Zach Bigalke

I undoubtedly have some of the highest word-count totals on this site, even if I don't necessarily have the quantity of comments or throwdowns or blogs that some others might. And after all, it's not necessarily how many things you produce, but the quality of that which is produced... So kids, remember to keep your thesaurus and the biggest dictionary you can find close at hand, and you too can someday rant on like Ol' Fire and Brimstone himself, Mr. Bigalke! I am the managing editor of Global Turnstile (globalturnstile.com) and a frequent contributor to both Helium (helium.com) and FanNation. I offer a fresh take on a diverse range of sports and other topics across the web at my site and around this one...

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  • 02:35 AM ET  07.01
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I've written a lot of words about FanNation over the years... six years of constantly shifting definitions of what the site offers will bring out plenty of words, especially from a guy like me who is never shy about dispensing of every last word possible on a subject. Longtime members like to gripe about the "glory days" of the site, decrying what it has become. But today I can only sit and think about the loss of a dear friend who I never would have had the honor of meeting without this platform.One thing that has always been a constant with FanNation is the fact that -- like any other social…
  • 03:39 AM ET  07.11
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First, let's come to grips with one thing... this isn't going to be the type of post that you're used to seeing emerge from this group. There will not be a ton of music videos, though I will post at the end one of my favorite songs by the band in discussion (though not at the venue in discussion, unfortunately... all searches for video from there have failed). Instead we're going to have a little chat... or a little rant, if you will. I'm deep into the six-pack, I have no curfew, and we're going to hash out this matter fully. So sit back like the Maxell Man and enjoy the ride...My first…
  • 03:23 PM ET  07.01
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That little cluster of buildings at the bottom of the picture above? That was home as a child. Nestled in the bosomy shadow of the Grand Tetons, I was free to mess around in one of the most visited outdoor areas in the world.

I was quickly enamored, going out for hikes into the woods for hours as a younger child before graduating to backpacking excursions in my teens. And there's one thing you invariably learn about the outdoors when you spend enough time in them -- you never really have control over your situation.

You can plan as well as you want, detail every nuance of the odyssey you're…

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