The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Bellator 206

Last night, I signed up for DAZN (which is, lamentably, pronounced ‘Da Zone’) so that I could catch the main card of Bellator 206. I thought the event was pretty good, although the show pacing made the UFC’s offerings on FOX feel speedy and concise — dragging the show on long enough that UK viewers got […]

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One Day At A Time

I’m slowly returning to normal; I’m hoping in the next day or so, I won’t still have the odd coughing fit that doubles me over like I’ve been punched in the chest. It’s been a weird sickness, as usually I’m worn out and dead tired, but this illness has come with some weird adrenaline rushes […]

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Sick As A Dog

So, whatever I managed to catch has become the most brutal illness I’ve dealt with in at least a decade. I’m not counting the time I suddenly ended up in the emergency room with a spontaneous hemo-pneumothorax, since that’s more of a …. I don’t know, ‘structural’ issue I guess one might say. I don’t […]

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Sick Daze

I spent most of today drifting in and out of a deep sleep, listening to podcasts and eating every few hours. It’s exceedingly rare that I get sick — in fact the last time was in early 2008 — that when it happens it’s severe. My skull doesn’t feel like someone poured molten syrup into […]

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Cottage Magic – Vol. 1

I’m finally back from our bi-annual gaming excursion to a friend’s cottage for a weekend of Magic: The Gathering. Just as we were leaving the city, I received a Tornado Alert on my phone, from the emergency broadcast system, which made things … interesting. We ended up being delayed about 50 minutes on the highway out […]

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Short Break

I’m heading off into the woods to spend the next 2.5 days playing Magic with friends at a cottage, so there won’t be any updates here. I’ll be tossing some photos up on my Instagram, although depending on my connection that may not happen until I get back to the city. I’ve got a bunch […]

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Jon Jones Can Fight This Year

Aside from a comically embarrassing appearance in front of the California State Athletic Commission, we haven’t seen any developments in Jon Jones’ arbitration with USADA. He failed a drug test that was administered on July 28th, one day before UFC 214, and as a result had his title stripped and his KO win over Daniel Cormier […]

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Johny Hendricks Is Fighting Again

After announcing his retirement from MMA back in June of this year, Johny Hendricks has announced that he will be competing in the upcoming debut show for World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation. Hendricks faces Bellator veteran Brennan Ward — who just recently ‘retired’ from MMA — on November 9th, in a bout contested at 185 […]

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The 2018 Mr. Olympia

Over the past few years, I’ve cultivated a mild interest in the competitive bodybuilding world, and I was actually somewhat excited to see the results of this year’s Mr. Olympia contest. For the past 7 years, Phil Heath has dominated the contest, although his last few wins have been somewhat controversial depending on who you […]

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Mark Hunt

I’ve posted the edition of Fight Notes for the UFC Moscow card (link), and the major takeaway from the event is that I really think Mark Hunt should retire. Oleksiy Olinyk managed to rock him with a single punch — something inconceivable even just a few years ago — that ultimately set up the fight-ending sequence of […]

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