Best Movies of 2016: The 3rd Annual Groucho Awards


Welcome to the Third Annual Groucho Awards! This is my own platform to nominate and award the movies of my choosing, because it seems that far too often, the movies with the biggest campaigns get Oscar nominations and the little guys are left out in the cold. This year Read more

A compelling case that Corinne is six-years-old, and other Bachelor nonsense


  Written by: @jeremywilson412 In the words of Chris Harrison, "Coming up on this week's episode (recap) of The Bachelor..." The ladies receive their first real test, we pause to remember those we lost this week, I present a theory about Corinne that is bulletproof, and we discuss the contenders and pretenders. But Read more

I was not going to write about The Bachelor, but then...


(Written by: @JeremyWilson412) I wasn’t going to write about The Bachelor this year, but then a girl showed up in a shark costume convinced it was a dolphin costume. I wasn’t going to write about The Bachelor this year, but then a girl showed up who hooked up with Nick at Read more

What I Learned about Chris Pratt's Faith


Most of us have loved Chris Pratt since we first met him as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Rec. Then he made his dramatic debuts in Academy Award Best Picture nominees Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. The latter revealed that he could be an action star, so it came as no surprise Read more

The Top 10 Things in Entertainment for 2016


2016 has largely been seen as a bad year, with one of the prominent reasons being the passing of so many artists and celebrities. While it certainly was painful to lose talents like Prince, David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, and dozens of others, those ends didn’t take away from the Read more

Grading All the New Movie Trailers Out of Comic-Con


I traveled to visit family this weekend, so as new trailers came pouring in over the weekend from San Diego's Comic-Con, I was only able to watch a couple of them. I'm sure many of you may be interested in seeing them, debating them, and discussing them. So I Read more

2012 Kentucky Derby Archives - The Wise Guise

The Secret Patriotism of the First Weekend in May

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Featured, Misc. Posts, Sports | 1 Comment

A boxing match is like a cowboy movie. There’s got to be good guys and there’s got to be bad guys. And that’s what people pay for – to see the bad guys get beat. – Sonny Liston

It’s kind of ironic that the two sports with the greatest characters, boxing and horse racing, have both been on the decline. In both cases it’s for the lack of a suitable hero. – Dick Schapp

I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game. – Walt Whitman

The grand realization first occurred to me on May 5th, 2007. I had just finished my sophomore year at Vanderbilt and come home for the summer to work at Christ United Methodist as a youth group intern. It was just another first Saturday in May, like the couple of decades of first Saturdays in May I’d lived before. I found myself sitting on my couch, next to my dad, watching the Kentucky Derby. The favorite won, and we had another hopeful Triple Crown winner that would only disappoint us once again weeks later. But, with a few extra bucks in my pocket and nothing to do that night, perusing ESPN.com, I realized we had a “fight of the century” on our hands. Curious since (a) the century had just begun and (b) the match was two fighters I’d actually heard of and (c) and I was still on somewhat of a high after seeing Cinderella Man (a couple summers before sitting alone in a movie theater in Madison, WI one afternoon), I figured, “Why not?” I’d already enjoyed one great American sport of yesteryear on the day. Why not enjoy two? Read more