Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Posted by Johnnymac 7:30 PM
Aggy sues Fonzie

f'ing awesome


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Posted by Dr Fro 6:01 PM
Junell is hopping on a plane in Vegas right now and should be back in Houston later tonight. He has my $150 from my "UT to win it all" bet. Something tells me he is also bringing back some good poker stories.

I was thinking about Junell on Saturday. I won $2.50 on party poker in the $50 NL game and then netted $6 in a tournament with my in-laws (they wanted to learn and I insisted that we play for money, even if a token amount). So, I was thinking that during the time span that I made $8.50, Junell probably won or lost a few pots in excess of $850 (not hard to do in $5-$10 NL). We will see.


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Posted by Padilla 10:25 AM
Onward to Satellite #2 of the 2006 IAG WSOP Satellite Series...

Read the linked flyer and rules, or scan through the summary below. Email your preferred Saturday start time (3pm or 7pm only) to padillamichael – at – hotmail . com

RulesFeb13.doc

Flyer2.doc

Here’s a Summary of the Details:
--February offers the least expensive satellite, $40 per entry.
--The tournaments will be held on February 18th & 19th. (Pre-President’s Day)
--Prizes will be awarded 1st, 2nd, AND 3rd at Sunday’s final table.
--1st Prize gets an entry into a $1000 WSOP event and travel $$...2nd & 3rd will get cash.
--There will be cash games in between the rounds…players’ choice of game and stakes.
--No forms to fill out this time, I just need a name & phone number.

Note: It appears that March may be too busy to hold a satellite, so this is your last chance before April.


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Monday, January 30, 2006


Posted by Johnnymac 12:39 PM
An Australian ventriloquist visiting New Zealand walks into a small town and sees a local sitting on his porch patting his dog. He figures he'll have a little fun.

Ventriloquist: "G'day Mate! Good looking dog, mate. Mind if I speak to him?"

New Zealander: "The dog doesn't talk, you stupid Aussie."

Ventriloquist: "Hey dog, how's it going old mate?"

Dog: "Doin' alright."

New Zealander: (extreme look of shock)

Ventriloquist: "Is this Kiwi your owner?", pointing at New Zealander

Dog: "Yep"

Ventriloquist: "How does he treat you?"

Dog: "Real good. He walks me twice a day, feeds me great food, and takes me to the lake once a week to play."

New Zealander: (look of disbelief)

Ventriloquist: "Mind if I talk to your horse?"

New Zealander: "Uh, the horse doesn't talk either...I think."

Ventriloquist: "Hey horse, how's it going?"

Horse: "Cool."

New Zealander: (extreme look of shock)

Ventriloquist: "Is this your owner?" (pointing at New Zealander)

Horse: "Yep"

Ventriloquist: "How's he treat you?"

Horse: "Pretty good, thanks for asking. He rides me regularly, brushes me down often, and keeps me in the barn to protect me from the elements."

New Zealander: (total look of amazement)

Ventriloquist: "Mind if I talk to your sheep?"

New Zealander: "You can, but she's filthy liar!"


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Friday, January 27, 2006


Posted by Dr Fro 10:50 PM



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Posted by Johnnymac 11:27 AM


You may wonder what the Great Zucchini has to do with the subject matter of this blog. Read the article and find out. It's long, but worth the effort, even if it's not really about his gambling and is more just an interesting story about a very interesting person.


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Posted by Junelli 12:08 AM
That Top Gun piece is great. Here's another great one.


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Thursday, January 26, 2006


Posted by Johnnymac 12:52 PM
Yes, I found this at Bill Simmons site. But that doesn't matter, because a little creative editing makes it damn funny.

And yes, like Jake Gyllenhaal, I think Tom Cruise wouldn't necessarily be acting.


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Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Posted by Junelli 1:09 PM
Using Dr. Fro's links below, and some investigation on my own, I've uncovered the following tournament schedule:

Saturday
11am, MGM Grand $65 Freezeout
12pm, Rio, $40 with $40 RB
5pm, Bellagio, $1,060 Freezeout
6pm, MGM Grand, $125 Freezeout
7pm, Caesar’s, $530 Freezeout
7pm, Caesar’s, $120, $100RB
7pm, Golden Nugget $330 (1) RB $200 AO $200
11pm, Caesar’s, $530 Freezeout
11pm, Caesar’s, $120, $100RB

Sunday
11am, Golden Nugget, $55 RB $40 AO 40
11am, MGM Grand, $65 Freezeout
12pm, Rio $30 RB (1) $40
12pm, Rio, $40 with $40 RB, noon
12pm, Caesar’s, $120 (1 RB at $100)
5pm, Mirage Hotel, $330 Buy In $200 Rebuy AO $200
5pm, Mirage $120/RB100/AO100
5pm, Bellagio, $1,060 Freezeout
6pm, MGM Grand, $125 Freezeout
7pm, Golden Nugget $125 (1) RB $100 AO $100
7pm, Caesar’s, $120 (1 RB at $100)
8pm, Binions $70 RB (1) $40 (may be $325 buy-in)
10pm, Luxor, $100

Monday
10am, Mandalay Bay, $30 Freezeout (30 player max)
11am, MGM Grand $65 Freezeout
11am, Golden Nugget, $55 RB $40 AO $40
12pm, Rio $70 RB (1) $60
12pm, Caesar’s $80, $50RB
12pm, Rio, $40 with $40 RB, noon
5pm, Bellagio, $1,060 Freezeout
6pm, MGM Grand, $125 Freezeout
7pm, Caesar’s $120, $100RB
7pm, Golden Nugget $125 multi-RB $100 AO $100


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Monday, January 23, 2006


Posted by Junelli 9:04 AM
Texas is being surrounded by legalized gambling. There are currently 35 gaming sites within 50 miles of the Texas border.

Now Mexico has joined the party.


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Sunday, January 22, 2006


Posted by Junelli 11:02 PM
I've been pretty hot lately in tournament play. This weekend I played in 2 tournaments:

The first was yesterday in Juan Miranda's monthly NL tournament. I placed 2nd out of 35 people, and won $700.

Then today I won 1st place at Top Hat NL tournament, pocketing another $400.

I'm headed to Vegas this weekend (to go find Dimitri). Look for a full report next week.


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Posted by Dr Fro 10:43 PM
I just bagged a winner on PP this a.m. then won $65 in my home game tonight. The first 22 days of January are starting out pretty well. If you extrapolate my results across the entire year, I will win $12,534 and 16.59 National Championships. I have a feeling that neither of those will happen.


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Saturday, January 21, 2006


Posted by Dr Fro 10:09 PM
Jackie's

I stopped by Jackie's after work tonight for 4 hours. The NL game hadn't started, so I started out at the Limit Round of Each game. It was Lousiana limits of $5-$10 where you can make the river $20. I didn't win a single hand for 1.25 hours, but when I did, boy did I. I took in a $250 scooper when I made the nut straight on the river (I also had a draw to the 2nd nut flush). I didn't win again until 45 minutes later when I scooped again, this time with a boat.

The NL HE game started up after 2.5 hours. In 1.5 hours, I got AA, AA, KK, AKs, AK, JJ, TT. I pulled in $250 profit. And no, I didn't raise with AK or AKs and I missed the flop everytime. I have probably saved myself close to $100 so far with my new strategy. Me likey the new strategy.

I have to say that 2006 is starting out well for me on all fronts.


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Posted by Dr Fro 1:31 PM


I found a nice shirt for you to give your wife on Valentine's Day.

Then I found a good story about those famous Dogs Playing Poker paintings. I own "A Friend in Need." Jane has it inconspicously hung in a corner of the office.

And I found an article on bots. In case you didn't know, "fruit machine" is British for "slot machine", not a nickname for JMG's favorite pastime. "Punters " is British for "average gambler", not a position played on the football team by the only guy not from America. And here is the sequel.


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Posted by Dr Fro 8:53 AM
Since announcing my AK strategy, I have been dealt AK 3 times. All three times I missed the flop, so I saved myself about $3 per hand by not raising, or $9. So far so good.

I wasn't paying attention and accidently signed up for a LIMIT holdem tournament on Party Poker. Ugggghhhhh. Could any thing be more boring? Limit ring games are like having sex with a condom but limit tournaments are like sex without a woman.

I am playing as we speak. I think limit is easy to beat, but it just bores me to tears.

On a more positive note, anybody headed to Vegas soon?




++++update++++

ok, I can't complain, I just won 2nd place in that stupid tournament


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Thursday, January 19, 2006


Posted by Dr Fro 10:20 AM
I found a bit more on AK since my earlier post.

Cardplayer

Cardplayer again

pokerstrategy.org

None are perfectly on point to my post, but they are interesting.


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Sunday, January 15, 2006


Posted by Dr Fro 12:50 PM
The travel section of the DMN had several articles on Vegas:

Vegas on the cheap
This is a good idea for those with little appetite for risk. For me, I would hate to spend several days in Vegas and walk away with only $75. I want to walk away a millionaire. My goal is to bankrupt the casino and get the deed as part of my winnings.

Poker lessons
I don't think there is anything to learn for us, but I had a great thought...how juicy are the freaking poker games that follow these lessons? Candy from a baby?

Diversity circle
There is even on article on Vegas for black tourists, which is a must-read for CCM.


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Saturday, January 14, 2006


Posted by Dr Fro 10:41 AM
Today was a good day. I didn't even have to use my AK...

I told a little secret to ARH the other day, but I'll let the cat out of bag for the rest of you. I am no longer raising with AK. So, if we are heads-up and you are afraid of my holding AK but I didn't raise pre-flop....don't worry, I don't have it.

If AK wins X% of the time and loses Y% of the time, then I am certain that I single-handedly make up all instances of Y, leaving plenty of winning AK's to the rest of you.

It seems to me that there are 3 categories of hands you could be up against (hands that may call a pre-flop raise):

1. AA, KK
2. 22 - QQ
3. Ax

Group 1:
You are very, very dominated. Your only hope is a straight (which could still push) and flush or the very unlikely board of AAK against AK. In other words, you are completely screwed. Even worse, if you pair your A or K, you may lose your entire stack. Being agains Group 1 is an absolute nightmare scenario.

Group 2:
You are a slight underdog here. It is your classic "race" with a 50/50 chance, but that is misleading because neither of you are very likely to win much if one hits and the other does not.
But if you get a board that pairs your A or K while also giving a set to your opponent, you are going to lose a decent amount of money. Again, it is the unlikely straight or flush that can win you money, but only if your opponent also flops a set.

Group 3:
This is the only situation you like. But here is what I have experienced lately. If I find myself in a situation where I and my opponent pair up, but I have him outkicked, they are often savvy enough to approach with caution. They know they may have "kicker problems" and the fact that I raised pre-flop only makes their concern more acute. So, it seems to me that the only way to make money against a Group 3 hand is to disguise your hand pre-flop (i.e. not raise). In fact, on Party Poker a week ago, I lost $5o with AQ because I kept betting my pair-of-aces-queen-kicker into Mr. AK. He didn't raise pre-flop. If he had, I would have been less bold.

So what do the experts say? Well, I consulted Mr. Harrington and Mr. Doyle, and they suggest the folllowing:

Dan Harrington (misc pages of Vol I), with some liberties:
- If nobody has entered the pot, raise 75-85% of the time.
- Raise if there is a caller
- Raise if it has already been raised

OK, Action Dan favors raising

Doyle Brunson (starting on p. 471 of S/S), with some liberties:
- He preferes AK over even AA and KK in that it is easier to throw away when you miss
- He raises in most instances, but he does not re-raise a single raisers, as he does not want to be heads-up; he wants multiple callers. After all, it is a drawing hand.

Summary
Obviously the experts don't agree with me. And that is the reason why my current boycott on raising with AK probably won't last very long. But, it feels like the right thing to do right now. In limit poker, there is usually 1 right and 1 wrong answer to every question. NL strategy is much harder to pin down. This is why you see several successful players with very diffrerent strategies (Gus Hanson comes to mind). So, for the next few months, this will be a little unconventional wrinkle in my strategy. Thought you'd like to know.


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Thursday, January 12, 2006


Posted by Dr Fro 5:38 PM
From the mailbag:

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From: LaysDownaMonster
To: Dr. Fro
Subject: [It ain't gambling!] 1/04/2006 04:21:32 PM
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 14:28:43 -0800 (PST)

Little off topic.....Im going to Vegas in a few weeks and am thinking about playing the $540 at Bellagio and the $330 at the Wynn. Anyone know how long these usually last, how many chips you get etc?

Also any good small blind (2-5) NL games I should know about?

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I use the following resources for tournament info:
As to your specific questions, the $540 at the Bellagio no longer exists, as far as I know. It is only the $1,000 (+$80?) tournament from now on. The Wynn was built after I was last there, perhaps Junell knows.
Regarding $2-$5 NL, you can of course find it just about anywhere, but I mainly played at the Bellagio and found the action to be to my liking. Sit down early in the day and waste away the day waiting for a dream hand and hope to win something. But it is mainly rocks during the day. As the night progresses, the players getting more maniacal. By 4:00 a.m. they are outright insane. However, I do think that it is (based on experience!) dangerous to have too large a stack against these maniacs. The buy-in is $200 and if you are sitting on $1,000, you should cash out and come back 30 minutes later. There is very little upside to putting that much at risk given the standard deviaition associated with playing with maniacs.
Plenty ot $1-$2 NL at Alladin and Bally's, too.



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Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Posted by Johnnymac 12:44 PM
Last week, Mrs Johnnymac mentioned that there was a "slight possibility" that she would be taking a business trip to California this week, but that she wasn't too sure. On Sunday in the car on the way to church she said she was leaving for sure on Tuesday morning. I am a bit suspicious that her uncertainty was a ploy to fend off a poker game being planned, but you can't hold Johnnymac down! I was able to get some guys together and we played in the garage last night. It was unfortunate that after about 4 warm nights Mother Nature remembered that it was January and made last night a bit colder, but my space heater (sans one trip of the circuit breaker - my next home project will involve an electrician installing a dedicated 240V circuit in there) made things at least tolerable for us to play.

The game was good. We played 50c/1.00 NL holdem and the limits worked out well. Champ Padilla was the big winner of the evening, yours truly won a decent amount, and Nichol won a bit, too. No one lost a whole lot.

I have two hands to discuss. On the first, Nichol made a small raise UTG and I called from the BB with JQ. The flop came KQQ and I ended up checking and calling the flop and turn (9) and winning a moderate sized pot on the river (T) when I made a one card gutshot straight and didn't bet. Until the very end I was afraid that I was up against a better hand but it turned out that Nichol was bluffing all the way. Rather than write it all over again, I'll quote an email exchange from this morning:

-----Original Message-----
From: Nichol
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 9:49 AM
To: Johnnymac
Subject: RE:


Still wonder if I could have gotten you to fold to my 2-3 suited if I would have bet the river... ;-)


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-----Original Message-----
From: Johnnymac
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 10:31 AM
To: Nichol
Subject: RE:

I'll bite on that -

Since you raised preflop and then came out swinging on the flop, I figured you with AK or AQ against that KQQ board.... AK I have you beat, but AQ and you have me dominated... I figured it was 50/50 and I didn't want you to trap me, so I decided to just check and call all the way to the end if it was relatively cheap to do so since my trips was well disguised and could have been pretty profitable if you did indeed have AK. But when you bet again on the turn I was more concerned you had AQ and I seriously considered throwing my JQ away. Had you bet more than $10 there on the turn, I probably would have folded, but then I made a running gutshot straight on the river and knew I had you beat no matter whether you had AQ or AK... but since I felt bad because it was such a suckout, and since I figured you wouldn't call any bet, I didn't.

Here is the answer to your query - the only way I would have folded the river would have been if you had gone all in or made some other crazy bet to make me think you had a boat (KQ, KK, TT, 99) or backed into a better straight than mine (AJ)...


So he was sort of right - I wasn't too fond of that hand, even the trips, until the very end because my kicker was pretty poor and I probably would have folded had he shown more strength on the river or or even on the turn.

The other hand I want to mention was the one where I flopped a set of deuces and got paid off well when Jerome came back over the top with his top two pair. You all know my feelings already about how a lot of players severely overvalue little pocket pairs, but lately when playing NL and PL I myself will often try to limp (or even call a small raise multiway) into just about any pot from any seat in the hope of flopping a well-disguised set. Last night I was dealt 22, 33, 44, and 55 many times and I only hit my set once, but that one time paid for all of the others and then some. I really like that play, provided that the discipline is there to throw it away immediately if the set (or an otherwise dream drawing flop) weren't to come.

Later on in the night, I folded 44 to a raise and reraise preflop only to see the flop come 46A. Junell and I fished our cards out of the muck and lo and behold he had been dealt 46. It turns out that Morris and Kim each had an Ace (one of them had AK I think), and together created a nice pot - had Junell and I both stayed in it is quite possible that it would have been the largest pot of the night and I would have had a great chance of winning it. Oh well. [UPDATE: maybe that's for the best because the more I think about it, the more I think one of them made a runner runner straight on that hand... whew]

Anyway, that's it for last night. It was a good game with a good group of guys. I am going to try and have the infamous PLO8 game sometime in the next few weeks. If you are on the list be expecting an email from me soon.


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Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Posted by Dr Fro 9:40 PM
Those who played with me in the late 90's will remember that I always played 83o. It was my HS football jersey number. As a guy at the Friendship Social Club once said, "You'd win a lot more if your jersey was Ace King Suited."


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Posted by Dr Fro 3:30 PM
Yet another opportunity to qualify for the WSOP.


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Posted by Junelli 12:03 PM



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Posted by Johnnymac 9:24 AM
I am starting a list of people who would be interested in playing in a semi-regular pot limit Omaha 8 game. Send me an email (iagtourneys-at-gmail.com) if you want to get on the list - I have been talking about it for some time, now I am going to do something about it.


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Monday, January 09, 2006


Posted by Johnnymac 7:35 PM
Hillarious


via Hornfans


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Posted by Johnnymac 7:59 AM
After I win the WSOP next year, I am going to buy one of these and keep it on Lake Conroe.

Sorry for the lack of posts. I am playing Friday night with the Nazi and his bunch and will have plenty of stuff to talk about on Saturday.


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Sunday, January 08, 2006


Posted by Dr Fro 1:45 PM
Gnome Myth #1: Texas has no chance against USC



We got to LA and immediately went out to dinner with a friend. We ran into an Aggie that wished us luck against USC and bought us a drink. Very nice. We made our way back to the Best Western Pasadena where we were staying and also where Merry and Susan were staying. We were watching the local news and lo and behold, Merry and Susan were being interviewed! Susan said she was going to "Come early, be loud, wear orange and stay late" and Merry explained that here sister, Susan, gave her a Rose Bowl ticket for Xmas. A great precursor to the cosmic-alignedness of things to come...

We drove 6 miles to the Rose Bowl around 9:30a.m. It took an hour. We listened to the local radio guys who educated us on a few facts: Texas will get killed at least at badly as OU did a year ago, we have not played any good opponents, Vince only has good stats because he hasn't played a defense like USC's, blah, blah, blah. We made our way to the tailgate where I hung out with Beavis and Brad. Over the course of the day, the tailgate grew with more and more friends that I have been watching games with for a long time. This was my favorite aspect of the gameday: spending it with those with whom I most wanted to spend it.

Jane went into the stadium at 3:00 and I went to put up Alistair, the traveling football gnome and grap a sweatshirt. It was 4:00 when I joined her. The car was maybe 3/4 mile away, but the place was an absolute mob at this point. Between fans, marching bands, vendors, cops, etc, the scene outside the Rose Bowl was pretty crazy. The fans were all quite well lubricated. Not me. Not for the biggest game of my life. Didn't drink for Ohio State either. Gotta have my A game on.

Our seats were in the USC section. There was one complete ass sitting in back of us that was basically a jerk. One guy in front of us was Jeckle and Hyde all night: sometimes nice, sometimes obnoxious. Other than that, the USC fans were all very polite. They were unbelievably confident (shall I say "arrogant"?) but well-mannered. The four seats next to us were filled right before kickoff with 2 fratty UT guys and two smoking hot junior sorority girls from UT. They were to my right. Jane asked to switch seats with me. It was good that they were there because it helped to defuse some of the anger from the a-hole in back of us. Ahole stopped trying to instigate fights and starting flirting with the hotties. Fine with me.

When USC scored 7, Mr. Hyde turned around and said "We've been doing this all year." It was one of only two times that I was worried about the outcome of the game. Of course, we went on to score 16 unanswered points, and then we started feeling real good...

We were in the exact opposite corner of the field from where VY's knee hit the ground on the busted option play. Nobody where I was sitting (or anywhere in the stadium as far as I know) was aware of the controversy. I got a text message from ARH saying "VY's knee was down" about 30 minutes later, and I didn't know what play he was even talking about. I then overheard a USC fan having a conversation on his cell phone, and I pieced it together. Well, as a guy on Hornfans.com pointed out, we probably would have scored anyway, and we would not have rushed the PAT. Thus, we would have likely gotten 1 more pt, and USC would perhaps not had time to score that final FG. So, one could say that USC was the 4-pt. beneficiary of that non-call. We'll never know.

Halftime show by UT was great, but I thought the USC performance was a bit gay. The SBotSW played Beatles tunes and made formations of the state of tx, longhorns, a lone star, etc. The Spirit of Troy did Beat It by Michael Jackson. You pick.

I didn't leave my seat, but the word from everyone that did was that the aisles were completely packed. Evidently, a TON of people snuck in via various scams and I think the official attendance of 93k was way understated.

You know how the 2nd half went - 4 straight TD drives by USC with some scarce scoring by UT until app 6 minutes left. When we had the ball and were down by 12, I never doubted for a second that we would score at least 12 more points. Never. So, we went down and got 7 points pretty easily. I felt confident we would stop USC there. Sure, they just scored on 4 straight drives, but our defense has come up in the clutch so many times. Well, my confidence waned and I doubted victory for only the 2nd time when it was 4th and 2. I couldn't tell from my vantage point that it was a "long 2" and all I knew was that Lendale White was money on conversions all night. So, I thought we were doomed. Lendale was stopped, but they brought out the chains.

I later saw the game on TV and realized that everyone in TV Land knew that we had stopped them (courtesy of the "yellow line"), but I have to tell you that 93k fans (and a few coaches and players) were sweating it out. The camera showed the marker go down (with slack in the chain) behind the ball and 46k USC fans yelled. They tightened the chain and 46k UT fans went absolutely ecstatic. I have never (although this would change in about 2 football minutes) experienced so much electricity. People went absolutely apeshit.

Of course the rest is history. Vince was, well he was Vince, and he went down the field (thanks partially to a stupid Darnell Bing penalty) and scored for us. I think that 46k UT fans were in the same frame of mind that I was during this drive: This is what Vince does, we will win. And win we did.

I wanted to tap Mr. Hyde on the shoulder and say "We have been doing this for a long time"

The touchdown meant that I just won 1st place in one football pool ($200), 3rd place in another ($157), won my Vegas bet from back in August that UT would win the NC ($150), won UT +8 ($100) in Vegas and won a Payday candy bar from a coworker. Then we made the 2-pt conversion, which made me win the $25 "squares pool" as I had UT-1 USC-8.

The squares pool is an interesting story if you don't mind the tangent. My parents have had a bowl game party for 40+ years. They started it because they were the only ones that had a color television. Over the past 40 years, their friends have purchased color televisions, but they still come to the Friou house to watch bowl games. The hallmark of the party is the "squares pool." Well, my parents are getting old and they decided that this would be the last year to throw a party. With the Rose Bowl being the last game of the bowl season, this meant that I won the last ever Friou Bowl Party Squares Pool. Not a lot of money, but there was one helluva sentimental value associated with that one. More cosmic-alignedness!

Thank you for allowing me to digress...

So in more cosmic weirdness, two of my best friends (best man and groomsman in my wedding) were sitting about 20 yards from us. They were too far to talk to during the game, but close enough to flash my Hook em Horns at when necessary. My favorite part of the weekend was after the game when the USC fans disappeared quicker than you can say "wasted 3 timeouts" and I scooted over to Brad and Beavis.

We all wished each other a Happy National Championship, and I remembered what I like most about following the Horns around the country: getting to share it with those that mean the most to me. My best friend was right next to me and two great friends were with us for the post-game celebration.

The celebration continued through the night and for the most part the USC fans were gracious with "good game" etc. Matt Leinert and some others irked me slightly with the suggestion that they were still the better team but that "UT played better on Wednesday night" Whatever.

So in more cosmic weirdness, I sit next to CCM on the plane and he tells me that he couldn't find a ticket. He was getting in a cab to leave the Rose Bowl, hoping to catch the game on TV at a sports bar. If he hurried, he and MM could see the last 3 quarters. The guy he shared the cab with listened to his sob story and then the dude's wife said, "oh, honey let him have our tickets." Evidently, he had tickets but no interest in going! And he was afraid to sell since scalping is illegal. Thus, he was planning on just keeping them for a freaking souvenir. CCM took the dude's tickets and got to see the end of the 1st qtr and the rest of the game. Now, that is cool.

So that is my story. I have waited my whole life (I was born in 1973, 26 months after our last championship) to see that and I really wasn't sure if I ever would. I always had hope. Always. And let me tell you, fulfilled hope is one heck of a good feeling.




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Thursday, January 05, 2006


Posted by Johnnymac 8:23 AM
I will let some of our contributors who were actually at the game last night make comments about the game, but I do want to point out just how sweet this looks this morning:




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Posted by Junelli 1:13 AM


I had a dream that Texas won the National Championship.

Here are various comments from the TV coverage after the game regarding Vince Young's performance:

"I've just witnessed the greatest performance in the history of college football in a big clutch game. No one has ever done it better than Vince Young did it tonight."
- Lee Corso

"I don't think I've ever seen a better performance...ever...at any level, or at any time."
- Kirk Herbstreet

"You wonder if some of the Heisman voters are asking if they can change their vote."
-Stuart Scott

"Vince Young was extraordinary. He was obviously the difference in the game. And it's obvious why they were so effective this year. UT has great players across the board, but Vince Young is really off the charts."
-Pete Carroll

Even Leinart called him a "freak"


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Tuesday, January 03, 2006


Posted by Padilla 9:27 AM
2006 WSOP Satellite Series, Sat #1
**** FINAL TABLE --- JANUARY 29th ****

He came, he saw, he conquered. Congratulations Ryan DeWitt!



In less than 4 hours of work, Ryan turned $40 into a $1000 entry fee into the 2006 WSOP and pocketed $860 to help him pay for his travel expenses this summer. Robin Langley was the hard luck runner-up in the 2-1/2 hour finale.

In all, 29 entries were collected on Saturday that formed 2 tables of 8 players at 11am, and tables of 6 and 7 at 3pm. Ryan won his seat at a dangerous short-handed table at 3pm, while Robin secured his seat at one of the 11am tables. The other 6 finalists were Charles Dunshie, Tony Ford, Michael Davis, Nato Guajardo, Dennis Crowley, and Jessica Padilla. (Yes, the torch has been passed)

The turning point during the final 2:
A turn-card “5” gives both players trip 5’s and all the money gets into the pot, with Ryan all-in. Robin’s king of diamonds has Ryan’s 7 covered, but there are 3 hearts on the board. The river brings a 4th heart to allow Ryan’s 7 of hearts to play for a flush. Ryan’s rush begins there and ends with him hitting 3 consecutive straights, 2 of which take down big pots. The 3rd and final one earns a call from Robin to end the match.

STAY TUNED FOR THE LEAST EXPENSIVE SATELLITE OF THE YEAR ON FEBRUARY 18TH & 19TH.

***What this is all about (original post)***
In an effort to send more people to the WSOP this year, I am planning to hold a series of satellites that will award entry fees and travel expenses to some of the lower buy-in events this summer. My goal is to hold one per month, with buy-ins ranging from $40 to $125, between January and June, for WSOP buy-ins ranging from $1000 to $5000.


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Posted by Johnnymac 5:05 PM
You might remember my niece who was born in November. My brother has in inside track on father of the year.


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