The Bachelorette 2015: Bio Breakdown


This past Monday I felt an emptiness in my life. I knew it had nothing to do with my work or my personal life or not pursuing my dreams or anything like that, so I googled "the bachelorette 2015 start date," and to my delight I found that it Read more

Most Anticipated Upcoming Films of 2015


Alright, so before we dive in, I want to acknowledge that I got a little carried away and there are a lot of movies listed below. I set out on this journey because I had no idea what to expect from the movies in 2015 and finished my research Read more

Need To Know: The Memphis Grizzlies And The NBA Playoffs Scenarios


Alright folks, it's time to buckle up for the NBA Playoffs! That means it's time for new Growl Towels, drum lines down Beale Street, and finding new reasons to hate every other player on every other team in the NBA. As you surely know by this point, all of Read more

Shamelessly really, really liking “I Really Like You”


Judging from the nearly 23 million views that Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” video already has, I’m pretty late to this party, so this post might be a few weeks behind. But that doesn’t mean I can’t talk about how great the song is. And let’s be Read more

Masters 2015: From Tiger to Rory


In 2012, in the fledgling months of The Wise Guise, I participated in a preview of The Masters. I wrote about my favorite parts of attending The Masters live and provided predictions for the Top 10 golfers to be in the Top 10 on the back nine on Sunday, when Read more

On Jake Gyllenhaal, Drake & Inspiration


New Year’s Day this year was a cold, rainy one in Manhattan. The bright lights of Broadway had always seemed to warm the chills running through my body, particularly on that date. That evening I was attending “Constellations,” a play brought across the Atlantic from its London roots for American Read more

Going Back to the Island: The 10th Anniversary of Lost’s Premiere

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Entertainment, Featured, Television | 2 Comments

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Ten years ago this week, Lost premiered on ABC with over 18 million viewers tuning in. It’s not the best show of the past decade.  But it will likely always be my favorite show because there has never been and there will never be anything quite like it in terms of scope, quality, obsession, and community-building.

This only seems appropriate for the show that gave us the classic “Live Together, Die Alone” speech.

Or John Locke explaining Backgammon to Walt in the pilot episode which premiered 10 years ago – “Two players, two sides. One is light. One is dark.”

There was theology (Mr. Eko and John Locke talking about the building of the temple in the Old Testament), mythology (giant statues missing toes, light coming from caves), family drama driving big global conglomerates and vice-versa, smoke monsters, polar bears, time traveling, hippie communes filled with crazy scientists, flash-backs, flash-forwards, flash-sideways, and “The Constant.” Oh, The Constant. Desmond and Penny. Watching the final moments of that episode reminds me that they’re likely the greatest love story in TV history (we didn’t even meet them until Season 2!) and when Lost was great, it was better and is better than anything else.

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TV Review Roundtable: Premiere of Fox’s Gotham

Posted on by The Wise Guise in Entertainment, Featured, Roundtables, Television, TV Reviews | 1 Comment

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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 of the first episode, what they liked, what they didn’t, and what they hope the show will become.

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

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Entertainment, Featured, Reality Check, Television | Leave a comment

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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. Naturally, he’s a busy dude these days but he was still gracious enough to take the time to join us for this Q&A. I highly recommend checking him on out Instagram here, Twitter here and his Facebook page here. Read more

Going Beyond Point Spreads in NFL Online Betting

Posted on by Cam Richardson in Featured, Sports | 1 Comment

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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

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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

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

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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