Thursday, February 28, 2008

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Raptors 102, Pacers 98

Apparently the Indiana Pacers are named after the race track pace car. How fucking lame is that? About as lame as cheering for a team led by Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy. Yawn.

Anyways, during this "gotta take care of business" stretch, the Raps went ahead and took care of business. I don't know why we need the first quarter and fourth quarter drama though.
  • Jose Calderon had 0 assists? Are you kidding me?
  • Carlos Delfino gave me crazy fantasy points. I'm an ESPN fastbreak genius!
  • I never talk about Chris Bosh enough, because he's not a flashy player, just a hard worker that gets in done every night. So I'll give him props tonight. CB4, you're taking it to the basket and getting to the line every night. Your shot is money. I appreciate your game.
  • We play the Pacers again this week. For real. Don't be like the Knicks last Friday.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Raptors 115, Knicks 92

Revenge is a dish best served cold. But I'll take it lukewarm as well. With the Raps embarrassing themselves in New York on Friday, they did what they had to do at home and smoked the Knicks on Sunday.

  • When Andrea Bargnani looks good, he looks good. His shot was on, he was mixing it up inside, his passing was crisp. Please keep it up!
  • Primoz Brezec's debut was impressive to say the least. You can't complain when you go perfect from the field!
  • Does Zach Randolph look like Theo Huxtable, or Eddie Winslow?
  • I feel sorry for Malik Rose
  • I don't feel sorry for Isiah Thomas
At the time of writing, the Raps just beat the Pacers. But I'm too lazy to blog about that game right now. so y'all have to wait (all 4 of you!)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

I want this

Tetris Ice Cubes!

How to take down a poker tournament

Two years ago, I played in a 30-player poker tournament at my friend Jay's place. It was a grueling marathon, filled with the typical poker drama: Bad beats, suck-outs, all-in bluffs. But in the end I came out on top.

Fast forward two years later, to Jay's birthday party. In typical Jay fashion, he decides to hold a multi-table tourney to celebrate. Along with 5 hours of hanging out with other gambling degenerates, we got treated to a sumptuous Chinese buffet (Beef ho-fun, fried rice, and deep fried pork ... again?!!), and a delightful (in quotation marks) hostess by the name of Joy. Being the good friend that I am, I come out and helped him celebrate the only way I know how: By schooling his dumb-ass at Texas Hold 'Em!

This time around, there were 26 players, and with an insanely slow blind structure, it took us just over 6 hours to find a winner. I gave it everything I had, but fell just short, finishing second to Joy's cousin Chris. Still, I'm very happy with my placement.

So, what does it take to win a multi-table tournament? Here's a quick list for wannabe poker stars like my friend Jon:
  • Luck: Unfortunately, even if you make the correct decisions, you still need to get by lady luck in order to come out on top. I needed the river to help me twice, once to win an overcard/underpair race, and again to save me from a messed up bluff (Queen-Jack beat Ace-King on the river when a 10 gave me the straight). On the flipside, I never got sucked out by anybody at any point in the tourney. I was blessed with a well-timed pair of pocket aces, and more strong A-x combinations than I can count.
  • Shifting gears: Something that I paid a lot of attention to this tournament was how loose or tight I was playing. Typically, I like to play loose, because as the saying goes, "you gotta be in it to win it." But you can't bleed yourself dry, so I made sure to stay disciplined and fold sub-par holdings until I won a pot, or at least until I was in late position.
  • Bluffing: I picked my spots and stole mad pots. The biggest bluff had me all-in on the river, against a player who hit the board (he had a pair of 10s, but there were two nines on the flop). He folded, and I took down a monster pot.
But what happened at the end? I had just tripled up the previous hand, by going all-in blind, and ending up with pocket 10s. Horseshoe up my butt, anyone? That play knocked out the third place finisher, leaving just me and Chris. Now, you gotta understand, I was tired as fuck at this point. I couldn't even multiply 2 by 3, and I had a hard time counting out my chips. On top of that, I was the shorter stack between the two of us.

So the plan was to play ultra aggressive the first few pots, at least until I felt I didn't own that short a stack. Before the cards were dealt, I had committed to going all-in with whatever I had. The only problem: Chris was first to act. My plan should have changed if his move was to raise (which is exactly what he did). My tiredness caught up with me, and stupidly decided to call with a hand I shouldn't have called with. It was a 4-6 of spades! It was suited, which my tired brain concluded gave me a shot at winning. Chris had pocket fives, and 5 cards later, it was all done.

So there you have it, my story of poker glory (and buffoonery). I'll be back next year Jay, let's do it again!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Raptors 99, Knicks 103

Un - fucking - believable. Why are we losing to teams like the Clips, the Sixers, and the fucking Knicks!?!

Bringing back the memories of this loss is too painful. I don't want to do it. Instead, I'll look forward to tomorrow. Play with a little bit of pride, guys, seriously.

And no, we wouldn't have won if Juan Dixon was on our team.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Raptors 127, Magic 110

I am pissed. Not because my friend Chin was at the ACC, and probably had a great time watching the Raps run circles around the Magic. Not because I missed the first half (wait, I was pissed I missed the first half ... uhh, try to skip this sentence when you read my blog).

No, I was pissed because I went to watch Raps - Magic with my cousins from the Philippines, back in November, and the Raps lost. Why Raps?! Why will you not win for me when I'm at the ACC?

Oh yeah, the Raptors won. Fine, I'm happy. Yay.
  • Dwight Howard was born a man
  • Gilbert Arenas, are you telling me that Jose Calderon's 19 points, 13 assists on 8 of 10 shooting is not dominating? You're telling me that Joe Johnson is a more worthy all-star? Get the fuck out of here.
  • Cee-Bee-Fizzour
  • Andrea Bargnani missed a dunk that would have looked so sick. I like that his aggression from the Rookie/Sophmore game has rubbed off .... but ... 1 of 8 ... yikes.
Finally, my lobbying has worked! I wrote letters to the Swirsk, to Doug Smith, and even to Brian Colangelo. I stalked coach Mitchell by his car after practice. I picketed outside of the ACC. and now...

Juan Dixon is no longer a Raptor! That's what you get for sucking so much! Get out of here!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Crazy busy

I have been extremely busy at work, but there's so much to blog about!
  • How long does it take to find a wedding band and engagement ring ... in the snow? Well, ask my wife, she'll tell you from experience. Her rings slipped off her fingers and into 8-10cms of snow ... Done. It took us an hour before we found them, Holy smack! Our array of ring-searching tools included a head mounted flashlight, a pair of car brushes, a shovel, and a LOT of patience. Needle in a haystack ain't got shit on rings in a snowstorm!
  • We've moved into our temporary home, a rental place on the westside. Thanks to TeamID for helping us move! My mother-in-law's couch got wrecked as we tried to manhandle it through the door.
  • We are the proud owners of the Dyson Ball. Vacuuming has never been so fun. Fuck, it sucks that the toys I used to buy were Transformers and GI Joes, and now it's Vacuums and Swiffer WetJets.
  • Andrea Bargnani looked really good playing loose and taking it to the basket in the Rookie/Sophmore challenge.
  • Jason Kapono!
  • I had to take out the thrash for the first time in my entire life. It sucks.
  • After winning a 30-player tournament at Jay Abiog's place 2 years ago, I came back and finished 2nd in a 26-player tourney! I'll blog more about this another day (including why I called an all-in bet with a 4-6 suited).
Alright, back to work for me :(

Thursday, February 14, 2008

I thought we were friends...

It's the wife checking in this week. I took a few days off work and asked my friends Shaun and Chris if they would like to join me for lunch today. Both agreed. Now let the story begin...

So Shaun and I picked up Chris at work and in true Team ID fashion we had not picked a location for our lunch. Chris suggested Moxies, I agreed and Shaun was his usual self and said "he wasn't dressed" for that type of lunch spot (SHAMITY EVENT #1)

Finally arrived at Moxies and are seated in an already-rammed venue. Quite nice. Everyone orders their drinks and an appetizer to share - the Valentine's Day special of crabcakes with scallops. The appetizer arrives and there are two cakes on the plate. There's three of us. Chris quickly grabs one and Shaun says "I'll take whatever's left over" (SHAMITY EVENT #2)

Side note: Shaun is the ice-tea hammer down champ. He drank a whole glass in 5 seconds!

Our delicious lunch finally comes to an end and Shaun asks for the bill: "Uh...could we get it in 3 seperate pieces?" (SHAMITY EVENT #3) WTF??? Since when does Team ID split a bill?? Chris and I are baffled by this "outrageous" display of shamity. Chris is outraged and says "Geez now the waitress is going to think we're co-workers and not friends" Thus the title for my blog entry.

I'm calling on all Team ID members. We need an intervention!!! We need to send him to shamity boot camp!!! I've had enough. My proposal is this. If we witness any shamity from Shaun we need to inflict pain - flick him in the ear, slap him in the face, kick him in the shins, thread his eyebrows...whatever!!! We have been unsuccessful in defeating this monster called Shamity. The only solution is to beat it out of Shaun. Hopefully one day we call each other friends again.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Raptors 109, Nets 91

I didn't watch this game, but I could hear the play-by-play while I was working. It seemed like they took care of business again, and that makes Raptor fan happy.

On a side note, Devean George will go down in history as one of the greatest cockblockers ever. CB4Life!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Raptors 105, Timberwolves 82

I'm absolutely swamped at work, so I'm going to make this short. We took care of business yesterday, just like we were supposed to.
  • I was impressed by TJ Ford's play, and with him back in the lineup we are poised to make a big run over the next few weeks. Love the hustle play, chasing down Delfino's steal and no-look passing back to him in transition! He also had a sick pass to Kris Humphries, throwing the ball upcourt while falling to the ground on his back. Sick!
  • Andrea Bargnani had another solid offensive night, and I even saw him grab an offensive rebound. You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but Andrea is a young buck, and we're seeing improvement.
  • What's up with missing dunks? Tonight, it was Kris Humphries
  • Hey look, an Antoine Walker sighting!
  • Jason Kapono's shot release. Period. That is all.
We're playing the Spurs tonight, on the tail end of a back-to-back, knowing that they want revenge after we killed them at home, and after they've just lost to the Celtics. Yikes. Damon Stoudamire, if you thought our receptions were cold in the past, just wait until your introduction tonight!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Raptors 98, Clippers 102

If you play with fire, you get burned. The Raps lackadaisical defense in the second half led to a hole that was just too big, and they couldn't climb out. C'mon guys! If we take care of business now, we could be in the hunt for a top 4 seed in the East! If we keep losing to teams like the Clippers, we might as well call ourselves the Toronto Pasalics (on account of our inconsistency).
  • I'm happy that Bargnani's scoring punch has earned him some 4th quarter burn, but his lack of clutch shooting irritated my eyes. Yes, he did hit one, but his missed 2 others (on consecutive possessions).
  • I'm happy that the Raps are taking it to the basket, but missed dunks from Bosh and Delfino angered me.
  • Why did it feel like the Clips turned the ball over a million times in the fourth, but we never scored on any of those extra possessions?
  • I watched Jamario Moon's and Jason Kapono's YouTube videos, and they're both sick!
  • Chris' knowledge of the Irish Spring Raptors Dance Pak scares me. What's really scary is how much Irish Spring product he has at his place.
  • When you get out-rebounded 45-33 against a team that's missing their best rebounder, that's just lazy.
  • Popeye's chicken is delicious!
  • Scully and Mulder were seen courtside, investigating the disappearance of an alien codenamed "Cassell."
We play the Wolves on Sunday. Now, I've got love for what Al Jefferson is doing out there, and I love my family out in the St. Paul area, but seriously, these guys can't ball with us. Let's go get this win!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Raptors 114, Heat 82

We play mad sub-500 teams this month. Hopefully we take care of business like we did against the Heat.
  • TJ Ford is back!
  • The Heat look really bad.
  • Alexander Johnson, I will remember your name, cuz you show up on Chris Bosh's poster. Cheese, bitches, you just got posterized!
  • Ricky Davis is a cancer
  • TJ Ford dunked the basketball! Fucking sick!
  • Andrea Bargnani, you've arrived a little late to the party, but we're glad you're here. Let's rock out for the second half of the season.
  • Anthony Parker was 7 of 9. Hot like Jeri Ryan! No Beth, I'm not talking about his looks, I'm talking about his game.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Raptors 101, Lakers 121

Two words: Kobe Bryant. What a fucking monster. He broke down the defense time and time again. Delfino couldn't guard him. Parker couldn't guard him. He dunked on us, he had and ones on us, hit ridiculous 3 balls on us (the one to end the first half comes to mind ... are you kidding me?).

Oh yeah, and Jordan Farmar and Derek Fisher were waiting whenever the Raps doubled on Kobe. 3 Ball. 3 Ball. 3 Ball. A huge run in the fourth quarter deflated our multiple runs pecking away at the lead. Raptors lose, but at least the fans get free pizza. Except I fucking hate Pizza Pizza.

I am now 1-3 when watching at the ACC. Fuck. Forget it, I ain't going back there.

Bargnani continues to improve. He led the team in scoring last night, and more importantly, he mixed up his game. He even posterized a few Lakers, which surprised and delighted me.

He shot with confidence, but late in the fourth he missed two straight shots, and then quickly reverted to tentative Andrea. Baby steps, I guess ... let's just be happy that he dropped 28 on 50% shooting.

The one positive: I bought a new Raptors flag! I couldn't use it at the ACC, cuz we were in the standing room only section, and nobody would have seen me waving it. But watch out for the flag when we face the Heat on Monday! Hopefully I won't knock over too much shit, and scratch (TeamID member X)'s walls when I wave my flag around in his house!