Dec
04

Open Thread: Eye candy

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Pat sent this to me earlier. I guess it’s some Japanese video game. Really, it doesn’t matter what it is. Enjoy, and watch for when one of the pitchers pulls a Wynona Rider.

In local sports, the Devils host the Lightning, the Knicks are in Atlanta, and the Nets try to fend off further embarrassment at the hands of the Bobcats. We should probably start a pool or something.

Categories : Open Thread
  • DP

    Finally an open thread! How bout that mf’in draw for the US?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      It’s pretty awesome. England could give us problems but they ususally underachieve

      • DP

        Indeed. Even if England beat us like 6-0 though, I’ll leave it to Alexi Lalas: “If you can’t find a way to beat Algeria and Slovenia, you don’t deserve to move on”

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

          Exactly.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Bingo.

          USA is not bad, they did good in that Confederation cup, sucky loss to Brazil but great fight and a HUGE win vs. Spain.

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            US has had some UUUUGGGE injuries. They will have to play their best to advance to the knock-out stage.

            • DP

              Oneywu should be back. Davies is unfortunate, but maybe this gives Freddie Adu his chance?

              • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                I hope Charlie Davies realizes that you never, evah evah nevah, let a chick drive.

                That dude was sick fast.

              • Jake K.

                Not gonna happen. He’s still not getting any minutes for his club. Unfortunately we’re far more likely to see the likes of Conor Casey and Eddie Johnson in South Africa than Fast Freddy at this point.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          FUCKING FRANCE. What a bullshit draw they got. I’m pissed. I hope Henry shatters his ankle.

          • DP

            Argentina too. Granted they didn’t get in unfairly but still by the skin of their teeth.

          • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

            Don’t hate the playa. Hate the blind referees.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              oh, you can hate blatant cheaters too.

              • Steve H

                It’s only cheating if you get caught. It’s not the players job to police themselves on the field.

                • Chris

                  If you get caught, then it’s not cheating, it’s just a handball.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  …Which would be fine if the sport wasn’t soccer/football.

            • DP

              This is a common thing I’ve heard. In soccer, using your hands is like a mortal sin. You have full control over it so it’s not like it was a mistake. In fact, he’d usually have gotten a red card in that instance. Gillette would probably kick him out of that commercial before Tiger (if it airs internationally). And he tried to weasel out of the PR nightmare by saying “there should a replayed game”–after the refs said no. I’m gonna go with hate the playa.

              • DP

                after FIFA said no*

              • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

                Replay controversies only exist in baseball, yo

              • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

                Eh. I played for fifteen years. Even after years of training you do sometimes have an involuntary reaction and use your hand.
                I’m not saying that that’s what happened but it’s the referee’s job to blow the whistle and assess a card if he deems necessary.

                The fact that Thierry admitted the game should be replayed shows that he knew it was a mistake and shouldn’t have decided the match.

                • Steve in PDX

                  +1

                • Jake K.

                  Of course, he said the game should be replayed only after FIFA announced it wouldn’t be.

                • DP

                  He hit it twice with his hand.

                • DP

                  Correction: forearm once, hand once. Either way.

                • andrew

                  Yea, but as Drew said, sometimes its an involuntary reaction. I played soccer for 10+ years and still play club in college and i’ve seen this happen plenty of times before. It rarely leads to a goal, in a world cup deciding game, but it still happens. Can’t really help it.

                • DP

                  I suppose…I’m Irish so I’m not letting this one slip by so easily haha.

          • Chris

            Isn’t he more likely to break his hand on the ball?

          • SS

            Bullshit. It was handball, but it was the refs fault for not catching it. The idea that it makes Henry some sort of epic cheat for something that happens in a split second is ridiculous.

            More importantly, if Ireland had finished their chances in the second half they wouldn’t have been in extra time (and France would quite rightly be setting Domenech on fire as he deserves).

            What makes the Irish hypocrisy complete though, is what happens in the Georgia game two months prior, where there was a blatant handball by Robbie Keane which the ref called against a Georgia player instead and awarded a penalty. If that gets called correctly, Ireland doesn’t even get to the playoff against France. Fucking Irish whiners.

  • ColoYank

    This definitely makes me think of that Dock Ellis no-hitter-on-LSD video.

  • J

    No one can say that the Japanese have cookie cutter wind-ups

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    I’m in for 0-82.

  • Steve H

    Maybe it’s just me, but I would never open a video sent from pat.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Damn, this Corrente kid can fight.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    If the Yankees trade Montero, I will cry. Period. Scratch that, Exclamation Point.

    • Steve H

      +2

    • DP

      Can Montero have 10 30-HR seasons of spotless defense before we anoint him the next Yogi Berra?

      /Lanny’d

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        It’s more than what he might do. He is a beacon of hope. The next generation all-time Yankee. If, and this is a hesitant if, he fails, he should fail as a Yankee. Roy Hallady is just another store bought Ace.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

          +42

        • Jake K.

          There’s no room for emotion or sentiment in fandom! How dare you sir!

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            I didn’t spend nights in a minor league ball park watching Roy Halladay come up. I could care less about him. He’s a great pitcher, without question. A potential HOFer, but he is not Da Jesus.

            • Jake K.

              Amen. While Cashman should act without sentiment, emotional attachments to players (including prospects) is part of why we care when our teams win.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                Eh…nope, not me. My favorite players were Reggie, A-Rod, and now Texeira.

                • ColoYank

                  Well, watching Mattingly and now Jeter and Pettitte and Mo come up through the system, and then have Hall of Fame-worthy careers, adds quite a bit to the process.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  *Thinks about it*

                  Nope. Still makes no difference.

                  I root for the laundry.

                • http://theyankeeway.mlblogs.com/ Keanu Reeves

                  I totally agree with Andy and Jake. I love Tex and A-Rod, but there’s something special about guys like Jeter, Mo and Cano to me.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Disagree. If he fails, and Halladay doesn’t in the fictional world where we trade Montero for him, than it was a bad move that worked out well. Come now, you’re going to tell me you’d be disappointed if Halladay pitched a 3-2 win in Game 1 of the WS because Halladay is “store bought”?

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            Would I want Hallady on the Yankees? Of course. But I wouldn’t want the Yankees to trade Montero for him.
            The great thing about “The Core Four” (I hate that name btw), is that they were Yankees their entire careers (Houston never happened).

            I always want the Yankees to win, but I would rather see them win with players I have followed since their initial signing.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              I don’t care how they win as long as they win.

              If Montero is traded (which I don’t want and would be a bad move BTW) for Halladay, and Montero isa bust and Halladay works out, I’d be thrilled.

              If Montero works out that’s different because then I’d be pissed Cashman traded him.

              But, yeah. Like I said earlier, I root for the laundry.

    • JM

      +X when X>0

  • Salty Buggah

    So my computer does have a virus. Qwest blocked my Internet connection because of the virus. Apparently my computer or account was spamming others or something sue to the virus. So it took me 4 hours to remove the virus so they can allow me to use the Internet again but now my computer got the blue screen. It sucks

    • Jose

      Out of curiosity what piece of software eventually found the virus? I’m surprised your university’s software didn’t.

      • Salty Buggah

        Well the Qwest people recommended some Windows virus remover tool. But while I was running the 4 hr long scan with it, Symantec, the software the University provided, also found two threats at the same time. After removing the infections, my computer slowed down and woudnt respond. Then the blue screen came up an now I gotta start all over and delete everything

        • http://sports-odds.com/images/stories/yankees-arod-teixeira.jpg JobaWockeeZ

          You mean a system restore? That sucks.

          • Salty Buggah

            Yea, it does. I don’t mind it all that much but I do have some pictures I hadn’t backed up yet that will probably get lost. I have some music too but I can always get that again.

            • scooter

              Hope I’m not too late.

              Download the Knoppix ISO, create a CD from it, boot off it, and back up your stuff to an external hard drive.

              I assume your drive is still readable

              Another option is to try to do a parallel (2nd) installation of Windows on your PC, boot off that, and recover your pics.

              Finally there’s one more idea – buy another hard drive, install Windows on it, boot off the new drive, and recover your files off the old drive.

              In the future, try:
              Adaware
              Spywareblaster
              Superantispyware
              Spybot (not as good as it used to be)

              Also use Firefox with AdBlock, FlashBlock, and NoScript

              • vin

                Or better yet… save up and buy a mac.

  • JM

    I am officially in the DTJM (Don’t trade Jesus Montero)Club. I have an ID card and everything. If he is traded, we all made a vow to drown ourselves in boiling acid. I am not a psycho if that’s what you are thinking. I SWEAR. STOP JUDGING ME! No, no it’s okay, I’m just going to murder your family to prove I’m not psychotic.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Speaking of Da Jesus, his brother just accepted me as a friend on Facebook.

      I have a sad, sad, saaaad life.

      The quest for Melvin continues.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        Yes, but did you get teh Jesus a get-well-soon card?!

        • ColoYank

          Hey, Rebecca, I’m an Early Reviewer on the LibraryThing site. When your book’s ready, I’d love to add it to my list, along with a rating and a review! It gives books a little publicity, which can’t hurt anything, right?

          http://www.librarything.com/home/LukeS

          • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

            No problem, but I’m still on a first draft. You might be waiting a few years.

            • ColoYank

              NP, back atcha. Sent you an email, to make it more formal.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Sadly, I could just type a note to his brother now. BTW, his brother is about 6 inches shorter than he is. Jesus is like the Michael Jordan of his family, freakishly taller than everyone else.

      • http://sports-odds.com/images/stories/yankees-arod-teixeira.jpg JobaWockeeZ

        Do you have Melvin as a friend on Facebook?

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          I can’t find him if he is on there.

        • ColoYank

          I think you need a prayer book to be a friend of Melvin.

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            I’m the original disciple of Melvin.

            St. Andrew of Daytona will be my name.

            • ColoYank

              And I shall kneel and pray before your image, hoping for intercession.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Scutaro signing says something of the Red Sox opinion of Lowrie.

    Wasn’t Lowrie supposed to be like the next big thing?

    • DP

      Wasn’t everyone who ever got drafted/signed/traded for by the Red Sox?

    • Accent Shallow

      I don’t think he was particularly highly regarded, but he was supposed to be at least league average, which is not a bad asset for the minimum.

      However, he’s been both injured and lousy, so . . .

  • http://sports-odds.com/images/stories/yankees-arod-teixeira.jpg JobaWockeeZ

    Yanks want payroll to come to 185 million or so I’ve heard.
    Meaning Halladay chances are extremely low. He is owed 17 M next year. Plus with the new report that it will take a combination of AJax, Hughes, Joba and Montero? Fat chance.

    Lackey ain’t coming here either. Definitely not Holliday and definitely not Bay. This kinda makes me happy.

    • DP

      I thought we agreed the 185 million figure was irrelevant and Cashman’s attempt to gain leverage. Not that I want any of those things above to happen, but I hardly think we can put anything into that 185 million thing.

      • http://sports-odds.com/images/stories/yankees-arod-teixeira.jpg JobaWockeeZ

        Oh I didn’t read the comments from the last page…

        • DP

          Sorry. I assumed you were there (you usually are).

          • http://sports-odds.com/images/stories/yankees-arod-teixeira.jpg JobaWockeeZ

            Nah no problem. I just jumped the gun on this whole thing.

    • Accent Shallow

      Per Cot’s, Yankees have $170 million committed for 2010 without bringing back Pettitte, Damon, Matsui, or factoring in arb raises. I seriously doubt $185 million is possible.

      • DP

        Not to mention the bench and the bullpen spot vacated by Mr. Hughes

        • Accent Shallow

          Well, I think it’s taking into account everyone on the 40 man, so that’s at least part of the way there. It certainly wouldn’t surprise me to see the bench/bullpen filled from within, or for any FA acquired for there to come cheaply. (i.e. I don’t expect Soriano or Valverde pitching teh eight!)

          • DP

            Right, I don’t either. But to say we only have 15 million (or less) left to spend with so many roster spots open, cheap or not, is absurd.

    • Jake K.

      I love Halladay, but I think the only reasons the Yankees should give up what it will cost in terms of prospects and money to acquire him are: 1) They believe they cannot win a championship without him 2) They cannot get similar production elsewhere.

      We know the Yankees can win without him. And given the potential of Joba and Hughes, the high upside pitchers like Sheets who could likely be signed to short-term deals, and the stud pitchers hitting the FA market in the next two years, there is no reason to think the Yanks can’t get similar production without clearing out the farm system.

      Halladay is a great pitcher, but trading for him is just not worth the cost when there are so many other options out there.

  • Accent Shallow

    This article is a must-read for anyone citing LD%/FB% as if it were gospel: http://www.hardballtimes.com/m.....ine-drive/

    • Accent Shallow

      Not that this is the final word, but it at least paints (part) of the picture on how line drives vary park-to-park.

  • Accent Shallow

    You’d think the ring would make people less insistent on the Yankees needing Halladay. It’s certainly made me take time off from arguing about roster moves to bask in its glow.

  • ultimate913

    Is it just me or is it a bitch to find the actual profile of Montero? I look up Jesus Montero and it gave me like 500 different results. Does anyone know which one is the real Jesus?

    • ColoYank

      Pay no attention to the apocryphal Jesus sightings, I beseech you!

      There was a link to Jesus taking batting practice on RAB a couple of days ago, wasn’t there? I think it was a link to another site where there was a scout rating him ahead of that Cleveland catching prospect?

    • DP

      He’s all of them.

    • http://sports-odds.com/images/stories/yankees-arod-teixeira.jpg JobaWockeeZ

      Who on the Yankees MiL system has a legit Facebook owned by them? There’s like a million Jesus Monteros. It would be pretty cool to have AJax, Montero, ZMac and more to be my friends.

      • ColoYank

        Man, I’d never get any work done.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        There are a ton of Yankees on Facebook. Mostly the lower minor leaguers.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        Check out Ashmore’s friends. I’m right above Reegie Corona.

      • AndrewYF

        I’m friends with Nik “Not Related To Bob” Turley!

    • http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d80/madamsteph/Sports/alg_melky.jpg Drew

      The real Jesus is in all of us.

      BOOOMMMM

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      ultimate913, Jesus isn’t on Facebook as far as I can tell.

    • ultimate913

      lmao. I knew you guys would react like this.

  • Salty Buggah

    This is horrible: http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-.....5245.story

    I go by the area where this happened a lot though I never witnessed this. Why and who would buy those videos?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)
    • Salty Buggah

      Yea, FSU did that several times during that game. Sometimes, none of the O linemen moved at all

      • Tseng

        In their defense, they’re taught not to move at all until the play is whistled dead if they feel like a defender jumped offsides. It looks like it was a mixup over the snap count in that clip.

        • Chris

          I understand waiting a couple of seconds, but when you’re the only one still in your stance, and the QB is being tackled 10 yards in front of you it’s pretty clear they’re not going to blow the play dead.

          • Tseng

            Sorry to get technical :P, but they don’t blow it dead for offsides.

            I agree that he probably went a bit overboard, but who knows what exactly his O-line coach said to him.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      I remember noticing that during the game.

      The Noles are such a joke this year.

  • Stryker

    http://twitter.com/injuryexpert/status/6352100741

    welp, anyone want to take guesses?

    • Salty Buggah

      1. Yanks trade Melky for Halladay straight up.

      2. Mets sign Holliday to an A-Rod deal

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      I know of two HUGE announcements coming at the Winter Meetings. I expect both will be bigger than any player signing or news made during.

      A) Bud Selig will announce his retirement
      B) Mark McGwire will admit he did steroids
      C) Tiger Woods will confess to being imperfect
      D) Elton John will announce he’s Gay.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        In other words, nothing much really ever gets done at the Winter Meetings.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      James Dolan buys the Yankees. Doomsday commences.

    • Accent Shallow

      I heard Pete Rose is getting reinstated!

      /heh

    • DP

      1) Melvin and Jesus are the same person
      2) They/He can pitch to himself.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      The more I think about this, the more it pisses me off. Will Carroll has some news? I have a wild idea . . REPORT IT!!

      Otherwise, you just look bad. If something happens and he tries to claim that it was what he was referring to, then he will look even worse.

      • Stryker

        Presumably, if it’s not something to do with BP and he knows, then he’s not the only one who knows. You’d think word would be out there. He’s got to have some kind of stake in keeping it quiet for now.

        • scooter

          If you look at his page, he gave additional info:
          http://twitter.com/injuryexpert/status/6352641085

          One will be Monday, one will be Tuesday.

          If you go through a few of his other exchanges, here’s what it’s NOT:
          1) Player on steroids
          2) Contraction
          3) Selig extension
          4) Shortening the season
          5) Expanding the playoffs
          6) Rays moving
          7) Blood testing
          8) Salary cap
          9) Something BP-related

          SO… what could it be?
          1) International free-agent draft?
          2) International + US talent in a single draft?
          3) Rigid salary slotting in the draft?

          Beats me

          • Chris

            Instant replay?

          • http://www.progressamericana.com/ Pablo Zevallos

            Chapman?

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              He’s defecting back.

              • Jack

                Refecting? Unfecting?

                • TheLastClown

                  Retrofecting.

                • Jimbo

                  disinfecting.

          • ROBTEN

            It will be about “globalizing” the game.

            1) 2011 or 2012 Season opens in China
            2) International exhibition series to be played in Europe
            3) All-Star Game to be played in Mexico or Japan

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Ok everyone. I started a “Bring Melvin to America” page on Facebook. I expect everyone to join.

    For the good of all humanity…….join.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      BTW, once you join, you are morally obligated to invite all of your friends. If they think you’re crazy, well, so be it.

      • http://theyankeeway.mlblogs.com/ Keanu Reeves

        I am officially a member.

        • http://theyankeeway.mlblogs.com/ Keanu Reeves

          And I have invited all of my friends. They will think I’m crazy. But I answer to a higher calling.

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            You’re a good man. Mo, Jesus and Melvin are proud of you, I’m sure.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      hmm…link?

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    In before epic Nets collapse.

  • scooter

    Tim Dierkes (over on MLBTradeRumors.com) just posted an Olney twitter post on the Yankee payroll:
    http://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/statuses/6359208063

    I know you guys did the math in the other thread – with salary increases and arbitration-related raises, Yankees should be sitting around 175 mil without any free-agent signings. Pettitte at $10 mil leaves another 10 – another 20 max. They can do 2 of Cameron/Damon/Matsui with that; that might leave room for a Duchsherer or Sheets

    • J

      It also stated it’s not a hard cap.

    • Jake K.

      Tyler Kepner is saying on Twitter that the Yanks won’t be in on Holliday (or Bay, for that matter). Not a huge surprise. I say bring back Matsui and Pettitte on one-year deals, add Sheets and Cameron, maybe a non-type-A reliever, call it a day.

      • J

        I would love to see Sheets and Putz (along with Pettitte and Damon). Think those two would be fantastic gets, and still leaves a fluid budget in case something else falls in their lap.

        • scooter

          I’d like that combo, too

          I know it’s not a hard cap – but if we sign Andy for $10 mil, that’s $185; if Damon is 2/20 mil, that’s another $10 mil. Sheets could be signed on an incentive-laden contract – but probably need $5 mil as a base, with escalators to $10 mil in 2010; Putz would be relatively cheap ($3 mil?)

          That’s $203-208 mil without signing a guy for the bench – but I’d love CC/AJ/Andy/Sheets/Joba or Hughes

  • BklynJt

    This video completely explains okijima’s motion

  • Eric

    Is that a swastika at 1:10 on that video?

  • ultimate913

    and the quest to 0 – 82 ends here. ;(

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      That was such an obvious win for them. (?)

  • http://public.bay.livefilestore.com/y1pZv656VCRLnQneRyH6Cl__gW6iWlzMabTIHCqt7A0RqU_HVL9NO_jbIdFNIPdvIVWRklbKPWmX2si2rmGIL-KOw/ManBearPig%202c.jpg ManBearPig2.0

    Missed the reference, what’s “pulls a Wynona Rider?”

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Strangely enough, it comes from South Park.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Since the game will be over before the next open thread, I’m gonna take this opportunity to say

    ROLL TIDE

    • SS

      If I didn’t live in Atlanta (and if Georgia Tech wasn’t five minutes from the dome), I would hope that a meteor hits the stadium. And lands right on Nick Saban’s head.

      SEC fans are the most insufferable people in the world. And I’ve met Francesca type Yankee “fans”, Red Sox fans, people from Texas, Notre Dame fans, Manchester United and Chelsea fans, fans of the Old Firm in Scotland, Real Madrid fans, and fans of the English national team.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    OK, so I was actually at the Nets game tonight.

    The Bad:

    -Dealing with the concession workers there makes you wonder why the unemployment rate isn’t higher
    -It was an awful game
    -The officiating was embarrassing
    -Neither team did ANYTHING until the Nets got hot in the 4th
    -The IZOD is a miserable arena. The crowd is dreadful and there are children EVERYWHERE. I don’t like going to Baby Gap to watch basketball, or whatever that game slightly resembled.
    -The dance team and cheerleading team haven’t the slightest ability to move in sequence and fell repeatedly. Quit it with the foreplay. They’re not dancers—they’re strippers! Make them strip!
    -Watching Josh Boone is kind of like taking a dump, forgetting to flush, coming back hours later and peeing on it to see how much of it you can break up into “subpoops.” It’s kind of fun, but you just don’t feel clean or mentally stable after watching him.

    The good:

    +the mascot is a Master Splinter-styled rat/wolf hybrid. Way cool!
    +Burritos shot out of air cannons into the crowd? Not actually sure if plus.
    +They brought a whole bus of 4th graders, 4th graders I suspect of having flesh-eating viruses, to play a game during halftime. It was WAY more amusing than the actual game I’d (barely) paid to see. They were so unbearably bad, it was funny. Even for 4th graders. I loved it
    +The Nets practically paid me to watch the game. I paid a total of $8 for two really good seats. The parking was $12. Yeah. Crazy
    +I yelled/threatened a small child due to his Banshee-like shrieking
    +Witnessed history

  • http://sportuncommon.wordpress.com/ Noemi

    We think the industry is going to be slower in the first quarter, if not the first half, than we originally planned. There’s clearly downward momentum right now caused by higher interest rates, higher fuel prices. Probably the? biggest factor is consumer confidence drop i?n Decembe?r. The industry operates on mo?mentum and we? think it will take time for that ?momentum to turn around.