A Christian Contemplation on Suicide


Have you ever heard a truly great preacher? I’m not talking about the stereotypical hell-fire-and-brimstone one the church of olden days churned out. I’m also not referencing the feel-good spiritual gurus who dominate the airwaves now, who seem to be OK with everything except not leaving a donation in Read more

The One that Hurts the Most: Rest in Peace, Robin Williams


Yesterday, we were all shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Robin Williams. We each simply wanted to share a few words about our experiences with the actor and comedian that brought so much joy and laughter to the world. Some of us talk about Read more

Elvis Week Spotlight: New That's The Way It Is and Viva Las Vegas Digibooks


With this year's Elvis Week kicking off a week from today on August 9 - August 17, The Wise Guise wanted to shine some light on a timely new product from Warner Bros. in the form of an Elvis: That's The Way It Is - Two Disc Special Edition Blu-ray Read more

The Bachelorette Finale: "Why'd You Make Love With Me?"


The Bachelorette finale is in the books. The journey is over. Andi found true love and happiness, and Nick’s hand-drawn storybook found the nearest dumpster in the Dominican Republic. But before we move on, I need to take care of two things. 1) I’m having a hard time writing this post Read more

The Binge-Worthy Shows of the Summer Season


The dog days are here. It’s hot. No need to be outside when it feels like absolute death. So what better to do than park it in front of the TV and catch up on some quality television programming before the Fall TV Season begins. Here are three picks to Read more

The Bachelorette: Men Tell All Recap & Final Rose Preview


Well, my experiment failed. I thought maybe if I stopped writing about this season that it would just go away. I got tired of Andi and her boy(z II men). I was tired of watching these men swaddled in scarves perusing some of this world’s greatest cities. But, I Read more

Football

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

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

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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franklinvandy Roundtable: Vanderbilt Fan Reactions to James Franklin Leaving

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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celebration Vanderbilt Football Anchors Down in The Swamp

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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NFL Week 1 Recap and Week 2 Picks

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Week 1 round up:

Let’s recap a wacky week 1 where the underdogs were 11-5 against the spread.

Headlines I thought we wouldn’t see:

“Tom Brady and the Patriots rally in the 4th to beat EJ Manuel and the Bills.”

“Ravens D give up 7 passing touchdowns.”

“Colts struggle to stop Terrelle Pryor.”

“Gino Smith leads the Jets to a game winning field goal.”

“Kaepernick throws for 400+.”

“Eagles blow past RG3.”

Now for headlines I thought we would see:

“Jags score 2 points in opener.”

“Chargers blow a 21 point lead in the second half.”

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2013 NFL Season Preview & Week 1 Picks

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NFL Logo1 2013 NFL Season Preview & Week 1 Picks

Professional football is back! I’m not talking about “amateur” athletes being paid like professionals— *coughJohnnyFootballcough*. I’m talking about real, professional, NFL football!

Last season featured suspended Saints, rookie quarterback explosions—Luck, RG3, Russell Wilson, Tannehill, Brandon Weeden (jk)- PED bans, the Ray Lewis farewell tour, Kaepernick taking over, the rise of the NFC West, Peyton returning to his Peyton ways, Colts using their #chuckstrong magic to make the postseason, a player nicknamed “Muscle Hampster,” the Mark Sanchez butt fumble, Joe Flacco’s hail mary, brothers coaching against each other in the Super Bowl, Beyonce reuniting with Destiny’s Child, the lights in the Superdome going out for 30 minutes (probably by the bitter Saints), Jacoby Jones’ kickoff return TD, the 49ers comeback, and the Ravens final redzone stop.

Whew.

2013 has a lot to live up to, but it’s already off to a quick start. The Aaron Hernandez situation, Tebow making a pit stop in New England, the Ravens trading away their entire attempt at a Super Bowl defense (much like the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks), HBO’s Hard Knocks turning us all into partial Bengals fans, RG3’s miraculous recovery time from a torn ACL, the Saints back in action, and much more.

Are you ready for some football? I know I am.

Here is my quick shakedown on how I see each division playing out in 2013…

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NFL Preseason: Don’t Watch Within 100 Yards of Your Fantasy Strategy

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nfl fantasy football NFL Preseason: Dont Watch Within 100 Yards of Your Fantasy StrategyAustin Rissler is a Wise Guise Roundtable contributor, great friend, and Fantasy Football commissioner for a couple of The Wise Guise. He’s joining as a regular contributor this season, writing regular Fantasy Football columns discussing statistics, strategies, anecdotes, and even fielding reader questions and awarding players throughout the season. His research is unmatched and he is the least least-legitimate person to ramble on about things that have zero bearing on real life! Enjoy his first column, discussing the NFL preseason and some draft temptations you should avoid…

The NFL Preseason is underway and with it comes the annual opportunity for diehard Fantasy enthusiasts to dissect each and every box score we can get our hands on.  What I am going to beg each and every one of you to do is this: do not overreact.

I understand the temptation—I really do. We’re starved for football. It’s been more than six months since Ray Lewis hoisted the Lombardi and you can only watch so much baseball before your wife insists it’s time that your Sunday afternoons include some shopping with her. This is our first chance to get an actual look at the 2013 squads (more or less) and see if the raw talents of Saturday nights can become savvy picks for Sunday glory.

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