51 WINS – 46 LOSSES – 2 PUSHES —– (+ 6.95 units / 1 unit = $100)
STARTING BANKROLL: $10,000.
CURRENT BANKROLL: $10,695.
BEST BETS OF THE WEEK: 6-3-0
Favorites destroyed the dogs last week, which is a contrarian’s nightmare. Home dogs were slaughtered. Given that, I was very fortunate to escape with an 8-8 win-loss mark.
The losses were very demoralizing — as the live home dogs were pretty much out of the game early.
Worse, I took at least three horrific beats on first quarter plays — the worst of which was in the DEN-CINCY game when an official blew a call when the runner intentionally ran ot of bounds with :22 left on the clock (the next play was a CINCY field goal). Yet the official inexplicably let the clock run and I lost the wager. The other horrible beat was getting points in the TAMPA-OAK first quarter. Bucs were kicking a FG to go up with about 4 minutes left in the first, when OAK blocked the kick and runs it back 30 yards the other way. OAK proceeds to milk the clock all the way down to :30 kicks a FG and I lose. Then, there was HOU-BUFF where it’s scoreless until :36 seconds left and then HOU runs a trick play and throws a 40-yard touchdown pass. Any play in bounds there would have run the clock down to a scoreless tie and a win. DAL-ATL should have gone over as well, as the first four drives crossed midfield — including three drives within the opponents 25-yard line. But all we could muster was 6 points.
So, four brutal first quarter losses and three live dogs that failed to show resulted in a maddening day. But, getting to the .500 mark was somewhat a relief considering the way the early games turned out.
Coming off the frustration, going 8 wins and 8 losses for a net loss of -.6 units.
My overall record remains in the black in all categories, but need to improve. Lot’s of attractive wagers this week, including two “Best Bets.”
Making 14 wagers on Sunday.
Note: All wagers are for amusement-purposes only. I bear no responsibility for those who may decide to follow my plays.
I just got finished watching a giant ass fuck of a college football game, which was Miami playing against Virginia. I have Virginia -1 as my biggest bet of the day (insert favorite punchline here). The Cavaliers have been a money burner for me for a decade. But all the stars lined up in this game for an easy cover.
Of course, things don’t always turn out as we hoped or planned.
Virginia is basically within a touchdown but behind the entire second half. The Cavaliers drive down the field in the closing seconds and have the ball deep in Miami territory — second and goal with just enough time left to run two plays.
Fortunately, Virginia scores a touchdown and goes up 41-40.
Great for me, right? Easy cover. I’ve got the bastards at -1 and surely they will now tag on an easy extra point and go up by a score of 42-20, thus covering the spread by one point.
The ass clown head coach of Virginia decides to go for a TWO-POINT CONVERSION?
I mean, what the fuck! There are THREE seconds left in the goddamned game. All they need to do is kick the routine extra point, then squib kick the ball on the kickoff. GAME OVER. What’s the purpose of going for TWO POINTS when you basically have the game already won?
I was standing in front of the television inside the Harvey’s Lake Tahoe sportsbook along with several other Virginia backers. There was almost a riot.
Of course, things could have been worse and much more ugly. Had I actually been at that ballgame in person, I probably would have barged out of the stands and charged onto the field after the game. They would have led me away in handcuffs.
Why in the fuck would this joker go for two points, when there’s NO WAY! Miami can come back and possibly kick a field goal with just seconds left? Moreover, isn’t the chance of a turnover/runback greater on a full-fledged offensive play from scrimmage? If anything, the jackass head coach of Virginia is RISKING the game by going for two.
KICK THE FUCKING EXTRA POINT! MORON!
If someone in Virginia can go to the campus and give Mike London an open-hand bitch-slap across his left jaw, I will gladly pay $20. In cold hard cash. Please send video for verification.
Aside from President Obama and former Gov. Romney, there were several other winners and losers in Tuesday’s election.
Most are obvious.
Some are less so.
Here are the biggest losers of all, listed in no particular order:
Note: This is Part 2. The first part contained at least one glaring ommission, which was pointed out to me by poker pro Adam Junglen. I undoubtedly should have mentioned statistician and writer Nate Silver — who nailed the election results with his forecast. Aside from forgetting Silver, the biggest winners can be seen here: THE BIGGEST WINNERS IN THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
1. Karl Rove and American Crossroads (PAC) — These buffoons blew a whopping $80 million in a losing cause. EIGHTY MILLION DOLLARS! Former Bush hatchet-man Karl Rove (who’s vastly overrated as a political strategist) scrambled around the country for a year, promising wealthy donors that with their money funding his discretionary torpedo campaign he’d be able wipe out President Obama. One wealthy donor was reportedly duped into forking over $19 million for Rove and his cronies to blow. After the election, Rove took no responsibility for his failure. He even had the audacity to blame President Obama’s victory on “voter suppression.” The man has no shame, and obviously no character.
Note: I’m visiting South Lake Tahoe for the next two weeks. It’s going to be a busy weekend with the World Series of Poker Circuit in town. The Heavenly Ski Resort is also opening up sometime next week. So let’s talk about one of my favorite subjects — great food!
South Lake Tahoe is blessed to offer many outstanding dining options. Moreover, the area offers an extraordinary number of excellent ethnic restaurants, especially for a small town of only about 60,000 residents.
Here’s a short list of my personal favorites. Having spent perhaps 150 or so days and nights staying at South Lake Tahoe over the past eight years, I’ve dined out at all of these places numerous times. I’ve posted my favorite restaurants where anyone can come and enjoy a good meal, either dining alone or with a group. So, most of these places are not fancy, but more casual.
Listed in no particular order, here are my personal favorites:
Aside from President bama and former Gov. Romney, there were several other winners and losers in Tuesday’s election. Many are obvious. Some are not quite so obvious.
Here are some of the biggest winners, listed in no particular order:
Note: This is Part 1. Coming next, Part 2 will list the biggest losers.
1. Civil Rights Activists / Gay Rights Proponents — The prospect of a majority vote in support of gay marriage would have been utterly unthinkable a few years ago. As recently as 2004, ballot measures on civil rights for all not only failed, but were cited as a key reason why former President George Bush mobilized his conservative voting base in some swing states and won re-election. No more. Last Tuesday, three states — including Maine, Maryland, and Washington — voted for ballot initiatives in support of gay marriage. The historical significance of this victory cannot be overstated. It’s the first time that a majority of voters (statewide) elected to support equal rights for gays. And, it didn’t happen in just one state — it happened in three. History will look back upon 2012 as a watershed year for true constitutional protection for all, much like 1964 was the key year for civil rights legislation.
I eat while driving — many times with a knife and fork (fortunately, the car has good alignment so I don’t need to have my hands on the wheel).
I used to shave while driving — that was before I quit shaving.
As for drinking while driving, let’s just not go there. Don’t ask, don’t tell.
But one thing I most certainly will not never do again is eat a bowl of hot chili while driving.
En route from Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe a few days ago, I stopped off in Bishop, CA There was no way in hell I was going to waste 20 minutes sitting in the restaurant eating, when the more practical thing was to get the food “to go.” I call this multi-tasking.
Well, you can see what happened from the photo above. I won’t even show you what my shirt looked like, which now pretty much looks like an infant’s bib. I dribbled chili all over myself like a two-year-old. Fortunately, the chili wasn’t steaming hot or it might have burned the family jewels.
Which leads me to wonder — if I scorched my crotch eating hot chili, could I sue the restaurant for a million dollars like the bat-shit crazy hot coffee lady?
Everyone seems to have an opinion as to why President Obama won a second term. Similarly, those same opinions also apply to why Mitt Romney lost.
Here are my thoughts as to why the election turned out as it did:
1. Obama’s superior political organization — Even those who are opposed to Obama will concede his extraordinary talents as a campaigner. Just as important was his well-oiled political organization which micro-managed another victory. Obama may very well have run the two most effective campaigns in American history — (If there’s still any doubt, think of the odds going into 2008 that a Black man with the name “Barack Hussein Obama” would be elected on a national level). Obama won states and regions he needed to win to get re-elected, which is a testament to a phenomenal strategy and organization.
2. Romney’s “47 percent” comment — All elections have key moments that become tipping points. Not only the revelation but the actual existence of a video showing Romney speaking candidly to wealthy donors and dismissing nearly half the U.S. population was an albatross that proved to be impossible to shake.
3. Romney’s perceived opposition to women’s equality — Look at the numbers. They don’t lie. President Obama won over women by nearly ten points over Romney — a staggering statistic. Sure, Romney carried male voters — but by a much smaller margin.. No doubt, Romney’s waffling on the “equal pay for equal work” cost him some votes, combined with some very conservative ideas on women’s issues that undoubtedly turned off many (mostly) younger women.
You have been entrusted with the greatest privilege any American can be given. That is the honor of leading our nation.
Over the next four years, you will face many tough decisions. If there are doubts about which direction to go, I have a few words of advice: Remember the message that got you elected. Remember the things you stood for that won you 60 million votes, not just once — but twice. Remember the causes you championed out on the campaign trail that brought cheers from the crowds. Those were not conservative ideas. They were not even moderate ideas. For the most part, they were liberal ideas. That’s what got you elected, Mr. President — a second time.
Here’s a two-minute video clip of the final hand of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship.
While ESPN does a remarkable job in its coverage, this video shows what it’s like to sit in the audience and watch poker history unfold.
The film quality is average, but viewers get a pretty good glimpse into the excitement of the room that night, and how the crowd reacted at the Penn and Teller Theatre at the Rio Las Vegas. This was shot at about 4:45 am on Oct. 31, 2012.
When I shot this video, I was positioned directly behind second-place finisher Jesse Sylvia’s supporters, who predictably had a much more subdued reaction to the final hand. The bulk of Merson’s supporters are in the foreground and swarm the stage at the moment of victory.
Right-wing wackos love to call President Obama a “socialist” — as though that’s a bad thing.
Frightened flag-waving bigots tend to use interchangeable buzz words — socialist, communist, marxist — without having the slightest understanding of what these terms really mean.
So, let’s take a closer look, shall we? Let’s examine state of modern socialism in the world, circa 2012.
Where to begin?
Too bad there aren’t nations we could look to as prime examples. Too bad there aren’t nations with the kinds of policies we American progressives are fighting for — like universal health coverage, higher taxes on the wealthy and big corporations, increased spending on infrastructure including mass transit, deeper cuts in military and defense, increased government regulation of businesses, and protection for the environment. It sure would be nice to see where nations that have those kinds of policies rank in all kinds of different categories.
There are nations like that in the world?
So, where do these socialist-leaning nations rank? More important, where do we rank?