Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Double, Neat -- 7/28/2012

In honor of the London 2012 Olympic Games, I am currently operating on a twelve hour tape delay.  Or not, really I may have just lost Internet service and couldn't upload yesterday.  Or I forgot.

* Milwaukee Brewers' starting pitcher Zack Greinke has been traded to the Los Angeles Angels.  At first, many among Zack's closest friends were nervous about the prospect of a guy who lost multiple years of million dollar plus earning potential due to social anxiety moving to one of the most crowded cities on the planet.  When they found out that the Los Angeles Angels are not actually from Los Angeles, however, they were relieved.  Just like Zack after the seventh inning of most games, right?
Fortunately, Zack's wife seems, uh, prepared, to live on the West Coast.
* The largest online retailer for Magic: the Gathering has a complete set of dual lands waiting for you.  At the time of this posting all four sets are still available, although the Unlimited package either didn't actually exist, or someone took time from speculating in real estate to pay the price of a decent used car on forty pieces of cardboard.  Don't fret, you can still spend the cost of a brand new car to ensure that every Legacy deck you ever play will not be lacking in duals, just click "add to cart" and check with your credit card company to make sure they will accept a $10,000 charge.

* The 2012 Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame class was revealed on Friday, with renowned deckbuilder Patrick Chapin taking the last slot with 44.91% of the vote.  William "Baby Huey" Jensen missed by essentially one ballot, causing him to immediately pick up the phone.

Best scene ever, or bestest scene?
While the Hall of Fame remains a rather impressive murderer's row of Magic's greatest competitors, it does not exist without controversy.  The most curious thing from this year, which I will only allude to because I imagine there has to be some sort of legal reason why it goes unmentioned, is the treatment of Chapin by Wizards of the Coast.  Brian David Marshall wrote over a thousand words about him (more than any other entrant) without touching on a rather major element of Chapin's back story.

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