Poker & Lifestyle Blog
Hello All. I'm not sure what the proper first blog post should be about or consist of. Perhaps getting to know me is a good start. I'm very excited to become part of the PokerNews Strategy community, where i will be posting videos and hosting a podcast in the near feature.
I'm super excited about NFL playoffs coming up. My Kansas City Chiefs (from and live in KC) are not only in the playoffs, which is a shock to all given their ineptitude past few years, but are division champs and hosting a playoff game this Sunday. Got tickets to the game this weekend. Pretty stoked about it. My college buddy Zeke from MU is coming in town for it, as well as Evan (Macdaddy) and a true brah by the name of "Tech", which should make for a very fun weekend. Chiefs are a 3.5 point dog, i'm not a big sports betting guy, at least not vs a house vig but i do often dabble with bets between friends. I have toyed with betting on the Ravens creating a win either way scenario for myself, but am tempted to just go all out and punt on the home team, would kinda suck to bet on Ravens and kind of rob the moment if the Chiefs do win but i lose monies. Kind of sucks we drew the noon start time, i have such a wack schedule, going to bed around 8am and waking up around 4pm, the night game would be ideal, get there around 4 or 5pm and tailgate. Guess i'll fire off some quick hitters below, and let you know a little what i'm about.
Most Recent Purchases: Jordan Take Flight basketball sneakers (Blue-Gray), Mountain Hardwear Jacket
Currently reading: The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons, Fooled by Randomness, Slam Magazine
Currently watching: The Sopranos, Season 6
This leads me to my passion for TV shows, went my whole life never watching anything but Sports pretty much, with Beavis and Butthead, Fresh Prince, and Seinfeld sprinkled in.
Here's my power ranking of all the TV Shows i've watched in the past year or so
The Wire - 9.8 - The best TV show i've seen by far. Show is incredible. Definitely the best character development of any show i've ever seen, i could write a a 5 page paper on the spot on like 20 characters. Show is an absolute masterpiece that so thoroughly delves into every part of a community from the streets to the police station to the school systems to the news room. Its Realism makes it so legit too, as often shows step outside those boundaries to catch or keep your attention often mocking your intelligence. If i had to knock this show i will say that it does start out slow, if you're not a patient person you may give up after the first few episodes but much like in poker, you just have to grind through the downswing and know that it will get better, a lot better.
The Sopranos - 9.4 - Even though i'm about 7 or 8 episodes from finishing it, i have no problem rating this show this high. Show has great character development, great drama, provides some laughs and also doesn't seem far fetched at all. Paulie is probably my favorite character, dude has a sick haircut with the gray wings on the sides and his super old school nature is really funny. This is definitely a guy who probably never has read or sent an email, let alone texted or tweeted!
Entourage - 9.4 - I think this was the first series i got hooked on. Show has super funny moments and at times leaves you at the end of your seat wondering what's going to happen next. Many shows successfully do one of those two things, but not many do both so well like Entourage. Another show that develops the characters really well. Ari and Johnny Drama are definitely my favorite characters. Even the secondary characters like Josh Weinstein and Adam Davies and Lloyd are incredible. The show did hit a bit of a lull toward the past few seasons, but the most recent season was really good. Probably my favorite aspect of this show is how it shoots every scene at actual locations in Hollywood, LA, Vegas, Sundance, Cannes, or wherever they are. It uses real players in Hollywood, like when Vince is competing for jobs its against actors like Leonardo Dicaprio for example, or like actually having James Cameron in episodes when Vince lands a role in a James Cameron movie. The cameos are incredible, from Chuck Liddell, Seth Green, Dennis Hopper, King James, Snoop Dog, Hugh Hefner and yes, to drop down to a Death Valley level in Q rating by comparison, somehow Antonio Esfandari weezled his way in the mix in an incredibly brief but cheesy poker scene, where i'm pretty sure Esfandari bravely says "I'm All-in like he was in some hoosier WSOP promo. There are many more examples which add to the realism of it all that just makes the show really good in my opinion. The writing is great too, the dialogue between all the characters is really funny and is in tune with how many young people talk and act today.
Lost- 9.3 - I went into this show not really being too excited about it given its sci-fi nature, but after prodding from my friend Zeke and needing to start a new series i gave it a shot. Its a really solid show with incredible character development and drama. It does kind of manipulate you like an impressionable elementary school kid with like nearly every episode ending in some Cliffhanger like one of those Goosebumps books you read back in 3rd grade where the end of every chapter had something monsterblock thing happen, hustling you into reading another chapter. It does kind of get a little too crazy near the last few seasons but all in all its a helluva show. Ben Linas is definitely my favorite character, followed by Hurley and John Lock. I also like Desmond quite a bit since he ends every sentence with the word "brotha" when talking to a brah.
Dexter - 9.2 - Drama is definitely the strong suit of this show. Dexter is a great lead character who is developed really well, you will definitely have a really hard time not feeling like you know him really well or not caring about him through his journey. However, i do think the show kind of does a poor job of really developing many other characters that you truly care about or feel like you know really well, probably due in large part to focusing on getting you in lockstep with Dexter so much. I think James Dokes was a pretty good character who i thought was a great villain in the show, and Bautista is a solid guy who you will root for and Masuka is a really funny quirky character who you wish you got to know better.
Eastbound and Down - 9.2 - Its kind of hard ranking a show that is pretty much strictly a comedy with only like 7 short 25-minute episode seasons in comparison to shows like The Wire, Lost, and the Sopranos. Either way, this show is absolutely hilarious and unlike those other epic shows i mentioned, it is easily digestible with so few and short episodes. Your life isn't going to get postponed like it will if you start Lost. Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) is unreal funny, and his sidekick Stevie Janowski has an absolute coming out party in this show. The guy is so awkwardly funny its unbelievable. He plays a "desperate, starved for attention, nerdy who tries so hard to fit in guy" as good as one can. Will Ferrel has a prominent role in a handful of episodes, his dialogue with Kenny Powers is truly memorable.
Curb Your Enthusiasm - 9.2 - Perhaps i should have created a subcategory for comedies as i feel like perhaps i have under rated Curb and Eastbound here. Larry David plays himself as the lead character in this comedy that is probably unlike any show you've ever seen. Obviously given David's involvement in perhaps the most successful TV show ever in Seinfeld, his comedic genius is well documented and comes out once again in this series. I may even go so far as to say i like this show better than Seinfeld, although i have probably only seen like half of the all the Seinfeld episodes to be fair. Just the situations David thinks of and puts himself through in this show are just unbelievable. How he thinks of these scenarios and angles is truly incredible. David has an incredible knack for cultivating these situations to where his response seems so out of line to most people but completely in line to himself, but of course the thing is you can see where he's coming from, but of course the only difference is Larry acts on these impulses which pretty much nobody does. I mean who calls out a guy in a wheel chair for using a non-handicap toilet in the bathroom. Larry does that's who. The season where they adopt the African American family who lost their home in Hurricane Katrina is unbelievable. Vivica Fox's brother Leon is such a funny character and the budding relationship between him and David is really funny.
Mad Men - 9.1 - Perhaps the best developed lead character of all these shows is Don Draper in Mad Men, played by Jon Hamm, who actually had a decent little role in the Town, a movie i thought was good but not great. I feel like i would appreciate this show a little more if i was like a 55 year-old given that it takes place in the 60s, i probably miss out on a lot of the attention to detai stuff l in this show given that i'm not super in touch with how things were in the 60s, much like how i appreciate Entourage for being so spot on with current pop culture. Nevertheless, it's still kind of cool to Bill and Ted's your way back to a time gone by and see just how different things were back then.
Californiacation - 8.9 - Really funny show which David Duchovny is the lead character in. He's a great character who has some really funny sharp and witty dialogue in nearly every episode which carries the show. The themes and story lines in the show get kind of redundant as it goes on, nearly every episode involves Duchovny randomly bumping into some hot chick who he bangs like minutes later, and this of course creates tension between his like 14-year-old daughter who is aware of it all, and his ex-wife who is always in and out of the picture romantically.
Boardwalk Empire - 8.8 - Kind of hard to review a show with just one season out but i'll go ahead to take a shot. This show started out really slow and i always found myself watching it probably at the wrong time right before i went to bed and it wasn't really capturing my attention. It picks up quite a bit halfway through and ends pretty strong. For whatever reason i just have a hard time associating Steve Buscemi as this tough guy dictator who like smashes guys skulls on the craps table to make a point. Isn't this the same guy who like was always some squirrely eccentric character in like every Adam Sandler movie like Big Daddy where he plays a homeless bum or in Big Lebowski where's he Donny, the friend that like everyone picks on?
Big Love- 8.8 - Pretty solid show but definitely a show that i got roped into watching with my girlfriend. It is kind of interesting watching a show about a polygamist family. Bill Paxton is a pretty damm good actor and does a pretty good job as the lead in this show who pretty much spreads himself too thin with three wives, a few kids, owning a pretty successful big business, and later on getting into politics. Dude has so much on his plate and is stressed out of his skull nearly every episode dealing with everything which is pretty much summed up by Johnny Drama in an episode of Entourage where he downplays the allure of polygamy by saying "Dealing with one girl can be tough enough, managing eight is nearly impossible bro!" Spot on Drama, spot on.
True Blood - 8.8 - Another show i went into not really wanting to buy into given its sci-fi elements but i actually ended up enjoying the show quite a bit. Pretty good character development and pretty decent drama and even comedy at times. Didn't enjoy the most recent season as much as i did the first two.
Weeds - 8.6 - Pretty entertaining show with pretty good characters but in the end it just gets a little too far fetched for me with all the things Nancy gets involved with and does.
I'm definitely leaving out a few shows i've seen for sure, but those are the ones that stand out the past few years. Any suggestions on what shows i need to add to that list?