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  1. Tom Petty

    As someone who has to take oxy every day of my life, I can only say "use as directed", that shit's no joke. I'm amazed at all the fentamyl deaths (not that people die from it, but rather as in "where are these people getting it?") I've never had it, but have been told that in most places it's hospital-use only because it's so potentially deadly. Basically, a slight overdose is enough to shut your heart down, you're dead before you're aware that you took too much.
  2. [NXT] JANUARY 17, 2018 TV SHOW

    Yeah, Lacey is still puzzling to me. Her look and backstory proclaim "babyface", but her mannerisms and ring-work scream "heel". I think it may be an uphill battle to get the concept over with a larger audience, (I mean would you buy Marlyn Monroe, Bettie Page, or Jayne Mansfield as a heel?) Hopefully she can pull it off, it's something fresh and different, and I'm always good with that. Absolutely agree that Street Prophets vs. Undisputed Era would be a more entertaining match, but I don't think it's the Street Prophets time just yet, give 'em another 4-6 months. Yeah, poor Roddy, how to become a footnote in one easy step... Lars vs. Killian is something I can't wait to see. Lars has been impressive and Killian is the most agile big guy I've seen since Bam Bam Bigelow at his peak and I'll go so far as to say that I think Killian Dain is even more fluid in the ring.
  3. [NXT] JANUARY 2018 DISCUSSION

    I believe so. Anytime that you saw a pattern indicative of lack of imagination or catering to the lowest common denominator you could be certain that the fine hand of the famous flag waver was somehow involved. It's really hard to imagine how such a complete mediocrity at everything he did could have such a long career and ultimately a position of power in the business. The only rationale is that Johnny Ace must have been particularly good at knowing what to kiss and when to do it.
  4. [NXT] JANUARY 17, 2018 TV SHOW

    Not knowing about the house shows, I'd say "abrupt" is the perfect word to use. I was watching and thinking "Okay, here's this all-American girl, total babyface backstory, looks like a 1950s pin-up model and she's a heel? WTF?" The thing is she has a pretty good grasp of the heel mechanics, but still looks like a babyface. The NXT fanbase is pretty quick on the uptake, but she's going to confuse the shit out of the WWE universe when she gets called up. Maybe they'll explain it as Bray Wyatt hypnotized her or some shit like that.
  5. [NXT] JANUARY 17, 2018 TV SHOW

    It's almost Russoiffic in its absurdity.
  6. They'll need a good writer, so make it a big bag of money!
  7. Throw the Rascals Out! 2017 Edition

    Nicely done and very well-reasoned. I would tap out except for one little detail that I hate hanging an argument on except that it seems so significant... That is players talk, broadcasters talk, beat writers write; in the case of the latter duo, this is what they get paid to do. Players with glaring weak spots get called on the carpet, this is one of the things that livens up broadcasts and sells newspapers. George Bell was rightfully demonized for his shitty fielding, a contemporary of Brock, Dick Stuart was mocked so badly in the press that he almost had a nervous breakdown. So this isn't anything new, if anything the papers were more vicious during Brock's time than they are now. I recall reading articles that made Dick Allen out to be the Antichrist back in the early 1970s. So you would think that if Brock was regarded as such a shitty outfielder as the error stats seem to indicate that someone would have written or commented on the fact, yet I can't recall anyone ever suggesting such a thing. I also don't recall anyone lauding him as great defensive player, but the general consensus seemed to be that he was quite adequate. You don't see him being pulled in late innings for a defensive replacement, something that certainly would have occurred if he were perceived to be a liability. So we're left with two choices: #1. Managers and the press and his peers were completely blind to Brock's horrid defensive play. Or #2 In this case the stats are more than a tad misleading. I have to lean toward #2. There's just no there there when it comes to contemporary accounts citing him as a bad defensive player.
  8. #205LIVE

    Re: Goldust and Cedric: There's such a thing as a teacher being too advanced for the student. In baseball both Ted Williams and Rogers Hornsby (arguably the two greatest hitters who ever lived not named "Bonds" or "Ruth") were really shitty hitting coaches; regular players couldn't grasp stuff that came to them naturally, (both men claimed to be able to see which way the seams on a baseball were rotating on a given pitch; pretty incredible, but they had no reason to lie about it. However, as a certain person would say, "You can't teach that!" Dustin Rhodes has over 25 years experience cutting promos and learned from a father who was probably one of the top five guys on the mic of all-time. He's so good now that much of what he does is second nature to him and thus very, very difficult to teach. Cedric needs to learn to be above average before he tries to learn to be great. It's a nice idea and Goldust is one of the best things about this show now but as a teacher for Cedric, the experience gap is just way too great.
  9. Throw the Rascals Out! 2017 Edition

    He was a pure singles hitter, on that we agree. Yes, he could have drawn more walks, that's a given. However, different times and all that. He played most of his career in a pitching dominated era and acquitted himself well enough at what he was supposed to do. Hit singles and be a disruptive fuck on the basepaths. I suspect one reason he didn't draw more walks is that pitchers tried their damnedest to get him out, you did not want Lou Brock on base in any way shape or form. You knew he would likely steal and there wasn't a damn thing you could do about it except tire yourself out throwing to first to keep him in check. Outfield error stats are very problematic, I watched the whole careers of George Bell and Barry Bonds. George Bell was a butcher in the field. Bonds compiled errors trying to get to balls that no one human could have. They aren't remotely comparable. I know what the numbers say, but I don't recall anyone suggesting during his playing career or shortly thereafter that Brock was a liability in the field. I'm going to go with the Bonds analogy on this one. The biggest problem with the error stat is that you get penalized for trying heroic plays as opposed to playing it safe. Oh yeah, Kenny Lofton is a bonafide HOFr. The fact that he isn't in proves that the BBWA had no fucking clue what they were watching when he played.
  10. Throw the Rascals Out! 2017 Edition

    Okay, let us do that very thing... I date myself badly, but I am barely old enough to remember Lou Brock and he was a terrific player at his peak. Remember he was on the end of the 1960s and into the pitching-dominated 1970s. His job was to get on base and score runs and he did so with a single-minded ferocity not seen again until Rickey Henderson. 3000+ hits, a .293 avg and nearly 1000 stolen bases? What the hell do you want in a lead-off hitter that Lou didn't bring to the table? Maybe not the top 20% of HOF players but no way that he doesn't belong.
  11. I hate to use sweeping generalizations, (particularly when it involves a particular nationality), but I've been watching this stuff a longass time and I don't think we're ever going to see anything but a "fun" fight from a Korean national, unless one has the good sense to come to the States or UK and learn from a coaching staff. The operating principle seems to be "full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes" which sounds good in theory until your face becomes a target for the torpedoes, then, not so much. I've known boxers that thought because they were fast and had a good chin didn't think they needed to worry much about defense, they got their asses handed to them in short order. If you know a guy isn't going to move his head that's an open invitation to tee off on the stupid SOB.
  12. What are you reading?

    Yes, indeed it was. A career high-point for me, I've been a Michael Reaves fan since 1978, and we ended up meeting in 1986. Some years later I was able to buy a Michael Reaves story for Children of Cthulhu and a friendship developed. Needless to say I was chuffed as fuck to be asked to co-edit an anthology with him (Shadows over Baker Street). Turns out we work really well together, I handled the slush pile and solicited a few authors, Michael focused on a smaller, but high caliber list. Basically we listed some pretty big names and then made a game plan on who would make the overture and how... (In all cases we wanted to avoid dealing with literary agents, which is generally a waste of everyone's time. One of the top names on the list was Neil Gaiman, so Michael asked: "How well do you know him?" "He knows me as a friend of Poppy and Caitlin, but that's about it; how about you?" "Well enough that I have his cell number!" Needless to say, we decided then and there to finish our conversation later, at present Michael had an important call to make... Neil said "yes!" and asked that one of us remind him later that year at World fantasy Con, which turned out to be my task. Obviously, Neil came through like a champ with an absolutely brilliant story. Still, I was stunned when it won the Hugo, (not that it didn't deserve to win, it did; but that's not the kind of story that wins the Hugo. These are all the strikes against it, any one of these factors is usually enough to torpedo a story's chances: #1. It was from a theme anthology, stories from theme anthologies are generally ignored. #2. It was fantasy, not science fiction. Fantasy stories are eligible, but they usually don't win, (exceptions being Harry Potter and Robert Bloch's "That Hell-bound Train". #3 It was a mash-up of Lovecraft and Doyle, so not only is it fantasy, it has horror and mystery elements as well. #4 An "Outsider", at the time Neil was just starting to enjoy the vast cross-over fame that he so well deserves, but there were still a distressing number of people (mostly old-school science fiction fans, you know, the sort that considers attending World Con and voting on the Hugos to be their civic responsibility), that considered Neil "a comic book writer" and not one of us. This close-minded foolishness has been present in SF fandom to one degree or another since the 1950s. A lot of SF fans have these peculiar mental blank spots that gloss over the fact that Edmond Hamilton and Jack Williamson scripted plenty of comics in the 1940s, Manly Wade Wellman pinch-hit for Will Eisner on The Spirit and long before he created the Justice League, Gardner Fox had been a mainstay of Planet Stories and others. Anyway, in spite of all this, this time the good guys won and Neil Gaiman picked up the Hugo Award for Best Short Fiction.
  13. What are you reading?

    That he is, and every bit as nice a guy as you would imagine. Amazingly enough he's never turned me down when I've asked him to be part of a project. When I asked him about an intro for the Lafferty book (each volume features a guest introduction by a contemporary author (Michael Swanwick = 1, Harlan Ellison = 2, Bud Webster = 3, Richard A. Lupoff = 4, Michael Kurland =5, Neil Gaiman = 6, Jeff Vandermeer = 7, Scott Nicolay = 8) and if #9 is to be the last one (and it looks like it may be unless I get to add in the previously unpublished stories, which would add at least two more volumes to the set), then I'll come in and do a wrap-up summarizing the series and putting a capstone on the narrative that I've been running as afterwords in each volume. Oh, another cool thing about Neil, I've heard him gently scold an assistant for trying to screen out my phone call. ;-) I heard in the background: "John doesn't ring up unless it's important, so please put his calls through." Made my day... ;-)
  14. What are you reading?

    I just finished writing the afterword to Volume #5 of The Complete Short Stories of R.A. Lafferty (The Man who Walked Through Cracks), so we're that close to Volume #6 which will be introduced by none other than Neil Gaiman... I can't wait to see what he comes up with... The last time we worked together was Shadows over Baker Street and Neil ended up getting the Hugo award for his story in the book. I'm really stoked to see what Neil has to say about Lafferty, a situation of perhaps the most interesting and unique talent of our generation commenting on the most interesting and unique storyteller of the previous generation.
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