Tigers reflect Pastner’s positive energy

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University of Memphis head coach Josh Pastner has a pretty firm grasp on his position, but when the day comes and he steps down from his job there are plenty of fields in which he could pursue a new career.

To name a few: motivational speaker, yoga instructor, Hindu Brahman, and last but not least, a proton.

The common link: Positive energy!


Jason Collins to sit in Michelle Obama’s box at State of the Union

jasoncollins 600Jason Collins, who last year became one of the first athletes in any major sport to declare that he is gay, will sit in First Lady Michelle Obama's box during Tuesday's State of the Union address, in the latest sign of the strong support of gay rights from the Obamas.

Administration officials announced Monday that Collins, who played basketball in the NBA, would join a group that includes White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, Kathy Hollowell-Makle, who was the 2013 teacher of the year in Washington D.C., and Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, two runners who survived the attack at the Boston Marathon. Other guests are likely to announced before the speech.


Tigers slam Cougars

ShaqTime 600No. 23/22 Memphis (14-4, 4-2) 82, Houston (11-8, 3-3) 59

Jan. 23, 2014; FedExForum)

Memphis vs. Houston – Series Notes
With Thursday's win, Memphis improved its series lead over Houston to 28-12 overall and 18-3 in Memphis.


The Tigers have won the last four meetings in the series.


‘R&R on Sports’ brings ‘new views’ to local sports radio

RaandR 600ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard will be the special guest Saturday (Jan. 25th) on the new local sports-radio show "R&R on Sports,' which debuted last week.

The show airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on WMFS-FM, 92.9 ESPN.

The one-hour sports magazine show is co-hosted by Larry Robinson and Howard Robertson from whose common last name initial the show's name derived.



Seahawks’ Richard Sherman is not a thug; Stop calling him one

sherman 600There was a moment in the NFL version of the Hatfields and McCoys that could have ended the blood feud. It came at the end of the game Sunday, after Seattle's Richard Sherman batted a pass intended for San Francisco 49er Michael Crabtree into the arms of a teammate, causing an interception that would seal the victory for the Seahawks, sending them to the Super Bowl.

Sherman walked over to Crabtree with his arm extended as a show of come-togetherness but Crabtree pushed the defender's helmet hard. So goes the way of the most heated and hated rivalry in sports today.

It was this emotion, that shunning of sportsmanship, that was still ringing in the 24-year-old's helmet when he walked off the field and onto national television to call Crabtree "sorry" and he would later add "mediocre."


Pelicans ‘out-D’ Grizzlies

EdDavis 600With the FedExForum buzzing with energy from MLK Day events and the New Orleans Pelicans weighted by an eight-game losing streak, the Grizzlies laid an egg, dropping a 95-92 decision.

It was the fourth straight victory for the Pelicans over the Grizzlies

Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 23 points and a game-high 20 rebounds, his first 20-20 game since December of 2012. Courtney Lee pitched in 19 points.


Grizzlies build on tradition with MLK Celebration Day

grizzmlkThe Grizzlies migrated to the Bluff City 12 years ago, intertwining the franchise's history with the rich southern roots of Memphis. Each year since, the Grizzlies have hosted Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day at the FedExForum, honoring icons for their contributions to civil and human rights.

On Monday (Jan. 20), three more individuals were honored during an afternoon wrapped around the Grizzlies confrontation with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Grizzlies hosted the 2014 event along with the National Civil Rights Museum, the City of Memphis and Shelby County. NBA Hall of Famer Bernard King and former NBA star JoJo White were presented with Ninth Annual National Civil Rights Sports Legacy Awards, courtesy of FedEx. Former NBA stalwart Dikembe Mutombo, a 2007 honoree who could not attend that year's presentation because of bad weather and a canceled, also was on hand to receive his tribute.



‘Future’ Tigers log big minutes in romp over LeMoyne-Owen

LOCtigers 600When 14,000 Tiger fans gathered this past weekend (Jan. 18), they thought that they were merely attending a basketball game. As they filed into the FedExForum, little did they know that they were stepping into a time machine for a trip to the future.

The game began much like all the others, with the regular starters taking the floor for the opening tip. Yet, it didn't take long to reach 88 miles per hour! Suddenly, everyone in attendance was witnessing the future of the Tiger basketball program right before their eyes.

Heading into the season, Memphis had claimed one of the nation's top recruiting classes. However, four senior guards, a senior transfer (David Pellom), and a sophomore standout (Shaq Goodwin) have kept many of the highly talented players on the bench.



Staxtacular 2014 – ‘Suit Up And Play’

grizzsuit 600One thing is for certain. The Memphis Grizzlies have formed great partnerships in the Memphis community. And with one particular affiliation, a special bond has been established.

The Stax Music Academy has not been the same since the Memphis Grizzlies teamed up with the Soulsville Foundation to host one of the largest fundraising events of the year. Just one week after the Grizz Gala, local movers and shakers gathered on Saturday at the Stax Museum for the 10th Annual Staxtacular event. The evening's theme was "Suit Up and Play."

The hosts of the night were Grizz Players Mike Conley, Tony Allen and Quincy Pondexter. Joining them were newcomers Tayshaun Prince, Courtney Lee, James Johnson and Jamaal Franklin, who experienced their first Staxtacular and were more than proud to take part in the festivities.


Grizz escape Kings

grizzkings 600Whew!

The Grizzlies reached deep into their desire-to-win tank and pulled out a thrilling 91-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings at the FedExForum on Friday night.

It went right down to the final buzzer, with center Marc Gasol getting just enough of a tipped ball aimed for the King's Demarcus Cousins, who was camped underneath Sacramento's basket.



Tigers lose to UConn no matter how you look at it

uofmsad 600UofM fan: The new American Athletic Conference (AAC) is awesome!

UConn fan: (squinting) How so?

UofM fan: Well, for one the Tigers have gotten much better exposure this year. We have been on a major network 8 times in 16 games.

UConn fan: (sarcastically) Hate to break it to you, but that's what it was like it in the Big East for us in the past.


Arkansas State football player Markel Owens and stepfather killed in robbery

asufootball 600An Arkansas State football player who was trying to shield his family from robbers was shot to death, along with his stepfather, the New York Daily News reports.

Markel Owens, a 21-year-old junior defensive lineman for the Red Wolves, was fatally shot along with Johnny Shivers, 36, during the robbery at a duplex in Jackson, Tenn., the Daily News reports.

Shivers died at the scene. Owens was taken to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


Griz chemistry too much for Thunder

grizzdunk 600Memphis Grizzlies fans were given a real surprise on Tuesday night (Jan. 14). All-Star center Marc Gasol hit the floor of the FedExForum to start against one of the top teams in the NBA after missing 23 consecutive games with a left knee injury.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year sported a black brace but it didn't get in the way of helping his team outlast the Oklahoma City Thunder 90 to 87 in a high-energy game that kept the crowd on edge.

Gasol's return triggered a standing ovation from the 17,177 in attendance. He responded with 12 points in 24 minutes of play.