MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: Top Sports Stories of 2014 in the Mid-South

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Join MSL and HardBashin producer CJ Hurt and Sports 56 producer and WUMR Sports Desk host Drew Barrett as they take you on a sports odyssey full of twists, turns, and a good time during MSL‘s Playing Hurt Podcast.

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Dwight Howard on Tarik Black leaving Houston: ‘It’s tough to see him go’

Dwight Howard spent Christmas Day in Memphis at the home of then-Houston Rockets teammate Tarik Black.

However, when word spread before Friday morning’s shootaround that Black, an undrafted rookie, was waived by the Rockets to clear roster room for veteran Josh Smith, Howard was among those stunned by the news.

BLACK FRIDAY --- Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard was among those shocked after learning that close friend and teammate Tarik Black was waived by the team Friday in Memphis. (Photo by Russ Isabella)

BLACK FRIDAY — Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard was among those shocked after learning that close friend and teammate Tarik Black was waived by the team Friday in Memphis. (Photo by Russ Isabella)

“Personally, it was very tough for me,” Howard said, when asked about Black’s unceremonious departure from the team. “You know, Tarik is my guy. We’ve spent a lot of time together away from basketball. We’ve been to church a lot together, Bible study, all that stuff. So Tarik is like a little brother to me. I was very sad when I heard the news. But I also understand this is a business.”

Fortunately for Black, a former Memphis Ridgeway High star, his time away from the NBA lasted less than 48 hours. That’s because on Sunday, 6-foot-11 forward was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Lakers and is expected to make his debut with the team Tuesday night in Denver.

Although Howard and Rockets coach Kevin McHale weren’t surprised the 23-year-old Black was ultimately acquired by another team, Howard said Black’s presence in the locker room is what he will miss the most.

“I am going to miss him as a teammate,” Howard said. “He worked hard every day in practice. He battled.”

After playing his final collegiate season at Kansas, Black joined the Rockets before the start of Summer League play and made a favorable impression on McHale and his staff. After officially signing with Houston on August 27, Black appeared in 25 regular-season games for the Rockets before he was let go hours before what was expected to be a much-anticipated homecoming.

“That was a hard thing,” said McHale who spoke with Black moments after the team informed him of its decision. “Tarik did a great job for us. He did the one thing for us. It was during the preseason. I told him, ‘Tarik, you’ve got to go open people’s eyes. You didn’t get drafted.’ But he came in and he had 15 rebounds in a game. And I said everyone in the league is saying, ‘Dang, what did we miss on Tarik Black?’ People know who he is and he’s on people’s radar. He’s a great kid. I really loved coaching him. He’s wonderful young man. We’re going to miss him. But sometimes, we make moves and things happen.”

After playing his final collegiate season at Kansas last year, Black joined the Rockets before the start of Summer League play and made a favorable impression on McHale and his staff. (AP Photo)

After playing his final collegiate season at Kansas last year, Black joined the Rockets before the start of Summer League play and made a favorable impression on McHale and his staff. (AP Photo)

After being claimed off waivers by the Lakers, Black immediately took to his Twitter account Sunday: “To the fans of the Lakers, I am honored and can’t wait to get to work. Hopefully I can help this team and you guys will enjoy the process.”

Howard, who elected not to contact Black after learning the Rockets had parted ways with him, reached out to Black late Friday night following Houston’s overtime win at Memphis. Still, the eight-time All-Star said because Black is no longer with the team is difficult to stomach.

Prior to transferring to Kansas for the 2013-14 season, Black played three seasons at the University of Memphis from 2010-2013.

“I’m going to miss his little sayings in practice…’Wow’ and ‘Here we go,’” Howard said of Black. “I used to practice his little lines every day. It’s tough to see him go. Like I said, he meant a lot to me. He was a really good teammate. He was a really good guy.”

DrePicAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

MSL Podcast: Last Saturday of 2014

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Hour 1:

(Segment 1) CJ Hurt and Marcus Hunter recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) Marcus the Magnificent returns to MSL to predict the winners of the New Years Six Bowls, Grizzlies playoff results, and more.

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Hour 2: 

(Segment 1) Hang Up and Listen
(Segment 2) Kevin Cerrito joins Marcus and CJ for some shenanigans
(Segment 3) Wohoos and Boos

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Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter 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: Southern Heavyweight Classic TONIGHT

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Jerry Lawler has won two Southern Heavyweight Classic trophies, including the one held in January.

Tonight is the big night!  What better way to celebrate Throwback Thursday than to take a look back at the 4th Annual Southern Heavyweight Classic held in January of this year?  After all, it’s not every day you step in the ring with Jerry “The King” Lawler in the Main Event for a trophy based on so much Memphis Wrestling tradition.

Each year twelve men enter the tournament – one man prevails as winner and new Southern Heavyweight Classic Champion.  The guests for the evening were absolutely star-studded – the who’s who of Memphis Wrestling.  WWE Hall of Famer KoKo B. Ware, the legendary “Superstar” Bill Dundee and even Dave Brown were on hand at Minglewood Hall to see who would prevail at the end of the night.

Lawler and I had already defeated two other opponents before finally meeting at the end.  Take a look at the entire night’s highlights in this week’s clip – including the final minutes of the Main Event (21:19 mark).

Memphis Wildfire Wrestling’s Southern Heavyweight Classic takes place tonight (Dec. 18th) at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN.  Two feature bouts have been added to Round 1 of the tournament – Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. “Superstar” Bill Dundee and “Grand Master Sexay” Brian Christopher vs. Jeff Jarrett.  The winner of each match will face the other in Round 2.

Special meet & greet starts at 6PM.  Bell rings at 7PM.  To purchase tickets online & for the full line-up click here.

VIDEOS LEADING UP TO SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CLASSIC:

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MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: SEC Bowl Pick’em Edition

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Join MSL and HardBashin producer CJ Hurt and Sports 56 producer and WUMR Sports Desk host Drew Barrett as they take you on a sports odyssey full of twists, turns, and a good time during MSL‘s Playing Hurt Podcast.

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MSL Podcast: Last Show Before Christmas 2014

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter talk about all the college football bowls with local interest.
(Segment 2) It’s KeVinsanity when The Memphis Flyer’s  Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies including Cavs trade rumors, SEGABABA strategy, the tough December schedule, and more.
(Segment 3) More with Lipe.

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HOUR 2:

(Segment 1) Wrestling legend Bill “Superstar” Dundee  joins Cerrito and Dustin Starr to talk about his upcoming match against the King at the Southern Heavyweight Classic on Dec 18, wrestling at the age of 71, and more.
(Segment 2) “I Love Memphis” blogger and Kevin’s podcast co-host Holly Whitfield joins the guys in studio to talk about things to look forward to in Memphis in 2015.
(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos

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Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter 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. 

Q & A: Dallas business owner Candace Green drawing rave reviews with Simplyyy Romantic

EDITOR’S NOTE: When Candace Green graduated from Skyline High in the Dallas area in the late 1990s, among the things she dreamt was embarking upon the entrepreneurial industry. After years of constant research and perseverance, it’s safe to assume that Green undoubtedly has found her niche as a rising entrepreneur. So much, in fact, that Green’s business venture, Simplyyy Romantic, has drawn rave reviews in such a short time span. To Green’s credit, no doubt her latest venture figures to grasp the attention of those who aspire to spice up and enhance their love life, let alone the overall entire landscape of their relationship. During a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, Green spoke in detail about her business.

Can2ANDRE: You’re a rather young and vibrant business owner. What is your age?
CANDACE: I am age 32.

ANDRE: Tell our readers what high school you attended.
CANDACE: I went to Skyline High School.

ANDRE: So what is the name of your latest business venture you’d like the general public to embrace?
CANDACE: The name of my business is Simplyyy Romantic.

ANDRE: Clearly, Candace, your Q & A story will be featured on a sports-oriented website. Were you at one point in time involved in athletics?
CANDACE: I didn’t play any sports.

ANDRE: Candace, please enlighten our readers on why Simplyyy Romantic stands out above other business establishments similar to it.
CANDACE: My business helps put the romance back in couples marriage and relationship. People say that my business is different and unique.

ANDRE: Now, of course, many of our readers would like to know when is the best time to take advatage of your business. In other words, when is Simplyyy Romantic’s peak season?
CANDACE: I expect for my business to be it’s busiest on Birthdays, Wedding Days, Valentine’s Day, and various anniversaries.

ANDRE: And, finally Candace, what is amongst the targeted age group for your newly-established busniess venture?
CANDACE: The group that reaches out to me is men and women 27-50.

For more information on Simplyyy Romantic, email Candace Green at: simplyyyromantic@gmail.com.

DrePicAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Throwback Thursday: Lawler vs Dundee

On December 18th at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN, the biggest rivalry in Memphis Wrestling history will be renewed.  One last chapter will be written in the storied feud between two of the very best to ever step foot in the square circle.  “Superstar” Bill Dundee will go one on one with Jerry “The King” Lawler in Round 1 of the Southern Heavyweight Classic presented by Memphis Wildfire Wrestling.

These two have done it all, when it comes to sports entertainment.  However, when you put the two together inside the ring – it’s pure magic.  Whether you take a look back at 1985 when Dundee defeated Lawler for the Southern Heavyweight Championship or the numerous Loser Leaves Town matches between the two.  Or how about when Lawler defeated Dundee in a Hair Match… with Dundee’s wife’s hair on the line.  The two have had epic battles.

Last month at BRAWL in the FALL, Dundee was scheduled to make a major announcement.  The announcement ended up being a challenge to The King himself.  Take a look:

Although both men seem cordial in this clip, their feud has been going on for 50 years.  They do not like each other.  Both men would love nothing more than to defeat the other, make their way to the Finals & win the 5th Annual Southern Heavyweight Classic.

This week’s classic clip is from the 1970’s.  Not only do you get a little taste of Lawler vs Dundee but there’s a special appearance by “The Fabulous” Jackie Fargo:

Next week, we will take a look back at last year’s Southern Heavyweight Classic where I met The King in the Finals for the coveted trophy.

Memphis Wildfire Wrestling’s Southern Heavyweight Classic takes place next Thursday night (Dec. 18th) at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN.  To purchase tickets online & for the full line-up click here.

DON’T MISS:

  • Jerry “The King” Lawler & “Superstar” Bill Dundee will appear on Fox 13’s Good Morning Memphis tomorrow morning (Dec. 12)!
  • You’ll have a chance to win FREE tickets to the Southern Heavyweight Classic!  Tune in to MSL Saturday morning & call in during “Hang Up & Listen!”  Best call wins!

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“Superstar” Bill Dundee set for MSL Saturday

10384108_530810850388433_5261785722469952261_nMemphis Wrestling legend “Superstar” Bill Dundee is scheduled to join MSL this Saturday December 13th for an exclusive interview.  Dundee is set to square off in the first round of the Southern Heavyweight Classic against his arch-rival Jerry “The King” Lawler, next Thursday (Dec. 18th) at Minglewood Hall.  The Southern Heavyweight Classic is a tournament created based off the rich history and tradition of the Southern Heavyweight Championship – a title Dundee has won on several occasions.

Dundee issued the challenge to Lawler at last month’s BRAWL in the FALL.  The winner of their match will move on to the second round and will face the winner of Jeff Jarrett vs Brian Christopher.  Twelve men will enter the tournament – one man will be crowned the winner.

Along with the exclusive interview with The Superstar, you will have your chance to win FREE Memphis Wildfire Wrestling tickets.  Be sure to listen live!

MSL airs live every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CT on on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM .  If you have any questions you’d like to discuss with Bill Dundee, feel free to post them here or send them via Twitter @MemphiSport.  Also, be sure to follow Bill Dundee on Twitter.

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MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: Memphis to the Big 12 Edition

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