Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Ace of Knights
Dave Lanahan, a co-worker of mine at Jameson Publishing and former basketball player at Mercyhurst College, loves talking Gannon Hoops. Especially after the Knights lose. Regrettably, he was very chatty last year. So even though it's been 258 days since GU lost the Hurst, Dave was talking Gannon basketball today. He asked if I had heard about the former Gannon basketball player who was participating in the World Series of Poker. Here's a partial transcript of the ESPN broadcast that Lanahan heard:
00:40:40 And johnny lodden waiting on the turn.
00:40:47 It's an 8 of hearts.
00:40:54 The $9 million top prize is enough for him.
00:41:02 And checks it on board.
00:41:02 Berkey from los angeles.
00:41:03 Berkey played basketball at gannon university in pennsylvania.
00:41:08 The river card, 5 of diamonds.
00:41:15 Both unimpressed by the diamonds.
00:41:22 He says, I got jacks.
00:41:25 And that's a winner.
First, most of what was said there made no sense to me -- including the Gannon basketball reference. There wasn't a guy named Berkey from Los Angeles who played for the Knights. So what in the name of Mike Kopas is going on?
Thanks to the Gannon Hoops research team (that would be my wife Barbara), it appears the ESPN announcers misspoke when they said "basketball." Matt Berkey (pictured above) played baseball at Gannon, pitching from 2002-05. He's listed at #5 in Opponents Batting Average (.318) and #7 on Gannon's all-time list for best Earned Run Average (7.39). Those stats reveal how stunningly unspectacular pitching has been at Gannon over the years. (A kid with a 9.39 ERA and .350 opponents batting average is on of the school's all-time best list? Do the other guys throw underhand?)
So no ex-Gannon basketball player is raking in big money at the World Series of Poker. Nuts. I was hoping I could get familiar enough with the game to some day say with a straight face, "I want to get my money in with the worst hands, suck, and double up" and "before you can seize it, you better flop it."