Verge site performance is very poor

The first time when a user comes to theverge.com , the entire page load takes 2-3 seconds. Considering the number of articles and images the performance is bound to be slow. Even running a page analyzer like Page Speed and YSlow gives a poor score. Javascript and CSS should be combined to minimize the network requests. Also images should be compressed.

For example

444 ms to download this image

http://cdn0.sbnation.com/entry_photo_images/9793407/ballmerstockbw_large_square_medium.jpg