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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    Monday, February 20, 2006

    President's Day Memories

    Ah, I just can't help thinking back on the great times I've had on previous President's Day. All the parties, the revelry, the expensive gifts...good times, people, good times.

    I didn't even know my office would be closed today until Thursday, I thought this was one of the superfluous holiday we were open. So I'm celebrating by getting my car inspected and doing laundry. Hail to the Chief indeed. I stayed up till 2AM last night trying to bust two morons playing at my micro NL table. They chatted non-stop with every sentence ending in "lol" and they enjoyed belitting everyone's play, including my own. I did a good job of not tapping the aquarium glass, as neither had any clue what "pot odds" are and I didn't think a tutorial would be to my benefit. I pride myself on not tilting or taking things personal, but staying up till 2AM trying to bust a guy with three bucks in front of him isn't healthy.

    I watched the Daytona 500 yesterday, and I have a question. Tony Stewart pulled out of line and smashed into Matt Kenseth, sending the #17 car sliding through the infield and then back into traffic. Kenseth didn't get hit head-on by any of the oncoming cars, but if he had, and had he or one of the other drivers been killed in the 190MPH collision, would Stewart be arrested for vehicular manslaughter? Stewart made it clear after the race he hit Kenseth deliberately, so the motive is right there. I like watching hard-nosed racing, but Stewart took out a guy with a real chance to win the race. And then bragged about it. Wouldn't sitting Stewart for a couple of races put an end to this nonsense? Before the race Stewart said that eventually someone would get killed at Daytona or Talledega because of the bunching restrictor-plate racing creates. Was he just trying to produce a body to make his point?

    Speaking of fast cars and good 'ol boys, aren't we overdue for a Smokey and the Bandit remake? I just saw a promo for the Burt Reynolds opus and I'm shocked that Hollywood hasn't gotten around to reheating that particular bowl of grits. Smokey and the Bandit is, in my opinion, the worst movie to watch with the profanity edited out. Hearing Jackie Gleason's raspy voice overdubbed by some Yosemite Sam impersonator is depressing.

    Think Nike is wishing they'd never heard of Bode Miller? The commerical they're showing now where he spouts nonsense like, "Even if I don't win...if I have a run that...inspires people...then it doesn't matter if I don't win a long as I move people with my run...". What a lot of nonsense. I love watching the downhill, but I don't think even Bill Johnson or Franz Klammer ever moved me to write a symphony or a sonnet. I think I'll stick to New Balance shoes for the time being.

    Actually, who's having the worst Olympics: Bode Miller, Michelle Kwan, Wayne Gretzky, the Austrian biathalon team, or the Norwegian cross-country team? It seems like every story out of Torino is about choking or brain-locks or scandals or lost opportunities or nations in despair after their hero's collapse. Great fun.

    That's actually why I don't like watching a lot of the events in the Olympics, both winter and summer. There's no room for error. None. You watch some 17-year-old girl who has devoted her entire life to her sport. All those mornings up at 4AM in the freezing cold, all those falls, the coaches screaming at you, your childhood sacrificed for a dream of glory. And then you two-foot a triple axel and the jackass NBC announcer is shrieking "What a TERRIBLE mistake! You can't those mistakes if you want to win the GOLD MEDAL!". One little slip and you're a failure. And its much the same with skiing and snowboarding and bobsled (sorry, bobsleigh) and many, many other Olympic sports.

    I mean, imagine if Kobe Bryant was given the ball at the top of the key and told to make the shot. If he misses, his season is a failure. Period. By his own admission Ben Roethlisberger had a lousy Super Bowl, throwing a pick that could've cost the Steelers the game. But football is forgiving enough a game that he made some huge plays and won the game. If Sasha Cohen falls during her long program, she's done. And it's hard for me to enjoy watching her (or anyone else) skate knowing what that person has on the line.

    Then again, I'd watch Tanith Belbin skate even if she was playing in goal for the Penguins. get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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