Fantasy 6 Citan Uzuki – Xenogears vs Kain – Final Fantasy 4 Terra – Final Fantasy 6 vs Fei Fong Wong – Xenogears Cloud – Final Fantasy 7 vs Tir – Suikoden (Yeah, Cloud being here is pretty damn stupid.) Baddie Tourney Quarter-Finals: Death – Castlevania (Series) vs Grahf – Xenogears Luca Blight – Suikoden 2 vs Jowy Blight - Suikoden 2 Queen Zeal - Chrono Trigger vs Ghaleon - Lunar (Series) (By a country mile.) Kahran Ramsus – Xenogears vs Magus - Chrono Trigger
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    New X Men Titles...

    Personally, I hated the direction that Morrison was taking. I guess it all depends on whether you're a big fan of superheroics or not. When Morrison wrote that book, it seemed like the first time in forever that characters grew as characters. Rather than being mired in their own now-all-too-conventional characterizations, the New X-Men changed - Emma Frost fell in love with Cyclops and, being the amoral person that she is, did something about it.. Cyclops (who probably got the biggest boost from Morrison) finally started having some key personality flaws (i.e. he's a superficial horndog). All of the other issues were distilled down into their most essential components - the team didn't sit around at the mansion and just wait for someone to come blow it up (a key flaw to Claremont's decline in the 80's), human/mutant relationships were placed from different perspectives during the Jumbo Carnation storyline and he even made a wonderful contribution to the X-Men Mythos (the whole idea of the mummudrai, which I know I just horribly mispelled, is terrific). The other X-Books, on the other hand, basically sat in stasis while Chuck Austen rewrote Romeo and Juliet for the mutant crowd (whafuck?) and Chris Claremont earmarked all of his stock plots in the 80's for yet another repetition in X-Treme X-Men. I guess, for me, it was just a welcome change. I love the classic Claremont era of X-Men, with the Dark Phoenix and Inferno, but the franchise had since become known as a pinnacle of capitalistic desires, as Marvel shoveled out as many titles as they could with an X in front of them. It was time for something new.