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Quick note

I've already had to ban Stixxy today because he's only been back for a day and I'm already sick of hearing from him, so let me just say this for the millionth time: I have zero tolerance for people trying to use this website as a forum for launching personal attacks or carrying on feuds from other boards or whatever. I was going to be nice about it with Stixxy by invoking a new rule where the first step would be moderating future comments before they were posted, but the first thing that came into the queue from him was a completely off-topic and rather vicious attack against a poster, so he's gone. However, I do like that approach for reasonable people, so if someone is being a pest, that'll be the first step.

Ads

Someone brought up the subject of the Google ads, and I'll be pretty honest here -- one of the reasons that I wanted to move back to my own server from LJ was that I can make money here, where I couldn't do that on LJ. I've had bad experiences with ad programs in my previous sites, but I trust Google and I know they're not going to be doing anything intrusive or generating pop-ups or whatever. I don't need the revenue to pay for the site or anything, it's just something I wanted to do to make a few extra bucks.
The SmarK DVD Rant for Arrested Development - The Second and Third Seasons

It's a two-fer this time around, as I was ready to do the third season of the show, but then realized that I hadn't done the second one yet, which triggered a huge AD marathon reviewing session for me over the past couple of weeks. That's a lot of Mitch Hurwitz, man.

Now, I'm sure by now you know the story. AD bursts onto the Fox schedule, immediately wins the Best Comedy Emmy in its first year, and subsequently gets ignored and buried by the network, as they reduce the order, move it around the schedule, and do everything but cancel it to make sure it gets canceled. And yet through it all, Hurwitz and the writers maintain a brilliant vision of what a sitcom should be, redefining the genre and basically rendering the traditional "four camera" sitcom form a dead issue in many people's minds.

The show's true brilliance came in the form of the endless running jokes and callbacks it p…

Joe v. Kobashi, another try.

The SmarK DVD Rant for Ring of Honor: Joe v. Kobashi.

Gotta admire them for honesty in the titles.

Anyway, I previously had done a review of the main event on the blog, but I figured that I'd sit down and do the whole show because I wanted to watch the match again, just for kicks. Or in this case, chops.

- Taped from Manhattan, NY

- Your hosts are Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard.

Note from Scotsman

Mansion Sportsbook is running a free $1100 bet promotion right now for the Steelers-Miami game for anyone interested, however you need $1100 to spare :-)

To take advantage of this offer, you have to:

(1) Sign up at Mansion.
(2) You should see the information, with all the terms & conditions of the $1100 free bet on their homepage.
(3) Deposit $1100, bet $1100 on Stellers vs Miami at -5. If you lose, you get the $1100 back.

You can even hedge your bet too if you want, although have to use another sportsbook to do that. Heres the e-mail from Mansion:

Dear Member,

Simply visit the MANSION Sportsbook and place a minimum Point Spread (Handicap) bet of USD 1,100 (or currency equivalent) to win USD 1,000 on the Pittsburgh Steelers for their game on Thursday 7 Sept 2006. If your bet is not a winner, MANSION will refund your losses of USD 1,100 (or currency equivalent) within 3 working days of the result.


The Princess' ECW Report.

"Live" from Reading, PA

If this report sounds a little flat, please understand that my area is under a tropical storm and flood watch. Of course I pretty much live on sea level so a car wash is enough to cause a flood.

On the subject of AOL

"Same with AOL, couldn’t get it, Comcast, got it right away."

If you're on AOL and you can't get your password, e-mail Scotsman (g69@kingston.net) and he'll bypass AOL's mail system for you, because it apparently doesn't work well with the server.

The Hall of Fame thread

Just reading through the new WON about the major candidates for the Hall this year, and none of the ones profiled really jump out as someone who deserves to get in. I'd say that the Rock N Rolls and Midnights are long overdue, and Eddie Guerrero will probably make it, but others like the Assassins and Andersons are just filling out the ballot. Can anyone seriously make a case for Booker T, for instance?

24/7

"Hey Scott, I had a quick question for you and the blogsters. I recentlysubscribed to WWE 24/7 and I was wondering how things were added onthere. For example, this month it says "WEEK 1" spans from 8/28 to 9/3.I was wondering if everything was added on 8/28, or if it was addedbetween the two dates. I was also wondering what versions of thingswere being shown, for instance, SummerSlam 1996 is on there right now,would that be the live ppv version or the commercial releaseversion...Also while Im writing this, I was wondering if I could get afree copy of your newest book, since I've been a supporter of yours,spanning all the way back to the rantsylvania days and I have your 3other books. Hey...you cant blame a guy for trying right? Thanks Scott"

Ho ho, pretty sneaky at the end there. I do have a whole bunch of copies and I'll probably do some sort of contest once my friends and relatives have siphoned all the books they need off me, but that probably won't …

The thread of that which is the opposite of Monday Night Cooked

If anyone is interested in going the Bill Yanney route and trying out for a spot doing RAW reports here on rspwfaq.com, drop me a line with a sample recap for tonight's show. You've gotta be fast, though, as I'd like something I can have up around an hour after the end of the show.

And now, please feel free to discuss the first RAW on the new blog!

And the Emmy goes to...

JACK BAUER, MOTHERFUCKER! And then for a double-shot of awesome, 24 wins Best Drama. Sure, Scrubs didn't win Best Comedy, but certainly The Office was deserving enough. Julia-Lous Dreyfuss getting Best Actress was a bit of a head-scratcher (does anyone watch that show?) but I think the rest of the night went well enough. And it ended EARLY. I guess threatening death to Bob Newhart was all they needed.

It's party time in CTU tonight, however!

Angle fired

The whole Kurt Angle situation is really getting scary, as a public firing (or "mutual parting of the ways" in this case) means that he's so messed up that even the company that gave Jeff Hardy tons of chances won't give him another chance for a while. As much as I love to watch Kurt, it's time for him to hang it up and find something else to do with his career. He's a natural color commentator and would probably talk circles around Jerry Lawler at this point, for instance. JBL made the smart choice, hopefully Angle will too.

The rules

Quick rundown of how this works for the moment with regards to comments:

- You sign up for an account.

- You post a comment. It gets held for moderation until I approve it, at which point you're free to comment from then on. If you abuse that privelage, I can take it away from you.

Same general guidelines apply here: Be polite (not that I'm holding my breath), don't use the website as a forum for personal attacks on other people, don't post "First!" comments, don't hijack threads.

Vinceosity

"Hey Scott,
This is Matt Foster, fos4545 from the blog.  Sorry I
haven't been at the blog for a while, I just got
married and started a new school year at a new school
and the kids are kicking my ass right now.
Anyway, I have a question/statement/musing:
With all of this McMahoning going around on RAW and
the DVD, it seems like the pinnacle of Vince being all
over TV.  Raw just doesn't seem motivated, the
characters are bland, and the writing is at best
boring, and at worst offensive.
My question is, what if this isn't Vince's fault?  I
think the Attitude Era worked because Vince was
tempered by creative, extroverted personalities like
Austin, Rocky, Foley, HBK, the Undertaker, and the
rest.  Even HHH was a thousand times more entertaining
when he was getting over as the best wrestler in the
world.  It was entertaining because each guy was in to
their gimmick and running with it full force.  Now the
only people that seem to do that on Raw are Edge,
Umaga, and Vince himself.  Cena was…
A Pillman DVD, if handled properly, could be really interesting. However, check out the match list:
Brian Pillman's before my time of watching wrestling - I was wondering whether you're looking forward to this:

The Brian Pillman DVD "Loose Cannon" will feature a 95-minute documentary on his career, touching on football, Stampede Wrestling, his run with Austin as The Hollywood Blonds, the Four Horsemen, ECW, his car accident, his time with Hart Foundation and will include the following matches:*Bruce Hart & Brian Pillman vs. Midnight Cowboys 4/23/88 for International tag team titles
*Pillman vs. Lex Luger 10/28/89 Halloween Havoc
*Pillman & Tom Zenk vs. Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin 2/12/90
*Pillman & Austin doing "A Flare for the Old" segment on WCW TV
*War Games 1991 with Pillman & Sting & Steiners vs. Four Horsemen
*Pillman vs. Ricky Morton 10/27/91
*Pillman & El Gigante vs. Barry Windham & Arn Anderson 6/12/91 loser leaves town ma…