Roll for Refinement, Ep. 08: Building Character

Welcome to Fate’s favorite podcast! On Roll for Refinement, Casey and Sean talk about everything from games, movies, music, and beyond. Will we be ranking retro video games, playing D&D, or will we be listening to the newest KPop bands? The roll of the dice will decide the topic!

Season 2 is in full swing and Sean is making (or remaking?) his first D&D character, but not before we talk about some of the recent news in movies!

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Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network, and a Dogs Playing Poker on velvet connoisseur. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD, #BeBetter, and ‘Minds right, asses tight.’ “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Nashville, Yankee Candle, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley.

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Lebanon Reviews: Town Square Social

We’re out in Mount Juliet…have been for three years now. While the area has grown up considerably since I was a kid here in the 90s, it’s still littered with chain restaurants and major retailers. Outside of our favorites – Memo’s Mexican Kitchen, Yummy Pho Bac, Prost & Riot – there’s not a whole lot of original options. Don’t get me wrong – I love a good lap around Target and a Banzai burger at Red Robin. But, there are times when I want something a little more out of the routine. Usually, you have to go downtown for that sort of action, but I am becoming an old curmudgeon who hates crowds and noise in my old age (of 37). So, what’s a man to do when he wants to do something a little different but can barely see the road driving under all the neon lights at night?

Well, thankfully, I think my wife and I came up with the perfect day date if you ever find yourself out in our neck of the woods east of town and are feeling those same feelings. “Damn it, Janet…all they have is an Olive Garden out here!” Hell, even if you don’t just end up here, you could actually plan for this day date. We decided to visit our favorite local store, Danger Zone Video, one cold Saturday morning. Without any plans for the day, my wife thought it’d be a good day to visit our favorite book store, Harper’s Books, as well. So, we took a ride out US 70 to the town square in Lebanon. Since we were there, we figured we’d take the opportunity to try out Town Square Social since we’d been hearing so much about it throughout the neighborhood for so long. It was a nice break in our personal routine and we got to try a spot that has been getting plenty of buzz throughout the community for awhile now. The new DVDs and books didn’t hurt either. I came home saying, “we did it – we’ve broken up the monotony in our lives and have concluded a genuine adventure.” Now, you can draw inspiration from us and do the same. For more on Town Square Social, check out their website here.

Pics

Cedar City Brewing’s coconut porter
Smoked wings
Nashville hot chicken tacos with a side of tots
Quite the selection of the brown liquor

Ratings

Food: 5.87/10 – For my main entree, I went with the Nashville hot chicken tacos. The flavor profile was perfect. I could’ve stood for something a little hotter, but I’m not going to hold it against an establishment that isn’t hot-chicken-specific that they don’t want to annihilate their patron’s intestines right off the bat. Each taco was piled high with slaw and pickles, which I love (the perfect complement to hot chicken – cooling and fresh). They clearly didn’t overthink it – good slaw, pickles, good flavor…that’s all you really need. However, the real star of the show for us was the first course. We split an order of their smoked wings, and buddy, if you smoke a wing, you’re going to get automatic points for that. It’s the best way to cook a chicken wing. I loved their buffalo sauce – it had a little more tang to it with just the right amount of heat. Combined with savory, juicy wings, it made for one hell of an appetizer.

Booze: 7.98/10 – High marks for the booze. I mean, I was taken aback by the selection of whiskey and bourbon they had on the wall. It wasn’t that kind of day for me, but I could absolutely see myself sitting at the bar trying a new glass every 30 minutes or so until I had to call my wife to come pick me up and get me home safely. They also earn high marks for a good beer tap, too. I’m a fan of Cedar City Brewing (also right there on the town square), and having a lot of their stuff on tap makes for a unique drinking experience. Prost & Riot in Mount Juliet is the only other place I know that has Cedar City selections on tap. I went with a coconut porter that was delightful, and I had to give their black cherry seltzer a shot too. Town Square Social has a damn good bar.

Value: 6.45/10 – All in all, our meal was $58.78 before tip, which is a pretty good value for an appetizer, two entrees, an extra side, and two beers these days.

Atmosphere: 6.45/10 – Our service was good. Town Square Social has that trendy farmhouse style going for it, and the bar looked like a hell of a spot to sit and watch a ball game. I felt like I was in tight quarters in there, but I’m also 6’2″ and 280 pounds so that’s not going to be the case for everyone.

Overall: 6.69/10 – It’s a solid option if you find yourself in Lebanon. Its proximity to boutique shopping (and Harper’s Books) make it an even more attractive option. It’s awesome that the town square in Lebanon is cool again. I know I’m behind on that, but please allow me the opportunity to simply say that out loud. There was a time in my life when it was nothing but boring antique malls and I used to beg my parents not to go in there. Now, I’m like “hell yeah, let’s go to the book store and crush beers at Cedar City.” This is a moment for me, okay?

CURRENT NASHVILLE RESTAURANT RANKINGS

  1. Audrey (8.82/10)
  2. Hathorne (8.62/10)
  3. Butcher & Bee (8.5/10)
  4. Nectar: Urban Cantina (8.44/10)
  5. The 404 Kitchen (8.41/10)

You can check out our full Nashville restaurant rankings here. I’m always looking for new spots to try – don’t be afraid to hit the comments with suggestions!

Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network, and a Dogs Playing Poker on velvet connoisseur. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD, #BeBetter, and ‘Minds right, asses tight.’ “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Nashville, Yankee Candle, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley

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Podcast: A 23-Step Plan for Fixing the Titans

Guys, fret not – the Tennessee Titans stunk last year, but I have devised a plan to get them back to glory. That’s right. I haven’t even been hired by the team, but I’m out here doing the work. The good news is…it’ll only take turning over approximately half the roster. No big deal. I have compiled a list of 23 team needs, and on the most recent episode of The Unofficial Titans Podcast, I’ve offered solutions for each need. You read that correctly, it’ll only take 23 new players to get this team back to relevancy.

In all seriousness, as we sit here in late February with the Scouting Combine on the horizon and the dust, by and large, settling on the hiring of Brian Callahan’s coaching staff, I thought this would be the perfect spot to reset and take a look at the state of this roster before things get crazy leading up to the NFL Draft. I’ve broken this conversation down into buckets of needs, be it impact players, reliable starters, rotational pieces, and depth/competition. I list a few players I like at each spot, and weigh in on whether I’d invest a draft pick in ’em or address the need in free agency. If I were the man in charge, this is the plan I’d put together to try and whip this roster back into some kind of shape.

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Listen to “Ep. 162: A Complete Fantasyland Roster Rebuild” on Spreaker.

Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network, and a Dogs Playing Poker on velvet connoisseur. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD, #BeBetter, and ‘Minds right, asses tight.’ “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Nashville, Yankee Candle, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley.

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(Podcast) Reviewing Dune: Part Two

Dune: Part Two is dropping in theaters this week, but our resident film critic Brandon Vick and our good buddy Sean Atkins (the EIC at 615 Film) saw the sci-fi epic in a screening last week. It’s rare that you get the critics 100% on the same page, but this film got the rare 5/5 from both critics. Thankfully, they couldn’t wait to talk about it, so we fired up the microphones for a brand new episode of The Vick’s Flicks Podcast. The best part? Sean brought the Dune 2 fuck bucket straight to the studio!

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Listen to “Ep. 144: 'Dune: Part Two' Review feat. Sean Atkins” on Spreaker.

Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network, and a Dogs Playing Poker on velvet connoisseur. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD, #BeBetter, and ‘Minds right, asses tight.’ “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Nashville, Yankee Candle, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley.

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(Patreon) Titans Rewind: The Titans Select Chris Johnson in 2008

Welcome in to the Titans Rewind here on the SoBros Patreon! Here, I’ll be reliving some of my favorite or most memorable Tennessee Titans games, players, moments, and stories over the course of my fanhood. Highs, lows, and everything in between – Titan up!

The Titans Select Chris Johnson in 2008

It’s draft season! There’s no better time to revive the Titans Rewind than now, and today, I want to relive one of their more eyebrow-raising first round selections. We’re taking it back to 2008 for this one. From a personal favorite standpoint, Chris Johnson is one of if not my favorite Titan of my time (you can’t say “all time” if you weren’t around for all of time). If it’s not him, it’s Derrick Henry, but that’s neither here nor there. My point is that CJ2K won me over big time with his speed and electric play style. He was that type of player that you truly held your breath for whenever he touched the ball. I don’t remember too many guys in this market that had that going for him…that feeling you felt because you knew he really could go the distance and score on any play. It wasn’t just hyperbole to highlight Johnson’s speed. It was the truth. He could turn the smallest of windows into an 80-yard touchdown in the blink of an eye. His style was “fireworks show.” 

But, his selection wasn’t exactly a popular choice back in 2008. The “wat” lady meme hadn’t been invented yet, but when the Titans picked the running back out of East Carolina, I can distinctly remember being like “wat?” I don’t think I even knew who Chris Johnson was when the Titans took him. I remember thinking myself that the pick made no sense. It felt like an absolute luxury at best, and a boneheaded call at worst. This piece from Jon Francis on Bleacher Report that year is a nice little trip down Memory Lane. I distinctly remember feeling the “Vince Young needs a receiver” takes myself. This was prime “the Titans don’t value wide receivers” era in franchise history. You want to talk about Stockholm Syndrome, we were trying to tell ourselves that Justin Gage and Justin McCareins were going to help get VY to the next level. 

I also remember thinking the “why would they take a back when they already have LenDale White and Chris Henry?” question was a fair one. Why on Earth would they neglect other positions of need to stockpile talent at the running back position? Back in 2008, you could still get you a workhorse – the committee approach was still in its infancy stages. The New York Giants were the first team I remember doing it with three really talented backs in 2007. Maybe the Titans were going to lean on that, but at what cost? Leaving weapons on the table for their young quarterback? 

The “Johnson is too small” conversation was running rampant as well. There was a reason he was considered a mid-round pick, after all! But, he went to the Scouting Combine and ran a 4.24 40-yard dash that tied the NFL’s record and stood until John Ross broke it in 2017 with a 4.22). There was a part of me that, at the time, felt like the Titans were too hung up on the speed and ignoring the fact that he was 5’11” and 197 poinds.

Reading Johnson’s scouting report back 16 years later is funny too – who the fuck cares about his pass pro now? Who is questioning his leg churn now? All Johnson did was hit the ground running in the NFL, no pun intended, post 1,228 rushing yards, and make a compelling case for Offensive Rookie of the Year (Matt Ryan won it (damn, if you think about AJ Brown, the Titans have had two guys who could’ve won OROTY, but didn’t!)). It was his first of six straight thousand yard seasons, with a 2K+ season in there in 2009, too. To this day, he’s one of this franchise’s icons. In fact, I think you can actually make an interesting argument that Johnson should be considered for the NFL Hall of Fame. At the very least, some team should sign him and run him enough to get the 349 yards he’d need to join the 10K club.

His drafting goes to show that not every pick we don’t understand is a bust. That doesn’t mean they all pan out, but Johnson’s case is an example of a situation in which we all just should’ve waited to see on. He became an all time great, and made all of us who were asking who he was look foolish. Keep this in mind once we get well into draft season!

Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network, and a Dogs Playing Poker on velvet connoisseur. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD, #BeBetter, and ‘Minds right, asses tight.’ “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Nashville, Yankee Candle, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley

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