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Evan Tanner has set a date

Evan Tanner has set a date:

I am setting a date, and on that day I will stop drinking. That will be the day I begin to be a better man. That will be the day I begin to find the best of me. That will be the day I begin to find the best of what life can be. I want to find the magic. Join me. If you want to make a change in your life, join me. If any of you want to find the best of yourself, join me. If you want to find your own magic, join me. I am going to quit drinking, get back into training, and step into the Octagon again, and when I do, it will be dedicated to all of you who have the courage to believe in the best of what you can be, all of you who have the courage to stand up with me and face your fears and weaknesses. We will stand shoulder to shoulder, an unconquerable army. BELIEVE in what you can do, and it will happen.

The problem with setting a date to do something is that it’s so damn easy to set a date and so damn hard to actually follow through on it. Every day I sit here at my desk eating whatever random fatty shit I find over by the food court. And every day I set a date as to when I’m gonna stop. Unfortunately, so long as I’m setting a date and stuffing my face before the date, it means I’m really not serious about stopping. If I was serious about stopping, I’d be sick of what I was doing. I’d be sick of eating this shit and I wouldn’t be able to take one more bite. I wouldn’t set any more dates, I would just stop. Because tomorrow never comes … every day, tomorrow is another day away.

I’m hoping Evan Tanner is serious about his date though. He’s much more entertaining when sober and living an eventful life rather than lushing it in some dude’s basement. I am worried about the way he’s approaching it though. “The power of one” sounds great and all, but there’s a lot more quotes like “United we stand, divided we fall” out there that make more sense. Evan needs to go out and get some help to kick this, and no … hot chicks do not apply. God knows if women didn’t exist, men wouldn’t need alcohol at all. We’d all be too busy having a great time buttfucking eachother during the superbowl. And then we would all die of AIDS. For that is God’s punishment for homosexuality.

  • Tommy

    Hasn’t he ever attended an AA meeting? The day should be Today. Can’t say I really care though, never really liked his grind it style anyway. Wonder why he didn’t say what the actual day was though. Next week, next month, next year, what?

  • kermit_01

    “And then we would all die of AIDS. For that is God’s punishment for homosexuality.”

    I’m not touching that one..

  • Tommy

    And what’s up with his, ‘join me join me join me’ pleas? It’s like he needs someone to come hold his hand and help him.

  • stellar53

    Hope he gets his f’n head on straight. His weight division could use some help and he has the skills to win against most of the fighters in that divsion. On his website he now says he wants to start a forum type thing for everyone to discuss their addictions, problems etc….

    Just quit drinking and get your ass in the gym….quit talking about it…

  • jazzn

    Good luck to him.
    And Fightlinker it sounds like you are planning one Hell of a Superbowl party.

  • MJC_123

    I’d raise my beer to Evan Tanner for making this breakthrough if he hadn’t already drank everything I own and smashed all my beer glasses in the process.

  • Ted Dibiase

    thank god for evan tanner, i now will have a help group for my addiction of humping fat, skanky chicks when im drunk

  • Mike O

    “I want to find the magic. Join me. If you want to make a change in your life, join me. If any of you want to find the best of yourself, join me. If you want to find your own magic, join me. ” – Evan Tanner
    i was with you when you were starting the fighter house
    but then you let me down
    i was with you when you needed help with your boat
    but you sunk it
    i’m not falling for it again you goddamn alcoholic

  • marco9690

    I would bet anything that he wrote this while drunk, cuz when I was drinking I was damn sure a get-after-it-tomorrow shit-talkin MF, who NEVER got after it tomorrow… And as far as this join me, stuff I say to Evan, as was mentioned earlier, you join me in an AA
    meeting where I have found a way to not drink for 17+ years, and while not quite having reached a magical place, I damn sure have a better life than 17 years ago… Evan, quit talkin, stop trying to be some kinda bullshit pied-piper, get to a meeting, sit down, shut-up and listen, and if you’re the alcoholic you damn sure appear to be, getting back in the cage should be way down your priority list..

  • Mr. Theplague

    Why would you want to stop drinking? It’s fun.

  • ajadoniz

    Yes, he did set a date… the date in which we knew for sure that Evan Tanner won’t be back. 10/03/2007

  • ajadoniz

    oopz, wrong date. 10/01/2007

  • kermit_01

    We need an Evan Tanner Sobriety Billboard. So we can show a running tally of Tanners days sober. Then we could place bets on the day he’ll fall off the wagon again..

    Think of it fightlinker, you’d be able to afford a new car on that money.. :-p Even if you only kept 25 cents on the dollar..

  • RabbleRouser01

    Mike O: Fuck off. People fall. Sometimes, over and over again. Salute the guy for not giving up. Better yet, find another fighter to root for. The sunken boat is taken care of, “the date” will likely be next week, he’ll be back in then gym by month’s end (regularly), and back in the octagon soon. If he’s not, I’ll still be his friend, fan, and support his efforts. For those that have never hit rock bottom, it’s much easier to throw stones. He’s trying, he will succeed, and in the process, hopefully those with similar problems will find some kind of motivation and/or support group. Have you not read what he’s written? Move along.

  • marshal

    Maybe the date is for orally drinking. He could still do Jack Daniels enimas.