Euro 2016 Quarterfinals Predictions

We’re all over the map here at 1a, we bring you heartfelt memoirs, we bring you book reviews, we bring you hockey. I’d comment on the trades today in the NHL (R.I.P. Canada) but I think my colleague James has you covered there. Writing about Iceland earlier has prompted me to go and write up…

Iceland’s Surge Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

Enough about Brexit, the real story this week in England was its lifeless 2-1 loss to Iceland in the Round of 16 at the European Championships in France. I thought about writing about it in the immediate aftermath of the match, but I wanted to take a couple days to fully process what the world…

Here Come the Pitchforks

So the world has had a weekend to digest the Brexit result. Ultimately, there is just quite a bit of certainty in the UK and abroad. This is an unprecedented moment and the developments going forward will likely continue to expose the ugly underbelly this entire referendum was built upon. You would think that Britain’s Labour…

Brexit Really Just Happened

Well, the unthinkable just happened in the UK: they’ve voted to leave the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron is set to resign. Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon is calling for a second Scottish Independence Referendum. Sinn Féin is drumming up support for Irish reunification (unlikely, guys, sorry). Worldwide markets are in turmoil. It’s chaos…

Whitewashing Radicalism

It’s generally poor form to offer up a hot take after someone passes, it’s one of my greater gripes with the Internets as we know it, but the passing of Muhammed Ali has conjured up the same feeling that I felt during the aftermath of the passing of Nelson Mandela. It’s a feeling that doesn’t…

Fathers

Father. Dad. Dadio. Parental unit. Papa. There are a thousand more nick names people have for their dads. A common theme I have seen being in the military is how many of these guys and gals I work with don’t have a strong relationship with their father’s, and how much it pains them. One of…

Writing a Novel

“So, yeah, I’m working on a novel.” I feel like these are words no one wants to hear. Up there with someone explaining their March Madness bracket to you in detail. Their new diet. The suggestion of some TV show—followed by a detailed account of said TV show’s plot. Thanks, but I don’t care. How…

I called it!

Yep. Uncle Doogs. The sports wizard himself called it! The ever lovely Red Sox, got absolutely SHELLED last night, and I couldn’t be happier. The last time I talked about the Red Sox in, Dem Sluggin’ Sox, I talked about how their bats are hot and their pitching is cool. Well after watching the game last…

D-Day.

I know what you all are thinking. What a dramatic opening Uncle Doogs! “D-Day.” It is a day in our nation’s history that is beginning to be forgotten by this generation of ungrateful punks. However, my post isn’t about that. It is about my next step. My most recent post, “A Day in the Life…

Observations Halfway Through Stendhal’s The Red and the Black

I love the process of reaching the halfway point of a lengthy read, under the pretense you’ve got everything figured out, only to realize that the plot refused to play out the way you thought it would in the second half nor were the characters who you particularly thought they were. It’s a humbling process,…

A Day in the Life of a Coastie

Whenever I tell someone that I am in the Coast Guard the reaction is almost always the same… “Wow! Really?! Thats so cool! So what do you do??” Everyone is so egar to know what it is I do in the Coast Guard. Granted it sounds really cool. Saving lives, driving boats fast, carrying a…