Coach Bill Courtney from the Academy Award nominated film Undefeated joined Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter in studio to talk about his time coaching high school football in North Memphis, how the film came about, his plans for Oscar night, and much more.
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Coach Bill Courtney from the Academy Award nominated film Undefeated joins Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter in studio. Plus, the guys talk about the Grizzlies comeback victory over Golden State, the 2012 Tiger Football schedule, the Tams throwback uniforms and more during the Starting 5.
The creator of the Z-BoING movement Nick Tutor joins Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter in studio in studio to talk about the viral phenomenon. Also, Hang Up & Listen. Plus, the guys discuss possible surprises at the Super Bowl halftime show, Pau Gasol rubbing Chris Paul’s head, and the 2015 Tiger Football schedule during Woohoos and Boos.
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Z-BoING (as defined by http://z-boing.com): The act of mimicking Z-Bo’s defensive stance, preferably while wearing a headband … and you get style points by utilizing your surroundings for a mouthpiece. The site was originally started by local web designer Nick Tutor.
Another week has come and gone, and let me say that I have thoroughly enjoyed this week more than the previous three weeks of the New Year. We have a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, the President gave his annual State of the Union, and we saw the season premiere of American Idol. What do all of these television events have in common? Commercials. I find that commercials are as much a part of television shows as the actual show itself. A good commercial can stop me from turning the channel (my new favorite commercial is this. I have no clue what she is saying, but I want a Fiat now). And what do all good commercials have in common? Slogans. From Visa’s “It’s everywhere you want to be” to Adidas’ “Impossible is nothing”, slogans are an integral part of our daily lives. And if it is good enough, a slogan can permeate into songs, movies, and all aspects of our culture.
The Grizzlies have two great slogans already with “made in Memphis” and “grit and grind”, but Rudy Gay introduced a new slogan this week after the Grizzlies’ furious comeback win against the Warriors on Monday. “Make your own luck.” This has everything a great slogan needs. It is short, simple, and to the point. There is a sense of confidence and it represents the Memphis Grizzlies brand all too well. With their best perimeter player gone for most of last season, Memphis made their own luck and got within one game of the Western Conference Finals. This year with their biggest low post scoring threat out 6-8 weeks (Zach Randolph) the Grizzlies are still a playoff caliber team and are only 1.5 games out of first place in the division. However, they are still struggling to beat playoff caliber opponents which makes them the odd man out of the playoff picture sitting a half game out of the 7th spot in the West. Gay and his teammates will have to continue making their own luck if they want to do like Ford and “go further” than they have every gone before. It is time for our weekly Grizzlies 3-pointer, three things the Grizzlies are doing, need to do, and will be doing to improve upon their success as a team on a weekly basis.
1) What are the Grizzlies doing?
The Grizzlies defense is “finger licking good” thanks to quick hands and great reflexes. Coach Hollins has the team focused in on the defensive side of the ball as they are 10th in points allowed in the NBA and first in steals per game. In the last 10 games Memphis has only allowed 1 team to score 100 or more points, and that was the best team in the Western Conference, Oklahoma City. The Grizzlies are getting stellar defensive play out of everyone, but they have some standouts who, should they continue their prowess on the defensive end, will certainly make the NBA All-Defensive Team. Marc Gasol has been “M’m! M’m! Good!” around the rim, as he is locking down the paint and allowing his teammates to get out into the passing lanes to force turnovers. He is 4th in the NBA in defensive rebounds per game (8.4) and 5th in blocks per game (2.2). Mike Conley is also asserting himself on the defensive end, and he looks like the best defender at his position in the NBA. He has the league lead in steals per game and is 2nd in the NBA in total steals with 43, behind Ricky Rubio’s 46. Not too far behind him sits Mr. Grit and Grind himself, Tony Allen, with 34 steals on the year, making the Grizzlies the only team in the NBA with two players who have over 30 steals on the season so far. Rudy Gay has even gotten in on the fun as he is 17th in the NBA in steals with 28. They will need to continue to get this type of defensive production so that they can get easy buckets and points in the paint.
2) What do the Grizzlies need to do?
Perform better against upper echelon teams. Memphis took full advantage in playing lesser competition last week going 3-2 on the week, but in order to make it deep into the playoffs you have to beat good teams something the Grizzlies have struggled with so far this season. In fact, Memphis is a woeful 2-8 this season against teams with a winning record. They are only averaging 89.3 points per game against teams over .500, which is nearly six points less than their season average. Last week they played two teams with winning records (Clippers and the Trail Blazers) and lost to both teams. The Grizzlies need to find a way to “just do it” and beat teams over .500. Otherwise, their chances of making the playoffs will be slimmer than a frog hair split three ways.
3) What will the Grizzlies do?
“Buckle up” and get ready for another tough stretch in their schedule. The Grizzlies’ defense will be tested this week with three of their opponent ranking in the top 10 in both points per game and assists per game. Needless to say all three of those teams (Spurs, Nuggets, and Hawks) are over .500. The combined record of this week’s opponents for the Grizzlies is an impressive 42-29. The division leading Spurs come to FedExForum on the 30th and the very next night the Grizzlies will welcome the Nuggets, who lead the NBA in both points per game and assists per game. Memphis will close out the week with a difficult road trip to Atlanta to face the Hawks. The Grizzlies are going to have to “be all that they can be” if they are going to avoid falling further out of the playoff picture.
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This article appears in the February 2012 issue of MemphiSport.
For months we have been tracking the world of Twitter to compile a list of 20 people all sports fans in the Mid-South should follow on Twitter. First, here is how we did it…
WHO QUALIFIES FOR THE LIST
1. You must call the Mid-South home. No out-of-towners.
2. Be an individual. No teams or groups/organizations.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD TWITTER ACCOUNT
3. engaging with followers (@ replies back)
4. no over-tweeting
The list of the 20 MUST FOLLOW Memphis area sports Twitter accounts (in no particular order):
WHO IS THIS GUY: Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies guard.
SAMPLE TWEET: I’m not a business man I’m the business man!! (22 Oct via Twitter for BlackBerry)
THE LOW-DOWN: Arguably the best, and without question the most entertaining NBA player on Twitter, Allen offers opinions on everything from music to traffic in between giving fans a look into the mind of one of the league’s most interesting personalities.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com college basketball writer and host of local radio show, “The Gary Parrish Show with Geoff Calkins”
SAMPLE TWEET: Who breaks up and gets back together more than the Big 12? I mean, besides Ronnie and Sammie? (20 Sep via Twitter for iPhone)
THE LOW-DOWN: Parrish brings to the table a national presence with local flavor along with sarcastically humorous commentary on anything from wiffleball, to Jersey Shore, to Tiger basketball.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Parody Twitter account for the Commercial Appeal’s Grizzlies beat writer, Ron Tillery
SAMPLE TWEET: MISHUN ACCOMPLISHED! Osamuh Bin Latin died on the same day as the Thunder’s dreams! Go Grizzly Bares and America! #Belieb #Grizz (1 May via web)
THE LOW-DOWN: Though he’s more active during the season, Fantasy Tillery regularly pours it on as he perpetuates his constructed persona of a Grizzlies-loving, Mike Conley-adoring superfan/beat writer.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Adonis Thomas, Memphis Tigers freshman forward
SAMPLE TWEET: Was doing my essay and my foot rolled on the outlet! Gotta start over!!!!! !!!! Was more than 1/2 way done! (20 Sep via Twittelator)
THE LOW-DOWN: Thomas regularly interacts with his followers (and gives them shout-outs) and gives you a daily look into how he’s living his life. Whether it be a trip to the barber shop or a meal after practice, it’s easy for Tiger fans to find out what’s going on with the star freshman.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Jon Roser, producer of the Chris Vernon Show on 730 AM.
SAMPLE TWEET: The U2 song “get on your boots” might be worse than Waka Flocka (2 Oct via Twitter for Android)
THE LOW-DOWN: Roser is an absolute must-follow for anyone who’s a fan of the Tigers, Grizzlies or even just the city of Memphis. Roser is a harsh, sarcastic critic, but he’s a smart and reasonable one. And his retweets are some of the best you’ll find.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Chris Herrington, Memphis Grizzlies writer from the Memphis Flyer.
SAMPLE TWEET: On the brightside, I’m leaving town tmrrw and will be gone for 3 days. Based on past history, lockout likely to end then. Thank me later. (20 Oct via TweetDeck)
THE LOW-DOWN: Herrington’s opinions aren’t always mainstream, but they’re always thorough, sound and worth considering. He’s without question one of the premier sources for Grizzlies news in Memphis, and thus, a must-follow for Grizzlies fans.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Geoff Calkins, Commercial Appeal sports columnist and regular radio contributor to “The Gary Parrish Show with Geoff Calkins”
SAMPLE TWEET: This is brutal. Memphis and Ole Miss both getting killed. As long as unhappy fans keep taking out full page ads, the CA should prosper! (4 Sep via web)
THE LOW-DOWN: Calkins mixes intelligent and thoughtful commentary with self-deprecating humor his (many) haters can’t help but love. He’s pithy and is as entertaining in his timeline as he is in the Commercial Appeal.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Parody Twitter account for George Lapides, longtime member of the Memphis media and current co-host of the radio talk show, “Sportstime”
SAMPLE TWEET: Puljols is some kind of good. I’m talking Ronnie-Grisanti-manicotti-and-miss-Mary-salad some kind of good. (2 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone)
THE LOW-DOWN: Look no further than his bio: “The imitator of the originator of sports talk radio in Memphis.” Real Lapides, in fact, once spent a segment of his radio show talking about the account, but to no avail. The advertisements and hysterical commentary continue.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Hamed Haddadi, reserve center for the Memphis Grizzlies.
SAMPLE TWEET: finally can wear the grizzlies white & blue 2nite so excited 2 b officially back. who miss me?!?!?! (21 Jan 12 via Facebook)
THE LOW-DOWN: The Iranian Sensation is back. Hamed Haddadi, an emerging fan favorite in Memphis, has returned to the United States, returned to Twitter and is back on Twitter with a vengeance. He gives away tickets, loves Tim Tebow, tweets at national NBA writers (and the Iron Sheik) and has somehow figured out how to tweet in Arabic.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Resident supplier of Twit-humor on all things Grizzlies.
SAMPLE TWEET: The NBA officially announced a lockout. In related news local retaliers will sell Grizz themed subscriptions to Viagra. #NoGrizzInMyPants (30 Jun via TweetDeck)
THE LOW-DOWN: It’s one thing to follow those who cover the team, but it’s also important to hear the opinions of a fan. This guy is not only funny — how can you not appreciate such a Twitter handle? — but his thoughts and commentary on the franchise is worth a follow.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Jason Smith, Memphis Tiger basketball beat writer for the Commercial Appeal.
SAMPLE TWEET: I cant say anything abt Lindy’s error. I wrote in blog this morn Mphs and Ark lost out on Archie “Griffin.” Good RB prospect, that Griffin (21 Sep via web)
THE LOW-DOWN: Smith is still pretty green with the tweet game, and he openly admits as much. That said, he’s still the source — be it on Twitter, in the newspaper or on the Internet — for Tiger hoops. Smith has also kept an active blog, and his Twitter feed keeps Tiger fans updated on when to check it for a scoop.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Kyle Veazey, Commercial Appeal sports enterprise reporter.
SAMPLE TWEET: Memphis is 113th in the 120-team FBS in total offense; Ole Miss is 117th. Yay Mid-South! (16 Oct via TweetDeck)
THE LOW-DOWN: Veazey is pretty new to Memphis, but his humor helps him fit in. The former Ole Miss beat writer for the Clarion-Ledger, Veazey isn’t any stranger to bad football and the humor necessary to make it bearable. He’s got a pulse for the region and plenty of witty commentary that makes him perfect for Twitter.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies small forward.
SAMPLE TWEET: Ice bath and advil, last night was mad real! (9 Oct via Twitter for iPhone)
THE LOW-DOWN: If you don’t follow Gay, you’re missing out on some free shoes. The Grizzlies’ star forward regularly holds Twitter trivia, and among his favorite thing to give out are his size 14 shoes. He also posts a lot of photos, which helps Grizzlies fans see a little more of what it’s like to be the Grizzlies’ $82 million man.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Preston Laird, Tiger basketball senior walk-on
SAMPLE TWEET: The new transformers is by far the best one. It was ridiculous. So sick. #mustsee(29 Jun via Twitter for BlackBerry)
THE LOW-DOWN: Outside of when he’s tweeting to his teammates, you almost can’t tell Laird is a member of the preseason No. 9 college basketball team in the country. And that’s a good thing. Laird plays mini golf, goes to see movies and is active with his fraternity. It’s like following an average college guy — except he’s not that at all. Refreshing.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Rick Trotter, Memphis Grizzlies public address announcer.
SAMPLE TWEET: Note to self: When announcing hockey, wear thermals and a parka. No one cares that you’re in a suit. (18 hours ago via TweetDeck)
THE LOW-DOWN: Trotter is a funny dude and a great follow. A very unique thing about Trotter — he’ll respond to tweets during Grizzlies games. He can’t quite convey his deep, powerful microphone voice through 140 characters, but he can still give you insight into the Grizzlies from a unique perspective.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Kevin Cerrito, managing editor of MemphiSport Magazine and radio host of MemphiSport Live.
SAMPLE TWEET: It’s a historic day here in the Bluff City: NFL Today is on Channel 3 instead of church. (16 Oct via web)
THE LOW-DOWN: Cerrito offers a witty, clever timeline with the perfect mix of sports, pop culture and entertainment. Because of his wit, he’s particularly interesting to follow during the sporting events he’s covering.
WHO IS THIS GAL: Carrie Anderson, weekend sports anchor/reporter for WMC-TV.
SAMPLE TWEET: Dear #Fiat, your little car is ugly and seeing the JLo commercial 5x every hour makes me like it even less. Sincerely, Carrie. (21 Sep via TweetCaster for Android)
THE LOW-DOWN: Carrie falls in line with a lot of Mid-South sports fans. When she’s not covering the Grizzlies or the Tigers, she’s rooting for the Cardinals and the Cowboys and offering commentary on both.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Greg Gaston, co-host of the Middays Show on Sports 56 WHBQ.
SAMPLE TWEET: Only in Memphis and the movies do u have a storybook season followed by a lockout completely draining the momentum and souring the fans. (20 Oct via web)
THE LOW-DOWN: Gaston isn’t a native Memphian, but he’s still plenty opinionated on sports in the area. It provides for a fresh, unique perspective on local sports topics that’s worth a follow when you need to see information through something other than rose-colored glasses.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Chris Vernon, host of the Chris Vernon Show on 730 AM.
SAMPLE TWEET: If I had a time machine and could go back to any time, I would travel back 3.5 hrs and not watch that game (2 Oct via Seesmic)
THE LOW-DOWN: Vernon brings it on Twitter just like he does on his radio show. He’s outspoken, obstinate and informed. What makes Vernon’s Twitter feed special is that he doesn’t even have to be tweeting about Memphis to be entertaining.
WHO IS THIS GUY: Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, Memphis Tiger legend and former NBA All-Star
SAMPLE TWEET: Billionaire basketball game tonight in Macau. 10,000 tickets sold at 250.00 to 500.00 per tic. Sold out!! Crazy money! (17 Dec 11 via txt)
THE LOW-DOWN: Can you have a list about Memphis and NOT include Penny? No, you can’t. Penny is Memphis, and Memphis is Penny. The man has his own logo and his own nickname, and though he hasn’t been in the mainstream sports news in Memphis in some time, he’s still one of the most recognizable and adored figures in all of the city.
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This past football season for the Memphis Tigers is one that fans and players cannot wait to put behind them. The team only won two games and was blown out in all but two of their losses. Last season the Tigers’ ranked in the bottom half in almost every major statistical category in the FBS, saw the firing of head coach Larry Porter, and more importantly finished dead last in our TAM rankings.
Well with the release of the football schedule earlier today Tiger fans can continue the process of forgetting about the last year’s dreadful season. First year head coach Justin Fuente is in charge now, and will try to make Memphis respectable again. However, last year was so bad that I doubt even the infamous Seal Team 6 can rescue this football program. Alas, here are five things you need to know about the Memphis Tigers 2012 football schedule.
1. Dude where’s my SEC team?
The thing that jumps out the most when you look at the schedule is the fact that there is no SEC team. This marks the first time in 63 years that Memphis does not have an SEC opponent on its schedule. The Tigers are 37-126 all time versus the SEC so that might have something to do with the glaring absence of a team from that conference. However, Memphis does lead the all time series against Arkansas and Auburn so that is something Tiger fans can brag about. Also, if you do not include Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Tennessee the Tigers have a much more reasonable record of 15-25 against the SEC. You have to find the silver lining in every cloud, especially when that cloud is 63 years of futility against three teams from one conference.
2. As the kids would say “Wallah Magic!” no Houston and Tulsa again for the Tigers.
The next most glaring thing about this schedule is the absence of Houston and Tulsa, the two best teams from the west, for the second straight year due to the C-USA schedule rotation. It works out in the Tigers’ favor however because instead of getting two games against some of the best in C-USA they get to play fellow bottom dwellers Tulane and Rice. Which are two much needed winnable games for the Tigers.
3. Memphis only plays four teams who had a winning record last season.
This is great news for a team that has not had a winning season since 2007. However, some of the teams from last year’s schedule with losing records (like UCF and Rice) still managed to beat Memphis like a drum so do not get too excited Tiger supporters. Yet your chances of winning increases when you are playing lesser competition. In fact, Memphis only plays one team in their first seven games that had winning records from last year.
4. Can the home schedule get any blander, as there are no marquee home games?
The home games for the 2012 season are as follows UT Martin, MTSU, Rice, UCF, Tulane, and Southern Mississippi so what is the game that is going to get a huge fan turnout? For a school that is trying to get noticed by a major conference fan turnout is key. Having a strong fan following makes any team more alluring, but when you are a bad team you need good teams on the schedule to bring in a strong fan turn out. Make no mistake about it Memphis will be blown out at home next season, but it will be against one of the schools listed above and not a team that will bring fans in like Ole Miss, Mississippi State, or Tennessee.
5. Lastly (and most importantly) my prediction for the 2012 season is…
With the absence of SEC teams, a new coaching staff that will focus on scoring (something the Tigers struggled to do last year), and the maturity of young players like Taylor Reed I believe the Memphis Tigers will go 4-8 in 2012. They play FCS foe UT Martin in the first game of the season which should give the Tigers win number one. MTSU comes to the Liberty Bowl this year, and after almost beating the Blue Raiders last year (and beating them the year before) expect that game to be intense and the Tigers second victory. That gives the Tigers a 2-2 out of conference record and with home games against two of the worst teams in C-USA (Tulane and Rice) Memphis should manage to double their win total from last season.
CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him @churtj09 for insightful tweets about college football and tweets that might change your life.
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I thought I would not be able to say this all season. The Kings have now won 5 in a row! Seriously, I still can’t believe it. Two more wins last weekend.
Last Friday night at Landers Center the RiverKings continued their winning streak as they won their fourth game in a row as they edged the Huntsville Havoc 4-3.
David Wilson was steady between the pipes as he stopped 21 of 24 shots.
Then the Kings went on the road for a Sunday matchup with Columbus. This was a very close game but the RiverKings kept their winning streak alive as they squeaked by the Cottonmouths 2-1.
Kings netminder David Wilson was again steady between the pipes as he stopped 21 of 22 shots directed his way.
Up next for the Kings- Landers Center(formerly the DCC)- Saturday, January 28-The Fayetteville FireAntz are back in town…game time is 7:05pm. It’s Pack the House and National Wild Turkey Federation Jersey Night as the team will wear specially designed NWTF jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game.
Tuesday – the Surge come to town. Game time is 7:05pm- Landers Center(formerly the DCC)
Joe Sports thoughts
What can I say? I can’t argue with five wins in a row. Believe it or not, I am the kind of person who focuses on the positive and for the Kings players this is positive.
I hope the last five victories is something the team will build on.
That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports
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