Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Watching poor Yahtzee strategy is painful

Life can be sad. There is hunger in Africa, child abuse and violence around the globe. But perhaps the saddest thing I've encountered is someone playing Yahtzee who tries for a full house.

Man, the name of the game is "Yahtzee," not "Full House." A lot of times, when people try for a Yahtzee, a full house creeps in anyway, and then, OK, take the 25 points and be proud.

I consider myself a Yahtzee aficionado but until recently, never realized who the smart-looking guy on the scorecard was. That is none other than Edwin S. Lowe, whose company first marketed the game in 1956. Eventually, Lowe sold his company to Milton Bradley in 1973 and the rights to Yahtzee.

When I was a lad, I called the guy with the hat Mike Fischlin, who was a shortstop for the Cleveland Indians at the time. Due to rigorous Internet research, I have realized that Fischlin was not that smart-looking fellow.By the way, Fischlin was known for his fielding, and he is among the worst-hitting major-league baseball players of all-time. He played for 10 years, batted .220 and had just three home runs and 68 RBI.

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