Archive for November, 2008

Nov 30 2008

Shanny’s Guarantee

Published by under Sports

As I eagerly devoured all the preseason Broncos news this summer, there were 3 predictions I ran across that were made by various members of the Broncos organization.

Selvin Young, who had at that time not even secured the starting halfback spot, said he was gonna run for 2000 yards this season. Not a record breaking goal, but still a lofty one which has only been achieved 5 times (once by another Denver running back). With 3/4 of the season done, how’s he doing? Well, he started out sharing time at the beginning of the season which seriously hampered his opportunities. Then he, and every other RB on Denver’s roster, got injured. At least he isn’t done for the season and should return soon after missing 6 games on the season so far. With not even 300 yards on the season, I think his goal is out of reach for the remaining 4 games.

Then Denver’s very own trouble magnet, Brandon Marshall, stated he was targeting 140 receptions on the year. Again, not the record but is only 4 receptions shy. He did this at a point when it still looked like he would be missing multiple games at the beginning of the season due to suspension. He ended up only missing 1 game and in his first game of the year, he tied the second most receptions for a receiver in a game with 18 and looked like he might make true on his goal in his third year. This was the first year as THE GUY though. Pressure and attention from other teams quickly stifled that dream and he now sits with 72 receptions on the year just over half his goal. He still does have a reasonable chance at back to back 100 reception seasons which is a very admirable feat.

Now brings us to the third and most crucial. Mike Shanahan had an interview this summer where he GUARANTEED the broncos would make the playoffs this year. Denver had missed the playoffs the last 2 years. This is definitely a lot more achievable than the other 2 personal goals, but given the recent results, seemed to be a significant achievement none the less.

Teams like to break down the season into quadrants. And since we just finished the 3rd, it would be a good time to break down them:

Games 1-4: Denver came out of the gate with a 3-1 record only slipping against the division rival Chiefs. The offense looked hot and they got a few breaks. I definitely was high on them at this point.

Games 5-8: They went 1-3 looking, at times, to be outclassed and I feared a similar result to 2007 when they started out 3-1 and missed the playoffs. They did beat a tough Bucs team, but little else to rave about and one game ( at New England ) which I’m sure made more than just me want to hide our orange and blue colors.

Games 9-12: Despite starting the year at .500, Denver still topped the AFC West. Football inept division FTW. But the downward spiral couldn’t continue if they wanted to stay that way. Fortunately, the 3rd quarter of the season looked very similarly to the 1st going 3-1 and only loosing a rough game to another bad divisional opponent. But they are putting up the points again and winning the close games.

To make things better, the second place team, the Chargers, have faltered as of late and Denver has increased their divisional lead on them by 3 games. What looked like it would be a very pivotal game at the end of the year with the Chargers, might fizzle into meaninglessness (pretty sure that’s a word). To make things even better, Denver (as well as a handful of other teams) have an opportunity to make Shanny’s guarantee come true if they win and the Chargers lose. Any way you look at it, Denver is in a really good spot with a 3 game lead and only 4 games remaining.

I really hope to see that happen so that Denver has time to work on some of the inconsistent parts of their game. I don’t know that I have a lot of faith in them going deep or any where in the playoffs as they have been so far this year. 3 of their losses have been to losing teams and their play can be called anything but consistent. Hopefully I haven’t jinxed them in what should be all but a sure thing. I really am looking forward to caring about the playoffs again.

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Nov 28 2008

Head Games

Published by under Poker

Sometimes, players just make it easy to mess with them. Today, I had one of those moments. I don’t chat much at the tables, but today it seemed appropriate.

Today’s scenario requires a couple of back story hands. BullyBill seemed like a reasonable player, but we hadn’t been involved with much before this. Here is the first hand:

Full Tilt Poker Game #9214988966: Table Josie (6 max) – $0.10/$0.25 – No Limit Hold’em – 15:56:39 ET – 2008/11/28
Seat 1: BullyBill ($34.50)
Seat 2: DVJ-BlueJ ($28.05)
Seat 3: Arthidoro ($23.95)
Seat 4: Crosssaaa ($71.30)
Seat 5: pickurpoison ($27.25)
Seat 6: MacAnthony ($32.05)
pickurpoison posts the small blind of $0.10
MacAnthony posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [T♦ T♥]
BullyBill has 15 seconds left to act
BullyBill calls $0.25
DVJ-BlueJ folds
Arthidoro folds
Crosssaaa folds
pickurpoison folds
MacAnthony raises to $0.85
BullyBill calls $0.60
*** FLOP *** [4♥ 6♦ 2♠]
MacAnthony bets $1.50
BullyBill has 15 seconds left to act
BullyBill calls $1.50
*** TURN *** [4♥ 6♦ 2♠] [5♣]
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony checks
BullyBill has 15 seconds left to act
BullyBill bets $3
MacAnthony calls $3
*** RIVER *** [4♥ 6♦ 2♠ 5♣] [9♠]
MacAnthony checks
BullyBill has 15 seconds left to act
BullyBill has requested TIME
BullyBill checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
BullyBill shows [A♠ 5♠] a pair of Fives
MacAnthony shows [T♦ T♥] a pair of Tens
MacAnthony wins the pot ($10.30) with a pair of Tens

I’ll be honest. After he called the flop, I didn’t know where I was and that was a really shitty turn card for a lot of hands. I really couldn’t put him on a hand that this player had that I didn’t have beat though. He didn’t have a set cause I think he raises any pair preflop so I figured it was he hit with a suited connector or I was ahead. I don’t know what I do if he bets that river. This hand really isn’t what my post is about though, so let’s get on the the story. This next hand is the VERY NEXT HAND:

Full Tilt Poker Game #9215016079: Table Josie (6 max) – $0.10/$0.25 – No Limit Hold’em – 15:58:21 ET – 2008/11/28
Seat 1: BullyBill ($29.15)
Seat 2: DVJ-BlueJ ($28.05)
Seat 3: Arthidoro ($23.95)
Seat 4: Crosssaaa ($71.30)
Seat 5: pickurpoison ($27.15)
Seat 6: MacAnthony ($37)
MacAnthony posts the small blind of $0.10
BullyBill posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [J♥ 8♥]
DVJ-BlueJ folds
Arthidoro folds
Crosssaaa folds
pickurpoison folds
MacAnthony calls $0.15
BullyBill checks
*** FLOP *** [T♦ 8♠ T♥]
MacAnthony bets $0.50
BullyBill raises to $1
MacAnthony calls $0.50
*** TURN *** [T♦ 8♠ T♥] [T♠]
BullyBill: tens again?
MacAnthony checks
BullyBill: lol
BullyBill checks
*** RIVER *** [T♦ 8♠ T♥ T♠] [J♣]
MacAnthony bets $2
BullyBill calls $2
*** SHOW DOWN ***
MacAnthony shows [J♥ 8♥] a full house, Tens full of Jacks
BullyBill mucks
MacAnthony wins the pot ($6.20) with a full house, Tens full of Jacks

He ended up having a crappy 8 and I end up beating the chop with my 3 outer. Fast forward to a couple of orbits later as I try to use this to my advantage:

Full Tilt Poker Game #9215128633: Table Josie (6 max) – $0.10/$0.25 – No Limit Hold’em – 16:05:28 ET – 2008/11/28
Seat 1: BullyBill ($27.30)
Seat 2: wrekless maniac ($25)
Seat 4: Crosssaaa ($68.20), is sitting out
Seat 5: allcheck85 ($25.35)
Seat 6: MacAnthony ($39.60)
allcheck85 posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [6♣ 6♦]
MacAnthony raises to $0.75
BullyBill calls $0.75
allcheck85 folds
*** FLOP *** [6♥ 7♣ J♣]
MacAnthony bets $1.25
BullyBill raises to $2.50
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony calls $1.25
*** TURN *** [6♥ 7♣ J♣] [T♥]
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony: theres that ten again :)
MacAnthony checks
BullyBill has 15 seconds left to act
BullyBill bets $3
MacAnthony raises to $13
BullyBill: ur favorite
BullyBill has 15 seconds left to act
Crosssaaa has reconnected
BullyBill raises to $24.05, and is all in
Crosssaaa has returned
MacAnthony calls $11.05
BullyBill shows [A♠ J♦]
MacAnthony shows [6♣ 6♦]
*** RIVER *** [6♥ 7♣ J♣ T♥] [2♥]
BullyBill shows a pair of Jacks
MacAnthony shows three of a kind, Sixes
MacAnthony wins the pot ($53.85) with three of a kind, Sixes
Atrex3d sits down
BullyBill adds $5

I don’t really think I affected his play with my chat, but the hands did get him to think and I do think it did affect him. This happened to be the last hand at the table for both of us, but he did say NH before he left.

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Nov 28 2008

Just Let it be Known…

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I hate Black Friday

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Not that I am gonna have to deal with these fools, but my disdain for the event as a whole just makes it that much more likely I won’t have to. There, that’s what I am thankful for this weekend. I’m thankful I didn’t have to wade through the droves of other insane shoppers on this day.

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Nov 21 2008

What’s in an Image?

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Despite Zooks’ relentless efforts to find me a new laptop, nothing has caught my fancy and I still haven’t gotten a replacement for my broken laptop. I don’t have a lot of spare change laying around to throw at something that will just be used for email, internet, some poker, porn, and some light development work. Really, the 4 year old laptop I had was able to keep up with my needs very aptly.

Despite my modest requirements, I still couldn’t bear breaking down and snatching up one of the many “good deals” that I have come across or been shown. What keeps coming up on the radar is some inexpensive Acer laptops from newegg.

But really??? Acer? Are you serious?

Why do I not like Acer? I’m not absolutely sure. It’s just been the poor image I have of it. Back in the day, the other clan of geeks I hung around and I associated Acer with the bargain basement products that they seemed to be. Queue up Mr. Green.

So I don’t really have any reason other than my own personal image of them, but I still find myself struggling with thought of actually owning one. Are my issues unfounded delusions of inferiority? It would seem that might be the case. These things seem to be getting reasonable reviews from both users and critics. Especially considering the price.

So here I sit, in a quandary trying to get over a 10 year old image of a product solely based on some, what was most likely, elitist view. Fair? Probably not. But it does go to show how valuable image is and how hard it is to overcome.

Back to my issue at hand, though. Any one have any first hand experience to prove I’m being unreasonable with me valuation of Acer products so that I can just get over this petty issue and get back to getting a new computer back in my hands? I’ve got tons of porn development projects to catch up on.

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Nov 10 2008

Reading

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Avery: What are you doing?
Me: I’m reading
Avery: Why aren’t you saying the words?
Me: Reading doesn’t mean saying the words
::pauses for a moment::
Avery: Are you just waiting to say the words later?

It’s always interesting on how kids perceive things in their world. What struck me as odd is that Amy reads all the time, yet Avery had never questioned her as to why she wasn’t saying the words when reading. Maybe I struck him as more of the lips-move-while-reading type. It’s probably not that far off.

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Nov 08 2008

Snow Day

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For the first time in over 10 years, yesterday the local schools had a snow day. Even at work, there were a lot of people out and I was in quite a bit later than normal due to a need to shovel out my vehicle. Thanks again to that snow plow who came by just as I almost had it shoveled out to put a nice, compacted roll of snow for me to start all over on. That was awesome and timely.

The kids absolutely enjoyed their unexpected day off though. And it was tremendously timely since with veteran’s day and the teacher’s day off on Monday, it gives them an unplanned 5 day weekend.

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Zoe wasn’t so keen on the sudden change in season. She’s still young enough that she probably doesn’t remember much from last winter. the message I got from Amy about her went like this:

Amy: took me half an hour to get all zoe’s stuff on, and then she came back in crying 5 minutes later
Amy: turns out snow is cold

That’s my girl. Hate on that cold. She did get outside today, though, but you could really see she was torn between dealing with the cold and the fun of being outside.

I’m reading reports that we got around 9-10 inches of snow that started Thursday afternoon and blowed around on through Friday morning. That might just be more than we got all last winter. When people hear that I live in North Dakota, the first thing they think of is snow. Truth be told, we don’t usually get a lot of snow, but it sure does get f’n cold.

I really do live in the wrong f’n state.

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