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Who Killed Me?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

My senior year of high school me and ten or so classmates acted in a murder-mystery play written by one of our teachers. It was one of those dinner-party things were the guests walk up to you in groups and ask you questions, and you answer them (in character) and they’re supposed to use this…
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Better Than Atkins

Monday, May 18th, 2009

I had a plan, you see. I wanted to drop a few pounds before the 7-week WSOP grind and I wanted to deal with a few of the nagging aches and pains that’ve plagued me lately. So about six weeks ago I stopped playing volleyball (ending the crushing punishment to my hips and knees) and…
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The Old Ultra-Violence

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

On Monday I went to the gym, did some time on the ‘ol exercise bike and the elliptical. I sprinted to the finish and gripped the metal handlebar slats that measure your heart rate. I scored a 171, right around what’s supposed to be the maximum for a guy my age. I throttled down, walked…
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Signal to Noise

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I don’t know why it tilts me that the weather is always magnificent when the NFL Draft rolls around, but it does. Actually I’m in a tilt-free zone at the moment–I’m sitting on my friend’s deck, soaking up the brilliant sunshine, while her two hounds slumber at my feet. Blue skies, trees swaying in the…
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On Hiatus

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Has it really been two weeks since I’ve written anything? No–actually I’ve written quite a bit. I just haven’t bothered to post any of it. Just a spot of existential media paralysis I’m working through with limited success. I’ve even started and abandoned a half-dozen “Has it really been X since I’ve written anything?” posts….
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The Day I Got Old

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

We were sitting in the bar last night after volleyballing for a couple of hours. I was in pain, bad pain, my hip killing me and my back sending out subtle hints that "I’m gonna get you tomorrow, you (expletive deleted). I had a league game Wednesday night and played about the best I have…
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Parade Ground

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

I have one big problem with parades–all the people. Parades would be great if they were invite-only, with special VIP sections set aside for folks like me. But they aren’t–it’s first-come, first-served, and I’ll be damned if I was gonna go dahntahn at like 3AM to get a spot by the stage. I parked over…
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Beyond Belief

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

It’s gonna take me awhile to believe that the Pittsburgh Steelers actually won the Super Bowl. When I saw Larry Fitzgerald streak into the endzone I came to terms with the loss. We had a great year. We got to the big game. But when you can’t score a touchdown with three tries from the…
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Super Duper

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Super Sunday. Two weeks sitting on pins and needles and kickoff is just seven hours away. I’m ready–the lid on my emotional kettle is rattling, my hatred for small, inoffensive woodland birds at a fever pitch. I’m gonna go to the gym, have a nice little workout to further stoke the furnace, and get ready…
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Now I’m Ready to Hate

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Three days to the Super Bowl and I’ve had it with the hype. Two weeks is perhaps enough time for Hines Ward’s MCL to heal but it’s too much time for the chattering classes to talk the game up. A month ago the Arizona Cardinals were the worst team to ever make the NFL playoffs,…
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