The Curious Case of My Bills Fandom; Plus Overall Thoughts on Bills-Chiefs Showdown

I wish I could tell you a good story. I wish I could say that Jim Kelly saved my life as a child, and therefore, I pledged my lifelong allegiance to the Buffalo Bills.

Or perhaps my story could be much more believable: that my dad was raised in Buffalo or that my uncle worked for the Bills and gave me lots of Bills’ memorabilia. Both would make sense. But both are false.

Instead, I’m continually asked a question for which there is no good answer: How did you – a kid from Kansas – become a Buffalo Bills’ fan?

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Rye Ranks: 2020 Best Picture Nominations

Despite my inconsistencies with blogging, one of the few constants have been my annual write-up of the Academy Awards — the only awards show that I care about. Because I freaking love movies, and this is the premiere movie awards ceremony.

This is the 7th year where I’ve watched all the Best Picture nominees, and the 3rd year where I’ve watched them all prior to the awards show. And let me just say this off the bat…

What a year!!! This was BY FAR the best group of nominees since I started doing this. So with that said, here is my ranking of the nine movies nominated for Oscar’s top prize.

*Disclaimer: This is a ranking of my FAVORITE movies, not necessarily the best or the ones with the best chance of winning. There are far better resources if you’re looking for that type of ranking.

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A Primer for Cardinals Fans — Written by a Braves’ Fan

There is no other sports organization on the planet that means more to me than the Atlanta Braves. This despite the fact, I’ve live in Kansas/Missouri my entire life. I have Ted Turner to thank for my fandom. (I grew up watching the Braves on TBS.)

The week ahead is going to be tough for me. Living in Missouri, I’m definitely in Cardinals country. I have dozens of friends who like the Cardinals. I have one friend who likes the Braves. I’m a little outnumbered…

With that said, I want to have some fun with this series. It’s fun to smack talk, but at the end of the day, this is a game.

So for all my Cardinals friends, here is a very quick primer for you to better understand the team you’ll be facing in the National League Division Series…

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Estes Park, CO

To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, my lovely wife and I recently took a trip to Estes Park, CO. Here are a few pictures from the trip!

One of the highlights from our trip was hiking Deer Mountain — a 6-mile adventure that took over 3 hours. We enjoyed every minute of it!

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of us white water rafting, but that was an absolute blast. Due to the cold winter and late snow melt in the mountains, the rivers were much higher than normal. But it didn’t stop us! Afterwards, we took a tour of New Belgium Brewery in Ft. Collins (pictured below.)

Other perks of the trip included shopping, eating, and our annual couple’s massage. It was the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. Thank you Estes Park!

Thoughts on Stranger Things 3


I’m far from a critic, but I enjoy acting like one when given the chance.

I was completely oblivious to Stranger Things when it was first released to Netflix in the Summer of 2016. But in the Fall of 2017 when Season 2 came out — and the immense publicity it received — I joined the party.

It was without question — one of the two most enthralling media experiences of my life. I watched all 17 episodes (8 from S1 & 9 from S2) in less than a week. Both seasons were a bona fide A+ for me. So naturally, season 3 brought much anticipation. And that’s where our blog takes shape… Continue reading “Thoughts on Stranger Things 3”

My 5 Most Euphoric Moments as a Sports Fan

Being a sports fanatic is both a blessing and a curse. It can make your day. It can ruin your day. Unfortunately, I feel like I’ve had more of the latter in my 33+ years of fandom. However, it’s those truly special moments that keep me coming back for more. So without further ado, here are My 5 Most Euphoric Moments as a Sports Fan.

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Finally… A Ski Trip

NOTE: When I started this blog nearly 7 months ago, I set up certain categories. One of those was “Travel”. I’m so excited for this to be the first post within that grouping.

I went skiing for the first time in 2008. I went again in 2009. I loved everything about it — the scenery, the sport, the excitement — so naturally, I thought this would be a regular occurence. Little did I know it would be a decade before I went again.

And that’s where we begin…

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Ranking the 8 Best Picture Nominees from 2018

It was December 2004. I was a freshman in college. The dorms had closed for Winter Break, so I was staying with my parents for about a month. And I was bored out of my freaking mind…

For some odd reason, I decided to fill the time by watching old movies. I realized that several of the movies I was watching were previous Academy Award winners — primarily the winner of the most prestigious award, Best Picture. 

This is how my love for the annual Academy Awards began.

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Rye’s Kitchen — GAMEDAY WINGS

There is no other food on the planet I associate more with football than WINGS. And with Super Bowl Sunday just a few days away, my mouth is watering for some.

Up until recently, this was a food I had never been able to master in the kitchen. No matter what I tried, I simply could not replicate restaurant-quality wings.

However, over the past year I’ve discovered a few tricks — and one amazing recipe — that put Gameday on a whole new level for me. And in this blog, I’d like to share that with you.

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