Going Beyond Point Spreads in NFL Online Betting


With a wild first two weeks of the NFL regular season behind us, now is the perfect time to start studying trends and game lines and get in on NFL online betting. While many new sports bettors may only be familiar with point spread betting, there are dozens of Read more

The Sacred, the Secular, and Lecrae


It boggles my mind and, yet, it's the primary example that it can be done with hard work, faithfulness, and, most importantly, the grace of God. It boggles my mind because I first met Lecrae back in the early days of college when he performed a concert at Christ United Read more

Memo to the NFL: Clean it up or Close it down


Two weeks ago before a video emerged of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice brutally hitting his wife in a hotel elevator, I gave my students an assignment as a writing prompt. “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said if a player is accused of domestic abuse moving forward, the punishment Read more

What to do if You Just Got Laid Off or Fired


To me, other than the loss of a loved one, I cannot think of an event more disheartening, more unnerving, more earth-shattering than being laid off or fired from what provides you and your family with basic necessities--food, clothing, and shelter. It seems to me, as of late, that everyone I know Read more

Is Ghostbusters the Perfect Comedy? Quite Possibly.


When my colleagues recently organized a matinee viewing of the remastered re-release of the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, to kickstart Labor Day weekend, I was all in. I've always loved the movie, Ghostbusters, but admitted that I hadn't seen it from beginning to end in over a decade. Sure, I'd seen clips here Read more

A (Video) Wake-Up Call


We’re all guilty of it at one time or another. Our favorite actor, sports star or politician finds himself or herself in a bad place. Perhaps it’s an affair that stuns, domestic abuse that horrifies or – worst of all – murder to another human being. We, the fans, Read more

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“12 Years” claims Best Picture in the New Normal for Oscar

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“12 Years a Slave” won Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards, an honor rightfully bestowed on the film I, and many others, deemed the best one of the year. Steve McQueen’s slavery drama wasn’t the big winner of the night, though.

That was “Gravity.” With seven wins, including Alfonso Cuaron’s Best Director victory, the innovative flick sweeped all of the major non-acting and non-writing categories. And yet, even with all that momentum, WB’s contender failed to get the top prize. Read more

The Wise Guise 2014 Oscar Predictions

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The Oscars are finally here. Are you excited? You should be. For the first time in quite a few years, we seem to have an exciting race on our hands. “Gravity” earned a bunch of guild awards; could it be the first sci-fi film to win Best Picture? Or will the Academy go with the more traditional type of winner in “12 Years a Slave”? Oh, and there’s also “American Hustle” in the background, the early season favorite that could jump in on the fun Sunday evening. Read more

Clayton’s Top 25 Films of 2013

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I know, I know. I’m super late to the 2013 movie rankings party. I’d like to think you all will believe it’s because I’m just that thorough. Honestly, I think the truth is that I just have a fear of commitment.

I undoubtedly take these rankings more seriously than anyone in my position should but ranking things, especially movies, is my jam. And I’ll say the same thing I say every year that NO ONE SEEMS TO READ.. .just because something is ranked 23rd doesn’t mean that I didn’t think highly of it. I saw nearly 50 movies in 2013 and I primarily only see movies that are well reviewed or come recommended from people I trust. Last year I saw 70 something way too many movies and did a top 50 post, which I actually had a tough time narrowing down. This year I’ve given up on my dream to rank that high as most people seemed to think that was unnecessary or something…

So, because I’m a man of the people, I present to you my top 25 films of 2013. Read more

2014 Beale Street Music Festival

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Last year I shared my knee jerk reactions to the Beale Street Music Festival lineup announcement. Comments came along throughout the day lauding how great a job Memphis does getting decent acts to Tom Lee Park for the affordable event, and I felt like a jackass for putting down the Little Festival that Could.

The year before last, my last time to attend the BSMF, I wrote a short review and a long rant about how to make the festival better. I still stand by those thoughts. Read more

The Bachelor: Juan Pablo Undressed in St. Lucia

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Claire Andi Nikki The Bachelor: Juan Pablo Undressed in St. Lucia

Claire, Andi, and Nikki

Oh Juan Pablo, my friend, what have you done? You had these girls on a string, but something has gone horribly wrong.

You were handed everything on a silver platter. 27 girls showed up at your front door wanting to fall in love with you, wanting to mother your current and future children, and dying for a wildly over-the-top wedding funded by ABC and officiated by Chris Harrison with a guest list full of reality television rejects.

Juan Pablo, all you had to do was smile, listen, and let the girls do all of the talking—all of it. You did so well for so long…

But you blew it. You just had to open your trap in the fantasy suite to the one girl who actually has the ability to listen and process information without her brain function being block by the thought of Neil Lane fitting her for a 4-carat diamond engagement ring.

Let’s get to this nonsense. Here’s what we learned last night… Read more

Juan Pablo does America!

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Juan Pablo with Renee and her mute son.

Juan Pablo’s frequent flyer miles outweighed the entertainment value of what was a dull episode of The Bachelor last night. Now I know why ABC is giving us two episodes this week—they’re apologizing for a snoozer of a hometown episode. Claire’s (Clay-er’s) family of middle-aged women and a mute mother were the only redeeming quality, but we’ll get more into that rag-tag group later.

Instead of a list of what we learned last night, I’m going to rank the families. Here are the rules…

Each family will start with 100 points. From there I will deduct points in a totally subjective way with no clear pattern. This is of course mirroring the perfectly broken system used in Olympic figure stating. The families are ranked from 1st to 4th.

Let’s begin… Read more