The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Happy New Year

Well, here we are; 2018 is over and it feels way too soon for my liking. Every year seems to pass quicker and quicker, it’s more than a little unnerving but it’s not like anything can be done about it. I will try to take consolation in the fact that I’m not sitting around, counting […]

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UFC Closes Out 2018 With A Bang

Wow, UFC 232 was an impressive show! There were some dull moments on the undercard, but overall it was one of the best shows of the year. The fourth quarter of 2018 was packed with 3 incredible events, some great fights, and a whole lot of poorly paced television, but at least it ended right. I […]

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UFC 232

Despite all of the drama surrounding Jon Jones and his continuing saga with USDA, I am still stoked for the pay-per-view. MMA is a carnival sport, and this week did well to elucidate that fact. I wrote a bunch of stuff about how terrible the whole USADA situation looks (link) and I’ll be posting my […]

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Happy Holidays

I’ll be taking a few days off from updating the blog and the main Shack site. In the interim, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or just carry on enjoying yourself and staying away from the poisonous bog that is Online.

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Jon Jones Is At It Again

If you thought we were going to get to UFC 232 without some sort of nonsense transpiring, then think again. I just wrote up a small piece for The Shack (link) about Jon Jones’ latest drug-testing adventure. The TL;DR is that a test came back with an “atypical finding” and so now the UFC is […]

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Year-End Music Lists

I am not a big fan of writing lists or ranking stuff, so I won’t be putting up any Best / Worst Of 2018 lists. The only reviewer I pay any specific attention to is Anthony Fantano, and I completely agreed with his selection for Worst Album Of 2018 (link), which was Lil Xan‘s Total […]

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Final FNM Of 2018

Capping off the year with a win and a sudden loss, but overall I can say this year was a better one for getting games in than 2017. I was able to take down a very long game with my deck, thanks to a ridiculous amount of removal and some good draws — something the […]

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United States To Pull Troops From Syria

In an announcement that caught everyone off-guard, the Trump administration announced that the United States would be pulling its troops from the Syrian region. This was apparently done with no real consultation with the US’s allies or even Trump’s advisers — this is just something he decided to do. Derek Davison did a very good […]

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UFC Sells Some Diaz ‘Wolf Tickets’

In typical fashion, UFC President Dana White claimed that he’d booked  fighter — in this case one Nick Diaz — in a bout that had actually not been agreed upon. This is a common tactic used by the promoter, to then leverage fan pressure on the fighters to force match-ups they want — at price-points […]

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MTG Arena Woes

While I am not at the point where I want to quit using the game client, I have been experiencing a number of frustrations with it. The worst problem is the impossible-to-prove belief that the shuffler is just putting the screws to me. Over the last two weeks, I’ve had to mulligan 1-2 times in […]

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