9:20 pm January 29, 2010, by David O'Brien
January 31st, 20102:37 pm
Steve from OH—Goldeneye is good. As for the older bond, I keep going back to “Goldfinger”
January 31st, 20102:38 pm
All I’m saying is the draft has been very kind to us over the years most of the Braves are home-grown so why not invest a little more money there to get the better young talent instead of worrying about slot funds. An extra 650K and the Braves could’ve had a player the caliber of Rondon.
January 31st, 20102:41 pm
I have nothing against your name Snotboogie. And I now realize DOB doesn’t judge people as much as I first thought because he responded to your comment like he would Lew or anybody else here. Well, almost anybody else.
Long live Snotboogie!
Steve from OH
January 31st, 20102:42 pm
Yeah, I liked Goldfinger a lot as well, but it’s been a good while since I’ve seen it…
January 31st, 20102:43 pm
Efrim, you watching this Wings-Pens game?
January 31st, 20102:50 pm
Best Bond movie? Not sure it’s the best, but my favorite is Live and Let Die. I am a total Bond junkie, seen them all…I do like the new ones with Daniel Craig, but then again I pretty much like them all
January 31st, 20102:51 pm
Haggard-Appreciate the information on the music, but the sound card and cd rom drive on my computer is non-functional, making it difficult to listen to anything on computer. Besides, I’ve never downloaded music before and will continue to not do it, preferring instead, to buy the CD’s I want or think I will like.
I do listen to Denizen recommendations on music though and check them out at my Indie record store. I listen to their suggestions, too-they’re a smart bunch of record store employees.
January 31st, 20102:52 pm
Tough news about your dog…I nearly lost mine when she was 2 (ate rat poison…). It was rough for a while but she pulled through. Good luck with yours
Rob from SC
Just got back from the Columbia Caravan. Only one player was there (Freddie Freeman). Schafer was supposed to be there but wasn’t.
Freeman is an awesome guy. Real mature. Had a ton of great things to say about Heyward. Said Jason called him the other day and told he he is 245 pounds. Freddie said no fat at all.
Cant wait until Freddie is ready. I told him it better be soon because we can’t count on Glaus.
January 31st, 20102:54 pm
Them Crooked Vultures (Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones from Zep) are the musical guest on SNL next week. Pretty decent cd they have out.
I didn’t read all the overnight comments-did anyone else catch Steve Earle’s Towne Van Zandt tribute and Kris Kristofferson on Austin City Limits last night? Good show. Particularly liked how KK gave props to Janis when he did Me and Bobby McGee.
RJB in Atlanta
January 31st, 20102:56 pm
Best bond movie- Toss up between “You Only Live Twice” and “Thunderball”.
I lifetime ago, I joined the Army and picked the intelligence field to do some James Bond stuff. I actually did get the opportunity to hang off a moving train once. We were loading our M577 command vehicles on flatbeds, and I had to reach around and tighten-up a chain pull. We were moving at about 2 mph. Pretty mundane stuff…
Life sure isn’t Hollywood (or Pinewood Studios in this case), but I never regretted the 20-years I spent figuring it out.
LEW, thanks. I am genuinely stupid and had not realized that caravan meant fan event. I DID notice that the Marietta event was noted as an autograph/meet session, and the Decatur event was described as “packing supplies.” I occurred to me that “packing supplies” might mean that they were, you know, packing supplies. And not interacting with fans. But you were very helpful. Thanks again. Glad you’re in the know.
Favorite Bond movies (ranked chronologically, not by preference):
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Diamonds are Forever (1971)
A View to a Kill (1985)
Casino Royale (2006)
Looks like Schafer misses as many caravans as he does fastballs
January 31st, 20102:58 pm
I asked Jim Powell (great guy) About Schafer long term and he truely believed that he is the long term CF. He also said he woould basically shocked if Heyward is not the opening day RF
January 31st, 20102:59 pm
I made a favorite Bond movie list, but it didn’t show up, and I think I know why – Octopussy (1983)… lets see if this comment posts.
RJB in Atlanta–”Thunderball”–I’d forgotten about that one!
WHo is Jim Powell?
January 31st, 20103:01 pm
Favorite Bond movies (in chronological order, not by preference):
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Diamonds for Forever (1971)
Octopu$$y (1983) – yeah, the blog filter gets hung up on this one.
A View to a Kill (1985)
Casino Royale (2006)
January 31st, 20103:02 pm
joe rochester, I think he means the radio guy Jim powell.
January 31st, 20103:03 pm
I still have yet to see Casino Royale and Quantam of Solace.
January 31st, 20103:04 pm
Thanks. I live in the Northeast. I wasn’t sure about specific radio personalities.
What a great finish to the UF-Tenn game. Vols do it again, win at last second.
Jim Powell is the radio broadcaster
January 31st, 20103:05 pm
I haven’t seen Quantum of Solace but I heard that it wasn’t as good as Casino Royale…
Any word on why Shafer is missing the caravan?
Lew, now you are talking my girl – Janis Joplin. I lived and died with her music during her time. She took Me and Bobby McGee away from Roger Miller and made it a new song,so full of meaning and heart. There will truly never be another like her,when she died I thought I had lost a member of my family.
Snotboogie – we still have to deal with MU and Sir Alex, always a tough combo to beat
“Looks like Schafer misses as many caravans as he does fastballs”
January 31st, 20103:06 pm
There was a good article in TIME magazine that talked about how Avatar would only be the 26th top grossing movie of all time if you adjust for inflation. They also said that it’s making a lot of money mostly because of the 3D and IMAX costs for movie tickets.
I have solid hopes for Schafer. I can’t say that I was happy with the fact that he hid an injury which obviously impacted his plate performance. But it is hard to fault the kid. But what were the coaches doing this whole time? I recall all the comments that he had changed his swing now that he was in the majors. Did none of them suspect he might be injured, or did they really all by into the idea that he wanted to crank out HRs…
January 31st, 20103:07 pm
I still have yet to see Casino Royale and Quantam of Solace joe r
I liked them both, especially Quantum. I think he makes a great Bond
The Braves caravan comes to Chattanooga Feb. 9th and Ass. GM Bruce Manno is supposed to be there. I’ll ask about Damon if he still isn’t signed by then. I’ll get to the bottom of this nonsense. LOL
January 31st, 20103:08 pm
CB —Lew, now you are talking my girl – Janis Joplin
I’d agree with that assessment. Casino Royale was gritty and full of energy. Quantum of Solace reminded me of the 90’s Bond flicks… mediocre and unmemorable, but I do like Daniel Craig in spite of the hackneyed storyline.
January 31st, 20103:09 pm
haggard 1,she took another little piece of my heart.
January 31st, 20103:10 pm
Lew, now you are talking my girl – Janis Joplin. I lived and died with her music during her time. She took Me and Bobby McGee away from Roger Miller and made it a new song,so full of meaning and heart.
Kris and her were an item for a while. Great singer, coulda done better with her personal hygiene.
January 31st, 20103:11 pm
Tell me about it. We got thrashed 3-1 today. Couldnt bear to watch.
January 31st, 20103:12 pm
Crosby and Malkin are incredible. Many more cups in their future
January 31st, 20103:13 pm
I hate shootouts. Takes the game out of hockey…
January 31st, 20103:14 pm
CB–”Pearl”–what a great album!
January 31st, 20103:15 pm
So which movie would be the top-grossing (after adjustment). I seem to remember that it isnt one of the movies from this decade or even the last. I dont think Titanic, Star wars or T2 would be the top choice either.
January 31st, 20103:17 pm
Titanic was the only movie released within the last 25 years in the Top 10 (#6). Gone with the Wind would have taken the cake.
So which movie would be the top-grossing (after adjustment).
If I’m not mistaken, I believe “Gone With The Wind”–no kidding!
haggard 1,yes. How about her version of summertime? Also Cry Baby and Ball and Chain.
Shanks A Lot
January 31st, 20103:18 pm
Anyone else jonesing for Braves baseball?
January 31st, 20103:20 pm
I know for a long time Gone With The Wind had sold the most tickets.
1 Gone with the Wind 283,100,000
2 Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs 225,300,000
3 Star Wars Fox 176,900,000
4 E.T. 158,000,000
5 101 Dalmatians 143,100,000
6 Bambi 140,800,000
7 Titanic 130,900,000
8 Jaws Universal 128,600,000
9 The Sound of Music 119,300,000
10 The Ten Commandments 117,800,000
January 31st, 20103:25 pm
This is what the great voice in the sky (google) gave me. Ticket count seems like a good metric, except that this decade there are a lot of people who watch movies ondemand or on DVD. But even adjusted for inflation Gone with the Wind wins.
1 Gone with the Wind MGM $1,507,252,900 $198,676,459 1939
2 Star Wars Fox $1,328,772,200 $460,998,007 1977
3 The Sound of Music Fox $1,062,418,700 $158,671,368 1965
4 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $1,058,233,300 $435,110,554 1982^
5 The Ten Commandments Par. $977,260,000 $65,500,000 1956
6 Titanic Par. $957,460,300 $600,788,188 1997
7 Jaws Uni. $955,468,000 $260,000,000 1975
8 Doctor Zhivago MGM $926,050,500 $111,721,910 1965
9 The Exorcist WB $824,842,300 $232,671,011 1973^
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Dis. $813,140,000 $184,925,486 1937
January 31st, 20103:26 pm
Really enjoyed Casino Royale, first Bond movie I’ve liked in a long time. Stayed away from Quantum of SilenceSolace after reading nothing but mediocre (or worse) reviews.
My top three Bond movies:
2. From Russia With Love
3. Dr. No
5. Casino Royale or The Spy Who Loved Me
January 31st, 20103:27 pm
Lew: Can’t believe I missed that Austin City Limits. But I’ll search and set the DVR for the replay. Thanks for the heads-up.
Eric from MO
January 31st, 20103:28 pm
Nolie I thought Dark Knight was in the top 3 or was that just most money?
CB–There’s an incredible video of J J performing “Ball and Chain”live in Germany’69 on YouTube. Sound and video are equally outstanding!
January 31st, 20103:29 pm
Recall that Titanic was a colossal gamble back in ‘97. With a $200 million budget, it was, some said, the most expensive picture ever made. (In real dollars, that dubious honor would probably go to the Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra in 1963.)
January 31st, 20103:30 pm
Casino Royale is the only Bond movie I’ve ever liked.
I didn’t write that, that’s from TIME. I find that very interesting, though. Cleopatra??
I like ticket count better than money. Don’t know how they might keep accurate count of on demand etc now days, but the income has always been based on theater volume and likely will continue that way until movies are available in another venue at the same day as release in theaters.
January 31st, 20103:31 pm
Just for the record, DOB, it’s Quantum of Solace
I believe that’s just $$$$ wise.
Eric from MO
Dark Knight is 28 in some lists. Its 3rd in all time US box office collections. nolie’s list might be global box office.
January 31st, 20103:33 pm
yes, Stu Scott doing the NBA pregame and halftime show. What a great anchor. Great catchphrases, just a hilarious dude. Hater in the house!
January 31st, 20103:36 pm
Stuart Scott ane Cook :: Chris Berman : Jay Leno
January 31st, 20103:37 pm
I meant Dane Cook – these silly smileys.
Eric,Dark Knight is ranked 5th all time gross so it couldn’t have sold anywhere near the number of tickets as GWTW etc or it would be the highest gross by far with inflation
January 31st, 20103:39 pm
Thanks haggard 1,I will check it out.
Alright people. I will take your word for it.
DOB you should check out quantum of Solace.Not as good as Casino Royale but a solid conclusion to the previous movie
January 31st, 20103:43 pm
Gee I thought Quantum was pretty good myself
January 31st, 20103:47 pm
I did not like Quantum at all, but loved the new Casino Royale, weird huh
Snot – I was worried about Arsenal for a while but they are 1-2 players away from top notch as per Chelskeeeeeeeeee and MU
Jason Marquis, Ryan Zimmerman, Nyjer Morgan, and Ivan Rodriguez have all voiced their desire for the Nats to sign Orlando Hudson, tweets MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. (via MLBtraderumors.com)
So it seems the NATS are now into signing players based on a show-of hands from current team members.
January 31st, 20103:49 pm
Snot this is Washington we are talking about…they have voting booths…
Bond films haven’t been quite the same since the Cold War wound down.
The 60s Bond films (Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, even On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) have a flavor that later films lack.
I did not watch the Daniel Craig Bond films in the theater, but it seems that these films are starting to get back to the “spy film” feel that permeated the early Bond films and lose the “sci fi comic book” feel that started in the later Roger Moore era.
Except for the goofy Casino Royale, every Bond film is pretty entertaining. With mind-altering drugs, I suppose even Casino Royale could be entertaining.
I liked Casino Royale too. Quantum of Solace wasn’ bad…watchable for sure. It’ll be interesting to see how the new one will turn out next year… I think it called Bond23 or something.
bu I did LOVE the Russian girl in Quantum (think she is the one in “Hitman”… hot sheila that
January 31st, 20103:50 pm
I was worried about Arsenal for a while but they are 1-2 players away from top notch as per Chelskeeeeeeeeee and MU – dogsbrekky
They seem that way every season man. They actually seemed alright till RVP went down. Funny enough, I thought the same was the case with MU, but Rooney has taken off over the last month or so.
I, for one, would not like to see Heyward start the season with the Atlanta Braves. I would prefer that he start at Gwinnett and be called up later in the season. The major reason I have for this proposal is this:
In 1951, Mickey Mantle was a budding superstar with the infamous Yankees. He was supposed to be the second coming of Babe Ruth and “better than Dimaggio”. His season started terribly. He couldn’t hit and his fielding was atrocious. Casey Stengel sent him to AAA to regain his stoke and confidence. Instead, Mantle struggled even more. He finally called his Dad to come pick him up, he was quitting. His Dad came to get him and berated him mightily, telling Mickey that he thought he had raised a man instead he had raised a coward. Mantle later realised that he had been home sick and frightened. He was 20 years old.
Heyward, only 20 years old, may have more confidence than Mantle had at that time, IDK. However, Mantle was the #1 prospect and a rough start rattled his confidence. Mantle, also, went on to compile some of the greatest numbers ever by a switch hitter.
What could happen to our #1 prospect if he struggles and loses confidence in his abilities? Will his Dad do what Mantle’s Dad did? Will a demotion to AAA kill, or seriously injure, Heyward’s confidence? All reasonable questions.
While we all count on Heyward to boost the offense, Mantle, who hit 536 HRs and one of those a 565 footer, hit .267 in 96 games in 1951. We shouldn’t, nor can we, count on Heyward to be a superstar from day one. Mantle never hit more than 27 HRs for 5 years!
Give Heyward a chance to see better pitching and work on his skills (as good as they already are). It’s a much smaller risk than, perhaps, damaging a future HOFer.
January 31st, 20103:51 pm
Well, David, we agree on some things. Your Bond list is roughly how mine would go. “Quantum of Solace” was a disappointment to me; they had just rebooted the series to be more like the Ian Flemming novels with “Royale” and they could have taken it to the next level. But “Solace” was more like one of the “Transporter” films. All tricks and no substance, and unlike earlier Bond films no comedy either to offset that.
Yeah, Joe; believe it or not Liz Taylor used to be smokin’ hot.
Nolie, I hear lack of personal Hygiene wasn’t all that uncommon at Haight-Ashbury in the late 60’s.
January 31st, 20103:53 pm
DOB………good list. There was just something about Goldfinger…..but I would say From Russia With fove…(the only realistic one and done the way Fleming wrote it. Judging from your list I would guess you agree with so many…….there is only one Bond and Connery is it.
Yesterday I watched the 1992 game 7 Braves versus Pirates (aka “The Slide”). It’s been a loooooong time since the Braves had a ninth+ inning comeback in a play off game.
Thinking about the marathon in Houston (Braves’ last playoff game) and the game five versus Kerry Wood and the Cubs, you wish that the Braves had some of that early 90s magic.
I hope the nadir of the Braves “clutch-ness” was that dreadful 2007-2008 road game, 1 run losing streak.
Here’s hoping that the 2010 Braves get back to the play-offs and channel some of that 1992 late-inning heroics.
January 31st, 20103:54 pm
Arsenal seemed to change tack when the Russkie bought us, the gunners seemed to go younger and cheaper… maybe that condo development effed them a little financially
January 31st, 20103:55 pm
Liz Taylor – perhaps the most attractive young actress (pre 25) I have seen (well with Raquel and Princess Grace)
January 31st, 20103:56 pm
Agree with Grinch.
Liz Taylor in Cleopatra and Cat on a hot tin roof – Smokin’ hot.
January 31st, 20103:57 pm
Nolie, I hear lack of personal Hygiene wasn’t all that uncommon at Haight-Ashbury in the late 60’s. Grinch
I can tell you from first hand experience it wasn’t all that uncommon a lot of places, but let’s just she she was often even less fastidious than most.
and yes Liz was smokin’ when she was young.
January 31st, 20104:03 pm
dogs – Financially they actually are in much better shape than MU or the Hicks-Gilette-Benitez three ring circus. But you are right, we seem to muddle through with just a couple of big names and some over-performing side artists. Lets see what tomorrow’s deadline has in store – last year Arshavin, this year?
January 31st, 20104:04 pm
Gunners need one more midfielder to help Fabulous and a good defender
January 31st, 20104:12 pm
Anybody mentioned Herschel kicked a dude’s butt last night in MMA – @ 47!
is that stuff real?
January 31st, 20104:15 pm
SoWeGa, Schultz has a blog on it up now. But yeah, it was tight. That guy’s phenomenal. It definitely wasn’t like watching Canseco or Bonaduce; Walker’s legit. I wish he’d come back to UGA for his senior season.
January 31st, 20104:17 pm
Hey, yeah. Herschel’s got another year of eligibility!
January 31st, 20104:20 pm
Nolie, c’mon, man. Are you serious? It’s as real a sport as there is. Even though he fought a guy who wasn’t very good, keep in mind he’s a 5th degree black belt and has a Muy-Thai and Kenpo background in addition to his pro training for this fight. Your average football player (even in his prime) would have been destroyed in about 15 seconds, even by the worst pro they have. Five minute rounds, dude. That’s a long time to get pummeled from 30 different angles and techniques.
January 31st, 20104:21 pm
Braves twitter account says Schafer is okay, something came up (probably personal) and he pushed his appearance dates back to week 2 of the caravan. Should make for some even luckier fans along those stops.
The Nats are putting together really nice team! If they sign Hudson they’ll be a team to watch out for.
Morgan – CF
Hudson – 2B
Zimmerman – 3B
Dunn – 3B
Willingham – LF
Rodriguez – C
Dukes – RF
Desmond – SS
Marquis – RHP
Lannan – LHP
Olsen – LHP
Martis – RHP
Detwiler/Balester/Chico – SP
Their bench is decent, the bullpen is way improved from last year with Capps and Burney at the backend and they have three stud pitchers knocking on the door Strasburg, Zimmermann(recovering from TJ) and Storen(who could close or start, has awesome stuff).
January 31st, 20104:23 pm
Nolie, c’mon, man. Are you serious? Grinch
yeah it was an honest question. I know nothing about it and wondered if it was scripted like wrestling, or the real thing.
January 31st, 20104:26 pm
What’s shaking today?
Jay…the Braves have a hard enough time with the Nats as it is…uh oh
January 31st, 20104:28 pm
the Braves have a hard enough time with the Nats as it is…uh oh shmoe
that’s true, maybe now they will start taking them seriopusly and concentrate. they often play down to poor teams levels, or at least it seems that way at times. Nats getting better might actually be an advantage??
Eric In Albany N.Y.
January 31st, 20104:29 pm
Going out on a limb but i honestly believe this!
at the end of 2010
January 31st, 20104:32 pm
Jay I will believe it when I see it. Their pitching IMO is still terrible. They may win 70-72 but thats all Im seeing and yes I know they were projected to when 80-82, I just dont believe it.
January 31st, 20104:33 pm
whos with me?
January 31st, 20104:34 pm
It’s certainly a possibility Eric
January 31st, 20104:36 pm
i only think the nats will finish above the mets because the nats can make a charge at the end of the year, i think they will try and try and try to win games all the way till the end of the year. and at the same time i think when one thing goes wrong for the mets, one injury one game getting blown out by the marlins braves or phills will cause a downword spiral very early in the year. injurys will kill this team this year cus the mets have 0 depth and it will be dooms day before u know it!
January 31st, 20104:38 pm
also i go by the old addage that in a baseball offseason you either get better or worse, you dont stay the same… mets = worse… nats = better no doubt the mets will look worse than 92 in 2010
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