Playing Hurt Podcast: MLB Season Preview


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Throwback Thursday: WrestleMania weekend with Double J

WrestleMania weekend is almost here and we want to help you get ready.  This Saturday on Cerrito Live, multiple-time World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett joins us to talk about the biggest weekend of the year for sports entertainment.  Jarrett’s company Global Force Wrestling is also abuzz in the wrestling world after announcing event dates in Las Vegas this Summer.  Cerrito Live airs live every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CT on on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM .  Be sure to follow Jeff Jarrett Global Force Wrestling on Twitter.

This week’s classic Memphis Wrestling clip is from April in 1993 – over twenty years ago.  A young, upcoming Jeff Jarrett went one on one with Shawn Michaels for the WWF Intercontinental Championship inside the Mid-South Coliseum.  This clip has it all:  Mid-South Coliseum, Mr. WrestleMania, Double J and it all happened in Memphis, TN.

ICYMI: Jeff Jarrett joined MSL last year to discuss classic Memphis Wrestling, Memphis Wildfire Wrestling and his new promotion Global Force Wrestling.  To listen in full, please click here.

Don’t Forget:  Memphis Wildfire Wrestling returns on April 23rd!  Catch all the action at Woodland Hills Country Club in Cordova, TN.  For the latest info, click here.

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

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Playing Hurt Podcast: Sweet 16 Preview

sweet 16Join Cerrito Live 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  Playing Hurt Podcast.
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Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, Lance Russell

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Photo courtesy of Lance Russell’s Facebook.

Earlier this week, legendary Memphis Wrestling broadcaster Lance Russell celebrated his 89th Birthday.  From all of us at MemphiSport.com, we would like to wish Lance a very Happy Birthday with many more to come!

To help celebrate Lance’s Birthday, I’d like to take a look back at one of my personal favorite clips of Lancer himself.  This video is not only a Memphis Wrestling Classic, but it is an extremely rare find.

This week’s Throwback Thursday clip features Lance Russell like you’ve never seen him before.  Enjoy!

Lance is always golden – even when the roles are reversed.  Don’t forget to stop by Lance’s official Facebook page to send your Birthday wishes.  Big thanks to our friend Eddie for sharing this footage on Twitter.

ICYMI: Lance Russell joined MSL last year for one full hour to discuss classic Memphis Wrestling, his nickname “Banana Nose”, Mid-South Coliseum and so much more.  To listen in full, please click here.

Don’t Forget:  Memphis Wildfire Wrestling returns on April 23rd!  Catch all the action at Woodland Hills Country Club in Cordova, TN.  For the latest info, click here.

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

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Southwind High salutatorian Maliq Brewster conquers life’s toughtest obstabcle

Wendy Brewster has been married to her husband, Marcus, for 15 years. They have three sons.

When it comes to the couple’s middle child, Maliq DeAndre Brewster, his mother often refers to him as “a chubby little guy” who, according to her, has always been “very friendly and active for his size.”

MaliqMainA senior at Memphis Southwind High, 18-year-old Maliq will be faced with what obviously is a good problem, of sorts.

For starters, Maliq is one of the most decorated students in Southwind’s forthcoming graduating class, considering he is the salutatorian for the Class of 2015.

Add to the fact that he boasts a laundry list of colleges vying to offer him an academic scholarship this fall, and it’s no wonder why things are holding up favorably for the No. 2 overall student in this year’s graduating class at Southwind.

“There is nothing he can’t do,” Wendy said in assessing her son’s academic success in recent years. “We are very, very excited to hear him at commencement. His speech, the part I have heard, will make me cry. He may be No. 2 at Southwind High, but he is one of our number ones.”

To get a thoroughly indication of why Wendy and her family will likely find themselves armed with Kleenex and handkerchiefs on graduating night, look no further than the tumultuous events that recently surrounded their son.

Approximately eight years ago, Wendy’s mother noticed that Maliq was losing weight at a seemingly swift pace, a sequence that seemed unfamiliar to his loved ones. Consequently, the Brewsters had taken him to a nearby pediatric center for observation. What they discovered shortly thereafter sent shock waves throughout their household.

After a scheduled referral by doctors and a couple of performed colonoscopies, it was discovered that Maliq was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

For the Brewsters, such news was apparently too difficult to stomach, in large part because they had no prior family history surrounding the disease.

“The doctor said, ‘You’re the sickest well-looking child I know,’” Wendy explained. “So, for the past couple of years, he was medicated but he had extensive swelling of the legs and losing protein. The next option was surgery.”

MIRACLE CHILD --- To get a thoroughly indication of why Wendy and her family will likely find themselves armed with Kleenex and handkerchiefs on graduating night, look no further than the tumultuous events that recently surrounded their son.  Approximately eight years ago, Wendy’s mother noticed that Maliq was losing weight at a seemingly swift pace, a sequence that seemed unfamiliar to his loved ones. Consequently, the Brewsters had taken him to a nearby pediatric center for observation. What they discovered shortly thereafter sent shock waves throughout their household. After a scheduled referral by doctors and a couple of performed colonoscopies, it was discovered that Maliq was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

MIRACLE CHILD — To get a thoroughly indication of why Wendy and her family will likely find themselves armed with Kleenex and handkerchiefs on graduating night, look no further than the tumultuous events that recently surrounded their son.
Approximately eight years ago, Wendy’s mother noticed that Maliq was losing weight at a seemingly swift pace, a sequence that seemed unfamiliar to his loved ones. Consequently, the Brewsters had taken him to a nearby pediatric center for observation. What they discovered shortly thereafter sent shock waves throughout their household.
After a scheduled referral by doctors and a couple of performed colonoscopies, it was discovered that Maliq was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

Even after undergoing multiple procedures and additional tests, it’s safe to assume that Maliq essentially had taken his illness in stride.

In fact, it seemed he had passed such an obstacle in flying colors just like his array of high school assignments

How else to explain why this academically-talent, gifted kid today owns a cumulative grade point average of 4.19?

“All of this and not missing a day of school,” Wendy said in assessing how her son conquered Crohn’s. “Even after appointments, he wanted to go (to school). He didn’t want to miss any school work.”

DEFYING ODDS --- Even after undergoing multiple procedures and additional tests, it’s safe to assume that Maliq essentially had taken his illness in stride. In fact, it seemed he had passed such an obstacle in flying colors just like his array of high school assignments How else to explain why this academically-talent, gifted kid today owns a cumulative grade point average of 4.19.

DEFYING ODDS — Even after undergoing multiple procedures and additional tests, it’s safe to assume that Maliq essentially had taken his illness in stride.
In fact, it seemed he had passed such an obstacle in flying colors just like his array of high school assignments
How else to explain why this academically-talent, gifted kid today owns a cumulative grade point average of 4.19.

Exactly one week before Christmas, though, doctors had planned a surgery for Maliq only to discover he had more Crohn’s infection than the human eye could observe during preliminary tests, a development the Brewsters feared would ultimately give way to additional complications.

Consequently, Maliq underwent two blood transfusions, but the surgery had to be stopped because of excessive blood loss. After an approximately 24-hour delay, surgery was resumed and, according to Wendy, “It was a success.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

Come graduation night, before Maliq’s name is called to receive his diploma, the Brewster’s middle child will likely recall his life-changing story capped by a dramatic comeback for the ages.

Chances are, there likely won’t be a dry eye in the place.

“He is our walking and talking miracle,” Wendy said of Maliq.

Now with arguably his life’s grandest occurrence all but a distant memory, Maliq now faces a much-anticipated dilemma, or a good problem, of sorts.

So far, he has narrowed his college choices to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Xavier-Louisiana, and Hampton University.

Maliq has two brothers, his older brother Raheem-Asad Merriweather, 23, and his younger brother Cameron Brewster, who is 14.

Maliq has two brothers, his older brother Raheem-Asad Merriweather, 23, and his younger brother Cameron Brewster, who is 14.

“I will encourage my peers to not give up and they can do anything they want,” said Maliq, when asked what he will discuss during his speech. “People will talk about you whether you do good or bad. There will always be criticism, so do what makes you happy. I want to be a male nurse, because I’ve come this far and overcome the adversities that have been set before me. So I believe I can do anything I set my mind to.”

Spoken like a walking and talking miracle.

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

Playing Hurt Podcast: Who Will Win March Madness?

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Join Cerrito Live 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  Playing Hurt Podcast.
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Throwback Thursday: Reggie B. Fine puts his gold on the line

Memphis Wrestling has always been a little different.  Memphis was the first territory to have theme music for their wrestler’s entrances.  The wrestling style was even different than anywhere else.

Need proof?  Just watch this week’s clip.

I dug deep into the archives and found a funny one from 1991.  Reggie B. Fine wants a Championship match so bad, he put his gold on the line.  But not the gold you might be thinking of…

Reggie B. Fine is pure comedy gold.  He has always been one of my favorite Memphis Wrestling characters.  As usual, The King prevails against another pesky manager.

Just Announced:  Memphis Wildfire Wrestling returns on April 23rd!  Catch all the action at Woodland Hills Country Club in Cordova, TN.  For the latest info, click here.

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

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Q & A: The NorthStars ballers celebrate 13-3 mark capped by elusive championship

EDITOR’S NOTE: Just recently, Wesley Louis explained in detail what makes his Dallas-area NorthStars 10-and-under basketball so special. As Louis tells it, this young, vibrant, speedy bunch has overcome an assortment of odds and he explained that and other subjects with MemphiSport senior Andre Johnson recently. Take a peep.

Wes5ANDRE: What is the actually name of your team?
WESLEY: We are the NorthStars Basketball
ANDRE: And who is your assistant or assistants?
WESLEY: My assistant if Delon Grace
ANDRE: What is the age group of your ballers?
WESLEY: The age group for our players is 10-and-under.
ANDRE: Wesley, where are you originally from?
WESLEY? Originally, I’m from Little Rock, Arkansas.
ANDRE: So, tell our readers what exactly makes the NorthStars ballers so special?
WESLEY: What makes this team so special is that we are out-sized in every position, but we work and train harder than others and we have a will to beat all odds.
ANDRE: What do you love the most about your team?
WESLEY: The thing I like the most about the team is that we all count on one another; we are our brother’s keeper. We strongly believe in unity and playing as one well-oiled machine.
ANDRE: Congratulations on winning that elusive championship. How does it feel?
WESLEY: Words can’t express how happy I am that we won the championship. Beating all odds in all phases was well worth it. I’m one proud coach.
ANDRE: Wesley, what is the biggest, most underlying lesson you’ve learned this year as a team?
WESLEY: The biggest lesson I learned about this team is the effort and hard work they have put in to be the best they can be. Our overall record is 13-3. Building on this success, we will look back at the battles and how we won the war, continue to train and practice with an intense purpose to be great on and off the court.
ANDRE: Looking ahead, why is the sky’s the limit for your bunch in their quest to repeat as champs?
WESLEY: The sky is limited for us moving forward because of the foundation that’s been set and the high expectation level that is expected.

THE 2014-15 NORTHSTARS

Kaelen Jackson

Joshua Wilson

Demonte Greene

Cameron Bradix

Benjamin Whitfield

Davon Whitehead

Trenton Payton

Demarcus Grace

DreColumnAndre Johnson covers the NFL for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson also covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Throwback Thursday: Monday Night Memories

10968317_1093694733989508_1651779670478370210_nI could tell you a million reasons why we should save the Mid-South Coliseum.  But instead, I’ll show you.

Today, let’s throw it back to a very special music video performed by none other than “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart.  The tribute aired on USWA television to promote a big event at the “Entertainment Capital of the Mid-South”.

Take a look:

Memphians all over the city want to save the Mid-South Coliseum for various reasons.  Us wrestling fans – we want it turned into a Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.  For more information, be sure to LIKE us on Facebook.  Kevin Cerrito toured the Coliseum and shared the photos, earlier this week.  Meetings are in progress and an official website has been launched at ProWrestlingHOF.com.

Share you thoughts and memories with us @MemphiSport and @DustinStarr.

Homepage photo courtesy of CJ Hurt.

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

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Former Kentucky Christian DL Glen Rowell lobbying for pro football roster spot

Because of his solid 5-foot-10 frame and the assertiveness and poise he displays on the defensive side of the ball, Glenn Rowell’s football skills have drawn comparisons to London Fletcher, a former NFL All-Pro inside linebacker who played for three different teams during a professional career that spanned 15 seasons.

When the 2015 NFL seasons begins in approximately six months, Rowell hopes to be amongst those fulfilling his dream of playing on football’s grandest stage.

DREAM CHASER --- Because of his solid 5-foot-10 frame and the assertiveness and poise he displays on the defensive side of the ball, Glenn Rowell’s football skills have drawn comparisons to London Fletcher, a former NFL All-Pro inside linebacker who played for three different teams during a professional career that spanned 15 seasons. (Phots courtesy of KCU Athletics)

DREAM CHASER — Because of his solid 5-foot-10 frame and the assertiveness and poise he displays on the defensive side of the ball, Glenn Rowell’s football skills have drawn comparisons to London Fletcher, a former NFL All-Pro inside linebacker who played for three different teams during a professional career that spanned 15 seasons. (Phots courtesy of KCU Athletics)

Fortunately for the former Kentucky Christian University star, it’s safe to assume he will be given a fair shot at playing on Sundays in the coming months.

As the NFL prepares to raise the curtain on its annual draft April 28-May 2 in Chicago, Rowell will be amongst the hopefuls aiming to impress scouts and general managers.

First up for the Danville, Illinois native is an appearance at the NFL Regional Combine March 8th in nearby Chicago. That much-anticipated encounter will be followed by an organized Canadian Football League tryout for the British Columbia Lions May 17in Seattle.

According to Gene Peterson, Rowell’s former college coach, the sky’s undoubtedly is the limit for a player whom he believes has the tools to become a household name like Fletcher.

“Glen has a very high motor,” Peterson said. “He has very good lateral movements and comes downhill very fast. He is a student of the game. He can play both inside and outside linebacker. He has a knack of getting to the ball and brings a lot of force when he hits. He is a fine young man with high goals for achievement. He is going to do well in anything he does.”

Just as he did while starring at Kentucky Christian the previous two seasons.

For starters, Rowell enjoyed two efficient seasons at Joliet Community College before transitioning to Kentucky Christian, where he played multiple defensive positions for the Knights, most notably middle linebacker and defensive end.

To his credit, he turned in a remarkable display his junior campaign for the Knights when he amassed a team-best 66 tackles, although the Knights limped to a 3-8 finish.

STAR WATCH --- For starters, Rowell enjoyed two efficient seasons at Joliet Community College before transitioning to Kentucky Christian, where he played multiple defensive positions for the Knights, most notably middle linebacker and defensive end.  To his credit, he turned in a remarkable display his junior campaign for the Knights when he amassed a team-best 66 tackles, although the Knights limped to a 3-8 finish. Last year, Rowell helped propelled KCU to a 5-6 mark in a year in which he admittedly endured his share of “ups and downs.”

STAR WATCH — For starters, Rowell enjoyed two efficient seasons at Joliet Community College before transitioning to Kentucky Christian, where he played multiple defensive positions for the Knights, most notably middle linebacker and defensive end.
To his credit, he turned in a remarkable display his junior campaign for the Knights when he amassed a team-best 66 tackles, although the Knights limped to a 3-8 finish.
Last year, Rowell helped propelled KCU to a 5-6 mark in a year in which he admittedly endured his share of “ups and downs.”

Last year, Rowell helped propelled KCU to a 5-6 mark in a year in which he admittedly endured his share of “ups and downs.”

Still, his talents and mechanics didn’t unnoticed by pro scouts, something they will witness once again in the coming weeks.

“I’m just going to keep trying to live out my dream of playing professional football,” Rowell said. “Football taught me how to be disciplined, how to work as one, and also to never give up. It taught me how to step up and be a man and fight through adversity and also it taught me not to forget my family values.”

As Rowell, a 24-year-old former Danville (Ill.) High standout lobbies for a roster spot on a professional team, he said among his biggest supporters have been his mother, Beretta King, as well as his aunt and uncle, Diane and Michael Taylor.

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“Really just my close family and friends (supported me) because they were there when I needed them the most,” Rowell said. “Even on my down times, they never lost faith in me and they kept pushing me.”

Looking ahead, Rowell said his tireless family support and relentless showing on the gridiron are amongst the biggest reasons he’s destined to shine unlike never before at the forthcoming combines in the coming days.

“The reason I think they should give me a chance is because I’m a hard worker,” Rowell said. “I can separate myself from others, and I’m ready to make any move position wise for the team in order for us to win. I’m a hungry player. And I’m also loyal and somebody you can count on at any given time. I just have a strong passion for the game of football.”

An essential attribute he hopes scouts and general managers will take into account in his quest to assume a roster spot for a pro football franchise.

Just like they did for London Fletcher 17 years ago.

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.