Fight Club

If you don’t know by now that I am a huge lover of HBO’s Deadwood, then you haven’t been paying attention. I spent an entire weekend watching Season 1 on DVD years ago and have been hooked ever since.

This is one of my favorite scenes of all three seasons. It’s gritty and shows an awful lot about life. On one hand, you have Dan Dority who is a natural killer but so likable that it’s impossible to want him to lose this fight to the death. On the other hand, you have Captain Turner who is so calm and cool in his badassery that it’s hard to want him dead. But in those days, the “everybody wins” attitude we have now didn’t fly. Someone would lose, someone would die.

At one point during the fight, Captain Turner is about to finish off Dority and it breaks your heart. We knew The Captain was probably stronger of the two but again, no one wanted Dority to die. Swearengen knows he’s about to lose his right hand man and you can see on his face the moment when he accepts Dan’s death. But then the Captain hesitates, being advised by his boss (George Hearst) to drag out the fight. This proved to be a bad decision and Dority wins in the end. It’s a confusing thing, feeling happy because Dan makes it but sad at the same time that a strong fighter like The Captain is beat.

What does this have to do with barbells? Dunno. We were in Maryland all weekend at a Starting Strength seminar and I’m taking a break from finishing some follow up work from the seminar. I needed some entertainment and this worked.

Deadwood Urban Dictionary word of the day:

Captain Turner-The act of dislodging one’s eyeball from its socket with only a finger.

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For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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