Tomorrow I will be in Philly for a few days visiting Mayan. I plan to eat an authentic 에볼루션카지from one of the famous touristy places that probably isn’t half as good as the joints that the locals know. I also plan to get really drunk and run up the stairs that Rocky Balboa made famous, and then eat a raw egg. Keep your ears open for arrests in the greater Philadelphia area, and I will report on any lunacy upon my return in a few days.

A little insight into the “home” poker games (really in the basement of a fraternity house) that bred me into the poker-Goliath that I am today:

Nick Farrell raises $0.40 on the button, to $0.60. Scott Field calls from the BB. Flop comes 688. Field checks, Farrell fires a dollar or so into the pot, Field quickly calls. Turn is 6. Field checks (or maybe makes a weak bet at the pot, I forget) and Farrell moves all-in for $7 or so (on top, perhaps). Scott Field quickly calls, Farrell shrugs in disappointment, and Field proudly throws down 3-3, sure that he’s picked off a Farrell bluff. I’m not in my most drug free of states and just start bawling in laughter at the oversight Scott made, clearly not realizing that he just called with 3-high.

Before the whole table has time to completely grasp what Scott just did, Farrell adds to the chaos by turning over…. 2-3! Amazingly, despite the critical error, Scott was not only in OK shape, but was actually a very small favorite (he could win with the case 3). If you want to get real technical about it, 2-3 is actually the only hand (correct me if I’m missing something) that Scott is slightly ahead of. Deuce-Deuce is an even flip, 3-3 is a chop, and anything else is a favorite to the 3’s. Because of this, Scott jokingly refers to the play as “The best call ever made.

Also, this is from like 4 days ago…. so I didn’t have to dig too deep into the archives to find this little nugget.

Embrace it. Glide, don’t steer; don’t float either. Don’t take anything too seriously, and don’t trick yourself into believing that many things matter that much. That is all. More tomorrow.

Too much dwelling on the bad call. Bad calls are a part of sports (particularly ones without instant replay). We accept that occasionally the bad call makes a potential difference in a game, and generally we do not dwell on them. And it’s not as if Japan necessarilly would have won the game if the call went their way (in fact, if you want to use the way things happened to play out as the way they would have played out if the call had gone Japan’s way, then A-Rod’s single likely would have scored 2 runs and the USA would have won anyways). Sure, it was a bad call, and it should be mentioned. But it should not be looked at as the story of the game. I think an attempt to not appear biased to the US team has resulted in the media putting way too much attention on this call. Sports fans are not used to flagrant media scrutiny on umpires/referees (because usually the media keeps the attention on the game itself), and doing it here does nothing more than add an air of controversy to something that was nothing but a simple bad call. It happens, we play on.


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