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  • Originally posted by KenFougere View Post
    Ya I knew that...
    Right... All I gotta' say is "you're one lucky mother...."
    Last edited by YankeeMan; 05-06-2014, 02:37 AM.
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    • Originally posted by YankeeMan View Post
      Right... All I gotta' say is "you're one lucky mother...."
      LMAO. -

      You know
      my friend, since my accident two years ago, you've made me laugh more than anyone. For that, I thank you.
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      • I need a bit more . . .

        Originally posted by RaysFan_98 View Post
        On a separate note i think it was Karma that we beat the Sox in the DH after they forced it on us.
        Hi RaysFan_98,
        I don't quite understand, "we beat the Sox in the DH after they forced it on us". Please elaborate. (completely) . . .

        Thanks,
        Ken Fougère

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        • Originally posted by KenFougere View Post
          Hi RaysFan_98,
          I don't quite understand, "we beat the Sox in the DH after they forced it on us". Please elaborate. (completely) . . .

          Thanks,
          The doubleheader the other day Sox and rays played. Rays didn't want it you guys did and forced it.
          All it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. -Unknown

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          • Originally posted by RaysFan_98 View Post
            The doubleheader the other day Sox and rays played. Rays didn't want it you guys did and forced it.
            I get it.............................
            Ken Fougère

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            • Originally posted by RaysFan_98 View Post
              The doubleheader the other day Sox and rays played. Rays didn't want it you guys did and forced it.
              So you got nothin' to complain about....
              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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              • Hey RaysFan_98...

                Who would you say is the Rays #1 rival. Personally, I'd think it'd have to be either the Marlins (for obvious reasons) or the Yankees (NYY training complex is in Tampa).

                Just wonderin'
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                • Originally posted by YankeeMan View Post
                  I'll take the bet if BOTH teams make the conference finals (av's and sig's until the start of the All-Star Game).
                  Now that this may come to fruition, pending on your game 7, is your challenge still on the table?
                  Or have they not fully grown in yet? -
                  Ken Fougère

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                  • Originally posted by KenFougere View Post
                    Now that this may come to fruition, pending on your game 7, is your challenge still on the table?
                    Or have they not fully grown in yet? -

                    If both our teams win their respective game 7's...
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                    • Originally posted by YankeeMan View Post
                      Hey RaysFan_98...

                      Who would you say is the Rays #1 rival. Personally, I'd think it'd have to be either the Marlins (for obvious reasons) or the Yankees (NYY training complex is in Tampa).

                      Just wonderin'
                      So why wouldn't the Red Sox or Baltimore be their primary foe? Or Toronto?

                      I'm not too thrilled with geographical rivalry if in a different league. Same with Yanks-Mets or Cubs-White Sox.

                      Two other teams in the same state (Phillies-Pirates and Angels-A's) don't seem to have much of a rivalry.
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                      • Originally posted by Mattingly View Post
                        So why wouldn't the Red Sox or Baltimore be their primary foe? Or Toronto?

                        I'm not too thrilled with geographical rivalry if in a different league. Same with Yanks-Mets or Cubs-White Sox.

                        Two other teams in the same state (Phillies-Pirates and Angels-A's) don't seem to have much of a rivalry.
                        My point is that, until the Rays came along, Tampa was the Yankees town. I'm inclined to believe that may cause some rivalry for the affections of the locals. However, the team in Miami has won TWO WORLD SERIES TITLES while the Rays have yet to win one. It's is reasonable to expect that these two teams compete for the affections of the state's baseball fans. That said, I did not preclude an alternative answer. I just wanted to hear the perspective on this topic from a Rays fan.
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                        • Ken,

                          On behalf of NY Ranger fans everywhere...


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                          • Originally posted by YankeeMan View Post
                            Ken,

                            On behalf of NY Ranger fans everywhere...


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                            Last edited by KenFougere; 05-14-2014, 08:37 PM.
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                            • Originally posted by KenFougere View Post
                              ................................
                              Ken's smack talk (along with the Bruins) disappeared!

                              Vous ne devez pas compter vos poulets avant qu'ils n'éclosent. Vous avez oublié de battement Les Habitants d'abord.
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                              • NHL East Semis Game 7: MTL 3 BOS 1

                                Dammit. I had a new sig made up and everything....
                                Last edited by YankeeMan; 05-14-2014, 08:12 PM.
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