Goodness knows, we've often been critical of the NOG (New Ownership Group) for a number of reasons. But, on top of the obvious achievement of three rings in ten years, they can also warm the cockles of our heart when it comesto their relationship with The Evil Empire. This is particularly true of one Lawrence Lucchino. Credited with first slapping the 'Evil Empire' moniker on The Pinstriped Posers, he never lets an opportunity pass to tweak The Bronx Emblamers. Case in point: When asked about New York's record off-season spending, LL responded, "I've seen this movie before." Lucchino went on to stress that the NOG is just as committed to winning as the Steinbrenner Brood (Tweedle-Dumb and Tweedle-Dumber), but, in Larry's words, it does not mean "crazy expenditures that might be commonplace in New York." Sweet!