Evolution of Card Gaming


The history of card gaming goes back thousands of years to earlier civilizations in India, Egypt, and China, the last of which is said to have actually created the playing cards we all know so well. Those are the facts according to HOPC, which also notes that there are Read more

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

Tuesday’s With Tony

Tuesday’s With Tony: Tony Steals The Show

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Here’s a fun and easy transition for my night. I spent hours studying for and insurance test, then wrote a blog post about Tony Allen. That transition went about as well as this clever pun not inserted here, which was intended to be, but my brain hasn’t allowed the funny part to be turned on just yet. Yes, I know several of my readers have already clicked away by now. But for those of you still here, I thank you. We will get there, have faith in me and my abilities to draw you in more and more. See, it’s working isn’t it. Read more

Tuesday’s With Tony: Quest for the Retweet

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And so it began. Yesterday I made several attempts to get my buddy Tony Allen to retweet something I sent him. He is always RT’ing, so I figured I would make a conscious effort to get TA to approve a 140 character or less configuration.

I would like to apologize to those whose Twitter feeds I overwhelmed. Don’t judge my desperation as the night came to a close. Now to share with you my feeble attempts to get @aa000g9 to give me my 12 seconds of fame, since @Scootereater didn’t seem too impressed with our blog or website or blog or is it a website? Am I getting paid for this? Bazinga. Full circle. Read more

Tuesday’s with Tony: Tony’s Future Career

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I’ve got Tony’s future planned out post-NBA career. Motivational speaker/children’s book writer. He can thank me later, and I will take a smaller percentage than his current agent. What a deal.

I figured if Lebron James can have cartoon children’s series starring Lebron, Lebron, annnndddd Lebron, Tony’s knowledge and sageness could generate beaucoup de moolah (French minor in me coming out). His Twitter feed is peppered with inspirational tweets and motivating messages. I think he loves brightening his followers’ day. As you can tell, I’m positively affected by Tony’s tweets.

I also considered Life Coach as an occupation for Tony once he’s won a few championships with the Grizz, but we all know there is no such thing as a Life Coach. That’s a title created by college students who choose to pursue “independent studies” as their major. I laughed out loud at a girl one time in a study group when she said her goal was to become a Life Coach. I cynically asked if her compensation was in chewing gum and butt taps? She wasn’t too happy. Sadly, I know some day my psyche will hinge on the encouraging words of a Life Coach on day when I’m a professional golfer. Still don’t know why I keep capitalizing both words, guess it’s my futile attempt to substantiate that profession. Read more

Tuesday’s With Tony: Tony’s Quest For Verification

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Today we celebrate. Break out your Cristal, Don Perionne, and Franzia because our boy Tony Allen has been verified!!!! Far too long has this Twitter account laid in the shadows of Unverificationland. But alas, the light has revealed the truth. To date, this easily makes Tony’s top ten life accomplishments. I may be slightly hyperbolic in my assumption about this achievement, but aren’t all bloggers masters of the hyperbole?

Who knew a blue circle with a check mark could generate such authority. In life we seek verification as often as possible. We say and do things to help distinguish our legitimacy and knowledge compared to others. Even Twitter allows validation amongst your peers. Read more

Tuesday’s With Tony: Stairway To Heaven

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I’m not the only one who sees the value of Tony Allen. My dear friend Bill Simmons, whom I’ve shared many a podcast with, recently wrote his annual trade deadline top 50 most valuable players article. Well guess who’s contract was deemed most desirable for teams to acquire. Tick tick tick.

What is Tony Allen for $300?

You would be correct! So if Bill Simmons believes in Tony Allen, why don’t you? I’m not trying to twist your arm to follow my Grizzled baller. I am, however, indian burning your arm to follow him.

Last week we broke down the numbers with Tony and saw the deeper side to ole “Trick or Treat” Tony (Boston C’s reference). Having spent such an inordinate amount of time with Tony’s tweets, I have noticed a few tendencies or “tells” in @aa000g9′s Twitter game. He likes to tweet about God and music. A lot.

Tony loves giving thanks to the man upstairs. I’m just not sure sometimes if the message is being delivered clearly because of some spelling issues. You see, Tony loves shoutin’ out (S/0) to “Farther God“. Read more

Tuesdays With Tony: The Numbers

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Top of the morning to you all, I’m on my MTV jams flow. Tony’s vernacular is surreptitiously becoming intertwined into my daily conversations and I love it. People just look at me funny. Apparently verbalizing tweets doesn’t result in instant popularity. Oh well, it was worth a shot. But enough about me, this is Tony’s time.

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Tuesday’s With Tony: Tony Learns Magic

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And we’re back with another Tuesday)s With Tony. This past weekend the NBA had its annual dog and pony show, so here’s a quick wrap up for those who chose to watch Billy Crystal in black-face instead of a black face raise a crystal. Hey, Billy got laughs, figured I would try it too.

The weekend included a celebrity basketball game (Kevin Hart, MVP), Rookie/Sophomore game (layup drill), 3 point contest (K.Love), dunk contest (YAWN), and the main event Sunday had its moments of greatness. Blah blah blah. The weekend allowed players to rest and relax for a few days in preparation for the second half of the season. Well, Tony might have been resting his legs, but his thumbs have been very busy lately.

He started off this past week with an instant classic! While discussing his Epsom salt bath and his admission of not knowing what Epsom salt was, he still acknowledges his mother’s wisdom. Bless her, bless her. This was my favorite tweet of the week and early on I thought this would take up the majority of the post, but I was premature in my posting prophecy.

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You see, it turns out that Tony has been learning magic. Yes, you heard me correctly, he tried to become Tony Blaine during his days off from basketball. Don’t believe me? Watch me put the pieces back together right before your very own eyes! (waves wand and the lights dim) Read more