Law of the Octagon

Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in the world today. Because of its growing popularity, more and more athletes are trying their hand at MMA and even crossing over from other sports to give mixed martial arts a try. Here in Memphis, we have a fighter who has not only crossed over, but is making huge strides in this sport, and his name is Brian “The Law” Hall.

Brian is 12-2 as an amateur fighter who fights out of Memphis Judo and Jiu-Jitsu. Brian began his combative sports career at Millington High School where he was a state champion wrestler.

But to succeed in MMA, Brian went to Memphis Judo and Jiu-Jitsu to add depth and dimension to his fighting. According to Memphis Judo and Jiu-Jitsu gym owner Dave Ferguson, “Brian has improved in every facet of the sport. His Muy Thai has improved greatly, as well as his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a completely different fighter than he was just one year ago.”

On June 10, 2010, V3 fight fans submitted more than 40,000 votes for who they wanted to see fight for the first-ever V3 Bantamweight title. Brian Hall and Cody Lane received the honor. Brian defeated Lane and this fight went on to win “Fight of the Year,” in another fan vote.

Brian successfully defended his V3 title by beating number one contender Jesse Parker at the Delta Fair on V3’s one year anniversary show. According to V3 Fights’ president Nick Harmeir, “It’s exciting for me to see how much he has grown as a fighter. He is very well-rounded, and his confidence level is up. He comes into the cage ready to go to war and we’re lucky to have him as our champion. He’s one of the top amateurs in the state and is definitely one of those guys who can go on to that next level.”

Amateur fighters don’t yet earn a paycheck, so until he turns pro, Brian will continue working in the Memphis Police Department. Brian started with the MPD by teaching combative skills to recruits. Brian has since recently been named the Memphis Police Department boxing coach where he runs a gym designed to keep kids off of the streets and do something positive with their lives.

Brian’s says his biggest accomplishment though, is not his fight career or his job with the MPD, but being a full time husband to his wife, Sarah, and father to his two children Alyssa (6) and Jalen (10). “What makes it such an amazing thing is that he juggles quite a bit in his life: full time job, family man and fighter. He is phenomenal with his time management, goal setting and work ethic. I think this shows his maturity, not just as a fighter, but as a man.” states Ferguson.

Brian’s next fight is on November 19 in Jackson, MS for the very prestigious MMA promotion, Strikeforce. He is fighting Thomas Vazquez who is the last person to defeat him and he is hoping to avenge that loss.

Written by Rodrigo Galvan, Photo by Jay Johnson

Offside Thursday/Yikes it’s 2011

Offside Thursday/Happy New Year

Well another year gone by, looks like nothing went right for the Kings since the start of the 2010-2011 season. But it’s a new year…YIKES it’s 2011.

What can we expect? What’s Your Wish for 2011? A two game winning streak, maybe three in a row. Trade some big name players who are not performing. What’s your wish? Make your comment below or send me an e-mail at

Last Sunday.

Sunday, the RiverKings were in Allen, Texas to take on the Americans. The Kings were edged by the Americans 2-1.

The Kings have now lost three straight games and are winless in its last seven road games, they have a record of 13-15-1 for the season.

Last night…

The Komets almost blew a 5-1 third-period lead before holding off the RiverKings 7-5 in front of 7,036 Memorial Coliseum rabid fans. We played about 20 minutes in this one.

The Kings have now lost three straight games and are winless in its last seven road games, they have a record of 13-15-1 for the season.

The Kings are in Evansville tonight.

The Kings will then take on the Bugs in Bossier-Shreveport on New Years Day.

Mississippi returns to the DeSoto Civic Center on Sunday, January 2nd, in a 3:05 pm game against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs.

They will then pack their bags again and head out on a five game road trip.

Joe Sports thoughts


The coach needs to make some big changes to motivate this team and win back the fans in this town. A shake up is needed and it is needed now.

The team has no heart or ba**s. If you watch them you’ll notice that most of them just don’t give a **** anymore.

I don’ mind if we lose, if we play hard every night, finish our checks, skate hard into the corners for loose pucks, and defend ourselves as though we have no other choice.

What I don’t want to hear is players and coaches saying “we weren’t ready, or we weren’t prepared. To me with the exception of an occasional game, that’s not something this team can afford.

All I can say is put some effort into it.

A couple of players having off nights or a tough stretch of games is expected. It happens. Good teams have bad games once in awhile. Hell, even bad teams “don’t show up” once in awhile. But what the Kings do that I rarely see happen to other teams is not show up, as an entire team, for long, long stretches of time.

We’ve seen what we can do when we put the effort out there. I’m trying to hold on to the belief that they can turn this season around. But in most games, most players look like they don’t want to there, and I think it starts at the top.

The blame is from management down. I can’t blame the new coach, he just got here. But I can blame Mattice and the vets on this team. The new coach is already under pressure.

Under pressure:

Here’s a couple of e-mails this past week.

I’m a RiverKings fan and I’ll condemn any number of the buffoons on this team.The defense is the worst. The worst in the league.


The Kings have no heart, no guts whatsoever.


It’s not even worth our time to make fun of the Kings anymore, they are such a sad excuse for a hockey team its just pathetic.


I get many e-mails from fans each week. These are the type of e-mails that show up in my in box every day.

It can’t get worse than what we’ve seen in 2010! Wait, can it?

It doesn’t take long for an CHL team to go from good to bad and from bad to good, which is why it’s so unbelievable that the Kings have been so consistently bad. This year, they’re in the process of hitting a new low.Rock bottom has arrived for the Kings.

I’m looking at this team, and I’m thinking it just can’t get any worse than this.

The Kings look like they could use a dose of Sheddon.

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

It’s time for Offside Thursday

New Gig for Killer…

LAFAYETTE, LA –The Louisiana IceGators would like to introduce the new head coach for the IceGators, Kevin Kaminski. Kaminski is taking over a team that is currently 7-19. He will take over the Head Coaching and Director of Hockey Operations immediately.!

Memphis Tigers quarterback Cannon Smith was arrested for a drunken incident where he refused to pay a cab fare and challenged police officers to a fight. Smith has been charged with a) disorderly conduct, and b) being a loaded Cannon.

NHL president Gary Bettman reportedly has no problem with Bruce Boudreau’s profanity-laced rant on HBO’s 24/7. No surprise really; Bettman’s probably used to hearing obscenities

A man who threw waffles on the ice during the Toronto-Atlanta game has been banned from the Air Canada Centre. This means he can’t go to any Leafs or Raptors home games.

They call that a punishment?

The New York Islanders placed goalie Rick DiPietro on injured reserve. He’s suffering from a sore knee and a swollen save percentage.

The Chicago Bears defeated the Minnesota Vikings 40-14 in the final game for both teams before Christmas. Talk about season’s beatings.

The top three NHL Christmas songs: 3. Away at the Rangers; 2. O Goalie Night; 1. Right Wing Wenceslas

Yahoo! Finance reports DreamWorks Animation shares dropped more than three percent this week due to the less-than-expected performance of Megamind. Analysts say it’s the week’s second largest drop in stock, but well short of Donovan McNabb’s.

TMZ reports Cameron Diaz is in Mexico to catch a little sunshine. They also say she’s there with Alex Rodriquez, so it won’t be a short stop.

Shaquille O’Neal directed the Boston Pops Orchestra as guest conductor this week. Who better than Shaq to know about scores in a key?

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s  husband glues his eyes shut. Response from Viking fans: Why didn’t we think of that?

The San Jose Sharks said part of their plan against the Edmonton Oilers last Tuesday was to repeatedly put Taylor Hall on his backside. Or in keeping with the season, to deck the Hall.

Most shocking story:

Not just the fall of Tiger Woods, but the manner in which this story took on a tabloid reportial slant. It started with a late 2009 car accident and some kind of domestic dispute. But before the 2010 was over, there was a bevy of skanks, seemingly willing to tell their stories for money, and oh they had stories.

The most famous golfer in the world stopped winning tournaments and became a punchline. In a year of living dangerously for all kinds of athletes, Woods managed to surpass Brett Favre on the — isn’t he a pig — scale. He did all that, while paying off his ex-wife and not winning a single golf tournament.

Biggest overreaction:

The IOC’s concern about the Canadian women’s hockey team’s celebration post gold medal. Long after the game was over, the players went out on the ice, smoked a few cigars, drank some champagne, drove around on the Zamboni.  The IOC and the IIHF and even Hockey Canada got way too uptight over a harmless celebration.

This only goes to prove one unavoidable fact: Canadian girls know how to party!!

Absolute best performers, any sport:

Sidney Crosby, Kobe Bryant, Michael Vick, Tom Brady, DeSean Jackson, Joey Votto, the San Francisco Giants, Georges St-Pierre and Manny Pacquiao.

My pick:

Best trade that didn’t change anything:

The Dion Phaneuf deal probably led to Darryl Sutter’s demise as GM of the Calgary Flames. But in the big picture, what happened to the Maple Leafs? They got a name in Phaneuf and a captain and a figure. But it has yet to impact Brian Burke’s troubled team. The Leafs’ year was like too many Leaf years — with low expectations not being met. Phanuef isn’t the star we thought he could be but at least the Leafs gave up little of consequence to acquire their captain.

The best of 2010

If I had a million


One hell of a basketball shot

The Rent Is Too Damn High

Party’s Jimmy McMillan at the NY Governor Debate You gotta love this guy)

Louie-Richards-JC AND OF COURSE LANDMESSER.( The Grecian formula guys) (The Four Pops)Which one is Derek, Louie, JC, Richards ?

Fight video of the year

Zeitgeist 2010: Year in ReviewWhat did you search for in 2010?

Am I seeing things?

My Blackberry Is Not Working!

Here are some New Year’s resolutions:



* I will no longer waste my time reliving the past, instead I will spend it worrying about the future.

* I will not bore my boss  with the same excuse for taking leaves. I will think of some more excuses.

* I will do less laundry and use more deodorant.

* Assure my lawyer that I will never again show up drunk at a custody hearing.

* I will try to figure out why I *really* need nine e-mail addresses.

* I resolve to work with neglected children — my own.

* I will spend less than one hour a day on the Internet. This, of course, will be hard to estimate since I’m not a clock watcher.

* I will think of a password other than “password.”

* I will stop considering other people’s feelings when they so obviously don’t consider mine – if that unwashed fellow sits next to me again, I’ll tell him he stinks!

Have a Happy New Year !!

I’m Joe Sports

Vintage Jack: The Boston Red Sox and the Almighty

Over the years we’ve asked for many things:
Batting titles, Cy Youngs, and championship rings.

You’ve been generous with hitters, Heaven knows,
And our Cy Young awards are lined up in rows.

But no matter how hard we work and strive,
We’re still waiting for those wonderful rings to arrive.

This could be our year, but we can’t do it alone;
The Yankees are too good, and we are accident prone.

So when the playoffs start, all we ask
Is please make sure we are up to the task.

And if there were a few speed bumps on the New York road,
That would go a long way towards easing our load.

And from the Book of Proverbs, the words we cherish
“A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will perish.”

Written August 30, 1998

Memphisport Live: 12.28.10

Hour 1:

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter discuss MSL’s Hottest Guest of the Year Contest, Spoon’s early return from injury, Joey Dorsey’s impressive game vs. the Grizzlies, and more. Plus, Marcus The Magnificent makes his 2011 sports predictions.

Click here to listen to Hour 1 of the 12.28.10 MSL

Hour 2:

Famous aristocrunk rap group Lord T and Eloise join Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter to talk about New Years Eve at the Peabody, arm wrestling Rampage Jackson, their “incident” with Vince Carter, and much more. Also, Memphisport Grizzlies beat writer Doug Gillon stops by to talk about the controversial situation involving Lionel Hollins yelling at fans.  Plus, the guys discuss FOX playing music during NFL games, Justin Bieber signs at Tiger basketball games, and Hippolyte Tsafack’s twitter account during the final Woohoo’s and Boo’s of 2010.

Click here to listen to Hour 2 of the 12.28.10 MSL

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host Memphisport Live every Tuesday at 6:00 PM on Sports 56 WHBQ. Memphisport Live was voted 3rd Best Sports Show in the 2010 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.

Lord T and Eloise prepare for NYE on MSL

Famous aristocrunk rap group Lord T and Eloise joined Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter on MSL to talk about New Year’s Eve at the Peabody, arm wrestling Rampage Jackson, their incident with Vince Carter, and much more.

Click here to listen to the full Lord T and Eloise interview on MSL

(Originally aired December 28, 2010)

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host Memphisport Live every Tuesday at 6:00 PM on Sports 56 WHBQ. Memphisport Live was voted 3rd Best Sports Show in the 2010 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.

MSL’s Hottest Guest of the Year Contest 2010

Who was the hottest Memphisport Live (MSL) guest of 2010? Well, that’s up to you to decide…

As a way to celebrate another memorable year on the air and to continue to interact with the show’s loyal fan base, MSL is having listeners vote on who they think was the “Hottest Guest of the Year.”




(Tune in to MSL with Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter every Saturday from 11:00am – 1:00pm on Sports 56 WHBQ)

Get more info and photos of the nominees:

Ashey Ann Vickers

Kayla Stenz

Kerry Crawford

Carrie Anderson

Lauren Jenkins

Kristin Tallent


Listen to each nominee’s guest appearance on MSL:

Ashley Ann Vickers on MSL (10.26.10)

Kayla Stenz on MSL (12.14.10)

Kerry Crawford on MSL (11.23.10)

Carrie Anderson on MSL (09.28.10)

Lauren Jenkins on MSL (08.24.10)

Kristin Tallent on MSL (12.07.10)

Basil Marceaux on MSL (08.24.10)

Follow the nominees on Twitter:








Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host Memphisport Live (MSL) every Saturday from 11:00am – 1:00pm on Sports 56 WHBQ. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Show in the 2010 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.

Redemption: Grizzlies outlast Raptors 96-85

photo by JD Meredith

For about 15 minutes tonight’s 96-85 win at FedExForum looked like a rehash of the Grizzlies embarrassing home loss to the Nets.  The Grizzlies came out sluggish and mustered only 16 points in the opening period, compared to 24 by Toronto. Like the Nets loss, the Grizzlies were outperformed early by a team they should have been dominating. This time the lack of effort was stopped. By Tony Allen.

He stopped the Raptors too. Allen notched 14 points, six steals, eight rebounds and two assists in a season-high 32 minutes, and was the catalyst for a Grizzlies team that, early on, looked as lethargic as they did before the break.

“I just come in and play my game,” Allen said. “This my seventh year in the league and I just use every moment I get to bring energy and cause havoc the best that I can.”

Allen and Rudy Gay combined for 11 steals. Gay also had five steals in the previous game at Indiana.

The Grizzlies were able to get on track behind the defensive effort from Gay and Allen in the second quarter, and finished the half ahead by four.

“I just thought our effort was tremendous during that period, we outscored them by 12 and then again by 10 in the third… I thought our defense was just superb,” coach Lionel Hollins said after the game.

Dunk of the Game
In case it wasn’t clear earlier, Tony Allen was not messing around. Halfway through the second period, Allen managed to turn three consecutive steals into a fast break dunk. The next play, Allen stole the ball again, and ended it with another fast break dunk. On both plays Allen stole the ball, tipped it to another player (Mike Conley, Gay) and that player shoved it right back to Allen for the dunk. It was the cookie for the effort. Even more significant, the first dunk tied the game, and the second gave the Grizz their first lead of the night.

And now at point guard… Rudy Gay?
Because defensive success was propelling the team, and due to Toronto’s use of mostly zone and “loose man-to-man” defensive schemes, Hollins used a rotation late in the third and early in the fourth that featured neither of the team’s two point guards.

In the third, Gay and Allen were joined by Zach Randolph, O.J. Mayo and Darrell Arthur. In the fourth Arthur was replaced with Gasol. In both instances, Rudy Gay acted the trigger man. The interesting setup worked well, but Hollins was reluctant to elaborate on whether it was a setup fans could expect to see more of.

“There’s not any ball pressure so pretty much anybody can bring the ball up and get us into the offense,” Hollins said. “Tonight I felt like I could get away with it because of the way they played and I just liked our defensive energy.”

Twitter watch
Just one today. It’s late and I’m still in holiday mode. This one is from Grizzlies PA announcer Rick Trotter, who somehow finds ways to be hilarious on the tweet while still rocking the mic.

Rick Trotter
Almost had my face smashed in by an errant basketball. Saved by Ron Tillery! I thought he only protected Coach Hollins?

Final Shots
With the Raptors missing several starters, career journeymen like Linas Kleiza were forced to start. Kleiza made the most of the opportunity, finishing with 22 points. “Kleiza good,” Randolph said afterwards. The Grizzlies have won seven of their last nine at FedExForum. The Raptors shot an embarrassing .357 from the free throw line, a season low and the lowest by an opponent since the Grizzlies moved to Memphis. Zach Randolph changed headbands at halftime. Apparently this is normal. Memphis product and town golden boy Joey Dorsey started the game, his second of the season. Dorsey had 10 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out. Sam Young started the game in place of Xavier Henry, who is day-to-day with a bruised knee, but was quickly replaced by Mayo and Allen.

The Grizzlies play next at Sacramento on Wednesday.

Doug Gillon covers the Grizzlies for Memphisport. You can follow him via Twitter @douggillon. For more live tweets during Grizzlies games follow @memphisport, @cerrito, and @chasingphoto.

Vintage Jack: Things I’m Tired Of

A baseball strike will be unique;
The players have the owners up the creek.

The players’ demands are cut and dried,
And they say they must be satisfied.

If not they’ll strike, raise the fist,
And here’s where it all takes a different twist.

The millionaire players will just buy a sign
And hire someone to walk the picket line.

This way when it ends, we’ll all surely know
The players will be rested and ready to go.

Written July 19, 1995

Varsity Spirit: Tiffany, Titans Cheerleader

What is the best part about being a Titans cheerleader?
The best part about being a Titans cheerleader is game day! There’s nothing like being on the field watching the plays unfold, and feeling all the energy from the fans.

What brought you to Nashville from Port Richey, Florida?
I moved to Nashville as a singer/songwriter with a record deal. Music and entertaining have always been what drive me.

Have you been to the Grand Ole Opry?
Of course I’ve been to the Opry! Everyone should! Such history and amazing sounds come from that place.

What is the typical game-day like for you?
We arrive at the stadium four hours before kickoff to have our field practice. Then, it’s time to grab some catering, and start the glam process. For me, that would be makeup first, then hair. When we are all ready, we have team prayer, then head to the tunnel to line up for our entrance. That feeling never gets old. I always get butterflies when I look out onto the field. The game always seems to go by so fast. It’s so much fun out there!

If you played football, what position would you play?
I would have to say I’d be a wide receiver! I tend to enjoy the spotlight, and the pressures that go along with it.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I do! I like to do things in the same order while getting ready. I may even be a bit OCD about it!

What do you do in your free time?
I like to spend every moment possible with my family. My husband and two-year-old daughter make me smile like no others. I also love to watch movies, hang with friends, exercise, shop, and have date night!

Written by Brandi Hunter, Photo by Tennessee Titans

Overmatched: Georgetown 86, Memphis 69

In the waning minutes of Georgetown’s 86-69 dissection of Memphis on Thursday night, the Hoyas ran a backdoor cut on an inbounds pass from the halfcourt line. The halfcourt line.

Really, though, it wasn’t that surprising because the Hoyas — playing with experience, seasoning and immeasurable discipline — had already done it from nearly every other spot on the floor. It was as predictable as it was unstoppable, and Georgetown imposed its will on a Memphis team that could seemingly only sit and watch.

“They were killing us on those backdoors,” Memphis freshman Chris Crawford said. “Coach told us to put a head and a chest on them when they cut. But we got out there, and it was a different story.”

Photo by Chase Gustafson

Georgetown shot 56.9 percent from the field and got a combined 43 points from senior guards Austin Freeman and Chris Wright. The only other Memphis opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the field was Kansas, which handed the Tigers their only other loss of the season.

“You’re not going to beat a team that shoots 57 percent from the field,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner said. “We went zone and got hurt, so we back to man and we tried to force more difficult shots and better defensive matchups, but they just shot the daylights out of it. It’s just one of those games they deserved to win tonight. They were the better team tonight, and there was no doubt about that.”

Freshman-laden Memphis was not fit to handle Georgetown’s deliberate and precise halfcourt offense, and the Tigers knew it. Memphis started the game pressuring the ball and creating transition at every opportunity.

But the Hoyas refused to miss. And though Memphis played about as well as it could play in the first half — Will Barton was 6-of-11 for 14 points and Will Coleman had eight points and five rebounds — Georgetown still took a 40-36 lead into halftime.

And in the second half, the facts came to light: the Tigers just weren’t good enough to stay in the game. Georgetown continued to perforate Memphis’ alternating defenses, and when the Tigers did manage to create transition, they missed easy shots, bricked layups or turned the ball over.

Questionable tech

Georgetown took control of the game and extended its lead to double digits early in the second half, and Memphis barely managed to threaten. The one time the Tigers did, though, came at the 7:35 mark when Will Barton caught an alley oop pass from Chris Crawford and dunked it home to pull Memphis within 65-56.

Barton briefly hung on the rim before letting go and landing on the court, at which point he was whistled for a technical foul for hanging on the rim.

The call was questionable at best, but even if it does technically break the rule, it doesn’t seem right for an official to make that kind of call at such a crucial point in a game of that stature.

“It was bogus,” Coleman said of the technical foul. “I felt like some of the officiating was terrible.”

With the momentum gone, Freeman hit both free throws and followed it up with a 3-pointer that put Georgetown’s lead back into double digits for good.

“I guess you could call that the momentum swinger,” Barton said. “But we can’t let that be an excuse for why we lost the game.”

Witherspoon, Stephens return from injury

Wesley Witherspoon, no more than two weeks removed from knee surgery, was back in the starting lineup against the Hoyas, partially because freshman center Tarik Black was still battling flu symptoms. Pastner said he looked “great” in practice the previous two days and was cleared to play by doctors.

Only thing is, he didn’t play like it. Witherspoon 1-of-5 with three points, three rebounds and three turnovers.

Sophomore forward DJ Stephens, who’d been nursing a sore groin, gave Memphis a minor burst off the bench and its highlight of the night when he caught an entry pass on the block, elevated, drew a foul and punched it home on a Georgetown defender.


Pastner closed out his postgame press conference with this gem in lieu of the usual “winning is hard”:

“Losing stinks, winning is fun. Losing is the worst. But it should stink. … When you lose, you’re miserable. The best way to avoid losing is to remember that feeling.” — Josh Pastner

Up next

The Tigers will get the weekend off for the holiday before returning to Memphis on Monday. They’ll practice Monday, twice Tuesday and twice Wednesday before hosting Lipscomb on Thursday.

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