Thank you, Nashville

Thank you, Nashville

I never quite understood when someone said, “that was a lifetime ago,” until I moved to Nashville. As the city grew so rapidly, we measured ourselves as much by how much we change as by how much the city changes. Each building marks time and memories, and there are more buildings and memories here than we could have imagined when we started. They mark a different time and place.

Avengers: Endgame and the Inevitability of Death

Avengers: Endgame and the Inevitability of Death

The best things in life come at a cost, and unlike Captain Marvel (or even Captain America), we only get one life to live spend on them. When Dr. Strange held one finger up to Tony signifying the 1:14,000,000 scenario of this battle ending in victory, it was significant because it meant Tony had to lose.

The Players is a Major

The Players is a Major

The Players Championship is a major. To paraphrase Ron Swanson, I think you thought I said, “The Players Championship should be a major.” No, it’s a capital ‘M’ Major. It is the premier event of the most influential governing body in golf with the strongest field and second largest purse. Yet, it is not officially recognized as a Major by anyone, including the organization that puts it on- the PGA TOUR.

Marriage and Sacrifice in 'A Star is Born'

Marriage and Sacrifice in 'A Star is Born'

The climax of the movie is early, and it is the best ten minutes had in a movie theater this year. The Shallow performance was used as a marketing tool, a trailer, a hit song, and more than anything, it is the thesis for the movie. It is the axis by which this movie turns, and Cooper’s visual language shows us that Jackson Maine gladly descends into the background as Ally ascends to center stage. Both are fulfilled by each other and the roles they play in each other’s lives.

These are a Few of My Favorite Things (that I wrote)

These are a Few of My Favorite Things (that I wrote)

2018 was a year of transition. I moved away from the classroom after nine years, my family moved to Nashville (again), and I started writing freelance with articles published by The Florida Writer, The Golfer’s Journal, Men’s Journal, and G&E Magazine. Currently, I write for AnchorofGold.com, the Vanderbilt SBNation affiliate, about Vanderbilt sports, mostly football and non-revenue sports like soccer, cross country, and golf.

The Writer Cup

The Writer Cup

I piped my drive down the right side. One of my compatriots had to lay up. I won’t say who, but it’d be ironic if you I told you. The other nutted a two hybrid in front of the green. I hit four iron to nine feet on the short side of the left pin. You can always tell when your putt is worth something because it gets really quiet on the green. No jabs or sarcasm. Just fear, and it wasn’t mine.

Your Quick Guide to the Ryder Cup

Your Quick Guide to the Ryder Cup

This week marks the best week of golf every two years. It is like the best of all four majors combined into one event. It has the international feel of the Open, the competitiveness of the US, the small elite field of the Masters, and the bonkers scoring of the PGA (and the crazy fans of the Players #5thMajor).

You Da Man!

You Da Man!

You’ve heard it. It comes a millisecond after the crack of the driver likely cackled out by Golf Guy. He’s wearing a white belt and golf shoes. He looks around for a fist bump because, “You da man” isn’t about the golfer, it’s about Golf Guy. Fans hustle down the fairway to get away from the words lingering heavy in the air like a fart in spacesuit.