Monday, June 17, 2013

NHL Playoffs, Boring Baseball, Potato Salad, and Poker..........................

BREAKING NEWS!! THE NHL STRIKE IS OVER!!!!! And what do you know, the Chicago Blackhawks are having a great season!!  OK, obviously I knew the season started months ago, and after initially being a little salty about the whole lockout/strike thing, I have really enjoyed the NHL season/playoffs so far. I guess it always helps when your team posts the best regular season record, and is now playing for the Stanley Cup!!  Of course, I am the idiot that opted out of his Blackhawks season ticket group this year!  DOH!!!  Bad timing, but I don't regret my decision.  Games were just tougher and tougher to get too, and the cost continued to rise.  I am content watching the games from the comfort of my own home anyway.

Hopefully the Blackhawks can take care of business tonight and take a 2-1 series lead.  Both games so far have been really exciting, and both teams have played some great, and not-so-great hockey.  Either way, if I was an impartial hockey fan, I'm sure I'd be pleased with the level of excitement the Cup Finals and the playoffs in general have provided.  Playoff hockey is one of my favorite things to watch, no matter who is playing.


Baseball has become pretty boring to me.  I still love it, but just can't watch it day in day out.  It's also a tough sport to gamble on, and it's a complete grind, so I opt to not even bother. Of course, I still do fantasy baseball, but I won't bore you with the details on how good my teams are.  Because let's face it, NO ONE really wants to hear about someone else's fantasy teams.  I don't want to hear about how you got beat out bidding on Gerritt Cole, and I won't bother you with details about how I drafted Kyle Blanks.  Oh, and we're not even half way through the season!!!

The WSOP is in full swing out in Vegas.  This is the 10th anniversary of Chris Moneymaker's epic Main Event win back in 2003.  Can't believe it's been that long.  So much changed in the poker world before, during and after his win, and it's been nothing short of a wild ride in the 10 years since!!  Here is a GREAT article on the 2003 Main Event, as told by those involved.

It's a really good read, and even the most passive poker fan/player would enjoy it.  I seriously suggest you check it out. Seriously, do it.  Rounders was released in 1998, and I think the world is ready for another successful poker movie on the big screen.  Someone seriously needs to consider giving the Moneymaker story a shot at it.  I think it would be great, although, I am admittedly a little biased being the poker fan that I am.  It's a little weird saying poker ''fan''.  I am a poker player, but I do enjoy watching/following the stories as well.  I guess poker enthusiast/player better describes it.  Anyhoo, a few big names already making some waves this year as David Chiu, Mike Matusow and Tom Schneider have all won bracelets and Eric Baldwin, Scott Siever, and Allen Cunningham have all finished as runners up.  Matusow has always been one of my favorites.  For me, maybe next year!!  Until then, I'll just keep grinding it out online playing $2 and $5 HU SNGs!!!  ; )

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On a completely spontaneous whim Sunday, I decided to make homemade potato salad.  I knew we had potatoes and mayonnaise, and figured I could fill in the blanks from there.   And that's just what I did.  I had never, EVER, made potato salad before, hell, I had NEVER even hard-boiled an egg before.  So, my expectations were tempered. But let me tell you, I knocked it out of the fricken park!!  It was FANTASTIC!!  Going to try it again soon and will include pics and instructions here.  Only need to tweak a couple minor things.  Seriously, that is how good it was.  Went great with the BBQ chicken drumsticks and corn on the cob I grilled, while watching the final round of the US Open.  Was pulling for Lefty to finally get the W in the Open, but not to be.  Justin Rose played good though, and deserved the win.

That's all I got for now.  Thanks for stopping by..................


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