The Punk Curmudgeon Post Game Show-or BEING A GOOD SPORT SUCKS!


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Well it was a hard-fought game. I was up and down, screaming at my tv. The dogs were freaking out. The kids and I high fiver, we cried in dismay. In the end my Steelers lost to the Packers.

The Packers deserved it. I can admit it. At Superbowl XVL they were the better team. We were a good team, we played hard and have nothing to be ashamed of. James Harrison from his twitter account @jharrison9292 tweeted sorry. My response?

@jharrison9292 Don’t be sorry. You guys played a hard game. so did the packers. I’m still a #proudsteelersfan

That is the honest truth. I think it is great that he said he was sorry, very humble of him. But they played hard and didn’t give up. It is easy to be a winner. You do nothing but be happy. Being a good sport is hard. In fact is plain ol sucks. But it’s the right way to be. I congratulate the Green Bay Packers. Tonight they were the better team. They deserve their win. I congratulated the friends I have on Facebook. We chatted back and forth in good nature during the game but when it comes down to it I’m not mad over the loss. Disappointed sure but we gave it all and left it all on the field. I can live with that.

Oh and did I mention we still have 6 Superbowl rings? More than anyone else? At least there is that. 🙂

Also I considered commenting on Christina Aguilera and her singing flub, but lets face it, she is hot and that’s about it. So who was really shocked? Not this guy.

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Got that mountain bike ride in despite the cold!


My new mountain bike tire after my ride.

What a great day. It started off with snow this morning and looked cold. My wife went to the gym and reported to me that it was cold and windy. However after the last time where I let myself get lazy and missed out on a really nice ride I stuck to my guns today. When 11:30 rolled around I got my new cold weather gear on. I just got a Terramar half-zip winter shirt, Terramar winter pants and some Mountain Hardwear stretch gloves from http://www.sunnysports.com. I’ll be reviewing those in my next blog.

I knew if I shut off my computer, loaded up the bike and just got out I would have a great time. I sure did. It was cold, chilly really, not cold. It was snowy, icy, muddy, in other words IT WAS GREAT. I only started doing real mountain bike riding this summer and we have had a slow easy winter down off the mountains in Colorado so this was my most “wintry” ride yet. I’ve ridden in some slush, some snow and some mud but this was the biggest mix of all 3 yet.

A little info for you I don’t have a new bike. I have my old steel 98′ GT Outpost. It is a hard frame without even front suspension. I have slip-ins on my peddles, a decent seat, a rear rack for a functional fender and those handle things on the ends of my bar. It’s a great bike. It does not look like much but it rides well. Really well. I bought it new in 98′ and all I have done is one tune-up and changed the tires and the seat. Everything else is original parts. That is how well it has held up and I really give great props to GT for making such a sturdy bike.

That being said I have ridden a newer Trek. It was full suspension and weights about 1/4 of what my GT weighs. It is amazing to ride. So fast, so quick, so smooth. It is my friends bike and when I rode it the one time it was like being Superman. I could just go faster and faster and faster. I was riding on a trail with rocks, drops and big tree roots but it was like riding down the street. So much fun. The downside? It cost him $2300 dollars and that was marked down from $2900. Now sure it is worth it. I really do think it is worth it but it is only worth it if you can actually afford to drop 2k on a bike. I can not.

Getting out and riding today was a huge accomplishment for me. My first real winter ride in adverse weather conditions, in adverse riding conditions and required that I force myself to do it. But like always once I got going it was so much fun. I always feel that way. Even if I don’t want to once I start I love it. And what  a great day I have had today. I did strength training this morning, went on a bike ride, and walked the dogs with my wife. Now I’m settling in to watch the UFC prelims for UFC 126.

Exhaustion really is good for my soul.

Punk Curmudgeon

P.S. Of course I used the Cardiotrainer app from http://www.worksmartlabs.com like always. Still hoping they will give me a bluetooth heart monitor to review. 🙂


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Staying motivated, not easy when it’s cold.


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Today I let myself down. I was wanting to go on a winter mountain bike ride on my GT in the middle of the day when it was at its warmest. I recently bought some medium duty cold weather gear from http://www.sunnysports.com and have been itching to try it out. Now you do have to understand that it has been super cold here in Colorado for the last four days. But I was all set. The forecast called for it to be 37 degrees. I ran an errand in my car and saw people commuting to work or to CSU which all got me excited to go. Than I got home and the chill set in and I wimped out. When I looked up the temp it said it was only 22 degrees out. But I should have gone outside. Later when I did go outside it didn’t even feel very cold. I was really bummed and disappointed in myself.

But I’ve learned from it, and I plan to remember this little episode and grow from it. As long as I do that and in the future don’t miss chances like today than I can live with it.

Staying motivated, pushing one’s self, that is what it is all about!

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I admit I just might be wrong about kimbo slice


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I have not liked kimbo slice. I felt he was a hack. Sure he is tough. He can punch. Damn can he. I’m sure he is the toughtest mother fucker at a bbq. But thats not mma.

I watched his youtube fights. Not MMA.

I watched him fight tank abbot. Have you seen tank abbot? Techinally MMA. He is old, and fat and old. Even good in shape fighters can’t keep up when they get old.

The next guy he fought was not even worth learning his name. You could see it as soon as he stepped into the ring. Kimbo would win. He had a cauliflower ear the size of an actual cauliflower. Sure as shit eventually Kimbo landed a punch right on it and it exploded. But everyone said he was losing the fight on points up till that point.

I watched his fight with Seth Petricelli. He got knocked out. Not a kinda sort, but it was clearly a knock out. Right off the bat. So know we have to wonder if he has a weak chin. It was MMA, short but MMA.

And so comes tonight’s fight on the ultimate fighter. Big Kimbo Slice and fat dumb Roy Nelson. I watched the IFL it was not every impressive. In the last year a large portion of the guys who fought there have tested positive for steroids. Now clearly Nelson is not using the juice. That fat twit probably has not seen his dick in years and I know he cant actually reach around to shot up with roids. However it does say a lot about the quality of the fighters.

But as I have watched Kimbo on the show I’m starting to change my mind. He is not full of him self. He admits he has a lot to learn. It looks like he took those fights not cause he thought he was so amazing but because it was easy money. How dumb would you be not take them. Fighting in shipyards probably did not pay even a tenth of the Abbot fight. He really seems like a nice guy, tryin to learn and become a real MMA fighter.

So like I said the fight tonight. Kimbo lost. And it was a loss. But it was a weak win as well. Standing up Kimbo had the upper hand. He actually did defend a take down and was landing strikes. But Nelson managed to get him down and lay his huge fat belly on top of him. Clearly Kimbo just did not yet have the skill to know what do to. He was taking shots to his big bald dome. But know fuck up your face shots like Lesner leveled on wussy Mir but to quote Dana White like your daughter is laying on top of you hitting you. Weak as shit. But Kimbo was doing nothing and so they had no choice but to stop it.

I think that with more training maybe Kimbo could become a real fighter. So know I’m looking to see him keep training and if someone gets hurt or drops out he can get the chance to fight again. I’ve changed my mind. Not that I think he is the next big thing. But I don’t think he is a hack. He is a guy with a hella hard punch who is trying to become a real MMA fighter and not just the toughest guy at the bbq.

Michael Vick-Debts are paid or they never will be


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So he is out of prison. Signed by the Eagles and back in the NFL. Getting free shoes from Nike. Although they claim not a paid endorser. So shoes don’t cost money? They give him free shoes so people can see their logo on his feet. If it looks like an endorsement and it sounds like an endorsement than it must be an endorsement right?

So my question is for you is what is his debt.
Some people will say was the jail sentence and that it is paid.

I think he has a bigger debt than that.
In fact I do not believe that he should never be put on tv or on a pedestal for our youth to look up to. Dog fighting is one of the most disgusting and sickening crimes that a person can possible be convicted of. It is deplorable. And by hiring him a team is saying they are willing to over look what he did. I know we say that a person deserves a second chance and it is unfair to continue to punish them after they serve their punishment for what they did wrong. But I think that for this crime and some others there is no way to ever repay your debt. Would we let a child molesting nfl player play again? What about one that commits murder? How about a wife beater? Where do we draw the line? Is it ok to fight dogs as long as you say your sorry?

While I think we draw the line on the other side of dog fighting. We take a stand. We tell the Eagles, we tell Nike, we tell everyone we know that this is not ok. Shout it out. And don’t forget in a week, or a month or anytime until they change their minds!!!!!