TV Review Roundtable: Premiere of Fox's Gotham


The new Fall TV season is upon us. Last night, Gotham premiered on Fox. The high-budget reimagining of a young Jim Gordon investigating the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents in a gritty, corrupt city where future Batman villains are simply getting their starts. Alex, Seth, and Joseph share their reviews Read more

Exclusive Interview with Adam Smith of America's Next Top Model


Adam Smith from this season of America's Next Top Model and I went to high school together at White Station High School in Memphis, TN and so once I found out about him being on ANTM I knew I had to get him to do an interview with us. Read more

Going Beyond Point Spreads in NFL Online Betting


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 Read more

The Sacred, the Secular, and Lecrae


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 Read more

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


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 Read more

What to do if You Just Got Laid Off or Fired


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 Read more

Movie Review: The Lego Movie

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Alright guys, I’m in the final process of finalizing my rankings for 2013 movies. But, before I share those, I wanted to join the rest of civilization in recommending seeing The Lego Movie.

I had an early finish to the work day yesterday and had only been to the theater once or twice so far this year so I decided to check out the much heralded (96% on Rotten Tomatoes) The Lego Movie. I texted a couple friends as I arrived that I hoped Chris Hansen from Dateline didn’t come plop down in the seat next to me as I was seeing a children’s movie by myself. My writing this post, combined with the common knowledge that I’m not fast enough to outrun Chris Hansen, should be proof enough that I left unscathed.

So, without further adieu, here’s what I liked and didn’t like. We’ll start with what I didn’t. Read more

Sochi 2014: Weekend Top 10

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Oshie Sochi 2014: Weekend Top 10

T.J. Oshie nets the game-winner.

1) Oshie in Sochi! If you try typing that sentence on your phone or computer, autocorrect will swiftly add an exclamation point. Even if you write it by hand, your pen will take over and force the exclamation point onto the page—similar to this familiar scene from Liar Liar.

But I digress…

T.J. Oshie, the 27-year-old forward on the US men’s hockey team, buried the game-winning goal on his sixth attempt in the 8th round of a sudden death shootout versus the Russians. In a span of 20 minutes, Oshie went from being an unknown to a national hero. He has picked up roughly 130,000 new twitter followers, and his name is second only to TJ Maxx when you type “TJ” into a Google search. Oshie has also handled the newfound spotlight with grace and humility, crediting his goalie and teammates for their efforts in the defeat of the Russians. I’m curious to see what happens when he returns home to St. Louis and the NHL. Regardless of the team’s final results, I believe he has earned an interview on the Tonight Show w/ Fallon, and of course a sit down with ESPN’s own Barry Melrose. Hopefully his NHL schedule will allow some time for his personal brand to flourish. Read more

Top Ten Lessons Learned from House of Cards Season 1

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HOC2 Top Ten Lessons Learned from House of Cards Season 1

As I’ve patiently awaited House of Cards, it has easily become the show I’ve most looked forward to returning in 2014. The dark side of The West Wing, a D.C.-based political thriller more akin to a Shakespearean reflection on power and fallen humanity than it is Scandal or The West Wing, although it shares slices of elements from both of those as well.

I’ve written on The Wise Guise and in Fare Forward Magazine about marriage’s impact on TV watching. What you watch, when you watch it, and how fast you watch it. All of these change. And life is just busier. So as many friends binge-watched House of Cards within the first week of Netflix’s release of all 13 episodes at once, it waited patiently for me in my Instant Queue. Finally, Palmer and I had the time and the shared desire to start it. It took us just under two weeks to complete the first season.

So much has been written about House of Cards already. I agree with pretty much everything Andy Greenwald at Grantland writes about both the show’s content and the phenomenon of releasing the entire season at once. I share his distaste for Photographer Adam and how the untraditional and popular distribution model changes the way we can enjoy the slow development of great, long-form TV as a community over a period of weeks. But regardless, I haven’t been able to wait until the new season drops… and now it has! As I’m torn this weekend on whether to spread out my viewing of Season 2 or just binge all the way through, I thought it’d be good to reflect on Ten Lessons Learned from Season 1. For a full review of Season 1’s strengths and weaknesses, try Josh Smith’s review. And, as Josh says, “All in all, House of Cards is a pretty fascinating study in total depravity.” So what were the ten lessons learned in this study?

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The Bachelor: Juan Pablo in Hobbiton

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Juan Pablo in White Chair The Bachelor: Juan Pablo in Hobbiton

I am in a fantasy league centered on The Bachelor. There, I said it.

When I moved to Nashville in early January, a few of my friends had a group of people that they watched The Bachelor with, and I was fortunate enough to be adopted into this inner circle of reality TV watchers. We then decided to make things interesting and created a fantasy league for this season. We had a draft after the first episode, giving all nine of us two contestants each. Every week I send out an email recap to our group, and this week I decided to share it with my friends on The Wise Guise.

(Disclaimer: I have watched The Bachelor for a long time. Too long, some may argue. I was hooked from the moment that Trista was told she had one, and then the guy pulled the old switch on her, which then landed her as the first Bachelorette. Ok, that’s enough of a history lesson.)

AND THEN THERE WERE SIX…

Down the stretch we go!

What we learned this week… Read more

10 Thoughts from Sochi: Week 1

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I had a sour taste in my mouth in the weeks leading up to the Winter Olympics. I was bothered that all of my shows were taking long break– minus a certain reality show that comes on ABC on Mondays. I was annoyed by the cross-country skiing commercials. Who cares which kind of Greek yogurt these athletes eat?

Fast forward to the opening ceremony, and now I find myself wanting more detail about how many Greek yogurts the athletes are consuming and what time of day is best for it. Something happens internally when you see our group of Americans waving our flag in Russia while dressed in the tacky Christmas sweaters that Polo dressed them in. I suddenly become so fired up for the events that I complain that they only last a little over two weeks.

Today we are now officially a week into the games. Here are 10 thoughts from a casual fan who grew up in a state where “winter” happens for about a week total, but not in seven consecutive days. Read more

Prepare to be Blown Away by Dominant Displays of Athleticism this Winter Olympics

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Sochi Winter Olympics Prepare to be Blown Away by Dominant Displays of Athleticism this Winter Olympics

The ‘retweets’ and ‘likes’ have started. From major social media networks to the blogosphere, everything that anyone is talking about is the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. That is, anyone who has not decided to boycott the games. The Sochi Winter Olympics seems to have a litany of problems–the greatest of them being the continuous terrorist threats. What has the world most upset started last year when Russia banned the promotion of “non-traditional” sexuality. Vladmir Putin tried to appease the LGBT community by publicly inviting gays to the Sochi Winter Olympics, promising that they “can feel relaxed and comfortable”; however, he finished by saying that they must “leave the children in peace.” (SMH, Putin…)

The Winter Olympics are my crack–no boycotting for me. I will eat, breathe, and live Olympics for the next few weeks.

There are only so many hours in the day; therefore, there are only so many events an individual can watch. These are some events and people who you are going to want to add to your Winter Olympics agenda.

Carrot Top No More

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Shaun White

Shaun White–the Tony Hawk of the halfpipe. He cleaned up well for the cameras, but will he clean up when it comes to the Olympic gold medal? He earned gold in the Snowboard Halfpipe event, both 2006, in Turin, and in 2010, in Vancouver. He is favored to win again this year–no surprise there. What is surprising is events that occurred in the last two months.

In December, White was handed a devastating defeat at a halfpipe competition in Breckenridge, Colorado. It is evident that this shook his confidence, as he has pulled out of the highly anticipated Olympic slopestyle competition. This was the first Olympic games to included this competition–an event that White preferred and primarily competed in before the Olympics added the halfpipe to its Winter Olympics’ program list.

With his entire focus on the halfpipe, I expect an extraordinary display of talent–per usual–from Shaun White.

Oh No, No Apolo Anton Ohno?

I was heartbroken when I found out that my favorite American Winter Olympic champion would not be returning in 2014 (not returning to compete anyway). The blow was softened when I recently learned that Apolo Ohno will be very present at this year’s games as an analyst and broadcaster.

Shani Davis and J.R. Celski Prepare to be Blown Away by Dominant Displays of Athleticism this Winter Olympics

Shani Davis (L) and J.R. Celski (R)

Ohno cast a large shadow in the last three Olympic games, but American racers Shani Davis and J.R. Celski have been lying in wait, preparing to take over. Both Shani Davis and J.R. Celski are world record-holders in their respective short track races – Davis in the 1000 and 1500 meter and Celski in the 500 meter.

I imagine both will represent America well, but I’m most excited for J.R. Celski. The 500 meter is going to be an all-out, no holds barred blitz to the finish line. With 14th ranked Mo Tae-bum winning gold in 2010, anything is possible. Read more