The Guilty Pleasure Hierarchy
By: David Ethier
First off, I feel like I need to get something out of the way: I’ve been reluctant to write a guest post for The Wise Guise for several weeks now. I don’t think I’m that funny. And that’s a problem when writing for one of the most mildly successful non-ad, amateur-written, regionally specific, directionless, infrequently visited “blogs” (I use that term in quotations because, well, is this supposed to be a website? Is that what we’re supposed to be calling it? Or was I right the first time and this really is a blog? Does anyone care? What’s the difference these days? Does website refer to whether or not you make money on it? Because, if that’s the case, this is obvi a blog. But then other people have blogs that make lots of money and I’m not getting paid for this. Right? Am I? Can you guys pay me some money? That’d be great if you could. Maybe I should edit this – I feel like this sidebar went on too far. Screw it, no one got this far anyways. Except for you, Colin. But, that’s only because you asked me to write this and you’re doing your due diligence before you post it). So, if you don’t think this is worth your time, then don’t bother. I get paid either way. Right? Read more
Japanese Baseball Game Day Experience
By Patrick Russell
[Special thanks to Eric Lord for his contribution of Japanese Baseball facts. And for helping me nearly start a riot.]
Confession: I like baseball. A lot. Upon reflection, perhaps a bit too much. I try to watch every Cincinnati Reds game I can, check league box scores every morning, manage two fantasy teams, and read mlb.com and the MLB sections of Sports Illustrated and ESPN every day. To top it off—and perhaps most telling of the true extent of my baseball fanaticism—I can even name FIVE players on the Oakland Athletics.*
*Coach Jayzor suggests that knowing more than 3 Oakland A’s** is the benchmark for watching too much baseball. In my defense: one of my officemates is an A’s fan who is determined that I should know their starting 9 and 5-man pitching rotation before the end of April. Complete resistance has thus far been futile.
**Fun fact: I went on a grammar tangent minutes ago—as is wont to happen in an office shared by 7 English graduate students. Did you know that the apostrophe in “A’s” is NOT a misuse of a possessive form to form a plural? That would be wrong, anyway, since it would be the plural possessive, “As’.” Apparently, “A’s” is a contraction. You’re welcome.
This guest post comes from one of the funniest people The Wise Guise writers know, Josh Smith. Josh is the Director of Contemporary Worship at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, TN. We are thrilled he found the time to join us for a guest post and we hope you enjoy! You can follow Josh on Twitter at @yeshuasmith and check out his music on iTunes here.
A couple of weeks ago, The Wise Guise TM approached me about doing a guest post and so I assumed that they wanted me to do a rundown of this summer’s hot upcoming movie releases. I also thought that was strange, because I haven’t actually seen a summer movie in the theater since I bought a minivan and started wearing socks with my sandals, but I was able to Google the movie posters so I’m pretty sure I’ve nailed this one. I now humbly present, The Wise Guise Summer Movie Guide TM. You’re welcome. Read more
Some people call me “Coach.” Some people call me “Jayzor.” For the purposes of this article, you can call me “Coach Jayzor.” I will present a predicted order of finish for each division, commentary on each team, and a player to watch for each team. If you don’t like my predictions, then you’re probably cheering for the wrong team. Feel free to jump on the Detroit bandwagon. Believe me: there’s room. A ton of people jumped off of the Detroit bandwagon a few years back. Remember? The city needs our support. Read more
IS GASTON A TRUE DISNEY VILLAIN OR IS HE JUST MISUNDERSTOOD?
By Joseph Williams and Seth Wiedemann
Depending on which of us you ask, you’ll get a very different answer to the question of how much of a villain Gaston (from Beauty and the Beast) actually is. To provide some context, the two of us have debated (for many, many, many hours on road trips, at dinners, and any other time a snide, button-pushing comment can open up an all-out debate) how villainous Gaston is for months. It first began when we watched Beauty and the Beast on Blu-Ray. Then, when the movie was re-released in theaters in 3D, we couldn’t resist going to see it and the debate continued.
Spoiler alert: (not concerning the plot of the film… we’re going to assume you’re a good American and have seen it already) We have not come to a compromise or an agreement in any way. That is why we bring the argument to you here on The Wise Guise, to comment and vote in a poll about Gaston’s true nature.
We’ll begin our arguments to you with Seth’s opening argument. We’ll proceed with some past arguments between us, and then we’ll let your voting and comments decide. Odds are though, neither of us will give any ground to the other’s arguments. We’ve happened upon one of the most underrated debates and divides of our time. Read more
This guest post comes from Mary Beth Wilson, a University of Tennessee graduate and Lakeland, FL native. We are glad she could join us to share her unfortunate story of awkwardly being on the Kiss Cam…with her brother. Follow her on Twitter @Wilson_MB!
It happened in January of 2010. I was sitting next to my younger brother, Jeremy, in Thompson Boling Arena at the UT/Vandy basketball game. During an early timeout, Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” started playing, which means one thing at Tennessee games – the kiss cam has begun. After several awkward, forced kisses and the inevitable “awwww’s” at elderly couples who have no problem with public displays of affection, I thought I had seen the last unsuspecting couple on the jumbotron. But then the unthinkable happened. My brother and I were on the kiss cam together.
Sure, the possibility of landing on the kiss cam with my brother had occurred to me before. But here’s the thing: we had (what we thought was) a full-proof system in the unlikely event the kiss cam gods would think to target us. One of us would either a) make a fake phone call (Jeremy’s idea…) or b) go to the concession stand. Words cannot express how badly I wish we had chosen option b. Read more