Wednesday, October 31, 2007

This is Halloween (Hallowpiggy? Otter Ween?) Hey! A ton of pics, what do you want?

Post gord mutilation in 2007 as Piggy and I show off our pumpkins. Also pictured, 'Traz the toothpick holder (he says they are shivs) and Boney the animatronic Halloween wonder.
This is Piggy's skull pumpkin...spoooooy.
This is my demon pumpkin.
BONUS!: Halloween 2006, the pig-o-lantern and the dental nightmare!
Costumes 2006! We were too old and carmudgeonly to go out this year, so here are last year's costumes...Werewolf and Pirate! ArrrrooOOOOOOOO!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

I am going to see the Saints live for the first time tomorrow. The seats are in the 19th row, Visitor's Side (behind the Saint's -- it's at Monster Park) on the 40 yard line. I've only had tickets to anything this good one other time in my life. I am indescribably psyched for this. Photos and more to come!!

Currently final table (edit: WON!) at a sizable Razz Tournament on Poker Stars. Given, its Razz so sizable is relative. Few hundo for first anyway, not bad for killing time till going out with my gal to see the Sawx battle the ticket-scalping Rockies. I hate Denver sports on principle, so I'm going with Bean Town on this one.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Two for the Saints! Its a tough win and Leftwich seemed to have the answer until he got folded up the wrong way by the Saint's new and dangerous D. The Falcon's made the Saint's D stay on the field for what seemed like forever and they held up well considering. The O is not out of the woods yet, as dropped balls and penalties probably cost us well over 100 yrds of offense. You can't do that and expect to win out. Reggie gets the game ball for his intense effort in the endzone to score the game winner. With the TD and the 2 pt. conversion, I think he is the first player I have ever seen knock over both pylons in one score. Again, great job getting everyone involved as out undrafted free agent RB scored and Henderson redeemed himself with a little bit of good stuff and a TD catch. He and Colston still lead dropped patches though. Needs some stick-em and some sideline beatings to right them maybe?? Anyway, its a win and I'm happy.

Chiefs are on and looking a little chaotic so I won't say anything yet, they are up by two FGs and the Raiders haven't some anything yet. Jared Allen is still a stud!! We SQUEAK by again and I think they will give me a heart attack by the end of the season if this keeps up. OPTIMUS PRIEST saw plays and got a first down and about 15 yrds on 3 carries and the Chiefs rack up a W the hard way. It was a battle of defenses and punters (punting yardage was a record) and a divisional battle that left KC in first place. Schweeeet.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Saints Rawk the Hawks!! Road to Recovery?

The changes that the Saints included in this weeks game seemed to really work as they crushed the "boom or bust" Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. What many thought would be a snoozer turned out to be a hell of a game (for Saint's fans anyway, and I saw them in the stand helping to whip the Emerald City's 12th man).

The silent signal calling was a counter-counter to the noise in the stadium that Quest Field uses to generate an inordinate amount of false starts. The calls ended up at a tie of 3-3 for illegal procedure related calls. +1 for Payton's gang.

Patton and Moore, two guys that the coaching staff was fairly obvious about including more in the offense this week, both had great support weeks for guys that were only occasional rotation players this year and came up big when the chips were down. Something Henderson and Colston seemed incapable of doing the first 4 games. Look for them to keep stepping up and the offensive swarm to grow under the command of Brees and Payton. +2 for the Saints!!!

Reggie Bush blew up. In a good way. I seemed involved in almost every play in the first quarter and the Saints attacked the run up the middle (exactly where no one expected Bush to go) and really opened up the whole thing after the DST recovered a botched punt for a touchdown to open things up. Reggie pulled a few of the longest rushing yards of his career to spark the game. The Saints built off the Bush-mania to score thrice with players OTHER than Bush. Disappointing for Bush's fantasy owners but sterling for 'Aint's fans as the offense showed that their 'solution' to its problems wasn't to become more one dimensional and continue to capitalize on the abilities of their whole team. + 2 for Reggie who had over 100 yards of offense by the end of the first half and the team effort.

Drew Brees looked like he was commanding the ship again instead of trying to save it from a ravaging storm. His passer rating blew out of the cellar and his pass selection was almost dead on all night. No picks, only one penalty for grounding and clear crisp throws that were still haunted by the occasional drop but far fewer and less critical than in games past. +1 for Captain Brees!! (106.9 passer rating...third highest of the week.)

WE HAVE A DEFENSE!! After not counting a sack all season, we piled up 5 and added 2 fumble recoveries and a pick to the roster. Tackling was SOLID for the most part and one of the worst defenses in the NFL shone against Seattle. Shaun Alexander score less yards than his backup...some dude named Wexler. My new Favorite Fat Man (said with love) is Big 99 ('casue you can't use 3 numbers on a jersy) Hollis Thomas! Shout out to Harper for his 2 Hassel-bags also. + 1 and a sigh of relief for the Defense.

So, it wasn't all positive. And I'll balance it out with this:

Play selection. There were a few plays like running your back-up crusher up the middle on 3rd and 8 behind the 50 and over using the gut-run with Bush to 'play it safe' in the second half that killed some opportunities and risked the game being brought back into control. This stuff not only gained nothing but put negative yards on the board for Bush and other rushers in an otherwise stellar game. We know Payton is 'aggressive' with play calling an his team continues to rise to the occasion when he puts that to them, but his O's 'safe' options border more on WTF than last year's VIP and has for most of the year. - 2 for the Saint's offense, Jacksonville and Philadelphia will not be as forgiving of these types of errors and Chicago, though worse this year, will still create turnovers in those situations where others might miss out.

Colston and Henderson continue to drop passes. They are HUGE deep threats that either need to have stick 'em coated on every inch of their arms or get to football basics church really fast. Drops by all our key players have killed us this year, but Henderson and Colston were the only ones not to drastically improve this game. That may be why they saw minimal action in the second half and Moore and Patten became down-field stars. I hope they got the message. -1 for the formerly stellar WR duo. Do we need to bring Horn back from Atlanta to smack some catch into you? I'm sure he'll take a pay cut about now.

Seattle Fan' SUCK! While this has nothing to do with my review of the Saints it has to be said. A big -5 to the Quest Field 12th man for BOOOOING Shaun Alexander and their team from the first half on!! You have a team with all the weapons to at least win the crappy NFC West and you are not supporting but BOOING it?? Saints' fans were getting a bit restless by the time we went 0-4 but at least you have 2 wins to hang your hat on. This is almost the same team that took you to the Superbowl and has resurrected your pathetic program from the DUST!! Grow the hell up.

Anyway, Overall score is +4 for the Gold and Black Attack and a sigh of relief that we may be able to salvage this season yet. We have 'must win' scenarios with a seemingly low calibur but error proof Tampa Bay team piloted by Jeff Garcia and a Vinnie Ballgame Manned squad in Carolina. Final Score 28-17, 367 yrds of offense, 1 turnover (fumble), Breese 25/36 for 2 TDs and no INTs. Bush 19 rushes for 97 yrds and 6 catches for 44 yrs (141 total), Patten 8 for 113, L Moore 1 Rsh TD, Johnson (TE) 1 TD and Marquise Colston on the second try of the same play, one catch to 2 yards and a TD. ROLL SAINTS!!

Those Kansas City CHEATS! (Huh?) I could have sworn this is what the color team called the Chiefs on more than one occasion during this game but the Sea of Red opened up and swallowed the Fuedin' Bengals. Larry Johnson finally got his score (maybe he'll take the diaper off) and Damon Huard posted the second highest passer rating among NFL QBs for the week. New stars D-Bowe and Webb spread the field with their talent and Gonzo went Gonzo 2 TDs and 109 yards for a NFL record setting 63 total career TDs by a Tight End. The big man who never thought he would play pro football continues to shine for his team letting them find themselves and put forth a real shot at winning their turbulent division. Thank you TG, you are the man!!

Jared Allen showed that his suspension had not slowed him down as he dominated the defense, scored two and a half sacks out of three and a forced fumble for the day and mauled the opposition the whole game. God love this kid...KC does. The D as a whole picked pockets (2 INTS) forced a fumble and held the Bengals to one of their lowest scoring totals in a long time -- 20 pts. The game is no where as near as the score might make it seem as desperation plays by the orange and black kitty-cats scored the last touchdown in the 4th Quarter.

Larry Johnson found the endzone TWICE in this game, but fumbled out the back of the endzone on the first go round. I hope he bought Sutain dinner for recovering the ball with a pick right after that allowed him to get that touchdown finally.

Herm Edwards is still playing too safe for ANYONE's comfort -- with or without a lead -- and that will hopefully lessen as the now division leading Chiefs find their voice and thunder on the field.

Game of the week goes to the was far more inspiring and impressive to see you dismantle the Seahawks for your first win. Plus, Bob was in a luxury box drinking free beer at Arrowhead and that will make anyone jealous. Consider this my spiteful retort.

A Brief Mention to fallen Mizzou that lost its chance to make the top 10 in the BCS standing by losing in the snake pit. Sorry Tigers, but you are from the MidWest and don't have a legendary name so I don't care WHO you beat, the superflawed BCS won't let you have a top 10 spot now as you have -- shutter -- a loss to another team. Please land in a game with my Gamecocks so I'll have a reason to go to a college bowl game for once in my life. (Meanwhile, Cal and its 'illustrious' victories continue to show the BCS voting retardation for the PAC 10 even after they loose to a team that was Div. I in name only. Jackasses.)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Making it pay!!

For those of you that seem to think online poker and my obsession with writing about it and posting here about it and playing it are a little finally pays off!! Well, it gets me an entry into a freeroll with $40,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

Texas Holdem Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker!

This Online Poker Tournament is a No Limit Texas Holdem event exclusive to Bloggers.

Registration code: 6816659

Speaking of online poker:
My progress is as follows:

"The Ferguson Method" on FT. My freeroll cash is not up to $47 dollars! I am on pace with Jesus there, in fact, I think I got out of the gate a bit faster into the real money.

Bodog: They gave me free money and I turned it into $300 over the last month, going to swing for the fences there. Honestly, the site drives me nuts and what they did to some friends of mine is just sick.

PokerStars: My former online poker nemisis has become my poker home. With $230, 340 and 180 MTT wins in the last two months and a steady score rate in STT and cash games, I am generating a regular positive income. Not about to try to live off of it, but for a guy that one year ago was stuggling to make online work and had moved away from his "butter" casino tournaments in LA, this is a huge improvement.

UB and the rest: I have money there...I just have little to no inclination to play on UB/Absolute until this superaccount/bot thing is clarified.

Well, that is the update from the virtual felt. I'm looking for a big score at the Oak's this Saturday and rooting the Saint's and Chiefs through a couple tough games on Sunday!!

Check out the new and improved Life's A Bluff webcomic at

I will have a new "bloglike" location for my articles up there shortly.

Shalom, Peace and Paz Amigos.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Housewarming and Poker...pretty novel approach huh? Not really, if you know me at all, but it was something that I had the digs for and a great way to cap off the night after the early crowd went home. We had a massive grilled dinner with some awesome potluck food brought by my even MORE awesome guests and chatted it up, drank some good beverages and then, while the kids entertained themselves with Guitar Hero and Lego Star Wars II, we had a little poker tournament in the house. Both the winner (John M.) and the second place finisher (Mary G.) managed to top spots in their very first poker tournaments. I guess my ten minute crash course in Hold 'Em Poker is marketable, huh?
As you can see, a very professional set up....a folding table top on top of a folding table. Chips are nice though. That's me with the bad dealing mechanics.The final four were given their choice of hats to wear from my odd and unusually large collection of big brims. Why? Because a cool hat makes you a better poker player, stupid!

Cool Hand Mary relaxes with the vino. I think she read most of my poker library back there while I wasn't looking.John TAKES IT DOWN!! Ship it to Britain baby!! Gin and Onions.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Meet me in St. Louie-Louie, meet me at the Zoo.

Ahhh, the St. Louis Zoo. Apparently, ranked the best FREE Zoo in the US, and we agree. Piggy was nice enough to accompany me to St. Louis as you know from the post about the game below to visit my Little Otter and go to a wedding in Kansas City for a Fraternity brother. She is also the camera person in about every shot that does not have her in it. Anyway, we had a great day and saw the Zoo and played in the Zoo Park and even the kids petting Zoo and the incredible map eating goats. Lots of great pictures but the ones below are the best.

The sea lion statues at the front of the park.
The Reticulated Python could eat a little otter, but she still thinks its cool.
Grooming the Baboons?
Daddy's head makes a great armrest!
Daddy the mobile lounge chair!
A juguar SWIMMING! I knew it happened, but it was too cool not to post.
A young giraffe was right up to the edge, the kids loved it.
Checking out the Chimps.
The merry-go-round was probably her favorite stop.
Piggy and the Puffins. Movie out next summer.
The Polar Bear was very active while we were there...and he's koot.
Sexy Piggy with the Singin' in the Rain Elephant Fountain.
WOW! We transformed into otters in the kids park!
Cousin Larry.
The Hippos ate my baby!! But it was Koot.
My girlfriend is bigger than a pigmy llama! Wait...that came out wrong.
Piggy and the goats....OF DOOM!!
The Crazy Eyed Goat did not eat my baby. I think she would move in here if you let her. They would be well groomed.
The Cards close things down but I was there to see it. A few weeks ago, my Piggy and I went to see the last homestand of the Cardinals as they faced off against her Phillies. Turns out that the Cards picked that one up, even though it did not matter to them and the Phils later returned that consideration by making the playoffs in one of the most exciting last weeks in baseball in my memory and then promptly loosing to the meteorically rising Rockies. No one can really explain either washout. The Phils were the biggest hitting team in the NL and they could not score over 3 runs in any game. The Cards, last year's World Champs, spent September securing a "stay at home" post season in a different way and then proceeded to win out and play to potential once they were mathematically eliminated. Go figure. This is why I don't bet on sports...why depend on someone else's mental state and effort? Anyway, enough bitching. We had a great time and I finally got to see Busch Stadium. Tough for a kid that grew up 100 miles south playing baseball since they stuck it on a tee for me, but a journey that meant more than just seeing it passing by on I-55. (Horrible memory for my childhood, I was 10 and my Dad had tickets to the 1985 I-70 series with the Royals and gave them away. The folks who went were nice enough to bring us back hats. I think mine is in a trunk back home somewhere. Meh.) Anyway, below are some pictures and descriptions.

Alll Lovey-Dovey before the game.
My buddy Mike showing us where the old stadium stood and the lay of the land.
The old stadium site to the left with the arch in the background.
The statue garden out front has all the greats in action poses and watching over them from the stadium wall is none other than the legendary announcer Jack Buck. Jack ruled. You may know his son Joe, the ESPN schill. I remember being introduced to the best way to watch a Cardinal game by my friend Daniel Perry's family. Turn on the TV, turn off the sound and tune in Jack Buck on the radio. Soooo much better.
Very large, very pretty lights. The park lost some uniqueness, but its still a damn fine place to watch a ballgame.
Next to the Cardinal keystone absconding with my collected souvenirs, including the Yadier Molina bobblehead from the night where he hit the winning shot! Go Yaddie!
Piggy trying to look sad for the camera after the Philly loss. But ain't that the cutest smile ever!! I am the luckiest bastard on earth.
In the statue garden with the Wizard of Oz! Tell me one other player that made the game this fun? Oz, Vince, Ugly Willie and the game were just classic!