Embrace Your Inner Degenerate

Casey Kasem Stops By TAI

The message boards were a-flutter with details from a wild Wednesday night on the town. Mofobes calls in to put an end to the rumors and tell everyone exactly how Tommy acts after 11 gin and tonics.

Since it is a sports show, the hosts take a few minutes to talk US Open golf, the NBA finals, and a mid season report card on the American League.

Finally, Dutch gives a lesson on calling third strikes, and has poker infiltrated America’s pastime?

Email: Brian Mollica brian@notiowa.com and Tommy Dutch tom@notiowa.com Give us a call 206-203-Iowa


45 Responses to Casey Kasem Stops By TAI

  1. brian says:

    Last chance. The contest closes to new players on Tuesday night.

    Here are the contest questions:

    1. I have thrown and landed exactly 1 punch in my life.
    2. I was caught by a police officer during a romantic encounter with a girl in my car.
    3. I have a scar across half of my abdomen from a botched childhood surgery.
    4. I was suspended for 5 days in high school for stealing a fire extinguisher.
    5. I have been published in a popular national magazine.
    6. I have never ice skated.
    7. I agreed to eat a piece of dog shit for $2,000.
    8. I dated an eskimo.
    9. I referred to a group of bikers as “smelly homeless men” during a drunken stupor at a bar.
    10. I hate Jimmy Buffet, but have been to 7 of his concerts.

    Remember, 5 of these are true of Brian and 5 are true of Dutch. You can post your answers here, via voicemail or email. A delightful prize package will be put together for the winner. Good luck!

  2. Scott J. says:

    Basketball and golf talk today, right in my wheelhouse. Have a few thoughts on todays subjects.

    I have played a lot of tournament golf, including some USGA events, and their stance has always been that they want a winner who is a great ball striker, with a premium on hitting fairways and greens. Very difficult to win an Open unless you are hitting the ball in the fairway.

    Where I disagree with them is when they make the greens so hard that they will not hold a well struck shot. That has been the case in some years although not necessarily this year. Oakmont’s greens just have so much undulation that they were still very difficult. I thought the setup this year was actually quite fair compared to some years, the course is just damn tough.

    I started betting the Spurs to win the title in mid-May so I was happy to see them win, but the MVP of the playoffs would have to go to David Stern. The ridiculous decision to suspend Stodamire and Diaw in game 5 of their series, I believe, cost the Suns the championship. A tainted win for the Spurs courtesy of the commissioner.

    One advantage of interleague play is when a marquee team from the other league is in town. The Padres are hosting the Red Sox this weekend, which certainly provides a lot more excitement than the normal National League team visiting.

    Enjoy the week and hope to see some of you in Vegas this weekend.

  3. yzerman13 says:

    Brian, spoken like a true yankee fan. We spend money, why doesn’t everyone else. Don’t ever ask why people hate the yankees, because that’s why. The yankees spend more money that other teams gross. I’m a Red Sox fan and I HATE the way that baseball is setup. You should almost have a division with teams that spend $100 million or more. Let us kill each other. I wish there was a salary cap.

  4. Dutch says:

    Now here I go betting a total. I’m taking the Phillies/Indians game over 9. Cole Hamels is excellent but this is his first outing in an A.L. ballpark facing a quality lineup top to bottom, I think Cleveland will score some runs. Cliff Lee is a joke right now and Philly is swinging well. This game is 9.5 almost everywhere but I prefer the 9 -130 currently being offered at the Palms.

    Play is Philly/Clev. Over 9 -130 @ Palms
    Season Total: +359

  5. brian says:

    I don’t disagree with what you’re saying yzerman. I wouldn’t mind the field being evened out by a salary cap. But why do people point their anger at the Yankees and not MLB? They work within the rules as they’re written. And while I understand that some small market teams don’t have the resources, but some just don’t want to spend the money. The Cubs are constantly one of the top 5 highest grossing teams in baseball. Where is the money going?

    ps – I give you a lot of credit. Most Sox fans are in denial that they spend so much money.

  6. yzerman13 says:

    I agree that its more about the MLB than the yankees, but yankee fans always say, why don’t other teams spend as much money. They just don’t get it that other teams don’t have the money. And i agree that they should also make the revenue sharing be spent on players. It’s crazy that the marlins are making more money on revenue sharing, then they spend on there total roster.

  7. Dutch says:

    You have to be kidding me.

    ATLANTA—Suspended NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones was being sought by police for questioning about a shooting early Monday involving members of his entourage after a fight at an Atlanta strip club.

    Jones, a cornerback for the Tennessee Titans on suspension following a melee and shooting at a Las Vegas strip club, his group and three other people got into a fight, apparently over a woman, at a club around 4 a.m., officer Ariel Toledo said.

    After everyone involved left the strip club—the three people in one car, and Jones and his entourage in three other cars—someone in Jones’ group shot at the car, and the others returned fire, Toledo said.

  8. patch406 says:

    That guy is a human joke.

  9. Paigow Pete says:

    Adam “Pacman” Jones immediately issued an appology to his family, all his fans and anyone he “might” have offended:

    “I know I have made mistakes, but am doing my best to be a better person. I have entered a treatment program and plan on doing community service. I look at this as an opportunity to make a difference.” later adding: “Anyone want to roll over the Gold Club for a late breakfast? I hear they have ‘legs and eggs’ going today, and who knows… it just might rain baby!”

    ….God bless him…..

  10. asterion says:

    “Jones, a cornerback for the Tennessee Titans on suspension following a melee and shooting at a Las Vegas strip club, his group and three other people got into a fight, apparently over a woman, at a club around 4 a.m., officer Ariel Toledo said.”

    Rule #1: Nothing good happens after midnight.
    Rule #2: Rule #1 goes double for strip clubs.

    How dumb do you have to be to continue to repeat the behavior that’s already gotten you kicked out of the NFL for a year?

  11. knife says:

    Nothing to be scared of brian, it’s a nickname I gave myself that stuck. It’s from the movie Back to the Beach, you know, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.

    So the Cubs may spend in the top 10, but they are still nowhere close to what the Yankees spend.

    Heres an idea for the Wednesday show. Someone from the boards can pick a tpoic and you can both rant about it. Then the board can vote as to who’s rant was better. Not and original idea, but we know you two sure love your rants!

    Hey Tommy, ooking forward to your top ten TV shows. You mentioned that once you got your computer up and running you caught up with some podcasts from your favorite Chicago personalities. Just wondering who they were. Mike North? Johnnie B?


  12. Trainfan John says:

    On of my favorite writers, Bill Simmons, checked in today with another Vegas Article.


    The hightlight from this one:

    Things peaked around 6 p.m. when an attractive blonde in a bikini joined our table, complained to the dealer, “I haven’t had a blackjack in three days,” then told us confidently, “If I get a blackjack, I’m going topless.” This prompted the pit boss to come over and tell her that she couldn’t go topless, so they negotiated for a little bit, ultimately deciding that she could flash everyone instead. This conversation actually happened.

    Out of nowhere, this turned into the most exciting blackjack shoe of all-time. Every time she got an Ace or a 10 as her first card, the tension was more unbearable than the last five minutes of the final “Sopranos” episode. Finally, she nailed her blackjack and our side of the blackjack section erupted — it was like being in Fenway for the Roberts Steal. She followed through with her vow, left a few minutes later and we spent the next 20 minutes debating whether I could write about it without coming off like a complete pig.

  13. brian says:

    Pacman is insane. Get a new posse! At the very least frisk everyone before you go out to the club.

  14. slashdogx says:

    It seems like collectively we could improve on this list. Perhap a topic for a future show…


  15. Paigow Pete says:

    Hey Slashdog….I hope that list ain’t in rank order. While Casino is certainly #1, Bugsy?????????

    I think Oceans 11 (the orginal) and Swingers is missing….

  16. yzerman13 says:

    I think that a couple of people were asking about the tournament that i played in at the series. . . I came in 23rd out of 900. The players at the first table were hit and miss. They were good or bad. I was able to comeback from being down 5-1 heads up to dan shak (from high stacks poker) The second table was much better, the first 3 people out werent very good including richard lee, main event final table last year, i really played 2 hands really badly or i think i could have won the second table. I’m not a great player, but a good player and I had 1/3 of the chips in play when we were 5 handed.

    If you are going, bring a sweatshirt, it gets cold. Also and maybe more important, the sessions are really long and i wasnt prepaired for that. I started at noon and didn’t end until 3am and they weren’t done for the night. Anything else let me know and i will do my best to answer. If you don’t wanna post it on the message board, contact me directly, jsilva19@optonline.net

  17. slashdogx says:

    Yzer – Thanks for the overview. Very interesting. I can’t imagine playing for 15 hours in a tourn. situation. I also would have never guessed it might be cold. If I’m cold my concentration goes to crap. I won’t be playing at the WSOP for a year or two, but hope to after getting just a bit more experience. Your story is what makes the WSOP seem so unique – for a reasonably entry fee anyone can end up playing directly against some of the worlds best (or perceived best) players. Thanks again for your story. I hope there are more WSOP cashes in your future.

    Pete, you are of course absolutely right about the ommissions in that list.

  18. yzerman13 says:

    Fobes, i completely forgot about the bet, but i’m still in. If you win a event with over 1000 people i will gladly watch every season of the gilmore girls.

    Here is the big question . . . Are you going to be playing in any events or are you just still trying to satelite you way in?

    ship it

  19. slashdogx says:

    I am not sure if this is best posted here or at the Behind the Bricks site… I see where Norm MacDonald made a run and finished in the top 20 in Event 28 WSOP. That would be an interesting table assignment.

  20. Scott J. says:


    Thanks for the tip on Bill Simmons, great stuff, will be looking for more from him.

  21. patch406 says:

    Don’t look now, but our boy phil hellmuth junior just made another final table. He’s coming in as a short stack, but he’s certainly not out of it. The guy couldn’t be a bigger douchebag or a better tournament hold’em player.

    PS. My wife was dragging her feet after I asked her politely to pass the salt in which to season a fine prepared steak. I was getting anxious so I finally let out a “come on woman SHIP IT”. Yeah that didn’t go over real well.

  22. Table_Max says:

    1- BMo
    2- BMo
    3- TD
    4- BMo
    5- TD
    6- TD
    7- TD
    8- TD
    9- BMo
    10- BMo

  23. Trainfan John says:

    Scott J.

    If you like the Simmons stuff – here’s a link to his archive page. If you go all the way to the bottom you will find links to four classic Vegas articles. If you haven’t seen them, I consider them must reads.


  24. Table_Max says:


    Two things.

    1- I got a great laugh when I read your message board name, seeing that I am one of 7 people in the world who wasn’t actually in the movie that got the reference. But I was a little disappointed to see that you gave yourself the nickname because….

    2- Man Law #44: You cannot choose your own nickname. Your nickname comes from your friends, and how they refer to you in conversation. Anyone who tries to choose their own nickname will then be known as Sheet Stain.

    Please make the appropriate change to your message board name.

  25. Trainfan John says:

    Knife (aka Sheet Stain):

    I’m thinking Tommy was catching up with either Eric and Kathy or Kathy and Judy. One way or the other – I”m betting there was a Kathy involved.

  26. Trainfan John says:

    Brian and TD – I know one of you will be going to this – just don’t know who:

    Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
    will once again take the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for what continues to be the biggest party of the year.

    Parrotheads won’t want to miss their chance to soak in the full Margaritaville experience Vegas style on Saturday October 20 & 27, 2007.

    Concert: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

    Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena

    Date & Time: Saturday, October 20 & 27, 2007 at 8:00 pm

  27. Dutch says:


    Cubs fan? Live in Chicago?

    Nick Digilio is the radio personality I was speaking of. Now I get to catch him online. He’s the only thing I still listen to out of Chicago. Mike North is one of my least favorite people in radio. That dude represents everything wrong with Chitown.

    Swingers gets my vote for greatest Vegas flick. Yep, that has to be a show topic eventually.

  28. mofobes says:

    yzerman – i’ve been playing at binions & venetian lately, but plan to get over to rio and play some more satellites.

    it has been a brutal month – i am getting so close.
    49 of 270 in Pot Limit Omaha at Binions (20 of of the money)
    31 of 206 in Razz at Binions (7 out of the money)
    50 out of 360 in Omaha 8 or better at Venetian (10 out of the money)

    if one more hand would go my way in any of these events, i’d be i could get deep in the money.

    oh & slashdog, it is not just cold at the Rio is FREEZING. your hands get like ice. especially late in the evening when the Amazon room is 25% full, it a deep freeze in there.

  29. mofobes says:

    here are my guesses at the contest:
    1. TD
    2. BMo
    3. BMo
    4. TD
    5. TD
    6. BMo
    7. BMo
    8. TD
    9. TD
    10. BMo

  30. knife says:


    Good call, I always like Nick Digilio when he was filling in for others. He still talk alot about movies? And unfortunately I am a Cubs fan. But I am hoping Sosa gets his 600th homerun against the Cubs these next three days.

    98 years and counting!


  31. knife says:


    What is that? Some kind of online poker nickname like all_in99? I never thought that anyone would actually call me knife.


    No, not in Chicago, but in a far west borberline suburb. A suburb of Aurora might be more like it. Please no Wayne’s World jokes, they aren’t funny anymore!! So how long did you actually live in Chicago?


  32. Roosterman says:

    Take 2, and the reasons for my guesses:

    1. T (Tommy’s a lover, not a fighter)
    2. B (If it was Tommy, It would have been one of his ‘bad cop experiences’)
    3. B (A guess)
    4. T (This is the beginning of Tommy’s hatred of law enforcement)
    5. B (Brian got his Mad magazine ‘fold-in’ published)
    6. B (Tommy ice-skated once, to impress a date)
    7. T (Tommy drunk, say no more)
    8. T (Who hasn’t he dated)
    9. T (Tommy drunk, say no more)
    10. B (Brian’s wife made him go)

  33. dipperfc says:

    Just quietly……..DUTCH!!!! ON FIRE WITH THE BASEBALL TIPS!!

    Keep up the good work buddy (I think I will stop wasting my time doing match-ups & just put $$ on your picks).

    Go Mofobes….hang-in there, the poker gods will smile upon you soon I’m sure.

  34. brian says:

    For all of you who think I have a dream job, I am currently watching the Royals and Cardinals battle it out for “bragging rights”. Because it’s ompossible to watch a game this bad without money on it, I’m taking the Royals +1.5 behind Scott “The human gas can” Elarton. Why? No good reason. I just hate Scott Spiezio’s soul patch.

  35. yzerman says:

    Fobes, hang in there. It will come, you are too good not to get it going.

  36. brian says:

    Worst $1.50 I’ve ever spent

  37. patch406 says:

    College World Series. UC Irvine vs ASU. Seriously the best baseball game I’ve seen all year. I have absolutely no interest in either team. UCI comes back from 4 down to win it in the bottom of the 10th. Awesome.

  38. patch406 says:

    Yzerman…looks like Dan Shak’s old lady is the best player in the family. She’s got the chip lead with 3 left in the $3000 NL event. That’s awfully impressive.

  39. Table_Max says:

    Sheet Stain,

    As a matter of fact I do use that name for poker, just as I use it for everything else, it’s a nickname given to me when I was dealing at MGM. Not exactly the coolest nickname out there, but it’s become my online moniker across the board.

    And hopefully you don’t take the Sheet Stain comments personally, just a little friendly ball bustin. Welcome to the message boards.

  40. Nic_Q says:

    1. Dutch
    2. Brian
    3. Brian
    4. Dutch
    5. Brian
    6. Dutch
    7. Brian
    8. Brian
    9. Dutch
    10. Dutch

  41. Grand Puba says:

    Please do not send my prize C.O.D.

    Dutch: 2,4,6,7,10
    Brian: 1,3,5,8,9

  42. knife says:


    Don’t worry. No offense was taken, just bustin your balls back.


  43. dipperfc says:

    Fair Dinkum! Great show guys! Extremely good take on what’s happening & what may happen in the AL!

    I’m digging this sports deal on Mondays…..I know I’m happy with the baseball/Golf talk., but when you mentioned there will be an NFL comp on the show later it made me think…Fuck I miss the footy & can’t wait till it starts again!
    But…it is by far the hardest sport to cap! Baseball is easier I think, because there are so many games for one to pick their spots.

    Go A’s!!!!!!!!!! Yes BMO they are very much a ‘hang lose stoner type team to look at’….that’s partly why I love em’…but also cos’ they win (regularly)!

    Hey Tony…….What’s happening with the AFL tips? C’mon you were going great!
    Give us some more picks!!!!

  44. JimInTX says:

    1. B
    2. T
    3. T
    4. B
    5. T
    6. B
    7. T
    8. B
    9. T
    10. B

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