May 09, 2011

Small Victories

With our team struggling to put together too many wins this year as a coach you shift your focus into the cool little things that happen when coaching a high school sport. Recently a kid who doesn't play much but works incredibly hard stepped up and ripped an opposite field double. As the coach that works with his swing the most, it makes it easy to come to the park the next day. You can't talk to the kid about that at-bat enough and it makes you realize that while wins and losses are nice, it's not why you get into it.

Have another Bill story for everyone. On Saturday he was playing CF and a ball was absolutely crushed over his head. He just turned and ran, actually like he was supposed to. The only problem was he was running toward left center while the ball was drifting to right center. So he's in a full spring the wrong way and while seeing this the head coach and I are losing it over on the bench. He eventually sees where it lands, ditches his glove and runs toward it. Our RF runs over and fumbles with it a couple times so Bill takes it and fires it in as the kid is crossing the plate.

After the inning we asked him what happened? He said "I knew I wasn't going to be able to catch it so I just turn and ran." It was actually cool to here him say the right answer I just told him you have to give another look to check out where the ball is and you'll never know if you'll have a chance to catch it. Still fun for him to start getting advanced concepts 6 weeks in, some outfielders never learn to do that.

The Bruins swept the Flyers. Getting some revenge back from last years sweep. Now it's onto the conference finals where they haven't been since 1991. They're playing incredibly well right now and are fun to watch. The only problem is arguably their best player Patrice Bergeron suffered a mild concussion at the end of game 4. He has some history of concussions and has to sit out out at least a week. Hopefully he can get back in ASAP.

They play Tampa in the next round, a team they handled during the regular season. However they didn't go against Roloson once. I can't wait for the series to start as it'll be so intense to have a horse in the race. My pick is Bruins in 6, hopefully I'm right. This is actually the first year ever I've watched little to no NBA playoffs and almost all NHL playoffs. Their product is just that much better, way more intense form start to finish, there really isn't much like it.

Passed my second finance test last week so I can now officially start. I need to pass 2 more before I can advise people on a wide array of investments but at least I can get the ball rolling. I've mentioned this before but while I've been through some sick sweats in poker not much compares to the 10 seconds you have to wait for your test results to come in. Especially when you know you're not a lock to pass it.

Now I have to start getting clients. My first step is to write-up a prospecting letter. I'm really awful with these types of things. I've done some brainstorming and know how I'm going to end it, that's about it. I'll write it up tomorrow but it just seems like it's going to come off as incredible cheesy. Once I can get a few clients most come from referrals. So hopefully something can click sooner rather than later and I can hit the ground running. Until then it's just a matter of being in the right place at the right time and when I do acquire clients, doing a good job.

Since poker ended I've stopped taking sleep aids. I knew I shouldn't have taken them before but it was just so convienient. I played late hours a lot of the time and it was so much easier just to pop in a sleep aid rather than wait for my body to settle down. I've slowly been getting better at going to bed and waking up at the same time the next day, hopefully I'm back on a normal schedule in a week or two.

As a country fan I typically hate when I hear a popular song on a pop station. Most of the time speeding it up or adding more noise to it doesn't make it more appealing to me. An example of that I've heard recently is The Band Perry's "If I die young". Here is a recording of it live, the way it was originally recorded. I'm not even going to bother with the other version, but they're a really good up and coming group. 


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Posted By bosoxx34 at 04:25 AM

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May 04, 2011

The Story of Bill

This year coaching at a small private school has been a much different experience for me. Things are for lack of a better word "dumbed" down and simpler, kids don't plays summer ball, and ultimately everything is very basic. However, there are some positives. The kids are great, cultured, ambitious, and eager to learn. Many don't realize or care to become good at baseball you have to work hard at it for at least 6 months out of the year. It's almost impossible to play competitively after only picking up a glove in March and setting it down in June. That brings me to Bill.

Bill is a Chinese foreign exchange student. Hes never played baseball before and has seen very little game film. The kids are required to play a sport or do an independent study at this school and Bill ended up settling on baseball. When I mentioned it's impossible to play at a competitive level only playing 3 months out of the year, then just learning the game and playing varsity baseball is unheard of. 

In the beginning of the season Bill was awful. He didn't understand most of the terminology, couldn't translate any of the instructions to live play, and I really thought he was going to get hurt in one way or another. In addition to that he didn't know the rules. But that didn't stop him from trying. One day as I was walking out to a drill with him he said to me "I watched a bunch of training videos last night and I think I know all the rules now." The next day I walked into the computer lab before practice and saw Bill on Chinese wikipedia researching baseball. He may have been bad but it wasn't for lack of effort.

We placed him in the outfield as that gets the least amount of action and nobody expected him to play anyways. Judging fly balls is a difficult task for anyone, let alone someone who has never seen one before. When Bill started he was terrible like everyone else but slowly began to improve. One thing we noticed as he was chasing after balls is he's very fast. As the old saying goes "you can't teach speed."

Leading up to our first game, Bill was an afterthought. We'd try to get him in the game if it was a blowout but at this point we didn't want him to get hurt or embarrassed. During the first game Bill was asking a ton of questions. While he generally knew the rules he had never seen it in action before. For example he knew what the definition of a strike was but he was very confused by the actual strike call. He was also perplexed as to why it was a ball if the umpire didn't say anything. Out and safe, same thing.

Slowly Bill stopped asking questions, which was obviously a good thing. At this point he's actually started a couple games in the outfield. If you would've asked me what the odds were at the beginning of the year I'd say around 10,000-1. He's done a nice job out there, has caught everything he should and certainly doesn't look out of place. It really is an amazing story. It'd be like me going to India and trying to learn cricket. Different language, a sport I know nothing about, and in a very unfamiliar setting.

Perhaps my favorite part about Bill is his excitement for the game. Pretty much every event he sees is a new occurrence. Maybe once a season (April-Sept) I'll come across something and say "I've never seen that before." Every game that happens for Bill. He also is enamored with home runs. If any of our guys hit a deep fly ball he'll start saying "Home run, home run" and if it actually leaves the park he just loses it. It's really a joy to watch.

There's really no point to this blog post other than to tell the incredible story of Bill. Having coached 100s of kids I have my favorites like any other coach and Bill is certainly up at the top of the list. New country, new language, new sport and he's handled it about as well as anyone could. We still have a month left in the season and it's going to be fun to watch his progress the rest of the way. If he ever hits a home run, watch out.

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Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Mark Twain


Posted By bosoxx34 at 05:25 AM

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April 28, 2011

"I feel like Buckner walking back into Shea"

That's what my brother texted me at 6:56 about 10 minutes before faceoff, the famous Matt Damon line from Rounders. As I stated before, the Bruins had lost their last 3 game 7s in 2008-2010 right when my brother and I became big fans. I touched on this before but there really is nothing like NHL playoffs. I personally find them more intense than any other sport. I'll compare it to the sport I talk most about on here, baseball.

I was talking to a buddy about this the other day and he said you can't compare the two they're apples and oranges but I'm going to do it anyways. In baseball you have time to think in between pitches and the transition game isn't nearly as quick. The centerfielder can't make a diving catch and turn that into runs in the same play. While baseball has a rhythm to it, it's nothing like hockey. Also unlike basketball where you can score in transition there isn't a goalie blocking your end. With that being said, every goal is a huge emotional swing. The playoffs have come at a perfect time as its so easy to get wrapped up in the game. For 3+ hours I'm not worried about poker, money, etc I just want the Bruins to win.

When Subban tied it up at 3 with a little under 2 minutes left, I had an empty feeling in my stomach. I've seen this episode before and it doesn't end well. During the intermission I was in a fog just hoping that the Bruins could beat Price before they were scored upon. Fortunately Horton was able to put one way and they were able to slay the Canadiens. Now it's onto a rematch with Philly. Before Round 1 I mentioned I hated Montreal more than any other hockey team, well the Flyers are number 2 on that list, I can't stand them.

I'll leave you with a youtube video and a picture. For the youtube video it's game 1 highlights from the Flyers-Bruins series last year. An incredible back and forth game that included the best and most action packed overtime that I've ever seen. If you don't feel like watching all the highlights just skip to the overtime. The game ended with a goal from Marc Savard who I miss watching. He was my favorite player on the Bruins as his creativity was a joy to watch. His career is probably over now because of concussions, and his story since Matt Cooke laid a cheapshot on him is just so depressing. 

The second is a picture right after the game winning goal tonight. I love famous sports photos, so many times they tell such a great story. A while back HBO had a documentary called the greatest photos in sports that easily held my attention for an hour. They explained the stories behind the classic shots of Ali-Liston, Y.A. Tittle, and many others, it was outstanding. Generally an epic sports photo captures both the jubilation of the victors and the anguish of the defeated. I think this one is pretty incredible.

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Posted By bosoxx34 at 07:15 AM

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April 27, 2011

Game 7, My Nemesis

So here we go again with the Bruins, yet another game 7. Since I became a big time Bruins fan in 2008, here is how their season has ended.

2008- Game 7 Eastern Conference Quarters @ Montreal 5-0

2009- Game 7 Eastern Conference Semis  Vs Carolina 3-2

2010- Game 7 Eastern Conferenc Semis Vs Philly 4-3

The first one wasn't that bad, they were huge underdogs to Montreal coming into the series, they won a classic game 6, and just lost to a better team. The last 2 years have stung a lot. They were by far the better team in 2009 and had a 3-0 series lead against Philly in 2010. I wrote about the Philly series last year as it was going on and was just crushed by the result, this year would be just as bad for me.

With Montreal being their main rival everything is magnified, you need to beat the Habs. You need to beat them in a game 7 at home when you're favored. If they lose tonight I'm not sure how much more I'll be able to watch. Playoff hockey has such amazing energy and is incredibly entertaining. This first round has been as exciting as anything I've ever seen, yet something just gets taken away when your team loses a tough series. 

I'd be a nervous wreck today if I had nothing to do, fortunately I'm going to see a minor league baseball game with my buddy then have practice right after that. Unfortunately I'm going to have to watch game 7 at the bowling alley tonight as its the last night of my league. I'm going to be at the bar most of the time but who knows maybe it'll change up the Bruins game 7 luck a bit. I'll leave you with some highlights from game 5 in which the Bruins won in double overtime.


 

 

 Go Bruins, come on boys.

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Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
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April 23, 2011

Black Friday- The Aftermath

So this past week has been pretty rough. Coming home on Monday and re-living the carnage by catching up on 2+2 and DC wasn't a ton of fun. Although I did have a blast making the hey smile podcast with Chuck and Joe on Tuesday. Other than that my life has been pretty boring. Its just basically been me studying for my series 63 exam so I can start on this new job. I scheduled my test for Tuesday May 3rd and really need to pass it as I can't afford to wait 30 days in order to go ahead and take it again. Everyone says it's way easier than the series 6 exam so here's hoping.

In the meantime I look forward to Bruins and Redsox games now more than ever before. I was on the phone with my brother on Thursday right before the Bruins game 4 at Montreal. He asked me what I did all day and he's used to hearing things like grinding, went golfing, had a golf lesson, coached a couple guys, etc. Instead I replied with "I've been studying all day." There was a pause in the conversation and he answered back with "Oh, that sucks...So you're really looking forward to tonight's games"(Bruins started at 7, Redsox at 10)

I hadn't thought about it that way but watching sports right now makes me forget about the situation we're in. For 3+ hours I'm able to dive in and in turn live and die with my team. Thursday night was a great night for it as it was one of the most exciting Bruins playoff games in recent memory.


To tie the series at the Bell Centre in front of a hostile crowd that was buzzing until the Bruins made it 3-2 was unreal. Then overtime in the playoffs is one of the most excruciating things to experience since every time the puck gets thrown at the net yo're holding your breath. After Ryder put it away I was able to kick back and watch the most entertaining sox game of the year, but unfortunately not without a little dose of reality.

After talking about the game with my brother after it was over he texted me "want to go to game 5?" He's someone who I've gone to a bunch of games with in the past and he's always willing to empty his bank account to experience something new. A Bruins playoff game especially against the Habs is something we've talked about doing for a while now. So when I replied with I can't, not enough cash, an answer hes never heard from me before he replied with "Wow, that really sucks."

Yes it does.

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"It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." - Elanor Roosevelt 

 

Posted By bosoxx34 at 05:41 PM

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April 19, 2011

My (Forced) Retirement

Last Friday I was on my golf trip in Southern Pennsylvania. When I golf I seclude myself from the world. I enjoy the course, I leave my phone in the bag unless the Sox are playing and it's really a time I'm at peace with everything. I tend to be a nervous Nelly and being on the golf course is a time where I'm worry free. It's part of the reason why I love it. 

We started our round around 2 and at approximately 5 O'Clock I checked my phone just in case. While I like to think of myself as a popular guy my phone rarely blows up. When I checked my phone I had 10 missed calls and 4 texts. Originally my first thought was I had been accused of a multi-accounting scandal in which I wasn't worried as I've never done that before. Then I read the texts that the government had shut down Full Tilt and Pokerstars to Americans. I was shocked but it never really hit home. As we were up on the 17th hole the reflection of the hole was in the nearby pond as the sun was setting. It seemed tough to have a worry in the world walking up to the tee box. Then when I got back to the room, reality set in. 

I had a few too many beers to be overly concerned. I made some calls after, found out what was going on and basically put it in the back of my mind before I got home on Monday night. That evening while drinking some more beverages we decided to get a poker game going. It had leaked that I was a pro and I just sat back and enjoyed playing in a social setting again. I had no pressure to do well and could really care less if I won or loss.

This reminded me of the good old days. I was the only one raising preflop and it was just so easy. People at the table were so loose-passeve it brought me back to the party sit and go days. When it got three handed I was raising every button and nobody was doing anything to stop it. Their response was to call, try to hit a flop and fold when they missed. One hand I had 67 on a A89 board, turn was an 9 and I shipped. The guy started swearing as he folded saying he knew he had me preflop. I didn't show, I probably should've. 

Back in 2004 (I can't believe its been 7 years ) I made my first of about 10 separate $50 deposits. From there it was a fun ride. To see myself improve enough to make a living at it. From my tourney playing days to being a struggling cash game player until I stumbled upon 3bet.net. This marked my peak as a poker player. Besides the poker coaching from Jsnipes, just becoming a DC coach and talking poker helped me to improve my game and make money I never even thought possible.

Which brings me back to Friday. Now, for the first time in seven years I'm going to have to worry about money. Fortunately I have been saving up for a while but because of this I'll be cancelling my Vegas trip. I was also planning on going to Boston in May, NYC in June, and Pittsburgh in June. I was planning on buying a house at the end of the summer, no mas.

For the first time in seven years I'm going to have to work at my Dad's store. Something I vowed I'd never do again. However I need some sort of income while I get on my feet as a financial advisor (currently taking my series 63 exam at the end of the month.) However through poker I was able to cross a lot of things off my bucket list. The amount I was able to travel the last 4 years is something I never imagined possible at the beginning of my poker career.

I was telling my Dad I feel like the old baseball player that accounces he was retiring at the end of the year. Then he starts off hitting .157 in the first month and the club forces him to retire. Except the club is the American government.

For the life of me I don't get how they can allow the lottery, scratchoffs, and horse racing yet poker is the ultimate evil. For a country that is in debt it obviously makes too much sense to regulate it and in turn make money off of it. So this is it for me when it comes to being a poker player. When it comes back in the future I'll definitely play again. As a pro? I'm not sure, it depends on the circumstances. If Brett Favre can constantly come out of retirement I figure I can too. Maybe I'll get a homegame going with my fellow co-workers.

However my life is about to drastically change. I'll have to keep a close eye on what I spend, the luxury things I took for granted are going to have to take a back seat for a while. The random impulse buys and trips are going to have to end as well. It's a weird feeling but I'm in a better spot than most. I'm fortunate that a few times in my life I've been in the right place at the right time. While having a college degree the more I live the more I realize it's not what you know it's who you know. So my advice is to never turn down a contact you never know when that person can or will help you in the future, it can't hurt. Also, being a finance major I learned how vital it was to put money away, without that I don't know where I'd be.

I do feel bad for the American grinders coming up right now. Ready to take off and turn this game into a living. I also feel bad for the small stakes players that have no college degree and nothing to fall back on. The American Government really put them in a tough spot. I feel a lot of successful high stakes guys and middle stakes guys will be fine as I think most will just move to where you can play poker. Either way I'm hoping everyone does well in the future as this pretty much came out of nowehere and is just unfortunate. However some with families obviously have much tougher decisions to make.

I'll probably still blog but it won't be about poker. I enjoy writing as an outlet and it helps me think clearly. I appreciate all my readers as without you I probably wouldn't have a blog as I'm not much of a journal guy.

I'll end with a story from my childhood. One time my father and I stopped at a local burger joint after a game. I forgot if we won or lost but I do remember this. A young child who obviously had something wrong with him came in with his family. However he was still smiling and seemed to be enjoying life, he had to be around 5 years old. My dad sees him and says to me "Look at that, just remember when you get too upset about baseball someone else has it worse than you, be grateful for what you have."

This has stuck with me ever since and while I'm not happy about the events that occurred last Friday when you put it into perspective it could be way worse. Good luck to everyone.

Mike

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Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
Winston Churchill


Posted By bosoxx34 at 11:57 PM

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April 14, 2011

Swingy


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  • So that's what I had to deal with yesterday in PLO. Again I thought I was used to variance coming from HUNL but the variance in PLO is insane. Ran a few BI under equity but I'll take it. Something that helped actually was when I was down 7 BIs I shot a message to KasinoKrime just to vent. He was sympathetic but what helped the most was him telling me he was watching his roommate play the other night and I saw me play a couple hands. He mentioned that I seemed to be playing very well and not giving up too easily which was incredibly encouraging to hear. It's a work in progress but at least it doesn't feel like such a grind anymore, the instantaneous action helps a bit.
  • Going on a golf trip this weekend to Penn National. Weather looks good except for Saturday but I can't wait, should be a blast. Was looking at the website and the place we're staying is right on the course. I've mentioned this before but I find golf incredibly relaxing, had a lesson today at a local country club and spent about 90 extra minutes working on my short game. It is enjoyable to get lost on the course from time to time and just forget about everything while playing.
  • I can't believe the Redsox start so far. They haven't been hitting or pitching well at all. Then add to that they've had some brutal luck on balls in play. The worst being the other night in a 3-2 loss to Tampa in which they actually hit Tampa's ace David Price very hard and had only 2 runs to show for it. Coincidentally the game winning RBI for Tampa was on a dribbler up the first base line.
  • Bruins-Habs game 1 tonight I'll leave you with this youtube clip which was my favorite moment from last years playoffs.

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- Jim Rohn

Posted By bosoxx34 at 06:30 PM

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April 12, 2011

It's on, let's dance Montreal

Being a Bruins fans there are certain teams I hate. You're so used to rooting against your rivals that you actually grow to despise them. As a Redsox fan I hate the Yankees, I have Yankees friends who hate the Redsox, I have Braves fans who hate the Phillies, I can't stand Ohio State being a Michigan fan and the list goes on. With that being said I absolutely despise Montreal. I can't stand how they seem tog et every single call at home, I think Price is arrogant, I think Subban is incredibly dirty, I think their organization tried to make the Pacciorety injury sound worse than it was so Chara was suspended. You get the idea.

So when the Bruins and Habs were matched up in the playoffs a couple days ago I was excited. The Bruins are the favorite, they're bigger and stronger than the Canadiens. I'm predicting Bruins in 5, but that's wishful thinking on my end I just don't want it to go back to Montreal for game 6. For those that read my blog know how disappointed I was last year after the Bruins blew a 3-0 lead, I was devastated but I'm ready for another year of playoff hockey.  Each goal means so much and the atmosphere is incredible. If the Bruins are fortunate enough to make the Eastern Conference Finals, my brother and I are going to try to get to at least one game.

The ironic part is that these same two teams got me back into hockey back in 2008. I was a very casual Bruins fan that year until this series. The Bruins were huge underdogs in the series and went down 3-1. After winning game 5 to make the series 3-2 and send it back to Boston this game occurred. If you have 11 minutes I encourage anyone to check it out, it was the best hockey game I've ever seen. 


 I don't want to talk about the Redsox. I'm still not really worried. They have to win series at this point but their rotation as of now looks to be a mess. Something has to happen with Dice K. He just doesn't have the stuff to get out good line-ups anymore or bad ones in many cases. Hopefully they can go on a winning streak sooner rather than later.

Rush PLO is a grind. I'm still making a bunch of mistakes with the main one being paying off way too easily. It's not like NL where you can call just because the draws miss. Most people just check behind in those cases. I do have to focus a bit more on my hand reading but I'm getting there. As far as tips, my number one would be don't misclick. 

Full Tilt Poker $100.00 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1274790
DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

MP: $258.20
Hero (CO): $274.45
BTN: $53.65
SB: $39.20
BB: $40.90
UTG: $80.40

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is CO with 8 of diamonds 7 of clubs K of clubs K of diamonds
1 fold, MP raises to $3, Hero calls $3, BTN calls $3, 2 folds

Flop: ($10.50) 4 of spades 8 of hearts J of diamonds(3 players)
MP bets $7.00, Hero calls $7, BTN folds

Turn: ($24.50) K of spades(2 players)
MP bets $20.00, Hero raises to $84.50, MP calls $64.50

River: ($193.50) Q of spades(2 players)
MP bets $163.70, Hero calls $163.70

Final Pot: $520.90
MP shows 4 of clubs T of spades Q of diamonds A of spades
Hero mucks 8 of diamonds 7 of clubs K of clubs K of diamonds
MP wins $517.90
(Rake: $3.00)

I had another decision on another table and when I raised the turn I didn't see the river come, I thought he shipped the turn. Then on the river I snapped it thinking it was the turn. When I say snapped I clicked call about .5 seconds after he went all in. I'm sure I got the fish tag after that.

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Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.  ~Robert Schuller

Posted By bosoxx34 at 09:10 AM

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April 06, 2011

Rush PLOing and youtube videos

I've been putting a lot of my time into Rush PLO lately and have been doing pretty well. Don't want to post the jinxing graph but it's amazing how things work. I'm profitable at HUNL but am not at 6max NL. Then I'm profitable at 6 max rush PLO and am god awful at HUPLO. Rush works well for me though since I have smaller windows to get hands in during baseball season and am able to play and get a good amount of hands in in small doses. 

KasinoKrime has been huge in helping me understand PLO. He was nice enough to send me a couple videos from PLOquickpro.com and they're really good. I'm not sure when his site is going live but anyone that can afford it should absolutely buy it. I promise you won't be disappointed. Everything is top notch from the presentation to the material in the videos.

Furthermore he sent me an interview one of his partners did with former MLB pitcher Orel Hershiser. They mainly talked about the mental game of poker and how to focus in. Despite not being young enough to watch Mr. Hershiser in his heyday I have always been a fan. If you've ever seen his stuff it's nothing impressive however he had some great years with the Dodgers and was huge in their big games. 

While I love Tommy's video series, the material in this interview was much more applicable to me. He used many baseball analogies and talked about how he was able to focus on the mound with thousands of screaming fans in attendance. The interview gave me a bunch of new ideas and again, not sure what it's going to go live but I'd encourage any poker player to do what they can to get their hands on it.

Yesterday I went to youtube something and an hour later I was  still clicking on related videos. Two youtube videos I thought I'd share


 Thought this youtube comment summed it up well.

first was a strike, 2nd was a toss up, 3rd was racist.
    As3sinoL0C0 1 month ago 25 


 Second youtbue video is actually a baseball brawl. My thoughts:

  •  What the catcher did was extremely bush league.  
  • I've never seen a high school baseball fight like this one, a lot of the times I blame altercations that get out of hand like this on the coaching staff although I don't think they could've done anything here.
  • I'm guessing this was brewing for a while, something must have happened earlier or in the previous game
  • I'm not sure how all 4 guys got around the bases on the walkoff grand slam without another fight happening.

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Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives. 
Newell D. Hillis


Posted By bosoxx34 at 05:04 PM

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April 02, 2011

Baseball/Hockey Stat Geeks

I've been a baseball nerd for a while. Knowing all sorts of advanced stats about a lot of players and teams. I knew which teams were running well, were lucky, and were unlucky. While I don't mention these stats to most of my friends, I do to a select few as well as my brother. My brother has become very annoyed with it in the past and I've never been exactly sure why.

 For hockey it's the opposite, I only pick up things from the games that I watch. I've watched about every Bruins game so far this year and think they have a good chance to make some noise in the playoffs. Reading the 2+2 hockey forum I've come to realize that the stat geeks say that Boston is overrated and I gotta tell you it's incredibly annoying. So from now on when I'm watching baseball games with people who aren't into advanced stats, I'm going to keep my thoughts to myself.

On a completely different note, I love Saturdays during baseball season. Often times it starts with an early practice and from there I'm allowed to be productive before noon. From there I generally grind then grab lunch and watch some afternoon baseball. It's actually byfar my most relaxing day of the week as I'm forced to get up early. I should probably take note of that and make it a habit.

Finally, I'll leave you with this outstanding commercial.


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Ed Cunningham

 

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