Memphis is a basketball town, and after hitting four high school football fields in two and a half hours, I have fresh evidence that Memphis loves its football too.
Memphis-area high school football was in full effect Friday night as the 2013 season got underway. Attendance was high at the four games I attended, with pumped-up fans already in mid-season form.
Melrose, with its legendary Orange Mound community support on display, wasted no time making a statement to MAHS by going into halftime with a 32-2 halftime lead. It was a halftime that featured a Melrose band that had the crowd grooving. The MAHS offense never got on track as Melrose romped 42-2.
I've photographed a ton of NBA games shooting the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum but I'd never trained my camera on an NFL field before Saturday night (Aug. 24).
The venue was LP Stadium, the Nashville home of the Tennessee Titans. I picked up my media credentials at will call and thought back to my first NBA assignment, feeling a few this-is-a-totally-different experience butterflies.
I went through the security check and picked up a media vest to enter the field. As I walked through tunnel the Titans were exiting the locker room. I grabbed my camera and snapped away, capturing their helmet-butting ritual.
He would pull up to the curb in front of the New York Amsterdam News every afternoon at a little before 5 p.m. He drove an elegant-looking black automobile, and you could literally grab a razor blade and shave in front of it if you got close enough. That driving machine was sparkling.
I would walk over to the side of his car, and we would chat as he waited for his wife to exit the office, where she worked on the lobby level. It made my day. Fritz Pollard was a living legend.
Pollard was a great athlete as a teenager and matriculated at Brown University, as well as Bates College. He then became a living legend, professional football's first black quarterback/running back. He was the first black head coach with the Hammond Pros. As the years rolled on, Art Shell, Tony Dungy, Lovie Smith, Denny Green, Mike Tomlin, Leslie Frazier, Herm Edwards and Marvin Lewis have stood on his shoulders.
ATLANTA – A suburban Atlanta high school football player has died from injuries suffered while making a tackle during a scrimmage game, according to medical examiners.
Deantre Turman's death came Friday after he made a tackle during a pre-season game, said Mike Alsip, a forensic investigator for the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office. The teenager broke his neck, Alsip said.
The accident happened at a school in the Atlanta suburb of College Park, Ga., according to CNN affiliate WSB.
Adam Jones, an All-Star outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles, revealed that a banana was thrown at him by a fan in the stands during his team's game against the San Francisco Giants, ESPN reports. Jones did not say anything about the incident in postgame interviews; rather, he took to Twitter.
"I want to thank whatever slapd--- threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u jacka--," Jones tweeted to his more than 129,000 followers.
Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies was at Floor and Decor in Memphis signing autographs on Saturday.
Z-bo – half of the Grizz's in-the-paint force that led the team to its first NBA Finals appearance – said he is looking forward to the upcoming season.
LP Field in Nashville was lit up with bright lights to let the world know the 2013 NFL season is about to begin.
The Tennessee Titans kicked off their first preseason game against the Washington Redskins on a perfect night for football. Despite a brief scattered shower, there was a good turnout for this Thursday night game. Not only were fans there to see the home team. It was also an opportunity to see last year's offensive player of the year, Robert Griffin III.
Griffin was back on the field for the first time since injuring his knee in a playoff game lost to Seattle last year. Fans were hoping to see the electrifying player in action seeing Griffin fully dressed out, warming up and being involved with the coin toss. Instead, Redskins backup Kirk Cousins got the start. Cousins threw for a touchdown and missed only one pass as the Redskins defeated the Tennessee Titans 22-21.