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

Football

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

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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 will be a six-game suspension for the first offense and indefinite suspension after the second. Is this penalty too harsh or not harsh enough?” Read more

A (Video) Wake-Up Call

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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, are burdened with the task of either choosing to condemn this celebrity with the media bandwagon or defend them. Read more

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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Roundtable: Vanderbilt Fan Reactions to James Franklin Leaving

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As James Franklin settles in as the new head coach at Penn State and Vanderbilt’s recruiting class continues to evaporate into thin air, I asked members of Commodore Nation to share their reflections, retrospectives, and/or rants about Franklin’s exit along with the past, present, and future of Vanderbilt football. First, I share my thoughts and then let other members of Commodore Nation speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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A Casual Fan’s Guide to Turkey Day Football

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Thanksgiving… great food, quality family time, exciting traditions, and reflecting on our many blessings since the previous Thanksgiving. What’s missing? Oh, right. Football.

Let’s face it. Regardless of whether your dad played for 15 years in the NFL or if your last name is Dewey and your family is famous for the creation of the exhilarating decimal system, you will end up watching some amount of football. You will.

I spoke to a few friends recently who are casual sports fans at best, and they all said that they will be watching football on Thursday. Do they want to? Not really. But they will because of two reasons: 1) They don’t have control of the remote (editor’s note: click the link and skip about halfway through for more on “remote warfare”), and 2) Dad/Grandpa/Older brother will play the parade card—“Listen, I already watched 4 hours of that stupid parade this morning! It’s time I get to watch whatever I want!” Guess what that “whatever I want” is? Yes, football.

So I come to you today with the Casual Football Watcher’s Guide to Turkey Day Football.

There are three NFL games on the schedule for Thursday. Green Bay @ Detroit (12:30 ET), Oakland @ Dallas (3:30 ET), and Pittsburgh @ Baltimore (7:30 ET). If these three games were being played on a Sunday at 1:00, I wouldn’t be excited for them. Instead, we’ll watch a large portion of all three games after we find our favorite pair of pants with that generous elastic waist.

I will give you 4 categories for each game: 1) Alcohol Selection—what you should be drinking (if you choose to, of course) during that particular game, 2) What to Point out to your Mom—if you’re a sports fan, you need to keep others in the room interested. The x’s and o’s of the game won’t do it, so this will provide you material to keep people’s interest as high as possible, 3) Fantasy Players to Watch—hopefully your family has a competitive league going, so this will highlight who you should keep an eye on, and 4) Which team would be the pilgrim and which would be the Native Americans—part of it had to be Thanksgiving themed, right? Read more

Vanderbilt Football Anchors Down in The Swamp

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Smiles from ear to ear. Fist-pumping. Chanting “Anchor Down”, “Brand New Vanderbilt”, and love for Coach James Franklin. Mockingly doing the Gator Chomp.

But at this point in this season, I can’t help but wonder if this is just the status quo of Vanderbilt football from here on out. The past is firmly behind us. The sky is the limit. As our old friend Kevin Garnett said, “Anything is possible!”

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