Saturday sideshow: Hockey time

Posted By on February 21, 2009 7:00 am

A weekly look at stuff other than baseball…

Forgot to mention one interesting thing about me last week: I have only to been to one country outside of North America, and it’s Finland. Finland! I was there on a trip with my high school hockey team. Yes, I’m a hockey player, which qualifies me as a pretty rare breed out here in the Golden State.

Funny thing is, I’m a much better hockey player as a 39-year-old in California than I was as a 17-year-old in Ohio. Most of the guys I play against now are players who didn’t even start playing until they were adults.

“I may suck,” I tell them, “but I’ve been sucking at this since I was 8.”

One of the guys I have played with is none other than A’s manager Bob Geren. He’s a late-in-life convert. Started playing in Arizona in his 40s. Bob still has some work to do as a hockey player. I told him when he’s on the ice he’s like the sun: bigger than everything and everything goes around it. Once Bob and I played defense together and we locked it down.

The A’s, by the way, had a whole bunch of hockey players around recently. Canadian Rich Harden and Minnesotan Dan Johnson were hockey players, of course. Pitching coach Curt Young (Michigan) and former bullpen coach Brad Fischer (Wisconsin) were also players. Even Bobby Crosby, a SoCal native, used to play.

If you want a peek at a guy who is going to be really good, check out this.

On to other things…

  • Do you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen? You should. We have one, and if we didn’t, I might be using this space to ask if any of you have a place for me and my family to stay. Little toaster fire broke out right there on the counter a couple of days ago. Real flames. Fortunately I got out the fire extinguisher it did the trick with five or six sprays. Two minutes later I was back to eating my lunch, zero damage other than needing a new toaster. Without the fire extinguisher, I would have been two minutes from calling 911 and hoping my whole house didn’t burn down.
  • One more public service announcement: Click hereand you could save someone’s life.
  • Poker tip of the week: The biggest mistake novices make in tournaments is playing too tight when they get low on chips. They get scared and wait for really good cards. Ironically, they are often very proud of their “discipline” as they do this. Truthfully, that’s the exact opposite of the way you should play. Once you are down to six or seven big blinds, you really should be going all-in preflop with just about any two cards, as long as no one else has entered the pot yet. You’ll take the blinds a lot, and even if you get called, you won’t always be as big an underdog as you think.  Ace-king will lose to 7-2 40 percent of the time if the hands are all-in preflop.

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2 Responses to “Saturday sideshow: Hockey time”

  1. Marvin says:

    Why did your toaster catch on fire? Not cleaning it out as the bread crumbs accumulated?

  2. Jeff Fletcher says:

    I don’t know why. I was warming up taco shells and they burned.

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