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Archive for January, 2006

Review Whew

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Because I’m bashful I didn’t go up and introduce myself to Barry Greenstein when he spoke at the WPBT event in December. I had a more pragmatic reason as well–I wrote a review of Ace in the Hole, and after hearing Michael Craig talk about the 10,000-word email discussion he and Barry had about disputed…
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A Nice Weekend

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Rather than spout off for 2,000 words about the officiating in yesterday’s Steeler game, I’m gonna dial it down a bit, get a little mellow, ease it on down. Frankly, I’m pooped. I never much bought into the whole “emotional exhaustion” thing, believing that one could always generate a proper amount of bloodlust given the…
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Jesus Christ

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

That’s all I can say about that game. I thought the Jets game last year aged me. Ha. That last 45 minutes was defibrulating. First, you have the worst call in NFL history, as Polamalu makes the pick, he has the goddam ball, and the grossly incompetent ref overturns it even though the video evidence…
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Bow Down to Sargon!

Friday, January 13th, 2006

I read a lot about poker, obviously, and a common topic of discussion is how unlucky the writer is. How unlucky to lose this particular hand, against this particular moron, how the luck never evens out, etc. Writing can be cathartic when you’re frustrated, goodness knows. Even I’ve vented about an especially galling hand, once…
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Ooh, Look, There’s a Trap! Let’s Stick Our Foot In!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Full of myself after my HUGE win yesterday I played a simple 1-table SNG after work yesterday. And when we were down to three (of COURSE I cashed, you silly goose) I was neck-and-neck with one player with the shortstack snorting felt. Both players were fairly decent, no all-in calls with K-10 and bitching about…
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Tremble Before the Mean Gene!

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Seems like every day I read about some blogger making a big score in a tourament, but since I’m above petty emotions like envy and jealousy I haven’t seethed and sulked and lain awake at night wondering when my ship would come in. Because I’m a stand-up guy. Oddly, I DID lay awake all last…
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Sorry Iggy

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Steeler Nation is celebrating a playoff win tonight, but with little hoohah or gloating. Histrionics like that would be unseemly after Carson Palmer went down on the second play of the game. Big Ben looked like he was done for the year after the hit he took against San Diego, but he got lucky and…
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Oh, The Frustration of it All

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Just got bounced from a 45-person SNG one from the final table. Got trapped by the chip leader, who flopped top two and made his boat on the turn. I had J-3 and flopped a three. Brilliant play on my part, but I was shortstacked and, well, when that second king came I hoped I…
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Random Thoughts…Yeah, I Have ‘Em

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

What a game last night. Great plays, bad plays, mistakes, miracles. Was Vince Young’s performance the greatest in college football history? I’d have to say yes. Playing the way he did against what was thought of as the greatest team in history (a totally bogus claim, but still) adds his name to the Pantheon of…
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Long Night

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Of course I watched Penn State win the Orange Bowl last night. But if Kevin Kelly misses his third chip-shot FG to win the game I go to bed. I’m willing to invest a lot of emotional capital in a sports event, but after seeing the Nittany Lions give up a punt return for a…
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