BJ Penn is embarrassing himself

BJ Penn

Jesus Christ BJ… Please stop.

His last two trips to the octagon have been cringe-worthy. Not to mention he has the same weathered/ half-dead appearance that CM Punk had in his MMA debut. His fight style has gone from “explosive accuracy” to “uninspired apathy”.  Who is forcing him to do this, because it looks like he doesn’t want to be there.
Sad.

Five Reasons Conor McGregor Will Beat Floyd Mayweather

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There’s no longer a reason to doubt whether or not this fight is actually going to happen. It is clear that both fighters are on board, and Dana White has come out recently saying he would not stop the fight from taking place. Plus the latest reports point to a deal being very close to done for September (maybe?), which was basically confirmed by Conor at a boxing event not long ago.

This leaves money as the only obstacle, and because this will almost certainly be the biggest PPV event since Wrestlemania XIV… Wrestlemania XIV? The start of the Attitude Era? Boston Gardens? New Age Outlaws vs. Cactus Jack and Terry Funk in the first ever Dumpster match? The Undertaker does battle with his brother Kane for the first time ever? Stone Cold defeats Shawn Michaels to begin his reign as WWE champion? C’mon? You don’t know XIV? Anyways…

Bottom line is money will not be in short supply. There could, however, be some disagreements over who should get the larger piece of the pie or how that money should be split among promotions and organizations.  Keep in mind though, as of recently, McGregor is killing Mayweather in PPV sales. Apparently people are just now realizing how Floyd has managed to stay undefeated all these years – Never get hit, and counter effectively. Masterful boxing, but not very entertaining to the average fan.

On the other hand, Conor is a supernova of excitement both in and out of the ring. He is one of the finest trash talkers of our generation, and is able to back it up with knock outs and bloodbath performances. Still, no one seems to be giving him a shot in this match.  Some even ridicule the notion of it ever happening. Well I’m here to tell you, not only will this most certainly happen, but Conor is probably going to walk away with the victory as well. Here’s why…

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My pizza has reached its crust

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I’ve come here to report that I am officially out of the pizza game.

This was paradoxically an incredibly easy and difficult decision to make. For one, I love working in the food industry. The fast pace of a kitchen mixed with the artistry of cooking and the human interactions with customers is like nothing I have ever experienced in my myriad of other jobs. There is nothing better than the dinner rush on a Friday night when everyone on the team is clicking and orders keep coming.  You can enter a flow-state where nothing matters except for the prospect of clearing those slips from your view, and your actions become fluid as you work to achieve that goal. Some nights it seems like you know the orders before they come in, and every move you make is done without thinking.

Opposite of that, there is nothing worse than when nothing goes right.  You can’t get ahead, and just when you do – turns out that calzone wasn’t supposed to have cheese, and as you’re fixing it, you burnt those two pizzas in the oven. Dummy. Funny enough, even those nights are why I love the food industry. When I waited tables we called it “getting in the weeds”.  It’s the kind of night where you really get to see what you are made of in a high-pressure situation.

I find a lot of joy and value from experiences like these; the flawless flow of execution, as well as the sigh of relief after you finally bail all the water from a sinking ship. However, it wasn’t Continue reading “My pizza has reached its crust”

Pizza Shop Chronicles

There was a random scavenger hunt this weekend that featured a bunch of things involving the shop.

  • Pictures with the staff
  • Make a pizza
  • Get the delivery guy to sing the National Anthem, which he did not know the words to… (Goddamit Steve)

Fun stuff, ya know?

But one of the tasks on this list was not so fun and it involved the illegal removal of several of my napkin dispensers.

Since the scavenger hunt I am down 2 napkin dispensers. Their absence has not gone unnoticed.  Customers are complaining of greasy fingers with no hope of relief. Old Man Jim, our morning delivery guy, is have a particularly difficult time coping with the loss. Perhaps it is his senility, or perhaps it was just his deep connection to these napkin dispensers, but he is reminded of them every morning… And feels the need to remind me as well.
Shut up Jim. I know the napkin dispensers are gone.
Fuck.

Wrestlemania 32 Recap (sorta)

This might be pretty pathetic considering I don’t watch much wrestling, but if we are going to grade last night’s Wrestlemania with either a pass or fail, I’m giving it a pass.  They did just enough to keep me interested and even had a few intriguing matchups with some pretty interesting characters.

One guy who seems to move the needle is Dean Ambrose.  His match against Brock Lesnar was nothing short of average but at least there was a clear cut heel vs. hero scenario. In the end Lesnar won, but Ambrose will definitely benefit from the performance.

The only other match on the card that was worth seeing for me was Shane O Mac vs. The Undertaker.  Shane’s arrival to the WWE basically signaled my exit. However, I had always seen through years of internet boredom, that Shane went on to have an incredible career as a wrestler. He became known for doing some pretty impressive things that required both athleticism and guts. Shane would even gain the respect of just about every member of the locker room by going above and beyond to prove he belonged as proof of this video tribute to him (which I highly recommend watching). Continue reading “Wrestlemania 32 Recap (sorta)”

Conor McGregor Gets His Rematch Against Nate Diaz at UFC 200

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I intend on coming correct with a breakdown of every card in the future, but I just wanted to get this out there as soon as I heard it.  My initial thought was, “why the hell would Conor do this?”  So far from what I’ve read it looks like everyone close to Conor did what any normal, caring, business savvy person would do… They begged him not to take the fight. This is a lose-lose situation for Conor. If he loses again it will seriously damage his dollar value in the UFC, but even if he wins it does almost nothing to help him unless he can win the necessary rubber match that would happen next year.

However, word from McGregor’s coach is that Conor has been “obsessed” with fighting Nate again.  Even Dana White Continue reading “Conor McGregor Gets His Rematch Against Nate Diaz at UFC 200”