League Round Up – Weekend 25/26 February 2017

Spurs blew away Stoke City at White Hart Lane thanks to a first half hat trick from Harry Kane. The England striker bagged his treble inside nine minutes to make it 22 goals for the season and put him top of the League goal scoring charts with Everton’s Lukaku.

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American Pie & Poker

Every guy (and no doubt, many girls) of a certain age will clearly remember that scene in the classic teen movie American Pie. Of course, I’m referring to the scene where the beautiful European exchange student visits Jim’s bedroom for a ‘study’ session. Well, we all know not much studying happened, and Jim’s ‘little problem’ was broadcast live over the internet to his whole school and beyond! The scene will always be remembered for two standout things; the impossibly lovely Shannon Elizabeth, and the unrealistically good video streaming for 1999 dial-up internet.

Now, we’re not belittling the directing abilities of the Weitz brothers, or the acting talents of such a star-studded cast as Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Tara Reid, and Mena Suvari, but we do suspect that Shannon Elizabeth’s ‘talents’ had a large part in the success of the movie. Hang on, get your mind out of the gutter! Seriously, Shannon is a seriously talented lady! Far from being just a stunning young hottie with a bit part on an American teen sex movie, she’s also an accomplished actress who starred in Scary Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Thirteen Ghosts, Cursed, and Night of the Demons, plus she’s been a successful fashion model, is a talented tennis player, has set up an animal protection charity, and she has built a lucrative career as a professional poker player!

Whilst it’s hard to believe that any one individual can be blessed with such incredible looks, acting talent, sporting talent, empathy, and gaming talent – Shannon Elizabeth has it all. Born in 1973 to an Arab Christian father, of Lebanese-Syrian origin, and a mother of German, English and Irish ancestry, this Texan girl has obviously scooped up some pretty elite genes, and should basically be an ambassador for humankind if we ever discover aliens!

Shannon has described poker as her “second career” and, considering that she’s reportedly won €235,866 in poker tournaments, we’d say it’s a pretty good side income! Elizabeth took part in the Main Event of the 2005 World Series of Poker, under the guidance of Canadian poker superstar Daniel Negreanu, and won a special tournament at Caesars Palace hotel. By 2006 she was visiting the Las Vegas strip up to three times a month, she took part in the World Series of Poker in both 2006 and 2007, and also got as far as the semi-finals in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

So, next time you see Shannon Elizabeth in a dumb American comedy, just remember that there’s a seriously powerful talent behind those seriously hot looks!

The O’s take heart from recent record against Stevenage

Leyton Orient are facing an uphill battle for survival in League Two after failing to pick up any points from home matches with fellow strugglers Notts County and Cheltenham Town.

On Saturday, we ran into an inspired Cheltenham goalkeeper, with Scott Brown twice denying Gavin Massey from point-blank range before saving a second half Callum Kennedy penalty. Continue reading “The O’s take heart from recent record against Stevenage”

Poker Queen of the Wild West

The heady world of gambling has produced more than a few notable female stars, one of whom went by a multitude of names in her time; Charlotte Tompkins, Charlotte Thurmond, Mystic Maud, “The Angel of San Antonio”, and “Queen of the Pasteboards.” Of course, none of those were her real name, which is thought to have been Carlotta J. Thompkins – though she was mostly known by the much more demure Lottie Deno!

Lottie was born on the 21st April 1844, in Warsaw, Kentucky, and grew up on her father’s plantation. He was also a racehorse breeder and an avid gambler, and took Lottie with him on trips to some of the most prestigious casinos of the day, where he taught her how to maintain an effective poker face and play cards like a pro – my word, how acceptable parenting has changed!

Unfortunately, Lottie’s father was killed in the American Civil War, after which her mother sent her to Detroit to ‘find a husband’ – as you do. She was, apparently, accompanied on the expedition by her nanny, a certain imposing Mary Poindexter. But things didn’t go according to her mother’s plan, because she soon ran out of money, and embarked on a gambling life on the paddle steamers and riverside casinos of the Mississippi River – accompanied by her faithful bodyguard, the might nanny Poindexter!

After arriving in San Antonia in 1865, Lottie got a job as a house gambler, working for the Thurmond family, at the University Club. There she met, and fell for, Frank Thurmond – also a gambler. It was here that the movie-worthy portion of her life really got going. Frank was accused of murder and ran (though no one really knows if he was guilty), and Lottie ran with him. They hightailed it across western Texas for years, keeping one step ahead of the law in the rough and ready frontier.

Finding the frontier towns like Fort Concho, Jacksboro, San Angelo, Denison, Fort Worth, and Fort Griffin awash with cowboys with money to lose, Lottie earned her reputations as the coolest poker player in the west, even rubbing shoulders with legends like Doc Holiday, earning her a firm place in the folklore of the Wild West. From contemporary accounts, it seems that Lotti was perfectly calculated and aware of how to use her good looks to disarm her poker opponents, lulling them into a false sense of security, and distracting them, whilst she deftly out-played them and cleaned up.

So, what happened to our western poker duo, did they see out their days in the saloons and casinos of the old west? In 1877 Lottie and Frank moved to New Mexico, and wound up running a gambling room at the Victoria Hotel in Kingston. She later ran a restaurant in Silver City, where she and Frank got married, at long last in 1880. In 1882 Lotti and Frank gave up on their lucrative gambling life, moved to Deming, and settled down, where he became a vice president of a bank, and she helped found a church! Lotti died on February 9th 1934 – but she will always live on forever as an icon of the fast and free Wild West.

So, next time you watch a cowboy movie, remember that, in real life, some of the most formidable poker players were women!

Leyton Orient 0 Cheltenham Town 1 February 25th 2017.

Following their loss last week to at home to fellow strugglers Notts County, Saturday’s game, another home match to yet another team struggling in Division Two in Cheltenham Town, saw Orient come off second best again as Cheltenham returned home for a morale boosting 1-0 win.

The O’s to put it mildly are now in a horrendous position, as they look destined for the very real danger of relegation out of their league for the first time in their history. Continue reading “Leyton Orient 0 Cheltenham Town 1 February 25th 2017.”

Aston Villa 1 Derby County 0 February 25th 2017

The Villa gained 3 momentous points in a must win situation at home to Derby County who required the 3 points themselves if they had any chance of still making the play offs. Although Aston Villa remain in the same position as they did at the start of the day in 17th place the win ensures they are 8 points clear of the safety zone as the majority of teams at the bottom of the league failed to win. Continue reading “Aston Villa 1 Derby County 0 February 25th 2017”

McCallum and company to keep up renewed intensity

We’ll take another five goal thriller this week, but this time around we hope to be back on the right side of the difference.

The loss to Notts County was hard to stomach as it saw Kevin Nolan’s men expand the gap between us to four points, and climb to 20th in the table. This week is another incredibly important clash with Cheltenham Town coming to visit. Continue reading “McCallum and company to keep up renewed intensity”

Jedinak return to action key to stopping Bent supply chain

Whilst losing 2-0 away at the division’s top team and top scorers isn’t usually something to be too despondent about, it underlined the dreadful form that Aston Villa are enduring in 2017 without a win in 10 games.

Looking ahead at this weekend’s match against Derby County, manager Steve Bruce seemed to think that getting a result in this match will be the catalyst to go on a run similar to the one when he took over the manager’s office at Villa Park. He said: “Derby are going well at the moment. Hopefully that’s the game that turns it around for us.” Continue reading “Jedinak return to action key to stopping Bent supply chain”

Champions League – Man City – Monaco – Bayer Leverkusen – Atl Madrid

What a night for football in Manchester as Manchester City overcame Monaco in an 8 goal wonder match that had more twists than a game of cards.

It was one of those games that in 30 years time people will say ‘I was there the night City beat Monaco’. Continue reading “Champions League – Man City – Monaco – Bayer Leverkusen – Atl Madrid”

Champions League – Sevilla – Leicester City – FC Porto – Juventus

Ranieri Sacked As Spanish Win But Leicester Get Important Away Goal While Juventus take charge

Following the insane shenanigans of the previous night surely nothing in the other Champions League matches could scale the heights of Manchester City and Atletico Madrid this week? Continue reading “Champions League – Sevilla – Leicester City – FC Porto – Juventus”

Newcastle United 2 Aston Villa 0 February 20th 2017

 Aston Villa lost yet again this time away 2-0 at Championship leaders Newcastle United and my be without Scott Hogan who went off injured and could be out for a number of weeks.

Let’s make no bones about it. Villa are in trouble. Deep trouble. They seem to be advancing at the same pace as Leicester City have recently done in the Premiership by sliding down the table at such a rate that safety seems more than a lifebelt away. Continue reading “Newcastle United 2 Aston Villa 0 February 20th 2017”

League Round Up – Weekend 18/19 February 2017

Brighton returned to the top of the Championship league table with a 2-0 away win against play-off hopefuls Barnsley. Striker Sam Baldock opened the scoring in the second half and star-man Anthony Knockaert set up the forward for his second to wrap up the game.

The visitors came to Oakwell knowing a win would put them in first place, as previous leaders Newcastle do not play until Monday, when they host Steve Bruce’s struggling Aston Villa team. Continue reading “League Round Up – Weekend 18/19 February 2017”

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