By: Jason Sarney
This has been an emotional week in Fin-dom with the quarterback news of Tua Tagovailoa being named Miami Dolphins starter, making Ryan Fitzpatrick the backup. Coming off two wins and heading into a bye week, the Fan Base sits in waiting for the November 1st, 2020 starting debut of the “South-Paw Savior” of this proud franchise.
What better way to sit-back, virtually kick-off your shoes and mingle with Miami Dolphins and media personalities, than to play poker for charity?
There is really no better way.
Allow me to paint a word picture for you in the time of Zoom session hangouts. For the uninitiated – you will enter a colorful virtual poker room brought to you by the Jason Taylor Foundation in partnership with Faded Spade.
Additional to the welcoming #All In For Literacy artwork and, you will see magical backgrounds, both virtual and live as former Dolphins Done their Aqua and Orange with pride.
O.J. McDuffie clearly has the greatest Miami Dolphins hats on dry land, and it is not close. Jason Taylor, if I may predict, will be rocking his St. Thomas Aquinas coaches T-Shirt, while having his Red Auerbach style cigar create a fog like ambience, as he will no doubt be at the final table during a South Florida sunset.
Welcoming you at the breakout room will be operations specialist, Sean “DJ Prec” Todd, who is known for outstanding poker-themed Zoom backgrounds and is the Ed McMahon to Seth Levit’s Johnny Carson.
Seth, who works tirelessly in his support of both the foundation and the Dolphins is a shark at the tables, and lures you in with a welcoming smile, smooth banter and a dapper blazer with fashionable T-shirt under it.
He has recruited some of his buddies from the South Florida and ESPN beat, who may or may not be professional road-working card hustlers in Israel Gutierrez and Dan Le Batard.
While Gutierrez appears on Zoom and is great to chat sports with, Le Batard has not made an appearance on camera, much to my chagrin. I still have a score to settle with him from Volume I as he continued to clearly go all-in a few times in what was an obvious, “screw it, I am tired play,” and happened to pick up two 7’s on a 2-7 off-suit opening hand on the flop to knock me out of a final table appearance in the opener.
Darn you Dan, I have yet to recover. (I think you are great, though).
Gutierrez is as good a poker player as he is an Around the Horn competitor, as he was yet another ESPN personality to eliminate me, this time last month during Volume 5. At least he had the good grace to commend me on my outstanding bet on the turn, only to have him go all in to catch the heat game and catch the lone card in the deck to help him. Nice guy…you know, they usually say the nicer the guy, the lousier the card player.
Ha. Whoops. Noted. He is currently 4th overall on the leader-board with a pair of final tables.
When it comes to the leader-board, I am a carbon copy statistically of Terry Kirby, in poker, not football or golf. In a fun bit of small-talk it was discovered that we both golfed on the same Northern Florida Golf Course and I was blatantly honest about my score. It was Marino + Taylor not including my breakfast ball, although I tee’d off at 2:45 pm.
Other than these iconic Dolphins, I am not so sure #99 is the best card playing Taylor in his family, as Joy Taylor will take your chips and you simply wont seam to care. With no Miami Heat game on, and Tua named starter during a bye week, I literally am side betting the co-host of The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Fox Sports 1 wins V6 of this go-around.
I hope to see you all in the Zoom Room later, as I look forward to these events each month, and looking to get to my first final table, in which the stakes are high for some outstanding trophies and prizes, including a watch from sponsor, Invicta.
The watch is great…. but I want the trophy.
Competition aside, there is truly a terrific cause that this all benefits, in helping promote reading, and going All In for Literacy!
Still time to donate and play!!!