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  1. Anypony here remember the 10-year, $252-million deal Alex Rodriguez signed for Texas in 2001?

    Well, Bryce Harper will earn more than that once he hits free agency after next season. Maybe twice as much as A-Rod when his contract ends.

    1. Kiah


      I remember that...and it’s going to be annoying hearing all the free agency talk next season for the Nationals. 

      I would love for the Nats to resign Bryce but I’m doubtful. 

  2. Bob Costas winning the Ford C. Frick Award (and, thus, earn a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame) is a long-time coming. ^^

  3. The Baseball Thread!

    This thread needs it. The season is over, and the Astros won their first title in franchise history! Congrats to them for giving the city something it really needed. Now we're in the middle of the Winter Meetings, and during these meetings, we get two things: Trade rumors and signings. The Hall of Fame, which I'll be talking about. Starting last year, the Veterans Committee was revamped and split into four eras, which you can read about here. For how it's structured, here's how it's done (C&P'd, reformatted by me): The Veterans Committee barely elected anyone in after 2001 (Bill Mazeroski, the last living ex-player to be enshrined at the time). That changed this year, with Jack Morris and Alan Trammell being voted by the Modern Era Committee. Ted Simmons (a switch-hitting catcher for over 20 years) missed by one vote. Today, Bob Costas was named the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, electing him to the Hall. Congrats to one of the best broadcasters of all-time! Meanwhile, Ryan Thibodeaux and three others are collecting BBWAA ballots into this nifty online tracker to update the percentages of players who could make the Hall (or barely remain on the ballot). That election will be announced by Jeff Idelson on January 24.
  4. The General 'Murican Politics Thread

    Roy Creepfucker Moore can ride off with the horse he rode to vote and never come back.
  5. Despite being brief and not delved in so well at the time, Starlight's backstory makes sense, and so does her reformation. To an adult, Sunburst being shipped to Canterlot doesn't make sense to have such a broken worldview of cutie marks. But Starlight and Sunburst were children when her town suddenly sent him off because of his magical cutie mark, and children aren't as logic-driven as adults. Starlight lost her closest (and only) friend due to circumstances beyond her control. To her, cutie marks were a trauma trigger, hence her spell to suppress others' talents with dark magic. She want neither her nor anyone to experience the same pain she had again.

    Even though she was a villain, she was still a broken soul who needed help. Repetitive tries to magically overthrow SG failed. The only way Twilight will convince her is to treat her as an equal and take her pain seriously. She had to convince her to dump her destructive path and give the Magic of Friendship another chance. Starlight trusted Twilight's word. Banishment or any other type of punishment would send a terrible message to the audience about how you should break your word "for the greater good." Equestria doesn't work that way. If Twilight punished Starlight, she and the rest of the mane cast come off as unlikeable and untrustworthy. Having Starlight be taught the MoF by her was the right decision.

  6. Dash's approach was NOT justified whatsoever. It doesn't matter how angry she was at them. She has no right snapping at them, swatting Bow's hoof away, treating them like they're worthless, and threatening disownment. Even though they were reckless, they still loved her and sacrificed a lot to help her dreams. Dash took her parents' support back to childhood for granted and translated their appreciation and dedication for her as a nuisance. Her anger was abusive; it was NOT okay, period. Scoot was absolutely right to be horrified at what she said to Bow and Windy; she'd kill to have parents like that, quirks and all, because she'd receive appreciation and attention she never or rarely got by her own parents. The moral was exactly right. From the opener of Part 1, Stygian/The Pony of Shadows was clearly unlike the big bad ones like Tirek. Star Swirl's journal explained the PoS's origins from their perspective, but not his. When the Map got involved, the problem was way deeper and more complex than the audience can perceive. Starlight knew something was up. That a simple banishment wouldn't genuinely solve the problem. Think about it from SG's perspective. She understands that villainy isn't confined inside a vacuum, so she can offer a fresh perspective unlike anyone else in the group. Hers is as valid as theirs; Stygian's backstory doesn't mirror hers by accident. Quite the contrary. It's fresh and multi-layered. It seamlessly weaves in so many side plots without hurting the flow and imbalancing the cast, and it all makes sense. It's the best two-parter of the show. None of what you wrote diminishes Rara's point. She was justified to not believe AJ at all, because Svengallop helped boost her career. AJ had to catch him in the act in order to convince her to disassociate from him. She had a valid reason to trust him. Prior to Pear, TMA was the best AJ episode, and the way AJ, Rara, and TMA as a whole were written are why. The Magic Inside is one of S5's best songs, if not the best. It was raw, emotional, beautifully scored, and well done as a whole. She recognized how she couldn't sacrifice her soul for fame, and The Magic Inside shows us how free she is without Svengallop manipulating her like a puppet with strings.
  7. Maybe it's me being sensitized, but I cannot watch the JBL/Eddie Guerrero match from Judgment Day 2004 anymore because of all the blood that gushed in the match.

    1. Mightyray


      That was a pretty hardcore match from all the trailers shown. I have no idea how those guys were able to move let alone wrestle towards the end.

    2. TCB


      That match was definitely brutal. 

  8. Congrats to Jack Morris & Alan Trammell! They're now in the Hall of Fame! :D

  9. @Dejimon11's status below reminds me of how much I really dislike Attack of the Clones.

  10. Note: Credit to a user (and friend) offsite named A.V. for linking to the trope on the EQD Forums several months ago, eventually leading me to inspiration for this post. This post is also connected to two other threads I created a while ago on the MLP Forums. One of S5's biggest strengths (aside from using the mane character's strengths to dominate the story at time) is telling a really mature story. When done right, it pulls no punches and tells a really compelling story with often mature and gray morals. S7 follows up that level of maturity in many episodes, too, but also adds another important element into it: not dominating one side of the conflict. Named "Both Sides Have a Point" on TV Tropes, several episodes present the audience both sides of the story and expanded upon that. Examples include: Parental Glideance: Windy and Bow sometimes act really hyper and get to the point of sometimes embarrassing Dash by accident. Can it get overbearing? Depends on your perspective. However, Scootaloo doesn't have parents around her all the time and dreams of having parents like them, because she feels neglected back home and doesn't have parents that stick around and really appreciate her. So, was Dash justified to feel upset at them for crossing the line? Yes. Was she justified to suggest disownment of them because they embarrass her? No! She really crossed a major line and showed a lack of appreciation for both their support and sacrifices. The episode and moral are right on the money. Forever Filly: Rarity's overbearing attitude was written to be in the wrong, and the motive to trigger it was really flimsy, but she has a really good point. She loves SB and wants to generate the memories that bonded them. OTOH, Sweetie Belle isn't interested in those same passions, but doesn't exactly say she's too old to abandon them altogether. She has a really important job and doesn't want to neglect it. Perfect Pear: One of the grandest daddies here. While the Pears' and Apples' tribal hatred of each other is very silly in today's world, it wasn't the case back then, both in Equestrian timeline and our own. Both families competed for supremacy and profit in Ponyville, leading to this lifelong feud. Given historical context, you can see where they come from. Additionally, so do BC and Bright: They loved each other too much for their families to separate them. But this plot presentation was used rather sparingly. Then To Change a Changeling aired, foreshadowing a major shift in the story structures for the rest of the season. Sure, TCaC could've written off Pharynx as some stereotypical throwback grump who hated change "just because" and wanted things to be the way they are. Instead, Lappin went for the high road: Pharynx hates the way the hive's run, because the Changeling kingdom is so complacent and doesn't prepare to keep the hive and its inhabitants safe. He has a very solid point, and luring the Maulwurf away doesn't guarantee their safety. When Haber returned to the show, the gray approach to conflicts took off: Daring Done?: Daring's upset from the collateral damage she caused. While the episode could've absolved her of her guilt and paint Somnambula's residents as the bad guys, DD? doesn't do that. At least, not entirely. She learns at the very end to be more aware of her actions and the consequences they may carry. Secondly, the citizens are absolutely justified to be upset at the statue being destroyed. Somnambula was so important to the town that destroying her statue comes across as a desecration of their ancestry and history. Mane Thing: Despite being told in Rarity's POV, the episode paints neither her nor the citizens of Ponyville as the bad guy. Rarity's justifiably upset for losing her mane, and thus loses her voice. She covers herself from embarrassment and says nothing, but Ponyville doesn't recognize her, consequently. A Health of Info: Twilight is absolutely right; Fluttershy needs to rest. The episode hammers in that lesson: FS catches swamp fever from Zecora, because she wouldn't sleep (shooting her immune system), while Twilight did. However, AHoI goes out of its way to make you understand Fluttershy's position. She believes she caused Zecora to catch it and would do whatever it takes to help her heal. Can you blame FS for thinking this way? Not at all. Marks and Recreation: S7's most underrated episode, outside of All Bottled Up. Rumble was the episode's antagonist, but he has very real reasons to fear getting his cutie mark. He loves everything he does, and he fears getting a mark will ruin his love for them. Rather than shooting him down, M&R justifies it: Apple Bloom loves making potions with Zecora, and Rumble asks her when she last did it. She couldn't answer. Was his approach (sabotaging the camp and making everyone bored) extreme? Yes. But his fears weren't unfounded. The climax handles his fear brilliantly: letting Thunderlane (a WB) lead the charge by giving everyone at the camp activities they love doing, and Rumble joins in. Zeppelin: Fame written correctly. The fans have a very real reason to be on the cruise and are treated like real people. Star Tracker's awkwardness wasn't excused, but he wasn't a stereotype, either; he's a kid who's eager to make an impression. Think about this. If you won the opportunity to be with someone you idolize, would you be excited or nervous, too? Probably so. Most importantly, Twilight also has a point. She joined the cruise to hope she'll spend quality time with her family, and she accepted IW's deal so she and everyone else would be happy. She was justifiably hurt when she missed a moment so dear to her, but the episode acknowledges that taking her anger out on her family and not sincerely apologizing to Star for accidentally stepping on his hoof was out of line. Rather than undergoing the clichéd result of having fun and damn everyone else, Cadance informs her that she can establish her own boundaries, and Twilight asks everyone for peace. Uncommon Bond: Starlight understandably wants to bond more with Sunburst however she could, but Sunburst also has his own pastimes and accidentally gets caught up with her closest friends instead. Starlight's magic trick (changing the scene and themselves as if they were kids) was creepy, but it's in character, and the episode doesn't demonize her or him for that. Shadow Play: The granddaddy of this presentation. SP wasn't your straightforward good-vs.-evil story, even though the villains and heroes are established. Villains aren't completely encased in a vacuum. Heroes have their flaws and missteps, turning them into fuller beings. SP presented a high-quality story where you can understand everyone's perspective. That's how gray the conflict is. The Pillars are absolutely justified to feel upset at Stygian, accuse him of trying to steal their magic, and eject him from their group. During a very dark time in Equestria, Stygian stole their priceless artifacts and told them nothing about it. It was not a magically friendly era. But Stygian is also a person. He feels worthless in their group, since he's basically Equestria's Squib. Yes, he was wrong to steal, but you can see where he's coming from. Becoming one with the Pony of Shadows gives him status equal to his ex-friends, because the PoS listened and comforted him. On the other side, Twilight's reason to release Star Swirl et al from Limbo was really short-sighted of her, but her motives were also justifiable. Star Swirl and the Pillars altogether are Equestria's most important figures, and bringing them back can help make Equestria in a safer place. Unfortunately, she completely overlooked the PoS, and SS was rightfully ticked at her for it. She was so embarrassed for what she did that she did that she'll do anything to prove to him she's no slouch or idiot. With the PoS released and Ponehnge destroyed, the Elements were needed to push him back to Limbo and keep the Realm secure. But what the RM7 knew about the PoS was the story Sunburst told them and the Pillars' side of the story. To use the Elements to banish him again stung Starlight Glimmer, a former villain. Blasting them felt so extreme and didn't go after the source of the problem. Her strength as a detective took over here, and she was able to piece together the jigsaw puzzle. Seasons four and five really brought forth a mature approach to storytelling in FIM by telling really risky and adult conflicts and attaching gray morals, but S7's presentation feels even more mature by telling really gray stories. Many earlier seasons' conflicts were mostly one-sided, although they did go to a middleground at times; whether they succeeded or not depended on the execution. So, why is it important to tell a gray story? Like telling a deep moral or theme, you're showing a respect to the audiences watching it. FIM is an all-ages, family-family program with very young kids as the base demographic. Like I wrote in one of the threads linked above, kids may not the mature brain development as adults, but they understand respect. You're not talking down to them by writing a deep, multi-sided story. High-quality, gray stories show children stories and characters don't have to be so black and white. Some of FIM's best episodes prior to S7 — like Sisterhooves, Amending Fences, Mane Attraction, Lesson Zero, Winter Wrap Up, Testing Testing, Flight, Fault, and Times — were told through a multi-sided conflict. S7B ran with this trope and was successful most of the time. The majority of S7B would not have benefited without that complex approach. So, here are some questions for those reading my post: What episode(s) would greatly benefit by telling a multi-sided conflict than one only? How would you revise the episode to make it better? What do you feel about S7's gray approach to their stories? Do you hope Seasons 8 and beyond continue to follow through it? Do you have any possible episode ideas that could tackle a conflict while validating both or more points equally? How would you go about it? Which episodic themes do you want to see tackled in a multi-sided perspective rather than have just one shot down and ignored?
  11. I see you like Cardcaptor Sakura.

    1. MKG/Key


      Yes, but I I rarely watch it, anymore.

      The Nothing is my favorite anime-exclusive card. 

    2. Dark Qiviut

      Dark Qiviut

      Cool. ^_^ So, any thoughts on the Clear Card Arc?

    3. MKG/Key


      Not interested in seeing it.

  12. Not into anime these days, but as a Cardcaptor Sakura fan, I'm really eager for The Clear Card saga! ^_^ January 2018 can't come quick enough.

    1. Mightyray


      Awesome! My birthday is in January, so this'll be a treat I hope!

  13. I'll never understand the hatred for Glideance's moral. Was Dash right to be upset at her parents? Absolutely. But was she right to yell at them, swat Bow's hoof away, belittle them, and suggest that she wants nothing to do with 'em anymore because she embarrassed them? Heck, no! She took her parents' joy, love, and dedication for her for granted and considered all of it interference. Not a lot of people are that lucky to have such supporting parents; Scootaloo looked up to Bow and Windy, because they are the parents she yearned for and appreciated them. The moral shown and expressed was right on the money.

  14. There's a big difference between backwards, regressive politics and agreeing with someone wearing a T-Shirt that called for the murder of journalists (and then applying the half-assed "it's sarcasm" defense). Schilling massively violated the character clause over the years and doesn't deserve the Hall vote based on the latter reason alone.

  15. sig-4627334.1218758__safe_rainbow%20dash

    This plot device was so stupid when it aired, and it looks even dumber today. :lol: