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May 30, 2008

This & That

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg Gaston @ 6:52 pm

Although it’s considered the real slow time of the year in local sports, there is seemingly a little bit of everything going on….

The field is now set for the Stanford St. Jude Championship (Which has always been one of my favorite local sporting events). The line-up is solid with Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, Ernie Els and Davis Love III being the big names. Local Favorite John Daly and 2-time winner David Toms are also part of the event. Unfortunately, Tiger and Phil are not in Memphis, nor are some of the young guns like Adam Scott and Luke Donald. Still should be another top notch event.

The Grizzlies top brass will return from Orlando and the NBA Pre-Draft Camp Saturday. Team officials are refuting reports that the organization is having a tough time getting some of the top draft candidates to come into Memphis for individual workouts. (The Grizzlies have the #5 Pick). Director of Scouting Tony Barone Jr. told me and Eli Friday that the problem with scheduling is that certain players don’t want to go up against other players, while still others would rather be the only one at the workout. All this makes for scheduling conflicts and therefore the Grizz won’t begin their individual workouts until Thursday June 5th. (Always subject to change).

The Tigers and their friends from Conference USA are reportedly having a good time on their trip to China. They are sightseeing, learning a little bit about an entirely different culture and of course hooping it up. As of this posting, Team C-USA has dropped a pair of close games to the Chinese National Team, which is nothing to be ashamed of. Take this into consideration, the C-USA guys practiced one day in Memphis before flying to China to play. They had to adapt to International Rules and play a team that’s been together for quite some time plus is playing at home. Doneal Mack seems to be shooting the ball well while Antonio Anderson and Robert Dozier continue to show their importance to the Tigers. Prediction………Dozier returns to Memphis.

The Cardinals have called up Joe Mather and was in their lineup Friday night. Chris Duncan was sent to the Redbirds to get things straightened out. Duncan’s been slumping at the plate, and I think some of that has to do with his adventures in the field. I havn’t seen a guy play defense that bad since Lonnie “Skates” Smith, a former Cardinal. Oh sorry Cubs fans, I mean Alfonso Soriano. Oh by the way, I am a fan of Redbirds G.M. Dave Chase, but if he really thinks an affiliation with anyone other than the Cards would work as well, he’s mistaken. The Redbirds and Cardinals need to continue the relationship. It’s fan appealing for the Redbirds, and for the Cardinals, it’s their product in a major market. which is extremely important.

Well that’s all for now. If I’m feeling better I’ll see you at Italian Fest, if not, I’ll catch some of you next week at TPC Southwind.
Later

May 28, 2008

A Video of True Brilliance

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Peter Edmiston @ 10:18 am

In lieu of giving you my thoughts and opinions at this moment (I will give them to you in good time), I’d instead like to present this wonderful video I found while scouring the internets (thank you Best Week Ever).  It is a Japanese karaoke show in which the contestants are recreating the performances in the 1980’s megahit “We Are the World”.  It’s amazing.  Whatever I could write as opinion cannot hold a candle to a Japanese guy impersonating circa-1985 Lionel Richie.

May 27, 2008

Tuesday Ramblings

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Eli Savoie @ 6:03 pm

Just some thoughts I’ve had while trying to figure out why I’ve been left out of the “Sunday on the Couch” playoff picks after round one.

It’s always nice to have a three day weekend and I certainly enjoyed doing a whole lot of nothing this Memorial Day weekend. Basically I spent the whole weekend sitting around watching TV and movies. Among the sports I watched the most this weekend was the NCAA Lacrosse Championships. I’ll tell you this, I love watching lacrosse on tv. I think it is one of the most exciting sports to watch. The action is almost non-stop and I’m amazed at how accurate the players are with shots and passes out of their sticks. They’ll throw backwards shots that are right on the money. Saturday’s national semifinal game between Syracuse and Virginia was one of the best sporting events I’ve ever watched. The game went to sudden death overtime and Virginia had numerous scoring opportunities in the overtime period, but they kept hitting the post and eventually Syracuse won to advance on where they won the title over Johns Hopkins. I wish ESPN or someone would pick up more lacrosse matches throughout the year, it is a great sport to watch. Is the professional lacrosse league on tv?

Speaking of things I watched over the weekend, the Discovery Channel had a “Deadliest Catch” marathon on Monday and I couldn’t pull myself away. I have become addicted to that show. What those guys do is crazy! From what I gather from watching the show, these crab fishermen go out into the freezing water of the Bering Sea on their boats for weeks at a time, never sleep, never eat, and work their tails off catching crab. We are working on getting one of the guys on the show to find out more about the whole process and what they do. They list the job as like the second deadliest job in the world, I believe that.

Between “Deadliest Catch” and “The First 48” I can’t figure out which show I’m more addicted to.

Monday night on TV was a big night for Memphis. On ESPN2 you could watch former University of Memphis QB Danny Wimprine and the New Orleans Voodoo in Arena Football action while on NBC you could watch Memphian Toby Gordin on “American Gladiators.” Unfortunately, neither was victorious, as the Voodoo lost to Georgia and Gordin got beat badly on Gladiators. As for Wimprine, it’s great seeing him get the opportunity to be a starting quarterback in Arena football and have great success. I’ve always liked Danny since his time here at Memphis and nobody deserves this more than him. He’s a great guy and I hope he continues to play well and leads the Voodoo to the playoffs.

Among the movies I watched this weekend were a couple of comedies. First up was “Clerks II.” The “Clerks” movies fall into the category of so bad they’re good. The second is much like the first in that Jay and Silent Bob crack me up and Randal is great as ever. If you ever just want to escape for a little bit and watch a movie that’s so stupid it’s funny, watch either of the “Clerks” movies. I also finally watched “Used Cars” A year or so ago we talked on the show about a list of the 100 funniest movies of all time and “Used Cars” was on the list, but I had never heard of it. Well, a great listener, Leo, eventually brought me the DVD at a remote and it had been awhile, but I finally got around to watching it. I have to say, it was a good movie. Kind of like “Clerks” in that it’s so goofy, you have to laugh. It was also great to see Kurt Russell in a funny role. I enjoyed it a lot, thanks Leo.

Phil Mickelson’s second shot on the 18th hole at Colonial Sunday was amazing. Just when it looked like a bad tee shot on the 18th hole of a tournament had cost him again, he pulls off an unbelievable shot that leads to a birdie and a victory. You will not see five better shots ever and if Tiger had done it, people would be talking about it forever, I just hope Phil gets the credit he deserves for that shot. Also, how about the Phil commercials for Crowne Plaza Hotels? The one with the meeting for people hit by Phil’s golf balls and the one with the meeting for people that look like Phil are my two favorites,but they were all good.

What the heck is going on with the Arizona basketball program? All of these assistant coaches have either left or been fired, some with weird rumors surrounding them like Miles Simon, players are asking out of letters of intent, and Lute Olson is forced to try and rebuild a program that has consistently been one of the best in the country. I’m not sure if he is to blame for all the turmoil or not, but I think it’s probably time for Olson to step down. That program could use a fresh start.

Why is it that whatever department store I go into now, when I check out hey ask me if I want to apply for their store credit card and save 10% or whatever and then when I say no, they remind me exactly how much I could save on this purchase. Listen, if I want your credit card I’ll ask you for an application, but don’t try and force me into getting one by telling me how much money I could save. I don’t want your credit card, get over it!

That’s it for this week, enjoy the short work week.

Sunday (and Monday) on the Couch!

Filed under: blog, sports 56, Uncategorized — robfischer @ 2:01 am

Three day weekend!  AMAZING!  The only problem with a three day weekend is that there is NOTHING, absolutely nothing, on television.  I went the route of movies this weekend.  First, I watched I am Legend.  It should be renamed I am a Big Pile of Poop, or I am Demanding a Refund!  It was terrible.  The ending was horrendous, and the story was weak.  Suicide finish by a grenade?  Really?  Couldn’t he have thrown it at the monsters?  I’m embarrassed to even say monsters!  I’m ashamed of Will Smith.  I had a bad feeling towards Mr. Smith when he was talking to mannequins to stay sane.  How come female mannequins aren’t womannequins?  I’d feel a lot better about Will talking to a womannequin.  Not really, but I think it should be changed!  One other note from the movie- during a news broadcast, there was a scroll that mentioned Shaq retiring in 2010.  Do they know something we don’t?  Interesting.

I also watched Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.  Very funny movie.  Much better than I am Legend.  John C. Reilly was terrific as Dewey Cox and has been great in everything he’s been in- Aviator was a wonderful movie, and he was perfect in Talledega Nights.  Jenna Fischer (no relation) is pretty good outside of The Office.  She looked great and was very humorous.  I love Kristen Wiig. 

She’s hysterical on Saturday Night Live and was great in Walk Hard.  She was brilliant in Knocked Up, which I also watched on HBO this weekend.  What a fun movie that is.  It makes you want to go out, find a single woman, and…….. maybe not.

One other movie I watched this weekend was the 1981 classic Stripes.  There are many lines that are priceless in the movie.  Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates (Sgt. Hulka), and Judge Reinhold keep the laughs coming throughout.  I think John Larroquette’s role (Captain Stillman) might be as underrated as they come.  I thought he was good in Night Court, he has a great role in Boston Legal, but he needs more credit for his role in Stripes.  His physical humor was very Chevy Chase-ish in the movie.  Great stuff.

One more movie note- can’t wait to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  For anyone in my generation, he is THE all ime movie hero.  I was disappointed when the old man started going out with the VERY hungry Calista Flockhart and went mid-life crisis with his earring.  However, he’s still Indy!  Plus, I hear great things about the film.

Speaking of Indy, I really tried to watch the Greatest Spectacle in Racing this weekend.  Every time I had it on, there was a yellow flag.  EVERY TIME!  I’ve been to the Indy 500 four times.  It’s an event that I’m happy I got to experience.  However, it’s not at all the same on television.  300,000 people with wife beaters and tank tops- it should be called the Greatest Spectacle in People Watching.  When the race starts, the adrenaline is amazing.  The first time they lap the course, you think they’re going fast.  By the third lap, it’s breathtaking!  I was lucky enough to park behind the straight-away with my press pass, since I was “working”.  We were able to run to the car whenever we needed a fill-up and we could easily carry the cooler to the seats.  My final year there, we had to park two miles away and it rained.  No pun intended, but it put a damper on things.  I haven’t been back since.  It’s too bad there doesn’t seem to be much interest in the race anymore. 

Danica Patrick needs to calm down.  She wrecked Sunday and was extremely bitter.  Every time things don’t go her way, she stomps around like she’s tough, and does nothing but go to her trailer and cry.  When the announcers saw her stomping, they said, “That’s what makes her so great.”  What?  She’s been in the Victory Circle one time.  ONCE!  She’s overrated as a driver, and she’s overrated as a hot female in sports.  I could name at least ten better in sports.  I won’t, but I could.  She’s considered hot because she’s in a man’s sport.  Well, man up Danica and stop pouting!

The best thing about watching the race on TV is the side by side commercials.  If you missed it, they split the screen with commercials on one half and the race on the other half.  It’s brilliant.  I wish golf would do that. 

Speaking of golf, how bout Lefty coming through at the Colonial?  He was amazing with the flat-stick and his second shot on 18 was one for the ages!  One of the best winning shots you’ll ever see came with a 140 yard wedge that had to go under one tree, over another, through branches, and onto the green with a little backspin towards the hole- nine feet away.  It hopefully sets up a Phil-Tiger showdown at Torrey Pines.  Phil will miss the tournament at TPC Southwind because of playing the National at his home course this year, boding well for him while he’s hot.  So, how good will Tiger be?  He’s already pulled out of the Memorial.  I still think there’s an outside chance he’ll play here.  If he wants competition before the event, the SSJC is the only event left.  The last time he tried to play a major after a long layoff (when his father passed away), he missed the cut at the Open for his first MC in a major.  Here’s hoping he feels he needs to play.  He’ll be confident at Torrey Pines, where he’s won the Buick six times (four in a row), and won a junior world championship as a teenager.  Come on Tiger!  You need the practice!  You really don’t, but we’d love to give you a Pronto Pup.  I’ll even buy one for Elin!  Heck, I’ll take her out for some Memphis BBQ- Ribs, pulled pork, whatever she’s in the mood for!

The Phil Mickelson commercials for Crowne Plaza Hotels were very funny.  It’s great to see Phil have a little “real” personality.

The Boston Celtics finally won on the road!  I think the Celtics problems stem from being too unselfish.  The best thing about the Big 3 was that they all played for each other and the title all year.  The problem now is that they’re turning down too many shots.  The only guy that should be unselfish is Rajon Rondo, and he’s been better than the credit he’s been given.  Ray, KG, and Paul- SHOOT!

Tony Parker still kills Pau Gasol!  I still contend that Pau is the worst pick-n-roll player (ON BOTH ENDS OF THE FLOOR!) that I have ever seen!  Offensively, he sets a pick 6 feet from his opponent, who runs around him or under him.  Defensively, he stops, stutters, and decides which way to go while his opponent passes or drives while Pau’s slow to get back.  The Lakers will continue to see these and other examples of Pau’s “softness” in the next year.  I predict that Pau will be in trade rumors by next March.  Write it down!  Last week, Bill Plaschke (LA Times) wrote about Pau disappearing against the Jazz.  This week, Gregg Doyle (cbssports.com) killed him again:

This is going to seem harsh, and that’s not the intent. So keep that in mind when you read the following words:

Pau Gasol sucks.

Gasol doesn’t suck at being 7 feet tall. He also doesn’t suck at passing the ball. And his career numbers are nice and tidy.

But sometimes a basketball card can lie. The statistics on the back of the card aren’t always a true measure of the player on the front when he steps off that two-dimensional piece of paper and onto a real basketball court.

Pau Gasol is Craig Counsell.

Before the trade deadline in 1997, the Florida Marlins were a winning club, but they were headed for next year. No World Series. No playoffs. But then they added Craig Counsell, and they took off. Wild-card berth. Division Series. Pennant. World Series. He wasn’t a great player. But he was the player the Marlins needed to be great.

Pau Gasol is the Lakers’ Craig Counsell. He’s a pro. He’s the missing piece. But he’s not a superstar, and if you’re going to tell me he is, I’m going to tell you something equally unreasonable but equally true: Pau Gasol sucks.

Gasol averaged 18.8 ppg and 8.4 rpg this season, pretty much his career numbers, but he’s difficult to watch. Difficult to watch is a euphemism for something I’m not afraid to say.

Pau Gasol is soft.

He’s careless. He leaves so many baskets on the floor, it’s criminal. I realize Gasol is from Spain, but in Hawaiian the word Pau means “finish,” which is an absolute joke.

Pau will finish just often enough to get his 18.8 ppg and satisfy his fans, but not often enough to justify his status as an NBA star. Give Bryant a power forward who can finish with a fury and he’d average 10 assists per game. Gasol is a career 51.3-percent shooter, staggering considering he misses more bunnies than a drunk hunter. 

Superstar? Pau Gasol? Maybe on the back of his basketball card. Maybe on Google, where a search of the words “Pau Gasol” and “superstar” brought up 76,700 hits. Maybe in your imagination.

But not on the court. A superstar is the guy in the Spurs’ frontcourt, Tim Duncan, who abused Gasol for 30 points and 18 rebounds in Game 1. All Duncan has to endure is the soft player in the center of the Lakers’ defense.

That’s an easier job than mine. I have to endure the constant fallacy of Pau Gasol’s greatness.

 

He might win a ring, and he is playing well, but he’s still Pau, and the rest of the league is starting to learn that he is a “goodstar”, not a superstar. 

Here are the picks for the NBA Conference Finals from our “experts” (World Renowned Chef and Executive Chef at FedExForum, Mark the Chef / Fish / Weinberger / Askew / and Grizz assistant Dave Joerger).

Name (Record / Perfect # of Games Predicted in Series)

Fish (9-3)    Will (11-1)     Jeff (10-2)   Coach (11-1)  Chef (10-2)

 SA7          SA7             SA7           SA6              LAL6

DET6        DET7           DET6         DET7             BOS6

I really hope World Renowned Chef and Executive Chef at FedExForum, Mark the Chef is correct for two reasons.  One- EVERYONE wants to see the Celtics and the Lakers.  You’re kidding yourself if you don’t.  Second- If he’s correct, World Renowned Chef and Executive Chef at FedExForum, Mark the Chef, will have the lead in our picks!  He already beat Weinberger, Will, and Wolo in NFL picks this year.  Can he take home the NBA crown over Weinberger, Will, me, and an NBA coach?  Go get ’em Chef!

The Penguins are in trouble!  7-0 in 2 games!  Where’s that potent offence that we saw throughout the playoffs?  They’ve been outshot 70-41 and are 0-8 on the powerplay.  I said they had to take advantage of the extra attacker, and they are not.  Detroit has more experience and they look like the more confident, physical, and controlled team.  They are dynamite.  Hope the Pens can make it a series when they shift back to Mellon Arena.

I saw the Redbirds over the weekend.  They are a fun team to watch- much better than the last two years.  Plus, I’ve never had a bad time at Autozone Park.  What a gem we have downtown!  I got to see Anthony Reyes pitch.  I still have some hope that he can become the pitcher that he’s shown he can be- World Series Game 1 vs. Tigers!  Hope he gets the opportunity to start again and can take advantage.  It seems like a coincidence, but I think Reyes has hit a homerun every time I’ve seen him pitch.  He is talented and has great tools.  I hope he has the toolbox upstairs to store them in. 

By the way, the second floor bar at AZP is a fun place to have a cocktail.  The bartenders are a hoot and the TV’s, AC, and looped-up customers make it relaxing on a hot night.

I used to love the soft pretzels at the Flying Saucer.  Then they changed.  I wasn’t a fan.  But they have certainly grown on me.  The are pretty amazing.  So soft, warm, fluffy, and delicious.  I highly recommend them, and you can never go wrong with a Big Dipper.

Happy to see the Blue Monkey finally opened up downtown.  It will soon become the place I’ll frequent the most. 

Jason Taylor really is an idiot!  LOOK AT HIM!

 

Why don’t college baseball base coaches wear helmets?  Doesn’t look cool?  Doesn’t match your Oakley’s?  Feel like a bat boy?  GET OVER YOURSELVES!  I can say this, being a baseball guy myself- college baseball players are the biggest tools in sports!  There are a lot of coaches who follow suit.  Put on the darn helmet, at least out of respect.  Besides, you’re in more danger with those bats made from NASA Spaceshuttle metal these days!

I don’t believe Charles Barkley when he says he won’t be betting!  I just don’t.  Sorry Chuck.  Still love you and the guys on TNT!

Former Dancing With the Stars champion Emmitt Smith might be the only athlete who would be on the all-time overrated and underrated list.  Everyone has an opposite opinion of Emmitt.  I think he’s on the underrated list because of the idiots who think he’s overrated.  He’s only the All Time Leading Rusher, with 3 Super Bowl Titles, and the only back to EVER win the Super Bowl, the NFL MVP, the NFL Rushing Title, and the Super Bowl MVP all in the same season.  ENOUGH SAID!

Bryan Adams is the Bruce Springsteen of Canada?  Really?  What a big coup for American Idol to have the Canadien Hall of Famer on their finale! 

David Cooke won!  Biggest shock since George Mason’s tourney run!

If you watch, or don’t watch Real Sports on HBO, make sure to check out this month’s episode.  The piece on horse racing will make you fall more on my side, if you didn’t already!  It’s sickening to see what thoroughbred horse owners will do to the horses that don’t make them money.  As I said a couple of weeks ago, these owners need to stop acting like they love their horses like a family member.  They only love the horse that can run and make them cash.  WE NEED MORE STUDY IN THIS KILLING!

THE WEEKLY DISH

Photographer speared by javelin at state meet

A newspaper photographer got a little too close to the action at the Utah high school track championships – and was speared through the leg by a javelin.

Ryan McGeeney of the Provo Standard-Examiner was spared serious injury, and even managed to snap a photo of his speared leg while others tended to him.

“If I didn’t, it would probably be my editor’s first question when I got back,” McGeeney said.  I know how you feel Ryan!  I once took pictures when I had hives- HYSTERICAL!

Striking just below the knee, the javelin tip went through the skin and emerged on the other side of his leg. He needed 13 stitches.  

Rainbow Man from ’70’s and ’80’s serving three life sentences

For more than 10 years starting in the late 1970s, Rollen Stewart was the nation’s most celebrated sports fan, a wig-wearing, wigged-out self-promoter who showed up at virtually every major athletic event worldwide and always managed to plant himself smack-dab in front of a television camera. He was known as the Rainbow Man, for the multicolored Afro wigs he sported. Later, after finding religion, he morphed into the John 3:16 guy.  

Stewart says he really was no fan at all. “I despised sports,” he says. Stewart is 63 now, and last attended a sporting event about 20 years ago. Serving three life sentences for taking hostages, he has been imprisoned since 1992. The punishment was the result of a bizarre incident in which an armed Stewart locked himself in a hotel room near Los Angeles International Airport and kicked off an 8 1/2 -hour standoff with police, demanding a three-hour, televised news conference to air his views.  I’m sad to say, but my best Halloween costume ever was “John 3:16 Guy”.  Every guy laughed, and every woman had no idea what I was thinking.  Some things never change.

Ricky Williams documentary?

Dolphins RB Ricky Williams put his book project on hold and is now working on a TV documentary on his life.  It might be the 4th season of Weeds on Showtime.  Can’t wait to watch.  Who plays Ricky?  Dave Chapelle?

 Jose Canseco to try boxing career

Baseball star Jose Canseco recently revealed that the mortgage on his home had been foreclosed, and he blamed two costly divorces for his financial woes. Because he has to pay the bills, he has turned to celebrity boxing. Canseco is seeking a challenger to fight on July 12 at the Bernie Robbins Stadium in Atlantic City. The chosen opponent will be paid $5,000.  July 12th is my birthday.  Would LOVE $5K on my birthday.  I’m in if we make it on my own turf- Tunica, Mississippi!

Bow Wow Cast in ‘Entourage,’ ‘Patriots’

Shad Moss, better known as Bow Wow, has joined the fifth season of Entourage in a recurring role as a stand-up comedian managed by Eric (Kevin Connolly). Additionally, Moss – who says he is focusing on acting full time in an attempt to ”be the next Will Smith” – has been cast opposite Forest Whitaker and Isaiah Washington in the sports drama Patriots.  I’m still waiting for Entourage to start especially with every show shutting down for the summer.  TV really sucks right now.

NBC Sports Scores Ratings Bump in NHL Stanley Cup Finals

NBC Sports’ Saturday and Sunday coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Conference Finals earned a combined 1.6 overnight household rating and a 4 share, an increase of 14 percent over last year.  I’m one of the 14%.  The hockey strike is the best work stoppage any sport has ever had.  Sure they cancelled a season and lost a lot of fans.  But, fans got exactly what they wanted, salary cap, parity, no two-line passing, no ties.  The game might be at an all time high, and fans will be back in time.

Spike Lee Doing Michael Jordan Doc

Spike Lee announced Monday that he is directing a feature-length documentary about basketball superstar Michael Jordan, which he hopes to bring to next year’s Cannes Film Festival. The project will feature previously-unseen footage shot by NBA cameras during the final two years in Jordan’s career.  I’m sure there will be a lot of gambling and knee icing!

Vince Young Admits He Had Too Much Fun

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young has apologized to the kids of the world after pics of him partying in a Texas bar shirtless surfaced online (as seen in last week’s BLOG).
Young tells The Tennessean, “I was having a good time with friends … and you know how it is, as a quarterback you can’t have too much fun. I blame myself for that, but at the same time you have to watch certain things,” adding, ‘”I apologize to some of the kids if they did see it because I am trying to be a role model for them. But at the same time, I was just trying to have fun with (friends).”  Nice apology!  Jason Giambi apologized better than that.

Will Charles Barkley be spotted at casino? / Will Barry Bonds serve jail time?

Will Barkley be spotted on a Casino Gaming Floor before the end of the 2007-2008 NBA Playoffs?

Yes +500

No -1000

How much Jail Time will Bonds serve?

None 3/1

0-6 Months 2/1

7-12 Months 2/1

13-18 Months 5/1

19 Months or More 6/1 — – Bodog

Yanks Jason Giambi and his magic gold thong

The key to turning the Yankees season around could be under Jason Giambi’s pinstriped pants. The Yankee slugger revealed he slips on a gold thong with a flame-line waistband when he’s trying to get out of a hitting slump – and he’s shared it with his teammates. Derek Jeter agreed that Giambi’s thong works, although “it’s so uncomfortable running around the bases,” he said. “I was 0-for-32 and I hit a homer on the first pitch.” Johnny Damon also admitted donning the golden panties “probably three times.”  What is the secret of Giambi’s golden thong? “You’re not worrying about your hands or your balance at the plate,” Damon said. “You’re worried about the uncomfortable feeling you’re receiving.”  Maybe I should have tried it in college.  I could still be playing if I thonged!

‘Weeds’ goes theme song-less for new season

The season 3 finale of Weeds saw the suburban town of Agrestic decimated by wildfires. Now, series creator Jenji Kohan tells EW.com that the show’s theme song “Little Boxes,” the beloved Malvina Reynolds ditty is going up in smoke, too. “We rode that pony,” she says. “We sat down and looked at what our show is now, and Nancy [Botwin, played by Mary Louise Parker, pictured] has gotten out of her little box. It just seemed like a holdover from where we started and I want to get the audience on board to a new adventure.” Instead, viewers will get “more show” when the Showtime dramedy returns on June 16.  Although I like the song, more show is always better.  It’s a great program!  Now I just have to get Showtime. 

Quotes of the Week (EW.com)

”Well, if we accept your premise and also accept the highly improbable assumption that Penny is the only woman in the world for you, then we can logically conclude that the results of blowing it would be that you end up a bitter, lonely old man with no progeny. The image of any number of evil lighthouse keepers from Scooby Doo cartoons comes to mind.”
SHELDON (JIM PARSONS), EXPLAINING WHY LEONARD (JOHNNY GALECKI) SHOULD KEEP HIS SCHEDULED DATE, ON THE BIG BANG THEORY

”Toby has been cruisin’ for a bruisin’ for 12 years, and I am now his cruise director. And my name is Captain Bruisin’.”
MICHAEL SCOTT (STEVE CARELL), ON HIS EXIT INTERVIEW WITH TOBY (PAUL LIEBERSTEIN), ON THE OFFICE

”Yesterday in an interview with Katie Couric, Hillary Clinton said that she would not quit no matter how bad her numbers looked. Then Katie Couric said the same thing to Hillary.”
Conan O’Brien, on Late Night

Great list of birthdays celebrated this past week:  Bill Laimbeer (51), Kevin Garnett (32), Grace Jones (56), David Wells (45- You know who loves David Wells?  DAVID WELLS!), Bronson Pinchot (49), Busta Rhymes (36), Stan Mikita (68), Cher (62- face is 17), Joe Cocker (64), Mindy Cohn (42- Natalie from Facts of Life!), Al Franken (57), Raymond Burr (91), Tommy John (65- What a coincidence that he had Tommy John surgery!  What are the odds?), Naomi Campbell (38- Cougar range!), Marvin Hagler (56), Drew Carey (50), Kelly Monaco (32), Priscilla Presley (63- no comment out of respect.  However, she was amazing in Naked Gun.  She “had it stuffed yesterday”), Bob Dylan (67), Patti LaBelle (64), Tracy McGrady (29), Tommy Chong (70- add him to the Keith Richards list of- I can’t believe they have survived this long!), Ann Heche (39), Miles Davis (82), KC Jones (76), Connie Selleca (53- still amazing.  Gotta give John Tesh some credit), and Mike Myers (45)

There’s plenty happening this week in Tunica.  For a complete list of events and attractions in Tunica, Mississippi, click on the link below.  Get easy access to the casino’s, golf courses, and all other entertainment.

http://www.tunicamiss.com/

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming up in Tunica:

May 29 – 31

The Original Toughman Contest Worl Championship

Sam’s Town

800-456-0711

May 30

Ricky Lynn Gregg

Bally’s

800-382-2559

May 31

Blake Shelton

The Fitz

800-766-5825

June 6 – 7

Ricky Lynn Gregg

Bally’s

800-382-2559

June 7

Billy Currington

Sam’s Town

800-456-0711

Good for Blake Shelton being with Miranda Lambert.  Perfect for him.  He should have a really good show.  Women, he’ll probably hit on every single one of you!

Women love that Billy Currington too.  Plus, I know they also love my BLOG, so ladies call Sam’s Town now!

Hope to see you in Tunica, and don’t forget the Tunica National 3 Person Scramble this Thursday at 5pm.  Just call 866-TEE-OFF1 for more information or go online at www.tunicanational.com.  See you there.

Talk to y’all this week.

May 26, 2008

Lots of Birdfeed

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ed Lane @ 2:59 pm

So i’m at the gym earlier today and i encounter confusion all over. First of all, why the hell is the TV at the Rhodes Gym on Soap Operas ever? Yeah, cause soaps and weights really mix well. Also, who made the decision there to put on a FM100? I can understand avoiding the Rap music, even though i personally like alot of rap, but ADULT CONTEMPORARY? I dont think Hoobstank really will motivate people to bench press more weights or The Fray really is going to get my blood flowing (although thinking this sure does). Anyway, so CNN was on and they came up with the most “John Madden” news story (in case you haven’t noticed, John is merely the master of the “ugh, ya think” comments): Gas Prices cause cost of driving to increase. OH REALLY? THANKS CNN! I didnt know this already. Hell, I don’t even know how to comment on that “story,” as if we didn’t know that this problem exists to begin with…..

….So Will Askew (Sports Bar, Monday-Friday 3-6pm on Sports 56 WHBQ) has a field day blasting these idiots who try to run from the cops, and i completely hear him on that. The latest story of these i saw was an idiot in an 18 WHELLER (yes, as in TRACTOR TRAILER) trying to out run the cops, on the Streets of Vancouver. Right, driver, b/c you’ve gonna be able to twist and turn while you’re carrying a trailer on your cab. If a guy in a Benz can’t outrun the cops, what makes some retard in a tractor trailer think that he can do it? Clearly I dont know, otherwise i’d gladly tell you. Drugs maybe? Psychosis? Who knows but needless to say he didn’t succeed….

Thanks to everybody in the Military for serving a country. Be safe if you’re partying out there.

…The Indy 500: How come people can’t talk about that guy who won, Scott Dixon? Seriously. He’s really “that guy who won” b/c all you can hear is about how Danica didn’t win. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a good driver and she’s doing alot of good for that sport, especially after her win in Japan. Still, she did NOT win, so shut up and at least give Dixon some credit for his accomplishment. And I really could care less about Indy Car racing, my interest is NASCAR, as you can tell if you catch my “Driving Down the Lane” updates on Inside The Lines (Saturday Noon-2, Sunday 5-7pm on Sports 56 WHBQ). Kasey Kahne’s win last night was nice to see. I’m typically happy to see drivers overcome long winless droughts to win, and Khane certainly has had to battle alot of struggles, from a terrible 2007 season to a shoddy start to 2008. Maybe he can build on his momentum from winning the Spring All-Star Race last weekend (a non-points event) and last night’s Coca-Cola (pronounced Co-Cola) 600….

….Football: Man I’ve got football fever badly, and it’s “only” the end of May. It will get worse as the summer months drone on. Still, i’m not gonna make too many predictions right now. Ppl. wonder why i address issues a bit of time after the initial commentary has died down, but the reason is often I like to gather my thoughts so i dont just rush to make some comment b/c everyone expects one….

….Rap: I enjoy alot of it, and i’ll have musings on random songs i like but I guess the one rapper who has always struck a chord with me is TI. I also go by the title “King,” but i have no problem saying it originated from being a huge fan of T.I.’s music. Speaking of, I really like his latest hit, which you can catch on our Flinn Family station, Hot 107.1, “No Matter What.” I’d put a link to it here but since rap has explitive content, i’ll just recommend that you check it out on Youtube or just turn into HOT 107. Ironically, it hardly talks about drugs or guns, which i think is pretty badass that he can rap on something else. I can’t wait for his newest album to drop (it’s release date is believed to be August 12, and i’m sure you’ll hear more from THE King (me) on the other King’s latest album and his other hits. And yea, i’ll also chime in on that stupid arrest of his at some point too….

May 23, 2008

Tigers getting good information

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg Gaston @ 7:28 pm

Tigers Coach John Calipari does it the right way. When his underclassmen want to explore the option of the NBA, Cal lays out a game plan in which his players are given all the pertinent information they need to make the right choice.
When Darius Washington left school early, only to get passed up in the NBA draft, Calipari helped him gather the information and work out with the necessary people who would give him an honest evaluation. Washington was told there was a good possibility he wouldn’t be taken, but he had already made up his mind that he wasn’t going back to school. D-Wash has said in the past that he needed to turn professional to make money for his family, and like it or not, there wasn’t anything Calipari could do to sway his decision.

Friday afternoon Tigers Guard Antonio Anderson announced he would return to Memphis for his Senior season. Anderson did not look like a young man who was distraught about not making the grade this off season. Instead, he looked like a player determined to improve and become a first round selection next Summer. And with that said, I wish him well.
Anderson came prepared to speak to the media, having already decided his future in a previous conversation with Coach Calipari.

Also on hand Friday was Forward Robert Dozier who was very gracious in talking to the media about his situation. Dozier said very bluntly that he will work out for a number of NBA Teams (At least 5 that we know of) when he returns from China. Dozier said he is going to test out the waters but will not leave for the sake of leaving. In fact, Dozier said to me that if he’s projected as a second rounder he’s coming back to help Memphis try to win a National Title.
It’s not that I haven’t had people pull the wool over my eyes, but he seems to be very sincere about this. The word I’ve been hearing and reading about is that Robert needs another year and is not even on the first round radar. So if that’s the case, and he’s true to his word, than Robert follows Antonio back to school, and oh boy, what a difference that will make.

May 22, 2008

The Draft Lottery

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Eli Savoie @ 2:02 pm

Well, it is officially here, that time of year when Grizzlies fans start complaining about the NBA’s draft lottery. “It’s not fair” “The worst teams should get the best picks” “The NBA favors the big markets” we hear the same things year after year. QUIT WHINING!!

Here’s a news flash for everyone, the draft lottery is not the reason the Grizzlies or any other team is bad. The reason teams are bad is that they make bad decisions, period. It wasn’t the draft lottery that picked Darko ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. It wasn’t the draft lottery that took Robert Archilbald ahead of Carlos Boozer. It wasn’t the draft lottery that took Zarko Cabarkapa ahead of David West, or Kris Humphries ahead of Al Jefferson, or Kwame Brown #1 overall, or, well. you get the point. The bottom line is that you don’t have to get the first pick in the draft to get great players and win. There are many great players drafted all through the draft every year. The Miami Heat won a world title a couple years ago, they have never picked higher than fourth in the history of the franchise. Meanwhile, the Clippers have picked in the top three many times and what has it gotten them? Michael Olawakandi?

The Grizzlies are bad, not because of bad luck in the lottery, but because of a terrible trade that cost them the chance to pick Carmelo Anthony and numerous bad draft picks under Jerry West. Getting the first or second pick may make it easier to pick a great player, but not getting the first or second pick does not make it impossible to get a great player.

So instead of crying about the draft lottery and how unfair it is, just remember that in all likelihood, there will be several very good or great players taken 5th or later in this draft and the Grizzlies will have the opportunity to draft one of those players. The question is will Chris Wallace and gang make the right pick?

I would like to see the lottery changed to make it more weighted towards the worse teams, but I’m not ever going to blame the lottery for teams being bad. Teams are bad because the people in charge of drafting have made bad picks.

Random Thoughts

Filed under: Uncategorized — Will Askew @ 11:20 am

On the heels of last night’s American Idol finale, it has become clear to me that:
a) American Idol must be stopped.
b) No one in Hollywood/New York/any other creative thinktank (other than the writers of The Office) has any creativity left.

By last night’s count, 97.5 million votes were tallied for either David Cook or David Archuleta. By 2004’s count, in the most voted-upon election in the history of the country, 122.67 million people voted for President of the United States. That strikes me as a bit ridiculous. Only 25 more million people voted on who would be the Chief Executive in the country than who would get an SUV and a record contract from Fox. If that doesn’t show you how out of whack our priorities are, I don’t know what could. As to my second point, American Idol is merely the most fantastic example of how little creativity people have now…Shows like Survivor, The Hills, and other reality shows drive me crazy. And the lack of creativity extends to Broadway as well, where they have remade Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Spamelot, Legally Blonde, and Shrek into musicals. Really?

On to more important issues which affect this community. Like the NBA Draft Lottery. I’m shocked that a major market team got the first pick. Just shocked. Leave it to the NBA to not care about the bad small market teams (i.e. the Grizzlies). To me, the NFL does competitive balance better than any other league–maybe the NBA should look to the most popular sport in America for a good example. However, even with the 5th pick, you can still draft a good player. Which, it seems, some local columnists don’t think they will. A question: when was the last time our local sports columnist wrote something positive or hopeful about the Grizzlies? When I picked up the paper yesterday, you would have thought the regime already screwed up the pick. Last time I checked, the Grizzlies are the only major professional sports team in town. It would be nice to see some hope every once in a while instead of beating a dead horse.

As to whom they should pick, if it were me, I would pick OJ Mayo (if he’s there, of course). I think his game will translate extremely well to the next level. I think he’s a cornerstone type player to put alongside Rudy Gay. And reading between the lines of Tony Barone Jr.’s interview on Sports 56 Middays yesterday, I think he thinks the same way. Most mock drafts have the following:
1. Chicago: Beasley
2. Miami: Rose
3. Minnesota: Brook Lopez (a big man so they can move Al Jefferson to the four, where he should be)
4. Seattle: Jerryd Bayless (a point guard, because they start Earl Watson)
5. Grizzlies: Mayo

I would be happy with that. I think Mayo will be a marketable star in the league. The only question is whether or not he will want to stay in a small market.

May 21, 2008

NBA Draft Lottery is bad Theatre

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg Gaston @ 7:52 pm

LIKE THE BCS AND FUN SIZE CANDY, THE NBA DRAFT LOTTERY IS JUST PLAIN STUPID.
HOWEVER, LIKE THE AFOREMENTIONED GROUP, IT’S UNFORTUNATELY GOING NOWHERE.
OF COURSE I UNDERSTAND WHY THE NBA HAS THE LOTTERY. IT GIVES TEAMS HOPE, WE KEEP BAD TEAMS IN OUR DAILY SPORTS CONVERSATION, AND THAN WE PULL OUT IN PRIMETIME TELEVISION, THIS “SPECTACLE”.
WELL, A SPECTACLE THAT IS JUST BORING TELEVISION.
THE DRAFT IS SUPPOSE TO HELP OUT THE WORST TEAMS, AND IT DOES, WHEN THE RIGHT CHOICES ARE MADE.
BUT THE LOTTERY IS A SIDESHOW EVENT THAT OFTEN DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD.
TUESDAY NIGHT THE BULLS, A MAJOR MARKET TEAM WHICH HAS NO PROBLEM FILLING SEATS, SOMEHOW GAINED THE NUMBER ONE PICK. THEY HAD A 1.7 PERCENT CHANCE. LET ME REPEAT THAT, 1.7 PERCENT.
THE GRIZZLIES FELL FROM A LIKELY 4 TO 5, WHILE LAST YEAR THEY TOOK AN EPIC NOSEDIVE FROM HAVING THE BEST CHANCE AT THE FIRST PICK, TO GETTING THE 4TH.
BOTTOM LINE, IF YOUR THE WORST, THAN YOU SHOULD BECOME THE FIRST.
SINCE 1990, ONLY 4 TEAMS THAT HAD THE WORST RECORD WON THE RIGHTS TO PICK 1ST. (4 OUT OF 18…THAT’S HORRIBLE).
AND IF YOU THINK THAT NOT HAVING THE DRAFT LOTTERY WILL MAKE BAD TEAMS TANK GAMES, THINK ABOUT THIS. ONE, IT’S WORKED IN THE PAST, AND TWO, IF YOU’RE THAT CONCERNED, SET UP A STIFF PENALTY FOR TEAMS WHO THE LEAGUE FEEL ARE PURPOSELY LOSING GAMES. SUCH AS THE LOSS OF THEIR PICK.
SO MR. STERN, TEAR DOWN THE LOTTERY!

May 20, 2008

This-n-That, plus some Bird Feed

Yeah I’ve been slacking off on the blogging for a bit, but I’m back now. I’ve had graduation, the family has come and gone, and now I’m busy workin’ and doin’ all the fun stuff for for Sports 56 WHBQ. Anyway I’ve got some random bits of information I’m gonna just throw out there so here we go. One: I’m sorta sick of the speculation on the Grizzlies draft, considering nobody (or almost nobody) knows where they will be selecting. Of course, by the time y’all read this and this passes the editing phases we will all know where they pick and thus can make our speculations with a bit more substance.

Another idea i will touch on to greater length at some point in one of my Bleacher Report Articles (

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