Posts Tagged ‘John Chavis’

Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Although our blog focuses mainly on poker for obvious reasons, I have to get this out of the way quickly. It’s college football season and I’m stoked!

UCLA vs Texas A&M AggiesFor those of you who are regulars, you know that we’re huge Texas A&M football fans at the Texas Poker Store.  That’s why I can’t wait for the Aggies to open their 2016 season tomorrow (Saturday) at the “Home of the 12th Man”, Kyle Field, against the 16th pre-season ranked U.C.L.A.  Bruins. SEC vs. Pac-12 and all the hype that goes with it.

This is definitely a Big-Time Game to begin the season.

2016AggiesvsBruins2It’s also a game that might set the tone for the season. It might show us what we need to know about how good Trevor Knight is and how much protection he can count on from the O-line. Jermaine Eluemunor,and youngsters Colton Prater and Eric McCoy will have their hands more than full in the trenches against the highly talented veteran UCLA  defenders, especially a healthy Eddie Vanderdoes, but if they manage to hang in there, it will pave the way for our ground game, which HAS to improve significantly to make a run in the SEC.

Then there’s our incredibly talented roster of receivers. Will Knight be able to connect with Christian Kirk, Josh Reynolds, Ricky Seals-Jones and the rest of the Aggie receivers? And will they be able to hold on to the ball against the experienced UCLA secondary?

Maybe most importantly, can the Aggie D stop the Bruins’ talented star QB, Josh Rosen? We know that DC John Chavis expects Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall to pass rush the hell out of him. But that only works if the rest of our defense can: a) stop the run and b) cover UCLA’s wideouts, who definitely know where to be and how to catch those bullets from Rosen.

It’s almost impossible to predict anything with certainty before the first game of the season. Even when your new OC, Noel Mazzone, is the Bruins’ old OC. There are always unknowns, no matter what you think you know. UCLA is favored to win by about 3 points by most pundits. Not being a pundit, I’m going with the Aggies.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Most of our followers know that around this time every year we ask our poker-loving fans to indulge us as we focus on our favorite team –the fightin’ Texas A&M football team—as they begin SEC play.

The fun begins this Saturday night at 6 P.M. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington between #14 Texas A&M and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Will it be the Aggies or the Hogs who win the Southwest Classic?

It’s not just that the Aggies are 3-0 and the Hogs are 1-2 coming into this contest that gets our blood pumping. It’s the revamped Texas A&M-John Chavis defense, led by DEs Myles Garrett and Dae Dae Hall leading the SEC with 15 sacks, the return from injury of some of our experienced linebackers, and the outstanding defensive line that’s been winning the battle in the trenches. And it’s the always explosive Aggie offense, with QB Kyle Allen and his uber-talented group of wide-receivers, including Christian Kirk, Speedy Noil, Josh Reynolds, Ricky Seals Jones and a host of others, along with a vastly improved run game that has mostly featured Tra Carson. And don’t ever forget about dual-threat Kyler Murray!

Of course, the Hogs are desperate for a win to keep their young season from going under. One huge thing they have going for them is their offensive line – the largest (in weight) O-line in both college and professional football. They would like nothing better than to maintain their record for allowing no sacks against the team with the most sacks in the conference. Not only that, but the Razorbacks are currently leading the SEC in passing yards with 916. Go figure.

So it’s time to launch our first round of “Predict the Score.” In case you’ve forgotten the rules:Deluxe Suited Speed Felt Folding Poker Table Top

Whoever comes closest to predicting the final score of the game, without going over, will win this Suited Speed Felt, Folding Poker Table Top, with carrying bag. If there’s a tie, whoever made the correct prediction first is the winner, so you should probably go ahead and do it now!

Click here to make your predictions. Just write them in the comments box and don’t forget your email address. Don’t worry; your email address will not be published.

Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Everyone who has been following this blog for a while knows that I’m a huge poker fan. I enjoy playing Texas Hold ‘Em every week and I get a thrill out of watching the professionals play — especially during the World Series of Poker. I was at the Rio in Vegas again this year, cheering on my favorites at the rail, and I stayed until it was down to the Final Nine. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out in November.

Texas A&M Aggies and Arizona State Sun DevilsBut for pure, gut-wrenching excitement, nothing gets the blood boiling like the start of football season. And in this house, that begins with Aggie football, as in the fightin’ Texas A&M football team taking the field for their first game of the season this Saturday night against the Arizona State Sun Devils. The game is being played at NRG Stadium in Houston, supposedly a neutral field, but the crowd will be overwhelmingly maroon.

Finally, after all the hype and the buzz and the interviews, spring football, SEC Media Days, fall camp and months of grueling conditioning and practice, it’s time to see what this team is all about. Will the new John Chavis-led defense have the wrecking crew mentality we’re hoping for, with Myles Garrett setting records for sacks and Brandon William’s move from running back to corner paying off big time? Will Kyle Allen pick up where he left off in the Liberty Bowl and drive the Aggie offense down the field with confidence. He certainly has a full house of talented wide receivers to throw the ball to. And what about the O-line, with Dave Christiensen calling the shots? We know he and Kevin Sumlin are planning for a more balanced attack, so we’re looking for a strong running game and some tough battles in the trenches.

The Sun Devils are coming off back-to-back 10-win seasons and are ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press pre-season poll. This won’t be a cake-walk; in fact some have the Aggies as underdogs.

Ship it.... But it’s Aggie football time, and as always, we’re betting on the maroon and white to start the season with a W. That will set up next Saturday’s opening night home game in the newly renovated, finest football stadium in the country. More about that to come. It just doesn’t get much better than winning at the tables last night and rooting for our Aggies tomorrow night.

In the meantime, keep watching our blog for giveaways and great prizes once SEC play begins.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

It’s the first of January, 2015. Unbelievable. Almost everyone seems to agree that 2014 went by very quickly and most are also glad that it’s over. We’re ready for 2015, are you?

On the other hand, it was a pretty good year for the poker world, with the World Series of Poker winners taking home record prize money. It was also a good year for The Texas Poker Store, as interest in playing poker and poker-related supplies continues to grow. We have some big plans for the new year in terms of expanding our product line and offering y’all some amazing deals which we can’t wait to share with you. We will also be running some more contests for chances to win great prizes; we know everyone enjoys those.

Of course, it will be a long eight or nine months until the next Texas A&M football season, which most of you know is our other passion. It was an up and down year for the Aggies, and the first year we’ve ever had contest winners who bet against our favorite team. Fortunately, we ended the season with a victory in the Liberty Bowl against West Virginia and a tantalizing glimpse of what is to come in terms of our talented young players. Then, in a HUGE “get” for the team and the 12th Man, Kevin Sumlin managed to lure John Chavis away from LSU to be our new defensive coordinator. We’re talking Wrecking Crew potential, folks, so we’re all very excited.Texas Poker Store Tournament Package

So bring on 2015; we will get into some poker tournaments while we wait for football season to begin in August.

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