Jan 25, 2010

Hell Freezes Over - Black and Gold Superbowl!

Having grown up through the 80s and 90s in New Orleans, one got used to the fact that the Saints were not going to the Super Bowl. Even though hope springs eternal every year, you always knew deep down that this wasn't going to be the year. A belief that the team usually confirmed fairly early in the season. Even in the years where the team had promise, the inevitable failure came (remember the season where they lost three games to miss the playoffs, one of those games to the lowly Detroit Lions). I can still vividly remember the "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory" quote after a Saints/Cowboy game as well as the original "Woulda, coulda, shoulda" tirade from Jim Mora.

With no other professional sports franchise in the area when I was growing up, it was every boy's dream (or it should have been) to play for the Saints in a Superbowl. There were no other teams to challenge the Saints hold on the Big Easy's populations, and their hard luck seasons embodied the laid back attitude of the city and its eternal faith.

Then came Katrina, and the laughing stopped. I had moved out of the city many years before, but I still had family there. Watching the news, hearing from people still in the city, and then later seeing the devastation first hand brought me to tears. Hang outs, favorite restaurants, and former friends and acquaitances - gone. Lost to the winds and waters. The city needed something as a diversion, to get away from the ever-present reminders of the devastation. Mardi Gras helped, but that only lasts two weeks. The Saints could be more. However, it was not to be for the next four years. The Superdome was repaired, but the voodoo curse had not blown away.

With the incredible run at the beginning of this season, the silent demon seemed to fade away. This may just be the year. Then came the three losses at the end of the season, and the demon came screaming back. Even a crushing victory over the Cardinals could not silence those nagging doubts. After all, there was Mr. Comeback, Brett Favre and his purple posse with their own complete set of storylines and Super Bowl ambitions.

Four quarters and some five minutes later, the demon was dead. Finally silenced through a series of plays and perhaps some Divine Intervention leading to the 40 yard strike off the foot of Garrett Hartley. There were shouts of joy from my household, and yes, there were again tears for the city. But these were tears of relief, of disbelief, and incredible joy. To paraphrase long time Saints play by play man Jim Henderson (who I grew up watching on WWL-TV), Hell has frozen over, the Saints are going to the Super Bowl. And unless you are from south Louisiana, you have no idea how good it feels to type that.

New World Mike - Member of the Who Dat Nation - Eastern NC chapter.

Jan 22, 2010

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Jan 9, 2010

Daily Specials Update

Big Finish.......you always want a big finish. So, to finish up our 10 Days of 2010 promotion, we are bringing out some of the rare items.

So, for Saturday, take 25% off all Bowen busts in stock. This includes the ultra rare Destroyer along with the retired Silver Surfer, Beast, and more! Make sure to take a look at the Vision bust which is signed by Avengers creators Roy Thomas and George Perez!

And on Sunday, in between the big football games, take a look at all the other busts and statues in our storefront which will also be 25% off! This includes Diamond, Hard Hero, Gentle Giant, and Dynamic Forces items. Highlights include the very rare Dynamic Forces Mystique bust, the uber cool GI Joe Snake Eyes Wall Statue, X-Men Evolution Product Samples and more! Remember, this is all the non Bowen busts and statues (the Bowens are on sale on Saturday!).

All statues and busts are inspected before shipment and fully insured. Pick up what you really wanted for Christmas!

And on a football note, thank goodness the Saints have a bye weekend.

Jan 7, 2010

Daily Specials Update

Our 10 Days for 2010 promotion continues until Jan. 10th with 10% off all purchases over $10 at our Amazon storefront along with our daily specials!

Jan. 7th - Yo Joe! 1/3rd off all GI Joe items in our storefront. Yo Joe!

Jan 8th - Spider-Man Classic Web Armor - Regular 9.99, 1/2 Price for 4.99 - click here

I will be announcing the weekend specials on Friday, but a hint would be.....superheroes and limited editions.

Jan 4, 2010

Amazon Sale Continues!

We are having lots of fun and positive feedback with our "10 Days of 2010" sale at our Amazon Storefront. You still have until Jan. 10th to get 10% off any purchases of $10 or more.

Additionally, our daily specials continue through the 10th as well. Remember, this is the ONLY place to get advance notice of the upcoming daily specials and no confirmation code is needed. The reduced price will show once you start the checkout process with Amazon.

Jan 4th - One Third off all Star Wars and other Sci Fi items!

Jan 5th - One Half off GI Joe Resolute Two Packs including the ultra rare Destro and Shockblast two pack!

Jan 6th - One Half off all Sports related figures including McFarlane sports!

Please email us with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you in the New World.

Jan 2, 2010

First 10 Days of 2010 Amazon Sale Plus Raleigh, NC Toy Show!

We're bringing in 2010 with a cool sale at our Amazon storefront. From Jan. 1 to Jan 10th, you can get a 10% discount off any purchase over $10.00 from our Amazon store. No codes, no forms, nothing extra needed, just buy more than $10, and get 10% off. Nice and simple. Take a look at look here to see our varied selection.

However, what makes this a cool promotion is the Daily Specials we will be running. Each day, for one day only, we will be discounting a special product or class of products from 25% to a whopping 50%! And it's not going to be the low end stuff, great lines like Star Wars, GI Joe, Bowen, and Diamond Select will all be represented!

The only place to find out in advance what the upcoming daily special are will be HERE! We will post a couple of days of the schedule here so you can plan to pick up that item you really wanted for Christmas but did not get.

Jan 1st - Half Price Spider-Man 3 Black Symbiote Armor Figure. Normally $12.99, sale price $6.49. Click here for more info.

Jan. 2nd - One Third off all Disney Bean Bag Plushes/Disney Beanies. Includes great characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, and more!

Jan 3rd- Half off Brian Uhrlacher and Reggie Bush All Star Vinyls. With these being limited editions of 250 and 500 respectively, these are a great deal!

We will be posting the next few days worth of specials on Sunday.

Also, we will be at the Inside Pitch Toy and Collectibles show in Raleigh, NC next weekend - Jan 9th and 10th. We're bringing approx 14 boxes of 50 cent comics along with some higher end books and some new CGC books. And it wouldn't be a complete show without us bringing a lot of figures including Marvel Legends, McFarlane toys (mostly sports), GI Joe, and a variety of assorted items. This will be the first show for a number of figures we have picked up from some recent collections. If you are in the central or eastern NC area, come on by. Visit www.insidepitch.com for more info.

Happy New Year Ya'all!