Love to Interrupt
The DiGeorge Files
my name is Lee
addicted to game shows.
It all started when I was young, I guess
I would climb the
stairs of my house and wait for Rod Roddy (God rest his soul)
to scream "Come on Down!" Like the contestant that never was,
I would sprint down the stairs and sit in my own contestants
my living room couch.
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Episode 6 - "Deal Me
In" (July 18)
Welcome again, game show fans, as we discuss America's
When posed with the question "Is poker a sport," the
e-mails poured in with a resounding "NO!" I did not
receive a single e-mail saying that poker would qualify
as a sport
especially loyal reader Bill, who quipped:
"If you consider this a sport, what's next? People
playing solitaire on their home computers on ESPN2?"
being told consistently than NONE of the "games" I
play on a regular basis are sports
gets me a little
upset. I mean, I am a bowler, a dart player and a poker
granted, I do not have the physique of a
but until anyone beats me in any of these
games, don't you dare not call them a sport.
So, this leads me to my column this week, in which I
will throw some interesting ideas to you on why poker is
The American Heritage Dictionary has two different
definitions for the word "sport":
1) An active pastime; diversion; recreation
2) A specific diversion, usually involving physical
exercise and having a set form and body of rules; a
So, knowing this, I have one foot in the grave already
Poker does not involve any physical skill
or does it?
Being a tournament going poker player, there is a
certain physical skill that manifests itself: stamina.
Tournament poker goes on for hours a day (normally
between 12-15) and days at a time. You need to be sharp
mentally throughout every hand, otherwise, curtains may
be heading your way. Granted, you aren't running,
jumping, swinging, or fighting. Instead, the combatants
are locked into a proverbial game of chicken.
Aaron Boone is stepping up to the plate in
Game 7 of the ALCS. Tim Wakefield steps onto the mound
and begins to contemplate what pitch to throw at you.
Guess right, your team could win
Guess wrong, it could
mean imminent doom. Sound like a sport to you?
Picture this again
you get dealt pocket kings and make
a sizeable raise pre-flop (if I'm speaking a different
language, go read the Celebrity Poker Showdown or World
Poker Tour summaries!) and I take a long, hard look at
you and push $25,000 worth of chips into the pot. Guess
right, you're going home the winner
Guess wrong? You're
taking a long trip home
poorer than you came.
no one is risking their own money to play.
Everyone gets paid, win or lose
That's not a sport.
Pride isn't even on the line. Baseball and basketball
players joke around with the opposition on the field or
court. At the World Series of Poker? No
unless it's a
technique to get the other players rattled.
In baseball, coaches watch tape after tape looking to
see if a pitcher "tips off" his pitches by a movement.
In the world of poker, people have "tells" which give
their opponents incredible information about their hand.
Still don't think poker is a sport? C'mon over. I'll be
happy to take your money.
For next week, please answer this brain-buster of a
Please e-mail me with your thoughts.
Until next time, peace out, cub scouts!
Starting this week, Lee will be all over the World
Series of Poker... in hopes of beating Chris Moneymaker
at his own game. E-mail him with game strategies at
July 10 - Charles vs. Charles
July 2 - GSN's Major Mistake
June 25 - The Legend of Barker
June 18 - The Greatest Moment Ever Stunk
June 11 - The Greatest Champion Ever
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