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#2025263 Who's Going to Buy NHL 11?

Posted by Matt on 11 August 2010 - 06:50 PM

All over this the day it releases.


#2010607 Bob Probert passes away at 45

Posted by Matt on 05 July 2010 - 05:27 PM

If it's allowable, can someone make a new top banner with Probert photos for LGW? I have no skill in these things.

Done. :boxing:


#2000889 Forums Upgraded (minor tinkering remains)

Posted by Matt on 17 June 2010 - 06:12 PM

No webmaster wants to hear this, but the net is so much nicer with AdBlock Plus installed. Available for Firefox and Chrome.

No, considering this site helps support my family. This place isn't a money-grab for me -- it pays bills (including those it creates). I dislike ads just as much as the next guy, but without the necessarily evil this site certainly wouldn't exist. Your support is appreciated.

(Apologies for the gruffness, but this is a severe sore point with me.)


Back on topic: The fixed skin will be up tonight!


#2000102 Forums Upgraded (minor tinkering remains)

Posted by Matt on 15 June 2010 - 11:48 PM

As you've noticed, we're blue again. ;) It's an unfortunate byproduct of the upgrade process that will require some CSS and template bit updating over the next day or so. However, the forums ARE upgraded to the latest version, so you may notice some changes here and there and there'll be some new features I'll be unveiling as the forum template is repaired.

The Gallery and Chat functions have also been upgraded as well.

Thanks for your patience!


#1990548 STANLEY CUP FINAL Bracket Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 27 May 2010 - 09:22 PM

The Stanley Cup Final edition of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket wallpaper is now available!

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Click Here to Go to the Download Page

Enjoy!




#1985932 CONFERENCE FINALS Bracket Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 16 May 2010 - 12:49 PM

The Conference Finals edition of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket wallpaper is now available!

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Click Here to Go to the Download Page

Enjoy!




#1984572 Prayers and Well Wishes for Matt

Posted by Matt on 13 May 2010 - 12:00 PM

Thank you, all of you, from the bottom of my heart for all the well wishes. I AM home from the hospital now recovering from a bout of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever -- yeah, I had the same reaction, too -- that left me laid up in Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak for over a week.

Plenty of times I felt like a patient on House -- apparently cases of this illness are extremely rare (only 800 Americans get diagnosed with it a year) -- as I had at least a dozen different doctors and infectious disease specialists looking at me during my stay. It appears as though I fell victim to a tick bite sometime two weeks ago as I ventured back home and helped plant around 175 saplings in my parents' wooded area behind the house. About a week after that I started to get an intense fever and ultimately broke out in red spots everywhere (palms, arms, legs, feet -- everywhere). That and a fever hitting 102.9F freaked me out sufficienly enough to get me into the ER.

There it seemed the primary worry was meningitis, so I went through the battery of tests for that (CT scan, xrays, standard blood/urine tests) -- even the dreaded lumbar puncture. Yes, they are horrible. I didn't have the stiffness in the neck or other classic meningitis symptoms, which left a lot of people stumped.

After I was admitted my fever continued to rise, spiking at around 104.5F sometime mid-last week. I was on a cooling blanket for a large portion of that time while I was fed a steady supply of antibiotics. Basically, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever had come into focus because all of the tests I'd undergone basically ruled everything out.

I started turning the corner over the weekend (the biggest hurdle was managing my own temperature without the assistance of the cooling blanket) and after a few days of that (and some improving lab results) I was discharged around noon on Tuesday.

Naturally this whole thing has left me embarassingly weak. For the first four days of the illness I was unable to sleep and had to be put on pain and sleep meds just so my body could get some semblence of rest. I'm going to spend the next few days trying to ramp my strength back up and hopefully things will return to normal.

I do have to say that I'm thankful I didn't decide to Wikipedia this illness while I was still admitted. I really didn't have any idea how serious this whole thing was (or could've been), but the bevvy of "Jesus, Matt, you really scared the crap out of us" comments I've heard now that I've been home have really shed some light on this whole thing.

Of course, it was painful watcing the the Wings' ultimate playoff demise while laid up in a hospital, but I did give some of the nurses a good laugh with my constaint pained "yyyesssss!" and totally weak fistpumps during the first period of Game 4. They all thought I was in pain but I had to grimace out a "nooo... I'm happ-pppy!" :lol:

Again -- thank you to ALL OF YOU -- for your patience and well wishes. I'll be back to 100% shortly!


#1965027 ROUND 2 Bracket Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 28 April 2010 - 09:32 PM

The Round 2 edition of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket wallpaper is now available!

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Click Here to Go to the Download Page

Enjoy!




#1965023 ROUND 2 Bracket Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 28 April 2010 - 09:31 PM

The Round 2 edition of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket wallpaper is now available!

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Click Here to Go to the Download Page

Enjoy!




#1952576 2010 Round 1 Photoshop War: Phoenix Coyotes

Posted by Matt on 20 April 2010 - 09:18 PM

Although I'm still kind of "testing" it out, I added a new Gallery feature to the web site over the weekend and I'm encouraging our photoshoppers here to add their work to the "Photoshop War" categories, which you can do so by following this link:

http://www.letsgowin...php?app=gallery

I've set up albums for all of the series/teams we've done them for, so if you have works from the last few seasons please feel free to archive them for all to see!


#1949794 Ozzy for game 4?

Posted by Matt on 18 April 2010 - 05:19 PM

The biggest thing with Howard is confidence. I think once he gets it he's unflappable, but Game 4 will be the ultimate determining factor of that. The 4th goal was situationally devastating but the other three I'd blame more on his defense (with a dash of inability to control rebounds).


#1949788 Ozzy for game 4?

Posted by Matt on 18 April 2010 - 05:17 PM

As I mentioned in the GDT, I believe Babcock's married to him.

This may be a bit out of left field, but I think if Osgood had responded with a solid or spectacular effort when he made his start in Philadelphia then Babcock may look more toward him if Howard continues to falter in Game 4. As it stands, I'd be shocked to see Osgood in anything other than mop-up duty.


#1949696 WCQF Game 3 GDT: Coyotes 4 at Red Wings 2

Posted by Matt on 18 April 2010 - 05:00 PM

How can we be behind 2-1 to a team that has Matthew Lombardi for a number one center?

Because it isn't sheer talent that will win this series. It's effort -- and Lombardi has had it in spades.


#1949685 WCQF Game 3 GDT: Coyotes 4 at Red Wings 2

Posted by Matt on 18 April 2010 - 04:58 PM

Miserable effort. Cutesy passes, no consistent forecheck, too much play from outside the circles. It's not a coincidence that the Wings' best scoring chances from this game and in general come from hammering the Phoenix defense on the forecheck and then crashing the net.


#1946750 McCarty on Vs....what happened?

Posted by Matt on 17 April 2010 - 12:51 AM

He doesn't drink anymore...

Not true.