Why I’m not into sports nowadays Part 2

OK, so it’s been a while since Part 1…sue me. Actually, please don’t. Just read and comment please!

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Why I’m not into sports nowadays Part 1

When I was a kid my ideal Saturday went like this: wake up, watch the first half of a basketball game, shoot hoops in the driveway at halftime, watch the second half of the game, eat, then repeat the whole thing in the afternoon. I used to love watching college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, and hockey if I got the chance. I thought that when I had my own place the coolest thing ever would be to get the cable package that allows you to watch all the NBA games and watch as many games as I could. Now of course I could do that even without cable via Direct Pass, which allows you to watch all the games on your mobile device, PC, etc. But now that I could I don’t want to; I only watch 2 or 3 sporting events a year now, although I do still follow the sporting news oddly enough. I’m probably more well-versed than most fans that actually watch the games :p I don’t watch anymore for a variety of reasons, and I thought I’d talk about a few of them.

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Phase 10 alternatives

Ever played Phase 10? The original is card-based but there is also a dice-based one that’s pretty fun. The card-based is by far the more established game, so it’s the one most people have played. If you’ve never played it, the deck consists of essentially two decks of playing cards. Each round you get 10 cards and every turn you draw a card and then discard one. You try to make certain combos of cards, like 2 sets of 3, a run of 8, 2 sets of 4, etc. There are 10 phases in all that have to be done in order and the first one to finish all 10 phases wins. It’s pretty fun but I always thought it would be interesting to mix it up a bit and recently I got a chance to experiment with the game.

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Interesting timing

Wow, just a couple weeks after I decide to start re-watching the whole 24 series and put up a post about it they announce it’s coming back!!! What a crazy bit of awesome news! With Whose Line is it Anyway coming back for a run this summer, the Veronica Mars movie kickstarter project, and now 24 coming back next year it’s a golden revival of some of my all-time faves. Don’t suppose there’s any chance we could get the crew from ST: TNG to make one last run, is there…?

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More gaming homework: Inn-Fighting

At a recent game day my friend T was telling about a game called Inn-Fighting, a game made by WotC. Apparently he had been eying it for a while and when it got down to $5 on clearance he pounced on it. He decided to lob it at me to figure out the rules and how the game plays so I thought I’d throw down a review while I was at.

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Some tips for watching 24

So this isn’t game related but I just felt like talking about it. Deal with it ;)

I have all but the final season of 24 on DVD, but some of them are still in the shrinkwrap :p I decided it was time to watch that series all the way through, so I’ve been doing that lately and I’ve come up with some rules to keep in mind if you’re going to watch the show. There will be some spoilers probably, if you care.

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In-depth: Backgammon – Home board and misc. tips

Backgammon is on of my favorite games so I thought I’d discuss a few pointers here. Backgammon is a beautiful game because while the rules are pretty simple and can be learned in a few minutes, it’s a very deep game with a lot of different things to learn and master. Let’s look at a few of those.

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Here’s what not to do in pool

I don’t understand what the point of this video is really. Expertvillage usually has good advice and in fact they have another guy that does pool videos that are pretty good, but this guy…not so much.

 

1)  Why are you showing us a shot that is completely illegal, that no one wants you to do on their table? Btw, it’s not just illegal “in pool halls”, it’s against the rules of pool period.

2) He didn’t even tell us, let alone show us, what the correct way to jump the cue ball is.

3) Why would “Expertvillage” have someone who has no knowledge at all, let alone expertise, of a shot (the masse) “demonstrate” it?

Will Youtube remove videos for sheer ineptitude?

It’s funny, because the guy seems totally aware that he’s making an awful video and seems kind of embarrassed about it. I guess it would be like me making a video about how to do jump shots and combos :p Except of course, I wouldn’t actually make one!

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The various types of shots in pool (Part 2)

In Part 1 I talked about some of the various shots in pool, now let’s talk about a few more, including some exotic ones.

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The various types of shots in pool (Part 1)

I feel like talking about pool, so let’s go over some of the basic types of shots. Just for fun, I’ll give them a 1 – 10 rating for how often you need them (usefulness), how difficult people typically find them to learn and use, and how good (or bad) I am at them.

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