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  1. DETROIT — It’s not a European vacation, not by any stretch. Instead of getting ready for the NHL with training camp in Traverse City this week, Red Wings forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg are getting the regular season started in Europe. Datsyuk is in the Russian Elite League, and Holmstrom and Zetterberg are in the Swedish national league. Defenseman Jiri Fischer is expected to play in the Czech league once his separated shoulder heals in about a month. The four young Wings are hardly the exception during this NHL lockout. Most European players in the NHL have chosen to play for their hometown teams. It’s a rare opportunity for European players, many of whom were looking forward to the possibility last season. Zetterberg, playing for his hometown team of Timra, said late last season he was intrigued by the possibility of playing again in Sweden. “For sure you want to play in the NHL, and you hope things work out (in labor negotiations),” Zetterberg said. “But playing in Sweden, yes, that would be nice, of course. Family and friends are there. It would be nice.” Holmstrom, too, was looking forward to the possibility of playing in Sweden (Lulea). “You want to play, anywhere,” Holmstrom said. “To sit out would be tough.” That’s a key reason that Datsyuk is skating in Russia with Moscow Dynamo. He is an unsigned restricted free agent, and some might view his playing hockey in a competitive Russian league as a risk. But agent Gary Greenstin said Datsyuk, 26, needs to play. “Pavel wants to play hockey somewhere,” Greenstin said. “Dynamo has good coaches, good trainers, it’s going to be a very good team.” The arrangement with Dynamo is such that Datsyuk would be released from his Russian contract if the NHL lockout ends and he could work out a contract with the Wings. While those few Wings are playing hockey, most of the others will see how the lockout runs its course before making any firm decisions. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom had an opportunity to play in Sweden but decided to return to the Detroit area. He will see how negotiations go before making a commitment to a Swedish team. Goalies Curtis Joseph and Manny Legace are working out, but only Legace is thinking about joining a team in Europe, or one in the World Hockey Association if that start-up league eventually begins play. Forwards Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Ray Whitney, Darren McCarty, Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby have begun working out locally, or will do so soon. Draper and Maltby are fresh from a World Cup title with Canada. “I’m still optimistic something can get done soon. At least I hope so,” Shanahan said at the Ryder Cup last week. “We’re in a unique position here in Detroit — the management and the players get along well and have respect for each other. And we also have a unique situation here because of how hockey does here. But we’re going to have to suffer along with the rest of the NHL (until the lockout is over).” Europe, or any other league, isn’t an option for Shanahan at this point. “No, as of right now, no,” he said. “Like I said, I am taking a wait-and-see attitude, and a lot of the other guys are, too. I really don’t want to move or go someplace else. We’ll see what happens.”
  2. Oh that's rich!!! (666 for all of you who get this after his next several posts).
  3. Report says police have traced ransom demand By Jason Beck / MLB.com DETROIT -- An online report out of Venezuela suggests the kidnapping saga of Ugueth Urbina's mother could be ending soon. The Web site vheadline.com cited Venezuelan police detectives as saying they've traced the location where the kidnappers made their $15 million ransom demand. The report attributed Joel Rengifo, commander of the country's anti-kidnapping police division, to say the investigation has reached the culminating stages. Rengifo also reportedly said Urbina's mother, Maura Josefina Villarreal, was targeted because of his fame. A report in the newspaper El Universal said the family is waiting for the kidnappers to make contact again so that negotiations can continue. However, the family wants video or some proof that she is still alive before they're willing to consider paying the ransom. That report also said the search has extended well beyond where she was taken hostage and into bordering states of the country. Villarreal has been held for three weeks with little contract between her family and her captors. Urbina left the team to return to Venezuela the day after news broke. The Tigers have had little to no comment on the matter and limited contract with Urbina.
  4. "I asked the cabby where I could get a little action. He took me to my house." "I asked my wife why she installed mirrors on the ceiling over our bed. She said she likes to watch herself laughing." This guy is old school fun. I hope he pulls through.
  5. Thanks! She really does care and her earnestness reminds me alot of myself. I guess the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree.
  6. Thanks for "Blame Canada" Yoda. My 12-year-old daughter loves everything Canadian. She coos with appreciation over every media personality she discovers is Canadian. She also likes the country's more progressive political climate. Hey, when she was eight she voted for Nader in her school's mock elections. She's stopped wearing all black clothing as a protest against "consumerism." I just hope the little commie doesn't smother me in my sleep.
  7. Thanks to all for your support. It was a very grueling weekend and I just needed to talk about it.
  8. This is really evil. I wonder, what is the punishment for kidnapping there? Is this a part of a long drawn out bargaining cycle or is this it?
  9. Thanks for the tip on this book 337. It will make for good reading when the season's over. I'll do anything to whet my whistle with baseball during the off season. I might even be mistaken for someone who knows something...
  10. Wow, that is mean. The Red Sox have always been the other team I've followed in the AL--not even close to the Tigers but I kinda like them. I spent many summers visiting my sister about an hour north of Boston and have seen a few games at Fenway. There was always an aura of authenticity about the place that reminded me of Tiger Stadium. As for the Cubs, expect an envelope of flour--or it is could it be?--to arrive in the mail very soon..
  11. Thanks for putting this together. Great info on Pena.
  12. Surprised that my Boise State Broncos moved up two slots in the poll to 21st. They were given a real scare by a weak team. It never should have been the contest it was. The Bronco coach wasn't very proud of their performance on his Sunday TV show. Guess teams surrounding them in the polls did worse or maybe voters just see who won and vote accordingly. Either way, I'll take it. We ended up at 16th last year. I hope a few 60 point games and a convincing win over Fresno State can push us beyond even that by the end of October.
  13. Associated Press Top-25 College Football Poll Team (First-place votes) Record Points Previous Rank 1. U-S-C Trojans (54) 3-0 1,613 1 2. Oklahoma Sooners (10) 3-0 1,562 2 3. Georgia Bulldogs (1) 3-0 1,456 3 4. Miami-Florida Hurricanes 2-0 1,437 4 5. Texas Longhorns 2-0 1,358 6 6. West Virginia Mountaineers 3-0 1,169 7 7. Ohio State Buckeyes 3-0 1,117 9 8. Florida State Seminoles 1-1 1,079 8 9. Auburn Tigers 3-0 1,064 14 10. California Golden Bears 2-0 1,034 10 11. Tennessee Volunteers 2-0 1,031 13 12. Virginia Cavaliers 3-0 919 12 13. L-S-U Tigers 2-1 844 5 14. Utah Utes 3-0 763 15 15. Purdue Boilermakers 2-0 652 18 16. Florida Gators 1-1 646 11 17. Fresno State Bulldogs 3-0 535 19 18. Michigan Wolverines 2-1 478 17 19. Minnesota Golden Gophers 3-0 475 22 20. Wisconsin Badgers 3-0 381 20 21. Boise State Broncos 3-0 307 23 22. Arizona State Sun Devils 3-0 210 NR 23. Maryland Terrapins 2-1 208 21 24. Louisville Cardinals 2-0 195 24 25. Oklahoma State Cowboys 3-0 134 NR Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 89, Memphis 78, Iowa 66, Kansas State 46, Southern Mississippi 34, Missouri 33, Virginia Tech 29, Alabama 23, Colorado 23, Boston College 19, Arkansas 9, Georgia Tech 4, South Carolina 4, U-C-L-A 1. As of September 19, 2004, at 06:16 PM ET
  14. Well, the Yanks punked 'em twice. Bummer. I would love to see the Red Sox Win the World Series. Their fans really deserve it. Thank God I have '68 and '84 to sustain me on cold winter nights...
  15. You are in my prayers Sue. My grandmother died today but having lost both my mother and father years ago, I know this is much more painful. Love and healing to you, Sue....l
  16. My wife’s 92 year-old grandmother died at 1:15 this morning. At one point eleven of us were in the room and all eleven were touching her, watching as each “last breath” took 40 seconds to be replaced by yet one more—for an excruciating 12 hours. And that doesn’t include the previous 48 hours at the hospital with even my 12 and 10 year-old daughters bravely staying overnight to be there for Gram. I’m so proud of those girls. They chose the path least taken for someone else’s sake. I brought them home to join the two younger kids last night when we realized that the gentle passing we’d hoped for would never come. Death never arrives on our own terms. I’d forgotten that last night and had to be reminded. But they saw what it was like. Solemn, gentle nurses making their rounds, the tears and laughs, our hushed voices, a clock ticking relentlessly in the corner. Yeah, it really does happen to everyone. Now they know. My 12 year-old daughter will play Green Day’s “Time of Your Life” at Friday’s funeral, a four-hour drive from here. For twelve years of public school Gram rode her horse to a one-room schoolhouse against a backdrop of breathtaking Idaho mountains. Her family and friends were cowboys; she danced and flirted at the grange hall, and taught school for 37 years. She wrote stories, poems and newspaper columns and lost her first husband to an accident on the ranch. An enlarged six-foot sepia of him in chaps and spurs and ten-gallon hat adorns our home today. She raised three strong sons I am proud to call my friends. Her world is passing away and I will miss her. I’m posting this because it’s something I need to share. It’s something worth knowing too, as she was someone worth knowing. I also wanted express my pride in my children for facing something so grave and fundamental with such courage. They exceed all my expectations and I feel so lucky to know them. My wife, as always, was a rock. I've never seen a night so long, When time goes crawling by; The moon just went behind a cloud; I'm so lonesome I could cry. The silence of a falling star Lights up a purple sky; And as I wonder where you are, I'm so lonesome I could cry. --Hank Williams--
  17. If Tram hates Munson so much, why was he the starting 3B all season last year until he was injured? Why is he still on the roster, and not cut loose? And haven't you seen him at 3B? Inge, by far, is the better option. He's a much better fielder, he's more accurate by far, and his bat is better. Munson had his chance.And concerning the comparison between Pena and Munson, Pena's bat has come around in the second half of the season and he's leading the team in HRs. His fielding has been sterling at times. If Munson had those credentials, he'd be the every day 3B. Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-Munson. I actually like Eric Munson, but it just looks like he's not gonna cut it at 3B in a Tiger uniform. Maybe they can package him as part of a trade, and he can go back to 1B where he belongs. I'd love to see him flourish (when not playing the Tigers).
  18. El Paso, TX (Sports Network) - Jared Zabransky passed for 392 yards and two touchdowns, as No. 23 Boise State rebounded from an early second-half deficit to beat Texas-El Paso, 47-31, in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams. Zabransky completed 26 of his 37 passes for Boise State (3-0, 1-0 WAC), which extended the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games. (It sounds like complaining but Boise State should have scored 55-60 points against this team and allowed no more than 21. I expect the coach to be less than pleased and the team might even drop out of the top 25. Looks to me like the guys took UTEP for granted and showed how vulnerable they can be. Bet Fresno State is licking their chops in expectation). 09/04/2004 Boise State Broncos 65---Idaho Vandals 7 09/10/2004 8:05 p.m. (MT) Boise State Broncos 53---Oregon State Beavers 34 09/18/2004 7:05 p.m. (MT) Boise State Broncos 47---UTEP Miners 31 El Paso, TX 09/24/2004 8:05 p.m. (MT) BYU Cougars at Boise State Broncos Boise, ID 10/02/2004 6:05 p.m. (MT) SMU Mustangs at Boise State Broncos Boise, ID 10/16/2004 6:05 p.m. (CT) Boise State Broncos at Tulsa Golden Hurricane Tulsa, OK 10/23/2004 6:05 p.m. (MT) Fresno State Bulldogs at Boise State Broncos Boise, ID 10/29/2004 6:05 p.m. (MT) Hawai'i Warriors at Boise State Broncos Boise, ID 11/13/2004 2:00 p.m. (PT) Boise State Broncos at San Jose State Spartans San Jose, CA 11/20/2004 1:05 p.m. (MT) Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Boise State Broncos Boise, ID 11/27/2004 1:05 p.m. (PT) Boise State Broncos at Nevada Wolf Pack Reno, NV
  19. Thanks Yoda. I "felt" this way about these issues on the game thread last night but I was unable to articulate it. Glad you're around.
  20. A couple months after I met my wife to be, she gave me two kittens for my birthday. The idiocy of giving someone a "present" that entails reponsibility for food, water and poop removal aside--I was an insufferable intellectual snob so I named them Nietzsche and Kafka. When Kafka lost a leg in an accident I renamed him "Tripod." Imagine your cat in an awkward or dangerous situation and name it accordingly. You might find that name preferable to one you might otherwise choose. It worked for me.
  21. Welcome to the board! Just be a shameless gatecrasher like me and you'll wear people down to the point that they get used to you.
  22. My digital cable provider has their own version of Tivo that you can add to your services for $5 a month. It's an option. You can fastforward, delete ads etc.
  23. Let's hope Ilitch is willing to get on his knees to make the best free agents come here.
  24. Monday, September 13, 2004 Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Baseball owners once passed up a chance to hire former colleague George W. Bush as the sport's commissioner, but now they're working hard to keep Bush at bat in the White House. More than a dozen current and former owners and family members are among the president's top re-election fund-raisers, an Associated Press review found. Seven are Bush "Rangers," each raising at least $200,000, and six are "Pioneers" who have brought in $100,000 or more. The Bush campaign has also received direct contributions from owners and executives of more than half of the sport's 30 teams, the AP analysis of Federal Election Commission reports found. Those include $2,000 contributions from owners George Steinbrenner of the New York Yankees, Fred Wilpon of the New York Mets, Carl Pohlad of the Minnesota Twins, Peter Magowan of the San Francisco Giants and Michael Ilitch of the Detroit Tigers. Democratic nominee John Kerry, by contrast, has taken in money from only a handful of baseball interests. Bush also has picked up contributions from players and coaches -- including a manager he once fired. Bobby Valentine, axed by Bush as manager of the Texas Rangers in 1992, gave the president the maximum $4,000 this year. Valentine said he's not surprised Bush has support from baseball owners. "People got to work with him side by side and saw his passion for the game and passion for his work," Valentine said in an interview from Japan, where he is manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines. "They saw that he really cared about baseball when he was in it, and not just the Rangers as a business entity." Baseball is part of the Bush legacy. His father, former President George H.W. Bush, played first base for the Yale baseball team, and the younger Bush took up the game as a Little Leaguer in Midland, Texas. He also organized a stickball league at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. With the benefit of family connections, Bush helped put together a group of investors to buy the Texas Rangers and then became its managing general partner from 1989 to 1994. There was talk back then that he might succeed Fay Vincent as commissioner, but the job went to Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig. Bush was a baseball traditionalist, opposing interleague play and the addition of a wild card playoff team. His investment of just $600,000 turned into $15 million when he sold his share of the team while preparing to run for governor of Texas. "The baseball platform was for him to springboard into politics," said Bruce Buchanan, a longtime Bush watcher and University of Texas government professor. "He was the face of the Texas Rangers, as well as a substantial partner in the economic side for some years, and that enabled him to become acquainted with all of these figures." Three of Bush's former fellow investors in the Texas Rangers -- Bill DeWitt, Marshall Payne and Craig Stapleton -- are campaign Rangers. Stapleton's wife, Debbie Stapleton, who is Bush's cousin, is a Pioneer. "George Bush knows a lot of people in baseball," said Craig Stapleton, a co-chairman of Bush's re-election campaign in Connecticut. "So we've tried to talk to people that know George Bush well through baseball. He gets a lot of support from baseball people -- not only executives and owners but baseball players." For example, FEC reports show, Bush received $2,000 contributions from Orioles slugger Rafael Palmeiro, who played for the Rangers when Bush was an owner, and from New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, the highest-paid player in the game. Bush turned to another former Texas Rangers investor, Mercer Reynolds III, to be his campaign finance chairman. "Having experience in baseball, Mr. Reynolds was able to reach out to many people to encourage them to get involved with the campaign," said Bush campaign spokesman Scott Stanzel. Reynolds was a Pioneer for Bush in 2000. Former partner DeWitt is now owner and chairman of the St. Louis Cardinals, whose owners and executives have been among the most generous to Bush's re-election campaign. The team's ownership group includes two Rangers (DeWitt and Kimmy Brauer, wife of owner Steve Brauer) and one Pioneer (Robert Castellini). A rare Democratic Cardinal is co-owner Michael E. Pulitzer, who gave $2,000 to Kerry. The Democratic nominee has also received $2,000 contributions from Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and San Diego Padres owner John Moores. Several Cardinals owners have made individual contributions to the Bush campaign. DeWitt said he didn't try to line up support for Bush among the Cardinals ownership. "It turns out that Cardinal partners have been supporters of the president independent of my support of the president," he said. The team's contributions to Bush extended to the front office and even to the bullpen: General Manager Walt Jocketty and pitcher Cal Eldred each gave $2,000 to Bush, FEC reports show. Bush threw out the first ball at the Cardinals' home opener this year. The Cardinals' previous owner, August Busch III, chairman of beer giant Anheuser-Busch, is also a Ranger fund-raiser. Drayton McLane, owner of the Houston Astros, is on board as a Bush Pioneer. McLane said he got to know Bush well through baseball. "When I considered buying the Houston Astros, I talked to him on several occasions and he was very encouraging," recalled McLane, who bought the team in 1992. "He loves baseball. When I have the occasion to see him, boy, he's ready to talk baseball."
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