The biggest thing holding you back - and how to change it

Hello. It’s me. Sorry, but I couldn’t resist not starting with that intro. It’s been a while since I’ve offered my voice to the Wise Guise. Did you miss me? I’m sure you did. “I missed you like I miss a rock in my shoe,” as my grandmother once said. Read more

Cubs, Cardinals, and Destiny

Sometimes, you reach a point in time where fate steps in and you just have to recognize destiny's dominion when it arrives. And that's why, despite eliminating my favorite team from the playoffs, I now have to root for the Chicago Cubs. I'm sure that once they win the Read more

My Top 10 Films of 2015 So Far and My Most Anticipated Ahead

So back in April I did a post previewing the upcoming films coming out in 2015 and I think it’s about time I update the 12 people who read that post. I know you all have been anxiously refreshing the site looking for a new post from me. What Read more

The Day Hulkamania Died

Professional wresting fans were told by Hulk Hogan for years “Hulkamania would never die.” No, despite any new nemesis who would come his way and claim he was the one to end Hogan’s powerful marketing brand, the Hulkster would end up with his hand raised, and the appeal of Read more

Celebrating America With Movies: Fourth of July Viewing Alternatives

I first want to state that I fully believe that America, and this great holiday in particular, are meant to be celebrated outdoors. Not necessarily in those ridiculous looking American flag shorts you bought online a few years ago to "stand out" and then dug through your closet to find Read more

Examining Our Love-Hate Relationship with Taylor Swift

Two years ago, I revealed to the world I had a sad, secret love affair with Taylor Swift and her music. It was a difficult moment for me, as I had publicly bad-mouthed the pop star for years. “I mean, can she really sing?” I would question. “And she Read more


Cubs, Cardinals, and Destiny

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Sometimes, you reach a point in time where fate steps in and you just have to recognize destiny’s dominion when it arrives. And that’s why, despite eliminating my favorite team from the playoffs, I now have to root for the Chicago Cubs. I’m sure that once they win the climb to the championship peak, I can return to rooting against them, not unlike the 2004 Boston Red Sox. But now that my Cardinals and Braves are eliminated, I’m a Cubs fan for the next month.


Well, it’s important to know that I grew up a Braves and Cardinals fan. I could see every Braves game on TBS and I’m a fourth generation Cardinals fan who grew up in Memphis. The closest major league ballpark was St. Louis and we got the AAA Memphis Redbirds when I was in middle school. All in on the St. Louis Cardinals… while they are a baseball force (this is the first time they haven’t been to the NLCS in the last five years), they’re still an eternal underdog as their 11 World Titles is still less than half of the Yankees’ total.

I never rooted against the Cubs though if they weren’t playing the Cards or Braves. Why would I? They were eternal underdogs. Steve Bartman. The Curse of the Billy Goat. The World Series drought. Perpetually at the bottom of the NL Central.


The joke was so good that Robert Zemeckis classically had the Cubs winning the World Series in 2015 when Marty McFly visited in my favorite childhood film, Back to the Future Part II.

The future is crazy! Flying cars, fax machines everywhere, hover boards… AND THE CUBS WIN THE SERIES!

It used to be a joke to me. Of course the Cardinals would end this fairy tale. They were the best team in baseball.

Then the Cubs beat them in 4 games. The home run derby at Wrigley happened… Jake Arrieta happened.

Maybe Robert Zemeckis was a prophet… or maybe time travel is real and the trick’s on us… or maybe… the stars are aligning for the Cubbies.

I’m sad that the Cardinals couldn’t get one championship closer to the Yankees. But how does anyone without a team left in it not root for the cubs?

Imagine if Theo Epstein was able to lead the Red Sox to a World Series win, breaking the Curse of the Bambino and, a decade later, leads the Cubs to a World Series win, breaking the Curse of the Billy Goat?!?!?

That’s unreal. That’s historic.

Maybe Back to the Future Part II was right all along.

We’ll find out soon.

Monday Morning Mailbag: Jurassic World, Cavs-Warriors, & More

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Wise Guise Warriors… I’m back! A lot has been happening in the world since I last posted. I got lots of questions about all sorts of topics in addition to many things I’ve wanted to blog about but haven’t had time. So, without further ado, here’s a Monday Morning Mailbag to cover most of the topics you wanted to hear about, most of the topics I wanted to write about, and some.

Jeff from Jefferson City, MO: Have you seen Jurassic World yet? How do you rank it compared to other modern-day summer blockbusters in addition to the original three Jurassic Park films?

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Need To Know: The Memphis Grizzlies And The NBA Playoffs Scenarios

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Memphis Grizzlies Growl Towels

Alright folks, it’s time to buckle up for the NBA Playoffs! That means it’s time for new Growl Towels, drum lines down Beale Street, and finding new reasons to hate every other player on every other team in the NBA. As you surely know by this point, all of the seed positioning is still up in the air. And it’s SUPER confusing because there are so many moving parts. However, I’ve tried to compile everything you need to know (with a lot of help from Matt Moore of and break down exactly what you need to root for and against happening tonight.

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Masters 2015: From Tiger to Rory

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In 2012, in the fledgling months of The Wise Guise, I participated in a preview of The Masters. I wrote about my favorite parts of attending The Masters live and provided predictions for the Top 10 golfers to be in the Top 10 on the back nine on Sunday, when it’s well known The Masters truly begins every year.

I encourage you to check out that original post in addition to my reflections on Bubba Watson, The Masters, and life on the Monday after last year. But spring is here, college basketball ends, Opening Day wraps up, the NBA and NHL approach the postseason, and yet another Masters weekend approaches. I’d like to offer a few thoughts and reflections before we lay on the couch and let the sounds of Jim Nantz, that theme song, Butler Cabin, the roaring crowds, and the tradition unlike any other wash over us.

Nike’s newest ad, entitled Ripple, provides the perfect preview for The Masters in 2015.

Some say it simply serves as a tribute to Tiger Woods and the impact he had on the current #1 golfer in the world pursuing a career grand slam and his very own Rory Slam. Sure. That’s how they sold it to Tiger.

But for those of us who grew up with Tiger like Rory but have not been busy winning our own major championships, we see the ad for what it really is. It’s about an end of an era and the passing of a torch.

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Going Beyond Point Spreads in NFL Online Betting

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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 NFL betting options to take advantage of before planting yourself on the couch on NFL Sunday.

Oddsmakers at online sportsbooks offering National Football League betting have developed an uncanny ability to establish point spreads so accurate that knowing who to lay a bet on can be a grueling decision for new sports bettors.

But what if you could move point spreads to your advantage?

With teaser betting, you can.

Teasers, as they are so appropriately named, are varieties of sports bets that enable you to adjust the point spreads on two or more games in exchange for reduced odds.

In a teaser bet, six extra points are added to the point spread favoring the teams of your choice in at least two games. For example, if the Seattle Seahawks are favored by 7.5 points over the Denver Broncos, a teaser bet would change the spread to either Seattle by -1.5 or make Denver +13.5.

Some online sportsbooks also offer sweetheart teasers, which let you adjust the point spread by either 10 or 13 points on either three or four games. Of course, such bets come with dramatically reduced odds, but provide sports bettors with peace of mind, at least until kickoff.

There are also countless opportunities to bet on NFL player and team performances, both in individual games and throughout the season.

Proposition bets, or props bets as they more commonly known, allow you to bet on individual player performance, like how many yards a quarterback will throw for, or the number of times he is sacked, during a game or throughout the season.

Other player props bets enable wagering on who will be named NFL MVP and rookies of the year.

Team props bets enable wagering on subjects like how many total wins a team will earn in the regular season, and whether any team will have a perfect 16-0 season, or dismal winless campaign.

But if you are looking for an NFL betting experience that is immediate and exhilarating, check out NFL live betting. Offered at most major online sportsbooks, NFL live betting, also known as in-play betting lets you make wagers on the fly, using your computer, tablet or smartphone, as you watch the game.

As injuries, swings in momentum, controversial calls and changes in weather impact an NFL game in play, you can seize the moment to pad or change up your betting strategy.

But be careful. While live betting on NFL can be an incredibly exhilarating and profitable experience, the tide can turn quickly in an NFL game, with improbable 4th quarter rallies making and breaking the fortunes of NFL bettors every week.

Vanderbilt. College World Series National Champions. You’re Not Dreaming.

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The gloves have been thrown. The dog pile has happened. The fireworks have lit up the Omaha sky. The trophy has been kissed. The foghorn has echoed down West End. Tim Corbin has hugged all his players.  We now find ourselves liking every Facebook status we can, changing our profile pictures, texting our friends and former classmates, and soaking it all in. Read more

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