Caboose453

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from Auburn, Maine

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    • 6 years ago

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    • Been Awhile, Eh?

      6 years ago

      Caboose453

      Damn... It's been a long time since I came around these parts... Missed you guys..

      Life has been good, overall. Hectic, stressful, but overall, good. Met a nice girl, and things are going well there. School has been rough; and work has been crazy; working a solid 40 every week.

      Penguins are doing very well, and Boise State even made the NCAA Tournament!

      I just started a music blog, posted the first entry today... If ya'll could check it out, give your thoughts, and just general feedback, that'd be great; brody-peterson.blogspot.com/2013/04/review-bring-me-horiz...

      Hope life is going well for you all.

    • The NHL Lock-trick

      6 years ago

      Caboose453

      Hey; I'm the common hockey fan.

      One of millions that's slightly fed up with how the NHL and it's players are handling their financial situation. One of millions that just wants to watch their favorite sport played and aired on TV. One of millions left asking hundreds of questions.

      The biggest question is, "Why?" The National Hockey league garnered 3.3 billion dollars in revenue this past season, yet we can't find a way to divvy that among two parties that will make them happy? It's $3.3 BILLION dollars. How can you not find SOME way to divide that fairly?

      The biggest issue most fans have with this situation? It's happened before, TWICE, under the same owner, Mr. Gary Bettman. Once back 92-93, and then in 03-04 as well. Do you know of any owner of any company that could force them into a work stoppage THREE times and still keep the position as owner? I know I'd be fired at any big multi-million dollar company. And yet, Bettman still holds his position. To be fair, he has managed to spike revenues from the NHL in recent years (like I said, he managed to garner them a record $3.3billion in the 2011-2012 season), but the dubious "lock-trick" he has pulled off is more pressing. It wouldn't be such a big deal if they didn't lose entire seasons to these fiascos. The entire 2003-2004 season was sacrificed just so the league could impose a salary cap on the players. After losing an entire season of hockey, the players finally caved and agreed to the terms, which drastically cut their salaries.

      I remember vaguely hearing about the lockout situation, as I was just getting into hockey around 04, and not really understanding it; this lockout is much different. I've followed hockey very closely since right around midway through the 2006-2007 season. I've watched it garner popularity slowly, but surely in the United States. The competitive balance has been astounding. No team has won back-to-back championships since the lockout; a byproduct of the parity created by the salary cap. The lockout, from my understanding, had achieved what it was meant to achieve. Fans came back in droves, but it wasn't because the NHL had managed to get its money out of the players, it was because of the competition. The lockout served it's purpose. It made competition.

      So that's what we're searching for now, a reason. A purpose. Why is the NHL locked out? This lockout is solely based on finances. Not finances that affect play and competition like the salary cap. The NHL wants to re-coup what they call "losses" over the past 8 years of the ex-Collective Bargaining Agreement. Under the old CBA, players made a vastly inflated 57% of the revenue. I call it vastly inflated, because, come on, should the players really be paid more than the people that run the sport and, essentially, keep the players lifestyles running? If they owner can't pay for the team, there is no team; and therefore no players. Why doesn't it make sense that they should be paid more? On the other side of the argument, the players are the product. We pay to see them play. So why shouldn't they be paid well to go out and endure the punishment of entire NHL seasons (which can be almost a full 9 months long)?

      These are the questions millions of fans are asking. But with no end in sight, what will become of the league? Neither side is seemingly willing to budge on their stance. The NHL's initial proposal was a player revenue drop from 57% to 43%, which is an incredible drop for one season. The owners are claiming that big contracts are bankrupting the league and would like to see large contracts capped, however, over the course of the off-season, four players (Sidney Crosby, Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, Shea Weber) were given 10 year+, $10million+ contracts. In perhaps the best hypocritical moment of the offseason, the Boston Bruins owner advocated for contracts to be capped at 5 years one morning, then signed Tyler Seguin to a six-year contract that night. The players, in this lockout, are unwilling to take another big hit on their salaries. They feel that they took it on the chin last lockout and shouldn't have to do so again just because the league feels like they should.

      However, as Scott Burnside, a hockey reporter for ESPN says, "When do locked-out NHL players, faced with the immoveable force that is the NHL's ownership group, take one not just for the team, but for the future of the game?" The future of the National Hockey League could very easily be at stake right now. There is no promise that fans will come back in droves as they did last time. Especially given the fact that the ill-informed hockey fan doesn't really know WHY this lockout is happening. The players seem like they've dug in against the league, but is this really a battle they can win? The players will never make up the lost salaries, ever. I agree with Burnside that, given the situation, would it be such a bad idea for the players to take the first step and "have the satisfaction of knowing they had done what the owners would not or could not do: protect the game, their game."

      No. It wouldn't. And take it from the fan; we'd love to be able to see a salvaged 2013 season because the players made it happen.

    • Episode 18

      6 years ago

      Caboose453

      Wow.

    • 6 years ago

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      WHAT IF:
      1. I died:
      2. I kissed you:
      3. I lived next door to you:
      4. You found out I was married:
      5. I stole something:
      6. I was hospitalized:
      7. I refused to leave my home:
      8. I got into a fight while you were there:

      WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MY:
      9. Personality:
      10. Eyes:
      11. Hair:
      12. Family:

      WOULD YOU:
      13. Help me hide a body?
      14. Keep a secret if I told you one?
      15. Hold my hand?
      16. Take a bullet for me?
      18. Try to solve my problems?
      19. Love me?
      20. Date me?

      HAVE YOU EVER:
      21. Lied to make me feel better?
      22. Wanted to kiss me?
      23. Wanted to kill me?
      24. Broke my heart?
      25. Kept something important from me?
      26. Thought I was unbearably annoying?

      AND MORE:
      27. Who are you?
      28. Are we friends?
      30. Describe me in three words?
      31. What was your first impression of me?
      32. Do you still think that way about me now?
      33. What reminds you of me?
      34. If you could give me anything, what would it be?
      35. How well do you know me?
      36. When's the last time you saw me?
      37. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn't?
      38. Are you gonna re-post this to see what I say about you?

    • 6 years ago

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    • Seriously

      6 years ago

      Caboose453

      Again, episode 13 is just making this season even better. Certainly enjoying it.

  • Comments (2055)

    • Valarious

      8 years ago

      Hello good sir! Are you a writer? And if so would you like to get into a group that does brainstorming games for creative thinking? Let me know! The more people the better!

    • Fizz

      8 years ago

      I know. I'm trying to make her feel young.

      I don't believe I have your skype, what is it?

    • TaylorPrime FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      You win this round, but we will win the war, or atleast try to. I wouldn't be too worried if I was you though...


    • TaylorPrime FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Just to let you know, I left the game when the Penguins scored the 3rd goal.

      smiley6.gif This is not over.

    • 7_Costanza

      8 years ago

      That's awesome man! Congrats again!

    • RvBRecruit

      8 years ago

      I hope you don't think I'm ignoring you, I was at a friend's house last night with no mic.

      I'll hopefully catch up on my xboxing in a week or two.

    • Fonix

      8 years ago

      I already have my opening to my life story:

      "I was born at a very early age."

    • RegrettableDeed FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Movin' On

      8 years ago

      You...have a point there.... Damn it. smiley8.gif

    • reaper86

      8 years ago

      I agree %100 with your FB status.

      I hate how they're so quick to just assume that if an athlete is performing exceptionally, then he/she is automatically cheating somehow. Heaven forbid we actually have decent, honest athletes that can actually perform in their respective sports on their own accord.

    • reaper86

      8 years ago

      I can't think of a damn way you really can cheat at Nascar. I mean really...

      Maybe, just maybe, he's just THAT good at the sport.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      8 years ago

      smiley12.gif

    • reaper86

      8 years ago

      XD Back atcha, brotha!

    • June032

      8 years ago

      dude listen to the drunk tank, look on the RT blog, it's free and awesome and has the office in an uproar :]
      illegal-art.net/allday/

    • June032

      8 years ago

      the new Girl Talk album :]

    • June032

      8 years ago

      hope you downloaded All Day too ;]

    • June032

      8 years ago

      That Sir, is a win :]

    • reaper86

      8 years ago

      Wahooooaaaa! That's an AWESOME list. Seriously. I don't think I've ever had a session of downloading that's been that epic.

      Which I'll say again in a text, haha. *goes to phone*

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      8 years ago

      Hey. My Cross Country team just won State Champs. NBD.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      8 years ago

      I must go to sleep.

    • dougss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 10 years

      8 years ago

      You should answer my text message.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      8 years ago

      Nope. You removed him from RT awhile ago. He was still on your friends list on Xbox. He got an alert every time you signed on.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      8 years ago

      You didn't remove him until like a week ago.

    • ZetaEtaTheta

      8 years ago

      I hate you too buddy smiley12.gif

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      8 years ago

      BRODY. DON'T MOD THINGS YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.

    • RvBRecruit

      8 years ago

      Rinse and repeat then. smiley0.gif

      Maybe some prayer (if you're into that) or a walk will help.

      Sometimes just getting away from it all and taking a walk helps.

    • TheSylvester whoa

      8 years ago

      JUST BECAUSE.

    • Filthykillz

      8 years ago

      *Snicker*

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      8 years ago

      :/
      Skype?

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      8 years ago

      WHO GIVES A SHIT. FUCKING TRY. JUST DO IT. TRY ONCE.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      8 years ago

      You do realize that people would be willing to change if you tried?

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      8 years ago

      I would be willing to change it. How can you possibly know if you haven't tried?

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      8 years ago

      Well then how about instead of bitching you actually try to change the thread?

    • ghostflame71

      8 years ago

      i know, but some lapse back into noobs

    • ghostflame71

      8 years ago

      he was a noob, did you read his posts?

    • Filthykillz

      8 years ago

      No... they're not.

    • SerenityCeCe

      8 years ago

      I use Operator. I'm a Lt. Colonel already.

      Post edited 10/10/10 9:01PM

    • Fizz

      8 years ago

      that's what you get from relying on the internet wink.png

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      8 years ago

      Sounds super serious.

    • reaper86

      8 years ago

      Haha, I know, right!? Poets freakin rock my world. They're music is so...useful to me. I can listen to it whether I'm in a reflective mood or just need music to help me relax.

      Epic, dude! I'm so glad you like them.

    • ZetaEtaTheta

      8 years ago

      I WANT THAT ESSAY ON MY DESK BY MONDAY BRODY

    • Kyrianne

      8 years ago

      Hey Brody, look at how sexy this turtle is. I made him in 2nd grade and he's been waiting all this time just for you.

      ndsvgn.jpg

      He even has a stick. What you do with the stick is up to you. smiley8.gif

    • disneyjedi87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Absolutely. As soon as I get it online. So I'll see you there next decade. smiley8.gif

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      8 years ago

      Skype Beta.

    • RobbyMac217

      8 years ago

      I'll try to get on if I'm not busy then. If my gamertag signs on, but I'm not playing Reach, one of my brothers is on.

    • RobbyMac217

      8 years ago

      Sorry. My dad was in the room, and I hate talking to people online with my parents listening.

    • Fizz

      8 years ago

      lol, seriously?

      I'll first try in some thread I don't care about.

    • Fizz

      8 years ago

      the ratio is still most important. besides, I've been focussing mostly on campaign.

    • reaper86

      8 years ago

      So I joined your Avenged Sevenfold group and I noticed the link within the group's description...goes...nowhere. smiley6.gif

      Just thought I'd point that out, buddy. smiley0.gif

    • ZetaEtaTheta

      8 years ago

      I forget how much my school has spoiled me in that even the idiots are somewhat smart: the joys of nerd school XD

      But I have a friend taking AP Stat, and she's not having any problems. In fact, she's taking two math classes this year, so you'd probably be fine.

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