Who’s Nower – Championship Results

Congratulations to the 2013 Who’s Nower Champion, PFTCommenter!


After a controversial move during the final matchup when he encouraged voters to choose his opponent instead of him, PFTCommenter proved that he is the master of reverse psychology, storming back from a wide margin at the time to conquer Piggy Poop Balls and crown himself the 2013 Who’s Nower Champion.

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Who’s Nower – Round of 2


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Well, here we are everybody. After almost five long weeks of drawn-out action, we’ve finally reached the dramatic conclusion of the 2013 HFTE Who’s Nower competition.

This week’s matchup is not for the faint of heart. In one corner we have the purveyor of strong takes and hard truths, PFTCommenter. In the other corner, we have a legend in his own right, Piggy Poop Balls.

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Who’s Nower – Round of 8

Whos Nower Round of 8

QUICK PROGRAMMING NOTE: I apologize in advance for the short write up this week. I’m in the process of packing up my life for a two-thirds cross-country move, and am a bit short on time. Unfortunately, I will not be able to break down the Round of 8 with the detail and analysis that it deserves.  The polls are staying open on this round a little later than normal, because I’ll be on the road next Monday-Wednesday. I’ll find a Starbucks or some place with free WIFI near my soon-to-be home for a write up later next week.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are some quick notes from the Round of 16:

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Who’s Nower – HFTE Edition

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I remember the summer of 2007 like it was yesterday. Sitting in my college apartment, waiting for my hangover to go away while calculating how many more summer classes I could afford to skip before my professors would begin deducting points from my overall grade as SportsCenter played in a continuous loop on my television. That summer sticks with me for a number of reasons, but one reason in particular stands out in my memory above all the rest – ESPN’s “Who’s Now” competition.

For the uninitiated, “Who’s Now” was a single-elimination, 32-contestant tournament to determine which athlete was the most “Now” back then. Tiger Woods plowed through the competition like they were Golden Corral hostesses or whatever, and won the tournament in a landslide. In case you were curious and wanted to have a “Holy shit, I can’t believe it’s only been six years since [person’s name] was relevant!” experience, here is a bracket of the tournament, exactly as it occurred back in ’07:

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Emphysema Can Kill You Because Planes Fly


And we’re back! I’d apologize and complain about being busy but screw it, I don’t owe any of you an explanation. The following is less “this is a cool story and odd disease name” and more “I find the pathophysiology of this disease interesting so maybe one of you will too.” It’s also going to require a little more background than usual. I’ll try to start from the ground-up.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a widespread and deadly condition. A leading cause of death in the US (3rd in the most recent census data available), COPD encompasses chronic bronchitis and emphysema. I’ll stick to emphysema, as it’s the more interesting of the two. While there is a rare genetic cause (A1AD, more prevalent among Northern Europeans), the main cause of emphysema is cigarette smoking.

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On Humor and Tragedy

Every time a tragic event happens, humans will react with emotions like disbelief, shock, sadness, anger and for some of us, humor. There are many factors that go into how we react to each individual event. Those factors may include: physical proximity to said event, background, personal experiences, upbringing – just to name a few. I am of the opinion that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to react to events like these – celebration being an exception, which would be an absolutely despicable reaction to a tragedy.
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