Archive for November 11th, 2008


On Monday Night Football, it was a battle of two unlikely prime-time teams:  the Arizona Cardinals v. the San Francisco 49ers.  The 49ers got off to a good start this season, but have quickly fallen from grace, even firing their head coach Mike Nolan.  They were 2-6 heading into the game.  On the other hand, the Arizona Cardinals look GREAT this season — well-balanced and playoff bound.  It’s all been under the leadership of the aged Kurt Warner (formerly of the greatest-show-on-turf St. Louis Rams of 1999).  But he has finally taken and DONE SOMETHING WITH their high-powered receiving core (Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, & now Steve Breaston).  And on Monday night they were hoping to finally gain respect on a national stage.  They fell behind early, but Kurt Warner rallied them back, throwing for an amazing 328 yards and 3 TDs.  He’s 37-years old!!!  This guy was simply born to play quarterback.  Then, with the game on the line, the Cardinals had an improbable goal line stand to save the game and improve their record to 6-3.  Note to the league:  Arizona is to be taken seriously this year.


The San Diego Padres all-star closer, Trevor Hoffman, is finally finished in Southern California.  After 16 seasons with the Padres, he will move on to free agency and help out another team.  In baseball, the closer is bit of a mascot position.  Everyone expects his arrival at the end of a winning game (many times coming onto the field to the same theme music) and he becomes a celebrity home town hero.  When he departs, it can change the vibe of a franchise.  San Diego will miss him.


Finally, in a rare treat:  some Poker news.  And this is totally worth it.  The World Series of Poker is taking place right now, and that is something beyond special for poker fanatics.  All the pros participate, but what makes the event so special is that amateurs play too (if they can put up $10,000)  Poker is about skill, to be sure, but you also need a lot of luck.  And sometimes it’s the amateurs who get it.  That’s what happened this time around, as Peter Eastgate and Ivan Demidov, BOTH IN THEIR 20’S, are the last two standing and fighting it out for the championship.  Get this, the winner… receives 9.15 MILLION!!!  And the sore loser, he only gets 5.8 MILLION!