“Zach Randolph Day”

zboday 600On and off the court in Memphis, many see Grizz big man Zach Randolph as having become the man and that was before there was an official proclamation to help make the case.

On Friday, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. made it official, issuing a proclamation declaring Zach Randolph Day. It was in recognition of Z-bo's "achievements and charitable events in the Memphis Community."

Zach racked another double-double – flashing his trademark smile and signing autographs rather than scoring in the paint and hauling down rebounds. All the while, there were various fundraising activities benefiting Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.



Memphis racks back-to-back wins amid injuries

zboshot 600The Memphis Grizzlies appear to be finding their way back to doing what they do best – beating odds and winning games.

The Grizzlies racked back-to-back wins for the second time this season by topping the Utah Jazz 104-94 on Monday night (Dec. 24) at FedExForum.

After enduring five straight losses, the Grizzlies had just defeated the New York Knicks 95-87 on Saturday (Dec. 21) with power forward Zach Randolph leading the way. He finished the contest with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Tony Allen followed with 19 points. The Grizz outrebounded the Knicks 56-29 and improved to 11-15 on the season and 6-5 on the road.



Tigers tame Memphis-powered Redhawks

joered 600The city of Memphis has proved to be fertile recruiting ground throughout the years and the University of Memphis usually has its basketball star of choice. But, there are only 12 roster spots.

And it seems Southeast Missouri State University and coach Dicky Nutt have established a pipeline to pull some of the excess talent out of the city. Case in point: five of the 12 players on Southeast Missouri are from the Memphis area and four of those are in the starting lineup for the Redhawks.

Now, it has already been established that it would be impossible for the Tigers to sign every recruit that comes out of the city, but that doesn't stop those players from feeling a little slighted. And when those that got overlooked return home to the Bluff City, they often use that added motivation to produce some stellar games.


Kobe’s down and out – again!

tonykobe 600On Dec. 10, Kobe Bryant posted this on his Twitter page:

"My goodness it feels good to be back and playing! Easy to take it all for granted.. GOD I LOVE playing this game. #blessed

On Thursday (Dec. 19), he was back with this Tweet:


What’s the deal with Dennis Rodman?

rodman 600Dennis Rodman wasn't always a punchline.

Believe it or not, Rodman used to be known for his theatrics on a basketball court. Before the wedding dress, before the "Saturday Night Live" skits, and before he became the most bizarre athlete of our generation, he was actually known for being a pretty good basketball player.

His basketball feats are hard to remember based on his recent behavior. Yesterday Rodman went to North Korea to train basketball players for an exhibition game to celebrate Kim Jong Un's birthday. It's strange enough that Rodman is doing this, considering the swirling controversy around Jong Un. But in typical Rodman fashion, the weirdness gets turned up a notch, as he regularly refers to Jong Un as a friend.


Tigers lose but play well against Florida’s Gators

tigerfl 600Under pressure.

The expectations of the True Blue Nation are always high. When Memphis comes into a season with a top five recruiting class, the fans are just that more enamored.

Yet to the outside world, the Tigers haven't been relevant on the national stage for years. It seems that every year the early buzz fizzles with a quickness.

That probably hurts some feelings, but the truth always does. Winning C-USA championships didn't really carry much weight, and why should it when Memphis followed them up with early exits from the "big dance."



Reeling Grizzlies go down to Lakers

tonykobe 600It was another almost-doesn't-count finish on Tuesday night (Dec. 17) at the FedExForum as the Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 96-92.

The loss was the fourth in a row for the reeling Grizzlies.

Entering the contest, the two teams had similar records (Grizzlies 10-13, Lakers 11-13) and plenty of injuries. Memphis played without starting point guard Mike Conley (thigh), All-Star center Marc Gasol (knee) and forward Quincy Pondexter (foot). The Lakers were missing point guards Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring).


NFL player Jovan Belcher’s body exhumed for brain exam

footballbrain 600In an effort to find signs of brain damage from repeated concussions, the family of former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher has requested the exhumation of his body a year after he killed his girlfriend and himself, USA Today reports.

The family's attorney, Dirk Vandever, said that Belcher's body was exhumed Friday at North Babylon Cemetery in the Long Island, N.Y., community of Bay Shore, the report shows.

Findings could show whether Belcher was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he killed long-time girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, with whom he had an infant daughter, in their home last December. He then reportedly drove to the Chiefs' practice facility and shot himself in the head in the parking lot.


Too little, too late as Grizz fall to Timberwolves

grizz9 600The locker room was more quiet than usual on Sunday night (Dec. 15). Players were dressing and packing their post-game gear to leave the FedExForum.

Grizzlies guard Mike Conley sat in his area, with a small machine connected to his left thigh. The device pushes electricity through the muscles to help with swelling, something Conley needed after taking a hit to the thigh and leaving the game with 3:54 left to play.

Conley led the Grizzlies with 28 points but it wasn't enough to lead the team to a win as the Minnesota Timberwolves downed Memphis 101-93.


Grizz end home stand with loss to thunder

IMG-Mike-fouled-600There is no fool's paradise in the Bluff City. Grizz fans have come to the realization that the team is in a slump. They still show up hoping for a win, but are prepared for a loss.

Memphis ended a season-long, six-game home stand just like it started – with a loss. On Wednesday night (Dec. 11), the Oklahoma City Thunder came into FedExForum on the second night of a back-to-back and defeated the Grizzlies 116-110. Many of the reported 16,345 fans in attendance left in the fourth quarter.

"It's not enjoyable what is going on out there, said Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger. "Losing by two or 22, losing at home, we take a great deal of pride in playing at home. It hurts."


Fantasy sports scores with mobile and online users

cherylp mcneil-160When it comes to defining that which is "typically American," I think we're going to have to add "sports" to the old expression, "As American as Mom and apple pie."

We are a country full of sports fanatics. (While I might not exactly fall into that category, I am the mother of an extraordinary 17-year-old athlete and lover of all things sports. So, I have to admit, that I need to step up and try to keep up)! Nielsen numbers bear this out.

Sports programs are among the top watched in African-American households as well as those of the general population, with the Super Bowl consistently ranking as the most-watched program across the board. In fact, Super Bowl XLVII drew 108 million viewers nationally. African-Americans made up a whopping 12.5 million of those viewers. (Personally, I enjoy the parties and the commercials, the game? Not so much.)



Tigers put disappointing season to rest

tigers38 600With their season at an end, the University of Memphis Tigers hosted the Highland Hundred banquet this past Sunday (Dec. 8). Outgoing seniors and outstanding players were honored at the event.

Senior running back Brandon Hayes was awarded the DeAngelo Williams MVP award. Hayes tallied 860 yards rushing and 119 yards receiving with seven touchdowns, which also helped him win the Isaac Bruce Offensive Player of the Year award for the second straight season.

Anthony Brown won the John Bramlett Defensive Player of the Year for recording 52 tackles (four for a loss) and 1.5 sacks. Brown is a junior college transfer and has totaled 86 tackles in his two seasons at Memphis.


Hobbling Grizzlies hold off Magic at home

zach 600All hands were on deck on a cold Monday night at FedExForum. Every Memphis Grizzlies player not injured put in playing time. And all of this fresh off of yet another player having joined the injured list.

With that painful backdrop and home-losing woes to contend with, the Grizzlies persevered, racking up a much-needed 95-84 win against the 6-16 Orlando Magic.

Before the game, the Grizzlies announced that Quincy Pondexter is out indefinitely with a tarsal navicular stress fracture in his right foot. Pondexter sustained the injury on Saturday (Dec. 7) as Memphis fell to the Golden State Warriors 108-82. He went down in the first half and did not return. Pondexter was in the starting lineup that night, replacing Tony Allen, who was out with a right hip contusion.