If you hadn’t heard yet, Willie Taggert is gone

A bomb dropped in Tallahassee today… coach, or should I say former coach Willie Taggert has been relieved of his duties at Florida State. If you didn’t already know that, you probably haven’t been on Facebook, or the internet in general, this afternoon.

As a graduate of Florida State, a lot of my Facebook feed revolves around the breaking news. I’d talked to some of my family just a few weeks ago and we agreed if he finished the season with 6 wins and 6 losses, he may be given another year. But if it were 5 wins and 7 losses, no sir, gone! Well, we were kinda right… but he’ll never get a chance to get to 7 losses. At least not at FSU.

I don’t know of any names floating around that fans would happy with. Many fans are fed up, and they’re not alone. Even ESPN host Kirk Herbstreit had a real hangry outburst about FSU and the crazy part is he’s probably right about everything.

It’ll be interesting what happens next as far as head coaching goes. A return of Bobby Bowden? Perhaps, Mark Richt? I may even become a fan again if either of those two great men were hired for the job. But it’s FSU, so they’ll somehow mess things up further for the football program, I’m sure.

For now, gone are the days of great football at Florida State.

-Out of the Wilderness

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Adult remembers the first time he lifted his hands in worship

By definition, Pentecostal means a Christian who’s faith is evidenced by speaking in tongues, healing, and even exorcism. If you ask the Baptists, it would include raising your hands, too. And Baptists don’t want to be Pentecostal.

Steven Turner, son of Pastor Turner and his wife Janine, was raised Baptist from the time he was in Royal Ambassadors all the way up to becoming a student leader at nearby Stonecrest Baptist Church. There are things Baptists don’t do, Steven told us.

“Folks at our church, we don’t judge, but we also don’t handle snakes, and we don’t separate church and football.” Living in the south means two things. You cheer on your football team Saturday, and cheer on your pastor Sunday.

Although he was keeping it lighthearted, there is something else Steven shared. When he was just a young teen attending Wednesday night youth group, he can still recall hearing a song that has meant a lot to him over the years.

“I was standing right next to ol’ Greg Simmons and this song came on. Years later I found out it was Avalon ‘Testify to Love.’ I didn’t know all the words but I just had to do something. So I raised my hand.”

The story goes that when this happened, his friends glanced over and some started snickering. Youth leader Christy Janson thought Steven needed something so she made her way over.

Christy: “I saw Steven’s hand in the air so maybe he needed to go to the bathroom or had a question about the Bible. ‘What’s up, Steve?’ but he didn’t answer and that’s when I got worried.”

Christy had heard about these things happening but not here. Not in this church. How had the devil got a foothold? She consulted the other leaders in the building and they set up a committee to look into it the following week. The pastor was made aware and added a few Scripture verses to the sermon the following Sunday.

Steven, meanwhile, had no idea there was anything going on behind the scenes. When Sunday rolled around and the choir was halfway through “What A Friend We Have in Jesus,” he raised a hand again and the organist nearly fell off her bench. The pastor’s lips became tight with the shenanigans this youth was putting on.

Steven remembers the pastors prayer during the offering, “…and Lord, let us make a joyful noise to you, give us opportunities to serve you as we raise our hands in worship, although we don’t mean that literally, we should keep our hands by our sides during the worship service… Amen.” Steven, being a normal person who knows things, knew that was a weird thing to say.

Steven would like everyone to know it’s OK to raise up hands in worship. He’s still not sure about snake-handling, though. Steven, neither are we. Until we know more, just keep it to the ones without the diamond-shaped heads.

-Out of the Wilderness

 

 

The shark guitar, locations, and more “Dive Bar” Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton music video

This duet between country icon Garth Brooks and megastar Blake Shelton now has a music video to go along with it. “Dive Bar,” the song, was released in the middle of 2019 after Brooks called on Shelton to join him on the track.

The video was premiered worldwide on TheBoot.com (click here for their article), and is also available on Garth’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Check out the video, then scroll down for more info!


The music video was directed by Garth Brooks himself. Director of Photography and operating the camera was Vance Burberry, who’s an expert in underwater cinematography. From his website

“My other passion I bring into my work is my love of the underwater world. I have been a diver for 40yrs and a NAUI Instructor trainer for 20yrs. I continue to teach including a professional underwater cinematography course which I wrote and is an official NAUI sanctioned course. I am able to bring my land cinematography and lighting skill set to any underwater film project.”

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still image from b-camera: Vance Burberry shooting band (courtesy of Vance Burberry)

Everything underwater was in a pool at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center in La Mirada, California. The band had to become scuba certified before shooting the video, as they’re wearing scuba gear about 15 feet underwater and also shredding various instruments. 🙂

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Speaking of instruments, the “shark guitar” is a Glen Burton, and apparently when you strum the strings, markers on the neck of the guitar light up. Cool! You can pick one up for $281.99 at BridgeCraftUSA.com.

The bar scene at the end of the video was shot in Long Beach, California (referenced in behind-the-scenes video below), although according to the Ole Red website, these Blake-inspired restaurants are located in Gatlinburg, Nashville, Orlando, and Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

At least some of the equipment was provided by Quixote Studios, located in California.

If you have about 30 minutes, check out a behind-the-scenes video below…


Check out the guys on their social channels below…

Garth Brooks Twitter and Instagram

Blake Shelton Twitter and Instagram

Vance Burberry Instagram and blog

Check out more music video research on my blog page “Interesting info about a few of your favorite music videos,” and as always, thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

6 things you can get on Amazon RIGHT NOW

These are 100% real and you can order them as soon as right now on Amazon. No joke! Side note: If you do happen to order any through the links provided, I get a small commission at no cost to you. Amazon makes me say that but this post isn’t about you purchasing these things, it’s about how downright silly and funny they are. Take a look!

1. Animal socks… so good of quality 🙂 If you’re claiming these are quality, wouldn’t you at least want to spell quality right?

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2. Beer belly… I can’t even with this one.

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3. Farting coloring book… Now, I actually kinda like this! What kid doesn’t want to color farts? I just hope it’s not a scratch and sniff book.

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4. Hillary toilet paper… clean up, just like Trump did on Election Day 2016

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5. Potty Putter… if you hit the ball into the water hazard on this one, good luck getting it out!

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6. To Texas and back… I don’t mean to nitpick, but both hearts are in Texas. So what’s the “and back” about? They never left Texas, I know it’s a big state but come on!

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-Out of the Wilderness

Football coach flips the script on offensive creativity

Indianapolis, IN — It was about two decades ago when Kansas State made a splash in college football introducing the wildcat offense. It was highly effective, so much so that many other football teams including those on the professional level all the way down to peewee ball* incorporated it into their playbook.

In this variation of a run pass option, usually it’s a running back that will line up as the quarterback, take the snap, and either run it themselves or hand it off to another running back lined up in the backfield with them. The team’s quarterback will line up as a receiver, or simply remove themself from the field for the entirety of the wildcat formation.

Since the inception of this defense-confusing-lineup, coaches have become more aware and in turn been able to foil most wildcat variations, which is why it’s mostly fallen off most playbooks on all levels.

Enter coach Trevor Knightby. He was a graduate assistant on the sidelines of his college team when he first saw the wildcat used. It was then, he says, the idea was born for another offensive revelation.

“I had no idea I’d become a head coach one day,” says Knightby, “but my parents wouldn’t let me move back in after college unless I helped my dad out with the local high school’s sucky team– I mean– promising young team.”

The senior Knightby, then the coach of the worst varsity squad in the state, was gently forced out of his position mid-season (although he was allowed to remain on staff as a 10th grade history teacher) and that’s when Trevor took over. “It was the fourth or fifth game that year and pretty much the entire city had moved on to prepare for the upcoming basketball season. We’re known for being an almost average basketball school, so I guess most people thought even that was better than a football team that hadn’t scored a touchdown since Saban was an NFL coach.”

Knightby threw caution to the wind and started running an offense never before seen on any level of football. To call it a variation of the wildcat is a wildcat understatement. Under Knightby’s leadership, this new offense was ghostly, surprising, and could downright cause reactions of apocalyptic proportions.

In his offense, there are 11 players on the field but that’s about where the similarities to the wildcat end. In fact, that’s where similarities to any offense you’ve ever seen end. What you won’t see are running backs, quarterbacks, or passes. Knightby credits his dating life for the new radical offense. “My ‘aha’ moment was actually when I was ghosted by a girl I’d met a few weeks earlier. She was nice, but one day she just disappeared. Haven’t heard from her since.”

Take that to the gridiron and you have an offense line, a handful of wide receivers, and that’s it. The center snaps the ball to an empty backfield (where most teams position a quarterback), causing the defense to feel like the quarterback must be ghosting them. They scramble around assuming they’re missing something but don’t want to be made to look foolish.

This design has yet to earn a win for Knightby’s team, and in fact, at the time of this publication, they haven’t gained any yardage, points, or respect from the city.

-Out of the Wilderness News

*Peewee league teams using the wildcat cannot be confirmed, as none of the news staff has ever actually watched a peewee football game. 

Halloween in middle school

One of my favorite Halloween memories is from way back in middle school. I was living in Stafford, Virginia and I think that year I was either dressed in my dad’s camouflage gear or maybe dressed as a baseball player. We lived in a the perfect neighborhood for trick-or-treating so I was allowed to walk around with a group of my friends.

I can’t remember why, but for some reason I had to go back to my house to get something. My friend Luke Miller came with me. After retrieving whatever it was, he and I went around door to door getting candy and it was so fun. I don’t think we ever caught up with our group of friends but it didn’t matter to me.

I thought it was cool that he was fine hanging out with me, since he was much cooler and I always thought of myself as just a shy kid with super crooked teeth.

Many Halloweens have come and gone since then, tons of candy consumed, but that one was a favorite Halloween from my school days!

-Out of the Wilderness

Nashville to Graceland, part 6

This post wraps up the hunk ‘o love weekend I had with my family. It was a great time, with memories that will last a lifetime! After we finished our tour of Graceland, we returned to Nashville for a couple days of hanging out. On Sunday, we all went to church and then my family started their trip back to Florida. Check out the photos below, and again, thanks for stopping by!

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-Out of the Wilderness