Pocket Bullets Paris
On Saturday the 12th of October we prepared to sit back and enjoy watching our beloved Fighting Texas Aggies do battle with the Ole Miss Rebels. However, we weren’t quite prepared to be sitting on the edge of our seats all the way through the game watching an anxiety-producing game (although after last year’s Ole Miss game we should have been) especially when we saw Johnny go down in pain. In the end, though, the Aggie D came through with a three-and-out when we needed it, and Johnny did his magic like only he can, bringing the Ags down the field in a brilliant drive. That set up up former MLS player turned Aggie kicker Josh Lambo’s 33-yard walk-off field goal and an Aggie win with a score of 41 to 38.
We had a winner in our predict the score contest, too. Brian Scott Ayers came closest with the final score prediction of A&M 41-Ole Miss 24. Congratulations, Brian! Call or email us by replying to the email we sent you to claim your prize of 200 poker chips in an aluminum case with a clear, scratch-resistant plexiglass cover, 5 dice, and 2 decks of cards.
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Confessions of a Grinder
I called Bubba today and asked him about stuff happening at his end, and especially about poker. He agreed to a phone interview for this week’s blog and promised he’d write one himself next week. Bubba was really excited about the fact that his game has now reached a new level. He was even more excited about the Longhorns vs Sooners and A&M vs Ole Miss games tomorrow, and somehow I felt his undying love for Ole Miss – the same love he has had for any team that faces the Fighting Texas Aggies. Okay. I’ll cut to the chase, and write very briefly about our conversation. Enjoy!
Me: Thanks so much for agreeing to write and share your insights man. How’s it going with you? Tell us about your recent poker experiences.
Bubba: Oh. It’s a goin’! Haha I love this site . . . it has some really cool stuff . . . thanks for letting me write and it’s a good idea to have a real poker player write for a change. heh.. . this TPS stuff is kinda like my stuff..you know the stuff I sell.. by the way dude, I tell you what.. I just came up with this awesome poker hat.. boy, I tell ya . . . them hats gonna’ sell like hotcakes in a state fair.. * chuckle * I’ve had like.. four guys.. call me and tell me.. dude that’s the best hat I’ve ever seen in my life.. could I please have one.. I wuz like I know I know! Hang on.. I’ve had a guy ask me to make him 50,000 hats by December dude.. and
Me: (at this point I had to interrupt him) Yea umm . . . that’s great man. What about Poker?
Bubba: Yeah, dude I read this book last week that I found in the McDonald’s parking lot right next to my truck, while I was on my way to Elmer Dinkley’s cash game at NeeHaw, TX, and I tell you what . . . It’s about this guy who talks about calling a bluff when you see someone nervously swallow his saliva and see his Adam’s Apple move, and then if you see someone lick his lips or dig his nose . . . you snap-call him, and it has taken my game to a new level man… now all I do is keep swallowing my saliva when I have the nuts. . .the other day I wanted this guy to call me so bad cuz I had a full-house, and I kept swallowing for 15 minutes till I had to go to the bathroom and then dug my nose and blinked my eye till I had to go find me some Kleenex… but he still wouldn’t call.. I’m still working on it… Ima beast man.. these fools cannot beat me.. I’m gonna keep swallowing and beat them all!
Me: (sigh) That’s great Bubba. Your thoughts on the college football games tomorrow? How’s the atmosphere in Aggieland? You excited?
Bubba: Boy I tell you what . . . that Johnny Manziel is a nut. . . that boy ain’t right.. all you fools worship him . . . you guys are silly geese.. . he’s no good.. he sold out and when he does, he’s gonna be glad he left you morons.. . Ole Miss is gonna kick y’alls you know what.. . y’all are just y’all aggies screw y’all.. I’m rooting for Ole Miss! And the Longhorns they gonna beat them Sooners and no ones gonna touch ma boy Mack Brown..he’s gonna be coaching them for ten years… I’m gonna’ have ma Longhorn Tee on tomorrow! Whoop!
Bubba: I mean . . . hook ’em horns . . . go Longhorns . . . go Ole Miss..go . . . wait a minute that reminds me . . . I gotta go. I just had an awesome lunch.. two devil dogs, fries, and a shake, and I gotta go.. if ya know what I mean…
Me: All right man.. hey thanks again.. I hope we hear some interesting stories from you next week . . . our readers are dying to listen to what you will have to say . . . about poker.
Bubba: Yea sure… Hey. I’ll call you later ok? I need to send you the book on how to call someone’s all-in if he strokes his beard and digs his belly button.. you’ll be as good as me dude .. wait and watch…
Me: Thanks man. I cannot wait. Take care then.
I am sure Bubba’s personal blogs are going to be worth a read. I’ll make sure I read them when my poker chips are down.
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Confessions of a Grinder
“In the midnight hour, they cried ‘More, More, More’, with a Rebel Yell, they cried ‘More. More, More.” Not exactly lyrics from Billy Idol’s classic that I rock out to. A little tweaked, but a good depiction of what goes on around this time of the year. This week, especially, everyone around me is fired up! First, the Ohio State Buckeyes crushing the Aztecs in the Big Ten, then, all the talk about how stoked our boys, the Fighting Texas Aggies are to BTHObama! I have great memories of watching Aggie Football, seeing them beat the Longhorns once live at Kyle Field, and the second time with my Texas Poker buddies Jim ‘Chief Dealer’ Paris, Paul Marvin, and many others, at Paul’s amazing Thanksgiving dinner. The Indian Aggies, Mandar, Sonu Shankar, Kaustavi Sarkar and yours truly, also cherished every moment of the Aggie Spirit. The Aggies didn’t fare exceptionally well in those days, but those were the fondest times, and I wish I were at College Station kicking it with my boys, watching the “Rock Star” Johnny Football kicking some butt, giving the rest of the SEC teams jitters!
Manziel is indeed a rebel, but we recently witnessed another rebel in the world of poker –Daniel Negreanu. Kid Poker was standing right next to his chair when the first card of the deck was pulled out for the deal to begin, at the EPT Barca High Rollers Tournament. Daniel had to forfeit his hand and his poker chips he posted, owing to the new Rule 29, and for the next twenty minutes he went berzerk! He decided to go all in blind, and eventually got knocked out, only to re-enter and finish in the runner-up position and take home close to 300K! Now, who would do this at a high-rollers event? I personally support Negreanu for hating on Rule 29. I have witnessed many dealers in major tournaments go easy on players, and not follow rules such as ‘Show One Show All’ , and ‘One Player To A Hand’. Props to “Kid Poker” and to “Rock Star” Manziel for doing things, as Frankie said, their way, and still coming out victorious.
If you follow TPS blogs, you’d know for sure that our own rock star ‘Chief Dealer’ has some kickass deals and competitions during game days. So keep visiting the Texas Poker Store blog and get in on the action. The song “Rebel Yell” was still ringing loud in my ears till I remembered another tune- one that still gives me goosebumps.
Some may boast of prowess bold
Of the school they think so grand
But there’s a spirit can ne’er be told
It’s the Spirit of Aggieland.
In a few hours the 7-2 Fightin’ Texas Aggie football team will take on the 9-0 Alabama Crimson Tide, the number one team in the country. When Texas A&M joined the SEC, most predicted it would take a few years until the Aggies would be able to compete successfully in the “League of Champions.” Very few imagined how impressive their debut in the SEC would be, or that they’d be playing in a highly meaningful game in November against Alabama. But here we are, playing at 2:30, with the eyes of the nation focused on the Aggies, Johnny Football, the explosive Aggie offense and the surprisingly tough Aggie defense, heading into a game with huge consequences for either team, but especially the Aggies. Win or lose against undefeated Bama, however, it has been an amazing journey under head coach Kevin Sumlin. And we’re going all in with our poker chips for the Aggies to win, in the biggest upset of the 2012 football season.
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