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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Cologne is Out; Having Your Own Alcohol is In

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Mmmhops Cologne is Out; Having Your Own Alcohol is In

Cologne is out, having your own alcohol is in.

Hanson is the most recent to hop on the hop wagon with their beer “MMMhops” (not even kidding).

The still touring band (still not kidding), launched their brews at the release of The Hangover Part III because “Mmmbop” plays for a split second in the film. Logic.

Since the dawn of fame, celebrities and others looking to make a buck off them, have attached their names to products to ignite capital gain. And it works.

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Vanity and Van Gogh

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Starry Night Vanity and Van Gogh

On my way home for lunch today, my perpetually sullen NPR lady shared the following report:

On this day in 1890, Vincent Van Gogh died, two days after shooting himself in the chest in a wheat field. He made it back to his bed, where the doctor decided not to remove the bullet. His brother, who rushed from Paris to his side, was the recipient of these final words: “The sadness will never end.” Read more

A (Hopefully) Christian Approach to Macklemore’s “Same Love”

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I know it’s only July, but I think we can call this thing since it’s all politics anyway. The song of the year will be awarded to Macklemore’s Same Love. Aside from its obvious representation of a colossal shift in culture, the merits of this work are numerous. Its tone is not angry, but hopeful. He has taken the blame for hate toward homosexuals and spread it across the country, between many likely suspects: conservatives and Christians yes, but also rappers, anonymous Internet commenters, and even grade school children. He then affirms that hate is not a necessary byproduct of religion, but of a detached ignorance common in all of humanity. Macklemore reveals that his own activism is a result of his personal relationship with an uncle who is gay.

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America Is… (An Ode to Independence Day)

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ladyliberty America Is... (An Ode to Independence Day)

America Is…

(An Ode to Independence Day)

By Justin Poythress

America is baseball and apple pie, but so much more:

America is red, white, and blue

America is the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful

America is Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers

America is the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge

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Thoughts on the Memphis Tigers New Court Design

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Memphis Basketball Court Thoughts on the Memphis Tigers New Court Design

Today Memphis Basketball announced that the court will have a new design for next year.  No, not a simple new paint job, they are going all out with placing the Memphis Skyline on the court.

For college teams, this trend was started a couple years ago when Oregon announced that they were going to have a new court design.  Everyone was excited to see what they would come up with, because heck it is Oregon and who doesn’t love what they put out.  Well lets just say their court design went over just as good as the silver reflective helmets that they tried to wear.  In my opinion it was a total fail. Read more

Books To Watch For: May 2013

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Books Books To Watch For: May 2013

Our resident book expert, Joseph Amagliani, drops by today to share the three books he is most looking forward to for the month of May. Read more