USA beats Mexico by two in soccer and loses to them by one in baseball. What is this world coming to?
When Daniel Negreanu’s parents came to Toronto from Romania, they brought dreams for their unborn child. Little did they know, they were providing the free reign for their son to become one of the best poker players in the world.
This high school dropout was born on July 26, 1974 in Toronto, Canada. Once he turned 21 he moved to the mecca of gambling, Las Vegas, where he lives now.
Negreanu won the U.S. Poker title in 1999 and a list of other titles since he turned pro in 1997. At the age of 23, he won the first World Series of Poker event that he had ever entered, Pot Limit Hold `em. Between 1997 and 1999, his 12 major tournament victories were more than any other player.
In the 2004 World Series of Poker, Negreanu won one bracelet and placed in money positions in five other events, claiming ESPN’s Toyota Player of the Year award.
At only 29 years old, Negreanu has six World Series of Poker bracelets, and is the all-time leading money winner on the World Poker Tour Circuit. Negreanu took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to me in an interview in mid May, 2005.
The San Francisco 49ers won only two games last year beating the same team, the Arizona Cardinals twice, earning the number one overall draft pick for the first time in the franchises history. Although the Niners drafted some quality players, they are still far away from competing and could end up with the number one overall draft pick in next years draft.
Ain’t Hell Sweet
As USA Cyclocross team member Sarah Kerlin rounds the corner of the course, she sees the “Death Drop,” the steepest portion of the World championships course in Germany. The entire course is covered in snow but the “Death Drop” is covered with ice. The frozen grade was the most extreme obstacle Kerlin had ever faced, but in Cyclocross, the danger is half the fun.
The Pro Bowl Sucks
Even with the recent disastrous baseball all-star game that ended in a tie the NFL all-star game, the Pro Bowl is the worst all-star event in professional sports. The Pro Bowl is held in Hawaii the week after one of the best single sports events, the Super Bowl with the best available football stars in the game. The problem is that many of the best players are either unavailable or unwilling to risk an injury.
The End of a Dynasty?
Lately people have been talking about the departures of Offensive Coordinator, Charlie Weis and Defensive Coordinator, Romeo Crennel as the end of the New England Patriots’ dynasty. This claim brings with it many assumptions, assumptions that devalue Bill Belichick and the players of the back-to-back World Champions.
Start of a New Dynasty in Oakland?
It wasn’t a long time ago that the Oakland Athletics had three young starting pitchers with little or no major league experience. They were predicted to be at or near the bottom of the American west division by “professional” baseball analysts. These three starters were relatively unknown to baseball fans but became known as the big three: Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Barry Zito. These three pitchers became the cornerstones of success in Oakland leading to four straight playoff appearances; their ages were 24, 22, and 22 respectively.