Ever since receiving the call from my dad telling me that Grams had passed away, I have been constantly reflecting on how I would define my grandmother. This process has produced both tears and laughter, as Norma was truly one of a kind.
Here’s a list of all the roles my grandmother played in my life as well as others who were fortunate enough to spend time with her…
My grandmother was a faithful fan. I can hardly remember a sporting event of mine that she missed. That includes Friday night football games all over central Florida, basketball games, tennis matches, and soccer games regardless of the weather. She also made her presence known while attending these games. During a little league baseball game of mine, she wasn’t pleased with a call the umpire made. She then yelled, “That’s bologna!” My brother was unfortunately sitting right next to her, and when the ump turned around he assumed Daniel had yelled it and promptly threw him out of the ballpark. Grams slowly sunk back into her seat and kept quiet the rest of the game as Daniel took the walk of shame back to the car. Read more
It must have really been a slow news day. The Guardian, Huffington Post, and USA Today all released updates to a 2011 Kickstarter. This Kickstarter will serve and protect the city of Detroit–no, it isn’t funding for a team of bankruptcy lawyers. With Detroit’s recent Chapter 9 bankruptcy, you would think that a Kickstarter could be just what the city needs to fix its woes; however, this Kickstarter may be the only thing left standing as the city’s population continues to plummet. Read more
After what felt like an incredibly long dry patch in my movie outings, I’m excited to not only share my thoughts on one movie I’ve seen recently, but THREE of them. Read more
Heading into this coming season of college basketball, most of the hype regarding freshmen is focused in two places: on Andrew Wiggins, the unquestioned #1 overall recruit who will look to deliver on Lebron-esque hype at Kansas, and on Kentucky, where John Calipari has hauled in what looks like his best class yet. But lost a bit in this hype is the fact that Calipari’s old school, Memphis, has an incredibly stacked recruiting class of its own – one that, according to one of its own members, is “way better” than Kentucky’s. Let’s take a look at the freshmen the Tigers will bring into the fold this season.
- Austin Nichols – The lone 5-star recruit in the bunch, Nichols is ranked by Scout as the #11 PF in the class. He’s 6’8”, 200 lbs, so he needs to bulk up, but he’s a fundamentally sound big man who works hard and can score from anywhere. Nichols will be a stud.
- Kuran Iverson – A 6’8” SF, Iverson (yes, he’s related to Allen) is one of the biggest talents in the 2013 class. He can handle the ball, he’s quick, and he can score. If he maximizes his potential, he’ll be the best player in this class.
- Nick King – Another 4-star SF, King will likely fill a backup role to start, but his skill set is ideally suited to bench production. King is a feisty defender and a strong shooter, which means he can contribute nicely without starring.
- Dominic Woodson – At 6’10”, 290 lbs, Woodson is a beast, and according to the scouts, he’s not raw. Woodson has a soft touch, can score the ball, and loves to rebound. He could be an extremely strong college center.
- Rashawn Powell – Powell is a very quick, very feisty PG with the ability to take over a game. He’ll need to bulk up a bit, and will need to develop into a leader, but in terms of skills he’s a very promising PG.
- Markel Crawford – Crawford is a prototypical SG who will need some time to diversify his perimeter game. He can nail the long ball, but he’s a bit limited with handling and a wider offensive skill set.
What this all amounts to is a team that can seriously compete. The loss of Tarik Black transferring will hurt, but combining this recruiting class with returners like Chris Crawford, Shaq Goodwin, Joe Jackson and company should make Memphis a contender. In early rankings, Sporting News has Memphis at #16 in the country. Betting odds for college basketball are largely unreleased at this point, but keep your eye on the BetFair sports exchange for more expectations on Memphis. We wouldn’t be shocked to see the Tigers with favorable odds to compete with Louisville for the American Conference title.
In the end, we see no reason this year’s Memphis team can’t rack up 25+ wins and compete for an Elite 8 spot or better.
Each new TV season brings excitement to your average couch potato. I am an average couch potato. Needless to say, I’m excited about the new TV season.
However, the new TV season also always brings, for me at least, one or two shows that I latch onto even though I know they are going to be canceled. Past examples: Go On, Bent, The River, and 666 Park Avenue. This season the show that I will get attached to but will inevitably get the axe is Trophy Wife.
Brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch have traveled the world –literally- pursuing a dream. That dream was to craft amazing beer in the place where their story began. WISEACRE Brewery is the crown jewel of the up and coming Broad Avenue (2783 Broad Ave Memphis TN 38112) and is sure to make Memphis a stop on every beer connoisseurs’ map.
Their current offerings include the Ananda, an IPA, and Tiny Bomb, a Pilsner. I personally resort to eeny-meeny-miny-mo when deciding and when you try them, you’ll understand why. As if the decision wasn’t hard enough, the brothers are working hard to cook up ideas for future tasty libations- stay tuned!
I picked Kellan’s brain to learn more about the brothers’ story as well as a few other fun tidbits. Check it out to get some education, but experience is the best teacher. The taproom is open Thursday and Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 and Saturday from 1:00 to 8:00. Grab some friends, grab some brews and take advantage of their amazing patio. But don’t forget to grab your plastic- it’s a no cash bar! Read more
Hey kids. Take a seat and let me tell you a story. It was the fall of 2005. I had just graduated from high school that past spring. Friends had been off the air for over a year. My generation had watched the last few seasons of Friends, and in the last few years of high school, we’d fallen in love with that crew and their more cynical (and funnier) NBC Thursday night pals on Seinfeld in syndication on TBS. And while Friends and Seinfeld continued to be some of our favorite shows, they weren’t OUR shows. They were for the generations before us, and although timeless, did not represent us at that time in our life.
Later in the fall of 2011, New Girl would premiere on Fox. Many have said (on our site and other sites) that it is our generation’s Friends, and that it’s the first sitcom to truly capture the life of the Millennial Generation. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
Well, kids, it was the fall of 2005 and I started school at Vanderbilt University. First time away from home, with beautiful women everywhere and the entire world at my fingertips. And like pretty much all college freshmen, we were all about as insecure as Ted Mosby.
Yes, Ted Mosby’s the annoying one who is friends with Barney and Marshall and Lily and Robin. Yeah, we were always annoyed by him too during How I Met Your Mother‘s 9-season run. But the show still meant a lot to us. And it served a lot of purposes to my generation, going through college and coming of age into adulthood (or suspended adolescence) during The Great Recession and the Golden Age of TV.