More Stuff I Don’t Understand

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007, 11:06 pm

Watched the most recent episode of High Stakes Poker today. Um, how come Playtex was advertising so heavily during the show? Playtex, eHarmony, and Weight Watchers. Is this poker or Lifetime? I find this very confusing and a bit disorienting.

ESPN has hired a new ombudsman. Not that anyone knew that ESPN had an ombudsman in the first place. I think I emailed ESPN three or four times about issues I thought deserved comment (including ESPN’s tiptoe around the extra $2 million in the WSOP) and not once were those issues addressed. George Solomon (the exiting ombudsman) wrote a single column of about a thousand words a month. Nice work if you can get it. Thought about sending an email complaining about Mark Kreidler’s absurd column, but I think the reader comments showed the displeasure people felt about it. Displeasure that, almost certainly, won’t be discussed by the ombudsman, past or present.

Actually, if I was going to send a note to the new OBM, I’d ask, “Can you explain to me why Skip Bayless keeps appearing on my television? I’ve really tried to think of reasons why ESPN would employ him–as a joke, as shock value, as camp, as an example to children who think faking illness to stay home from school is a good idea–but none make sense. Please get him off my TV.”

Played in a $5 tournament last night, 1500 people. Played well, got down to the final hundred even though I really didn’t get cards, and with my stack getting short I got it all in with QQ vs. A-7. He went runner-runner for the gutshot and put me out. I think I’ve said this before, but I don’t know how you guys who play BIG buy-in events, live and online, deal with tough bustout hands. I howled, howled, howled, howled when that eight hit on the river to knock me out. I played for 3 1/2 hours and made five bucks profit. Awesome.

I’ve been running very well in the Mookie’s lately, but not tonight. For I think the third time this year I crippled myself playing the Hammer for all my chips. I keep forgetting, the Hammer is a RAISING hand, not a CALLING hand. Fool!

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