Mean Gene
Mean Gene
Pittsburgh's most decorated poker blogger, which I admit is like being the best shortstop in Greenland

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My Articles

Presto, the Arlo, & the Hammer
An Online Code of Conduct
The Ethics of Ratholing
"The Professor, the Banker..."
"Ace on the River"

My Columns

Lose the Shades
If You Can't Say Something Nice
Whither the Kicker
The Lady is a Champ?
Covering the WSOP (or not)
Statistics, Luck, and Poker
Poker and New Orleans
Managing a Bankroll
How To Tell A Bad Beat Story
Telling Lies
The Power of Poker Tracker
Advanced Card-Handling

My Greatest Hits

5 Things To Do Before I Die
Cafeteria Nostalgia
Mean Gene's Dubious Dating Tips
Poker and Business?
There's No Such Thing As Luck?
Isabelle, Je t'adore
No Shirt No Shoes No Service
Well, The Food Was Good
Good Morning, Mr. Matusow!
The Weekend of our Discontent, I
The Weekend of our Discontent, II
Books That Left Their Mark
Ode to a Fish Sandwich
Bill Simmons Ain't the Poker Guy
The Sports Guy Still Ain't the Poker Guy
Again, The Media Tackles Poker
Five Years After 9/11
Hitting Pretty Girls in the Face
Sixth-Graders Suck

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    Wednesday, October 05, 2005

    More Frustration, That's What I Need

    Hockey's back, yay, and my Penguins get stoned by Martin Brodeur. Crosby looked good, and other than the 57 penalties called the game flowed a lot better. First game out of 82, no need to overreact.

    I find I have no interest in the baseball playoffs whatsover. Don't care who wins. Don't like a single team still playing. Don't like the Yankees because they're the Yankees. Don't like the Red Sox because. for all the romance surrounding them, they're just the Yankees with horrible management in their past. They spend just the same as the Yanks, they have a huge payroll...I rooted for the Sox last year, and I'm glad they got the so-called Curse of the Bambino off their backs so I didn't have to see goddam Ben Affleck on TV every ten seconds bemoaning the life of the Sox fan. But it was, what? 86 years for the Red Sox. Amateurs. I root for the Pirates--it's been 13 years since we had a winning season, and 26 years since we won the title. And they ain't gonna be competitive...ever again. Bill Simmons just published a book called Now I Can Die In Peace. Bill, you only had to endure about 30 years of torture. I (hopefully) have 50 years of futility staring me in the face. If the Bucs ever finish above .500 there'll be a ticker-tape parade.

    As I said, I'm a Pirate fan, so ain't no way I'm rooting for the friggin' Braves. The Astros? Eh, who cares, and I always root for Clemens to get shelled in the playoffs. The Cardinals...don't like LaRussa, beyond that I see nothing to engage my emotions. Don't like the White Sox, because Ozzie Guillen is a fool and an asshole. It's pretty bush making the choke sign to another team's fans after you pissed away a 15-game lead in a month. And I'm not rooting for the California-Anaheim-Los Angeles Angels. Any team with that much contempt for its fans can go get stuffed. So screw baseball.

    To improve my mood I played a little SNG, get to the bubble, I'm the shortstack (after the chip leader gives a guy formerly on the ropes about a grand calling down with garbage 3 hands in a row) and I raise with AQ. Two callers. Flop comes J-4-4, it's checked around, I push. Dude calls me with pocket threes. I will now stick my head in the oven.

    I understand that there are like 700 or so bloggers signed up for the Poker Stars tournament. How many of those will actually qualifiy under the rules remains to be seen, but what do I care? Sit 'em down eight at a time, and I'll beat 'em eight at a time.

    Of course, I can't even cash in a 10-person SNG against people who probably flatline their EEG tests. Are you supposed to preheat the oven before you stick your head in it?

    Go to bed, unconsciousness will make me feel better. Maybe a glass of warm milk first, or some pills. get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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