Grading All the New Movie Trailers Out of Comic-Con

I traveled to visit family this weekend, so as new trailers came pouring in over the weekend from San Diego's Comic-Con, I was only able to watch a couple of them. I'm sure many of you may be interested in seeing them, debating them, and discussing them. So I Read more

Bright Spots: Chauncy's Chance

So I just happened to see Memphis, Tennessee briefly trending earlier today on Facebook (it appears to have already dropped half an hour after I first saw it), and so I obviously had to see what was going on. I was thrilled to see it was for another positive Read more

As a White Man, I now understand why the O.J. Simpson Jury did what it did

It was a hot Friday night in the summer of 1994. My parents and I had just walked into our house from a lengthy little league game of mine. Despite hours in the heat, I was wound up from the excitement of a win and eager to dive into Read more

Bright Spots: Memphis Teen Pays For College Like A Boss

Every now and then the media chooses to spend a little time on positive stories to share with the general public. I think it's important that we, as consumers, show up with website hits and/or media views to reinforce this positive publicity in a society dominated by negative news Read more

In Defense of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Imagine the following: a popular movie genre is categorized by smart but formulaic films, enjoyable and entertaining while also going out of their way to explain everything explicitly to the viewer and not engage any level of mystery or metaphysical questions. Another film comes along in this genre and while Read more

The Bachelor 2016: Finale Recap!

  (Written by @JeremyWilson412. For more coverage of this season's The Bachelor, go here) Another season has come and gone, and one thing was clear from start to finish: America loves Ben. Admit it, you love Ben. It doesn’t matter if you are a single girl, a married woman, or a Read more


Cubs, Cardinals, and Destiny

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Sometimes, you reach a point in time where fate steps in and you just have to recognize destiny’s dominion when it arrives. And that’s why, despite eliminating my favorite team from the playoffs, I now have to root for the Chicago Cubs. I’m sure that once they win the climb to the championship peak, I can return to rooting against them, not unlike the 2004 Boston Red Sox. But now that my Cardinals and Braves are eliminated, I’m a Cubs fan for the next month.


Well, it’s important to know that I grew up a Braves and Cardinals fan. I could see every Braves game on TBS and I’m a fourth generation Cardinals fan who grew up in Memphis. The closest major league ballpark was St. Louis and we got the AAA Memphis Redbirds when I was in middle school. All in on the St. Louis Cardinals… while they are a baseball force (this is the first time they haven’t been to the NLCS in the last five years), they’re still an eternal underdog as their 11 World Titles is still less than half of the Yankees’ total.

I never rooted against the Cubs though if they weren’t playing the Cards or Braves. Why would I? They were eternal underdogs. Steve Bartman. The Curse of the Billy Goat. The World Series drought. Perpetually at the bottom of the NL Central.


The joke was so good that Robert Zemeckis classically had the Cubs winning the World Series in 2015 when Marty McFly visited in my favorite childhood film, Back to the Future Part II.

The future is crazy! Flying cars, fax machines everywhere, hover boards… AND THE CUBS WIN THE SERIES!

It used to be a joke to me. Of course the Cardinals would end this fairy tale. They were the best team in baseball.

Then the Cubs beat them in 4 games. The home run derby at Wrigley happened… Jake Arrieta happened.

Maybe Robert Zemeckis was a prophet… or maybe time travel is real and the trick’s on us… or maybe… the stars are aligning for the Cubbies.

I’m sad that the Cardinals couldn’t get one championship closer to the Yankees. But how does anyone without a team left in it not root for the cubs?

Imagine if Theo Epstein was able to lead the Red Sox to a World Series win, breaking the Curse of the Bambino and, a decade later, leads the Cubs to a World Series win, breaking the Curse of the Billy Goat?!?!?

That’s unreal. That’s historic.

Maybe Back to the Future Part II was right all along.

We’ll find out soon.

Monday Morning Mailbag: Jurassic World, Cavs-Warriors, & More

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Wise Guise Warriors… I’m back! A lot has been happening in the world since I last posted. I got lots of questions about all sorts of topics in addition to many things I’ve wanted to blog about but haven’t had time. So, without further ado, here’s a Monday Morning Mailbag to cover most of the topics you wanted to hear about, most of the topics I wanted to write about, and some.

Jeff from Jefferson City, MO: Have you seen Jurassic World yet? How do you rank it compared to other modern-day summer blockbusters in addition to the original three Jurassic Park films?

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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


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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, “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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World Series - San Francisco Giants v Detroit Tigers - Game 4

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!

*NOTE: Current Standings are as of the morning of 4/17/13 (before any games were played).* Read more

Happy Opening Day – America’s Pastime Returns!

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Opening Day 2013

“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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