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After uprooting my life and settling down in Paris, I found myself longing for the comforts of home. It’s not enough that I can’t find an authentic Philly Cheesesteak sandwich to save my life, the bars where they show the NBA games are also in short supply.
The only thing I do that’s close to home is playing online poker at portals like http://www.partypoker.fr/. Although my French is very limited, Texas hold ‘em only has one language: the best hand always win. Since online casinos are relatively new in France, I’m pleased to say that I’m winning on a fairly regular basis as my crappy poker face and half assed bluffing doesn’t impede my game in the online scene. My substantial winnings are redirected to my efforts to find a good sports bar where I can watch the Sixers do their thing and finally get another shot at the finals. The amount of time I spend looking for such a bar in Paris is quite extensive and exhausting. The only recompense I get is the thought that I’m earning as I play poker.
I’ve resorted to watching the game at the Moose bar, a Canadian bar I found online near an Odeon and I saw on their website, MooseParis, that they show NBA games. Unfortunately, the NBA playoffs start around the time after the NHL (September) and the flat screens become predominantly filled with live hockey games. Still, you can ask to have at least one of the screens to be on NBA and the bar is probably as close to home as I’ll get around here. I try to watch every game but the wife is giving me curious looks for hanging out at a Canadian bar, way too often. After a disheartening loss to the Celtics last Saturday, I keep asking myself if I should even bother. The Celtics put up a great defense throughout the first half and ended it with a nice 21 point lead. After that, catching up was pretty much a numbers game with Holiday not doing so well. Young did a pretty good job closing the game with 22 points but the tight Celtic defense is what pretty much closed the deal. I still curse the Lakers ever since the 2001 game and I blame them for everything, regardless of how irrelevant the subject is to them. I checked on the Eagles today in the hope that they’re do better than their NBA counterparts and sure enough, they won against the Buccaneers by a hair. Their overall standing in the NFL is not so good either.
So my teams are not doing so well this year. Maybe we’ll do better next time. I’m still as hopeful as ever but I’m not going to spend a lifetime at a Canadian bar in Paris just to wait for it. Maybe I’ll play a couple of hands of poker until then.
I wanted to announce that I started a few new blogs that will be part of THE PASS RUSH community. Before we get to those, I wanted to let everyone in on my Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet. What you’ll get is all fantasy football rankings sorted by position on a single page, much like Yahoo’s big board. It serves as a great print sheet when you’re drafting your fantasy team. If you’re trying to decide between players and need to look up some quick stats, it’s the perfect resource for that. Visit it now.
Another website we just launched is www.nflstartorsit.com. Whenever you’re trying to select your starting lineup or trying to decide which players to start or sit, feel free to send us an email. We’ll post your start/sit question online with our response and other readers can leave their advice as well.
We then rolled out the same idea for those in survivor pools. Need help selecting which team you should take in your NFL survivor pool? Feel free to send us an email and we’ll give you our thoughts while other fans can give theirs. Be sure to check www.survivorpoolpicks.com.
We are six weeks away from the NFL season and we’re already gearing up for fantasy football — doing our research, ranking our players, and trying to come up with creative team names. Here is a list of fantasy football team names for Eagles fans. We have a team name for Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Babin, Brent Celek, Nnamdi Asomugha, and more.
The Real McCoy
Bustin a McNutt
Maclin On Your Girl
Vick Will McNabb Your Position
The Celek Few
Back That Asomugha Up
My Babin Back Ribs
The Viet-Nnamdi War
If you can think of more Eagles fantasy football team names, hit us up.
I was hoping the Eagles would use a 3rd or 4th rounder on Nebraska RB Roy Helu, but the Washington Redskins nabbed him. No worries though as the Eagles add a nice backup to LeSean McCoy with another Pittsburgh product in Dion Lewis. Lewis is an incredible back and I am pumped at how the Eagles draft is shaping up.