Memphis Sport Live: 11.23.10

Hour 1

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Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter discuss Rudy Gay’s game winning shot against the Heat, Jeff Fisher vs. Vince Young, the Egg Bowl and more. Also, lower level Grizzlies tickets are on the line in the latest edition of Hang Up & Listen.

Hour 2

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Kerry “I Love Memphis” Crawford joins Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter in studio to talk about the Roller Derby and everything Memphis. Also, new producer Ben Hogan answers the questions in The Cheerleader Interview without the Cheerleader. Plus, the guys discuss Duke Calhoun, the National Anthem, and the holidays in Woohoo’s and Boo’s.

Vintage Jack: Fanfare

I don’t care what they say
This is the quote for the month of May.

The Dodger’s manager went for a jog
When a fan yelled, “Hey Tommy, Strawberry’s a dog.”

Lasorda said, “That’s not true at all,
A dog is loyal and will chase a ball.”

Written May 31, 1994

I hate Mondays/ Colossal collapse by Kings !!

Don’t you just hate it? To wake up every Monday morning and drag yourself to work?

I hate Monday blues affects most working people. I don’t need to tell you, why you don’t like Mondays. Get used to it! Because the I hate Monday blues is a thing you have in common with the rest of the Working Drones.

You will feel it every Monday you start into a new week for the rest of your working days; Some feel it already Sunday evening, when the weekend is coming to an end. This included me at a certain point of time. Now I just don’t think about it on Sunday. I wait till Monday.

Even though you don’t see a way out yet, here is something you can do today, if that I hate Monday blues itches you again:

Take a photo of your boss and plug it to your dart board (ultimate and instant satisfaction!)

Did you know 1/7th of your life is wasted on Mondays.(Ouch)

I know I can be cynic and nasty, but face it – the above is only the naked and cruel truth, right?

Enough lets get on with the day.

The Kings are struggling. no doubt about it.”Holy smokes. How are we going to fix this?

Mudbug fans weren’t very happy at the end of the second period and they let the Bugs know about it.

BOSSIER CITY, LA – The Kings had a 2-0 lead at the end of the first. Mississippi goals were scored by Patrik Levesque and RG Flath. It was 2-0 at the end of one.

The second period was all Kings I thought, but the only goal scored was off the stick of a Mudbug, Shane Hart scored at 18:14. It was 2-1 Kings after twenty minutes of play.

Colossal collapse

The Kings were napping at the start of the third period and I mean napping as the Mudbugs tied it up only 24 seconds in. Martens scored on a breakaway. Then Rutherford scored at 4:35. Then at 5:33 Mudbugs Blaznek scored it was now 4-2 Bossier.

At 13:09 Lackner scored for the Kings. But the pesky Bugs would just not go away as Blaznek scored with 5 minutes to go in the third. The Kings would get one more from Levesque his second of the night at 18:51. But that’s all she wrote folks. The Bugs edged the Kings 5-4.

Kings netminder Sterling stopped 32 of 37 shots directed his way. Bugs netminder John DeCaro stopped 30 of 34 shots directed his way.

Joe Sports thoughts from Mudbug Country.

This loss stings.

The Kings looked in control for two periods. But that cushion was erased by the Bugs’ furious play in the third. The Bugs came out looking like a completely different team and so did the Kings.

I felt like throwing my arms up in the air and asking what’s going on here. We were just sloppy in the third and made way too many mistakes. We just had turnover after turnover.

Here’s the scary statistic for the night. The Mudbugs scored five times in the final 22 minutes.

How long is a hockey game ?

By my calculations it’s three twenty minute periods. That = 60 minutes. What-ever happened to playing a full 60 minutes.

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.

What’s up for the RiverKings : Well, we play at home Tuesday night. Evansville wheels into town. Be there or be square: DeSoto Civic Center. Game time is at 7:05pm. If you can’t make it – radio coverage will be on 87.7 FM The Pig. It will also be on CHL-TV.

Have a great Day, I’m heading home now. See you Tuesday at the DCC.

OJ Mayo is Now a Bench Player

Repeat that to yourself. OJ Mayo is now a bench player.

Your first thought was probably one of surprise, confusion or perhaps it was just the all-too-typical “What the heck, Grizzlies?” Fair enough. But hey, it worked Wednesday night, or at the very least, it didn’t hurt.

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins moved Mayo out of the starting lineup and onto the bench before Memphis’ easy 105-84 win over the Pistons, replacing him with rookie Xavier Henry. Hollins made the move in an effort to deepen the bench and add offensive production to a unit that’s otherwise been relatively weak this season.

Mayo, who came off the bench Saturday against the Heat for being late to shootaround, is a scorer first and foremost. Hollins’ idea was by putting Mayo in with the second unit, it will make it more difficult for defenses to key in on what’s usually just one or two credible offensive threats (usually just Darrell Arthur) on the floor.

It worked to Hollins’ pleasure against the Pistons, as the Grizzlies reeled off a season-high 41 bench points, including nine from Mayo. The bench had 37 against the Heat on Saturday.

“We got the win, and we had 41 points off the bench,” Hollins said. “I think it played out the way that I hoped it would play out. We have a lot of guys that can play.”

Maybe even too many guys who can play — in the starting lineup, that is. Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph are each players who need the ball in their hands to be effective. And with the Grizzlies often running their offense through Marc Gasol in the high post, Mayo sometimes doesn’t receive the offensive involvement his style of play commands.

But he’s also very undersized for an NBA shooting guard, compared to Henry, who’s listed at 6-foot-6. Mayo (6-4) and point guard Mike Conley (6-1) make up one of the more undersized starting backcourts in the league, which often results in opposing shooting guards having big nights against the Grizzlies. See below:

Nov. 3: Golden State’s Monta Ellis had 39.
Nov. 10: Dallas’ Jason Terry had 25.
Nov. 16: Portland’s Wesley Matthews had 30.
Nov. 19: Washington’s Kirk Hinrich and Gilbert Arenas combined for 46.

That’s just a 16-day period, which included four games where opposing shooting guards had big, big games while Mayo was in the starting lineup.

“It worked out pretty well,” Mayo said of his new role off the bench. “Different. But, you know, I’ve just gotta play through it.”

Written by Brandon Harris

Coleman breaks out: Tigers 102, UT Martin 80

There was a reason Will Coleman got an ovation before he played a single minute in Memphis’ 102-80 victory over UT Martin on Tuesday night.

When he entered the game with 10:53 left in the first half — yes, it was that late in the game — fans, teammates and coaches had done nearly all they could do but grab Coleman’s arms and rebound, block and dunk for him. He wasn’t the player who was a force in the paint for Memphis last season and cemented himself in the Tigers’ starting lineup.

This Will Coleman couldn’t rebound, couldn’t be a force in the paint, and subsequently couldn’t give his coach any reason not to take him out of the starting lineup and move him to the end of the bench.

“I told him the other day that he was the 11th man,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner said. “I couldn’t justify putting him anywhere else.”

So when Coleman finally heard his name called with 10:53 left in the first half — well after five other players from Memphis’ bench had been in the game — he saw the message loud and clear: “Produce.”

And so he did, to the tune of a career-high 20 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

“It feels really good going into Thanksgiving break with this kind of game,” Coleman said. “Not that I didn’t have it, but it lets me know that I’ve still got it, that I’m still here and that I’m still the Will Coleman who’s been here since the second half of last year.”

Albeit against a tremendously overmatched opponent — the Skyhawks had just one rotation player taller than 6-foot-6 — Coleman was a force. Six of his eight field goals were dunks, a couple of which were serious highlight-reel material.

He fought for loose balls, established a presence in the paint, and perhaps more importantly, he finally looked a bit more comfortable and a little less out-of-place while in the game.

Again — this was all against inferior competition. Even Pastner prefaced his postgame comments by saying Coleman still has to produce to remain in the rotation. But Coleman had an added reason — suppose you could call it that? — for the big night.

Bet you didn’t guess it.

“I ate eggs, pancakes, spaghetti with a lot of sugar and macaroni and cheese,” Coleman said. “I usually eat just pancakes.”

Oh, Will.

Bad defense

Pastner wasn’t too happy with Memphis’ defense, and you can’t blame him. The Skyhawks were 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from 3-point range, and finished 29-of-59 (49.2 percent) from the field.

That’s one thing if you’re in a high-scoring, up-and-down game against a high-quality team, but when you’re playing UT Martin, those numbers can’t be that high.

The Tigers have Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day off and will hold two-a-day practices Friday through Sunday. Much of the time, he said, will be spent on improving the defense and turning up the pressure, especially against 3-point shooting.

Black lays low

Tarik Black logged just six minutes against UT-Martin after sustaining a cut on his leg when he dove out of bounds midway through the first half. He went to the locker room and didn’t warm up with the team before the start of the second half, but it was simply for precautionary reasons.

Black said he could have played the second half if he wanted to. He finished with four points.

Quotable

“Ohio State and Tennessee will be very good, but if (Memphis) shoots the ball like they did tonight, man, I think they can be anybody. I really do.”

— UT Martin coach Jason James when asked about the Tigers’ play (The Skyhawks play the Buckeyes and the Volunteers later this season.)

“If that’s what we need to win, I have no problem with that. I don’t care if I’m the starter or the 29th man off the bench. All of this stuff we’re trying to accomplish is way bigger than me. We’re trying to get a championship, and I truly believe we can get one. Whatever coach Pastner needs from me, I’m going to make sure I do it.”

— Will Coleman when asked about his role of coming off the bench

Twitter watch

Josh Pastner has really stepped up his wardrobe this season. — @DanWolken

Can’t argue with that. Pastner had a little too much tweed and a little too much school spirit last year. Sometimes he came close to the librarian look with a Tigers tie.

Too much, coach. Too much.

To his credit, he’s kept it simple in 2010.

Brandon Harris covers Tiger basketball for Memphis Sport. You can follow him via Twitter @bharris901.

Written by Brandon Harris, Photo by Chase Gustafson.

I Hate Mondays: Riverkings Win on the Road

Tell me why? I don’t like Mondays. Tell me why?

Today has been very busy at work although Mondays always are. I am at my desk now and it is covered in the usual Monday rubbish. On a high note, the Kings got a split this weekend, that helps the Monday blues.

We’ve been playing one on, one off. two off and sometimes not even a whole game.

Saturday, we played 40 minutes of good hockey. The Kings are still trying to find their identity. In the first period on Saturday night in Evansville, the IceMen scored first, Brian Bicek found the twine behind Kings netminder Pechurskiy. It was 1-0 Ice Men after one.

What was said between periods is anybody’s guess, but the Kings came out in the second and dominated the play. They outshot the IceMen 20-8. Kings Nathan Lutz scored on the powerplay at 8:26 to tie the game. Then Marshall scored at 13:22. Both goals were assisted by Christian and Richards. It was 2-1 after forty minutes of play.

The third period was tight, but Dumont put the icing on the cake with an empty-netter with 29 seconds remaining. The final 3-1 Kings.

Pechurskiy stopped 25 of 26 shots in the game. IceMen netminder stopped 28 of 31 shots directed his way. Mississippi moved to 6-8-0 for the season and stopped a two-game losing streak. The IceMen fell to 7-6-1 with the loss.

The Kings out shot the IceMen 31-26.

The Kings powerplay was terrible once again and as I have said a million times, if we don’t get that going we are in big trouble. Mississippi was 1-for-8 on the power play. Evansville was 0-for-6.

The RiverKings are still on the road, they play Wednesday night in Wichita. Turkey day they are in Tulsa. Next home game is November 27th. The Laredo Bucks will be in town.

Joe Sports thoughts…

If the Kings are going to go anywhere this season, they have to find a way to play consistently every game, get more contributions offensively and get timely saves from Pechurskiy.

That didn’t happen enough in October and the first two weeks of November.

There is cause for concern. I would say some trades should be made, before it’s too late.

The powerplay is not a powerplay. It should be better and that’s an area where coach Kevin Kaminski needs to find answers.

The Kings have to find answers and stay focused. Mentally, some of the breakdowns, there’s no excuse for it.

The Kings are not playing to their potential.

Saturday there were signs of playing well, that’s encouraging. But there’s also signs where we’re not giving a 100%.

Is this a make-or-break-trip?

No, I don’t think so. But as I have said, we have to start getting it together sooner than later.

The Kings have just two wins in their last six outings. But they should have an extra spring in their collective step after beating the IceMen. Now, put Saturday’s game in the rear-view mirror and build off it.

After all, nobody’s going to bow their heads because the Kings beat the IceMen. Beating the IceMen was simply a step in the right direction.

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.

Russo Blanks Kings

Much like a dominant starting pitcher or a stout NFL defense, a hot goaltender can neutralize almost anything a good offense can throw at them in a hockey game. In fact, many a goalie has made a name for himself if he does that often. Well on Friday that’s exactly what happened to the Kings.

Quads netminder Adam Russo blanked the Kings 1-0. He stopped 32 Kings’ shots for the shutout.

Has anyone used Shutout Athletic Spray? Well Russo had it on Friday night.

One goal was scored on Friday night and that came from the stick of Mallards’ forward Obi Aduba at the 7:04 mark of the first period.

The game was scoreless the rest of the way. Final 1-0 Quads.

Kings netminder Pechurskiy (1-2-0) was also great between the pipes. As he stopped 25 of 26 shots directed his way.

Mississippi was 0-for-3 on the power play, while Quad City 0-for-1.

The Kings are now 5-8-0 for the season, Quad City moves to 6-5-0.

Joe Sports thoughts from Friday night.

The Kings are just too thin on the back end.

The so-called veteran scorers are not even in the game.

A team that has made a habit of pounding opponents on scoreboards for the past three or four seasons is suddenly not even there.

I think the most important thing is for the Kings not to get away from the simple things like working hard, getting pucks in deep, all those little things. We are just not doing it.

As far as the forwards go, there’s a lot of veterans, a lot of guys with experience and, plain and simple, we need more from them.

Holy cow, this is getting exhausting and the Kings will not cooperate. What on earth must the Kings do for a win… just one, measly victory?

First, a warning: Lock the second-floor windows King moms. We don’t want any casualties. Put little Johnny to bed and assure him things will be okay.

If the Kings lack the desire to win on a given night, they will almost always lose.

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.

Tonight’s game from Evansville will be broadcast on 87.7 FM “The Pig,” with the pre-game show at 7:20 pm. The game will also be on CHL-TV.

Sunblock: Grizzlies beat Heat 97-95

Zach Randolph provided the spark for the Grizzlies, this time from the bench. Randolph and O.J. Mayo were not allowed to start tonight’s game after showing up late for a shootaround early in the day.

“I just thought for the moment it worked out,” coach Lionel Hollins said. “Zach was hungrier and he knew that he had messed up and he came in and did work and in the fourth quarter he was just amazing.”

Randolph had 9 rebounds and 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Grizzlies battled through several of the game’s 12 ties and 20 lead changes to set up Rudy Gay’s game winning basket at the buzzer. The Grizzlies ended a five-game losing streak with the home win.

“It was just a blessing the way things worked out,” Hollins said. “I wouldn’t want them to late again, but I think they got the message that we’re a team, and it wasn’t about them, it was about the guys waiting on them. That’s what team is all about.”

Crowd Pleaser
In a change of pace from the usual crowd makeup for a high-profile visiting team, the crowd for this game was decidedly with the Grizzlies. Heat forward LeBron James was booed incessantly whenever he went to the line, and almost every time he touched the ball.

Grizz center Marc Gasol, who expressed some frustration with having only “half the gym with [the Grizzlies]” after last week’s overtime loss to Boston, erupted into a smile when asked about tonight’s crowd.

“A lot better. A lot better, and you see the difference. It sounds tired to say that the crowd plays the sixth man but they really are, and we use that.”

Bench Stars?
Darrell Arthur and Xavier Henry got the start over Randolph and Mayo as a result of shootaround-gate, (sorry but they’ll take away journalism credentials if anything resembling a scandal is not followed with a –gate suffix) and they were awesome.

Arthur set the tone of the game early, jumping the Grizz out to an early 20-10 lead by scoring 10 points. Xavier Henry continued to shoot the NBA’s longest two-point attempts, but was rock-solid on defense.

Hollins attributed some of Randolph’s fourth quarter performance to Arthur being able to eat up 28 minutes, and Henry played for 26.

O.J. on the upswing?
Mayo continued his recent streak of super-suck, for 45 minutes of the game, until he hit his only shot with 2:52 left to put the Grizzlies up by one after facing a late three-point deficit. The crowd reaction to Mayo making the shot (he had missed his previous six attempts) was comparable to a parent cheering for their terrible kid who FINALLY GOT THAT ONE BASKET IN A GAME!

“It felt like a million pounds off my chest,” Mayo said.

More Zbo
It should be noted that the giveaway was for Zach Randolph headbands, and even a few LeBron jersey wearing fairweathers were sporting the bright orange headgear.

Randolph’s contribution was even stronger than his line, as his offensive rebounding in the third quarter set up put-back after put-back to keep the game close.

“Yeah I didn’t get the start, coach punished us, but we got the win,” he said after the game.

Perimeter woes. Free throw shows.
If fans expected LeBron James to be the Heat’s show stealer tonight, they ended up disappointed. Eddie House did more to keep the Heat in the game than any other player, hitting 6 three-pointers en route to scoring 20 points off the bench.

The Grizzlies meanwhile hit only one three-pointer in the game (out of 11…ugh.) but made up for the difference by dominating the glass and forcing 27 free throw attempts.

It’s what you pay for!
Rudy Gay went from $80M waste of money to TOTALLY FREAKING WORTH IT in about 45 seconds. First, with the Grizz up 95-93, Gay tripped on himself and turned the ball over to allow a James layup to force the tie with 5.3 seconds left.

Then he came out of the timeout and nailed a buzzer-beating jumper to win the game.

Press conference highlight
Geoff Calkins: “That just like you drew it up at the end Lionel?”

Hollins: “Yeah of course.”
Note: That’s a paraphrase. Someone is laughing in my mic and can’t quite make out exactly what he said. But it was like that. Serious.

Dunk of the Game
Rudy Gay on a sick putback the made the building explode. Put the Grizz up two with 4:11 left in the fourth.

Twitter watch
@ricktrotter was the game’s twitter star, somehow finding time to tweet about legal trends in online plastic surgery reviews while doing the PA announcing AND dropping terrific lines like the LeBron-inspired “It’s time to take your talents to Grizz-cam!” and a WWE-inspired “Wait a minute… that sounds like Super Grizz’s music!”

Final Shots
Don’t feel too bad about the Grizzlies’ 1 of 11 shooting night from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies were 2 for 2 on three-pointers after the whistle. Thabeet only played about 6 minutes. Greivis Vasquez enthusiasm is as fun as it is hilarious. When coming in to replace Mike Conley, Vasquez gave Conley a hard point, you know… to clear up any confusion about whom he was replacing. Oh and a big low-five. Plus he has really nice vision on the court. Also LeBron sucked. Sure he scored 29. But expectation is everything, and compared to the expectation, he sucked. He’s also 0-2 in Memphis over the past two seasons.

Follow @memphissport @douggillon @bharris901 @chasingphoto and @cerrito for live Grizzlies tweets during games and check Memphissport.net after each game for a full recap from FedExForum.

Written by Doug Gillon. Photo by JD Meredith.

Offside Thursday/This Team is Inconsistent

The Kings are in a groove but it’s an irritating one, something like that needle on a record player that gets stuck in the same track. It happened again Tuesday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center as the Kings fell 5-4 to the Rapid City Rush in a game in which they probably played well enough to win but paid dearly for one little slip-up in the third period.

They took a stupid penalty, unsportsmanlike conduct at 5:45 and the Rush capitilized for the game winner on the powerplay.

Tuesday night

The Rush scored first just 2:16 into the opening period. Les Reaney’s scored his fourth goal of the season. The RiverKings did answer that with only 4:37 left in the first frame with an unassisted goal from Matt Boyd. But the Rush answered with a goal, just 41 seconds later. Ryan Menei found the twine on a wrist shot that beat Kings Russian netminder Pechurskiy. It was 2-1 Rush after one period of play.

In the second frame the RiverKings tied the game at two on the powerplay, on a goal from Matt Summers. But once again, the Rush answered with a goal on the powerplay..The goal was scored by Reaney, his second on the night. The Rush powerplay capilized again as Colt King scored and it was now 4-2 Rapid City. The RiverKings did respond though on another goal by Matt Boyd, his second of the night. It was 4-3 Rush after forty minutes of play.

In the final period, the Rush powerplay did it again as Scott Wray beat the Kings netminder. The RiverKings did get one more as defenseman Landmesser scored. The final was Rush 5, Kings 4. Rapid City’s were 3 -for- 8 on the powerplay.The RiverKings powerplay was again pathetic, they were 1-for-8.

Danny Battochio stopped 26 of 30 shots directed his way and Kings netminder Pechurskiy stopped 23 of 28 directed his way.

It was nice to see another great crowd at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center,4,207 fans and it was a Tuesday night.

Joe Sports thoughts about the Kings after Tuesday night’s game.

I know we have some aging players, lack of experience is hardly an issue. So why in the world do these guys take turns at having brain cramps that inevitably end with the puck in their own net? Shouldn’t that part of the game be taken care of by now?

You’re not dealing with guys who are just coming out of minor hockey. This team is inconsistent, and they have to find a way to get consistency.

Why is Richards, Christian, Dumont, Landmesser and Battaglia good one night and missing in action the next? Why did the team look good in Colorado and disappear in Rapid City, or were they that good in Colorado? Maybe it was just the goaltending we got that night.? I think it was just the goaltending.

Why does this team show flashes of dominance, but drop off so dramatically, in short stretches?

Questions, questions, questions.

Is it all mental?

The Kings lack the quickness of many younger, faster teams in the CHL. That can’t be remedied by anything short of the invention of time travel.

But BRAIN freezes can be eliminated. Maybe playing all on the same page would help. Desire would help. The team has to wake up.

Are changes needed? We’re certainly not getting enough wins and we certainly need to change that. We are 5-7-0 for the season.

Up next is a home game at the DCC. Quad City is in town and that game goes at 7:05pm. From there, the Kings embark on a gruelling three game road trip with stops in Evansville, Witchita and Tulsa.. Not exactly an ideal recipe for piecing together a winning streak.

I know it’s a long season, but folks we have to get a little more desperate out there and find ways to win.

You don’t want to put yourself in a situation where it’s January and you have to win or otherwise you’re going to be out.That said, the way the playoff format is, almost everyone makes it. But seriously, how far will we go with a mediocre team? Certainly not to the Presidents Cup.

Is it mental with this team? Well, we better call Tony Robbins then. Maybe he can use his magical powers of persuasion to convince this out of touch GM and Coach it’s time for them to join this decade,and the geriatric core of players to pick up the speed of players ten years their junior.

We better damn well start winning now, because I guarantee the rest of the Berry Conference at the top will keep winning pretty regularly.

Can this team get its groove back? Did it ever have a groove to begin with?

There is only one way to play the game of hockey and that’s pedal to the medal!

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.

Ok, now with all the business out of the way it’s time for Offside Thursday.

Reports say since David Beckham started posing in ads for Armani underwear(David what are you doing. Guess what ? Sales have increased more than 30 per cent. That’s today’s over on unders.

Remember Butch Patrick, who played Eddie on the 60’s show the Munsters, has checked into a New Jersey rehab clinic. He blames his long struggle with drugs and alcohol on a) being a child star, and b) being a Nets fan.

German health researchers say they’ve created an easy chair that emits an annoying sound telling you it’s time to get out of your seat and go take a walk. Not to be outdone, TSN renewed the contract of Pierre McGuire.

Derek Jeter’s girlfriend Minka Kelly has been named ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ by Esquire Magazine. Not to say Jeter doesn’t deserve the Gold Glove he just got, but lately Minka has been his best catch.

Some people suspect Florida coach Urban Meyer is the source of allegations surrounding Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. If true, would that make Meyer an alleGator?

TMZ reports that Hulk Hogan is getting married to his 35-year-old fianceé Jennifer McDaniel. Take it from me, the fights in a wrestling ring are nothing compared to those in a wedding ring.

According to a new study, an estimated 35% of food in the US is thought to go to waste. Another 5% is thought to go to Jamarcus Russell’s waist.

Knicks star Eddy Curry reportedly is being sued for a $200,000 loan he can’t pay because he has no money. Meanwhile, reports say Heidi Montag owes $2 Million in taxes and is near bankruptcy. Of the two, I’m more surprised at hearing Heidi is flat broke.

A video of a Corpus Christi school quarterback casually strolling over the line before sprinting 60-some yards for a touchdown went viral this week. It’s the most talked about quarterback sneak since Brett Favre texted Jenn Sterger.

Five iconic products not made in the United States, according to a story on Yahoo: 5. Gerber baby food; 4. Levi jeans; 3. Televisions; 2. Cell phones; 1. Major league baseball players.

Veteran actor Dick Van Dyke claims a pod of porpoises saved his life by pushing him to shore after he fell asleep on his surfboard and woke with no land in sight. Van Dyke says the experience has given him a) a lesson about drifting off to sleep, and b) a sense of porpoise.

When things are going wrong, they just keep going wrong. Someone forgot to renew the DallasCowboys.com domain name, stonewalling online readers when the website went blank Sunday night: “On the bright side, though, it’s the first thing they’ve blocked in two weeks.”

Dion Phaneuf was jeered by Maple Leafs fans prompting Brian Burke to say he didn’t think he ever had a player booed before. I’m surprised that even Burkie could say that with a straight face.

If pampered athletes are told to get off their high horse, what do you tell Zanyatta?

A speed rollerskater at the Inline World Championships in Guarne, Columbia, began celebrating his victory coming out of the last turn only to be passed at the finish line. Call it a bad case of premature jock elation.

Proposed movie titles for the 2010 Randy Moss melodrama:

3. Patriot Games;

2. Purple Reign;

1. November the Titans.

I love the name of goalie Antero Niittymaki of the San Jose Sharks. Niittymaki. The only sports name I can think of with more I’s in it is Favre.

Jared Allen of the Vikings has authored a collection of meals for hunters called the Quarterback Killer’s Cookbook. It is not to be confused with Brad Childress’s recipes for disaster.

Long-time NBA player Chris Dudley was edged out in a tight race for Oregon governor. After checking Dudley’s career free throw stats, I’m thinking he lost points going to the party line.

Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec is rumoured to have suffered another fainting spell. Sources say it happened when Ondrej checked the standings and saw the Leafs had a winning record.”

An NBA game between the Magic and Knicks at Madison Square Garden was postponed a couple of weeks ago, after debris fell from the rafters. You know, I have been wondering what happened to Isiah Thomas.

A new study has found that on average, men start to get grumpier and lose their sense of humour at age 52. The average drops to 40 if you include Bill Belichek.

Bear Climbs Tree Stand

Some times bear encounters end in tragedy. Other times, just talk.

IPHONE TABLE

These guys are Auzzie wizards.

Girl goes crazy with her cam’s special effects

This is funny…

Funny hockey pictures

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q168OfW08I0

Dance video of the week-Dance around your desk

Fight video of the week

That’s it for today. Hockey night at the DCC on Friday , the CHL – TV for the next three games.

See you at the game Friday. I’m Joe Sports have a great day. .

Barton cures hangover: Tigers 94, NW State 79

It was a perfect time for Will Barton to come alive.

After watching a 19-point lead evaporate and the energy from the crowd hit rock bottom, Memphis’ heralded but rarely seen freshman arrived. A barrage of 3-pointers. A steal. A dunk. Just like that, Memphis was well on its way to 94-79 victory over Northwestern State on Wednesday night.

“It felt so good, man,” Barton said. “I knew the crowd, me and everybody in Memphis had been waiting for me to have a game like this. I just had to let it all out after I got it going.”

Barton, who hadn’t played much this season because of an ankle injury and weeks of subsequent missed practice time, erupted for 22 points and eight rebounds. He scored 11 points in a row in a crucial second-half stretch that turned a 61-63 deficit into a 72-65 lead in a hurry.

Wesley Witherspoon finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Barton and freshman big man Tarik Black (nine points, five boards, two assists and a block) provided the spark for an otherwise lethargic Tigers team clearly still a bit hungover from an emotional win over Miami less than 48 hours earlier.

The Tigers (3-0) led 57-44 at halftime, but were outscored 19-4 to start the half. Memphis also struggled defensively, allowing the Demons to shoot 42.9 percent from the field. Will Pratt, Northwestern State’s go-to player, had 23 points and six rebounds.

“I got a little frustrated because I understood the importance of this game,” said Memphis coach Josh Pastner after, in true Pastner fashion, apologizing for slapping the scorer’s table multiple times. “I understood that this could be a trap game. … If you start believing and reading our own press clippings from the previous morning, you can have a hangover.”

Quotable

“I was trying to get my feet wet and get back to the old me. It was a little frustrating at first. … I needed to get my confidence back up. It was very tough because I missed a lot of practices and a lot of game time, and I think I was playing a little scared.” — Will Barton on his slow start to the season

Missing in action (and from the locker room)

By the time media were allowed into the locker room after the game, Coleman had already left. But what reporters couldn’t get from a face-to-face interview, they got from a single tweet:

“Bout to hang my sneaks up……real talk!!!!” Coleman (@gamuscle0) wrote on his Twitter page.

This post was quickly deleted.

He later posted, “HA!!…and to think I actually said that hahaha…I just got a lil fine tunin to do…;) bout to get on my ishhhh!!!”

Though Coleman’s tweet was just an emotional overreaction, it does help paint an accurate picture of what’s going on in the Memphis frontcourt: Coleman and Angel Garcia are struggling, and Black is taking over.

Coleman played just nine minutes Wednesday, finishing with two points and one rebound. Garcia had nine points and two boards in just 11 minutes.

“I have great confidence in Will Coleman, but production is what it comes down to,” Pastner said. “He’s going to snap out of it. I believe in him. … I know he’s frustrated right now.

“I don’t want to put anything on Will Coleman because I’ve got to look myself in the mirror and see what can we get from me to get him going. On the other hand, he’s got to produce because we don’t have time to wait.”

Twitter watch

This Memphis Tigah team has more talent than the Pony! — @FakePeteGillen

The Tigers are struggling so much tonight that Wolo just went to break saying “You’re listening to Tiger Football…” ouch — @MemphisRoar

i cant deal wit the close game all the way over here!dear god:just please give me the ability to come through a computer screen! — @ToTheMackximum (That’s former Tiger Doneal Mack for those who don’t know)

come on big will!!!!!!i told you bout tht weak shit with all those muscles!take them in the rim with you! — @ToTheMackximum

Brandon Harris covers Tiger basketball for Memphis Sport. You can follow him via Twitter @bharris901.

Written by Brandon Harris, Photo by Michael Cardwell.