Why the Undertaker still matters in 2015


Think about it for a minute. We’re in the year 2015. Hot topics of conversation center on cars that can drive themselves, space tourism and head sets that can put us in virtual worlds. And still, one of the major headlines of the Wrestlemania season is how will the Read more

Birdman flies high for 2015 Academy Awards


It’s a time-honored tradition of mine to provide an Oscar recap the day after the annual Academy Awards gala each year. It’s also becoming a regular ritual to summarize what a bore the telecast was. Outside of a few moments of inspired political and social notice during acceptance speeches, the Read more

Alex's Official Predictions for the 2015 Oscars


The Oscars are set to take place Sunday night, and, as usual, most of the winners seem pretty clear-cut before the ceremony even starts. Despite the minor drama in Best Picture, the Academy’s yearly show should be fairly by the books. Could “Boyhood” win Best Picture? Of course. The BAFTA Read more

Inaugural 2015 Groucho Movie Awards


So over the past several years, as 10-15 of you have seen (thank you!), I've done my top movies of the year lists. I've ranked anywhere from my top 25 to my top 50. Even the year I did my top 50, I semi-embarrassingly felt I had to make some Read more

He Said, She Said TV Review: Better Call Saul


Better Call Saul has premiered its first three episodes. As AMC's latest groundbreaking original series spinning off from Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul has had great reviews and ratings. Joseph is a huge fan of Breaking Bad and Palmer never quite got into it. In the latest He Said, Read more

Oscars 2015: The Year of not taking Risks


This year I’ve written less about the Oscars than ever before. I wondered if the reason for this lack of enthusiasm to cover the 2015 race had to do with personally being overwhelmed by other obligations. After seeing all of the nominees and dwelling on the Academy’s choices, I’ve Read more

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The Top 30 Moments in WrestleMania History – Part One

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Football has the Super Bowl, film has the Academy Awards and for those of us who grew up fans of the lucrative world of sports entertainment that is WWE, professional wrestling has WrestleMania.

The once-a-year spectacle has played host to some of the greatest moments in the company’s history. Every spring, followers of Vince McMahon’s brainchild are treated to an almost religious experience of high-profile matches and celebrity appearances. Read more

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

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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

Thank You, Rob

Posted on by Alex Beene in Assorted Wisdom, Featured | 2 Comments

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Two weeks ago, I was heading up to Vanderbilt Medical Center to check up on my mother. She had been rushed from my uncle’s home in Franklin to the facility by ambulance. I called my friend Rob Carpenter, but got no answer. He lived less than a mile from the hospital, and I had stayed with him a few times before when I had been in town. I was thinking I’d probably have to use his couch on that evening yet again.

By the time Rob returned my call, the situation had dramatically changed. I had received news my mother was dying. I was calling every family member I could think of, all the while attempting to maintain my composure. When I answered and heard Rob’s voice, I knew if I started talking about mom I’d completely break down. Read more

Survivor is 28 Seasons In & Still Going Strong

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I’ve written at length about Survivor, and why it is one of the most relevant shows on TV in capturing our society and our humanity in its fullness, both the redemptive and the fallen aspects… and everything in between.

The new season is 4 episodes in, with 5 of the 18 brand-new castaways eliminated in Tribal Councils. The season began with 18 castaways split into three tribes designated as Brawn, Beauty, and Brains.

After 4 eliminations (3 of which involved the Brains tribe failing miserably, only to leave three of my favorite players of the season as survivors that are now positioned to do well this season), the three tribes became two, resulting in the powerful becoming powerless and the blindside of a former NBA All-Star.

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Feeny Friday: Shawn and the Matthews and MINKUS… OH MY!

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It’s been a while, Feeny Fanatics! When we last convened together on a Friday, we talked about Girl Meets World being picked up by The Disney Channel for a complete first season. While we’ve known Feeny would be back in some capacity and there has been some buzz about other returning favorites, all of it has remained pure speculation.

Until the last couple weeks! Twitter and Instagram has given us clues and shots from the show. We still wait for Girl Meets World to premiere and return us to that wonderful world of Cory Matthews and his ever-growing family… but our anticipation continues to build.

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Roundtable: 2014 March Madness, Baby!

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marchmadnessIf 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!)