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

Going Beyond Point Spreads in NFL Online Betting

Posted on by Cam Richardson in Featured, Sports | Leave a comment


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.

The Sacred, the Secular, and Lecrae

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Entertainment, Faith, Featured, Music | 4 Comments


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 Methodist in Memphis, TN where I was a youth group intern for the summer. He was also well-known by my friends who worked at Kanakuk Kamps over the summer. We all had hope for Lecrae because, while he was a Christian rapper performing in Christian environments, he was not like most of the other Christian rappers. He was not like most of the other Christian artists.

His work was at a higher level than most other Christian art, whether they be film, music, or television. It was at the next level.

But not in my wildest imagination did I ever dream of the day where Lecrae would sit in with The Roots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and be introduced as having the #1 music album in America.

Not the #1 Christian rap album or #1 Christian album or #1 rap album.

Nope. Lecrae’s latest album, Anomaly, is the #1 album in America. Period. Full stop.

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Memo to the NFL: Clean it up or Close it down

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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 will be a six-game suspension for the first offense and indefinite suspension after the second. Is this penalty too harsh or not harsh enough?” Read more

What to do if You Just Got Laid Off or Fired

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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 is being laid off. I’ve had four friends get laid off in just in as many months. As my friends struggle to find new employment, it really had me thinking (and to be honest, worrying a little about my future). Therefore, I took some time to research “What to do when you’re laid off,” and “What not to do when you’re fired.” I figured that I’d look into the information now, as it would be better processed when I’m not in desperate need of employment. The following are some helpful tidbits of advice that can help you or your friends in their time of need. Read more

Is Ghostbusters the Perfect Comedy? Quite Possibly.

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Entertainment, Featured, Movies | Leave a comment

me going to ghostbusters

When my colleagues recently organized a matinee viewing of the remastered re-release of the 1984 classic, Ghostbustersto 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 and there on late night showings on cable TV, but I did not fully appreciate it as one of the all-time best comedies, a masterpiece which launched a new genre, cemented and catapulted numerous careers, and remains an inspiration for the comic films in the three decades since its release in summer 1984.

Whether you’ve seen Ghostbusters once, can quote the entire film, or have never seen it all, I highly recommend you take the time to read the two oral histories published this year even though there is a decent amount of overlap.

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A (Video) Wake-Up Call

Posted on by Alex Beene in Entertainment, Featured, Football | Leave a comment


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, are burdened with the task of either choosing to condemn this celebrity with the media bandwagon or defend them. Read more