Rugby: My New Favorite Sport


Last week I experienced the thrill and experience that is the sport of Rugby. Well, the thrill and experience that comes from watching the sport of rugby. Last Saturday, I went to the USA Eagles v New Zealand All Blacks game in Chicago. Packed into a sold out stadium, with Read more

Movie Review: Interstellar


On September 12, 1962, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy gave a speech at Rice University setting the United States of America's Space Race goals for the 1960s. We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because Read more

Political Passport: Election 2014 Recap & Reflections


The votes are cast, most of them have been tallied, and the American experiment lives to see another day. To paraphrase one of the only lines that was any good from Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, "Every two years we drive to a fire station and overthrow the government and there Read more

A Lesson on Weddings and Friendships


One of my best friends from college, Clint Rosenblatt, is getting married on Saturday. It’s the latest in a series of walks-down-the-aisles those closest to me have taken over the last few years. Those of you in your mid-to-late-twenties, especially in the early commitment-heavy Southern states, undoubtedly know the Read more

Political Passport: Jeb Bush & 2016


We're less than a week before the 2014 midterm elections, in which the GOP is trying its best to increase its majority in the House of Representatives, gain a majority in the Senate, and continue its strong leadership in state governments in every region of our nation. But the news Read more

A Blessing for Jack Williams


Friday afternoon, Wise Guise founding members Joseph and Palmer Williams became parents. As with all substantial news in the social media era, the revelation of this birth came from a collage in my Instagram feed of two clearly exhausted young parents cradling a small baby in their arms. I kid, Read more

Basketball

Friday Morning Mailbag: LeBron/Durant, World Cup, Star Wars & More

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It’s Friday morning. There’s a lot going on in the world and the month of June will likely bring a few days where we’ll get the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and the end of the NBA Finals. And that’s just in the world of sports… not even including the march of Major League Baseball into the All-Star break. The summer movie season is officially getting under way as well. There’s a lot going on. So my alliterative friends have been writing in and asking all sorts of questions. It’s time to answer some of them.

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Joseph’s Morning Mailbag: Donald Sterling, Ukraine, Movies, TV, & More!

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Life has been crazy lately. We are pregnant with our first baby, sold a house, bought a house, moved, and I’ve finished law school. So there’s a lot of topics I’ve wanted to blog about, but haven’t been able to. In order to catch up, I decided to bring back the mailbag style. Some of the questions below are from real friends and readers. Some of the names have been made up so I could talk about what I wanted to talk about. Other names and locations have been changed to protect the innocent and/or provide alliterative effect. Enjoy! (Shout out to Jeremy Wilson for the awesome new logo above!)

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Interview: Kelly English dishes on Grizzlies’ Inspired Cuisine

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Today, The Wise Guise had a chance to chat with award-winning chef and restaurateur Kelly English. If you aren’t familiar, he owns and operates one of Memphis’ favorite and most delicious restaurants, Restaurant Iris, and has recently opened a more casual yet still just as delicious spot next door to Iris called The Second Line. In addition to these two ventures, he also has a Second Line concessions booth in FedExForum and runs the menu for the in-house restaurant there, The Lexus Lounge.

This week, English’s and my hometown Memphis Grizzlies are in the midst of an intense playoff series with rivals, the Oklahoma City Thunder. For the team-sponsored watch party Monday night, at English’s Second Line, a new dish was introduced, “I’ll Beat Yo Ass Shrimp,” in honor of some gritty words Grizz favorite Zach Randolph shared with the Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins last season.

As the series has shifted from OKC back to Memphis, English is excited to debut some new menu items centered around the Grizz as well as enjoy what has proven to be one of the most fun times of the year to be a Memphian, the NBA Playoffs.

When I caught up with Kelly, he was fired up about the prospect of the Grizzlies taking a 2-1 series lead in front of a home crowd tonight and eager to talk about his love for all things Grizz.

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Roundtable: 2014 NBA Playoffs Preview

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KD Roundtable: 2014 NBA Playoffs Preview

Spring has sprung, The Masters has come and gone, so now The Wise Guise and the sports world are focused on one thing:

The NHL Playoffs — er (clears throat), excuse me…

THE NBA PLAYOFFS, BABY!

The Grizzly Bears have nestled into the 7 seed and will face a familiar foe in Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have earned the 3rd best lottery odds by piecing together some very, very impressive losses. But who cares about the Magic right now — nobody.

As the playoffs tip off on Saturday, The Wise Guise and friends answer these nine questions…

1) How far can the Grizzlies go? What is a somewhat realistic best-case scenario?

2) If the Grizzlies get bounced in the first round in an ugly fashion, what happens going forward? Do they blowup parts of the roster? Have we seen the last of this roster that we’ve grown to know and love?

3) Who wins the West? Why?

4) Who wins the East? Why?

5) Who will be the first team that Adam Silver hands the Larry O’Brien Trophy to?

6) Which coverage do you prefer — TNT (Turner) or ESPN/ABC?

7) Who’s the dark horse in the East? West?

8) Last year the sports world learned about the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard during the finals. Which player this year will be a household name?

9) What is your nightmare matchup for the finals?

Here’s what the fellas had to say…

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Tennessee Basketball: The Sweet 16 & Justifying Cuonzo’s Critics

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UT Bench Tennessee Basketball: The Sweet 16 & Justifying Cuonzos Critics

The Tennessee Volunteers are in the Sweet 16.

If you had told me in October that the Vols would be in the Sweet 16, I would have thought that sounded about right. This was a veteran team in a horrible conference that has Sweet 16 talent. If you told me in December that this team would be in the Sweet 16, I would have been a little more skeptical. In February, I would’ve laughed in your face.

But now this Tennessee team has three NCAA tourney wins under its belt, boasting an average margin of victory of 17 points. The Vols have been arguably the hottest team in the tournament since halftime of their 78-65 OT win over Iowa. Read more

Roundtable: 2014 March Madness, Baby!

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marchmadness Roundtable: 2014 March Madness, Baby!If you’re a friend of The Wise Guise, then you know we have a plethora of passions.

We love movies. We love television, including a certain reality show that airs on ABC during the winter months on Monday nights – it’s been a tough week getting over the loss. We love politics, and by we, I mean Joseph. We love books, as some of us will even choose reading over Netflix on occasion. But most of all (probably), we love sports. The Wise Guise email thread can get heated from time to time, and the hottest temperatures are usually sports-induced. Even further, the temperatures flare a little extra hotter around college sports.

So, without further ado… let’s argue about college basketball!!! – er, I mean, IT’S MARCH MADNESS, BABY!!

If you just want to see which one of us knows our NCAA ball better than the rest, skip straight to the brackets.

The madness began last night for a few of us Wise Guise when the Vols came from behind to bury the Iowa Hawkeyes in overtime. Tennessee won the overtime period 14-1, which I have in my book as domination, but call it what you want. Ok, enough about an 11 seed…
This year’s tournament presents some fun storylines – Florida is the overall number #1 seed after going perfect through a terrible SEC; Wichita State hasn’t lost a game since last year’s final four, but their regular season schedule was lackluster at best and now their road back to the final four is by far the hardest for any #1 seed; Michigan State, a four seed, has been picked by everyone that has ever been relatively associated with ESPN; Louisville, also a four seed, is the favorite over on FiveThirtyEight.com ‘s new bracket simulator; Syracuse was the best team in the country for 3 months when they were 25-0, but as of late they appear unable to walk and chew gum at the same time, finding themselves as a dangerous (?) three seed….

Can Dougie McBuckets make a magical run with Creighton in a week-ish region? Also, who will be this year’s tournament darling? Which higher seed will make a magical run and make CBS and ESPN spend countless hours trying to find fun facts about the school and it’s community? Could it be the seven seeds New Mexico and UCONN? Maybe Mercer sends Jabari Parker to his NBA workouts a few weeks earlier than planned. Let’s not forget about eleven seed Tennessee – could they cut down the nets in North Texas? (No, they can’t, but I just wanted that sentence to be typed once during the tournament).

Who knows – because we sure don’t. But what we do know is that the madness has set in, and we LOVE it.

Follow along with The Wise Guise as we bring you our unique take on the NCAA tournament.

For now, we’ll leave you with our brackets, as unimaginative as they can be. Additionally, see how we stack up against our POTUS.

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Joseph: Back when Facebook was The Facebook and it had hardly any functions, I listed one of my favorite things as the first Thursday and Friday of the NCAA Tournament. And it still is one of my favorite things. 32 basketball games. Overlapping chaos. Buzzer beaters. Upsets. Cinderellas. Busted brackets… leaving Warren Buffett with his billion. Tracking how you’re doing versus your friends, tracking your favorite teams, and hopping on the bandwagons of teams you’ve never watched before.

Last year, I picked three of the Final Four, both championship game teams, and the eventual National Champion, on my way to winning all my bracket contests. So my expectations are high this year, which will inevitably lead me to a busted bracket by mid-day tomorrow. But it doesn’t matter.

Because it’s March and it’s magical. Cheers to great games, greater finishes, and cinderella runs that bust all of our brackets. (Go Tigers!)

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