292 comments

  1. selltheteam

    And….this thread is empty, because although the fans had plenty of questions, Frank didn’t answer any of them.

  2. lbirken

    So how is it back in 2006?

    Here is but one excerpt from McCourt’s chat. This is not for the faint hearted:

    meloco912: Frank, how do you plan on changing the mind set of us naysayers who question your ownership?

    McCourt: I can talk about it until I’m blue in the face, no pun intended, but I’m a firm believer that actions speak louder than words. I have set out, I hope very clearly, the three goals for my stewardship. No. 1, championship caliber baseball, year in and year out and yes, that means winning more than our fair share of world championships. No. 2, the best experience for all of our fans, including making Dodger Stadium the No. 1 venue in all of sports. And No. 3, making the Dodgers a model franchise when it comes to partnering with and being an integral part of the greater Los Angeles community, as I spoke about earlier. These are our goals and objectives and I should be judged based on how well the organization achieves them. We’re here for the long haul and I truly hope that I’ll know that I’ve started to succeed when I’ve turned you from a naysayer into a supporter. In short, we plan to be a part of the community for a long, long time and I can assure that nobody wants to win as badly as I do.

      • lbirken

        If only it were that simple. But it might be interesting to get this chat in Frank’s face today and see what he says. Not that I really care what he says.

  3. vl4eccjr

    Good evening all.
    Boy that sure was a lazer line drive dinger by Gibbons!
    Also very glad to hear Cormier got kicked to the curb.
    Oh happy day! πŸ™‚

  4. vl4eccjr

    The more I look at Hall, the more he reminds me of Eric Young.
    Bases loaded. Two out. Hmmmmmmmm.
    Come on Jerry!

  5. vl4eccjr

    It appears Billz looked at the 5 run lead on the scoreboard, and got complacent.
    Complacency Kills!

  6. vl4eccjr

    I wonder if Navarro has anything to do with it? Who knows what he’s calling for behind the plate?

    • sparkleplenty_1

      vl, if Billz doesn’t like what Navarro calls for, he can shake him off. Vinny puts it so well – the catcher suggests what should be thrown. So maybe Billz just rested on his “laurels” for a little bit. After all, it’s so rare the team scores for him.

  7. vl4eccjr

    Nice job McDoo! 3 up, 3 down.
    Hope the last two go the same.
    We need some more runs for insurance.

  8. northstateblues

    I wonder if the Stow family lawsuit ruined what was otherwise a perfect 2011 season from a very, very good McCourt-owned ballclub…

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    Guess I’d have to care to wonder. Get ’em, Stows!

  9. vl4eccjr

    3 up. 3 down. Showing some good stuff!
    Welcome to the bigs Rubby!
    I say leave him in next inning too.

  10. nedsajerk

    Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
    C Billingsley
    (W, 3-4) 6.0 5 4 4 3 9 0 100-68 3.69
    M MacDougal
    (H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10-9 1.59
    R De La Rosa
    (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 13-8 0.00
    J Guerra
    (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8-8 3.60

    That’s kind of impressive 8 pitches all strike.

  11. nedsajerk

    I’m glad they got rid of Cormier but I hope they don’t ruining De La Rosa. Now can we get rid of Navarro and get Ellis back up. What the heck I miss a Gibbons homerun to. I really hate that I miss a rare hit with the bases loaded especially a GS.

  12. nedsajerk

    That’s why, except for Lopes, our entire coaching staff blows! Isn’t it a reality when our former pitchers go to other teams and do a pretty good job?

    By trublu4ever on May 24, 2011 4:09 pm

    Shouldn’t Wallace be on that list to with Lopez? I think Wallace should be our coach.

  13. JhallWally

    For the most non-productive player of the game, I’ll choose Fuckal.
    By trublu4ever on May 24, 2011 4:59 pm – Reply
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    You nailed it Trumom!!!!

  14. enchantedTheBeav

    I’d like to think what we saw tonight was a preview of things to come rather than a preview of Ned’s next mistakes at the trade deadline.

  15. nedsajerk

    Thanx, tru. I agree about De La Rosa. He should stay at AA for a while. We need someone, but where will they come from? We’re already rushing the Sands kid. No good choices.

    By grizzy on May 24, 2011 5:59 pm

    lol of course they are some good choices but they should’ve rush this kid up this fast.

  16. enchantedTheBeav

    None of our guys seem to play with much fire anymore. In as much as he got to be a crappy ballplayer, do you think a lot of the heart and soul left when Martin did? Or is that just a coincidence?

  17. trublu4ever

    I’m wondering what they will do when all the players return from the DL? They HAVE to keep Jerry. What do they do with Blake, Brox, Padilla, Thames, and whoever else is coming back?

    • nedsajerk

      I see Castro, Guerra, Mitchell gone but I’m thinking someone going to be on the phatom DL. I wouldn’t be shock if it Loney and Furcal goes straight back on it.

    • enchantedTheBeav

      Catro’s gone for sure. Guerra/Jansen/Rubby – 2 of the three they’ll option. Mitchell they’ll either option or release.

    • JhallWally

      I don’t look for Brox and Kuo back anytime soon. Don’t really care if I ever see Brox pitching for the Dodgers again. When Hawksworth comes back, I look for Toastcoso to go down.

      • enchantedTheBeav

        Forgot about Tronco. I’d still option Rubby before Tronco though. Keep him starting. In a couple years you could have Kersh, Rubby, Lee and Billz as 4 of the five. Then you could go out and get a Lilly or Garland type to truely be your 5th starter and you’d be in pretty good shape.
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        I’ve read something somewhere that Logan and Ned don’t get along too well. Doesn’t surprise me when one can recognize and draft talent, and the other can’t and trades it away for nothing.

      • enchantedTheBeav

        Judging from what I’ve seen, I don’t think Mattingly has much say in anything. He couldn’t even pick his own coaching staff.

      • enchantedTheBeav

        Position players its pretty much a no brainer [which suits Ned perfectly] – Castro and Mitchell shouldn’t be on any team anywhere. Neither should Gibbons unless he strictly does what he should be doing only – PHing. But the fact that Gibbons would be your third choice to cut off your roster doesn’t say much for your roster in the first place.

      • enchantedTheBeav

        When Blake comes off I’d expect Mitchell to be optioned back to AAA. When Thames is ready I’d suspect Castro will be cut loose. Not to worry though, no one will want him and he can go back to Albuquerque and wait for his next call up. Ned will never just get rid of him.

  18. nedsajerk

    Since I miss the game what’s number is Ruddy? I assume number 78 and that the year I was born.

  19. nedsajerk

    Was going on SD? I don’t think I ever seen an attendance this low in any California ballpark

    16,513 (38.7% full) – % is based on regular season capacity
    19,426 (45.5% full) – % is based on regular season capacity

  20. nedsajerk

    Urgh Donny why did you move Navarro batting 6th?

    Furcal SS, Carroll 2B, Loney 1B, Kemp CF, Gibbons RF, Navarro C, Sands LF, Miles 3B, Lilly P

  21. vl4eccjr

    Good afternoon all. Just enjoying a day off, and looking forward to this afternoons game.
    I see Rick Monday is a guest on the Astros pre game show discussing the draft. He was the 1st over all pick in the very first one in 1965. What do you know? I never knew that. It goes to show you can always learn something new every day. He gave some good insight to the draftees. Pitchers can’t expect to win every start, and hitters & fielders have to realize there will be peaks & valleys over the course of their careers. Take the good with the bad, and don’t get too stressed.
    I hope Lilly does well, and he gets some decent run support. It sure would be a much needed shot in the arm. This team needs to win the rubber game today, and take this series. After their dismal performance over the last 10 days, they need all the help they can get.

    • JhallWally

      Where does he rate on the Navarro suck scale? Navarro has to be the standard for suckiness. He’s even worse than Loney!!!

      • vl4eccjr

        He pegs the old suck-o-meter in my opinion. How he can be batting anywhere other than eighth is beyond me.

      • enchantedTheBeav

        That’s a good question. Let’s take a look on the ol’ Navarrosuckometer:
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        1-2-3-4-5-6-Lilly-8-Gibbons-Navarro-11-12-13-14-Mitchell-16-17-18-19-20-21-22-23-24-25-26-27-25-29-30-31-32-33-34-35-36-37-38-39-40-41-42-43-44-45-46-47-48-49-51-52-53-54-55-56-57-58-59-60-61-62-63-64-65-66-67-68-69-70-71-72-73-74-75-76-77-78-79-80-81-82-83-84-85-86-87-88-89-90-91-92-93-94-95-96-97-98-99-Ned
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        Scale used to only go up to 10, but I had to make some exceptions.

  22. nedsajerk

    K Johnson homered to center (466 feet).

    Wow Johnson hit a 466 feet HR’s in Coors last night? I didn’t even know it was possible to hit a HR’s that far in Coors lol

    • vl4eccjr

      It was pretty common there before they started using the humidor. I saw a game there in 2000 when the Rox played the Braves. Never before had I seen a ball travel so far & fast. Piazza used to crush 460 footers on a regular basis there.

  23. JhallWally

    Hey, this Rodriguez guy has an 0-2 record and an ERA of 5.34 and he’s making us look like a bunch of minor leaguers!!!
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    Whoops, nevermind!!!

  24. nedsajerk

    Updated: May 25, 2011, 2:20 PM ET
    Hong-Chih Kuo regaining control By Tony Jackson

    HOUSTON — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo, who abruptly left the team two weeks ago to deal with an apparent case of the yips and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what was termed “anxiety disorder,” appears to have regained his command while throwing off a mound at the team’s spring-training facility in Glendale, Ariz.

    For more news, notes and analysis of the Dodgers, check out Dodger Thoughts from Jon Weisman. Blog

    “He has been throwing a lot,” Dodgers manager Ned Colletti said. “He is at about 90 percent intensity and having no problems with his command. We’ll see where we go from here.”

    Colletti said Kuo eventually will face hitters in extended spring-training games, but that there is no target date for that to happen, nor is there a target date for Kuo to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

    Kuo, a National League All-Star for the first time last year, had an 11.57 ERA in nine appearances this season, with a highly uncharacteristic six walks in 4 2/3 innings. He left the team before a May 11 game in Pittsburgh, and while team officials were guarded that day as to his whereabouts, it quickly became clear that Kuo was dealing with the yips — an inability to control where his pitches were going — albeit a milder case than the one that briefly plagued him in 2009.

    Colletti declined to say whether Kuo also is receiving any psychological counseling as part of his effort to overcome the problem.

    Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

    Follow Tony Jackson on Twitter: @dodgerscribe

  25. GM Ned Colletti

    Remember, I’m not paid to think, only to make people think this team can be competitive so they come out to the park and put more money in bosses pockets. BTW, I’ve just learned that because of you fans that still come out to the park, boss will probably make his next payroll, yippee, more mustache wax for me.

  26. GM Ned Colletti

    Also I wonder how come nobody likes Dionner of a lonely heart Navarro? He’s one of my favs.

    • nedsajerk

      Mike Brown is the new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown and the Lakers agreed in principle Wednesday to a four-year, $18.25 million deal, according to league sources.

    • JhallWally

      Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall!! Ned loves to tuuuuuuuuurn, yoooooooooooou on!!

      • JhallWally

        :))) Bud seized the team and I went into a dream!!!
        Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Ahhhhhh, Ahhh, Ahhhhhhhhhhh….

    • enchantedTheBeav

      This team is actually a terrific lesson is astrophysics – How many black holes can exist independently in close proximity to one another?

  27. vl4eccjr

    That was too close!!
    I think McDoo is tired & over worked. He sure struggled with his control there. .

  28. enchantedTheBeav

    You know, we’re all finally getting the Matt Kemp we always wanted, and now he has to play surrounded by the rest of this crap.

    • selltheteam

      That’s it, Tru! That’s the kind of energy we expect from our fans when the Dodgers return home. Just watch the game on TV and take a nap! No need to come to Dodger Stadium to watch this crap!

  29. trublu4ever

    Question: Wy the hell didn’t Mattingly leave Andre in the game after he pinch hit? He ran out there ready to play. At least he would have had another at bat when it could have mattered.

  30. enchantedTheBeav

    Well, the more they lose the lesser the crowds. It ain’t much but its all we’ve got.

    • enchantedTheBeav

      This whole season’s a joke. But then, we knew it would be when we saw the roster. AND because Ned’s such an idiot and signed Fuckal and Waddles Uribe to big contracts, getting anyone to take them at the trade deadline is near impossible. At best you’d probably get a 4th or 5th tier prospect and still have to eat half the salary.

      • trublu4ever

        My Hubby said we should keep Dre & Matt, then send all the rest to the ‘Topes and bing them all up to play for us. Sounds pretty good to me πŸ˜•

      • nedsajerk

        Dang you husband forgot Sands and Carroll than we could send those other fool down to Isotopes. Can we clone a lineup full of Ethier’s and Kemp’s on the bench?

      • enchantedTheBeav

        Knowing Fuckal won’t be back, I’d be bringing Dee Gordon up at least August and September to get his feet wet before you throw him to the wolves next year. Same with Robinson.

      • nedsajerk

        lol did you reply to him and said they should keep Posey and Belt and send the rest to there farm system?

      • nedsajerk

        Well 2 yrs ago the contract wasn’t that bad for Furcal until he got hurt the past 2 season now the contract is hurting us. I don’t know about Furcal considering he’s always hurt but you might get a good prospect back from Blake. Gosh to bad Broxton had to screw up his trading value if he had one for pitching crappy in the 2nd half last year.

  31. JhallWally

    Yep Beav, I agree!!! Trade anyone you can in July and bring in the kids to see what we’ve potentially got going to the off season. Only keepers are Kemp, Kershaw, Sands, Billz, Rubby, and Ethier!!!

    • enchantedTheBeav

      I should say, whenever you all feel that this thread is starting to load too slowly. Still not too bad right now.

  32. Frank McCourt

    Just so all of you assholes know, a hot dog won’t fit up my butt. I just tried it and it’s a no-go! (Anyone got a Handy-wipe?)
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    I also want you all to stop complaining, I’ve saved the day. I had Ned get me a pepperoni pizza and a new starting pitcher. Seems the stupid Pirates and Mariners just let the kid go! Shoot, he was half-way decent back in ’07!
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/05/dodgers-sign-ian-snell.html

  33. nedsajerk

    What happen to Tim Redding? I’m surprise he hasn’t been calls up yet after the great season he had and than the flame out.

  34. enchantedTheBeav

    Glad Ned was able to lure Snell out of retirement…
    .
    Could one not fall out of a tree and hit a better pitcher than what Ned “finds” laying around the pasture?

  35. trublu4ever

    Hope everbody has a nice evening. We are doing our Ladies Night Out…a late dinner and midnight showing of Hangover II……seems appropriate πŸ™‚

  36. GM Ned Colletti

    I know this is hard to watch, but just wait until Furcal is back off of the DL, then you’ll see the real team as it’s built. And that’s not even mentioning Blake.

  37. GM Ned Colletti

    What do you mean Furcal is playing? Why didn’t somebody tell me? This makes me look like an idiot again!

  38. nedsajerk

    Philadelphia
    IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
    R. Halladay 7.0 11 3 3 1 6 0 1.04 2.35
    M. Stutes 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.14 1.86
    R. Madson 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.10 1.71
    A. Bastardo 0.2 2 1 1 0 1 1 1.00 1.50
    K. Kendrick 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.38 3.20
    J.C. Romero 0.1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1.75 3.75
    D. Herndon 2.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.34 6.32
    D. Baez 5.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 1.27 3.33
    W. Valdez (W, 1-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00

    Holy smoke ex Dodgers players Baez went 5 innings and Valdez 1 2 3 innings. no freaking way. I love to see the box score that said 2nd baseman and than switch to pitcher and Valdez came in late to play 2nd bases.

    • nedsajerk

      I guess I read that wrong I guess Valdez started over Utley.

      W Valdez 2B-P 6 0 3 0 1 1 24 .248 .280 .310
      R Halladay P 2 0 0 0 0 1 11 .037 .037 .037
      M Stutes P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
      R Madson P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
      b-C Utley PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 .111 .200 .111
      A Bastardo P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
      K Kendrick P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
      J Romero P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
      M Martinez CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 15 .171 .209 .171

  39. Dodger4life

    I can’t bite my tounge any longer, y’all know me and my belief that negativity, is self serving…Y’all also know that I stand by whom ever we out in the field…That’s what ball players do. However, Frank and Jamie, have reached a crossroad, one that given the slightest opportunity, will reap rewards that are in no way shape or manner good for us fans, the Dodgers, or anything pertaining to what we and I am a native…even know, I reside elsewhere now, have grown, not only to enjoy, but to appreciate, what being a Dodger ( and we all are Dodgers .) At least everyone of us that believes in our proud history. I’m not just talking Jackie and his struggles, or Sandy and his Mastery on the mound. I’m talking about what, I as a middle aged man, have based my love upon. This love was handed to me by my father and I believe it was handed down to him by his father. I made the statement, sometime last year, (maybe) that our beloved Boy’s in Blue could play just as well ( maybe better ) with an empty stadium just as well as with a full one? ( and I truly believe this ), after all…they’re professionals, now! Up until this point they have excelled without much fanfare. Please do your part in restoring what is and should always be, the best and most enjoyable expierince that our grand ole game has to offer. This expierence rest not souly on the amout of money we spend, or the amount of frustration we endure, but on what we as true caretakers of a proud and truly treasured organization believe to precious. This is, and has always been in our ( as the loyal paying publics hands. ) If you want what you grew up loving, or you want what your parents grew up loving, now is the time to restore what we all…believe to be the greatest place to not only play the game of baseball, but to see it played as well. The Dodger Way is more that just how we conduct ourselves on the field of play, it is in how we go about enjoying the game itself. That has always been the best of the best, without this we are just anither run of the mill franchise…and I won’t give that up without a fight. ( We… me and you ) as fans are what is going to continue this wonderful tradition and nothing else. forget Frankm and Jamie, forget the payroll, forget the fact that we are the one of the biggest makets in baseball, and focus on what brought us all here.
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  40. dodgereric

    Boo…..
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    “Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has told Major League Baseball officials that he expects to meet the team’s payroll next week, three people briefed on the matter said Wednesday.
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    McCourt needs about $9.8 million to meet the May 31 payroll, said a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the potential for litigation. McCourt could obtain at least some of that money by accelerating payments the Dodgers were due later this season, one of the people briefed on the matter said.
    .
    The amount of money needed to meet payroll will increase in June, when the Dodgers must pay Manny Ramirez more than $6 million in deferred compensation, according to two people familiar with the Ramirez contract. The payroll comes due on June 15 and 30, with the Ramirez payment slated for June 30, one of the people said.”
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    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-0526-dodgers-mccourt-20110526,0,648446.story
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    Reaction:
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    Mccourt is scum
    Changing ownership is a must
    Colletti needs to go with him
    O’Malley never shamed us like this
    Underhanded ownership is not welcome here
    Real class comes from within, and he is empty inside
    This week held a lot of hope but not so much now
    .
    You have to look longer and harder for his supporters
    Only ostriches like him
    Usually you have to turn over a rock to find stuff like him
    .
    Maybe we’ll have better luck next month
    Only another month
    There’s a good chance that Manny might make a difference
    How much longer can he really hold out?
    Everyone around me will be happy when he’s gone too
    Really
    For now we just gotta hang in there
    Unusually low attendance will still matter
    Chumps like him will never really succeed
    Knowing how much he’s raped the franchise can’t be forgotten
    Even pond scum doesn’t like him
    Rejection by an entire city must be humiliating
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    Inside The Dodgers will not let him relax
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    Believe it louse, you’re dead in this town
    Early polls are in, turd, and you’ve lost
    Try and keep this team and you’ll regret it
    There are too many of us that will never quit fighting you
    Even Vin is embarrassed by your actions (I hope)
    Ross Porter’s departure was a huge clue
    .
    Now my resolve is stronger than ever
    Even with this news tonight you’re a loser
    Victory is still within our grasp
    E’s are getting harder to come up with something
    Resolute is our determination
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    Shit, more e’s coming up
    Eric is my name
    Erick is not my name
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    Yellowstone is somewhere I haven’t yet seen
    Oh, I’ve been to a lot of places
    Unfortunately just not to Yellowstone
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    I think I’ll make it there eventually
    No, not real soon but in a decade or so
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    Probably not in the next five years
    Understand that I’m not scared of bears
    Bear attacks aren’t that common
    Lemon pie is really good
    I can’t remember why I started this in the first place
    Criminy, it was that bastard’s claim he could make payroll…..

  41. Dodger4life

    Sorry for the horrible spelling…but my point should still resonate boldly. It is just as much our responsibilty to adhere to the standards, we belive in, as it is anyone’s. Past, present or future. Unless we give into other beliefs, as opposed to what we enjoy at the ballpark…This legacy will continue…

  42. GM Ned Colletti

    Thank you fans for your continued support. I know boss is very happy when he sees the parking lots and the stadium filled. It means he’ll be able to keep his team, and buy himself more necessary things, like his weekly manicure and pedicure.

  43. nedsajerk

    The first 3 in term of WAR Lilly, Wolf and Davis. lol they also a Tomko in there and no surprise that Utley and Victorino is on this list.

    • nedsajerk

      We drafted Konerko as a catcher and what’s sicking me is Price wanted to go to college such a waste pick but he was pick in the 19th rounds in 2004 but was TB 1st round overall pick in 2007 same with Utley other than him being a 1st overall pick.

  44. koufax1963

    Surprise McCourts ranked last as owners in independant poll, yet Dodger Stadium was ranked in the top 5 parks to see a babeball game. Now let’s remove the owners so we can actually see a good Dodgers team play at Dodger Stadium. If not, the owners may ruin one of the best stadiums in MLB, they are trying, enough foul teritory has been removed for seats I can’t afford already.

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