MSL Podcast: 6.28.14

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2 & 3) Memphis Flyer writer Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies including Z-Bo and the NBA draft.

MemphiSport Live

 

HOUR 2:

(Segment 1)  Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting a pair of tix to Memphis Wild Fire Wrestling’s FORCE OF JULY!
(Segment 2 & 3) Memphis Flyer’s Film/TV editor Greg Akers joins Kevin Cerrito to talk about who would play USA goalie & part-time Memphian Time Howard in a movie, his Top 15 movies circa 1990 & why Nashville Sucks.

 

Howard photo mash by @Cullen4 on Twitter.

MemphiSport Live

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.

Mid-South Attorney Christine Cane chasing history, vying for Criminal Court Judge

Christine Cane boasts a solid sports resume that includes having emerged into a standout in basketball and volleyball.

Just recently, the Mid-South-area Cane Law Firm Attorney was going on and on about her past experiences as a dual-sport athlete.

CaneMain“I played volleyball and basketball in middle school,” Cane told MemphiSport during a recent interview.  “I got MVP for basketball and volleyball. I played point guard in basketball and setter in volleyball. Sports definitely gave me a competitive edge.”

Cane even recalls arguably her grandest moment as an athlete, an occurrence that, in her estimation, is indicative of what has been a stellar law career for the 32-year-old lawyer.

“I will never forget our volleyball team had gone undefeated all season,” Cane explained. “We got to the tournament and lost a game in the second round. You could only lose twice in order to be put out. After that first loss we were down, but determined to come back and work our way up to the championship match. Even though we had gotten to the losers bracket, we did just that. We worked our way in to the championship match and won it! It was super rewarding.”

According to Cane, is it because of the never-say-die temperament she exhibited on the volleyball and basketball circuits that has fueled her desire to capture what could potentially evolve as a monumental chapter to a flourishing law career.

Cane is among two candidates vying to assume the Criminal Court Judge, Division 9 in this year’s election.

The seat is currently being occupied by incumbent Mark Ward, who was appointed in 2004.

For Cane, upending Ward — her former law school professor and a veteran judge who boasts more than three decades of experience in criminal justice — would not only serve as a major upset, but it would be a historical moment for the city of Memphis. If elected, Cane would become the youngest African-American judge ever elected to preside over a criminal court in Shelby County.

Early voting takes place from July 18 through August 2. The general election is August 7.

Among the reasons Cane contends she is a viable candidate to unseat the incumbent is that she has proven to become an asset on what she describes as “both sides of the courtroom.”

“With family, I have experienced sitting and praying that my relative is not thrown in jail,” Cane said. “I have also experienced being the victim of criminal activity. I have experienced representing individuals that are innocent and those that were guilty and my level of concern and diligence did not waiver. I care, I listen, I seek to understand and, most importantly, I want to see people better and rehabilitated. That will, in turn, cause a change in our families and communities.”

After 10 years, Cane don’t shy away from the notion that change is essential, in large part because she believes judges nowadays should develop a commitment to getting to what she refers to the “heart of the problem.”

“Many criminals commit offenses for different reasons, and if the reason can be remedied, then so can the individual,” Cane said. “There are some courtrooms that need change and other courtrooms are fair. Change is necessary here. Criminal Court, Division 9 needs change.”

And Cane, despite her young age, insists she is the likely candidate to create change.

She said the thought of running for her first political seat initially surfaced in early March.

After weeks of serious consideration, she ultimately launched her campaign, one she hopes will persuade Memphians to buy into her policies and concepts as Election Day looms.

The second of five children, who was raised in a single-parent establishment in the suburbs of Nashville, Cane was what she deems her mother’s “go-to” child, considering she was routinely relied upon mostly to look after her younger siblings, seeing that they had done homework, chores, and eaten, among other things.

“I can remember my mom working three jobs in order to support us. She always told me that I was going to be an attorney to help her get her back child support from my dad,” Cane jokingly said.  “I am an attorney, but I’m not sure if she ever got (back child support) though.”

NEWLY WEDS --- Sean Williams, who married Christine Cane less than two years ago, has been her grandest supporter on her campaign trail.

NEWLY WEDS — Sean Williams, who married Christine Cane less than two years ago, has been her grandest supporter on her campaign trail.

Her quest for pursuing a law career was fueled when she witnessed two of her closest relatives sentenced to prison when she was a child.

“To me, the justice system wasn’t very just to them,” Cane explained.  “I was hurt and bothered that my loved ones were away from me, but I was motivated, inspired, and determined to be the attorney my mom wanted me to be, but for a different reason.  I wanted to make just the injustices in the system.  Now, everyday I see young men and women charged with crimes and I have the opportunity to help them and make a difference to ensure that the justice system is more just to them than it was to my loved ones.  For that, I am grateful and very fulfilled in my career.”

The managing and founding partner of Cane Law Firm, PLLC, Cane runs offices in Memphis and in Nashville, where she practices criminal defense, family law and personal injury law. A graduate of Nashville’s Hunters Lane High and Fisk University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science, Cane later enrolled in the University of Memphis Law School, where she received her Juris Doctorate as a recipient of the U of M Law School Distinguished Service Award. 

Consequently Cane’s career took off to immense heights when she was an assistant public defender in Memphis and Shelby County during which she represented impecunious criminal defendants who didn’t have legal representation.

In addition, Cane has served on the Board of Directors for the Memphis Second Chance Organization and as a mentor for youths at Frayser and Carver High Schools. Married for the past year-and-a-half to Sean Williams, she is a member of Greater Community Temple Church of God In Christ.

“I’m proud of my wife,” Sean Williams said. “I’m happy to be married to a woman that will fight for what she believes is right, regardless of what or whom she’s fighting. Her tenacity and determination certainly makes our family stronger and better.”

A campaign that has been underway for a little more than three months, Cane said she is confident her experience and qualifications will convince voters to help thrust her into a new chapter into her already-stellar career.

“When elected to the office of judge, I promise to be true to who I am, which is a God-fearing, compassionate woman that only wants to see our justice system be just to everyone, regardless of income, race, sex, or creed,” Cane said.

As for voters who might question her age and lack of experience as a criminal court judge, Cane compared her campaign to that of President Barak Obama, particularly when he lobbied for his first term as President of the United States.

“Age does not necessarily mean experience, rather the quality of the time given,” she said. “In my time as an attorney, I have done a great deal. I have served as assistant public defender, and now have two thriving offices, one in Memphis and one in Nashville. I don’t think you have to be close to retirement to be able to do the job. I have ample jury trial experience. My youthfulness brings change, innovation, and energy. That is exactly what 201 Poplar needs.”

Change her mother sensed would ultimately come to fruition.

Change her mother saw coming more than two decades ago.

DreColumnAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson also is the NBA Southwest Division reporter. To reach Johnson, email him at andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Throwback Thursday: Dr. Tom talks pro wrestling

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Dr. Tom Prichard impersonates “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes on MSL.

Last Saturday, former WWE Tag Team Champion and head trainer Dr. Tom Prichard joioned MSL for an exclusive interview with Kevin Cerrito & myself.  I worked with Dr. Tom throughout 2010 while I was under contract in WWE’s developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling.  Also, Dr. Tom had many successful years in the Memphis-based USWA, before becoming a multiple-time WWE Tag Team Champion.

This week’s Throwback Thursday features the interview in its entirety.  If you missed the interview during the live program, here’s your chance to take a look at the inside of World Wrestling Entertainment and the independent wrestling scene, as well.

Among other topics, Dr. Tom touches base on the recent news of  WWE Chairman and Chief Executive Vince McMahon recently losing $350 million in one day, as well as the recent roster cuts coming out of WWE.  Tom Prichard trained the majority of the talent that was released and discusses who they “missed the boat” on.  Speaking of Dr. Tom’s training, he also trained every current WWE Champion.  Dr. Tom talked more about talent outside of the WWE and where those top prospects come from.

If that’s not enough, wait until you hear his story about former WCW diva Missy Hyatt.  To wrap things up, Dr. Tom Prichard is put on the spot when Cerrito asks him about his infamous Dusty Rhodes impersonation.  He would often break out into Dusty promos during training at FCW.

You can follow Dr. Tom Prichard on Twitter @DrTomPrichard.  Also, Dr. Tom is on Facebook and welcomes your friend request.

We will be conducting many more interviews in the months to come.  Be on the lookout for the next big announcement.

 

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host MemphiSport Live (MSL)  every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CT on on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM .

Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and MSL. Follow him @DustinStarr.

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MSL Interview: Former WWE head trainer Dr. Tom Prichard

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Former tag team champion and head WWE trainer Dr. Tom Prichard joined Kevin CerritoDustin Starr  on MSL to show off his Dusty Rhodes impression and to talk about recently released talent, Vince McMahon, being the “Doctor of Desire” and more.


Click here for more MSL interviews.

MemphiSport Live

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.

 

First-Ever Grizzlies Trivia Nights Debut In Memphis This Week

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Hey Grizz Nation,

Do you miss basketball season already?

For the 1st time ever, now you can test your knowledge of Grit & Grind by playing Memphis Grizzlies Trivia with Kevin Cerrito featuring Grizz themed prizes like paintings from Art by Exelbierd.

Choose which night you want to play:

Wednesday, 6/25 at Tamp & Tap (7pm-9pm) sponsored by Sache feat a different $3.50 craft brew.

NBA Draft Night, Thursday 6/26 at The Green Beetle (8pm-10pm) sponsored by Budweiser feat $10 buckets of Bud/Bud Light. Draft will be on the TVs with sound!

Trivia prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Best Team Name.

Click here to see the Facebook event page.

MSL Podcast: 6.21.14

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter recap Benedict Arnold’s wedding and talk about the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2 & 3) Memphis Flyer writer Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segmement to talk Z-Bo,  NBA Draft, and more.

MemphiSport Live

  HOUR 2:
(Segment 1)  Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting double the prize packs!
(Segment 2) Former tag team champion and head WWE trainer Dr. Tom Prichard joins Cerrito & Dustin Starr to show off his Dusty Rhodes impression and to talk about recently released talent, Vince McMahon, being the “Doctor of Desire” and more.
(Segment 3) The M Awards 2014 Nominations Special.  Cerrito  and Maria Garay along with Johnny Radio and CJ Hurt announce the nominees of the 2014 M Awards and breakdown who will and who should win all the major categories.

VOTE: Click here to cast your ballot in the 2014 M Awards.

MemphiSport Live

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.

M Awards 2014 Voting Is Live

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M Stands for Memphis. M Stands for major league. M stands for magnanimous. M stands for marvelous, master, and most of all, the M Awards presented by the 17th Annual Sports Ball Black-Tie Tennis Shoe Gala.

It is time again for YOU to vote for the best of the past year in Memphis Sports. This year’s M Awards nominees are for the period between June 2013 and June 2014. (Note: M also stands for multiple choice – we took the liberty of selecting who we feel are the most deserving for each award, but feel free to select anyone you choose.)

You are in charge here, and what you say goes. You make the picks and we tabulate the results. That’s all there is to it. Look for the winners to start appearing right here on MemphiSport.com in July.

VOTE: Click here to vote in the 2014 M AWARDS presented by the 17th Annual Sports Ball Black-Tie Tennis Shoe Gala.

#MAwards2014

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Audio: 2014 M Awards Nominations Special

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Kevin Cerrito  and Maria Garay along with Johnny Radio and CJ Hurt announce the nominees of the 2014 M Awards and breakdown who will and who should win all the major categories.

VOTE: Click here to cast your ballot in the 2014 M Awards.

#MAwards2014


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MemphiSport Live

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.

 

Throwback Thursday: Bill Dundee wins Southern Heavyweight Title

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When you think Memphis Wrestling, you typically think Jerry Lawler.  But Lawler didn’t do it alone.  He always had the help of “Superstar” Bill Dundee.  Dundee is known as the best tag team partner Jerry Lawler ever had… but also his greatest rival.

This week’s Throwback Thursday, we take a look back at one of the greatest feuds in Memphis Wrestling history.  The story transpired throughout one episode of USWA.  It all started while Lawler and Dundee were still a tag team.  Dundee sucker punched Lawler after a disagreement.  Dundee challenged Lawler for the Southern Heavyweight Championship with one special stipulation from Lawler.

Bill Dundee put his hair on the line against Lawler’s title.

October 19, 1985 a stunned WMC-TV5 audience witnessed “Superstar” Bill Dundee dethrone Jerry “The King” Lawler on live television.

Lawler and Dundee have had many battles since that day.  On July 10th, both men will have separate battles at Memphis Wildfire Wrestling’s annual “Force of July.”  Minglewood Hall will host the event headlined by former WCW World Heavyweight Champion “Big Poppa Pump” versus Jerry “The King” Lawler.  This will be the first time the two former World Champions have ever met in the ring.

“Superstar” Bill Dundee, on the other hand, will be in a “Star Spangled Challenge” against none other than myself & Maria.  It’ll be “Five Starr” versus “The Superstar.”  Are you kidding me?  First, I Main Event the Southern Heavyweight Classic with “The King”.  Now, I get “The Superstar?”  Who would’ve ever thought?  Hear what Maria & I had to say about the match on MSL a few weeks back.

For more information, visit Memphis Wildfire on Facebook or Minglewood Hall.

Fun Facts:  “Superstar” Bill Dundee has a brand new radio program that will debut tomorrow morning.  One of his first guests will be none other than longtime Memphis Wrestling personality Eddie Marlin.  For more information on his new program, visit his official Facebook page.

“Throwback Thursday” is a weekly Memphis Wrestling post at MemphiSport.com.

Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and MSL. Follow him @DustinStarr.

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No doubt, Aunt Kiva kept me from getting fired by The Commercial Appeal

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DALLAS — In May 1996, I was one of a dozen college journalists around the country invited to participate in a three-month-long internship for The Memphis Commercial Appeal.

TEAM PLAYER --- Kiva Johnson, a Memphis East High graduate who died Tuesday night as a result of a car crash in Southeast Memphis, contributed greatly to the journalism career of MemphiSport senior writer Andre Johnson.

TEAM PLAYER — Kiva Johnson, a Memphis East High graduate who died Tuesday night as a result of a car crash in Southeast Memphis, contributed greatly to the journalism career of MemphiSport senior writer Andre Johnson.

For me, it was a monumental opportunity, a dream come true, considering my byline and stories were about to be published frequently in my hometown newspaper.

But within an hour after arriving for my first day at The CA, my internship was placed in serious jeopardy after then-executive sports editor, John Stamm, learned that I did not have a car.

“How can you possibly get around the city to cover your assignments without wheels?” he asked me as I sat seemingly intimidated and dejected in his fifth-floor office.

Luckily for me, Mr. Stamm allowed me to work from the newsroom my first full week and demanded that I “get wheels” within seven days.

That The Commercial Appeal was paying me somewhere in the neighborhood of $600 a week, I managed to put a down payment on a brand new vehicle by the end of my first week on the job.

FAMILY AFFAIR --- Kiva's children, Mariah and Markeem, pose alongside their father, Marlon Johnson. Marlon was the best man in MemphiSport NBA reporter Andre Johnson's wedding in October 2005.

FAMILY AFFAIR — Kiva’s children, Mariah and Markeem, pose alongside their father, Marlon Johnson. Marlon was the best man in MemphiSport NBA reporter Andre Johnson’s wedding in October 2005.

During my summer break from the University of Tennessee at Martin, I stayed at the residence of my favorite uncle, Marlon Johnson, and his new bride, Kiva. Kiva, in fact, made sure I got to and from the newspaper the first week, this after months removed from having given birth to her first child, Mariah.

Tuesday night, Kiva died as a result of a horrific car crash in Southeast Memphis.

News of her death comes just one day before the sixth anniversary of the passing of my grandfather, Edward Johnson, Sr., who died hours after my beloved Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers to capture their 17th world title.

Hours before writing this column, I mentioned in a social media post that it would be virtually difficult to produce any sportswriting today, given the devastating phone call I fielded in North Dallas Wednesday morning regarding my aunt’s tragic and untimely death.

I’ve since had a change of heart.

For starters, Kiva would have wanted to me to do my job. By and large, she have demanded that I exhibit my journalistic passion to the best of my ability, something about which I learned firsthand during my summer audition for The Commercial Appeal 18 years ago.

DADDY'S GIRL --- Marlon poses with his daughter, Markeeva. Kiva leaves behind three children.

DADDY’S GIRL — Marlon poses with his daughter, Markeeva. Kiva leaves behind three children.

With my much-anticipated internship  suddenly hanging in the balance, it was my aunt who essentially helped salvage my job.

Surely, such a summer-long dress rehearsal — which ultimately gave way to a second internship in May 2000 and my subsequent hiring as a full-time staffer by The Commercial Appeal three months later — was a slam dunk, or sorts, considering my journalism tenure has afforded me to cover the NBA, to attend shootarounds and All-Star Games, to attend pregame and postgame news conferences, to interact with and write about the best basketball players on the planet.

For six years and counting.

Conversely, in assessing a professional sportswriting career that spans nearly 14 years, no doubt the huge assist was obviously handed out by my aunt Kiva who, in estimation, saved my job as a college intern long before my career ever evolved into what it has become.

Which is to say it is only befitting that I borrow two familiar, fervent words uttered recently by Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant.

That is, Kiva, you are the “real MVP.”

DreColumnAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, email him at memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.