Friday, March 07, 2014
Ultimate Poker in another player-friendly promotion, has rolled out something they call "NO-verlay." If any tournament with a guaranteed prize pool, actually meets its guarantee, everyone gets their buy-in refunded. At first the promotion didn't catch on, only a few tournaments were going freeroll. But as the promotion entered its third week, word spread, players got wise and now every tournament is filling up. The $100 buy-in Sunday tournament was free, the $50 nightly has been free about 8 - 10 days in a row, and the $10 and $20 buy-ins that start later and are accessible to me, have also been free just about every night over the past two weeks. As you would imagine I have been trying to play as many of these tournaments as possible to maximize my value. At first I wasn't doing very well in these free tournaments, but I've recently hit a string of luck, cashing 3 times in 4 days in the $20 buy-in ($244, $125 and $29) but last night was my biggest score yet. I started at 9pm with the $10 buy-in $750 GTD Rebuy and Addon. I did not rebuy or add on (because those are not refunded). I got down to a short stack early and decided to shove with A7. I got called by AK and hit two 7s on the flop. A few hands later I shoved A8 suited (still short stacked) and again beat AK, this time with an 8 on the river. The rest of the way I played good solid poker, took a couple bad beats, got lucky in a couple spots, and ended up winning a very brief heads up match.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Mrs. Poop and I were watching a show, ok, it was "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and Kris Jenner was stomping grapes. I made reference to this famous internet video and she laughed hysterically and claimed she never saw it before. I know I laughed about it and everyone else I know sent it around, but it was in the infancy of the internet before Facebook and twitter so maybe she really never saw it. But when she said she never saw this clip from Louis CK's sitcom, I knew it wasn't that she hadn't seen them, it was that she had completely forgotten. Is it really possible she never saw these?
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Reebok is out with a new series of ads based on the famous barbershop scenes from Coming to America. They feature Shaquille O'Neal and Shawn Kemp. This one also stars Allen Iverson. It's not a very funny homage to Coming to America, nor to the "practice" rant. But it's out there and I know you rely on me to bring you these things.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Exactly 5 years ago today (I started this post before realizing the date was exact), I posted a classic The Roots song, "What They Do" (SOTW, 3/4/09) and the comments section became a forum to air grievances about their new (at the time) late night talk show, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." I said "The Roots are the house band for the worst late night talk show in the history of the world." TON said "I just watched Monday's Late Night, and must admit...it was pretty bad. Jimmy Fallon seemed almost too nervous to do it...Did you see the 'lick it for 10' bit? Worst segment I've ever seen on any show." TallSkott said "Am I the only one who doesn't think Fallon is funny?" I think we were all correct at the time, segments like "Dance Your Hat and Gloves Off," "Wheel of Carpet Samples" and the aforementioned "Lick It for 10" were goofy ideas that just didn't work. To their credit, the producers, writers and Fallon himself reimagined the show and started leaning on his strengths and The Roots. The show has had incredible hits with musical-themed segments that are entertaining, funny and go viral very quickly, like the 5 installments of History of Rap with Justin Timberlake. My favorite recurring gimmick is when they sit down with an artist and play his/her popular song with kids' instruments. The best was "Call Me Maybe" with Carley Rae Jepsen. But there was also "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke (in which Black Thought spits a verse way doper than the cheesy one TI laid down on the actual recording). And there was also a hip-hop Sesame Street theme with the characters in studio, and Black Thought killing it once again. The latest of these is a rendition of "Let It Go" with Idina Menzel from "Frozen." Another recent segment I like that typifies Fallon's strength as a mimic is the hashtags segment in which they asked for viewer submissions of frequently misheard song lyrics, which Fallon then sang. I was particularly amused by his Mick Jagger impression, "In Yugoslavia, in Yugoslavia you'll never starve." If they continue to churn out gems like this Fallon could very well go down as a legendary late night host. And that's something none of us saw coming 5 years ago.
At the end of the best bit in the history of late night television, Louis CK's "Everything is Amazing and Nobody's Happy" CK marveled about the speed of a cross-country flight by saying "you watch a movie and take a dump and you're home." Conan O'Brien, playing the straight man, responded with "there's a nicer way to say it than that." That line popped into my head when I heard announcer Darryl "Razor" Reaugh describe a goal by Jamie Benn on the Dallas Stars. "Like poop through a diarrhea-infected goose." Well, that really gets the point across.
Friday, February 28, 2014
A cleaning lady at an Italian art gallery threw away two pieces of modern art, valued at roughly $15,000 because they looked like garbage.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Prior to Sunday night's closing ceremonies, NBC ran a 90-minute documentary, "Tonya and Nancy", revisiting the attack on Nancy Kerrigan, 20 years after it happened. Prior to the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony, NBC aired a documentary on the Dream Team. If NBC keeps this trend of 90-minute examinations of the most fascinating event at the Games 20 years earlier, surely in 2034 we will be treated to "Bob Costas's Eye Infection: What the Fuck Was That?"
"Karma" - Lloyd Banks featuring Avant "My heart is colder than sandwich meat." "Your sex appeal is remarkable, you make a G wanna walk around in the park with you." The chick in this video is the incredibly hot KD Aubert. Lloyd Banks's real name is Christopher Lloyd. Great scott! He probably would have had a better career had he used the pseudonym, Doc Brown. Note: if you like samples as much as I do please listen to Natalie Cole's "Inseparable" and you will see what a great job the producer, Greg "Ginx" Doby, did in taking something old but cool, and turning it into something even cooler and appropriate for this genre.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Normally when people say "couldn't happen to a nicer guy" they mean it sarcastically. I don't. The following horrific story could not have happened to a nicer guy because none exist. My former colleague Miles O'Brien suffered a freak injury when a case of TV equipment fell on his left forearm. Here's what happened next, according to the post about the incident that Miles wrote on his blog: "The doctor recommended an emergency fasciotomy to relieve the pressure. This is a gruesome enough procedure on its own, but the he was clear that the problem was progressing rapidly and there was a clear and present threat to my limb. It was getting real. Of course I wasn’t awake for the action but I was told later that things tanked even further once I was on the table. And when I lost blood pressure during the surgery due to the complications of compartment syndrome, the doctor made a real-time call and amputated my arm just above the elbow. He later told me it all boiled down to a choice…between a life and a limb."
Great news for those of you who watched Saturday's Syracuse-Duke rematch hoping to see Tony Greene officiate. Bad news for the rest of us who were hoping the players would be the ones to determine which team would win the game. Maybe Damino is just a more gracious loser, but he and I both agreed after the last game that it's better for the refs not to call questionable fouls. But I am sure he won't be complaining about being the beneficiary of the very controversial call that decided this game. I have watched this play many times and I can come to only one conclusion: no call should have been made. While I agree that Hood had his feet set, but his body was still moving into Fair's path after Fair began the act of shooting. So that's the technical explanation, the more correct one is this: as Mama Poop used to say, if you all (us kids) think someone else is my favorite, then I must be fair. If no foul is called on that play, both coaches probably go nuts, meaning no call would be the fairest adjudication. But the foul was called and Boeheim went nuts. Obviously, the best thing for the team would be for Boeheim to have reacted in a less demonstrative way, preserving at least a small opportunity to win the game. But, I also think, after an atrocious call like that, the ref should have given Boeheim infinite leeway to express his displeasure, since the ball was out of play at that moment anyway. But if nothing else, the incident provided some great fodder for our tag "pictures of Jim Boeheim making stupid faces."