Timmy’s Tidbits: Izzy…Enough, Moneymaker’s Poker, & The New insideSTL

Tim McKernan, Fri, 16 May 2008 20:27:00 GMT



For what may be the first time since starting in radio in 2002, I consider myself absolutely honest-to-God shocked by the developments that took place at Busch Stadium yesterday afternoon.

Rarely—if ever—have I been so fired up about something that has to do solely with sports, but in the case of Tony La Russa bringing in Jason Isringhausen yesterday with a 5-4 lead in the 8th inning, I can honestly say I am pissed off about it.

It’s indefensible.

I don’t understand how both a player and a manager can say less than six days earlier that said player will not be put in a save situation…and then that whole plan is thrown out the window, and the player is right back in a save situation.

Tony La Russa has loyalty to his veterans, which as Bernie Miklasz pointed out when I joined him on Team 1380’s The Roll Home yesterday, can be a great attribute. But, it can also be a great weakness.

I’d point to his continual use of a washed-up Mark McGwire in 2001, a broken down Larry Walker in 2005, a shell-of-his-former-self Matt Morris in 2005, and now Jason Isringhausen in 2008 as examples to back my case up.

The Isringhausen situation has to end.


Either put him on the DL for 15 days or just shut him down for the time being, but either way, Isringhausen is to La Russa what video poker is to me: if it’s around me, something inside me makes me go play it…even though I know it’s not going to end well.


Chris Moneymaker In Studio On The ITD Morning After


2003 World Series of Poker Champion Chris Moneymaker joined us in studio yesterday on Team 1380’s The ITD Morning After.

He’s really a good guy, and as a poker nerd, it was cool to sit there and b-s with him for awhile. I asked him about the criticism from some in the poker world of his game and the insinuation that he was a “one hit wonder” who got lucky, but who hasn’t done anything else since in poker.

I could tell he was a little defensive about that question, but he’s a fair guy, and he understands that there are some rumblings about it. His explanation for his lack of big tournament wins—or final tables—since 2003 is that he just doesn’t play as much as the other big names in the game. Once he won in 2003, he got a number of sponsorship deals, and as a husband and father, he’d rather take what he called “the guaranteed money” of sponsorship deals and traveling around the country for promotions rather than sit and play in hundreds of tournaments, like some of the other big names in the game do.

Speaking of Moneymaker and his promotions…

Moneymaker was in town to promote one hell of an event going on at Lumiere. Every Saturday this month at noon, Lumiere’s poker room is hosting a $250 buy-in tournament…and the top 10 finishers out of the maximum of 100 in the tournament field advance to the championship tournament June 7th at Lumiere. And, on June 7th, with Playboy Playmates on hand, the top finishers will not only win cash prizes (Moneymaker guesstimated that the first prize would be $15,000), but also a trip to the Playboy Mansion.

Poker. Playmates. Playboy Mansion.

That’s a hell of a promotion.


The Launch of The New insideSTL.com


Monday will be the debut of the new insideSTL.com website.

And, I know that means Monday is going to be a brutal day here at the insideSTL.com offices, because I’m going to be hearing a lot of bitching about how “this sucks” and “that sucks.”

Change is as welcome in St. Louis as Gary Templeton is.

But, I can assure you that—even if/when there are the inevitable bugs and glitches that will come in the first few days—this new insideSTL.com will be better.

On both Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we had focus groups come down to our offices to take a look at the new site…and across the board, the reviews were incredibly positive. And, trust me, I’m not saying that just to say it. If anything, it’d be better if I set the bar low.

But, Tim Pickett, Ryan “Big Grease” Pickett, and the staff at ITX in New York have built a hell of a website, and I think you’ll find it to be “cleaner” (in terms of navigation…not content…we’ll still have articles on gaping), easier to navigate, and just flat-out overall better than the original site. And, with that train of thought, it should be said that a great deal of credit is due to Matt Sebek, who built the original and current insideSTL.com in August of 2005,  when Matt and I had no idea this thing would turn into what it’s turned into.

Once the new site is up on Monday, I will write in greater detail about it, but we’ll have some new features, new contests, and new prizes that will all come with the new insideSTL.com.

I look forward to hearing everyone’s feedback…and you’re always welcome to email me at tmckernan@insidestl.com