Remembering Chadwick Boseman

Posted by Greg on Aug 28, 2020 in Op-Ed

Once again, an apology for our absence. Battling life amid a pandemic while also batting colon cancer has not proved easy. How in the world Chadwick Boseman maintained a film career while undergoing treatments for stage 4 colon cancer remains to be seen but as someone currently enduring that same fight, let me just tell you, he was the epitome of a superhero.

Boseman first caught our attention in the Ernie David biopic The Express. From there on out he hammered out great roles playing iconic figures like Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and James Brown. His life would change forever though when he assumed the titular role in Black Panther.

While Disney ponders how to proceed with Black Panther 2, his hometown of Anderson, SC has already set in motion plans to erect a statue in his honor. Chances are we’ll most likely visit that statue at some point in the not-so-distant future.

In his 15 film roles in 12 years, he cast a wide net and as a result, made an impression that will last for decades. Eloquent, impassioned and immensely talented, he will most certainly be missed by all of us here at SITH.


2019 CMA Awards Thoughts

Posted by Greg on Nov 13, 2019 in Music, Op-Ed

Holy cannoli it’s late and we need to get to bed, but here’s our thoughts on the recently wrapped-up 2019 CMA Awards. Read more…


We’re back….for now.

Posted by Greg on Aug 21, 2019 in Op-Ed

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Welps, a week-long vacation in Grand Teton National Park and more lingering health issues have kept us away from blogging as often as we’d like. Alas, we are back and hope to get the posts back up more regularly. To all those who maintain a blog while also balancing a full-time career, we salute you. Hopefully in due time, SITH can elevate to that level. For now, we will continue to deliver what we can deliver. Thanks to those of you who read this and check in regularly. Ya’ll are appreciated by all of us here at SITH so much. Cheers to the last few days of summer!


Here’s to 2019!

Posted by Greg on Dec 31, 2018 in Op-Ed

We profusely apologize for the lack of content over the past two months. We have been up to our eyeballs in health woes, family woes and a new job. Hoping to post more frequently in 2019. For the first time in a few years, we are a bit late to posting our favorite albums and movies of 2018. But since it’s that time of year, here we go.

Our favorite song of the year is “Havana” by Camila Cabelo. Our album of the year is Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour and our favorite movie of 2018 is First Reformed. Our favorite TV show is Atypical on Netflix. Here’s a recap of 2018’s best from the Washington Post. We agree with their movie list, we have quite a few disagreements on their music, but so be it.

Happy New Year to all those who stopped by to visit this blog. Looking forward to more great music in the coming year.


Nathan Leigh Jones Returns From Hiatus

Posted by Greg on Jul 30, 2017 in Music, Op-Ed

Two weeks ago, Australian singer-songwriter Nathan Leigh Jones penned a blog post that literally shook me to my core. Read more…


American Idol Notebook, Vol. 1.

Posted by Greg on Mar 14, 2013 in Music, Op-Ed

I was pretty disappointed to learn that last week American Idol advanced the mediocre Paul Jolley and failed to advance Elijah Liu, but I am esteemed by the enormous amount of female talent. In many ways this is a big year for American Idol. A female hasn’t won since Jordin Sparks and the most talented finalist hasn’t won since Jordin’s year as well. Read more…


Oscar Thoughts From a Curmudgeon

Posted by Greg on Feb 28, 2011 in Movies, Op-Ed

Every year I look forward to the Oscars and every year I’m let down. Maybe I’m just hard to please. Don’t get me wrong I’m thrilled with all the awards The King’s Speech won ––––it deserved them –––– and I was happy Christian Bale finally won, that’s not really the problem. The problem is….well, allow me to explain.

Kirk Douglas is an icon and a true legend, but does he really need that much time in the spotlight? Call me cold-hearted, cruel and insubordinate, but his rambling monologue was a few minutes too long. Sure it was funny and yes it was nice to see the old guy still doing his thing, but for the life of me, it was painful to watch. If you think I’m being unfair to a stroke victim and a geriatric, then I’ll take the time to pick on someone else. Namely Aaron Sorkin. Seriously dude that acceptance speech needed to be a lot shorter. We all know you’re smart, we all know you think the world of yourself, but just shut the hell up and get off the stage.

As for the winners. Everything went as planned. Well, except for Best Supporting Actress.

Someone please explain to me how Hailee Steinfield is billed as a supporting actress. True Grit is her story, and she is the fulcrum on which the entire script moves. I understand she’s a newcomer and a no-name, but the Coen brothers trusted her enough to pit her in the lead role, and the awards committee should honor their decision. As for the winner, Melissa Leo was great in The Fighter, and performed her role flawlessly, but that being written, the performance was not really the stuff of Oscar legend.

Jacki Weaver on the other hand was unrivaled in the underrated and overlooked Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom. My take is Leo is getting the award for kicking ass in Frozen River a few years ago and getting snubbed there. But who am I to know? I’m just a crochety 20-something picking on Kirk Douglas.

Toy Story 3 is a great Pixar film and a true delight through and through, but did it really need to win two awards? Randy Newman is a terrific songwriter and a bonafide talent but come on, enough with the love fest. Did he really need a second Oscar? I realize he’s been nominated 20 times, but seriously, just no.

My only other complaint is how in the hell did Biutiful not win for Best Foreign Film? Every critic agreed Bardem was sensational and that the script was Gonzalez-Irriatu’s best. So why the disrespect? Yeah his films are dark, dismal and downright chilling, but No Country For Old Men wasn’t a laughfest either and it was decked out with Oscar gold.

A few other things. I’m glad Inception got a few wins, even if they were in the smaller categories. Christopher Nolan’s directing prowess is limitless and the film was a true high watermark, so it’s good to see the Oscars continue to respect his talents.

As for the show itself. Franco proved to be a capable and charming host, while Hathaway was anything but. The laughs were good and the show moved quickly. But when it’s all said and done, not even a F-bomb from Leo could cement this year’s Oscars as anything truly special. Then again, what do I know? I picked Kate WInslet over Natalie Portman and Exit Through the Gift Shop over Inside Job.


The Demise of Professional Sports

Posted by Greg on Feb 17, 2011 in Op-Ed

I don’t know what has happened to professional sports but it seems to have run amok and spiraled out of control.

I suppose it has been a long time coming but things really started tumbling when LeBron James hosted The Decision, a made-for-TV interview with Jim Grey, in which he announced his departure from Cleveland in favor of South Beach. While the event was listed as a charity grab, the truth of the matter was James just loves the spotlight and can’t stay away.

Flash forward a few months later and Carmelo Anthony is doing the very same thing after desiring a trade out of Denver. Rather than make a quick decision and help his team out, he’s putting the Denver organization and hordes of others in limbo by waffling back and forth.

But it’s not just basketball. In the NFL, owners and players can’t agree at all and the 2011-2012 season remains in limbo.

And oh yes, baseball too has the very same problem as Albert Pujols remains mired in contract negotiations with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Once upon a time recreation was sport and sport was entertainment. Enjoyable, unpredictable and worth spending an afternoon watching. These days, it’s a cash cow, a corporate power grab and everything sport shouldn’t be.


A Nod to Rod

Posted by Greg on Nov 3, 2010 in Music, Op-Ed

For the past month or so, “Young Turks” has been playing in my head. I’m not exactly sure how it ended up in my brain or why it won’t leave, I just know that it has a tight grip and won’t let go.

Suffice it to say I’m a casual Rod Stewart fan. I grew up with a mother who is one of his biggest fans and his music often permeated my childhood. Though I don’t own any of his albums, it is fair to say I’ve never heard a bad song by him. I think it’s the voice. It just gets to me every time.

In doing some quick research on Stewart himself I came across a startling and stunning fact that is worthy of attention: Every single studio album Rod Stewart has released has either gone gold or platinum or higher.

You get that? Every single album. Now maybe it’s just me, but that is certainly something worthy of merit and accomplishment. I quite honestly can’t think of a single solo artist in the last decade who has had such luck. Michael Buble? Kenny Chesney? Honestly, is there any?

While Stewart’s best days are probably way behind him and his much-publicized personal life is checkout aisle fodder, there’s no denying commercial appeal. My parents saw him a few times back in the 80s and said the energy he put forth in his concerts was awe-inspiring. While he probably isn’t much of a fireball these days, you can’t knock a guy for pouring his heart and soul into what he does.

So on this Wednesday in November, I’m tipping my cap to the crooner himself. Here’s to you Rod, here’s to you.


Two Stories: Braylon and Kenny

Posted by Greg on Sep 22, 2010 in Op-Ed

On Monday, Denver Broncos Kenny McKinley took his own life, leaving behind a son and an armful of loved ones. Those that knew him cited his effervescent personality and his jovial nature. Few if any thought he’d be the type to do something like this. And so for the third time in four years, Denver Bronco Nation is mourning the passing of a teammate. Suddenly whatever worries or anxieties were fresh on their minds have evaporated. This weekend’s game remains just a small step in a lengthy grieving process.

Two thousand miles east the New York Jets organization is grappling with the unpleasant news that wide receiver Braylon Edwards was cruising through the west side of Manhattan while drunk. Due to the player’s union unconscionable rules he’s allowed to practice and play on Sunday. Rather than rebuff the player’s union’s rules and sit him for the entire game, Rex Ryan and the Jets brass are benching him. And so, Edwards receives a slap on the wrist for an idiotic, selfish and dastardly decision. His pathetic and foolhardy public apology only makes this situation that much more grave. In said mea culpa, Edwards admitted that his act was not selfish and that because it was a legal matter he declined to discuss his emotions regarding the incident. Instead of embracing the fact that he’s lucky to be alive, he’s clumsily attempting to save face.

If only he knew how blessed he was. The tears on the faces of Kenny McKinely’s parents reveal just how precious life really is. Maybe one day Braylon will wake up and realize that. But let’s be realistic, that’s probably asking too much.

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