2018 Masters Preview

I haven’t written anything here in a really long time, but I felt the 2018 Masters warranted a re-entry into the writing world. Unfortunately the week got away from me a little bit, so I didn’t quite get to write as much content as I would have liked. As I’m writing this, a storm is […]

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Who Should Ohio State Start at QB?

Last season, Ohio State did the unthinkable. They rebounded from an embarrassingly bad loss to Virginia Tech at home to run the table and reach the inaugural 4-team playoff. They were catapulted by a 59-0 blowout of a respectable Wisconsin team in the Big Ten Championship, which was enough to sway the committee into selecting them […]

Joseph’s Journal on the Night of Christ’s Birth

As I get older, Christmas continues to take on new meanings each year. As cheesy as it sounds, Christmas is more about family, friends, and remembering Jesus’ birth than it is about presents and silly tacky Christmas parties. Each year, it seems as though a new element of the story of Christ’s birth stands out to […]

Everyone Loves Jeter, But Is He Overrated?

Derek Jeter has officially played his last game as a professional baseball player. Jeter announced that he will forego the final series vs. the Red Sox to preserve the final memories of his last game at Yankee Stadium. Jeter is being heralded as an all-time great and a once-in-a-generation player. Are these claims valid? There […]

If America’s Best Athletes Played Soccer: Starting XI

The United States Mens National Team just finished a memorable journey in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Although their performances were heralded as “valiant”, “gutsy”, “formidable”, etc., they ultimately fell short. There was an obvious gap in ability when playing against superior opponents such as Germany and Belgium. The U.S. is making strides in […]

How Will The US Line Up Vs. Portugal?

Although the USMNT won their dramatic opener vs. Ghana, it wasn’t without consequence for the Yanks. They lost their line-leading forward, Jozy Altitore. The US failed to make much of an impact going forward without Altidore and had to be bailed out with a header from substitute centerback John Brooks.  The US doesn’t have a replacement player […]

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Who Has the Best Playoffs in Professional Sports?

The NHL Stanley Cup Final and NBA Finals are both underway, making this one of the best seasons for avid sports fans. The playoffs for these two sports are often compared because they are running simultaneously, but where do they stack up against the other US professional sports? For the purposes of this article, I […]

Why We Should Treat Our Faith More Like Crossfit

A few weeks back, I tweeted (and posted to Facebook) the following about Crossfit: I've never done Crossfit, but I pulled out a fully submerged iron pool chair w/o falling in, so I think I get the idea. — Taylor Ezell (@TaylorEzell) March 14, 2014 Naturally, it was well-received with plenty of favorites and comments […]

Why Your Odds of a Perfect Bracket Are NOT One in 9.2 Quintillion

Original Post as of March 18, 2014. Reposted with minimal changes on March 16, 2016. Some of the references (such as the $1 billion challenge) will not apply, but the overall logic still does.   Warren Buffet made quite the buzz when he announced that he would award $1 billion to anyone who could fill […]

Grading the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have come and gone, seemingly over in just a few short days. The 98 events featured almost 3,000 competing athletes from 88 countries. The host nation came away with surprising victories in both the most golds and most total medals. The United States team, considered heavy favorites before the […]

What I Would Do If I Won The EsuranceSave30 Contest ($1.5 Million)

People play this game all the time, “What would you do if you won a million dollars?” Tomorrow night, someone will actually get to answer that question. It got me thinking, what would I do if I won the $1.5 million from Esurance’s giveaway? Without giving it too much thought, here’s what I would do […]

Best & Worst Commercials from Super Bowl XLVIII (2014)

The Super Bowl this year was a bust. It was touted as being one of the greatest matchups ever (rightfully so), but didn’t deliver because only one team showed up to play. We all know that the game was miserable, but did the commercials save the day? My answer is a resounding “meh”. There were […]

SEC-ular Beliefs: Why SEC Football is King in the South

The bowl season will soon be upon us, inciting heated discussions on forums and social media sites across the country. The debate will be on whether a 1-loss SEC champion should overtake Ohio State for the chance to play Florida State in the BCS National Championship game. This is obviously predicated on the fact that […]

Lessons Learned From BatKid’s Unforgettable Day

On Friday, the story of a five year-old boy with leukemia went viral when he was transformed into “BatKid” for the day. Miles Scott had always dreamed on being Batman, and his wish was finally granted on this unforgettable day.  The San Francisco Make-A-Wish Foundation made it happen and did not take any shortcuts along […]

When is it Acceptable for Fans to Cry?

Within a matter of moments on Saturday, the unthinkable happened. Tennessee’s Michael Palardy kicked a 19-yard field goal setup by a miraculous one handed catch by Marquez North, giving the Vols a huge upset win over South Carolina. A few minutes later, Vanderbilt recovered a Brendan Douglas fumble and iced away a victory over 15th […]

Harry Potter Myers-Briggs Winners & Losers

Many of you probably saw my tweet yesterday about a Harry Potter Myers-Briggs test. What you probably didn’t know is that this is a combination of two of my favorite things. The Harry Potter element isn’t much of a  surprise. Who doesn’t like Harry Potter? It’s arguably one of the greatest book and movies series […]

Why Not Everyone Should Get a Trophy

The day was finally here. It was time to see if I would be rewarded for my hard work. There were eight events, five points a piece, 40 total points, and 1 goal, a perfect score. This was the challenge I had given myself as a 3rd Grade kid leading up to “Physical Skills Day” […]

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Man vs. Cheetah: Do We Have a Chance?

hris Johnson and Deven Hester, two of the NFL’s fastest players, are putting their speed to the test in a showdown in November. No, they aren’t  facing off against each other at Soldier or LP Field, they will be competing against a cheetah on Nat Geo Wild. It will be featured as part of the […]

Parallels Between Jay Gatsby & King Solomon

A month ago, I decided that I would re-read The Great Gatsby before seeing the movie in theaters with my family. I read the book for the first time in probably six years, and once again I was glad that I had read it. The movie was solid, if not slightly underwhelming, but I still […]

Hard Work: Lesson Learned From My Dad

This past weekend, my family was fortunate to celebrate my dad on two separate occasions: Father’s Day and an awards banquet. As many of you know, my dad was honored for being the Supplier of the Year by the Tennessee Grocers Association. While he is always the first to deflect all accolades and praise; it […]

Top 5 Most Annoying Grammatical Mistakes

You can see the full version of the background image here: People are dumb As you can see in these pictures, the English language can (apparently) be incredibly challenging to master. How many languages could create the equivalent of the following sentence (which is structurally correct)? “The plain plane planed across the plain.” Having said […]

Coach Glenn McCadams: Life Coach

To a 16 year old boy, there is nothing in the world more important than football. There are few better feelings than putting on that jersey on a Friday morning before school and not taking it off until it is covered in blood and sweat that night. To a 16 year old boy, football is […]

Why I Struggle to Accept Grace

Dave Ramsey Although I normally miss it due to being at work, I listen to the Dave Ramsey show on the radio any chance i get during the week. I’ve also read his books and thoroughly enjoy hearing him speak about finances and other important topics. If I’m being completely honest; however, one of the […]

Best & Worst Commercials from Super Bowl XLVII

I haven’t blogged since I wrote a post back in August. What would inspire me to come out of my blogging hibernation? The Super Bowl of course. Clearly, discussing the game itself would be a waste of time, so I figured I would share my thoughts on my favorite and least favorite Super Bowl commercials […]

2013 New Years Resolutions

I realize that many people think that resolutions are stupid. Less than 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and less than 10% say they actually keep the ones they do make. I’m tapping into the power of social media/blogging to help me keep mine. It’s no secret that accountability is a huge motivator for […]

The Olympics Are Over: Should the Athletes Have Been Paid?

Introduction o the Olympics are over, and literally billions of people witnessed at least some of the festivities during the two weeks in London. United States was the big winner, taking home 46 gold medals, and 104 medals overall. Several breakout stars emerged including Gabby Douglas, Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, and Ashton Eaton. The usual […]