Wrestling with Death: The Next Big Thing in Reality TV


If you aren’t watching Wrestling with Death, you 100% should be. Wrestling with Death chronicles the life of LaFonce Latham and his family as they run a funeral home while also running a professional wrestling promotion in Osceola, AR. You see what they did there with the name of the Read more

The Bachelor 2015: Episode 4 (Shameless Plug Week!)


My sincerest apologies for the delay on this post – my real job that actually pays me money got in the way. Don’t worry, I have found a way to prevent this from happening in the future. I set up a Kickstarter page that opens every Monday, so you Read more

"Birdman" takes lead in Best Picture Battle


This weekend produced two guild stunners that shook up the Oscar race in a big way. We all thought after Best Picture wins from many critics groups and the Golden Globes, “Boyhood” would easily stroll its way to victory. Or so we thought. The Producers and Actors guilds had different plans, Read more

The Bachelor 2015: Episode 3 (Costco is for Lovers)


Alternate Titles: Chris kissed me and all I got was this lousy t-shirt; or, Jillian's little black box; or, Big time players make big time plays, and in this case the big time player is Jade. Dear Friends Who Watched Farmer Chris Kiss Everyone on Television Last Night, I must confess Read more

Fatherhood, Faith, and Film


My son, John (Jack) Joseph Williams III, was born on October 10, 2014. If you visit my social media page or run into me, it's clear how much I love Jack. And most times, you'll find me quickly veering away from my usual favorite topics of discussion (politics, film, Read more

My Problem with Maroon 5’s New Video for “Sugar”


Earlier this week, Maroon 5 released their video for Sugar, a catchy, hook-filled, bubble-gum pop of a song. Just to clarify, no shame here, I think it’s pretty good. Whatever. The video shows Adam Levine and the boys crashing weddings and playing the song at the receptions. They have their Read more

Baseball

Vanderbilt. College World Series National Champions. You’re Not Dreaming.

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The gloves have been thrown. The dog pile has happened. The fireworks have lit up the Omaha sky. The trophy has been kissed. The foghorn has echoed down West End. Tim Corbin has hugged all his players.  We now find ourselves liking every Facebook status we can, changing our profile pictures, texting our friends and former classmates, and soaking it all in. Read more

HOW THEN SHALL WE JUDGE?: 2014 AND THE ERA OF MLB REPLAY

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Inside the historic Chelsea Market building in New York City sits a 900-square-foot room at the offices of Major League Baseball Advanced Media – the nerve center of Major League Baseball’s expanded replay system. Last winter, the thirty clubs of Major League Baseball (MLB) unanimously approved the expansion of instant replay at the conclusion of MLB’s quarterly owners meetings held in Orlando, Florida.

According to Paul Hagen, senior sports columnist of mlb.com, “every play of every game this season that is subject to review will be analyzed in this room by at least one umpire and one trained technician. Whenever a manager formally challenges a call, or after the sixth inning, if the umpires on the field simply want a second opinion, this is where the ultimate decisions will be made.”[i]

Essentially, an umpire will sit at a replay station on the right side of a cubicle with several high-definition monitors (twelve different camera angles surveying the action) in front of him. To his left will be a technician with several smaller shots of various angles. The replay official has three possible calls: Confirmed: if replay shows clear evidence that the on-site umpires got it right. Stands: the replay was too close to tell one way or the other. Overturned: if there is inarguable evidence that a mistake was made.

Perhaps the question that resonates amongst those fond of America’s pastime is exactly how – if any – will this new phenomena detract and/or aid this already stirring professional sport? One could in fact make a compelling case, like Will Leitch from over at Sports on Earth, whether all this is actually necessary. Leitch’s argument, supremely, sits on the fact that this seems to be a lot of work for plays that are seemingly inconclusive. Read more

Coach Jayzor’s 2013 MLB Predictions

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Coach Jayzor’s 2nd Annual MLB Predictions

 Last year, I made my predictions before the season started, as all respectable prognosticators should. However, this year, life got busy, and I found myself two weeks into the season. A wise man once said, “Better late than never.” That was either Benjamin Franklin or Winston Churchill. At any rate, I have included the current standings and my predicted standings. In some cases, they are similar. In some cases, they are very different (See the AL East, where I have predicted the exact opposite of the current standings). If you read until the end of this post (which is quite a feat), you will be rewarded with my predictions for MVPs, Cy Young Awards, and World Series teams. Enjoy the predictions, and enjoy the season!

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Happy Opening Day – America’s Pastime Returns!

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“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.” – Terrance Mann

It’s opening day. The day games have started, the aces are warmed up, and the crisp spring has launched the Boys of Summer towards the Dog Days of Summer and the Fall Classic.

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Monday Morning Mailbag – Political Ads, Korean defectors, AND MORE!

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It’s Monday morning. You’re back to school or work after a weekend of football, family, friends, and all sorts of other fun. Today probably isn’t so much fun. That’s where the Monday Mailbag comes in!

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Wise Guise Roundtable: MLB Season Awards & Pennant Races

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With the pennant races heating up and the regular season wrapping up, I felt it was time to get together some of the best baseball minds I know for a Wise Guise Roundtable, discussing the season and prospects for individual/team successes down the stretch. Who is going to play in the World Series? Who will win the MVP, Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Cy Young Awards? Was shutting down Steven Strasburg the right thing to do? Enjoy!

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