BDL at the NFL

Last week’s trip report from a BDL tournament culminated in a description of the Varsity Finals, in which a brother and sister team from Roxbury narrowly lost the championship debate. I’m pleased to report that they’ve since had an even greater victory at the district championships and will be representing not just the Boston Debate League but the entire New England region at the National Forensics League (ie the real NFL) National Speech & Debate Tournament to be held this summer in Indianapolis (as far as I know it’s simply a coincidence that that other NFL recently had some sort … Read more…

BDL Tournament Trip Report, Part 2

This is the conclusion of a trip report, the first part of which can be found here, from a high school debate tournament at which I recently volunteered. I founded the Boston Debate League in 2005 to bring competitive extracurricular debate to students at some of the city’s more troubled public high schools and continued to serve as the part-time, volunteer executive director for several years. In 2008 we hired a full-time executive director who has grown the organization into something much larger and more influential. He was out of town this weekend receiving an award from his alma mater … Read more…

BDL Tournament Trip Report, Day 1

Sorry for the recent silence – I was in Boston over the weekend running a debate tournament for the Boston Debate League. I don’t have a WYP for this week, so instead please enjoy this Trip Report which hopefully will provide a behind-the-scenes insight into the world of high school debate, or our own little corner of it anyway:   There are 174 high school students registered for the debate tournament I am running this weekend. Roughly 135 will actually show up to compete, but not all of those 135 will be among those who registered in advance. These students … Read more…

2011: My Poker Year in Review

Today is Sunday, but I won’t be playing the Sunday Million, because I’m currently in the United States. For as long as I’ve had this blog, I’ve started every year with a series of posts about my poker-related goals and resolutions, and I’ve ended every year by assessing the progress I made towards them. I set goals for 2011– my most ambitious ever, actually- but now it seems pointless to even look at them, as Black Fridayrendered them more or less¬†irrelevant. ¬†The best laid plans of mice and men, eh? I’m not really in a place to start setting poker … Read more…

‘Tis the Season to Make Donations

No, I’m not talking about my mixed games dabbling. At least in the United States, December 31st is the deadline for making charitable donations that you can write off against your 2011 income. That means that the government is functionally matching some portion of your donation. What poker player doesn’t love overlay? I know this has been a rough year for online poker players everywhere and especially in the US, but let’s keep it in perspective. As my grandmother once told me, “There’s always someone worse off than you.” The organization closest to my heart is the Boston Debate League, … Read more…

Railbirds Interview

This is an interview that I did with Railbirds.com a few hours after my elimination on Day 7. No beautiful women in this one but it is much less rushed than the others so I’m able to answer questions in more depth:  

House of Cards Interview

Boston-based poker radio show House of Cards recently aired an interview with me that was recorded not long after my exit from the WSOP Main Event. The host of the show, Ashley Adams, is actually a union negotiator who works with Boston Public Schools teachers, so while we talked a lot of poker, he was pretty interested in the Boston Debate League as well. My interview starts at around the 2100 mark. Also on the show is Brandon Steven, who finished 10th in this year’s WSOP. I haven’t done too many interviews, but hopefully I’ll be doing more in the … Read more…

Urban Debate League Wins National Championships

It wasn’t the Boston Debate League, but a team from our sister league in Chicago recently won the National Forensics League Grand Tournament in Kansas City, making them the first Urban Debate League team ever to win a national championship (there are several- the NFL’s are the largest, though arguably not the most prestigious). The Chicago Debate League was one of the first UDL’s in the country and is considerably older and larger than the BDL. The winning team hails from Whitney Young High School, which actually had a debate team even before the CDL got off the ground. Not … Read more…