Prince Mongo returns to MSL

Spirit Taylor, Prince Mongo, Kevin Cerrito, Grizz Girl Taylor, and Marcus Hunter

Prince Mongo joined Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter in studio on MSL to announce his plans to once again run for Memphis mayor and to talk about a variety of subjects including his controversial front yard in Florida, his disciple “Spirit Taylor,” his failed attempt to buy The Pyramid, teen pregnancy, the secrets of the universe and much more. Plus, Mongo took phone calls and answered questions from fellow spirits.

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MSL teams up with V3 Fights in search for a new Cage Girl

The final 4 contestants in the first ever V3 Fights Cage Girl Competition will be appearing on the July 9 and July 16 editions of MSL (MemphiSport Live) as part the MMA organization’s region-wide search for fresh talent.


How to Enter:
Send in 2 pictures of yourself (head shot & full body). Along with your photos send your name, age, height, weight an why you would like to be the next V3Cage Girl. You must be a least 18 years old to enter. The deadline to enter is July 3, 2011. Submit your information to Stacy@V3Fights.com.

Selection of the Cage Girl:
If you are one of the 4 selected, you will notified of your photos and information appearing for voting at www.v3fights.com. The 4 finalists will appear live on MSL with hosts Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter on Saturday July 9 and July 16 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) airing on Sports 56 WHBQ and http://sports56whbq.com.

 

Voting will begin on Thursday, July 7 at 2:00pm. Fans may vote up until July 16th at 2:00pm. The girl receiving the most votes will be debut as V3’s new Cage Girl on

 

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MSL: Mongo Edition 2011

Spirit Taylor, Prince Mongo, Kevin Cerrito, Grizz Girl Taylor and Marcus Hunter

Hour 1:

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter talk about the Grizzlies draft, Joe Jackson on the USA Men’s Under-19 team, home schoolers playing sports and more during the Starting 5. Plus, Tamera and Taylor from the Grizz Girls join the guys in studio to talk about life on the dance team and the upcoming open auditions.

Click here to listen to Hour 1 of the 6.25.11 MSL

 

Hour 2:

Prince Mongo joins Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter in studio to announce his plans to once again run for Memphis mayor and to talk about a variety of subjects including his controversial front yard in Florida, his disciple “Spirit Taylor,” his failed attempt to buy The Pyramid, teen pregnancy, the secrets of the universe and much more. Plus, Prince Mongo takes phone calls and talks with fellow spirits.

Click here to listen to Hour 2 of the 6.25.11 MSL

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

 

Bases Loaded: Birds complete best week of 2011

Leading Off–  During the last week, the Redbirds went 6-1 to finish their homestand of 8 games with only one loss (7-1) following a series sweep of New Orleans in four games then taking three from four against Nashville.  At 37-33 Memphis is now a half game out of first place the the PCL American North division behind the still division leaders, Omaha Cubs.

On Deck–  It’s time to see if the Birds are for real as they head to Iowa for a pivotal five game stretch on the road.

Single- With a team ERA of 3.81, the Redbirds are first in the PCL for the second week running.  The Redbirds have given up 296 runs, a league leading total with every other team having given up more than 300.

Double– Memphis still struggles to find anything offensively in terms of extra base hits, the Birds rank in the bottom five of the categories of doubles, triples, homeruns, and RBI.

Triple– The Redbirds could be in first place by the time the big 4th of July weekend rolls around.

Homerun–  52… Rebirds continue to go deep each day of the week.

Bases Loaded is a weekly recap of the past week’s story-lines and news from the Memphis Redbirds.

Brennan Somers covers the Redbirds for MemphiSport. You can follow him via Twitter @brennansomers.

 

Prince Mongo to return to MSL on June 25th

One year after his original MSL appearance that made headlines across the Mid-South, Prince Mongo will return to the award-winning program for another exclusive interview on Saturday, June 25th.

“Prince Mongo’s return to MSL has the potential to be the summer’s best sequel,” says MSL host Kevin Cerrito. “From the flood to the president’s visit, there are so many new topics to discuss with him. Plus this year people will have the option to watch everything unfold live on Sports 56’s new webcam. My only regret is it won’t be in 3D.”

As part of the in studio interview, Mongo will once again take phone calls and answer questions from fellow “spirits.” Listeners will also be able to submit questions via MSL’s twitter (@memphisport) and Facebook (MSL) accounts.

Prince Mongo‘s appearance is scheduled for the second hour of the show which airs 11:00 am – 1:00 pm on Sports 56 (AM 560) and Sports56WHBQ.com.

If you missed Mongo’s original MSL interview in 2010, it is still available online in its entirety right here.

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

Story photo by Chase Gustafson.

MSL: 6.18.11

Hour 1:

With Marcus Hunter still in hiding following the Miami Heat’s loss in the NBA Finals, Ben Hogan sits in with Kevin Cerrito to talk about Tiger Football’s $10 million plan, the Grizzlies getting ranked 9th in North America, the Bluff City Classic, and more during the Starting 5. Also, callers compete in another edition of Hang Up & Listen. Plus, it is announced that Prince Mongo will return to MSL in studio on June 25 for the “State of the Mongo Address.”

Click here to listen to Hour 1 of the 6.18.11 MSL

Hour 2:

Grizzlies guard Xavier Henry joins Kevin Cerrito and Ben Hogan to talk about his current health status, why he is not on twitter, what he plans to do this year on draft night, the X-Men movies, The Grindhouse and more.  Also, the “Unofficial President of the Mid-South’s Miami Heat Fan Club” Marcus Hunter comes out of hiding to discuss the NBA Finals and Lebron James.  Plus, the guys discuss this year’s Sports Ball host, Game 7’s,  the Tuohy family’s celebrity status, and more during Woohoo’s and Boo’s.

Click here to listen to Hour 2 of the 6.18.11 MSL

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

Xavier Henry tells MSL he is “really close” to 100%

Grizzlies guard Xavier Henry joined Kevin Cerrito and Ben Hogan  on MSL to talk about his current health status, why he is not on twitter, what he plans to do this year on draft night, the X-Men movies, The Grindhouse and more.

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Bases Loaded: Rebirds come home

Leading Off–  The Redbirds are 7-4 during the month of June, helping guide them up the American North Standings.  Memphis has been led by good pitching so far this summer and with some consistent run support being added since Memorial Day weekend, the next few weeks hold a stretch of divisional games that could help take the Redbirds into first place.

On Deck–  Home sweet home; at least for the next 8 games as the Birds begin a homestand vs New Orleans and Nashville.

Single- With a team ERA of 3.94, the Redbirds are first in the PCL.  They are the only team yet to give up 300 runs for the season.

Double– The Redbirds are in 2nd place for the first time this season coming into the current homestand.  Now boasting a record of 30-32, the Birds are 4.5 games out of first place.

Triple– This Friday, be sure to check the Redbirds out at Autozone Park as they welcome the San Diego Chicken to the ballpark.. if you haven’t seen him, look him up.

Homerun–  46… Redbirds got four deep shots during the roadtrip.

Bases Loaded is a weekly recap of the past week’s story-lines and news from the Memphis Redbirds.

Brennan Somers covers the Redbirds for MemphiSport. You can follow him via Twitter @brennansomers.

 

MSL: 6.11.11

Hour 1:

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter talk about the 2011 St. Jude Classic, V3 Fights and more during the Starting 5. Also, Kentucky Fried Wrestling columnist Scott Bowden joins the guys to talk about Randy “Macho Man” Savage and TNA’s BaseBrawl at AutoZone Park. Plus, the listeners compete in the first ever MSL webcam scavenger hunt.

Click here to listen to Hour 1 of the 6.11.11 MSL

Hour 2:

Fox Sports Southwest’s Desmond Purnell returns to talk with Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter about all the latest news and information surrounding the NBA Finals. Also, callers compete in another edition of Hang Up & Listen. Plus, the guys discuss John Daly’s pants, the Grizzlies and more during Woohoo’s and Boo’s.

Click here to listen to Hour 2 of the 6.11.11 MSL

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

The MemphiSport Holes of Fame

This article originally appeared as a two part series in MemphiSport during the Summer of 2010.

So you’re out with your friends at your favorite local watering hole, just enjoying a few drinks and some great conversation, when a song starts up on the jukebox that inspires one of your friends to claim it as one of his favorites of all time. Naturally, this sparks an entirely new debate as to what the best songs of all time actually are. Everyone starts coming up with their own compilations, none of which can be labeled as wrong (unless, of course, someone includes Hanson) because songs say different things to different people.

The same holds true when trying to come up with the best golf holes in the Memphis area. It is an impossible task to be sure, but one this writer took on tee to green, driver in hand. A mixtape, if you will, of great golf holes.

Of course there are rules to making a great mixtape, rules that John Cusack brilliantly summarizes in High Fidelity, “The making of a great compilation tape… is hard to do and takes ages longer than you might think. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don’t wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules.”

The same rules have been followed in this compilation. Without further ado, I present the Memphis Sport Holes of Fame. . Let the debating begin.

Note: All yardages are from the back tees.

 

 

 

 

1. Cherokee Valley Golf Club No.1
Par 5 – 467 yards

This is the perfect opening hole for our course. The course is not particularly long and neither is this beautiful par 5. An elevated tee box reveals a lake straight ahead and within driving distance, bunkers on the right side of a fairway that doglegs to the right and another small pond in front of an elevated green. What it does is make the golfer think about his options. “It gives you a lot of options and could kick start a round with birdie or eagle,” said Golf Pro Adam Payne. “There’s also a lot of trouble there with water in play off the tee.” Birdie on this hole is just as likely as bogey.

2. Edmund Orgill No.4
Par 4 – 401 yards

“Tee shot’s a premium,” said Golf Pro Mike Laird. With Orgill Lake bordering the entire right side of the hole, it would be best to stay to left side of a relatively generous fairway. A good drive could set up a short to mid iron into an inviting green. Though this may not seem to be a particularly difficult hole, it’s beauty is in it’s simplicity and its difficulty lies in Orgill Lake – along with more than a few golf balls.

3. Kirkwood National No. 4
Par 3 – 188 yards

The shot to this elevated green will challenge even scratch golfers. A large bunker protects the front of the green, a lake protects the back and woods and a ditch stands guard on the right. If all of this sounds difficult, it’s because it is. The absolute best result can only come from a well-placed middle-long iron to the middle of the green and hope to get out alive with a two-putt. That won’t be too easy either, as the green slopes severely from back to front.

4. The Links at Galloway No.9
Par 5 – 473 yards

At 473 yards, this revamped hole plays the shortest of all the par 5’s on our course, but generally plays as the most difficult on its course. Trees border both sides of a generous fairway and a good tee shot could certainly put you in range to be on this green in two. Sounds easy, but here’s where it gets difficult. Unless you’re Happy Gilmore, you’re probably going to have a blind approach to a two-tiered green with water protecting the front and right. Not so easy anymore. For most golfers, a lay up to about 100 yards sets up a good birdie chance, provided you land on the correct tier.

5. Memphis National. Champions Course No.14
Par 4 – 450 yards

The second longest par 4 on our course could actually play the longest as it usually plays into the wind or with a mean crosswind. With out of bounds on the left and two lakes on the right, it is highly critical to be perched in the fairway after the tee shot. Otherwise your playing partner could be having some fun drawing a corncob pipe and top hat on the snowman you put up. There is also water in play to the right of the green, to up the ante a little more. This is a beautiful and monstrous hole. Par is a great score here.

6. TO Fuller State Park No.4
Par 3 – 196 yards

Without a doubt the signature hole at TO Fuller, this fantastic par 3 is both beautiful and daunting. It certainly plays longer than its 196 yards, as it is played to an elevated green and almost always directly into the wind. It doesn’t help most average golfers who struggle with long par 3’s that this is a small green. Hitting the target will not be easy, but if so, a birdie is not out of the question. But of course, like the majority of the holes on our course, a much higher number is not out of the question.

7. Mirimichi No. 16
Par 4 – 467 yards

The newest hole on our course does not disappoint, as it is the longest of the par 4’s and perhaps the most difficult. A winding creek hugs the left side of the fairway and takes you all the way to a small, deep bunker just short and left of the green. A large, reachable bunker guards the right side of the fairway with a fleet of trees mounted on wild grass. The fairway itself is not particularly wide and is packed with undulations, adding to an already difficult approach. Water awaits both behind and to the left of a good sized green that slopes severely from middle to front. This will almost certainly play as one of, if not the toughest, hole on our course.

8. TPC at Southwind No. 14
Par 3 – 231 yards (Pictured on page 14)

Those fortunate enough to have attended the St. Jude Classic at the TPC at Southwind know all too well about No. 14. Some of the best golfers in the world have struggled on this brilliantly designed hole. At 231 yards it is the longest par 3 on our course, but length is not the only concern here. Water guards the front and flanks the right side of the green and two bunkers await behind the green for those who can’t stop their ball on this narrow green filled with undulations. There is no real safe place to miss on this hole, so it’s best to just hit one of the best shots of your life and put it on the green. Good luck with that.

9. Tunica National No.18
Par 4 – 443 yards

Take advantage of the 360-degree practice facility, because you’ll need all the work you can get before reaching Tunica National’s finishing hole. “The greatest thing about it is the decision off the tee,” said Golf Pro Matt Brunetz. “A lot of times you can’t hit a driver.” Not being able to hit a driver off the tee of any 443-yard par 4 would make it more difficult, but on this hole that possibility just adds to the challenge. The large green is guarded almost entirely by water and according to Brunetz, there could be a three club difference on the approach, depending on pin placement.

10. Windyke Country Club West Course No. 9
Par 4 – 355 yards

The back nine opens up with much the same verve as the front nine closed. Another par 4 – the only back-to-back par 4’s on the course – starts off what will be an extremely challenging back nine. At 355 yards, length is not the concern with this hole. Not only is the front of the green protected entirely by water, but there are also bunkers surrounding it, requiring an extremely accurate approach. This hole brilliantly proves that par 4’s don’t have to be pushing the 500-yard mark to be difficult.

11. The Club at Northcreek No. 13
Par 5 – 491 yards

Without a doubt, the attention grabber on this hole for most will be the double green it shares with Northcreek’s No. 15 and the cart path that ventures underneath it – the only such green in the world. But there are plenty of other standout features to this truly links-style hole. “You have to hit a draw off the tee, which is tough for most people,” said Golf Pro Alan Hickam. The dogleg left shape to the hole certainly provides challenges off the tee and on the approach shot, with bunkers in play both in the fairway and in the front and back of the green.

12. Plantation Golf Club No. 18
Par 4 – 437 yards

This 437-yard par 4 can play either longer or shorter, depending on how daring you want to get with your tee shot. A relatively wide fairway is guarded on the left by a large lake and on the right by bunkers. “The left side of the fairway will give you a shorter approach, but bring the water into play,” said Golf Pro Quincy Morrison. “But the right side makes for a longer, more difficult shot to an elevated green.” The approach will have to go over the lake no matter which side of the fairway you’re on, but the green slopes back to front and is also protected by a bunker on the front left.

13. Colonial Country Club South Course No.12
Par 3 – 230 yards

To say this is a long and difficult par 3 would be putting it mildly. Yes 230 yards is a long tee shot for most average golfers, but throw in the fact that those 230 yards are all carry over water which also happens to cozy up right to the front of the green and you’ve got not only an incredibly difficult hole to play, but one that is just as hard to visualize from the tee box. Golf is mostly played in those six inches between your ears and this hole will put pressure on every one of them.

14. Ridgeway Country Club No. 18
Par 5 – 550 yards

This fantastically difficult par 5 is the start of a brutal five-hole closing stretch to our Memphis Holes of Fame. A large lake and two fairway bunkers linger to the right, a smaller lake guards the left and yet another lake stares right back at you from the middle, around 300 yards out. Reaching this green in two shots is made more difficult by an approach that will probably range between 260 and 290 yards. A large oak tree stands guard in front of the green, ready to swat down any wayward approaches.

15. The Links at Cottonwoods No. 16
Par 3 – 181 yards

The attention-grabbing view from the tee box includes an amazing view of the Harrah’s Resort in the backdrop. This daunting tee shot has water seemingly everywhere, as it protects nearly the entire green. Somehow there is room for three bunkers between all that water and the green, with bunkers front right, back right and back left. While the distance of this hole may be somewhat more manageable some of the other par 3’s on our course, the amount of trouble promises to wreck havoc on most scorecards.

16. Quail Ridge No.6
Par 3 – 220 yards

Our first par three is a difficult one. Its 220 yards provides the first challenge in club selection on the tee box. That’s a long way for average golfers who will probably have to decide between a long iron and a fairway metal. The elevated tee box is tucked into the trees, giving an almost claustrophobic feel. The area around the green opens up, but there is trouble with a bunker short left and another on the right. There is also a drop off behind the back-to-front sloping green, making short the much safer and smarter play.

17. Stonebridge Golf Club No.6
Par 5 – 578 yards

This hole is intimidating right from the start. Trees border both sides of a fairway that winds slightly to the left and back to the right to an elevated green. Water comes into play on the left side of the fairway and again on the right near the green. With a bunker also protecting the front of the green, this hole provides a number of challenges, not the least of which is its length. Three smart, well-played shots could result in a birdie opportunity. Hit one bad shot, however, and you could be ripping up your scorecard.

18. Spring Creek Ranch No. 18
Par 5 – 564 yards

The finishing hole of this dream course is both beautifully brilliant and spectacularly challenging. Don’t let the clear, flowing water of Spring Creek – which babbles along the entire left side of the fairway – lull you into a state of golfing bliss because you’ll need all of your wits about you for this one last task. The undulating fairway could both help or hurt depending on where you land, so it’s probably best to avoid getting too close to the creek. The right side, however, offers little respite with woods lining most of the trek to the green. Most golfers will be laying up, which will set up a slightly uphill approach to a bunker-protected green. Par at this finisher is a great score. A birdie is like stealing. And bogey or worse is probable.

By Jan Michael Hartelust, Photo by Michael Cardwell. If you have questions or comments about this story, email me at jm@memphissport.net