Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Some Good Comments

I want to thank those of you who responded to my last post. There are some great comments there and I think they confirm part of what I was saying but maybe not in the same way.

It is our personal choice to play in any event we want to play and I didn’t mean to diminish any of they events that are out there right now. I really was writing down how I was looking at it from my point of view and how playing in all these events, though fun, can also have a draining affect when they turn into a competition. I personally love the Skills game because I think that my game is well rounded and that I have a chance at running deep at any time. As for the Riverchasers, Mookie and Donkament, or any other blogger tourney out there, they are always a blast and I will always play those at random times because I enjoy the company(I still need to get to a Tuckfard event).

Now to other things.

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I’m out of shape. I guess I could be in shape if looking like a pear is what being in shape looks like. This really became evident last night as I played co-ed softball with my wife. We split two games losing 10-9 and winning 22-8 and had a blast doing it. My hamstrings and ankle were sore by the time the 2nd game started but I worked my way through it and made it home without anything major happening to my physical well being. After taking a shower I iced up both hamstrings and my ankle and actually feel pretty good today. The best part was watching Mrs. PE get on base every time but one and doing a great job in the field. She has not played in about 7 years so W0000000T to Mrs. PE. As for me…I think I was 3-6 with a couple of walks. I popped out with the bases loaded and one out to kill a rally but also had a big 2 out hit to drive in a couple of runs. I wll give my self a grade of C+ overall.

Softball E. ended up her season on the disabled list with two stress fractures on her right tibia. It looks like she played through it for about 4 weeks before we got the right diagnosis. She wore a boot for about 3 weeks and now has an air cast but is doing therapy and has been doing some pitching and fielding work. She should be good to go in another couple of weeks.

Speedy E. has made a 12U travel team in the same organization that her sister plays for. I was surprised when she wanted to try out but as a father I was there cheering her on. She kicked butt and they offered her a spot on the team right away. I have my trepidations about it but she wants to give it a go so I will be right there for her all the way. She had her first practice last weekend and her coach gave her a hitting T and asked her to take 200 swings a day until he says she can stop. She has been in the back yard doing it every day taking her swings like a champ. I was really wondering if she would put in the effort he asked for but she stepped up big time. I even built her a cage so she wouldn’t have to chase the balls all over the yard.

Baseball E. is playing soccer and football this fall. He is so much like me when it comes to playing sports it is unreal. There is no telling how far he will go if he puts his mind to it.

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I played live last Friday night. The structure was terrible but so were many of the players and I eventually cock-roach my to 3rd place. Over all I was card dead in the tourney. The first hand of any significance was during the 5th orbit when I had 45 suited in the BB. Blinds were at 50/100 and I had only played a couple of hand and was sitting with 1525. Three limpers came in before and the small blind called. I figured this was as good a time for a squeeze as any so I throw my stack in the middle. I figured anyone with something good would have already raised and if I get called I will have live cards. A middle position guy ends up calling of almost all his stack with his K6 and I’m in trouble…until I turn a 4 and it holds up. I use this stack to get to the final table where I continue to get nothing for cards. I steal a pot here and there and eventually show one of my steals with my 62. I was hoping to catch a bigger hand soon and get a caller when I push with it. The next orbit I get AT on the button and push only to get a call…by KT. So I have doubled again and look for more stealing positions. I have tilted the guy on my left but he gets a big hand and double up. We get to the bubble and it is folded to me in the SB and I push without looking at my cards. Tilt boy calls for his tourney life with QJ so I flip over my cards to see what I have…Q8 is not what I was hoping for and I get crippled to 800. I really thought he could fold a hand like QJ as I didn’t announce a blind push but he couldn’t. Next hand the UTG player pushes with AQ and the big stack calls with TT and the TT holds up to squeeze me into the money.

The cash game went well as I had 4 players at the table who saw every flop regardless of the betting. I lost a couple of pots early when one guy rivers a 4 to hit 2 pair vs. my KK and another when the same guy called down with a gut shot and hit. I got my money back from him with a turned flush that he called down and a boat that gave him a flush. I also stacked a guy when I flopped a set of 9s and had the nut flush redraw in PLO when he couldn’t fold AAxx. He even called my set and still paid me off. In the end a won a little in the tourney and was up 1 ½ buy-ins in the cash game so it was a good night overall.


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1 comment:

BamBam said...

So I read the top portion here. Went back and read the last post.
Went back and read my comment.
Came back here an re-read the top portion.

What did I come up with?
I'd love to see you out at one of our games on a Monday night. But then again, I'd like to run into you at any of our little get togethers. It's always enjoyable. It really sounds like we're at the same place. Sometimes play, sometimes not.

Here's hoping we make the decision to play at the same time often!