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Chip R
07-14-2006, 12:31 PM
I thought in the spirit of this thread (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48150) that perhaps some folks would like to see why we have the avatars we do. In my case in a game thread (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43641&) during Spring Training we were mocking the Reds and it brought back memories of the 1964 Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night in where a reporter asked Ringo Starr if he was a mod or a rocker and he replied that he was a mocker (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058182/quotes). :)

KittyDuran
07-14-2006, 12:41 PM
Up until yesterday, I had Kearns batting. But I changed to an early promo photo of Duran Duran (actually my first avatar, IIRC).

BoydsOfSummer
07-14-2006, 12:43 PM
Victory is mine!!

Red Leader
07-14-2006, 12:50 PM
I'm a big fan of the DoggFather, Snoop Dogg. His quotes crack me up. I've had numerous avatars over the years, everthing from Tattoo from fantasy island, Gary Coleman from Diff'rent Strokes, Spicoli from Fast Times, and on and on. Rest assured that my avatar will always contain something that makes me laugh. As the current one does, Chevy Chase as Fletch, well actually in a dream montage where he plays for the Lakers.

6'5, 6'9 with the Afro.

Heath
07-14-2006, 12:52 PM
On Reds Broadcasts in the early '70's, Jim McIntyre/Al Michaels/Joe Nuxhall would proudly proclaim that with every Reds homerun that player would get a barrel (or 55 gallons) of Super M Marathon gasoline.

From 1970-1972 Johnny Bench alone got 112 barrels of Super M. That's 6,160 gallons of gas. A 1970 Buick Century had a 20 gallon fuel tank. That's 308 fill-ups.

Imagine that street value today.

Oh BTW - My avatar changes a few times a year. Just depends on what the feeling is that week/day/month

captainmorgan07
07-14-2006, 01:05 PM
juan castro's bomb last nite against the rockies

reds44
07-14-2006, 01:07 PM
Take a wild guess.

RedFanAlways1966
07-14-2006, 01:11 PM
What is an avatar?!?!?!?!!? ;) :p:

Danny Serafini
07-14-2006, 01:14 PM
My username (as if you couldn't guess).

HotCorner
07-14-2006, 01:24 PM
The hottest thing in England. :evil:

RichRed
07-14-2006, 02:17 PM
The Invisible Man.

Ravenlord
07-14-2006, 02:20 PM
right now Savatage's "Dead Winter Dead" a concept album about the Serbian Civil War.

Caveat Emperor
07-14-2006, 02:57 PM
I thought in the spirit of this thread (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48150) that perhaps some folks would like to see why we have the avatars we do. In my case in a game thread (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43641&) during Spring Training we were mocking the Reds and it brought back memories of the 1964 Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night in where a reporter asked Ringo Starr if he was a mod or a rocker and he replied that he was a mocker (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058182/quotes). :)

Those spring training game threads were a riot. Almost made listening to Andy Abad boot ground balls tolerable.

My avatar, like my previous one, is an homage to my alma mater Tulane University of Louisiana and their reputation as one of the top collegiate baseball programs in the nation.

Roll Wave.

RedsFan75
07-14-2006, 02:58 PM
It changes but... right now my favorite player.

RosieRed
07-14-2006, 03:04 PM
Logo for the band 30 Seconds to Mars, which as we all know is one of my favorite bands.

:)

Red Leader
07-14-2006, 03:08 PM
Logo for the band 30 Seconds to Mars, which as we all know is one of my favorite bands.

:)

Hmmm, I always thought that was certain part of the female anatomy. :dunno:

I know, mind = gutter.

ochre
07-14-2006, 03:12 PM
The hottest thing in England. :evil:
:wave: 2844

:)

dabvu2498
07-14-2006, 03:17 PM
6'5, 6'9 with the Afro.
Fletch: Hey, you and Tommy LaSorda!
Chief Karlin: Yeah.
Fletch: I hate Tommy LaSorda!

Red Leader
07-14-2006, 03:18 PM
Fletch: Hey, you and Tommy LaSorda!
Chief Karlin: Yeah.
Fletch: I hate Tommy LaSorda!

Another one of my favorites. :thumbup:

guttle11
07-14-2006, 03:21 PM
Guess.

ochre
07-14-2006, 03:24 PM
Guess.
jeans?

flyer85
07-14-2006, 03:26 PM
I enjoy pyrotechnics.

dabvu2498
07-14-2006, 03:39 PM
Another one of my favorites. :thumbup:
Manure spreader jack-knifed on the Santa Anna, Prestone... no... Quaker State... , Comanche Indian, Moe Green's out at the Tropicana... my sons Mikey and Fredo are taking over...

I could go on and on.

KronoRed
07-14-2006, 03:57 PM
People complained about the guy in the hat

Red Leader
07-14-2006, 04:03 PM
I enjoy pyrotechnics.

Who doesn't? :dunno:

RFS62
07-14-2006, 05:05 PM
Perhaps the greatest player to ever don a Reds uniform, only to be taken from us in a cruel and bitter blow.

dabvu2498
07-14-2006, 05:07 PM
Perhaps the greatest player to ever don a Reds uniform, only to be taken from us in a cruel and bitter blow.
You don't have a picture of Austin Kearns or Felipe Lopez as your avatar!!! What are you talking about?!?!?!? ;) :) ;) :D

GAC
07-14-2006, 05:12 PM
You don't have a picture of Austin Kearns or Felipe Lopez as your avatar!!! What are you talking about?!?!?!? ;) :) ;) :D

He was referrring to Castro.

He likes to sing that old Orlean's song "Still The Juan". ;)

GAC
07-14-2006, 05:13 PM
Mine is from all the talk on here about a clique.... when officially it's called S.E.R.P. ;)

paintmered
07-14-2006, 05:14 PM
I blame Krono for my avatar. :D

macro
07-14-2006, 05:15 PM
Just bought a new Toyota, and have loved 'em since my first one 13 years ago. Best American-made cars on the road.

GAC
07-14-2006, 05:22 PM
Just bought a new Toyota, and have loved 'em since my first one 13 years ago. Best American-made cars on the road.

Ahem! :lol:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ar/9/92/Honda.Logo.jpg

BuckeyeRedleg
07-14-2006, 05:35 PM
11-19-05

RosieRed
07-14-2006, 11:08 PM
Hmmm, I always thought that was certain part of the female anatomy. :dunno:

I know, mind = gutter.


Um ... what? :confused:


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a2/31129069l0ly.jpg/200px-31129069l0ly.jpg

jmcclain19
07-15-2006, 12:07 AM
I usually try to keep mine either Catching related, or the Kool-aid man. Because he's funny. And because sometimes I'm drinking the Kool-aid.

This time I have the Ryan pounding on Ventura picture because it makes me laugh. And it brings back good baseball memories from my childhood. I can remember watching that fight on TWIB and thinking it was the coolest thing I've ever seen.

KronoRed
07-15-2006, 12:56 AM
I blame Krono for my avatar. :D
He rocks man :cool:

Razor Shines
07-15-2006, 01:12 AM
Manure spreader jack-knifed on the Santa Anna, Prestone... no... Quaker State... , Comanche Indian, Moe Green's out at the Tropicana... my sons Mikey and Fredo are taking over...

I could go on and on.
You're not serious
Ask anybody
Can I ask anybody now? Can I call my mom and tell her how much I love her?
I guess not

TeamCasey
07-15-2006, 01:35 AM
Because I'm such a sweet angel who'd never indulge in a beverage.

KronoRed
07-15-2006, 01:48 AM
Because I'm such a sweet angel who'd never indulge in a beverage.
http://lastperson.suncircle.org/Smileys/default/Guffaw.gif

GAC
07-15-2006, 07:13 AM
Because I'm such a sweet angel who'd never indulge in a beverage.


Baloney! You're like me.... if it were possible, you'd do a cannonball into a frosted mug! :evil:

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Trail/1756/pzl4095.jpg

You're licking your monitor screen right now aren't you! :lol:

Blimpie
07-15-2006, 04:37 PM
Greatest. Comic Strip. Ever.

IslandRed
07-15-2006, 06:07 PM
I grew up all but learning to read on Peanuts and still have an irrational affection for the strip and its characters, as evidenced by the Snoopy collectibles cluttering my office. With baseball being one of the themes of the strip, it just works.

Dom Heffner
07-15-2006, 06:53 PM
Mitch Hedberg is my favorite comedian.

RIP, buddy.

Hap
07-15-2006, 07:12 PM
my old high school building, to be demolished next year.

TeamCasey
07-15-2006, 07:18 PM
Baloney! You're like me.... if it were possible, you'd do a
You're licking your monitor screen right now aren't you! :lol:

Slurp! ;) Hiya Honey! Missed ya. I'm heading back out again. Will be around next weekend, I hope.

Yachtzee
07-15-2006, 08:39 PM
Fletch: Hey, you and Tommy LaSorda!
Chief Karlin: Yeah.
Fletch: I hate Tommy LaSorda!


Records Nurse: Can I get you something?
Fletch: Yeah, do you have the Beatles' White Album? Never mind, just get me a glass of hot fat. And bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia while you're out there.

Yachtzee
07-15-2006, 08:42 PM
Look up Arlie Latham some time. Nicknamed "The Freshest Man on Earth," he is definitely one of the more interesting characters of early professional baseball.

Reds4Life
07-15-2006, 09:39 PM
Mine is Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

paintmered
07-15-2006, 10:11 PM
Mine is Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Which is just a great cartoon BTW. :thumbup:

MrCinatit
07-15-2006, 10:45 PM
Ernie Lombardi, one of the greatest hitting catchers of all time.

Falls City Beer
07-15-2006, 10:54 PM
Wallace Stevens: sold insurance and wrote poetry.

Plunge on.

macro
07-15-2006, 11:24 PM
Ahem! :lol:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ar/9/92/Honda.Logo.jpg



Hey I wondered if my comment would get a rise out of anyone! :devil: There are some sites on the Web where the "American-made" jab would've gotten me pounded.

You're not going to get any argument out of me on Hondas, GAC. My first car was a 1985 Prelude and will always be my all-time favorite car. Drove that thing 140,000 miles and got full retail book for it at an auto auction from a dealer buying it for his daughter!

We bought a new Sienna minivan a couple of weeks ago, but that and the Odyssey were the only two in contention. We looked long and hard at the Odyssey before deciding on the Sienna, mainly because we thought it looked more youthful and sleek.

Anyway, back to the original point of the thread.

Crash Davis
07-16-2006, 02:14 AM
Was Jose Rijo ever anything less than entertaining?

Great quotes, fantastic teammate, fun with mascots and fans, dominant World Series, one the most impressive comebacks in baseball history.

I couldn't find a picture of Tom Browning sitting on the rooftop outside Wrigley dangling his legs and drinking a beer. When I saw this one with Rijo and the cigar, it was the next best thing.

Caveat Emperor
07-16-2006, 02:47 AM
Was Jose Rijo ever anything less than entertaining?

Great quotes, fantastic teammate, fun with mascots and fans, dominant World Series, one the most impressive comebacks in baseball history.

I couldn't find a picture of Tom Browning sitting on the rooftop outside Wrigley dangling his legs and drinking a beer. When I saw this one with Rijo and the cigar, it was the next best thing.

That picture of Browning is priceless, almost as good as the one of Rijo shooting fans in the front row with the giant Super Soaker squirt gun.

What I really want to find are some old Lou Pinella blow up video clips. Those were just priceless. Nothing brings a smile to the face quite like watching ol' Sweet Lou standing there kicking dirt on the umpire's shoes.

Danny Serafini
07-17-2006, 09:29 AM
This thread is going to look real funny 6 months from now then all of the avatars have changed!

Tommyjohn25
07-17-2006, 10:20 AM
One of the coolest pictures from one of the best baseball movies ever.

macro
07-17-2006, 12:52 PM
This thread is going to look real funny 6 months from now then all of the avatars have changed!

I thought about that, too! :lol:

RichRed
07-17-2006, 03:33 PM
Mitch Hedberg is my favorite comedian.

RIP, buddy.

He passed away just a couple of days before I was to see him perform on or near my birthday. :(

The guy was just hilarious.


I think Bigfoot is blurry, that's the problem. It's not the photographer's fault. Bigfoot is blurry. And that's extra scary to me, because there's a large, out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside. Run. He's fuzzy. Get outta here.

Sorry to get off-track.

redsmetz
07-17-2006, 08:30 PM
I did an image search on Yahoo and found this patch that someone had sold on eBay. I copped the image because it was a nice vintage Reds patch.

StillFunkyB
07-18-2006, 12:07 AM
I think someone commented on Phillips looking like Bip Roberts, or reminding them of him or something along those lines, so I found a pic and yada, yada, yada...

I could be smoking crack though, I don't know.

oneupper
07-18-2006, 07:42 AM
My avatar is "Clutch" Cargo, from perhaps the worst animated cartoon of all time (only the mouths would move).

"Clutch'' is an elusive character in baseball.

redsmetz
07-18-2006, 08:50 AM
My avatar is "Clutch" Cargo, from perhaps the worst animated cartoon of all time (only the mouths would move).

"Clutch'' is an elusive character in baseball.

As I recall, the mouths were actual real mouths. It was one of the first Japanese animation shows. The mouth thing was just strange, but I'll betcha it's quite retro now.

BuckWoody
07-18-2006, 08:58 AM
My avatar is "Clutch" Cargo, from perhaps the worst animated cartoon of all time (only the mouths would move).

"Clutch'' is an elusive character in baseball.
Clutch Cargo was the cartoon that young Butch was watching in Pulp Fiction when Captain Koons gave him his dad's watch...but you probably already knew that. ;)

Highlifeman21
07-18-2006, 09:06 AM
Natalie Gulbis

Hottest female golfer

Ever.

Unassisted
07-18-2006, 09:21 AM
I usually change avatars every month or two. I decided a while back to devote mine to a get well tribute to the Reds pitching coach.

oneupper
07-18-2006, 09:29 AM
As I recall, the mouths were actual real mouths. It was one of the first Japanese animation shows. The mouth thing was just strange, but I'll betcha it's quite retro now.


Not sure it was Japanese...but the mouths were real. Some guy named Gillete was credited with the "synchro-vox" animation.

http://www.toontracker.com/clutchcargo/cargo.htm

I watched these as a kid, but still liked the Hanna-Barbera stuff better.

dabvu2498
07-18-2006, 10:29 AM
Natalie Gulbis

Hottest female golfer

Ever.
Over Laura Davies??? Come on!

Bluegrass Red
08-20-2006, 09:58 PM
I can't even figure out how to get an avatar! :( :confused:
:help: please!

paintmered
08-20-2006, 10:03 PM
I can't even figure out how to get an avatar! :( :confused:
:help: please!

You have to acquire 200 reputation points to gain access to ORG and display an avatar.

RANDY IN INDY
08-20-2006, 10:44 PM
A true joy of my life. My son.

creek14
08-21-2006, 11:28 AM
Lust

Ltlabner
08-21-2006, 01:17 PM
I started with a generic one from the list.

Switched to a pic of my dog, a Black Mouth Cur (a type of southern hunting hound).

Now I have a pic of my current pitching hero, Everyday Eddie. He may be at the end of his carear but I just love his fire and intensity.

Also I saw him pitch the day where he had the bases loaded and no outs in the 9th and then shut the other team down. See my sig line. Simply amazing evening.

dabvu2498
08-21-2006, 01:27 PM
Mine is a retired racing greyhound named Red who is available for adoption through www.teamgreyhound.com

Sweetstop
08-21-2006, 02:13 PM
a tendency toward nostalgia

BEETTLEBUG
08-21-2006, 02:16 PM
I don't have one cause I don't know how to find them!!!

RedsFan75
08-21-2006, 02:50 PM
Bettlebug, 200 rep points activate them.

deltachi8
08-21-2006, 03:11 PM
Cabo Wabo Tequila...because, well, i like tequilla and Sammy Hagar.

harangatang
08-21-2006, 03:15 PM
My favorite kind of cereal and the great Wayne Krivsky.

OldRightHander
08-22-2006, 11:26 PM
Since my username was something of a tribute to Nuxhall, I just pulled the only picture of Joe that was available at the time and I've been too darn lazy to bother changing it.

RBA
08-22-2006, 11:30 PM
Lust

Ditto!






um, just kidding. :help:

i_heart_jason
08-23-2006, 09:57 AM
Lust


creek owes me a new monitor. mine is now coffee stained.




and my avatar is on layaway. :beerme:

zombielady
09-08-2006, 09:33 AM
Okay, so how does one get rep points? I've only 10 :(

Redsland
09-08-2006, 11:21 AM
They are bestowed upon you when other posters believe you've contributed something of value to the board.

On other occasions, people bestow them upon me.

;)

zombielady
09-08-2006, 11:34 AM
How would I bestow such reputation? I'm somewhat new to this board....

Redsland
09-08-2006, 11:39 AM
People who have 200 or more points can bestow them on others. When you accumulate 200, you can then do the same.

:welcome:

Danny Serafini
09-08-2006, 12:57 PM
This should answer all of your questions:

http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35437 (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35437)

zombielady
09-08-2006, 01:10 PM
This should answer all of your questions:

http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35437 (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35437)

Ah, thank you! See I'm not big on reading the manuals, I'm like a guy, that way;)

BuckWoody
09-08-2006, 01:49 PM
Ah, thank you! See I'm not big on reading the manuals, I'm like a guy, that way;)
I am a proud graduate of the when-all-else-fails-read-the-instructions school of methodology...all courses were taught by my father. :D

Oh, and while I'm here...my inspiration is very simple: my all-time favorite baseball player. Second place is distant. I'm extremely biased but I have no idea why Davey shouldn't be in Cooperstown already. If/when he ever makes it, it will be a holy pilgrimage for me to upstate New York. :pray:

zombielady
09-08-2006, 01:52 PM
Well, who can I bribe to give me rep points... I feel left out! I want an avatar!

Heath
09-08-2006, 04:18 PM
Well, who can I bribe to give me rep points... I feel left out! I want an avatar!

Usually vaticanplum takes cases of OldStyle. Chip R really likes the green stuff, preferably large amounts of smaller denominations in non-sequencial order.

Me? I just wander in and out.

GAC
09-08-2006, 08:15 PM
Ah, thank you! See I'm not big on reading the manuals, I'm like a guy, that way;)

Owners manuals are for those who are afraid to chances in life :D

http://www.redgreen.com/files/layout/red.jpg

max venable
09-09-2006, 09:04 AM
Okay, okay....I'll post on this thread.

Several reasons for mine: My last name is Bunn (that's the most obvious reason). One of my nicknames is Bunn-O-Matic (I've always assumed it's because of my shooting ability on the basketball court) :thumbup:

And I love coffee...the pot is orange because about 3 years ago I switched to decaf. :D

dman
09-09-2006, 01:27 PM
All done in the spirit of the Ohio Air Natlional Guard.

F-16C's representing the 180th (Toledo) and 178th (Springfield) Fighter Wings and my unit, the 121st Air Refueling Wing (KC-135R's) at Rickenbacker in Columbus. The only one missing is is the C-130's from the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield.

zombielady
09-19-2006, 11:43 AM
Thanks for the rep points! At least, I am contributing something.

"You like me, you really like me!":beerme:

Hap
09-19-2006, 09:22 PM
OK, I changed mine.

The photograph is one square from a satellite photograph, taken in 1988, and obtained from terraserver (http://terraserver.microsoft.com). It is an empty corner lot from my childhood neighborhood. This area served as our baseball field and our football field.

If you look closely near the red dot, you can the spots in the grass where the pitchers' and batters' areas are worn to just dirt.

I swear I can still hear the voices.

zombielady
09-20-2006, 12:19 PM
Owners manuals are for those who are afraid to chances in life :D

http://www.redgreen.com/files/layout/red.jpg

My old room mate luved Red Green...

vaticanplum
10-18-2006, 06:12 PM
He's a free man. We need a pitcher. Plus, we can use him to teach young Cincinnatians the alphabet.

Barry Zitotastic, my new avatar. Talented, hard-working, educational, and hott like Thai food.

Patrick Bateman
10-18-2006, 06:22 PM
Mine's just funny.

WMR
10-18-2006, 08:08 PM
http://www.lacoctelera.com/myfiles/hoycomoayer/brazil_babe_31.jpg

'Nuff said.

Hap
10-29-2006, 09:12 AM
My avatar has changed once again.

If you are a Reds fan, you know what this picture is.

Blimpie
10-29-2006, 11:08 AM
My avatar has changed once again.

If you are a Reds fan, you know what this picture is.It was the night Mike Scioscia had to call his wife an tell her he could no longer be considered a man.

RFS62
10-29-2006, 07:03 PM
My avatar has changed once again.

If you are a Reds fan, you know what this picture is.



Looks to me like Norm "the animal" Charleton planting Mikey boy in the dirt.

That clip ran on the opening of Baseball Tonight for an entire season. It gave me great pleasure.

RANDY IN INDY
10-30-2006, 08:31 AM
Me too. Every time I saw it, I could imagine Sciosia's face being replaced by Garvey, Lopes, Russell, Cey, Baker, Smith, Buckner, Yeager, Sutton, and Tommy Lasorda. Throw in Manny Mota for good measure.

vaticanplum
09-25-2012, 06:33 PM
So I'm dredging up a six-year-old thread because it's the closest I could find to a pertinent thread and didn't want to start a new one.

I was just prepping my FB cover photo for playoff season (can't get cooler than an admission like that, kids!), and I realized that I've never explained my avatar here. It's a pretty nifty little story.

Last year, I spent three months in Moscow. While I was there, I made a pilgrimage to the Central Army Sports Club. CSKA (the Russian acronym for it) was basically the training ground for the Soviet sports powerhouse, across a great number of sports. There were clubs and training grounds all over the USSR, of course, but Moscow's CSKA was the biggest and most important. Talented kids, often chosen by government officials, were sent to CSKA from all over the country to live and train. It encompassed all kinds of sports, outdoor and indoor, summer and winter, and its athletes had enormous success. Club teams competed under its banner both nationally and internationally. According to wikipedia, CSKA athletes have won 463 Olympic gold medals, 11,000 national championships, and 2,629 European and World titles. I can't imagine any other single club in the world has had that much success.

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the Soviet Union, and my obsession stemmed from Olympic sports. This naturally led me right to CSKA, and I have been fascinated by it for decades. I've tried to follow its fate since the Soviet Union disbanded, and it's been through a mess of changes, of course -- it's now privately owned, but still sort of government-overseen (it no longer "represents" the military, as it ostensibly did in its Soviet days). Part of its facility is now a Mercedes dealership, a sight that is extremely common in Moscow these days. But it's still there and still quite powerful, particularly, I think, in hockey. (Former CSKA hockey stars include Vyacheslav Fetisov, Valeri Kharlamov, the Bure brothers, and Sergei Federov, who's the current GM of the team.)

So when I was in Moscow, I had to go see CSKA. Suffice it to say this is not something a lot of visitors do. It's not particularly easy to get to, it's not at all tourist-friendly, and most of all, it's just a working sports club like any other. I mean, it's beautiful and there are basic homages to some of its history, but beyond that, just your basic workaday rink rats and swimmers and soccer players and gymnasts running around, from teeny tiny to adult. I was surprised it wasn't bigger, but then, I'm not sure saw the whole thing. Just walked around, checked things out, caught a bit of the junior national hockey championship. I felt very weird being there -- everyone else there clearly had a *reason* to be there -- but it's not like they have security or anything. It's like walking onto a soccer field in any suburban American neighborhood. Every little boy at the hockey rink was running around in some NHL cap; Capitals and Devils were popular hats, and I was outraged that I did not see more Penguins nods, given Yevgeny Malkin's stardom. But then I visited the little pro shop and saw their prime display merchandise, a shiny Malkin Penguins jersey, which I asked in my terrible Russian if I could photograph, to hilarious results with the very obliging and bemused pro shop worker.

The best surprise of all, though, came when I found the crappy little cafeteria (literally "sport cafe") in back of the ice rink. It is named...the Red Machine. This is funny enough, given Russia's precarious relationship to the Soviet Union (some things they just completely ignore; others, like sports, they celebrate). But what's funnier is that when I say it is called The Red Machine, I mean that it is actually called The Red Machine. In English. I might never have stopped to read it in Cyrillic; I might have completely missed the name. But since it's written in English, with a huge hammer and sickle standing in for the "E" in "Red," it was pretty unmistakable. I was pretty elated that the cosmicness of the whole thing, that one of the very few Americans who surely goes to visit this place as a tourist happens to be a girl from Cincinnati, who is of course going to flip out seeing this nickname in its (original?) incarnation.

Anyway, that's how I ended up with an avatar of a nickname for my midwestern American baseball team that I found in the back corner of a former Soviet sports complex in Moscow. Here are a few pics. If anyone wants to see the whole set of the photos I took at CSKA, let me know.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5183/5679269257_bd5f41f1e5.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5145/5679271755_ef45f1002b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5110/5679834300_749ba739c3.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5144/5679277597_7ca2d063c8.jpg

Redsgirl
09-25-2012, 10:59 PM
The best surprise of all, though, came when I found the crappy little cafeteria (literally "sport cafe") in back of the ice rink. It is named...the Red Machine. This is funny enough, given Russia's precarious relationship to the Soviet Union (some things they just completely ignore; others, like sports, they celebrate). But what's funnier is that when I say it is called The Red Machine, I mean that it is actually called The Red Machine. In English. I might never have stopped to read it in Cyrillic; I might have completely missed the name. But since it's written in English, with a huge hammer and sickle standing in for the "E" in "Red," it was pretty unmistakable. I was pretty elated that the cosmicness of the whole thing, that one of the very few Americans who surely goes to visit this place as a tourist happens to be a girl from Cincinnati, who is of course going to flip out seeing this nickname in its (original?) incarnation.

Wow, what an amazing story! I can't imagine how excited you must have been when you saw that sign. Pure serendipity! Did you get anything to eat in there? What kind of offerings did they have?

Redsgirl
09-25-2012, 11:10 PM
My avatar was inspired by my unconditional love for the best baseball team on the planet! :) I grew up in Cincy, but moved away to go to college. Now I'm surrounded by Phillies fans...yuck! Everywhere I go I see people wearing this other, less desirable red cap with an ugly "P" on it. :P

I decided that I needed to represent the one and only, true Red team here in the City of Brotherly Love and parts of South Jersey. My roommate said I was crazy because apparently people around here are big meanies and like to beat up people who wear other team's apparel. Bring it on! I went online and ordered a brand new Reds cap and it just came in the mail the other day. So happy! :)

And that is the story of my avatar inspiration. :beerme:

http://i45.tinypic.com/2ms4gzl.jpg

*BaseClogger*
09-25-2012, 11:15 PM
Nice selfie

WildcatFan
09-26-2012, 10:34 AM
I chose mine just cuz I've always liked Jonathan Broxton.

/I kid
//But seriously, he's huge

WildcatFan
09-26-2012, 10:36 AM
And that is the story of my avatar inspiration. :beerme:

And thank God for that!

savafan
09-28-2012, 03:14 PM
Manny Trillo, who was a favorite non-Reds player of mine as a kid, in his final baseball card appearance in the 1989 Bowman set. One of my favorite players finally joined my favorite team, and all was right with the world... for 17 games and 8 hits.

redsmetz
09-28-2012, 03:32 PM
I did an image search on Yahoo and found this patch that someone had sold on eBay. I copped the image because it was a nice vintage Reds patch.

Six years later and I'm still using it. Wish I could have bought the patch.

OldRightHander
09-29-2012, 12:05 AM
Mine's pretty obvious. I always liked Nuxhall better than Marty, so he inspired my screen name and avatar.

goreds2
10-01-2012, 06:27 AM
I always thought it was cool that Will McEnaney pitched to get the final three outs of the 1975 and 1976 World Series. My avatar shows him after we won the 76 Series.

reds1869
10-01-2012, 07:08 AM
I ran across my avatar when it was being used by another poster. I asked for permission to use it (because I thought it was cool and unique) and they said yes. Haven't changed it since.

muddie
10-01-2012, 12:21 PM
Mine should speak for itself.

Degenerate39
10-01-2012, 12:24 PM
My avatar was inspired by my unconditional love for the best baseball team on the planet! :) I grew up in Cincy, but moved away to go to college. Now I'm surrounded by Phillies fans...yuck! Everywhere I go I see people wearing this other, less desirable red cap with an ugly "P" on it. :P

I decided that I needed to represent the one and only, true Red team here in the City of Brotherly Love and parts of South Jersey. My roommate said I was crazy because apparently people around here are big meanies and like to beat up people who wear other team's apparel. Bring it on! I went online and ordered a brand new Reds cap and it just came in the mail the other day. So happy! :)

And that is the story of my avatar inspiration. :beerme:

http://i45.tinypic.com/2ms4gzl.jpg

Thought that was a picture of Megan Fox, at first, as I scrolled down the page.

blumj
10-01-2012, 06:08 PM
I'm too lazy to read the whole thread, but I can't help but wonder if there are confusing nonsensical posts in here because the people who wrote them have since changed their avatars.

Oh, and puppy love, of course.

dougdirt
10-01-2012, 08:46 PM
I decided to go ahead and make my avatar the same on every site I post on (except FB), and since my old one (Jay Bruce from the 2006 MWL All Star game) wouldn't really translate well, I made the switch to an image of me from last year at some sports bar.

goreds2
10-01-2012, 09:24 PM
Redsgirl,
If you dated a Phillies fan, I have a hunch he would convert to a Reds fan. Hang in there at Philly and best wishes in college.

WildcatFan
10-01-2012, 10:24 PM
I decided to go ahead and make my avatar the same on every site I post on (except FB), and since my old one (Jay Bruce from the 2006 MWL All Star game) wouldn't really translate well, I made the switch to an image of me from last year at some sports bar.

Your avi is mesmerizing.

Out of curiosity, what other sites do you post on?

dougdirt
10-01-2012, 10:27 PM
Your avi is mesmerizing.

Out of curiosity, what other sites do you post on?

No other real baseball message baords. But it is also my avatar through gravatar and on several other message boards that I use that are not baseball related.

Redsgirl
10-01-2012, 11:40 PM
Thought that was a picture of Megan Fox, at first, as I scrolled down the page.

She's my celebrity look-a-like. :)

Redsgirl
10-01-2012, 11:43 PM
Redsgirl,
If you dated a Phillies fan, I have a hunch he would convert to a Reds fan. Hang in there at Philly and best wishes in college.

Phillies fans are crazy and there's so many of them. The fun thing is I can wear my Red's hat to Phillie's games and most people don't notice it because I blend right in with all the other red hats. And thanks. :)

RichRed
10-02-2012, 10:32 AM
I'm too lazy to read the whole thread, but I can't help but wonder if there are confusing nonsensical posts in here because the people who wrote them have since changed their avatars.


Guilty. I wasn't avatar-worthy when this thread started, hence my HILARIOUS Invisible Man reference.

WMR
10-02-2012, 01:26 PM
#8

OldRightHander
10-02-2012, 01:39 PM
#8

Doesn't look like Joe Morgan to me.:)

WMR
10-02-2012, 02:47 PM
Doesn't look like Joe Morgan to me.:)

:laugh:

nismoredlegs
10-07-2012, 11:11 PM
Man crush. Favorite player and now I have a new appreciation for Sailing by Cross.

Hoping one day he'll be a Red.

Raisor
10-08-2012, 07:55 PM
It's Evil Superman from Superman III