Today, Grant Oster writes his first piece for The Wise Guise. We hope this will be the first of many more to come. We’re happy to let Grant introduce himself to you before getting to his first piece about cycling culture in the Bluff City: I see myself as a lover of history, writing, and the stock market. From time to time, I try to step back and enjoy the simple things in life. I mean, I have an iPhone—let’s not be ridiculous. I don’t sing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” during the winter holiday, but at the season opener for Memphis Tigers Basketball. Like most Memphians, I believe that BBQ is not just food, but art—an art which should be enjoyed often.
When I turned sixteen, I was in no rush to get my driver’s license. In fact, the only reason I got my driver’s license was because I needed a state issued identification to take my ACT. I had no need for a driver’s license—I had a bicycle! And if you’ve taken note over the last several years, so have a lot of Memphians. Whether you attribute the increase of cyclists to the price of gasoline, with averages that rose above $4.00 a gallon in 2008, or possibly the optimist in you believes that Memphians, as a united people, wanted to become healthier—either way, Memphis has become a bicyclist’s paradise.
If you read my piece from this time last year that chronicled my Ole Miss Football fandom, then you know that I didn’t grow up as much of a college football fan, and that unfortunately Ole Miss has not provided a consistent winning tradition for me to cheer on since I decided to enroll there and developed an intense passion for the game. Things are looking up for the Rebels, but big time seasons could still be a year or two away.
Luckily, I have had the opportunity over the past five years to adopt a new team, one that does have a consistent winning tradition, as my own. And it feels pretty good. Read more
I’ll be honest… it’s been a tough few years to be a Memphis Tigers football fan. Ever since DeAngelo Williams left to the NFL, there haven’t been many wins and there’s been some coaching changes. It’s corresponded with my full-fledged baptism as a Vanderbilt Commodores football fan, which also started out with some rough patches and speed bumps as I learned about the heartbreak that comes with that. BUT THEN JAMES FRANKLIN ARRIVED and Vandy football has become a force to be reckoned with.
But that’s not what this post today is about. Today’s post is about a Bright Spot that reminds me what makes Memphis so great: heart. The team bounced back last season with a new coach and new starting QB, Jacob Karam. And this YouTube video of Jacob playing the piano and singing a duet with a St. Jude patient has gone viral.
And as things get dusty in the man cave as you watch this, remember what makes Memphis so wonderful as a city and the Memphis Tigers so easy to cheer for, through good times and bad. It’s heart.
In the era of the internet, social media, and 24/7 cable news, we have more coverage about celebrities and quicker spins to burn celebrities at the stake after scandals. Also, though, as we’ve seen with some movie stars and some politicians, returns to redemption can happen a lot quicker than in the past.
Regardless, celebrity scandals have always been a part of American history and have become more prominent every year over the past decade.
So this week’s roundtable is a simple one. Paula Deen and Amanda Bynes are the most recent celebrities to fall from the public’s graces. This week, we ask you…
WHAT IS THE GREATEST CELEBRITY MELTDOWN OF ALL TIME? Read more
Alex: Grappling with Greed – The Rise & Fall of the nWo
To the victors of war go the keys of history. To hear WWE talk about the Monday Night Wars today gives a somewhat warped view of why professional wrestling became a global phenomenon in the late 1990s. They’d like to have you believe it was their cleverly designed “Attitude Era” that was the primary cause of the boom.
And yet, that innovative period was actually in response to the great success their Southern-based rival, World Championship Wrestling, had enjoyed. With new WCW head Eric Bischoff in control, the company incorporated some interesting new tactics into its televised strategy, including live broadcasts every week.
The centerpiece of their skyrocketing ascension came in the form of the New World Order. The volatile group of black-and-white bad guys helped not only to bolster WCW to the top of the wrestling world, but also made Ted Turner’s once financially unstable organization a boatload of cash.
The Wise Guise prides itself on being patriotic and freedom-loving. Last year, we published an Independence Day Ode to American Pop Culture and a Freedom-Lovers Fourth of July Top 10 List. This year, we’ve had a fresh Ode to All Things America and now, our weekly roundtable discusses great Americans of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Topic: Who is the best American celebrity of all time? Which American famous person best represents all that makes America great? #LandoftheFree #HomeoftheBrave
You won’t want to miss who all our panel chose!