posted on June 14, 2012 06:57
Timmy’s Thursday’s Tidbits
Who would’ve thought that a base hit for the opposition could be one of the bigger plays of the first half of the Cardinals’ 2012 season?
But, Rafael Furcal’s diving stop of what became a single…but not an RBI…was just that.
Had Furcal not knocked that 9th inning shot down, the White Sox would’ve tied the game…and considering the Cardinals have scored seven runs in their last five games…the Redbirds would’ve been staring down a three game losing streak with Jake Westbrook taking the mound tomorrow.
Not a good situation.
Instead, the Cardinals capitalized on another brilliant performance from Lance Lynn and won a game that---as of late---they seemed like they’ve been losing.
I wonder what would’ve paid off more in Las Vegas: taking Timothy Bradley heading into the 12th round Saturday night…or betting back in March on Lance Lynn and RA Dickey to be battling to be the National League All-Star starter.
The Cardinals have had a number of shitty losses as of late, but if they would’ve pissed away Lynn’s performance last night with a blown save, it would have been up there with a couple of those Cubs’ losses as crappiest of the year.
Hell of a play by Furcal…on a base hit.
The New insideSTL Columnist
I figured we’d get a number of responses and a number of submissions for the job opportunity, but considering it’s not going to pay much and I asked those interested to submit three columns, I figured I’d maybe get 10 to 15 writers wanting the job.
Well, we’re well past that point.
A couple of things:
1. If you’re interested in the job, email me three columns (on whatever topics you choose) at email@example.com.
2. If you’ve submitted columns and have not received an email from me, please re-send. I’m still using hotmail like a fucking jackoff, and so some of my emails bounce back or are accidentally deleted when I empty my junk mail folder.
3. I initially planned to narrow it down to a handful of finalists this week, but considering I have to read about 150 columns, that’s not going to happen. So, please be patient.
The World Series of Poker Main Event
Well, courtesy of some fine Americans…and courtesy of the fact that they must not have read about The Death Spiral in Las Vegas two weeks ago…I’m pleased to say it looks like I’ll be playing in The 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event. I’ve sold a good portion of my action for the $10,000 buy-in, and barring some unforeseen circumstances keeping from being able to make it to Las Vegas in the first week of July, I’ll be playing in my third Main Event.
If you’re a poker nerd and/or a gambling degenerate and want a “sweat,” I’ll sell another $2,000 of my action.
To explain how this would work for those of you unfamiliar with it and how poker players sell action to minimize their risk for big buy-in events, in this case, with a $10,000 buy-in, I’m selling 100 units…each priced at a 1.15: 1 ratio.
So, if you were to buy 5% of whatever I win, it would be a $575 cost ($115 x 5=$575).
Many players like to buy other players’ action for a potpourri of reasons:
-they think that player will bring home some prize money…obviously.
-they’re players themselves…and knowing that variance is a part of the game…they want to increase their chances of winning money even if they’re not going to win by betting on players to cash.
-they’re just action junkies and want a “sweat” during the tournament…and in this case, we’re talking about the biggest poker tournament in the world.
Last year’s first place prize was $8.5 million, so if you bought five units and I won first place---which is incredibly likely---you’d receive $425,000 for your $575.
Next to buying insideSTL stock in 2005, I can’t think of a better return on investment.
I’m likely going to play Saturday July 7th or Sunday July 8th. Day 2 would be Tuesday July 10th. If you and/or one of your friends wants to buy some of my World Series of Poker Main Event action, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. A world of riches awaits you.
-Not sure if you heard Jim Rome’s interview with David Stern in which Rome asks Stern about the NBA Lottery being fixed, but if you haven’t, here’s a link to the segment:
Personally, I don’t think Rome did anything wrong. He asked a question that---right or wrong---was on a number of peoples’ minds. Stern did himself a disservice, in my opinion, by reacting the way he did. With that all out there, I like that Stern doesn’t play politically correct. Pop off if you’re pissed. I liked the way both guys acted in the interview…but I don’t think Rome did anything wrong. He asked a question many people would be scurred to ax.
-Joe Buck joined us on TheITDRoll.com Morning After yesterday, and it was a hell of an interview…not because of anything we did, but because of what he had to say…mainly about the upcoming 10th anniversary of his father’s passing on June 18th. We spent about 10 or 15 minutes discussing the week that was in 2002…and how it was one of the most difficult and surreal in St. Louis sports history. If you missed any of the interview, you can listen to it by clicking HERE.
-Finishing off with more audio/video, the phenomenon that is Krispy Kreme continues to grow in popularity. If you want to see the video we play on the show, here’s Krispy Kreme talking about chasing your dreams. Now, I don’t have kids, so I don’t feel like it’s my place to parent for you, but I think it would be a wonderful family moment for everyone to gather around the computer and watch this together…and take this gentleman’s advice…and chase your dreams: