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Once upon a time, Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph met former South African president Nelson Mandela.
What Z-Bo said about meeting Mandela:
One of The Greatest Moments of My Life… Blessed to have had the Pleasure to be in his Presence and to Shake the Hand of One of The Most Prominent Powerful Men Ever!
Following Mandela’s passing at age 95, Randolph posted this photo of their meeting on Instagram @macbo50:
The headline says it all. “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert ran over Jerry “The King” Lawler in the parking lot of WMC-TV5 Studios in Memphis, TN. Gilbert had an altercation with match-maker Eddie Marlin moments before Gilbert entered his brother’s car and ran Lawler down.
Let’s rewind to September 1, 1990 USWA Wrestling – live. Many call this one of the most infamous scenes in the history of Memphis Wrestling.
People watching at home were so concerned, they called Memphis Police Department. Police arrived at the scene under the impression a crime had taken place. Lawler was forced to appear on TV sooner than intended to assure viewers he was okay.
Eddie Gilbert has a rich history against The King. Gilbert defeated Lawler five years earlier to capture the Southern Heavyweight Championship. He had stolen Lawler’s crowns and even claimed to be the new King of Memphis.
Something like this could easily be done in WWE with stuntmen and video production. Memphis Wrestling did it live.
Fun Facts: MPD is located across the street from WMC-TV5 Studio. Police arrived at the scene to arrest Eddie Gilbert. Eddie hid under a desk inside. Lawler received minor injuries.
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Someone needs to tell “The Mindy Project” writers that Justin Timberlake grew up in a Memphis suburb far from the capital city of Tennessee.
During Tuesday night’s holiday themed episode on FOX, the main character Mindy (played by Mindy Kaling) references Timberlake’s childhood home being in Nashville.
Watch Mindy’s inaccurate interpretation of Tennessee geography and JT history:
With their bowl hopes on the line, Mississippi State held the hated Ole Miss Rebels to just three offensive points and came away with an overtime win in the Egg Bowl. This was the Rebels first loss to a team outside of the AP Top 25 all year. The Bulldogs have won four of the last five Egg Bowls toad insult to injury.
Vandy had some last second excitement as well this week, needing a field goal during the waning moments against Wake Forest to get the win. This is the second eight win season under coach James Franklin. Before he arrived the Commodores only had one such season since 1980. The win also secured back to back eight win seasons for Vanderbilt for the first time since the 1927-1928 seasons.
The two FBS schools in Arkansas were on the wrong side of the last second excitement this week. Arkansas State lost to Western Kentucky thanks to a touchdown pass by Willie McNeal to Brandon Doughty with ten seconds left, and a late touchdown by LSU ensured the Razorbacks finished the year winless in conference play.
Tennessee ended the season on a good note by beating Kentucky, while MTSU extended their five game winning streak by knocking off UTEP.
Memphis struggled all afternoon long in route to an embarrassing loss to Temple on senior day, and Southern Mississippi managed to get their first win in 24 tries in convincing fashion.
It is championship weekend, but unfortunately none of the TAM teams are playing for their respective conference championships. Memphis is the only TAM team playing this week, so their contest against UConn is the TAM game of the week by default.
The regular season is over for all but one TAM team and bowl season is almost here.
Without further ado, here are week fourteen’s TAM Rankings…
The Mid-South is full of fans with allegiances to different area college football programs. Which FBS program in the three states surrounding the Memphis area is the best? To help end some arguments and start others, every week MemphiSport ranks all the college football teams in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. We call it the TAM Rankings.
1. Vanderbilt (8-4):
Last Game: W 23-21 vs. Wake Forest @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 14-10 vs. Tennessee @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 56-24 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Tennessee)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)
2. Ole Miss (7-5):
Last Game: L 17-10 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: 27-24 vs. LSU @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-10 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Vanderbilt and Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Mississippi State)
3. Mississippi State (6-6):
Last Game: W 17-10 vs. Ole Miss @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: 17-10 vs. Ole Miss @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-26 vs. LSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Arkansas and Ole Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A
4. Tennessee (5-7):
Last Game: W 27-14 vs. Kentucky @ Commonwealth Stadium
Best Win: 23-21 vs. South Carolina @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 14-10 vs. Vanderbilt @ Neyland Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Vanderbilt)
5. MTSU (8-4):
Last Game: W 48-17 vs. UTEP @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 48-0 vs. FIU @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-7 vs. North Texas @ Apogee Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Memphis and Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A
6. Arkansas State (7-5):
Last Game: L 34-31 vs. Western Kentucky @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)
7. Memphis (3-8):
Last Game: L 41-21 vs. Temple @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-15 vs. MTSU @Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)
8. Arkansas (3-9):
Last Game: L 31-27 vs. LSU @ Tiger Stadium
Best Win: 34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: 52-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)
9. Southern Mississippi (1-11):
Last Game: W 62-27 vs. UAB @ Legion Field
Best Win: 62-27 vs. UAB @ Legion Field
Worst Loss: 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 2 (Arkansas and MTSU)
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Sunday’s win over Marcus Smart and Oklahoma State made for the best day to be a Memphis Tiger Basketball fan since John Calipari bolted for bluer grass. Yes there have been great moments in the past five years. The recruiting classes have been phenomenal. The CUSA domination was extremely fun. Being accepted to the Big East was nice, while it lasted. But yesterday, watching a team that has all the potential in the world, a team with youth and experience, with grit and finesse, with new faces and old faces, come together into one unit was something to behold. It was something beyond words. It was a special, special moment for the program and the fans. I was emotionally moved watching the final sequences, the hugs and the celebrations between teammates and coaches. When the game was over, I couldn’t stop smiling.
It was great to see the emergence of Memphis players who have been largely mediocre all year. Joe Jackson found his rhythm. Chris Crawford ditched the catch and shoot for the dribble and drive to the hole. Austin Nichols was simply amazing. And Shaq Goodwin? Well Shaq was everywhere. He was hustling and scoring, rebounding and blocking shots. He was cheering and celebrating and running around the court to encourage the team and their fans. And above all else, he was happy. Goodwin looked like a kid should look when he plays basketball. He was playing a game he loved, and he couldn’t stop smiling.
And on top of the win, on top of the moment, to have a coach that has been nothing but genuine and sincere in his desire to not only see the team succeed, but more importantly to see his players succeed off the court, finally get the elusive “big win” the city had been waiting for was just icing on an already sweet cake. It’s no secret that the media spent the last 13 days tearing Josh Pastner apart for not being able to coach and not being able to win when it matters, but yesterday he coached and he won and he beat one of the best teams in the country on a neutral court. He was great. He was the coach everyone knows he could be, and yesterday’s win was the one where he proved it to the world. He could have come out afterward and given the proverbial middle finger to the media. He could’ve said, “I told you so.” He could’ve been a jerk. But he didn’t. He came out and answered questions and lamented that he wouldn’t have time to ride the rides at Disney World and, well, he couldn’t stop smiling.
The season ahead for the University of Memphis basketball team will be long one. There will be wins and losses and ups and downs; that is expected. But yesterday, for a few minutes, everyone associated with this program, the fans, the players, the coaches, the boosters, the administration, none of those people could stop smiling.
If you haven’t been to a Memphis Tiger basketball game yet this season or if you have arrived late, chances are you haven’t see the team’s 2013-14 intro video.
If you have seen the video, chances are you want to see it again.
Watch the 2013-14 Memphis Tiger Intro Video:
Man, this year has flown by fast, it’s already Week 13 in the NFL. Most league are wrapping up their regular season today, while there are some, whether it’s just a 4 team playoff league or playing in Week 17 for the finals that have two weeks left. Every matchup is important from here on out. Good luck to all!
- Tom Brady – @ HOU
- Cam Newton – vs TB
- Peyton Manning – @ KC
- Drew Brees – @ SEA
- Nick Foles – vs ARI
- Russell Wilson – vs NO
- Josh McCown – vs MIN
- Philip Rivers – vs CIN
- Carson Palmer – @ PHI
- Colin Kaepernick – vs STL
- Andrew Luck – vs TEN
- Alex Smith – vs DEN
- Andy Dalton – @ SD
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – @ IND
- Eli Manning – @ WAS
- Adrian Peterson – vs CHI
- Jamaal Charles – vs DEN
- Marshawn Lynch – vs NO
- Matt Forte – @ MIN
- LeSean McCoy – vs ARI
- Chris Johnson – @ IND
- Andre Brown – @ WAS
- Frank Gore – vs STL
- Knowshon Moreno – @ KC
- Giovani Bernard – @ SD
- Alfred Morris – vs NYG
- Maurice Jones-Drew – @ CLE
- Danny Woodhead – vs CIN
- Fred Jackson – vs ATL
- Zac Stacy – @ SF
- Chris Ivory – vs MIA
- Shane Vereen – @ HOU
- CJ Spiller – vs ATL
- Donald Brown – vs TEN
- Steven Jackson – @ BUF
- Rashard Mendenhall – @ PHI
- Brandon Bolden – @ HOU
- Ben Tate – vs NE
- Pierre Thomas – @ SEA
- Darren Sproles – @ SEA
- Jonathan Stewart – vs TB
- Montee Ball – @ KC
- Ryan Mathews – vs CIN
- Bobby Rainey – @ CAR
- Lamar Miller – @ NYJ
- AJ Green – @ SD
- Brandon Marshall – @ MIN
- Josh Gordon – vs JAX
- Larry Fitzgerald – @ PHI
- Demaryius Thomas – @ KC
- Keenan Allen – vs CIN
- Wes Welker – @ KC
- DeSean Jackson – vs ARI
- Alshon Jeffrey – @ MIN
- Andre Johnson – vs NE
- Pierre Garcon – vs NYG
- Riley Cooper – vs ARI
- Vincent Jackson – @ CAR
- Victor Cruz – @ WAS
- Kendall Wright – @ IND
- Michael Floyd – @ PHI
- Anquan Boldin – vs PHI
- Harry Douglas – @ BUF
- Dwayne Bowe – vs DEN
- Steve Johnson – vs ATL
- Golden Tate – vs NO
- Mike Wallace – @ NYJ
- Rueben Randle – @ WAS
- Eric Decker – @ KC
- TY Hilton – vs TEN
- Brandon LaFell – vs TB
- Marques Colston – @ SEA
- Danny Amendola – @ HOU
- Cecil Shorts – @ CLE
- Tavon Austin – @ SF
- Rob Gronkowski – @ HOU
- Jimmy Graham – @ SEA
- Coby Fleener – vs TEN
- Vernon Davis – vs STL
- Greg Olsen – vs TB
- Jordan Cameron – vs JAX
- Jordan Reed – vs NYG
- Delanie Walker – @ IND
- Charles Clay – @ NYJ
- Tony Gonzalez – @ BUF
- Martellus Bennett – @ MIN
- Tim Wright – @ CAR
- Panthers – vs TB
- 49ers – vs STL
- Browns – vs JAX
- Patriots – @ HOU
- Seahawks – vs NO
- Dolphins – @ NYJ
- Bills – vs ATL
- Jaguars – @ CLE
- Bengals – @ SD
- Titans – @ IND
- Giants – @ WAS
- Eagles – vs ARI
- Matt Prater – @ KC
- Stephen Gostkowski – @ HOU
- Dan Carpenter – vs ATL
- Steven Hauschka – vs NO
- Robbie Gould – @ MIN
- Graham Gano – vs TB
- Garrett Hartley – @ SEA
- Blair Walsh – vs CHI
- Ryan Succop – vs DEN
- Alex Henery – vs ARI
- Phil Dawson – vs STL
- Caleb Sturgis – @ NYJ
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Jason Kidd insists he has said all he’s going to say about the shady soda cup incident that forced the NBA to impose a hefty fine on the Brooklyn Nets rookie head coach.
“Well, I can only think about the Memphis Grizzlies,” Kidd told MemphiSport before Saturday night’s game in FedExForum. “So I’m just focused on what we can do. The league took care of whatever happened in the past, so we’re moving forward.”
Kidd, 40, who played 18 NBA seasons for four different teams before retiring last year while with the New York Knicks, was responding to Wednesday night’s incident against the Los Angeles Lakers in which he appeared to say “hit me” to point guard Tyshawn Taylor with 8.3 seconds remaining to force a stoppage of play so his team could draw up a last-second offensive play. The NBA on Thursday announced that Kidd was fined $50,000 for appearing to intentionally drop a beverage on to the court.
The Nets were out of timeouts at the time Taylor bumped into Kidd, whose cup tumbled on to the court in front of his team’s bench. While the spillage was being cleaned up, the Nets coaching staff drew up a play. But to no avail, veteran small forward Paul Pierce misfired on a potential game-tying 3-point basket with 2.2 seconds left and the Lakers escaped with a 99-94 win to drop the struggling Nets seven games below the .500 mark.
Although video footage appeared to show Kidd uttering the words “Hit me” to his reserve point guard, Taylor denied that Kidd said nothing of that nature. However, on Saturday, Taylor said the Nets’ primary focus is to break out their early-season slump and that they have put Kidd’s controversial incident behind them.
Brooklyn (5-12) seized its second win in its last three outings with a resounding 97-88 victory Saturday to send the Grizzles (8-8) to their fourth consecutive defeat in FedExForum.
“That’s a league matter for sure, man, so I can’t speak on that,” said Taylor, when asked if thought Kidd’s fine was excessive. “It was what it was. That’s a decision that they made. I mean, we can go back and forth about how I feel about it. It’s not going to bring the money back. Like I said, that’s a decision the league made, so we’ve got to live with it.”
Though Kidd’s apparent staged cup spill attracted national headlines — the incident was the lead story on ESPN’s SportsCenter following Wednesday night’s game — for a Nets team that made a number of notable offseason trades with the acquisitions of veterans Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry, but have struggled immensely through the first month of the season, there were a number of NBA players who hastened to various social media sites, applauding Kidd for his intentional late-game stunt.
“I didn’t actually see it, but I heard the stories and from what they told me,” Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley said of Kidd’s soda cup incident. “You know, it was pretty clever, a clever move. But obviously, I don’t think the league liked it pretty much because they fined him pretty heavy for it. But it is what it is.”
Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger acknowledged before Friday’s practice that he heard about the stiff fine the league imposed on Kidd. However, he declined to comment further, saying Kidd’s situation isn’t remotely connected to the Grizzlies organization.
“I don’t really have anything to say about it,” Joerger said. “I’ve got enough issues coaching my own team.”
For the Memphis Grizzlies, there has been nothing sweet about playing at home in recent weeks.
Given the Grizzlies’ lethargic play of late in FedExForum, what veteran shooting guard Tony Allen labeled the “Grindhouse” two years ago has become virtually an establishment that has brought about much criticism among spectators, given Memphis has found it difficult to protect its home court in what has become one of the toughest places for opponents in recent years.
The Grizzlies (8-7) have been dealt three consecutive defeats at home and have dropped four of their last five outings in FedExForum, this after managing a 32-9 home record last year.
“You know, we caught some boos early in the season,” Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said before practice Friday morning at the team’s practice facility. “That doesn’t feel very good. And I think there’s extra pressure playing at home and we want to do well at home. And our guys have played their hearts out the last three or four years or whatever and laid it on the line, so I’m sure that hurt them a little.”
Fortunately for the Grizzlies, they will have a golden opportunity to erase the memory of their recent home court struggles beginning Saturday when they host the Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. CST to start a six-game homestand, their longest home stretch this season. While playing in their building proved to be an enormous advantage, of sorts, last year for the Grizzlies, which enabled them to generate their best winning percentage (.683) in franchise history by posting a 56-26 mark, Memphis surprisingly has enjoyed more success on the road, having won five of eight games away from FedExForum.
So how to explain Grizzlies’ constant woes in what had become an unfriendly environment for opposing teams in years past?
“We get out there and feel like it’s just us,” Joerger said. “We’re not worried about winning or losing. On the road, it’s just you. But you have that expectation on the road, to just go compete and we need to carry that into the homestand. It doesn’t matter if we’re playing an Eastern Conference team or a Western Conference team. It doesn’t matter. We’ve just got to keep plugging away and getting better. By and large, we’ve improved over the last couple of weeks, but we’ve just got to continue to get better.”
Before Jeorger switched to a tighter rotation during the Grizzlies’ recent West coast road trip that resulted in four consecutive wins, among Memphis’ notable issues was its inability to close out games and, most importantly, acquire the essential defensive stops that allowed the Grizzlies to blossom into one of the NBA’s most efficient defensive teams last year.
Also, before producing a season-best four-game undefeated streak, the Grizzlies’ struggles surfaced, in large part
because veteran big men Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, the team’s top two scorers, were ineffective offensively, averaging a combine 26.6 points and 14.9 rebounds per game. Additionally, Memphis surrendered 99.4 points to the opposition while committing 16.9 turnovers. However, during the team’s recent road trip, Gasol and Randolph returned to form, averaging a combined 43.8 points and 21 rebounds for a Grizzlies team that suddenly mirrored the proverbial “grit grind” squad that advanced to the Western Conference Finals last year.
“I think consistent effort,” said Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, explaining Memphis’ recent home struggles. “I think we’ll play great in a half, three quarters, and then one of those quarters, we let down and we don’t come with the same focus and consistency. We let team back in games. We let teams play harder than us and that’s not in our nature. And we can’t do that at home.”
The good news for a Grizzlies team Joerger contends is trying to find its identity with the key loss of Gasol — who is sidelined indefinitely with an MCL sprain to his left knee — is that there is still much basketball to play in a season that is only 15 games old, one in which the Grizzlies have an ample amount of time to atone for the scattered boos that have been heard throughout their building in recent weeks. After Saturday’s contest against the Nets, the Grizzlies then welcome Phoenix, the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State, Orlando, and Oklahoma City to FedExForum.
Of those six teams, four advanced to the postseason last year with Memphis eliminating the Clippers and Thunder in the playoffs’ opening two rounds before falling to the Spurs in the conference finals.
“It doesn’t bother me,” Joerger said of the unfavorable reactions from Grizzlies fans of late. “It was a small percentage of people, so it’s not something to go on and on about. It was what it was. We’re going to play as hard as we can. We certainly enjoy playing at home. We’ve had a nice advantage at home in the past. But we’ve caught some teams that had been playing very well. New Orleans came in and played a must-win game. Rudy Gay kind of had his revenge game, which is what most NBA guys will do, so hopefully he got that out of his system. And we played some good teams in San Antonio and Houston. Like I said, it doesn’t matter who we play. We’ve just got to keep getting better.”
Not to mention help re-establish the Grindhouse as a hostile environment for the opposition.