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|How did Mike McD finally get the best of Teddy KGB? The Sports Guy says the answer is found in the cookie.|
|PLAY A 'ROUND'|
|Feel like playing along? Just for fun, take these quotes from "Rounders" and match them to the
NBA player or coach you think deserves them. Send your best offerings to Page 2, and we'll run a sampling of our readers' responses Monday.
1. "If you're too careful, you're whole life can become a (expletive) grind."
2. "We can't run from ourselves, our destiny chooses us."
3. "Put a guy like me in a game like that, and the cards don't even matter. I could play it blind."
4. "Man, you're fixin to go down hard. It almost seems like you want to."
5. "See what I'm saying? No foolin' around, it's highway time."
6. "You look like hell."
"Ah, well... you should have seen me yesterday." 7. "It hurts doesn't it? You can't be-leeeeve what fell. All your hopes down the (expletive) drain. Your fate is sitting right besides you. That ace could not have helped you." 8. "How come all your moves are smart and noble, and I'm always a piece of (expletive)?" 9. "Hey, at least you're rounding again. You're gonna thank me for that some day." 10. "The guy's a cheat. He always has been."
|Folks, the Kings will not dethrone the Lakers with Chris Webber as their go-to guy.|
|THE COOKIE CRUMBLES|
|So what was Teddy KGB's "tell" that caused Mike McD to "lay down a monster" and turn things around during the climactic poker match? It took about four viewings before I finally figured this one out: Every time Teddy was considering a big bet and had a good hand, he split an Oreo, contemplated the hand, and ate the Oreo. If he didn't have a good hand, he would split the Oreo and not eat it. So when Mike McD realized this was Teddy's tell -- when Teddy was holding onto a straight, raising the bet and eating Oreos -- he folded his hand before the bets ever escalated, even though he was holding two pair. And to cap it off, he turned the cards over, basically to show Teddy, "I know you have a good hand." Why did he do this? As Mike McD said, "Normally I would have let Teddy keep eating those Oreos all night, but there wasn't enough time." Basically, it was a psychological tactic. He needed to rattle Teddy KGB and have him start doubting himself. How did the kid read me so easily? What else am I doing? And once you've gotten into somebody's head, you've won half the battle in poker. Of course, the question remains: If Teddy was such a tremendous poker player, why couldn't he figure out that his Oreo-eating "tell" was so transparent? That might never be answered.|
|Tim Duncan deserves the MVP award for the way he has carried the Spurs.|
|Edward Norton's performance in "Rounders" proves that he's the finest actor under the age of 35 in Hollywood.|