Bright Spots: Chauncy's Chance


So I just happened to see Memphis, Tennessee briefly trending earlier today on Facebook (it appears to have already dropped half an hour after I first saw it), and so I obviously had to see what was going on. I was thrilled to see it was for another positive Read more

As a White Man, I now understand why the O.J. Simpson Jury did what it did


It was a hot Friday night in the summer of 1994. My parents and I had just walked into our house from a lengthy little league game of mine. Despite hours in the heat, I was wound up from the excitement of a win and eager to dive into Read more

Bright Spots: Memphis Teen Pays For College Like A Boss


Every now and then the media chooses to spend a little time on positive stories to share with the general public. I think it's important that we, as consumers, show up with website hits and/or media views to reinforce this positive publicity in a society dominated by negative news Read more

In Defense of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


Imagine the following: a popular movie genre is categorized by smart but formulaic films, enjoyable and entertaining while also going out of their way to explain everything explicitly to the viewer and not engage any level of mystery or metaphysical questions. Another film comes along in this genre and while Read more

The Bachelor 2016: Finale Recap!


  (Written by @JeremyWilson412. For more coverage of this season's The Bachelor, go here) Another season has come and gone, and one thing was clear from start to finish: America loves Ben. Admit it, you love Ben. It doesn’t matter if you are a single girl, a married woman, or a Read more

Ranking the Batman Cinematic Legacy: The 9 Films featuring the Dark Knight


We’re three weeks from the latest cinematic incarnation of Batman, brought to us this time by action film director Zack Snyder. I would be lying if I didn’t express a certain amount of apprehension for “Batman V Superman: The Dawn of Justice.” Snyder is known for his bombastic sense Read more

The Bachelor 2016: Fantasy Suite (I love you!) (Oh, I also love you!)

Posted on by Jeremy Wilson in Featured, Misc. TV, Reality Check, Television, TV Reviews, Weekly Posts | 1 Comment

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(Written by @JeremyWilson412. For more on this season’s The Bachelor, go here… and by here, I mean the link that is embedded in the word “here” used prior to that use of here. If you click on any of the here’s that aren’t in a different color, then you’ll be disappointed. If you click on the here that IS in a different color, then you’ll see more posts about The Bachelor, but you also might be disappointed. Who’s to say?)

 

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This week’s recap of The Bachelor is the “I’m bored on a plane” edition. I’m writing this on a flight from Nashville to San Francisco, so if you are reading this and thinking that I have really drifted off a few times, you’d be correct! This week’s post is (unofficially) sponsored by almonds from the airport Starbucks, half of a can of Diet Coke courtesy of Southwest, and also brought to you by the reclined seat in front of me. How is this still a thing? “Ahh, I’m way more comfortable with my seat reclined an extra 4 degrees. Now this is luxury!” said the guy sitting in front of me, probably.

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2016 Oscars Hot Takes

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Entertainment, Featured, Movies | Leave a comment

2016 Oscars

OK…I’m going to try to make this as short and sweet as possible so that I can close the book on the 2016 Academy Awards.

A couple quick notes before we dive in:

  1. I love Chris Rock but I thought his material was just okay. I both wanted and expected a bunch of race jokes, but I think we can all agree we reached a point pretty quickly where it became overkill. Before I go any further…I’m all for championing diversity, and I do think Hollywood is made up of a collection of individuals that clearly do need to open their minds a little. I get that it’s a business, but it’s also laziness. However, Chris Rock’s material almost seemed to come from the perspective of someone who was the first person ever to notice racial discrepancies in the Oscars. Unfortunately for Chris, it’s a subject that has been worn out lately leading up to the awards and so when he kept just repeatedly going back and hitting on that it lost any power it might have had in my mind. The people whose minds you’re trying to change are also going to get turned off to your message when you just keep throwing it in their face for the duration of the night. I feel like a handful of well-crafted quick hitter jokes would’ve been twice as effective, but that’s just me. Chris Rock is a very intelligent guy and certainly knows humor, so I’m sure he had his reasons for doing it the way he did. Those reasons likely being that he just doesn’t give a damn, which I do mostly respect.
  2. Just because I’m not going to mention the “shorts” categories below, I want to give a big shoutout to my dude Louis C.K. who killed it introducing the Best Documentary Short Film category. It was hands down the funniest and most truthful moment of the night. If you missed it, be sure to watch the clip below!


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Second Annual Groucho Movie Awards

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Entertainment, Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | Leave a comment

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Welcome back, movie nerds! Last year I started a new tradition of hosting my own annual movie awards that I deemed “The Grouchos”. This name is obviously meant to be an homage to Groucho Marx, and is doubly fitting because I tend to get snarky when it comes to discussing movies. Also, the more I learn about the Oscars voting process, the more grouchy I get with that as well.

Anyway, last year’s post can be found here, and I hope you enjoy this year’s edition. Feel free to give your feedback in the comments below. Just remember that I’m using some weird, unofficial formula in my head that merges what I consider to be artistic merit with what gave me the most enjoyment in general.

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The Bachelor 2016: Episode 7 Recap (Warsaw!) (Probably sponsored by McDonald’s)

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(Written by @JeremyWilson412. For more coverage of this season’s The Bachelor, click here)

I’m just not feeling it this week.

I know that’s not the best way to grab attention at the beginning of a blog. If you want people to click on a story about The Bachelor you should title it something like, “What Really Happened to Emily’s Thumb will Shock You!” Or, “How to survive being trapped in Wrigley Field for 9 hours with a guy who doesn’t understand sarcasm,” or maybe, “How many crew members of The Bachelor did Olivia actually swallow whole? The REAL number might surprise you!” Man, we miss you, Olivia. Also, the real number was 12.

But why lie to you? I’m just not feeling it this week. So I think the best thing to do is just… wait, what’s that noise? OMG it’s Ben on his pontoon boat!

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The Bachelor 2016: Episode 6 Recap (Bahamas!)

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(Written by: @JeremyWilson412. For recaps of earlier episodes of The Bachelor go here)

Coming up on this week’s Bachelor recap: I give Olivia’s eulogy at her funeral, we say goodbye to the girls who were sent home, and we figure out who the remaining six girls are if they were one of your friends on Instagram!

But first, I must apologize that this post is coming on a Thursday instead of earlier in the week. I know that The Bachelor is on TV on Mondays and you have already forgotten about it by Thursday, but I was busy. No, not busy with work, but I was tasked with giving the eulogy for Olivia as we said goodbye to her life on The Bachelor.

It was a beautiful service. I know that most of you couldn’t make it, so I’d like to share the eulogy that I gave at the funeral.

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#OBY (Others Before Yourself)

Posted on by Jay Salato in Basketball, Bright Spots, Featured, Sports | 2 Comments

First, you had the “Rockabilly Smack You Silly Chicken Chili.” Then, there was “Salato’s Garlicky Potato and Roasted Tomato Soup.” Finally, I brought the “Classic Chicken Noodle Soup with ‘Tis the Season’ Spices.” Those were the three soups I created to win Franklin Road Academy’s First Annual “Souper Bowl,” presented by the Heart to Heart Program. However, this story is not the “Souper Bowl,” and it’s certainly not about me. Let me explain.

Franklin Road Academy (FRA), where I work as a French teacher and a basketball coach, is a special place. It is special for many reasons, but my favorite thing that makes the school unique is the way that we celebrate each other’s differences. Exhibit A: The Heart To Heart Program. This program, led by David Dawson, offers the full educational opportunity of FRA to students with Down syndrome. Yes, the full experience. This includes inclusion in academic classes and extracurricular activities.

Through my role as assistant varsity basketball coach, I have gotten to know one of the Heart to Heart students very well. Enter Robert Lewis. Robert is an amazing young man who has served as a manager on a variety of FRA sports teams, and he is every team’s biggest fan. As he found out on Friday night, everyone feels the same way about Robert.

On Friday, February 5, it was Senior Night for our basketball team. A common tradition on Senior Night is to start all of your seniors, and if you have a senior manager, you let them dress out in full Panther regalia. Per the protocol, Coach John Pierce, FRA head boys’ basketball coach and college basketball’s all-time leading scorer (but again, this story is not about him either), explained to the five seniors that they would be starting. This came as a shock to no one. Likewise, Coach Pierce told both managers, Joshua Larkin (who, in fairness, has become more like an assistant coach) and Robert “Money” Lewis, that they would be dressing out for the varsity game. There were no guarantees of playing time, but they would be given a uniform.

After practice on Thursday, “Coach” Joshua Larkin told Coach Pierce, “If only one of us can get into the game, I want it to be Robert.” The first, but not the last, instance of #OBY, a hashtag that has overtaken the FRA community, which stands for “Others Before Yourself.” Likewise, sophomore Kendall Bell, who has been dressing out for varsity games, gave up his uniform so that Robert and Joshua could both dress out for the varsity game. #OBY. When we were lacking one pair of red shoelaces (yes, this was also a “Red Out” for the American Heart Association), the boys made sure that Robert had a pair. #OBY. When senior Kenny Cooper was presented with the honor of being FRA’s all-time leading scorer at halftime of the game, he asked me, “Coach, do I have to go out there? Can’t I just go to the locker room with my team?” #OBY.

Amidst the hoopla of Senior Night, the “Red Out,” and the 1,000-Point-Club recognition, there was also a basketball game to be played. By the middle of the first quarter, it was clear that the Panthers were ready to play. Senior Spence Jones assisted fellow senior George Somers on the first bucket of the game, and mere minutes later, a Kenny Cooper dunk extended the early lead to 16-3. When asked later about their early energy, a senior responded, “It was important to us to get Joshua and Robert into the game.” #OBY.

By the middle of the fourth quarter, the Panthers had a comfortable lead. The decision of whether to put Joshua and Robert in the game rested in the hands of Coach Pierce. With 1:40 left in the game, Joshua Larkin entered the game. And finally, amid chants of “Money Robert,” with 1:10 left to play, two fan favorites, George Somers and Robert Lewis entered the game as well. At this time, their opponent, University School of Nashville (USN), countered with an equally special substitution. Matthew Lewis, Robert’s younger brother, came into the game for USN. It was, as Twitter later proclaimed via hashtag, #BrotherGuardingBrother.

On FRA’s first possession, Robert took a shot from the corner. The crowd held their collective breath…an air ball. Despite the result, the crowd clapped in support. It was still a special moment, even if Robert didn’t score. After a USN three-pointer, FRA got the ball back with under twenty seconds to play. It was clear that this would be their last possession. Some players and fans were yelling, “Get the ball to Joshua!” Others were yelling, “Get the ball to Robert!” In a move seen by few, Joshua Larkin, on the wing, pointed and gestured for Kyle Crudele, the point guard, to dribble towards Robert. Another example of #OBY. Crudele did, and he passed the ball to George Somers, who shoveled the ball to Robert Lewis, in the corner again. What happened next was pure magic…

Robert took the final shot of the game, and as it left his hands, it looked good…

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