Greg Akers talks 2011 Oscar nominations on MSL

Oscarologist Greg Akers joins Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter on MSL to talk about the newly released nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

Click here to listen to Greg Akers’ appearance on MSL

(Originally aired January 25, 2011)

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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.

On their way: Tigers 77, UCF 61

Imagine UCF were Arkansas State, Austin Peay or East Carolina. Imagine if Memphis put the clinic on that inferior competition like it did against the Knights in a 77-61 victory over the Knights on Wednesday night.

Things might be a different, and the outlook for Memphis might be a little better. But despite it all, maybe, just maybe, we’re seeing signs that the Tigers are on their way.

Memphis did to UCF what Memphis is known for doing — completely overwhelming opponents with athleticism, talent and defense.

“That was a good win for Memphis,” Tigers coach Josh Pastner said. “I told everyone back out in the summer to throw out all of the expectations because they weren’t fair. They were recruiting expectations. We’re going to take lumps, have peaks and valleys, and there are going to be road blocks and obstacles. I told everybody that we have a long way to go. … We’re not there yet, but we’re getting better each game and increasing in some areas. That’s a good sign.”

Photo by Chase Gustafson

Will Barton, playing in front of his father who traveled from Baltimore, continued to emerge as the Tigers’ star with 17 points and six rebounds. Tarik Black, the freshman big man slowly taking on ownership of the team, had a career-high five blocks while playing against UCF’s 7-foot center, Tom Herzog. Chris Crawford, known for his shooting, showed yet again why he deserves to be known for his passing with a game-high seven assists.

And that’s just a sampling of the players who really contributed.

With veteran forward Wesley Witherspoon indefinitely suspended from the team, these young Tigers are being forced to look directly in the mirror for guidance, and it’s helped them grow up. There’s no veteran out there to make a big play on the road at Southern Miss, so Joe Jackson and Charles Carmouche did it. There’s no one out there to turn it on offensively and really light up the scoreboard when the Tigers need a push, so Will Barton did it.

The same Tigers that couldn’t shut down Tennessee State finished the first half Wednesday night on a 22-8 scoring run and carrying a 47-28 lead into the locker room. And though Memphis let up in the latter part of the second half, the Tigers never let their seemingly inevitable fourth-straight victory come into question.

“We just want to win games,” Barton said. “Guys are more focused and more locked-in. No one wants to lose anymore.”

That’s not to say these Tigers won’t still have growing pains, or that they won’t show their youth anymore. That’s going to happen. It even happened late in the game against UCF when Pastner benched Barton.

Photo by Chase Gustafson

“(Barton) got real fancy toward the end, and he let his guard down instead of staying focused and understand the value of each possession and how important that is,” Pastner said. “Part of that is him having to mature and grow in those areas and simulate those situations. Whether the lead is 20 or two, he has to play with the same mindset.”

Barton and the Tigers are getting there. In the meantime, it’s still pretty fun to watch.

Up next

Memphis will travel to Huntington, W.V., on Saturday for a 6 p.m. game at Marshall. The game, however, will not be carried on television.

“We have spoken with several television affiliates and production companies over the last 10 days, inquiring as to gaining television coverage in the Memphis market,” said Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson. “We have exhausted every possibility, but to no avail. We apologize to our fans and will continue in our attempts to have television coverage for all of our games.”


Brandon Harris covers Tiger basketball for Memphisport. You can follow him via Twitter @bharris901. You can follow Memphisport photographer Chase Gustafson via Twitter @chasingphoto.

Mayo Suspended for Anti-Drug Policy Violation

O.J. Mayo has been suspended for 10 games without pay.

This certainly won’t help the team as they struggle to get back to .500 and grab a playoff berth.

Grizzlies press release below:

MEMPHIS, Tennessee— The NBA announced today that O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies has been suspended without pay for 10 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.  His violation of the program involved a positive test for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

Mayo’s suspension will begin with tomorrow night’s game between the Grizzlies and the Philadelphia 76ers.

Statement from Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo regarding suspension

“I’m extremely disappointed that I’m going to miss the next 10 games, particularly as our team is making a push for the playoffs. I had no idea that the over-the-counter supplement that I took was a substance banned by the NBA. It was an honest mistake, but I take full responsibility for my actions. I apologize to my fans, teammates and the Grizzlies organization for regrettably not doing the necessary research about what supplements I can put in my body.”

Statement from Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley regarding O.J. Mayo suspension

“O.J. had a lack of judgment but has shown complete accountability.  We will continue to support O.J. during this time as we have from the moment he joined the team in 2008.  He has unselfishly done everything we have asked of him, and we expect him to grow as a player and a person from this experience.  He will continue to contribute to the organization during this suspension, as he will practice with the team leading up to his return on Feb. 15 vs. Philadelphia prior to the All-Star break.”

Photo by Chase Gustafson

Offside Thursday/Same old Story

Same Old Story Kings. This win-one, lose-one approach of late simply isn’t what I had in mind for the second half of the season.

So far we have had lack-luster offense and defense, and some rather sub-par goal tending. As much of a controversy about the goaltending that’s been passed around as of late, and the apparent lack of confidence in our goaltenders, it’s hard to lay all the blame on the goalies. Basically we have an all around problem. Don’t ya think?

Here’s what happend in our last three games..


The Dayton Gems edged the RiverKings 2-1 on Friday night at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven.

The Kings opened the scoring at .18 seconds with a goal from Chris Auger.But, the the Gems responded with a goal at 5:49. It was 1-1 after 1.

The second period was scoreless.

In the third period Miller scored for Dayton at 5:18. The Kings could not get the equalizer and the Gems walked out of the DCC with the win.

Kings netminder Pechurskiy stopped 19 of 21 shots directed his way. Dayton’s netminder Jeff Jakaitis stopped 32 of 33 shots directed his way.

The Gems were 1-for-8 on the powerplay, while the Kings were 0-for-5.

Saturday/ Back to back games vs. the Gems at the DCC.

The Mississippi RiverKings looked a lot better on Saturday night as they downed the Gems 4-1.

Mississippi got on the board first as Russell Smith found the back of the net at 3:32. The Gems tied it up at one apiece at 7:53 off the stick of Matthew Larke. Andrew Lackner made it 2-1 Kings at the 16:07 mark of the first period. It was 2-1 Kings after one.

The RiverKings added to their lead a 7:58 of the second period on a goal by R.G. Flath. It was 3-1 Kings after forty minutes of play.

Mississippi finished off the Gems at 6:16 of the final period, Jeff Christian scored his 12th goal of the season. The final was 4-1 Kings.

The RiverKings out shot the Gems 36-21. The powerplay was non-productive for both clubs. The Kings were 0- for- 4, while the Gems were 0- for- 6.

Larry Sterling had an easy night as he stopped 20 of 21 shots. Jeff Jakaitis stopped 32 of 36 shots for the Gems.

Tuesday morning was the 8th annual “Face Off Field Trip,” The Game was at 10:05 am against the Bloomington Prairie Thunder.

The Bloomington PrairieThunder were down 3-1 after the first period, but they are one of the best in the CHL and showed that as they edged the RiverKings 5-4. It was a full house at the DCC, 8,400 SCREAMING YOUNGSTERS AND FANS.

Mississippi opened the scoring in the first, Chris Auger had a pair of goals and Chris Richards scored the other. Auger scored the first one shorthanded at 3:00. But Bloomington responnded with a goal from Alan Mazur at 3:28. Richards scored at 10:34.Auger scored his second goal of the game on the powerplay at 17:09, It was 3-1 Kings after one.

It looked great for the Kings going into the second period up by two. But the Kings forgot that it’s a 60 minute hockey game.

The PrairieThunder opened the second period with a goal from Chris Cloud at 39 seconds,then Sheahan found the back of the net at 11:00. It was now tied 3-3. Bloomington scored again at 13:02, the Thunders’ John Snowden beat Kings netminder Sterling, It was 4-3 Bloomington after forty minutes of play.

The Kings would get one more from Richards at 6:14, his second of the game. It was tied at 4.

But, the game-winner came from McLeod at 9:25 and the Prairie Thunder went on to win 5-4.

The Prairie Thunder outshot the RiverKings 31-23. Marco Emond stopped19 of 23 shots directed his way.Kings netminder Larry Sterling stopped 26 of 31 shots directed his way.

The powerplay was again not there for the Kings they were 1-for-5, while the PrairieThunder were 0-for-4 on the power play.

The RiverKings record is now 20-20-1.

Next up for the Kings, it’s a double header against the (oh not again) Prairie Thunder. Friday and Saturday night at the DeSoto Civic Center. Game time is 7:05pm on Friday and Saturday.

Kings notes: Perchurskiy has been called up to the AHL (Wilkes/Barr) Don’t worry folks he’ll be back.

Joe Sports thoughts:

First of all, we should have taken 2 games-2 wins from the Gems. They are not a very good hockey team. That said, either are we.

Tuesday we blew it. Yes we did, we were leading  going into the second period 3-1. What happened in the second period vs the Prairie Thunder ? I’ll tell you what happened, they have a solid club, we don’t.

Misfired shots, broken plays, neutral zone turnovers. In the second period, we couldn’t get anything going. They beat us to a lot of loose pucks and we stood around. We only got a sense of urgency in the last 5 minutes of the game.

It’s time to take drastic action. I think we have hit that time. Its time to play hardball with the players who aren’t cutting it on the Kings roster. They have had their chance and shown they don’t have what it takes to play as a unit and create the chances needed to score and win games. Maybe trade for young players who have the drive, energy and passion to unite the team, create buzz at the DCC.

It’s time to kick the un-impressive players out, bring in some fast, energetic, interesting and most importantly Entertaining players back to the Kings roster. We make all these changes we might actually have a chance to win some games, maybe we’ll do well in the playoffs and at least see some entertaining hockey that the Kings fans can get excited about.

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

Offside Thursday

Now if all the Kings could have this much energy !!

Snapper continues to stick with Brett Favre despite the latest sexting allegations against him. Seems like a perfect fit; they’re known for trimmers and he’s famous for hedging.

A new study says shrieking or uttering loud sounds when striking the ball gives tennis players an advantage. I’m thinking Maria Sharapova takes that for grunted.

The wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton is now less than 100 days away, taking place shortly after the start of the NHL playoffs. For Royal watchers in Toronto, this means you won’t be distracted by the Maple Laughs.

Former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy says she’s considering tying the knot with sports agent Paul Krepelka. Might be one of the few marriages where the husband has a chance in negotiations.

Three ironies behind the Ottawa Senators recent scoring slump:
3. Locke can’t load;
2. Fisher can’t find the net;
1. Winchester has no firepower.

Anne Hathaway has won the role of Catwoman in the newest Batman film. She reportedly beat out the likes of Jessica Biel, Keira Knightly, Charlize Theron and Kate Beckinsale.

No wonder it’s called The Dark Knight Rises.

Jets linebacker Bart Scott told the NFL Network he’s tired of people making fun of his coach’s weight. I won’t say Rex Ryan is fat, but his waistline must be frustrating to a guy with a foot fetish.

Bears coach Mike Martz says Jay Cutler is a better quarterback this season because they’ve done “footwork stuff” twice a week since game one. Cutler began the season dating Kristin Cavallari; probably his first step in the right direction.

What constitutes a Grand Slam: “Former great Rod Laver says it is winning all four majors in one calendar year and Rafael Nadal says it is holding all four titles: “To me a Grand Slam is just a great breakfast at Denny’s.”Bulgarian basketball coach Titi Papazov did an entire press conference in mime to protest being fined for negative comments: “Things got awkward when he was asked to explain his first name.”

The San Jose Sharks have added Ben Eager and Kyle Wellwood to their lineup. It’s nice to see the Sharks loading up for their playoff collapse.

Fox is rejecting the Super Bowl ad of, a Canada-based website that promotes extra-marital affairs: “That’s one way to ensure the game is an unadulterated success.”

“New York Giants’ safety Antrel Rolle says that he wishes Tom Coughlin was more like Rex Ryan. Coughlin responded by saying that he wishes Rolle were more like Ed Reed.”

It was reported this week that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will undergo foot surgery. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Rex Ryan.

A Memphis high school has 86 pregnant teenagers. It also has one Italian prime minister.

The U.S. Postal Service says the $32 million it spent on sponsoring Lance Armstrong’s cycling team brought back $103 million in business. Call it a hunch, but I’m guessing Armstrong is still waiting for the cheque.

Donald Driver of the Packers said in an interview that Sunday would be a dog fight and the dog that bites the hardest wins. “Is Driver playing football or hanging out with Michael Vick?”

An assistant manager at McDonald’s was fired after allowing Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson to use the bathroom after the restaurant was closed. Good thing it wasn’t Favre; he’d still be contemplating Nos. 1 or 2. (Note: the woman got her job back after the media attention.) . . .

One Million Dollars

It only took three videos for Craig Rowan to become a millionaire. Yes, you read that correctly. He earned a one million dollars by begging millionaires (and billionaires) for some of their money. Envy and jealousy is just a viewing away.

Smooth Criminal

Add another amazing performance to the list of songs covered on the MJ’s Thriller album. If you’re thinking two Cello players are doing a classical version of pop classic, you’re sadly mistaken.

I think these children have had entirely too much sugar. Nothing in our wildest dreams is this exciting. You don’t need a translator to understand anything here. Pure mayhem! Could this be a look into western culture’s influence of materialism/over consumption/appetite for sugar on the eastern world?

Natalie Portman laughs. A meme is born.

The cruel interweb’s latest victim is an award-winning young actress who is expecting her first child.

Screaming! Wheelchairs! Murder!

This clip from a ‘90s telenovela took it’s time to make the rounds but it was worth it. We didn’t do that well in Spanish, but we’re good at people-watching, so here’s the deal: a mother catches her daughter being kiss by the brother from “Boy Meets World,” she loses it, the girl gets knocked out of her wheelchair, the maid gets slammed against the wall and then someone gets murdered.

Golden Globes 2011 – Ricky Gervais Opening Monologue

That’s it for today, enjoy the Kings home games this weekend. I would like to say happy birthday to my wife. She’s 39 again this year.

 I’m Joe Sports.

Onion SportsDome head writer on MSL

The head writer and co-executive producer of The Onion’s SportsDome, Jack Kukoda joined Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter on MSL to talk about the funny side of sports.

Click here to listen to the full Jack Kukoda interview

(Originally aired January 25, 2011)

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.

Memphisport Live: 1.25.11

Hour 1:

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter make history by hosting the first ever sports radio show with a laugh track.  Also, head writer and co-executive producer of The Onion’s SportsDome, Jack Kukoda calls in to talk about the funny side of sports. Plus, Grizzlies emcee Jeff White stops by in studio to discuss Rudy Gay’s latest buzzer beater, bronchitis, and more.

Click here to listen to Hour 1 of the 1.25.11 MSL

Hour 2:

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter continue their discussion with Grizzlies emcee Jeff White and start a debate with callers about whether or not O.J. Mayo should return to the starting lineup. Also, Oscarologist/Hellcats Superfan Greg Akers joins the guys to talk about the newly released nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Plus, the guys discuss the Mike Miller, Larry King, Championship Sunday, and more during Woohoo’s and Boo’s.

Click here to listen to Hour 2 of the 1.25.11 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.

Offside Thursday/The week in review/NFL Picks

A shut-out for Sterling last Friday night as the Mississippi RiverKings blanked the Mavericks 3-0. Sterling stopped 23 shots directed his way. It was Sterling’s first shutout of the season.

Mississippi got on the board early in the first period as Patrik Levesque beat the Mavericks netminder Robby Nolan. It was 1-0 Kings after one.

In the second period, the RiverKings took a 2-0 lead on a goal from Brennan Sarazin at 9:47. It was 2-0 after forty minutes of play.

In the third, it was Darrell Stoddard who found the empty net with 24 seconds remaining. The final was 3-0 Kings.

The powerplay was pathectic again for the Kings as they went 0-for-6. The Mavericks powerplay didn’t look any better, they were 0-for-6 also. The Kings outshot the Mavericks 35-23. Robby Nolan of Missouri stopped 32 of 35 shots.


Kings have a streak going-2 games in a row!!
R.G. Flath and Matt Summers had two goals each on Saturday night as the Kings edged the Evansville IceMen 4-3.

It didn.t look great for the Kings in the first period as the IceMen outshot Mississippi 10-4. Kings netminder Alexander Pechurskiy was the difference for the Kings in the first period. It was 0-0 after one.

Summers opened the scoring for the Kings in the second period at 10:43. The IceMen responded though as they tied the game at one on a goal from Brian Bicek at 17:14.The Kings responded to that goal with only 37 seconds remaining in the period. Lutz scored at 19:23. It was 2-1 Kings after forty minutes of play.

The Kings came out quickly in the third as Summers scored his second of the night at 1:25.It was 3-1 Kings. But the IceMen would not go away as Damian Surma scored at 2:19. It was 3-2 Kings. Then Bicek tied the game 3-3 at 15:10 of the third. It was now 3-3.

Then Flath scored two in a row, his first of the night came at 17:19, then he scored in the emty net with with 37 seconds remaining in the third.. The final 5-3 Kings.

Mississippi were 2-for-4 on the powerplay. Evansville were 1-for-4.

The RiverKings were outshot 34-25.


Two game winning streak over
Wow, a powerplay that worked. The Fort Wayne Komets scored 4 powerplay goals and whipped the Mississippi RiverKings 6-1 Sunday afternoon in Indiana.

Fort Wayne opened the scoring on a powerplay goal by Frankie DeAngelis at 2:02 in the first period. Then the Komets scored again at 4:11on a goal from Tab Lardner.
It was 2-0 Komets at the end of the first period.

The Kings were no where to be found in the second period and I mean no where to be found. The Komets scored four unanswered goals in the second period.
P.C. Drouin scored at 2:16, Dan Lapointe scored on the powerplat at 11:56. Then Kaleigh Schrock scored at 17:09.Tab Lardner made it 6-0(his second of the night) at 18:29.
It was 6-0 Komets after forty minutes of play.

Mississippi would get one in the third period on a powerplay goal from Jeff Christian.The final 6-1 Komets.

The RiverKings out shot the Komets 38-26. Larry Sterling stopped 11 of 17 shots directed his way.

Komets netminder Kevin Reiter was outstanding between the pipes as he stopped 37 of 38 shots directed his way.

The Fort Wayne Komets were 4-for- 6 on the powerplay.Mississippi was 1-for-7.

Tuesday the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs were in town.

A heck of a nice rebound from that thumping in Ft Wayne.

A win over the Bugs anytime is just so soothing. The Kings edged the Bugs 3-1 at the DeSoto Civic Center on Tuesday night..

Matt Summers opened the scoring at 1:03 of the first period. It was 1-0 lead at the end of one.

In the second period, Bossier-Shreveport tied the game with a powerplay goal from Shawn Limpright at 5:31. It was 1-1 after two periods of play.

In the third period Jeff Christian put the Kings up by one at 9:17. Then Stoddard found the twine at 16:17 of the final frame.The final score of 3-1 Kings.

Pechurskiy was steady between the pipes for the RiverKings, he stopped19-of-20 shots directed his way. Bossier-Shreveport’s netminder DeCaro stopped 20-of 23 shots directed his way.

The RiverKings went 1-for-4 on the powerplay and the Mudbugs went 1-for-6.

With the win, the RiverKings moved into a tie for fourth place in the Berry Conference with a 19-18-1 record and 39 points.

Next up for the Kings: The Dayton Gems role into town for a Friday and Saturday night battle with the Kings.

Saturday’s game is Pack The House Night and another Season Ticket Redemption Night.

Joe Sports thoughts

See my report on Wednesday.

Offside Thursday…

Here we go !!

Mark Cuban is suing the upstart United Football League for allegedly defaulting on a $5 million loan. It’s the most talked about stiffing of a Cuban since the Clinton administration.

A team of behavioral scientists at Wofford College in South Carolina claim they’ve taught a female border collie to understand at least 1,022 words. To put that in perspective, the researchers say Chaser currently has a vocabulary a bit short of the record held by a budgie named Puck, but slightly larger than Dion Phaneuf’s.

Fashion model and Italian national freestyle skydiving champion Roberta Mancino was recently named the Sexiest Woman in Sports by Men’s Fitness magazine. She has logged over 5,500 jumps – including four in the nude. I’ve never parachuted, but I could see falling for her.

The Detroit Tigers signed right-handed starter Brad Penny to a one-year contract worth $6 million with incentives. This proves a Penny that doesn’t save can still earn.

Newly-signed Detroit pitcher Brad Penny is reportedly engaged to Karina Smirnoff, a regular on Dancing with the Stars. Wouldn’t Smirnoff go better with Phil Coke?

An outdoor hockey game in Mexico City at the IIHF Division III Junior Championships between the host nation and Bulgaria was expected to draw 50,000 spectators. Organizers called the turnout of about 3,000 terribly disappointing. The Phoenix Coyotes called it above average.

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs says it will be WW 3 against the Steelers and both teams are modern-day gladiators. I don’t know how you feel about ‘war’ references in sports, but Armageddon tired of them.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has banned “Money for Nothing” from playing in Canada because it offends some people. While they were at it, they banned the Flames, Oilers, Senators and Maple Leafs

After about 30 members of the Russian junior-hockey contingent were kicked off their return flight home from the world championships in Buffalo last week for unruly behavior: “Tempers apparently flared when Delta only gave them two minutes for boarding.”

Reuters reports three strange and unusual happenings Wednesday which doomsayers claim are signs of the apocalypse:

3. Romanian starlings dropped from the sky;

2. A wounded fox shot a hunter in Belarus;

1. The L.A. Clippers won their third in a row.

Febreze is the ‘Official Air Freshener’ of the NFL. Which is good news for Eagles placekicker David Akers, who ended his season with two bad whiffs.

Astronomers were excited when they thought the Hubble Space Telescope was giving them their first glimpse of a mysterious giant green blob in outer space. Turns out the telescope was focused on Rex Ryan.

Here’s the scoop

Rex Ryan, cast from a different coaching mold? You could say that.

If the NFL were Baskin Robbins, it’d be 32 flavors — 31 of them vanilla.

Favre’s sister was arrested in a Mississippi meth lab bust. Isn’t it time she retired?

Step aside, Mr. Favre. It’s Aaron Rodgers’ neighborhood now.

It looks like the Packers made the right decision in 2008, Rodgers is younger, healthier and maybe as good as Brett Favre, and I don’t think he even has a text-messaging plan.

For the America’s Cup in 2013,will Alcatraz be the penalty box?

Stanford’s Andrew Luck turned down the NFL because he wants more of the college experience,OK, so take the $40 million and move into a little room with a hot plate.

She is so cute…

How did we ever entertain ourselves before the internet

Baby’s Reaction to Grapefruit Juice

Penny’s parents (just like our parents still do), forced their 10-month old daughter to drink some grapefruit juice. Looks like we all had the same reaction.

Luckily, there are still some good people in the world. Except for that cackling she-devil at 1:31.

Next time you find yourself in Beauport, Quebec – you’ll know what gym to hit up. Don’t forget, they have chicks

It’s easy to throw a strike. Sometimes it’s not so… Oh wait, nevermind

We know how dangerous it is to drive and text. Have we told you how dangerous it is to walk and text near mall fountains?

We smile a little more when we get to add some Star Wars related videos to the Best of YouTube. Our geekish pride can’t help but marvel at the greatness of x-wing fighter flying in a wintery Minnesota suburb.

Once Upon a Time…Vintage Technlogy

French school children are presented with some obsolete technologies from the past 30 years

NFL Picks…

Sunday, January 23

3:00 PM (ET)
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears (FOX-TV)
Pointspread: Packers -3

Green Bay needed a 10-3 win over Chicago in the final week of the regular season to even make the playoffs as the sixth and final seed, but it has certainly proved it belongs. First, the Packers got by Michael Vick and the No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles 21-16 in the Wildcard Round as a one-point road underdog. Next, they rolled over the No.1 Atlanta Falcons 48-21 as a one-point road underdog in the Divisional Round.

Chicago earned a bye in the Wildcard Round by virtue of winning the NFC North with the second-best record in the conference at 11-5. The well-rested Bears thumped No. 4 Seattle 35-24.

Head-to-head, Green Bay has won four of the last six games.I don’t like the Packers, BUT THEY WILL WIN.

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6:30 PM (ET)
New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS-TV)
Pointspread: Steelers -3 ½

No. 6 New York put its money where its mouth is so far in these playoffs. First, it took out Peyton Manning and the No. 3 Indianapolis Colts 17-16 on a last-second field goal in the Wildcard Round. Next, the Jets pounded Tom Brady and the No. 1 New England Patriots 28-21 in the Divisional Round.

No. 2 seed Pittsburgh capitalized on three third quarter turnovers to erase a 14-point halftime deficit on its way to a 31-24 victory over No. 5 Baltimore in the Divisional Round.The Steelers were coming off a bye in the Wildcard Round after winning the AFC North on a division-record tiebreaker over the Ravens.

Head-to-head, the Jets have won three of the last five games.I dislike the Jets. Take the Steelers at home.

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Laugh for the Day!!


This one is priceless…A lesson to be learned from typing the wrong email address!!!!

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.

Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day.

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston , a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack.

The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted.

The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I’ve Arrived
Date: October 16, 2009

I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have been checked in.

I’ve seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then!!!! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P. S. Sure is freaking hot down here!

That’s it for today, enjoy the NFL and the Kings home games this weekend.

I’m Joe Sports.

Vintage Jack: Ode To A-Rod

Texas shortstop Alex Rodriguez is, as of today,
One of the richest one percent in the USA.

That 252 million really gives me the willies,
Because he’s now worth more than the Philadelphia Phillies,

And if invested at ten percent, I think it’s true,
He could buy most of what is now Peru.

But AL pitchers say, “What the heck,
He can’t hit a baseball with a cashiers check.

And if he comes around with that millionaire’s strut
We’ll pitch high and inside and knock him on his butt.”

So now it’s up to A-Rod to move Heaven and Earth
And make sure the Rangers get their money’s worth.

But worth it or not, whether he’s a bum or a star,
A-Rod has forever raised the salary bar.

Written December 13, 2000

Memphisport Live: 1.18.11

University of Memphis men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner joins Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter to talk about Drew Barham starting, Wesley Witherspoon’s suspension, and Mexican food. Also, the guys talk about the Grizzlies’ alternate uniforms, Derrick Rose’s triple-double, the college basketball Top 25 and more during the Starting 5.

Click here to listen to the 1.18.11 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.

Jekyll and Hyde: Report card time

The Kings record is 19 – 18 – 1 and at this moment that is good for 5th place in the Berry Conference.

With 28 games remaining, the path of the RiverKings is uncertain. Will the team actually go on a real winning streak and push for the playoffs? Or will the Kings continue to sputter along?

Will coach Gardner start a dismantling or simply tinker until the summer and make a sweeping move?

The O: C-A bit disappointing to be honest considering I was expecting to enter this season with a stellar offense. It has been incredibly erratic to say the least. The lack of a first line has really hurt this team offensively and also defensively and prevents it from reaching its full potential.

The D: C-Disappointing also. At this point it is merely average and some may even argue below average. Landmesser has been looking like an average defenseman, which would be fine if he wasn’t captain of this team and making big dollars. His offensive numbers aren’t up to expectations. He’s too slow at this level. Time to retire.

This team has been disappointing, I don’t see potential in the Kings as it stands.It seems to lack the mental acuity to play consistently at a certain level and as a result shows a different side of itself at every game.

The Kings have shown that it can be Jekyll and Hyde and when it shows up on the ice you don’t know which one is going to show up.

Hopefully the coach will make some trades and get new acquisitions from some trades this season. Such as GETTING RID OF SOME BIG FOWARD NAMES AND OLD D -MEN and get back to the basics of hockey and that is hard work.

I’d like to hear you guys grade the team’s performance so far and I’m sure it will be mixed between people like me who see the team as merely average with unfulfilled potential as a result of the rebuilding process and then others who see the team as dreadful that needs to be completely revamped.

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The Roller Coaster season is still happening.

28 games left!!

If you look at that record at face value(19 – 18 – 1), I think it reflects the talent level on this club and the tooth-and-nail dogfight the Kings will be in over the final games of the regular season as they look to secure a playoff spot.

Here’s a player-by-player assessment of the Kings as they turn the page on the first half of the season.

The D

#55 Derek Landmesser
As I said above: Landmesser has been looking like an average defenseman, which would be fine if he wasn’t captain of this team and making big dollars. His offensive numbers aren’t up to expectations. He’s too slow at this level. Time to retire.C-

#5 Russell Smith
A solid, stay-at-home performer. Some defensive breakdowns of late but, again, he’s not alone. B+

#46 Milan Maslonka
Always hurt and does not have the jets. C-

#44 Nathan Lutz
A very steady performer along the blueline, exceeding expectations/A-

#7 Dane Marshall
He doesn’t always look pretty.He’s fine when he works within his game. But he has had a tough year. B.

#4 Martin Kubaliak –
Mississippi 01/17/11 Kubaliak, Martin (D) waived

#24 Andrew Lackner- Lackner, Andrew (D) placed on 10 day IR
He plays well in stretches and plays badly in (long) stretches. Not having the year I thought he would have. But no one else is having a good year. C

The O

#3 Patrik Levesque
Making the most of his ice time. He can contribute offensively. B

#9 Matt Boyd
Hard-working performer brings his “A” game on most nights. The proof will be in the pudding, at playoff time. B

#16 Louis Dumont
Good old Lou. A solid two-way contributor who has earned his paycheck. A

#19 Matt Summers
A bit of a surprise for me. I didn’t think he had a good season last season. But overcame a slow start this season and has become one of the more consistent offensive performers on this team. B+

#20 R.G. Flath
Good wheels, great shot, and his defensive game has improved. B-

#26 Chris Auger
Tons of effort, but is fighting for second and third-line ice time. C

#27 Brennan Sarazin
A very steady performer, exceeding expectations. However, his lack of foot speed has become glaringly apparent.

#72 Jeff Christian
Great guy. 11 goals in 38 games has to be classified as a disappointment for the player who should be leading this team in scoring by a long shot. Prone to defensive lapses in the neutral zone. However, he always a threat to score whenever he fires the puck. C

#83 Chris Richards
Another frustratingly inconsistent performer. His production will forever be linked to his fat salary. Truth is, Jeff and Chris are the biggest disapointments of the season.C

#22 Tyler Sheldrake
Prone to long lapses of lazy hockey.C-

#87 Darrell Stoddard/
A solid two-way player. He can contribute offensively, now and then. Has earned every single second of ice time. Put him in front of the net, and good things happen. He gets an “A” for effort, alone. B+

Tenders: B-

Sterling and Pechurskiy have given the Kings on most nights the opportunity to win.

Unfortunately for the two backstops, the Kings don’t score a lot of goals.Both netminders have shown this season that they can be brilliant, however, they seem to lack the mental stability to ensure that it remains through the thick and thin and this has resulted in both goalies showing several poor performances this season.

The new coach, Gardner, I’ll give a B.


That’s it for today. I’ll be back on Thursday with Offside Thursday and a re-cap of the Kings road trip and Tuesday’s game vs the Bugs.

I’m Joe Sports.

A new season begins now !!