The Cuervo Games for 2011 started in Scottsdale Arizona, and it was a blast!
I really needed a weekend like this. A chance to get away and play for a change. Huge kudos to a few folks The awesome team from Taylor Strategy, Maxim, and of course, Jose Cuervo for putting this all together and for sending us media types to cover the games.
I got in to Scottsdale at about 5:00 Friday afternoon and met Kellie and Jenna, and all the rest of my team mates at a dinner that evening at El Hefa.
The food was great, the drinks were great, but most importantly, the people were great. The whole town was celebrating Cinco De Mayo en mass. It was one of those things where everything just fit together.
The temperature Saturday was a pleasant 102 degrees but it was a dry heat. (How many times have we heard that?)
We media types were able to play around with the event stuff and I have to say it was all pretty challenging. The eight teams that won here in Scottsdale will move on to the next competition in Dallas in two weeks.
It was a great place to network, have fun, and have some great food and drinks. I was amazed at how many participants and media types were at this event. I’m going to estimate a thousand or so folks.
There were ladies from Maxim magazine shaking a tumbler to make margaritas and got prizes for the best shaken, shook, put-together margarita.
Off the chain fun.
Join us in two weeks when they come to Dallas and see how the teams do there.
Police were summoned to the usually quiet suburban neighborhood of Boring, Ore. on Sunday as Michelle Cline climbed atop a basketball pole and refused to come down. Cline is protesting her elimination from the Times-Tribune NCAA Basketball Pool, where she he had been in the running for first place until this weekend. Losses by Arizona on Saturday and North Carolina on Sunday ended her dream of first place, and one day owning a dishwasher. Now she can finish no better than 12th … far out of the money.
“The scoring system is unfair to women,” Cline told officers. She noted
that Michelle Nolan, also a woman, has never won the Pool in 25
tries. When police tried to explain the technical problems with that statement, they were met with a barrage of expletives and empty beer cans. Cline states that an early-round matchup, listed on the bracket as “Louisville vs. M’head State’, was confusing. “I tried to look up “M’head State,” but kept getting porn,” she said. “Finally in frustration I clicked on Louisville, because Pitino is dreamy. It’s not fair; those extra points would have me in first place
Police, weary of her ranting, eventually shot Cline with a tranquilizer
dart and caught her in a net. She will be airlifted further back into the
Meanwhile, Lew Patton continues to hold on to the two top
spots going into The Final Four. Patton is attempting an unprecedented 1-2
finish, but needs Kentucky to beat UConn, and then VCU or Butler to win the
title game. Also with a chance to win it all: Bryan Streit
(needs UConn to beat Kentucky, then VCU or Butler to win title game); Nick Hardin (needs UConn to win title game) and Sean
O’Murchu (needs Kentucky to win title game). There are a handful of
others with chances to finish in the money (second or third), including Ali DeFreitas, currently in 17th place.
Here are the standings. Good luck to all. All decisions by the
Pool Commissioner are final. No weeping or begging.
Redmond, WA — Poised to rocket ahead in the standings if either Duke or
Wisconsin won their respective Sweet 16 showdowns on Thursday, Alex
Valdes showed little emotion as both teams were soundly defeated,
effectively ending his chances at finishing in the money. Telling his wife that
he was going to “take a quick bath,” Valdes stopped briefly in the kitchen to
retrieve what his family thought was a bar of soap. This would be a sad scene,
except for the flowers, which are a nice touch.
Several other participants set their pool fortunes to “dark” on Thursday,
but all is not lost. There are 29 people who can
still win it all, plus many others still eligible to finish in the money
(second or third place). Be particularly wary of Jerry DuPuis
and Teri Guida, who are the only two who picked Arizona to go
all the way. They could spell trouble for Lew Patton, the
Dallas resident who — like the Texas cattle barons of old — owns three
brackets in the top four, refusing to let anyone else graze on his land. Of
course Patton’s beloved Texas Rangers were roundly spanked in the World Series
this past fall by a team which will remain nameless, and is out for revenge.
I know this because my new allergy problems are letting me sneeze the mornings away. But let’s put that aside for a moment. The good thing with spring is the annual arrival of the great game of baseball again.
With the arrival of baseball comes the dreams of sitting in right field with peanuts a dog and a beer enjoying the glorious sunshine and heat.
It’s also the time to request media credentials for various ballparks and Texas Motor Speedway as well.
I plan to expand my presence at local sporting events to give you, the readers of my blog, the unwavering support that you deserve for your patronage here. It’s going to be awesome!
My plans include press credentials for the Grand Prairie Airhogs, the Frisco Rough Riders, and dare we say Texas Rangers? I can try right?