I remember it so clearly. When I descended on Oxford, Mississippi for my first day of student orientation, I had it pounded in my head by every speaker gracing the stage that “these next four years will be the best of your life.”
It was like the official university catchphrase. The collegiate version of McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It,” this tried and true saying has become the standard at many colleges enticing students into the youthful wonderlands they provide. The great thing for them is it’s not even the first time that student has heard the sentence; teachers, counselors, parents, summer job bosses and basically every middle-aged college graduate revel in telling teens how spectacular the coming years will be. 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.
The Bachelorette finale happened last night, while you were probably somewhere not caring. AND, in case you missed it last week too, basically Des’s number-one-boo was NOT IN LOVE WITH HER and bolted home while she sat in piles of tears on a dock. So, she had two dudes left (whom she’s not in love with) and everyone (no one) was like Whaaaa?!
OH MAN. THOSE WERE THE GOOD OLD DAYS.
Since this finale was a two-parter (thank God), this episode STARTED with a finale rose ceremony, where Des didn’t have to actually send anyone home because the love of her life had already left on his own accord. During the “ceremony,” Chris was looking normal-dude aggravated that she was clearly crying because she missed ANOTHER GUY. And Drew was all, I wonder if I can collect her tears and turn them into Des-lotion. Read more
It’s finally here. Back by popular demand, the hater’s guide has a sequel. And by “popular demand,” I mean I asked the guys if I could do this piece, and they said, “Sure, we’ve got nothing else to run this week.”
Imagine my surprise after the first installment (here it is, if you missed it) when some of my friends actually opted to make the changes suggested. There’s still the occasional hiccup. I’m stunned some people actually double-dip in stupidity. If you’re participating in both “Throwback Thursdays” and “Flashback Fridays” in the same week, feel free to take a cheese grater and rub it across your forehead.
I can’t speak for all of the United States, but for West Tennessee, weather really hasn’t been that bad this summer. The heat has been high, but nowhere near the stay-in-door, record-high temperatures we’ve gotten use to in recent years.
Much like the general forecast, this summer’s entertainment has been far from scorching. For the most part, the releases in theaters, stores and online have been lukewarm at best, save for a few noteworthy successes.
Summer 2013 felt top-heavy, with most of the heavy hitters scoring big wins early in the season. The last month has proven to be full of critical and financial disappointments, with many studios going back to the drawing board to figure out what will lure consumers to the box office again.
Let’s take a quick look back at the best – and worst – things in entertainment we took in over the last three months.
Here’s the best. Read more
“The new school year is upon us, and unfortunately for most of The Wise Guise and friends, that doesn’t mean anything since we’ve long since graduated and become adults. However, we all love to reminisce, so this week we each wanted to share a brief first day of school memory. Could be college. Could be kindergarten. Could be funny. Could be sweet. Regardless we hope you enjoy our strolls down the first day of school memory lane.”
Alex: Here’s a brief disclaimer: I don’t live in Memphis. Even though I’m not a permanent resident to one of Tennessee’s most prominent cities, I can’t help but think of the place as a part of my home, as it has acted as the primary hub for most major activity that goes down in West Tennessee.
And that’s why it pains me to write this. Unlike the Grizzlies who have inspired so many by moving up the NBA ranks, Memphis as a city won’t be ascending anytime soon. In fact, it could find itself on a major economic decline if it doesn’t solve one of its most pressing problems: the International Airport. Read more