Exploring Ad Astra

Voyages into space are a topic that has continuously intrigued audiences for decades. The fact that space is the last great unknown in the world, can be coupled with the imagination of filmmaking to tell awe inspiring stories. The concept began as hard-core science fiction, but over time has almost blended itself into more of a “science fact” realm. Ad Astra falls somewhere within this spectrum, bringing the grounded realism of modern space travel into its near future world to provide an original Sci Fi experience. It is as much an internal journey as it is an external one, partially succeeding due to an incredible performance by Brad Pitt at the center of it all. The story follows Roy McBri

A Lesson from King Turd: Sound and Fury

Years ago when a long time friend introduced me to Sturgill Simpson’s song “You Can Have the Crown” I was hooked. It was a time of transformation in my life. I was graduating college and for the first time in life I had discovered true faith in Christ’s love. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music seemed to be poking straight into my broken soul. I kept songs like “Just Let Go” and “Turtles All the Way Down” on repeat. I was enamored by the beauty of this musician from my own home state of Kentucky. A fresh conception of country music, the howling voice, the orchestral sound that elevated these songs of love to their proper height. When A Sailor’s Guide to Earth released I was skeptical. It took

Don't Be Frightened of the Titans

It’s another week to make some money. My pick last week didn’t quite turn out as it resulted in a push due to a pick six late in the game by the backup quarterback for the Patriots. While last week's bet didn’t win, it also didn’t lose and you got your money back. We don’t bet for pushes though, we bet to win and that's why I’m telling you this week to take the Atlanta Falcons (-4) over the Tennessee Titans. The Atlanta Falcons are simply a much better football team than the Tennessee Titans and are playing at home. The Falcons’ offense is going to be able to move the ball down the field against this Titans team. The quarterback for the Titans, Marcus Mariota, has not been good through the f

Plummeting Participation in Youth Sports is a Real(ly bad) Thing.

Plummeting participation in youth sports is a real(ly bad) thing. I recently read an article discussing the, unfortunate, reality that the United States is facing a significant reduction in the percent of adolescents involved in competitive athletics. In a quick google search I easily found reputable news outlets highlighting varying aspects of this reality. However, my initial finding was an article written by Evan Bleier published by InsideHook on August 7, 2019. I will summarize the article, and subsequently my concern, in to one statement: between 2008 and 2018, regular participation on team sports dropped from 45 percent to 38, among kids between six and 12 years old. First, the seven p

Week 4: Fantasy Football Love/Hate

Daniel Jones led a comeback, Kyle Allen brought the Panthers their first win, and Mitchell Trubisky actually looked like a professional quarterback again. I mean, who would have guessed all of these events would happen on the same weekend. The three signs of the apocalypse maybe? Well anyways, now that week four is here, I should get into who I love this week and who I hate this week. Like always though, here’s a quick recap on how I fared last week. I loved Jameis Winston, Devonta Freeman, Mike Evans, and T.J. Hockenson so I’ll get a solid 2 out of 4 for those predictions. Winston had his highest scoring game of the season and finished as the fourth highest scoring qb for the week, and subs

Benny's Bets: The Ole Patriot Cowboy Teaser

This is Ben, from Everyone Has A Sports Podcast, here with some gambling winners for this weekend! Football season is just getting into the swing of things and I am excited to see what will happen this season. My bet of the week will be teasing the New England Patriots over the New York Jets (-22) with the Dallas Cowboys over the Miami Dolphins (-22.5). I would only tease this down to 6 points, both New England and Dallas would only have to win by 17 points over their opponents. Although this seems like a lot of points to cover, I see three clear reasons why this a good bet: 1. Both the Patriots and Cowboys are at home. 2. Both the Patriots and Cowboys are really good. 3. The Jets and Dolphi

The Ole Patriot Cowboy Teaser

This is Ben, from Everyone Has A Sports Podcast, here with some gambling winners for this weekend! Football season is just getting into the swing of things and I am excited to see what will happen this season. My bet of the week will be teasing the New England Patriots over the New York Jets (-22) with the Dallas Cowboys over the Miami Dolphins (-22.5). I would only tease this down to 6 points, both New England and Dallas would only have to win by 17 points over their opponents. Although this seems like a lot of points to cover, I see three clear reasons why this a good bet: 1. Both the Patriots and Cowboys are at home. 2. Both the Patriots and Cowboys are really good. 3. The Jets and Dolphi

Week 3: Fantasy Football Love/Hate

We’re now two weeks into the season and there sure are some crazy headlines going on: Eli is out and Daniel Jones is in, the Bills are 2-0, Big Ben is done for the season, and, of course, the Patriots are heavy favorites to win the Super Bowl once again. Most people’s fantasy teams are probably in disarray with how many injuries we’re seeing this year, but read closely, because after I share how my predictions went last week, I’ll get into who you should look to start or sit this week. Who I loved last week was Josh Allen, Todd Gurley, Michael Gallup, and Mark Andrews so I’m going to give myself a 2.5 out of 4. Andrews finished as the highest scoring tight end this week and Allen had himself

IT: The Final Chapter

Horror is a difficult genre to pull off, due to varying philosophies of what viewers find frightening. The overarching concept is key in these stories, as a good idea can hook the audience and successfully lure them into the film’s terrifying world, while a poor premise will leave viewers disengaged with the story. IT: Chapter 2 falls firmly into the latter, following the same thematic beats of the original to an equally uninspired result. The film’s opening directly follows the events of IT: Chapter 1. The Losers Club has survived their encounter with Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) and have vowed to return if IT should ever reappear. Now 27 years later, Beverly (Jessica Chastain), Bill (James M

Are MLB Baseballs "Juiced?"

The MLB single season home run record has been broken with about two and a half weeks remaining in the season. Rawlings has been the official manufacturer of the baseball since 1977, and MLB was involved in a deal to purchase Rawlings in 2018. 1: With home runs noticeably on the rise around the All-Star break, Rob Manfred stated that MLB did not order or direct a difference in the baseball, but he also noted initial studies have shown there does appear to be less drag. 2: Is the ball juiced? We’ll use a baseline year of 1977 going forward, and we’ll start by looking at the average number of home runs per team per game, when the average number of home runs per team per game was 0.87. Since th

Buckle Up

When I was a kid my father used to drive a Ford Thunderbird with automatic seat-belts. The seats were made of blue cloth and the emblem's wings stretched across the center of the steering wheel. As you sat down in the car the seat-belt would come gliding along a track towards you, it might catch your neck or scrape your ear on its way overhead. Never have my bones felt so tired as four in the morning during the winter. Shuffling out with my father and younger sister. He'd make jokes and light a cigarette, gently rest his coffee on the dashboard. Steam would fog up the windshield as the cup's rim leaned against the glass. Finally the heater would kick in and thaw our freezing hands. Dad would

Fantasy Football: Week 2 Love/Hate

Week one is now in the books and if your week went anything like mine, then it was very up and down. Before getting into which players I love and which players I think will underperform, I need to give a quick recap of how my predictions went last week. I believe in being fully transparent because I’m certainly going to pat myself on the back when I get things right, so I also need to be able to own up to the ones I didn’t get so correct. I would say I went 2 for 4 on who I liked, as Lamar Jackson finished as the highest scoring quarterback of the week and Evan Engram also finished as the highest scoring tight end of the week in 0.5ppr. On the flip side of the coin, Kerryon Johnson finished

Pick5! 09/09/2019: New Music Monday

Pick 5’s Weekly Countdown For the week of 09/09/2019 Giving you the hottest hits of tomorrow, today. Link to Pick5! Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1lvElA8kXdV5YQUvgq1jma?si=EAQFAVhLTLqm30NRxPtoqg We’re going to do a little bit different of a Pick5! this week. We have been playing with the idea of shortening our pieces to be as quick of a read as possible, so we’re giving you the link and the list of songs that you need to listen to in order to stay in the know. Happy listening! 5. Carry Me Away – John Mayer 4. Wanted- One Republic 3. Shameless – Camila Cabello 2. Staring At The Sun – Post Malone 1. Liar – Camila Cabello Album of the week: Hollywood’s Bleeding – Post Malo

Bernadette is Never Quite Found

Some movies are able to succeed on the backs of the star carrying them in the lead role. It’s a testament to their skill and work ethic that they can make a movie rise above factors such as a problematic story line, or misguided directing effort. Cate Blanchett is one such figure and is at the center of everything in Where’d You Go, Bernadette. She brings her usual talents to the screen with another great performance, but it isn’t enough to save the movie in what amounts to a mildly intriguing character study. The story follows Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett), a former Los Angeles architect who has walked away from her career to move to Seattle and focus on her family. Her husband, Elgie (Bi

The Ability of Humility

As a young person living in the age of Trump, social media, increased narcissism, and quite possibly a second civil war, there is one trait that is increasingly becoming what I consider to be one of the most important in a person: the ability to admit fault within oneself. More simply put, the ability to say sorry. Think about it -- the last time you said, “You were right. I was wrong.” As we all know, it is not as easy as it sounds, but can go a long way in any relationship. How exasperating it can become, dealing with someone who knows they messed up, but will not own up to it or apologize under any circumstances. Some psychologists, such as Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne of the University of

Love/Hate List: NFL Week 1

Drafts are over and rosters are set, now it’s time to get into the action with the first week of the NFL season upon us. Some of the toughest decisions managers face week to week is who to start in their fantasy lineups, so I’m here to make that decision a little easier for everyone. I’m going to give a player at each position who you should lock into your lineups, and also give a player at each position to stay away from. As always, it’s no fun just picking the big name guys, so here are some under-the-radar picks. Who to start: QB: Lamar Jackson is a guy I pushed in my last article, and Lamar Jackson is the quarterback guaranteed to explode this week. He has a juicy matchup against a Miami

Once Upon a Time in Tarantino’s Hollywood

There are certain movies that upon their release into theaters are thought of as cultural events, a result of either the content being released, or the storyteller releasing it. Quentin Tarantino is one such auteur, creating a buzz with each movie he puts out into the world. His films often prove divisive, with people praising his ability to push the boundaries of how movies are made, along with others who criticize his use of overloaded violence and profanity. The latest addition to the Tarantino gallery is a different beast, as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a quieter story that succeeds in taking the viewer through days in the life of some interesting characters during Los Angeles in 19

09/02/2019 Pick5! New Music Monday

Pick 5’s Weekly Countdown For the week of 09/02/2019 Giving you the hottest hits of tomorrow, today. Link to Pick5! Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1lvElA8kXdV5YQUvgq1jma?si=EAQFAVhLTLqm30NRxPtoqg This is the first official post of Stove Leg September, and we’re kicking it off with five brand new songs that will certainly keep your summer party lamps burning bright. Follow our New Music Mondays playlist on Spotify, and our other Stove Leg social media accounts. 5. Not 20 Anymore – Bebe Rexha Bebe Rexha has one of the more “real” songs of 2019. Not 20 Anymore depicts her thoughts on aging, and how she is thankful that she’s grown up a bit and isn’t making the same mistakes

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