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

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

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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, 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