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Race Review: 2016 Everglades Half Marathon (11/19/2016), or: “Now I don’t move too fast, and my talk is kinda slow…”

Can I tell you a secret, from a nearly life-long South Floridian? Ready? I have never understood the appeal of The Everglades. What, exactly, is the big freakin’ deal with The Everglades? It’s a large, stinking swamp. Marshes and mangroves and gators and mosquitoes and steamy humidity and bugs and snakes that can swallow a … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 TCS New York City Marathon (11/6/2016), or: “I just wanna scream it louder and louder and louder…”

The TCS New York Marathon. The biggest marathon in the world. The bucket list item towards which, along with the Boston Marathon, most North American runners aspire. A member of the prestigious World Marathon Majors… for whatever that means. A signature event. A world-class experience. An indescribable moment in time wherein a single runner can … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon (10/29/2016), or: “In the chilly hours and minutes of uncertainty…”

So on the morning of October 29th, 2016, I ran the 2016 Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon, in what has become an annual tradition for us here at Hokeyblog. This particular race is almost always a fun ride; I say “almost” because the 2013 race — my first time — had some serious bumps in … Read more

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Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “All Nightmare Long” — Metallica (2008)

LUCK. RUNS. OUT… Well Hokeygang, it’s been another fun month of sharing Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs together! While I didn’t get to cover as many songs as I wanted to, I think we got a really strong and diverse collection of tunes together. I’ll leave you on this cool, dark, eerie Hallows Eve with a track … Read more

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Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Get Out Of My House” — Kate Bush (1982)

Woman let me in! Let me bring in the memories! Woman let me in! Let me bring in the Devil Dreams… This one should have come a lot sooner, I swear… Get Out Of My House, the final track on Kate Bush’s terrific 1982 album The Dreaming, is probably the closest I’ve heard to an … Read more

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Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “The Masochism Tango” — Tom Lehrer (1959)

Let our love be a flame not an ember Say it’s me that you want to dis-member Blacken my eye, set fire to my tie As we dance to the Masochim Tango… OK it’s been getting a bit too HEAVY with the Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs of late, Total Eclipse of the Heart notwithstanding. So as … Read more

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Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “La Faulx” — Univers Zero (1979)

Yikes… Belgian band Univers Zero popularized integrating chamber music with progressive rock to create complex, often harrowing, and ultimately rewarding musical compositions. Part of the Rock In Opposition (RIO) movement in the late 1970s that rallied against the popular music of the day, the band took the standard guitar, bass, keyboards, drums paradigm and infused … Read more

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Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Psycho Circus” — Kiss (1998)

Step up! No one leaves ’til the night is done The amplifier starts to hum The carnival has just begun… You wanted the best? You got… a buttkickin’ title track from an otherwise crappy album. Look, I make no apologies for being a Kiss fan, and by “fan” I mean “actual fan of the music”, … Read more

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Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Total Eclipse of the Heart” — Bonnie Tyler (1983)

WAIT!! Where are you going? Settle down, there’s good reason for this. If you stick around, there might be a $5 cheese plate in it for you.. OK you’re still here? Good. Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 smash hit Total Eclipse of the Heart is probably the last song you’d associate with creepy crawlie spooky Halloween tunes, … Read more

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Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Look At Me Now” — Electric Light Orchestra (1971)

Someone is waiting, lurking in the trees The spirit of her is walking back to me Ah, look at me now, feeling emotion… What happens when the Reaper himself is betrayed by a beating heart? Eleanor Rigby-styled orchestrations never felt so chilling before… Electric Light Orchestra continued the baroque pop trend that began in the … Read more

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