Sherry Hamilton’s Red Heart CPR becoming a national fixture in restoring and saving lives

TRUE LIFE SAVER --- Sherry Penson Hamilton, 44, is owner and chief operating officer of Red Heart CPR in Kyle, Texas, an American Heart Association-sanctioned course that is designed for the lay-person rescuer.

TRUE LIFE SAVERSherry Penson Hamilton, 44, is owner and chief operating officer of Red Heart CPR in Kyle, Texas, an American Heart Association-sanctioned course that is designed for the lay-person rescuer.

DALLAS — Just like that, Sherry Penson Hamilton had seen enough.

Unfortunately for her, she had seen death hit home way too much.

First by way of heart attacks.

Then by way of heart disease.

Then by way of cardiac arrest.

Then by way of heart attacks again.

The latest death, amid a heart attack as a matter of fact, had ultimately proved the most devastating, thus prompted Hamilton to take a much-needed assessment of the overall landscape of her life.

Even from a career standpoint.

REMEMBERING MELVIN --- “When my late uncle, Melvin Penson Sr., whom I loved dearly had a heart attack early one morning around love ones, no one had taken CPR in years,” Hamilton told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “This really convicted my spirit and inspired my saying, ‘The life you save may be your love one.’ Since then, I have lost three friends, all in their 40's due to heart attacks, and they all were with family or co-workers. Therefore, I don't just have a passion, but I'm on a mission.”

REMEMBERING MELVIN“When my late uncle, Melvin Penson Sr., whom I loved dearly had a heart attack early one morning around love ones, no one had taken CPR in years,” Hamilton told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “This really convicted my spirit and inspired my saying, ‘The life you save may be your love one.’ Since then, I have lost three friends, all in their 40’s due to heart attacks, and they all were with family or co-workers. Therefore, I don’t just have a passion, but I’m on a mission.”

“When my late uncle, Melvin Penson Sr., whom I loved dearly had a heart attack early one morning around love ones, no one had taken CPR in years,” Hamilton told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “This really convicted my spirit and inspired my saying, ‘The life you save may be your love one.’ Since then, I have lost three friends, all in their 40’s due to heart attacks, and they all were with family or co-workers. Therefore, I don’t just have a passion, but I’m on a mission.”

In demonstrating arguably the most resiliency she’s exemplified since she effectively had given her life to Christ and accepted her ministerial calling years ago, Hamilton thought it necessary to bolt her Corporate America job as a county employee less than a year ago and shift her focus primarily on a venture she sensed would prevent her and others from enduring even more heartache and disappointment and sadness.

MAKING PROGRESS --- So that Red Heart CPR can better strive to save lives, Hamilton has launched an initiative called "Life Matters,” a movement whereby she dauntlessly poses the question, “Are you CPR Certified?"

MAKING PROGRESSSo that Red Heart CPR can better strive to save lives, Hamilton has launched an initiative called “Life Matters,” a movement whereby she dauntlessly poses the question, “Are you CPR Certified?”

Today, Hamilton, 44, is owner and chief operating officer of Red Heart CPR in Kyle, Texas, an American Heart Association-sanctioned course that is designed for the lay-person rescuer.

Open seven days a week, Red Heart CPR serves a number of areas in North Texas, most notably Austin, Buda, San Marcos, and other surrounding areas.

According to organization’s website, Red Heart CPR covers the CPR instruction for adults, children, and infants, as well as offers a course that is geared toward airway management of a choking victim (via the Heimlich maneuver) and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (or AED).

Red Heart CPR offers a number of informative classes, some lasting as long as 5-to-7 hours at reasonably afforded prices (ranging between $40-60).

A business venture Hamilton established nearly four years ago, RED, as it pertains to her business means, “Rescuing Every Dying (Heart),” a trend the Austin, Texas native is committed to fortifying daily.

LOG ON TO RED HEART CPR: http://www.redheartcpr.com/index.html

“I absolutely love it,” said Hamilton, a former Sidney Lanier High School (Austin) track and field standout, when asked what she loves the most about her business. “Empowering others with the skills to rescue someone from death is what I like best. I understand every life will not be saved, but knowing you tried is a powerful thing.”

Sherry2Amongst the intriguing trends about Red Heart CPR is that its mission and courses are prevalent for individuals of all ages, some as young as five years old, some as old as 70.

After all, Hamilton — given the array of untimely deaths she’s witnessed in recent years — would be the first to tell you that heart attacks, cardiac arrest, and heart disease don’t merely have an age attached to them.

Moreover, so that Red Heart CPR can better strive to save lives, Hamilton has launched an initiative called “Life Matters,” a movement whereby she dauntlessly poses the question, “Are you CPR Certified?”

KID COUNTS, TOO --- Amongst the intriguing trends about Red Heart CPR is that its mission and courses are prevalent for individuals of all ages, some as young as five years old, some as old as 70.

KIDS COUNTS, TOO — Amongst the intriguing trends about Red Heart CPR is that its mission and courses are prevalent for individuals of all ages, some as young as five years old, some as old as 70.

“I hope to make this a household conversation,” Hamilton said of her latest project. “We should ask our day care centers, recreational facilities, and especial every parents, ‘Are you CPR Certified?’”

Aside from teaching courses to ensure that lives are being saved and restored, another integral part of Red Heart CPR’s mission is to reach individuals in a way that suggests that what it has to offer is rather informative.

Not to mention fun, of course.

“Who says CPR has to be boring?” Hamilton said. “You can have a family night out and learn a life-saving skill or include a class during your baby shower. I’m not traditional bound; however my classes are always taught with triple P’s: Triple Passion, Professionalism, and with a Personal touch.”

How commendable and inspiring for a seasoned licensed evangelist who, last May, took a leap of faith by resigning from her job so she could empower others to exercise their faith by — what else? — speaking life over potentially deadly situations.

Speaking life by way of learning CPR rather fluently, that is.

KICK BACK AND RELAX --- Aside from teaching courses to ensure that lives are being saved and restored, another integral part of Red Heart CPR’s mission is to reach individuals in a way that suggests that what it has to offer is rather informative. Not to mention fun, of course.

KICK BACK AND RELAXAside from teaching courses to ensure that lives are being saved and restored, another integral part of Red Heart CPR’s mission is to reach individuals in a way that suggests that what it has to offer is rather informative.
Not to mention fun, of course.

“I totally feel I have begun my journey and I can’t wait to share more at a later date,” Hamilton said. “However I can share this: The opportunity to equip and empower others with a life-saving skill, whether it’s through CPR or an encouraging word, it totally brings me joy, because life does matter and life is priceless.”

How else to explain why Red Heart CPR was organization on a solid foundation, one that is a accompanied by the featured headline that is housed in 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

“Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing,” said Hamilton, recalling the Apostle Paul’s letter to members of the Thessalonian church.

To her credit, ever since God impressed it upon her heart to establish Red Heart CPR, she’s done just that.

One life at a time.

For more information about Red Heart CPR, call Sherry Penson Hamilton at (512) 749-6071, or email her at: [email protected].

 

 

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre 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, send an email to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

The Real Hairstylists of Memphis reality TV series creating a buzz in the Bluff City

Keith Turks is a man with a vision.

mEMPHISA man with a lofty, monumental vision.

A man who understands the notion of what it means to persevere and maximize his potential.

A man, who, well, on second thought, perhaps he can tell you better.

“I know how having strong faith and a vision from God will open many doors,” Turks told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.

To grasp a thorough concept of just why Turks, a native Memphian, deems it necessary to harbor and put on display a spirited temperament as it pertains to achieving success, look no further than the latest project assembled by this rising business professional.

Turks is the executive producer and mastermind behind the reality television series, The Real Hairstylists of Memphis, a new show one-hour show that is scheduled to debut on Comcast channel 31 in May.

tURKS2While a start time for the 12-episode show has yet to be determined, Turks and his six-member cast have essentially created a continuous buzz throughout the Bluff City and various message boards about their much-anticipated reality show, one that could very well catch the attention of renown producers in Hollywood.

Least we forget, Turks, who has previously produced a biopic that lasted three seasons, is a man with a vision, let alone a favorable track record in this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry.

“I was inspired by God first,” said Turks, explaining his inspiration that ultimately gave way to his desire to birth his local reality television series. “In my journey as a stylist, I have met many amazing and talented people all over. I have noticed that the talent that is in Memphis, Tennessee…most of the time, goes unnoticed.”

So much, in fact, that the Memphis Central High graduate thought it essential to do whatever was necessary to launch a compelling project that would ultimately generate positive headlines within the confines of a major U.S. city that in recent months has been mired by crime and a downtrodden economic landscape.

In a nutshell, given the outpour of anticipation, high praise and support for The Real Hairstylists of Memphis, it’s safe to assume Turks is just what the Bluff City needs at this present time.

And so forth.

MAN WITH A PLAN --- Memphis producer Keith Turks, who has previously produced a biopic that lasted three seasons, is a man with a vision, let alone a favorable track record in this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry.

MAN WITH A PLANMemphis producer Keith Turks, who has previously produced a biopic that lasted three seasons, is a man with a vision, let alone a favorable track record in this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry.

“(Memphis) has so many entrepreneurs, small business owners, singers, fashion designers etc.,” Turks said. “But most of the time, the spot light never hits home for us. I had a vision in regards to my business and brand. I also have great businessmen and women as colleagues. I felt that it was time that I put that spotlight in this city.

Did he ever.

Along with the Debbie McClennon, the show’s producer, Turks was not only committed to assembling a cast that were originally from Memphis but, above all, he steadfastly sought to produce a show that would greatly grasp — and retain — the attention of the African-American community.

“I feel that this show will benefit the black community by displaying unity amongst the community,” Turks explained. “It will show that a group of black entrepreneurs are able to come together and give back. Just overall, (this show) makes a difference in a community that has had so many negatives behind it.”

With the birthing of The Real Hairstylists of Memphis, Turks and his cast hope that Memphis’ best days — particularly as it relates to local television entertainment — are ahead of it.

“This show, I feel, will bring a positive look to the community and also the city,” Turks said. “This show will make you, laugh, cry, scream, and sometimes make you angry. But after all of those emotions, you will be able to relate to the people.”

More than anything, Turks acknowledged, The Real Hairstylists of Memphis will especially inspire the younger generation to adopt a vision, thus maximize its potential.

“Reality shows get a bad rep because you see all the back stabbing and craziness,” Turks said. “This show will show that we are people of like minds, striving for goals. And you will see those goals being met.”

As if we expected anything less from the man with a vision.

 



 

THE CAST OF ‘THE REAL HAIRSTYLISTS OF MEMPHIS’

Monica Miller (Memphis)

Atlantis White (Memphis)

Kori Randolph (Memphis)

Charlie Ponder (Memphis)

Shecowa (Wendy) Thompson (Memphis)

Keith Turks (Memphis)

 

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre 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, send an email to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

2014 M Awards: Favorite Football Player

deangeloMemphians sure do love themselves some DeAngelo Williams.  It does not matter that he last suited up for the Tigers in the Motor City Bowl in 2005 (he did set a Motor City Bowl record for most rushing yards that game).  More importantly which second place finish hurts Peyton Manning more, this one in the M Awards or the one he had in the Super Bowl? 

DeAngelo Williams, First Place: 38%
Peyton Manning, Second Place: 33%
Michael Oher, Third Place (Tie): 8%
Donte Moncrief, Third Place (Tie): 8%

 

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Former Whitehaven star Curtis Alexander recalls Super Bowl experience with Broncos

Arguably the easiest way to make the usual soft-spoken Curtis Alexander smile is to ask him about his Super Bowl experience.

“Man, you know what? It was unbelievable, really,” Alexander, a former Memphis Whitehaven High star running back, told MemphiSport Friday morning. “It’s something you dream about. But when it happens, it’s like you don’t even know you’re there.”

RESPECT DA BRONCO --- Former Memphis Whitehaven High star running back Curtis Alexander (right) was a member of the last Denver Broncos team that played in the Super Bowl. The Broncos will play in Sunday's big game against Seattle, ending after his a 15-year absence. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

RESPECT DA BRONCO — Former Memphis Whitehaven High star running back Curtis Alexander (right) was a member of the Denver Broncos team that played in Super Bowl 33. The Broncos will play in Sunday’s big game against Seattle, ending after his a 15-year absence. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

A former University of Alabama standout, Alexander was a member of the Denver Broncos practice squad during the 1998 season. That year, the Broncos advanced to Super Bowl 33, where they defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19, to capture their second consecutive NFL championship.

On Sunday, the Broncos will make their seventh Super Bowl appearance when they square off against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. at 5:25 p.m. CST.

Although Alexander — who still holds the Shelby County high school record for most rushing yards in a season (2,379) — dressed out for the Super Bowl, but did not see any action while appearing on football’s grandest stage, he said nothing overshadowed the splendor and hoopla surrounding arguably the biggest event in all of professional sports.

“Just being around all the great players, like Terrell Davis, John Elway, Shannon Sharpe, Bill Romanowski, Steve Atwater…I mean, it was great, man,” Alexander said. “You know, you go to a team and you think a lot of guys are stuck up. But those guys were like a true family. Everybody loved each other. We didn’t have anybody getting in trouble (the week leading to the Super Bowl).”

While watching the Super Bowl unfold from the sideline, Alexander said what he described as mostly intriguing was witnessing Elway, the first ballot Hall of Fame quarterback who was enshrined in August 2004, end his career with consecutive world championships.

Currently the executive vice president of football operations for the Broncos, Elway was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl 33 after passing for 336 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for another. He announced his retirement three months later after having played 16 seasons in Denver.

“I mean, seeing him and the kind of work he put in was great,” Alexander said of Elway, who went 2-3 in Super Bowls. “You know, Elway studied the game and just being around him on the field said something. He was intelligent. If he saw something on the field, he’d come back and let (former Broncos coach) Mike Shanahan know. And Mike was the same way, an offensive-minded coach.”

Drafted by Denver in the fourth round (122nd overall pick) in 1998, Alexander, 39, played two seasons in the NFL before a rash of injuries reduced his effectiveness, thus resulting in him calling it a career from professional football following a one-year stint with the NFL Europe’s Frankford Galaxy in 2002. Arguably his most memorable highlight as a pro was when he set an NFL Europe single-game record with 279 rushing yards against Barcelona.

PEYTON'S PLACE --- Come Sunday, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL's Most Valuable Player, will try to avoid falling to 1-3 in Super Bowl appearances when Denver takes on Seattle. (Photo by Doug Pensinger)

PEYTON’S PLACE — Come Sunday, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, will try to avoid falling to 1-3 in Super Bowl appearances when Denver takes on Seattle. (Photo by Doug Pensinger)

Besides Denver, Alexander’s other NFL stint took place when he signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins in February 2000.

Among the reasons he didn’t play in Super Bowl 33 was due in large part to his inability to stay healthy. Weeks into the Broncos’ training camp in 1998, Alexander aggravated his right quadriceps, an injury that never fully healed throughout the season.

“Yeah, it really was,” said Alexander, when asked if there was a sense of disappointment in having not played in his lone Super Bowl appearance. “But when I look back on it, it was all on myself. You know, I’m a picky eater. I didn’t eat vegetable and stuff. All I ate was chicken and fries. You know, those strength coaches said, ‘You need to do this and that.’ But my mind was made up. And a lot of times when you do that, you need to drink a lot of water and Gatorade. But I would drink a lot of drinks and sweet tea. And plus, I wasn’t a flexible guy. I didn’t like stretching. Even though I had to do it, I didn’t like it.”

Still, although he never set foot on the field during the game at Miami’s Pro Player Stadium, he said being a member of a Super Bowl winning team is something he will cherish for the rest of his life.

Not to mention an awe-inspiring experience that brings him to smiles 15 years later.

“I gave some of my souvenirs away, but I’m never going to get rid of (my Super Bowl ring),” Alexander said. “My two boys fight about it, fight about who’s going to get my ring. But little Curtis (14-year-old oldest son) says he’s going to get his own ring.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. To reach Johnson, email him at [email protected]. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist

Fantasy Football Rankings – Week 6

Taking on Jacksonville, start any Broncos you have on your roster and expect big things from Knowshon Moreno.

Taking on Jacksonville, start any Broncos you have on your roster and expect big things from Knowshon Moreno.

I do usually put these up about an hour or two before the noon kickoffs, just so I know who is for sure playing and who is out.  This week I have to do my rankings earlier since I will be unavailable in the morning.  Two big names that are questionable that will not be in the rankings are Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson and New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski.  Easy to say, if they play, they start for you.  Now, on to the rankings.

QBs

  1. Peyton Manning – vs JAX
  2. Tony Romo – vs WAS
  3. Drew Brees – @ NE
  4. Aaron Rodgers – @ BAL
  5. Andrew Luck – @ SD
  6. Robert Griffin III – @ DAL
  7. Philip Rivers – vs IND
  8. Cam Newton – @ MIN
  9. Tom Brady – vs NO
  10. Matthew Stafford – @ CLE
  11. Terrelle Pryor – @ KC
  12. Colin Kaepernick – vs ARI
  13. Ben Roethlisberger – @ NYJ
  14. Alex Smith – vs OAK
  15. Russell Wilson – vs TEN
  16. Matt Schaub – vs STL
  17. Geno Smith – vs PIT
  18. Andy Dalton – @ BUF
  19. Joe Flacco – vs GB
  20. Chad Henne – @ DEN

RBs

  1. Adrian Peterson – vs CAR
  2. Jamaal Charles – vs OAK
  3. Arian Foster – vs STL
  4. Ray Rice – vs GB
  5. Doug Martin – vs PHI
  6. LeSean McCoy – @ TB
  7. Marshawn Lynch – vs TEN
  8. Frank Gore – vs ARI
  9. DeMarco Murray – vs WAS
  10. Knowshon Moreno – vs JAX
  11. Reggie Bush – @ CLE
  12. Alfred Morris – @ DAL
  13. Fred Jackson – vs CIN
  14. Trent Richardson – @ SD
  15. Gio Bernard – @ BUF
  16. Darren Sproles – @ NE
  17. Darren McFadden – @ KC
  18. Eddie Lacy – @ BAL
  19. Danny Woodhead – vs IND
  20. Bilal Powell – vs PIT
  21. CJ Spiller – vs CIN
  22. Le’Veon Bell – @ NYJ
  23. BenJarvus Green-Ellis – @ BUF
  24. Ben Tate – vs STL
  25. Willis McGahee – vs DET
  26. Pierre Thomas – @ NE
  27. Maurice Jones-Drew – @ DEN
  28. DeAngelo Williams – @ MIN
  29. Ronnie Hillman – vs JAX
  30. Stevan Ridley – vs NO
  31. Montee Ball – vs JAX
  32. Chris Johnson – @ SEA
  33. Zac Stacy – @ HOU
  34. Joique Bell – @ CLE
  35. Mike Tolbert – @ MIN
  36. Brandon Bolden – vs NO
  37. Andre Ellington – @ SF
  38. Ryan Mathews – vs IND
  39. Daryl Richardson – @ HOU
  40. Rashard Mendenhall – @ SF

WRs

  1. Dez Bryant – vs WAS
  2. AJ Green – @ BUF
  3. Demaryius Thomas – vs JAX
  4. Torrey Smith – vs GB
  5. Pierre Garcon – @ DAL
  6. Reggie Wayne – @ SD
  7. Andre Johnson – vs STL
  8. Wes Welker – vs JAX
  9. Justin Blackmon – @ DEN
  10. Randall Cobb – @ BAL
  11. Josh Gordon – vs DET
  12. Eric Decker – vs JAX
  13. Antonio Brown – @ NYJ
  14. Jordy Nelson – @ BAL
  15. Vincent Jackson – vs PHI
  16. Cecil Shorts – @ DEN
  17. Danny Amendola – vs NO
  18. James Jones – @ BAL
  19. Larry Fitzgerald – @ SF
  20. TY Hilton – @ SD
  21. Denarius Moore – @ KC
  22. Marques Colston – @ NE
  23. Steve Smith – @ MIN
  24. Dwayne Bowe – vs OAK
  25. DeSean Jackson – @ TB
  26. Keenan Allen – vs IND
  27. Anquan Boldin – vs ARI
  28. Kenbrell Thompkins – vs NO
  29. Golden Tate – vs TEN
  30. Terrance Williams – vs WAS
  31. Vincent Brown – vs IND
  32. Mike Williams  – vs PHI
  33. Julian Edelman – vs NO
  34. Marlon Brown – vs GB
  35. Austin Pettis – @ HOU
  36. DeAndre Hopkins – vs STL
  37. Marlon Brown – vs GB
  38. Jeremy Kerley – vs PIT
  39. Rod Streater – @ KC
  40. Greg Jennings – vs CAR

TEs

  1. Jimmy Graham – @ NE
  2. Julius Thomas – vs JAX
  3. Antonio Gates – vs IND
  4. Jordan Cameron – vs DET
  5. Jason Witten – vs WAS
  6. Vernon Davis – vs ARI
  7. Greg Olsen – vs MIN
  8. Garrett Graham – vs STL
  9. Heath Miller – @ NYJ
  10. Brent Celek – @ TB
  11. Jermichael Finley – @ BAL
  12. Coby Fleener – @ SD
  13. Sean McGrath – vs OAK
  14. Brandon Pettigrew – @ CLE
  15. Jordan Reed – @ DAL
  16. Jermaine Greshem – @ BUF
  17. Kyle Rudolph – vs CAR
  18. Jared Cook – @ HOU
  19. Ed Dickson – vs GB
  20. Jeff Cumberland – vs PIT

D/STs

  1. Broncos – vs JAX
  2. Texans – vs STL
  3. Seahawks – vs TEN
  4. 49ers – vs ARI
  5. Bengals – @ BUF
  6. Chiefs – vs OAK
  7. Steelers – @ NYJ
  8. Jets – vs PIT
  9. Vikings – vs CAR
  10. Lions – @ CLE
  11. Panthers – @ MIN
  12. Packers – @ BAL
  13. Eagles – @ TB
  14. Cowboys – vs WAS
  15. Browns – vs DET

Ks

  1. Matt Prater – vs JAX
  2. Randy Bullock – vs STL
  3. Blair Walsh – vs CAR
  4. Alex Henery – @ TB
  5. Phil Dawson – vs ARI
  6. Steven Hauschka – vs TEN
  7. Mike Nugent – @ BUF
  8. Justin Tucker – vs GB
  9. Dan Bailey – vs WAS
  10. Garrett Hartley – @ NE
  11. Stephen Gostowski – vs NO
  12. Billy Cundiff – vs DET
  13. Greg Zuerlein – @ HOU
  14. David Akers – @ CLE
  15. Adam Vinatieri – @ SF

Ben Hogan is a long-time fantasy sports guru. Follow him @NotTheGolfer for any fantasy or lineup questions throughout the week.

Peyton and Ashley Manning to attend first Grizzlies home game as owners

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New Memphis Grizzlies minority owners Peyton and Ashley Manning will be in attendance at the March 29 home game against the Houston Rockets, according to a tweet by The Commercial Appeal’s Kyle Veazey.

This will be the Manning couple’s first game at The Grindhouse as owners. Justin Timberlake caused a frenzy when he made his home debut as a Grizzlies owner over Thanksgiving weekend.

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New Grizzlies minority owner Justin Timberlake makes surprise appearance at team’s shoot around

Renowned singer, actor, and businessman Justin Timberlake recently joined new Grizzlies majority owner Robert Pera’s minority owner group. Timberlake, a Memphis native, made a surprise appearance at the Grizzlies’ shoot around Friday morning as they prepared to host the Lakers.

Memphis Grizzlies reserve shooting guard Wayne Ellington is accustomed to hearing trash talk while out on the court.

Just not from his boss.

Such was the case Friday morning during the team’s shoot around in FedExForum. As the Grizzlies (8-2) were wrapping up their one-hour light practice in preparation for Friday night’s Western Conference showdown versus the Los Angeles Lakers (6-6), Ellington and fellow teammates Quincy Pondexter and Josh Selby had the luxury of working out briefly with renown singer and actor Justin Timberlake.

Timberlake, 31, a Memphis native, in September agreed to join new Grizzlies billionaire majority owner Robert Pera’s ownership group, joining rapper Jay-Z (Brooklyn Nets) and actor Will Smith (Philadelphia 76ers) as the NBA’s only famous minority owners.

During the Grizzlies’ shoot around Friday, Timberlake strolled out on the court wearing sweat pants, a T-shirt, and winter hat, then immediately went after a loose ball and began talking jump shots just inside of the free throw line.

For a while, Ellington sensed his famous boss was sending hints that he was up for a game of H-O-R-S-E.

“He was talking a little trash,” Ellington jokingly said of Timberlake, who headed toward the Grizzlies’ locker room after his brief impromptu workout. “He was asking us can we shoot and did we have a little money with us.”

Timberlake, who did not speak to reporters Friday, has built a good reputation as a businessman in recent years, something that, along with his strong ties to the area, were appealing to Pera. Pera, a former Apple engineer, left the company in 2005 to start Ubiquiti Networks, a San Jose, Calif.-based communications technology company that makes WiFi networking equipment. He agreed in June to purchase the Grizzlies from ex-owner Michael Heisley in June for a reported $350 million.

(Click here to read ‘Does Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s marriage move the Grizzlies to the top of celebrity owned sports franchises?‘)

That Timberlake has become a minority owner for the Grizzlies has added more star power to a franchise whose ownership team also includes current Denver Broncos quarterback and Super Bowl 41 MVP Peyton Manning and former four-time NBA All-Star and fellow Memphian Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

Timberlake’s brief appearance Friday at the Grizzlies’ shoot around even prompted players such as Rudy Gay, Mike Conley, and Marc Gasol to return to the arena after the team’s walk-through to get a glimpse of arguably the most prominent personality within the Grizzlies organization.

“I think he’s pretty cool,” Ellington said of Timberlake. “That was my first time meeting him. For me to see him in movies and stuff like that then out on the court as one of our owners, that’s pretty cool. It’s great for our team. It’s great for our organization. It’s great for our city.”

Andre Johnson covers the Grizzlies for MemphiSport. To reach Johnson, email him at [email protected]. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Does Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s marriage move the Grizzlies to the top of celebrity owned sports franchises?

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel tied the knot in Italy this week. The wedding officially added another big-time celebrity to the list of soon-to-be owners of the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies will be under new ownership for the first time since Michael Heisley relocated the Vancouver based franchise to Memphis.  Robert Pera is in the final stages of purchasing the team, and if everything goes as planned he will be the new majority owner any day now.  One of the things that have so many fans excited about the change in ownership is the fact that Pera is gathering local business owners and celebrities to own a portion of the team as well.  He has done a great job adding stars from all sectors of entertainment including a former congressman, a Grammy Award winner, a NFL MVP, and a NBA legend.  However, how does this star studded minority ownership group stack up against some of the others in professional sports?

Here are the Top 5 celebrity owned franchises in professional sports:

5.  Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have one of the most famous owners in all of sports.  Jay-Z has 14 platinum albums and half of those are multiplatinum!  He is one of the most influential people in the music industry today, worth over $460 million. However, the fact that Jigga and his wife Beyonce are the only superstars in the Brooklyn Nets owner’s box prevents the Nets from ranking any higher on this list.

4.  Philadelphia 76ers
Jason Levien is a name that you may not recognize, but he is an agent that has represented Luol Deng, Kevin Martin, and Udonis Haslem.  He is also a minority owner of the 76ers, but not the reason they make the list.  The biggest stars in this owner’s box are none other than Hollywood power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.  We all know that Smith is from West Philadelphia (born and raised), so it makes sense for him to own a piece of the team that he cheered for as a kid.  And when you add Mrs. Smith who is known for her role in the TNT series Hawthorne, you have a team with some serious star power in the owner’s box.

3.  LA Dodgers
The Dodgers were in desperate need of an owner after former owner Frank McCourt was ousted by the MLB.  Enter the Guggenheim Partners whose star studded group is trying to return the Dodgers to MLB relevance.  Magic Johnson is without a doubt the most recognizable member of the group.  After all, he is a five time NBA champion, three-time NBA MVP, and a nine-time All-NBA First Team selection.  Yet, there are some other notable names in the group too.  Stan Kasten is a member of the Guggenheim Partners and is best known as the former Atlanta Hawks General Manager and the former President of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Thrashers, and Washington Nationals.  This group also includes one of the most famous producers in Hollywood, Peter Guber.  Some of his more popular movies include Rain Man, Batman, Midnight Express, and The Color Purple.

2.  Memphis Grizzlies
Robert Pera’s ability to get celebrities interested in purchasing shares of the Memphis Grizzlies has been great so far. Memphis makes the list because of the diverse group of new minority owners. Justin Timberlake who after spending several years in one of the best boy bands ever, had an impressive solo career, is a six time Grammy Award winner, and he recently married one of the sexiest women in Hollywood, Jessica Biel.  The two should “bring sexy back” to the Grizzlies franchise, and who knows, we might even see Timbaland in the stands for some home games this season. Also in the minority owner group is former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr.  and local basketball legend and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.  Perhaps, the most intriguing minority owners are Peyton and Ashley Manning.  Peyton is a five time NFL All-Pro, a four time NFL MVP and a Super Bowl Champion, while the Memphis-native Ashley is married to a five time NFL All-Pro, a four time NFL MVP and a Super Bowl Champion.  Few teams can say they have this type of star power in their owner’s box.

1.  Miami Dolphins
If star power in the ownership box accounted for wins on the football field, the Dolphins might be the favorites to win the Super Bowl.  Stephen Ross is the majority owner, but few people know what he looks like.  However, everybody knows at least one of the celebrities who hold claim to being minority owners for the Dolphins franchise.  Jennifer Lopez and ex-husband Marc Anthony are a part of an ownership group that includes seven-time Grammy Award winner and “Queen of Latin Pop” Gloria Estefan, Jimmy Buffett, Black Eyed Peas member Fergie, and tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.

CJ Hurt covers the Grizzlies for MemphiSport.  Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from FedExForum.

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