Sports 56 WHBlog Q

June 30, 2008

Sunday on the Couch!

Filed under: blog, sports 56, Uncategorized — robfischer @ 1:34 am

Well, I guess I’ll give my two cents on the draft. 

First off, I want to talk about Mike Miller.  I consider Mike a friend, and arguably the best ambassador of basketball for this city that the Grizzlies have ever had.  His dedication to give back has made Mike and his family special people in Memphis who will be sorely missed.  He gave his body every night, and effort every night, whether the Grizzlies were winning or losing.  He was always entertaining to be around and was a great teammate.  Just like Shane Battier, it’s tough to see him go.  I wish him the best and the Timberwolves will soon see what a terrific asset they have acquired for the team and the community.  I’m looking forward to Mike’s golf tournament on July 12th at Tunica National.


For more information, you can go to Mike’s website at, or call Dave at 678-522-6881.  It should be a great event again this year.

Now to the flip side of the deal.  I love it.  I think the Grizzlies ended up with a potential superstar to go along with a guy I believe is already close to being a superstar in Rudy Gay.  OJ Mayo has been destined for the NBA since 7th grade.  I believe he’ll live up to the hype.  He’s been a professional and has handled himself as a professional for many years already.  A lot of people think he’ll leave after his rookie contract.  I disagree.  He might, but if the Grizzlies are a winning organization within three years, that changes everything.  Potentially, the Grizzlies could have the best 1-2-3 combination in the league in three years.  I also agree with Will Askew who says they might already have the most athletic 2-3 combo in the NBA.  This is how you rebuild.  The center position is still a question mark.  Can Darko get more consistent?  What does Marc Gasol bring to the table?  We’ll have to wait and see.  If they can be solid in the middle, Hakim Warrick and Darrell Arthur won’t hurt you as much at power forward.  It’s still a position to continue looking for improvement, but they can get by for now.  Who knows, maybe the Grizzlies will address that need in free agency. 

The hope for Grizzlies fans needs to be that the Grizz are last year’s Portland.  And in three years, the hope is that they are last year’s New Orleans.  I think they are on the way.

I can’t believe the “experts” continue to say that Michael Heisley is dumping salary.  He’s been at or above the cap every year.  He has forked out millions of dollars for front office personnel and coaches.  Plus, he’s let Chris Wallace be active.  You can’t question Wallace’s effort so far.  He addressed each Grizzlies need in his first off season, and now he made a big splash in year two.  

Another thing about the doubters- how can you question a deal that got rid of Brian Cardinal and “The Bagel” Jason Collins in the same deal?  UNBELIEVABLE!

I want to buy a Mayo jersey today #32!

Other thoughts:

The Beefeater sandwich at the Blue Monkey is one of the top sandwiches in town.

When does the WNBA start?

I believe Dumb and Dumber is the most overrated movie EVER and I can’t be convinced otherwise.  I also watched a movie entitled Mama’s Boy this weekend, and it was clearly the worst movie I have ever seen.  What do these two movies have in common?  Jeff Daniels.  He is awful.  He’ll take any role that is offered and Mama’s Boy was clearly an example of that.  In Dumb and Dumber, the guys are so dumb that it’s not even funny.  The only time I laughed is when Jim Carrey yells out, “And our pets’ heads are falling off.”  Another actor in Dumb and Dumber which makes it terrible is perhaps the worst actor ever- Mike Starr.  He played Joe “Mental” Mentaliano. 

He’s been in a ton of films and television shows and has never impressed.  He’s always supposed to be a tough guy, but he’s also been a wuss in so many movies that you can’t take him seriously.

Is Kenny Perry really the second best golfer on the planet right now?  WOW!  The PGA’s in trouble.

Just stop believing anything Chad Ford writes or spews from his mouth!

Weekly Dish

Rap, rock, classical – music to Obama’s ears

The Associated Press- Bob Dylan. Yo-Yo Ma. Sheryl Crow. Jay-Z. They’re artists featured on Barack Obama’s iPod. “I have pretty eclectic tastes,” the Democratic presidential contender said to Rolling Stone.  Growing up in the ’70s, Obama said, he listened to the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Earth, Wind & Fire. Stevie Wonder is his musical hero from the era.

Former ‘Idol’ champ Ruben Studdard to wed

The Associated Press- He won the affection of millions of people on “American Idol,” but, Ruben Studdard gave his heart to one woman.

A representative for the former “Idol” confirmed to The Associated Press that Studdard had a Saturday wedding.

Tidbits: Newlywed woes for Mariah and Nick

MSNBC- They’re not quite two months into their marriage, but Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon already face trouble, reports Life & Style. Sources tell the magazine that Mariah’s diva demands could cause the pair to split. The insider claims that the reason behind that gloom-and-doom prediction is Nick’s need to do everything for his diva bride. While Mariah likes being waited on hand and foot, that routine won’t work in the long run. “Mariah’s assistants and friends call him ‘Whipped Nick’ behind his back.”

Boy George denied U.S. visa for planned tour

MSNBC News Services- Culture Club’s Boy George has been forced to cancel his North American summer tour after U.S. authorities refused to issue him a visa, citing looming legal issues overseas. George’s tour was scheduled to begin July 11. He is facing a trial in November in London for something that happened in April last year. George was arrested after a 28-year-old male escort from Norway accused the singer of false imprisonment and assault

Keira Goes Topless

ExtraTV- Keira Knightley is baring quite a bit in her new film “The Edge of Love,” and the slender starlet says she has no problem showing off her body. “I always bare my breasts,” she said at the Edinburgh Film Festival, reports People magazine.

Police Arrest Soccer Player After Referee Bitten On Face

Police said a 28-year-old soccer player got ejected from a game then bit the ref in the face, leaving an ugly wound. Authorities made an arrest in the alleged assault.

New Castle County police said Rannord A. Jones, of Freedom Trail in New Castle, fiercely argued with the referee and then allegedly attacked him, biting through his chin.

Jones said nothing as he turned himself in to police. He is charged with felony assault and threatening to kill the referee.

Greg Norman and Chris Evert getting married this weekend?

Golf great Greg “The Shark” Norman and tennis star Chris Evert got married, six months after they got engaged. It is the second marriage for both.

Tim McGraw Lays Country Smackdown on Fan

TMZ Staff- Don’t mess around at a Tim McGraw concert — or he’ll pull your ass out of the crowd and have you tossed out! Tim spotted an over-sized, rowdy fan in the front row, proceeded to grab a hold of him, pulled him on stage and threatened to punch him!
Tim’s rep tells us “This overly aggressive fan attacked a female fan and Tim witnessed this incident. Tim called for security, but when they could not respond quick enough Tim and several crew members removed the fan from the audience where he was then turned over to the local authorities.”

Rodman to Judge: I Guess I Smacked My GF

TMZ Staff- Dennis Rodman pleaded “no contest” to spousal battery in an L.A. court.
In exchange for his plea, the Worm was sentenced to 36 months of probation, 45 days of roadside graffiti removal, one year of domestic violence counseling, and six months of drug and alcohol treatment. The judge warned Dennis about acting like a fool in the future, telling him, “If I hear or see in the news that you have committed any more crimes — you will go to jail.”

Mini-Me Sex Tape: Avert Your Eyes!

TMZ Staff- Mini-Me Verne Troyer is in a sex tape shot with his former live-in girlfriend at the couple’s apartment. A third party has snatched up the tape and although no deal has been made, we hear dealer Kevin Blatt, who brokered the deal for Paris’ video, is entertaining a $100k offer from SugarDVD to distribute the nastiness.

MSNBC– Troyer successfully shut down the distribution of the sex tape for now.

TMZ posted a 25-second snipped of the video, but pulled the clips down after a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order requested by Troyer’s attorneys.

The ruling also prevents any attempt by a porn distributor from taking orders for the full 50-minute video, and keeps TMZ from broadcasting any more clips. Troyer’s lawsuit also seeks $20 million in damages and the return of all copies of the tape.  WHAT PSYCHO WANTS TO SEE THIS TAPE??

Strike 2? Hollywood braces for actor walkout

The Associated Press- The contract between the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires Monday, and negotiations have dragged on for weeks with no apparent headway. SAG leaders have said they are willing to continue talking beyond the contract deadline. A strike in July – or a potential actors lockout if producers decided to play tough – could delay the return of many fall TV shows, which normally would be going back into production then.

Ben Kingsley Kisses Olsen Twin!

MSNBC- Looking back on filming her big smooch with veteran actor Ben Kingsley in the upcoming release “The Wackness,” Mary-Kate Olsen says she felt good about the experience. “He was so professional about it and made me feel so comfortable. He said, ‘Anything you don’t feel comfortable about, let me know. You lead me.'”

Madonna and Guy — Over?!

ExtraTV- The Material Girl and her hubby Guy Ritchie are facing divorce speculation in the media thanks to a report and a pic of Madonna without a wedding ring.

If divorced, the couple would split her whopping fortune — estimated around $600 million — because they didn’t sign a pre-nup.

VANDERJAGT STILL MISSING KICKS After more than a year of exile from the NFL, kicker Mike Vanderjagt made a triumphant return to Toronto, as the kicker and punter of the Argonauts. In his regular-season debut, Vanderjagt missed his first three field goals.

Birthdays This Past Week: Mick Fleetwood (61), Loren Roberts (53), Willis Reed (66), Dikembe Mutombo (42), Carly Simon (63), George Michael (45), Jimmie Walker (59), Phyllis George (59), Abner Doubleday (189), Greg LeMond (47), Shannon Sharpe (40), Derek Jeter (34), Ross Perot (78), Lorrie Morgan (49), Tobey Maguire (33), John Elway (48), Kathy Bates (60), Mel Brooks (82), Dan Dierdorf (59), Gary Busey (64)

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.

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

July 3

Independence Day Parade

Downtown Tunica


July 5

Al Green

Grand Casino


July 5

Gladys Knight

Grand Casino


July 5

Collin Ray

Gold Strike


July 5

Tunica Trade Days

Downtown Tunica


Don’t forget Mid-South Golfer the Radio show live in Tuinca this week at Tunica National Golf and Tennis Club from 3-4pm.  The Sports Bar follows from Tunica National from 4-6pm. 

Join us for the 3 Person Scramble Thursday at 5:15pm.  Just call 866-TEE-OFF1 for more information or go online at  See you there. 

Talk to y’all this week.


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