Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday Musings

Chicago Blackhawks vs Vancouver Canucks
Well, well, well. How things have changed. As best I can understand, the Vancouver Canucks are the closest thing in other professional sports to the Chicago Cubs -- lots of great, dedicated fans and a team that just can not seem to do it, whether by circumstances, bad luck or bad karma, or a curse. The Canucks, the best regular season team in the NHL in 2010-2011, has been forced into a game seven after leading the once-floundering Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 in their series. With the game at home and superior overall talent, it would appear that the Canucks should take game seven. However, with history and momentum on their side, the Chicago Blackhawks are probably the smart choice. The final game could go either way, but I expect that Wednesday's Vancouver Sun online will be filled with anger and vitriol.

Rocking the Real Green Felt Tables
The current state of online poker helped me make a last-minute decision Saturday night to take a road trip to the nearest casino offering poker. I made the trip to Peoria, IL in record time, only to have to wait for an hour on a busy Saturday night to get seated when the  room opened a new table. I perhaps might write about the trip in more detail in a subsequent post. However, I was able to get my poker jones satisfied, playing in a cash game for over seven hours. I was a little rusty and misread the board once as I got ready to call it a night. I ended up losing a few bucks, but the trip was well worth it to get me back at the table again.

The Aftermath of the DOJ Indictments
I have still been able to play online poker at Ultimate Bet, and even played a little at Cake Poker and Bodog, sites that I do not particularly like. I also played in a private play money tournament at PokerStars that had gift certificates for the winners. With some tangible incentive, the game played just like a regular real money tournament.

What did I miss most this past week? I missed connecting with some of my regular online poker buddies. I think I am going through Very Josie withdrawal. Does anyone have a cure?

As the future for basketball and hockey becomes cleared after Tuesday, I will finally write my long-promised post regarding the current status of Chicago professional sports teams.


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Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

When I'm rusty, I miss flushes. Straights, full houses, etc. I see, but not flushes for some stupid reason.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Shrike said...

Gonna get drunk if I lose this bet 3 consecutive years.

Bickle should've been penalized for his hit on Bieksa in Game Six. And the Hawks were lucky to avoid getting whistled a few other times for slashes and whatnot.

Still wondering why Chicago got a suspicious ice clean break after an icing call in OT.


1:42 PM  
Blogger Jordan said...

There's only one cure for VJ withdrawal: More Cowbell!

3:05 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

@ MOJO -- I misread a club to be a spade. I was sitting in seat one so I should have seen it. That told me it was time to go home.

@ Shrike -- I think the refs had a difficult series to work. While it did look like they were lenient with the Hawks last night,it has also looks like they have let the Canucks get away with numerous cross checks and other violations, especially in front of Luongo's crease and AFTER the whistle has blown.

The Chicago television feed of the game clarified that the NHL has a referees time out at the ten-minute mark of every period (including overtime) to clear the ice. And ... don't you think that clearing the ice of snow actually helped your team more? They do clean both ends, you know. lol

3:40 PM  
Blogger Bayne_S said...

I did say "Go Canucks" as I touched Stanley Cup last week. I think you owe me big time

7:40 PM  
Blogger kurokitty said...

Was this Par-a-dice? How is it?

5:40 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

Yes -- this was Par-A-Dice. There were five tables and I was seated at the last one to open. Four had $1/2 NL and the other had $1/2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi Low. I had played there once before. It is okay for a small room.

7:04 PM  

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