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  1. What did you just notice for the first time?

    One more: Ken Leung: Karnak (Inhumans) and Quill (X-Men: Last Stand)
  2. Tom Petty "Pulled off life support"

    Just not my cup of tea...
  3. Tom Petty "Pulled off life support"

    Eh, slow day at work...
  4. R.I.P Y.A. Tittle

    RIP, my fellow LSU Tiger....
  5. Tom Petty "Pulled off life support"

    While I do say RIP, Tom, I for one am not such a fan as many on the board. He had some good stuff, especially in his early days with the Heartbreakers, but for me personally, he jumped the shark a LONG Time ago. And I can pinpoint (in a weird specifically visual way) EXACTLY when he jumped the shark for me. I'm a lot older than most of you guys, and I remember the first time I heard Petty with the single Breakdown (on my AM clock radio) back in early 1977. I liked the opening guitar, but then came this guy singing in weird faux-French accent. I remember my 12 year old self thinking, "What the hell was up that with that? Then the weird, staggering chorus: "Breakdown ... go ahead.. give it to me." Very odd, but okay. American Girl, which came out a little later, was much better. The next three albums had some great songs: "You're Gonna Get It" with I Need to Know and Listen To Her Heart was certainly no sophomore slump, "Damn the Torpedoes" with Refugee, Here Comes My Girl, Don't Do Me Like That, and Even the Losers was on radios everywhere in 1979 and 1980, and "Hard Promises" had one of my favorite Petty songs, The Waiting. Then there was the MTV premier of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' new video, You Got Lucky. A weird western landscape with a futuristic vehicle, which opens to reveal this guy: The video, a post-apocalyptic affair highly influenced by the previous year's movie The Road Warrior, had nothing to do with the song and to my mind was much better than the song (incidentally, if you watch the video, there is an interesting non-verbal statement from Tom Petty on behalf of a lot of rockers at that time. At the time, music and record sales were down, and execs and stars complained about such things as kids taping each others albums on cassettes rather than buying the albums themselves, AND they said that kids were spending their money on the new arcade video games rather than buying their records. Which is why near the end of the video, Petty, when coming across an old arcade game, instead of putting in a quarter and playing it, proceeds to knock it over.) For me, this song and album, and that first appearance of "THE HAT" was when Petty jumped the shark. I really don't like any of his stuff from then on. The videos were all VERY entertaining, but the songs seemed odd; contrived, VERY OVERPRODUCED, and gimmicky: from the psychedelic-influenced Don't Come Around Here No More, to the terribly forced poetic triplets in Into the Great Wide Open: His leather jacket had chains that would jingle They both met movie stars, partied and mingled Their A&R man said, "I don't hear a single." Ugh. But the key visual indicator to when he jumped the shark was THE HAT, which he was first seen in on the You Got Lucky video. It wasn't just one hat, but it became a look he was associated with subsequently: It got to be such a thing that it was even part of the look when he was spoofed on Saturday Night Live, with David Spade imitating him (along with Dana Carvey as Bob Dylan):
  6. New Orleans Saints - A Uniform Odyssey

    I'm with you 100%. The black pants are a TRAVESTY, a joke, and to a large degree, bad luck-- we seem to lose more often in them. I'm pretty sure it's a BFBS thing, and I've heard so many younger folks saying things like, "Ooh we look so bad-ass in the all-black outfits"... Total BS. I'd prefer an LSU/Georgia Tech look focusing on the gold helmets/white jerseys/gold pants look most of the time, maybe going over to black jerseys for home games the second half of the year (say, from the weekend before Halloween on). And burn the black pants. Burn them all. Never let them see the light of day again.
  7. Yep. The actual case was "Mid-South Grizzlies v. NFL".
  8. One more -- not concurrent, and different place name designation (city vs. state): Colorado Avalanche, NHL, 1995-present Denver Avalanche, MISL, 1980-1982
  9. "Grizzlies" was used in a lot of printed materials and merchandise as a secondary nickname, as well: That's not the 1977 logo; that was one of several from the original incarnation. The 1977 logo and unis looked like this:
  10. The Coolest Helmet That Never Was

    Man, does that bring back memories... my best friend/dorm roommate had that same paperback in college; we both read it and loved it. Football, business, a kind of prime time soap opera thing going. I was going to get us and our friends purple "Pistols" jerseys with character names on the back for Christmas (Rusk for me, Hendrix for my buddy, D'Hanis for another guy, etc.), but of course I had no money to do so back then.... Interesting how this to some degree parallels the rise of the Dallas Cowboys, but a little differently-- they always refer to "the City" and "the University" without specifying either. But the fact that the franchise owner picks the purple color scheme of the same-city "University" and calls the team the Texas Pistols led my buddy and I to decide that this was an alt-universe version of Fort Worth and TCU (which has purple). Later I noted that the character Pete Dudley had a lot of similarities to Paul Tagliabue...
  11. "Diamondbacks" is a mouthful, but from what I remember when it was announced was a cutesy way of getting baseball terminology involved (baseball diamond)...
  12. A few rambling things: No one has mentioned the use of "Colorado" by three of Denver's sports teams yet, which also bugs me. But the use of "Colorado" leads to: The "tout ensemble" reason for a particular name, in which the place name and nickname combined specify a particular thing, e.g.: Colorado Rockies, Texas Ranger(s), New Jersey Devil(s), Florida Panther(s), Buffalo Bill(s). In THAT case, I think it's okay. You think that it's a mess when there is another team in the state with a city name when there is a state name; what about the fact that there is the "Carolina Panthers" and "Carolina Hurricanes" in two DIFFERENT metro areas-- that's a mess. One is in Charlotte; one is in the Raleigh-Durham area. Of the two, it probably works better for Raleigh-Durham than Charlotte because of that reason (actually represents more than one named city) and because the NBA CHARLOTTE Hornets preceded the CAROLINA Panthers by not quite a decade. While "Indiana Pacers" is 50 years old and thus a tradition, is the outlier, not just with Indianapolis Colts, but over the years Indianapolis Racers (WHA), Indianapolis Ice (IHL), and Indianapolis Indians (AAA baseball). Really should've been "Indianapolis Pacers". I have a strong feeling that a lot of this regional/state place-naming is not just to "build regional interest", but to dis-associate the name from the minority-led (and/or majority-minority population) "central city" in order to have greater appeal to white suburbanites. Back in the 90s, I read this specifically about that being the reason for naming the baseball team the "Florida Marlins". Even though they played in the same stadium as the Miami Dolphins, they were more worried about building their appeal to Broward and Palm Beach county residents, many of whom were white flight transplants from Miami-Dade county. Similarly, the Braves (who I became a supporter of while attending Georgia Tech and living in Atlanta) have become dead to me since moving to the Cobb County 'burbs; they may as well be called the "Georgia Braves" as far as I'm concerned.
  13. Your 10 Favourite Albums

    Interesting idea for a thread, especially in this day and age; I was just thinking earlier today the idea that no one (at least no one I know) BUYS or obtains "albums" anymore; it's usually just songs. I can remember back in the days of vinyl, when you HAD to buy albums, for a couple of reasons: It was pretty much the only way to get a song you liked, or music from a band you liked - singles (45 rpms) were pretty much gone or hard to find for non- top 40 hits by the late 70s/early 80s; There was the "cool" factor, no one below the age of 10 bought singles anyway by the time I hit jr. high school. Albums were what you bought and collected, with their cool artwork. At any rate, IMHO, the music biz and artists ripped kids off big-time back then, making us pay $7-9 bucks for a whole album just to get a cool song we wanted that we had heard on the radio... then we went through the phase of albums on cassette, the brief moment of "cassingles" , the rise of CDs, until finally the perfect storm of home computers and CD burners and iPods and iPhones and file sharing led to iTunes and Pandora and such; in general less focus on ALBUMS and more on SONGS. That being said, in putting together my list, I started to notice that many of my favorite ALBUMS were, in fact, "best of" "greatest hits", or "live" compilations of artists I like. I think these deserve their own section, which I present below. In some cases, there are actually OPTIONS, as the digital music we acquire can be from one or two or even three compilations sources-- some bigger than others (multi-disc sets): Top 10 Favorite "Greatest Hits" / "Best of" / "Live" compilation albums: KISS - Alive! Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions Bob Marley - Legend My Way - The Best of Frank Sinatra (or alternatively, Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits) Echo and the Bunnymen - Songs to Learn and Sing Al Green - Greatest Hits The Normals - Your Punk Heritage The Allman Brothers Band- Live at the Fillmore East Jimmy Buffett - Songs You Know By Heart (or alternately, Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads) The Jam- Direction Reaction Creation, (or alternatively, Snap!) Then there are the single disc, original studio albums, which I could, back in the day, put on the turntable or on the CD player and listen to the whole thing through, enjoying pretty much every song. This is my top ten in no particular order: Top 10 Favorite Original Studio Albums: Urge Overkill - Saturation The Cars - Candy-O The Knack - Get the Knack Eagles of Death Metal - Peace Love Death Metal Fleetwood Mac - Rumours Squeeze - Argybargy The B-52's T. Rex - Electric Warrior X - Under the Big Black Sun De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising Yep, I'm old....
  14. 2017 NFL Season

    The playing of the national anthem before games has been a part of sporting events for well over 100 years, and as Dustdevil and Brass notes is more "national" in nature, which doesn't and shouldn't mean "political"... I think the smartest thing to do is change the order of events to the way it used to be--- have NFL teams enter the playing field AFTER the national anthem is played. That's the way it is in LSU's Tiger Stadium. And that's why I think the Seahawks/Titans approach was the best. It eliiminates the very visual opportunity for displays in a divisive issue that will hurt the league's bottom line.
  15. NBA G-League Still Needs to Expand

    Shreveport City Council votes against building arena for Pelicans' G League team So, if the "finalists" were Shreveport and Pensacola as reported earlier, does this mean it's gonna be Pensacola? If so, use the same nickname. "Pensacola Pelicans" works well for that Gulf and bay-side area, and the alliteration sounds good.