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MSL Interview: 30 Rock’s Grizz previews finale, answers challenge from NBA mascot Grizz

30 Rock Grizz picGrizz from 30 Rock joined  Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter on MSL talk about the upcoming finale, his favorite moments/episodes, Grizz the mascot’s challenge, trading the Gasol brothers for each other again, etc.

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Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host MemphiSport Live (MSL) on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.

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MSL: 1.26.13

BOM MSL 2012

HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter recap the week’s big stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) Grizz from 30 Rock joins the guys to talk about the upcoming finale, Grizz the mascot’s challenge, the Memphis Grizzlies, trading the Gasol brothers for each other, etc.
(Segment 3) The debut of the first ever Manti Te’o inspired game show in the history of the world Girl or Not a Girl

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HOUR 2:
(Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen featuring a discussion on who would play the Grizzlies players in a movie.
(Segment 2)TV/film critic and Oscarologist Greg Akers joins the guys to continue the Grizzlies movie discussion, etc.
(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos

UPDATE: Greg Akers’ article and slideshow casting Memphis Grizzlies: The Movie

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Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host MemphiSport Live (MSL) on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.

Follow the MSL hosts on Twitter @cerrito @marcus_hunter

‘Suit and Tie’ Battle: Justin Timberlake vs. Jay-Z

Suit and Tie

The full length “Suit and Tie” lyric video debuted Jan. 24, 2013.

Friday’s game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Brooklyn Nets features two teams trying to solidify themselves as NBA Championship contenders.  It also marks the first time that Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z go head to head as minority owners of NBA teams.  This comes just weeks after the release of the single “Suit and Tie” off Timberlake’s new album “The 20/20 Experience”, which features Jay-Z.

Their two NBA teams have a lot of things in common this season, their records are almost identical, they both play terrific defense (Nets are fifth in points allowed while the Grizzlies are second in that category), and both teams have two of the most well known celebrity owners in the NBA.  Jay-Z has been a minority owner of Brooklyn (formerly New Jersey)for a few years, while J.T. is a minority owner for the first time this season.  They both have it all including millions of dollars, adoring fans, and gorgeous wives, but who would win a matchup between the two giants of entertainment?

Here are five categories to decide who has it best, Justin Timberlake or Jay-Z…

Twitter
Jay-Z: Hov lays claim to just over two million followers on the social website, which is quite an impressive feat for someone who has just 36 total tweets.  Jigga’s last tweet was in late November, stating that “The city is under new management”, after the Nets beat the Knicks.Justin

Timberlake:
Timberlake’s twitter account is far more active, and he uses it as a way to connect more to his fans.  He makes announcements (like when his new song “Suit and Tie” featuring Jay-Z was available on iTunes), retweets fans, and is an all around entertaining person to follow.  This is why he has almost 16 million followers, and wins the battle for twitter.

Winner: Justin Timberlake

Music career
Jay-Z: With 14 platinum albums (11 solo and three collaborative), Jay-Z has solidified himself as one of the greatest artists ever.  Also, half of his albums earned the honor of multiplatinum status.  No wonder he is called the “Best Rapper Alive”.

Justin Timberlake: 
While he may not have the 14 platinum albums Jay-Z has, Timberlake is no slouch.  He saw success as a part of the group N’Sync and as a solo artist also.  N’Sync is one of the best boy bands of all time, with their best album, No Strings Attached, earning a Diamond Certification selling more than 11 million copies in the U.S. alone.  However, The Prince of Pop just does not have enough to beat Hov.  J.T. only has two solo albums since N’Sync broke up, and while both of them went multiplatinum, they are five less than the seven multiplatinum albums Jay-Z has.

Winner: Jay-Z

Money in the bank
Jay-Z: There are not many entertainers that can compete with the amount of money Jay-Z has, and comparing the hip hop mogul to anybody else is unfair.  Jay-Z is a hustler in every sense of the word, and thanks to that he has become one of the wealthiest entertainers in the business.  His primary source of income started off as music, but now he has his hands on several multimillion dollar ventures.  Thanks to Rocawear, the 40/40 Club, Def Jam and most recently his help with NBA2K13 (among other fiscal avenues) his estimated net worth is close to $500 million.

Justin Timberlake:  With a net worth of $70 million, Timberlake is only $430 million away from Jay-Z.  Now $70 million is not bad, and Timberlake owns his fair share of businesses including his restaurant Southern Hospitality and his clothing line William Rast.  However, Timberlake is not near the fiscal mogul Jay-Z is.

Winner: Jay-Z

Movie career
Jay-Z:  Jay-Z has only been in five movies, and the highest grossing film made about $10 million (State Property).  Two of the five films were documentaries, good ones (Backstage made me attempt to launch my own rapping career at the ripe age of 13), but not high grossing ones.

Justin Timberlake: It is not even a close one as the “Prince of Pop” crushes Jigga when it comes to their movie careers.  Timberlake has been in 15 movies, with his highest grossing film (Shrek the Third) making just under $800 million.  In fact, six of his last nine movies have grossed over $100 million dollars a piece.  Sorry Jay-Z, but this category belongs to Justin hands down.

Winner: Justin Timberlake

This year’s NBA teams
Jay-Z:  The Nets are now in Brooklyn and have one of the most exciting teams in the East.  Deron Williams and Joe Johnson make up a dangerous back court, that is capable of putting up big numbers in a heartbeat.  While Brook Lopez looks like a future All Star center with every game he plays.

Justin Timberlake: Memphis on the other hand, has one of the best front courts in the league.  Led by All Star Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Rudy Gay form a one, two, three punch that is difficult for any opponent to stop.  So who is the minority owner with the best NBA franchise?  We will find out tonight when the two teams face off in the first annual “Suit and Tie Classic”.

Winner: TBD

UPDATE: The Grizzlies defeated the Nets, 101 – 77 at the first “Suit and Tie” Classic at FedExForum on January 26, 2013. Timberlake is now 1-0 against Jay-Z in the NBA.

CJ Hurt covers the NBA for MemphiSport. Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from games.


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Who would win if Memphis played Ole Miss in basketball this season?

The Ole Miss Rebels (15-2) basketball team has been flying under the radar for most of this season.  The Rebels are ranked in the Associated Press and USA Today polls (23/24 respectfully) for the first time since 2010.

The University of Memphis Tigers (14-3) were ranked earlier this season. The two teams have had discussions about restarting the series.  This year would be an excellent opportunity for the “backyard rivalry” to resume.  Both teams are very similar to one another, and there is a slim possibility that the NCAA basketball selection committee may place the Tigers and Rebels in the same bracket for a possible post-season tournament matchup.

Gerron Johnson (55) has given the Memphis Tigers the toughness this season.  Photo by Justin Ford

Gerron Johnson (55) has given the Memphis Tigers the toughness this season. (Photo by Justin Ford)

Who would win if Memphis played Ole Miss in basketball this season? Let’s break it down…

Strength:

Tigers – The Tigers do many things very well, block shots, the ability to play both half court sets or run an up tempo offense.  However, the best attribute for the Tigers is their talent.  With the talent of the Tigers, when one player is having a bad game another just steps up and fill that void.  Adonis Thomas, Gerron Johnson, Joe Jackson, Shaq Goodwin and Chris Crawford have carried the torch for the Tigers.

Rebels – Marshall Henderson is the heart and soul of the Rebels team.  He is a 6’ 2” junior guard from Hurst, Texas and can score in bunches.  In his recent game against the Tennessee Volunteers he was in the zone.  Henderson went 0-4 in the first half, but finished the game with 28 points and made six 3-pointers in the game.

Advantage: Rebels

Weakness:

Tigers – The Tigers perimeter defense has been an Achilles heel this season.  The Tigers have blown big leads this season by allowing teams to convert a high percentage of 3-pointers.  The overall defense has been acceptable, but must improve in this area.

Rebels – The lack depth for the Rebels do not leave much room for error.  The starters for the Rebels are averaging 58 points and 26 rebounds a game, while the bench is only averaging 24.4 points and 15 rebounds per game.

Advantage: Tigers

Intangibles:

Tigers – The Tigers are ranked 41 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) while Conference USA is ranked 11 among all conferences in basketball.  The Tigers have been to the NCAA tournament the last two seasons and has received national attention despite playing in a perceived weak conference.

Rebels – Ole Miss has not been to the NCAA tournament since 2002.  The Rebels have played in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) the past three years.  They made it to the NIT Final Four in 2010. The Rebels are poised to make it to the NCAA tournament based on their current play.  The Rebels RPI is 35 and the Southeastern Conference is ranked 6th.

Advantage: Push

Final Verdict:

Both of these teams play an exciting brand of basketball and if the teams were to meet in their current form, the game would most likely be an instant classic.  Neither team lacks confidence and feels they would win any game that they lace up for.  Who would win this game if it was played in Memphis, the Tad Pad or on a neutral court?  Regardless of where this game was played the winners would be the fans.  Who do you think would win?  Let us know your thoughts.

SEE ALSO: Have the Memphis Tigers turned the corner?

Terry Davis is a regular contributor for MemphiSport. Follow him @Terryd515.

Redbirds announce list of 2013 promotional giveaways, includes BBQ bobblehead

 

(Photo by Justin Ford)

(Photo by Justin Ford)

Highlights of the Memphis Redbirds 2013 promotional giveaways include a BBQ bobblehead, Memphis Belle 70th Anniversary t-shirt, and a homeplate welcome mat.

Here is the full list of free stuff:

  • April 4: Magnet Schedules to first 5,000 fans
  • April 5: Redbirds Batting Practice Hat to first 3,000 fans
  • April 22: Recycle Bag to first 500 fans
  • May 10: Charlie Lea Memphis Chicks Hat  to first 3,000 fans
  • May 12: Pink t-shirt to first 1,000 Moms
  • May 24: 2006 Cardinals World Series Replica Ring to first 3,000 fans
  • May 25: Memphis Belle 70th Anniversary t-shirt to first 1,000 fans
  • May 31: Redbirds Piggy Bank to first 2,000 fans
  • June 6: I-40 Series Cup t-shirt  to first 1,000 fans
  • June 7: Gym Bag to first 2,000 fans
  • June 8: BBQ Apron to first 2,000 fans
  • June 9: 0.0K Race t-shirt to first 1,000 fans
  • June 23: OYO Baseball Mini Figurine to first 2,000 fans
  • June 28: Redbirds Team Trading Card Set to first 1,500 fans
  • July 5: Homeplate Welcome Mat to first 2,000 fans
  • July 19: Allen Craig Replica Jersey t-shirt to first 3,000 fans
  • August 2: Left Field Loonies t-shirt to first 3,000 fans
  • August 16: BBQ Bobblehead to first 3,000 fans

Email: kevin@memphisport.com
Twitter: @cerrito

SEE ALSO: Grizzlies announce list of 2012-13 promotional giveaways

Photos: New-look Grizzlies defeat struggling Lakers

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Photos: Grizzlies’ 11th Annual MLK Day Celebration

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Have the Memphis Tigers turned the corner?

Heart, desire and passion are traits to have in order to be a great team.  Does the University of Memphis Tigers team have what it takes to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament?

After three early season losses the critics were up in arms with the coaching of head coach Josh Pastner.  The Tigers (14-3, 3-0 CUSA) have won eight straight games (most consecutive wins under Pastner).  The Tigers have had double digit leads in many games this season, but they have not had what it takes to maintain those large leads.

The Tigers have won 8 straight games.  Photo by Justin Ford

The Tigers have won 8 straight games. Photo by Justin Ford

Will the current success of the program translate into the postseason?  Here are “Fact” and “Fiction” arguments to the questions facing Tiger hoops fans:

The Tigers are loaded with talent?

Fact: Every game someone different steps up to get the Tigers over the hump.  Chris Crawford is the latest player to step up.  In the 60-50 win over Harvard, Crawford scored 13 points and he scored eight of the Tigers last ten points to seal the win.  The Tigers have several players averaging double points (Tarik Black, 10.5, Joe Jackson 13.9 and Adonis Thomas 11.1).

Fiction:  Talent alone does not assure a team will be successful.  The Tigers don’t have a player they can consistently go to in the final minutes of the game to put it on ice.

The Tigers are a team of intensity?

Fact: The Tigers have the ability to score in bunches.  They also have the ability to shut other teams down by playing tenacious defense.

Fiction:  The Tigers at times play the best twenty minutes of basketball.  At other times they seem to get bored and allow other teams back into the game.  In the last two games the Tigers have let 20 point leads disappear.

The Tigers play to the level of their completion?

Fact:  The Tigers have been in every game except for the VCU game, the Tigers have not lost by more than double digits.  All of the team’s three losses have been to teams have been ranked at one point in the season.

Fiction:  A great team does not take any team for granted.  A great team always keeps its foot and the gas and does not allow a team to consistently come back from huge deficits.  The Tigers may play great teams tough, but under Pastner they have yet to defeat a ranked team (0-10).

The Tigers are mentally tough?

Fact:  The Tigers find a way to win games.  It does not matter if they are down by ten or up by ten the Tigers feel they can win every game they stop onto the court with.

Fiction: On several occasions several Tigers have been seen pouting or complaining about something.  The most recent incident involves Black.  Black was upset with his lack of playing time in Harvard game and appeared to be distant when the team made their final push for victory.

These are just a few questions that will not be answered until this season has been completed.  Will the Tigers be mentioned as one of the school’s best team?  Only time will reveal the answer to these questions.

Terry Davis is a regular contributor for MemphiSport. Follow him @Terryd515.

MSL: 1.19.13

BOM MSL 2012

HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter recap the week’s big stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) Dustin Starr joins the guys in studio to discuss Raw 20, Royal Rumble, The Rock and more.
(Segment 3) Shenanigans.


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HOUR 2:

(Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen.
(Segment 2) C.J. tries to proves his mom is real.
(Segment 3) During Woohoos and Boos, the guys declare the upcoming Grizzlies/Nets game as the “Suit and Tie Classic”

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Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host MemphiSport Live (MSL) on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.

Follow the MSL hosts on Twitter @cerrito @marcus_hunter