Saturday, October 31, 2009

Let's Try Sincerity

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Editor Bruce VanWyngarden thinks Memphis might be ready for some sincerity.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Knowledge Bowl: Preseason Picks

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Saturday, Knowledge Bowl kicks off another season. A staple of Memphis Saturday mornings on WREG News Channel 3, Knowledge Bowl pits teams of area high school smartypants against each other, in tournament fashion.

Our resident smartypants, Greg Akers, has made some prognostications for all you fantasy Knowledge Bowl types out there. Time to fill out those brackets!

Halloween Candy? Oh, Yeah.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Susan Ellis visits the true home of candy in Memphis.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"A Serious Man"

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 9:09 PM

The Coen brothers continue to grow with their new personal and eccentric film, A Serious Man. Read the Flyer's review here.

Hey, Pass the Prosciutto ... on Three

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Food is the new football, says John Branston.

Tim Sampson's Rant

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 9:46 AM

What do Balloon Boy, Michael Jackson, and Condi Rice have in common? Tim Sampson.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Memphis "Kid Reporter" Charms Today Show Hosts

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Deidra Shores, a 13 year old Colonial Middle school student, submitted a video audition to be a kid reporter for the Today Show. Deidra was told live on the air today that she had made it to the Final Four of the competition.

If her interview doesn't bring a smile to your face, not much will, we suspect.

Beuhler? ... Beuhler? ... Anyone?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Mary Cashiola has a fresh take on the Beuhler/rental house controversy at her In the Bluff blog.

Grizzlies Opener Tonight

Posted on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 8:57 AM

The Grizzlies open their ninth season at 7 p.m. tonight at FedExForum, hosting the Detroit Pistons. Chris Herrington previews the game at Beyond the Arc, where he will also be live-blogging the action later tonight. Scan the blog and pick up this week's Flyer for more analysis of this year's team.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bianca Knows Best ...

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 2:54 PM

... and helps a guy tell his friends he's gay.

Spurs Beat Celtics for the NBA Title!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 12:08 PM

No need to go through that loooong 82-game NBA season. Chris Herrington already has your season results sussed out.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Two Mayors Take Office

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Panorama of the Hall of Mayors during Wharton inaugural address - JB
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  • Panorama of the Hall of Mayors during Wharton inaugural address

In two impressive ceremonies, held sequentially on Monday, Shelby County acquired a new mayor, and, roughly an hour later, so did Memphis.

A prime actor in both ceremonies was A C Wharton, the outgoing county mayor, who stood directly behind Shelby County Commission chair Joyce Avery as she spoke after taking the oath at 10:30 a.m. At noon, in a jam-packed Hall of Mayors in City Hall, Wharton was then be sworn in himself as mayor of Memphis.

The symbolism of continuity and the central role of Wharton were both reflected in Avery’s remarks after being sworn in.

“It is not the place of an acting mayor to offer grand new plans, propose expensive projects, change things that have worked for years, or get out in front of the TV camera,” she said. “My role is to offer continuity between Mayor Wharton’s administration and the administration of the next Mayor.

“Shelby County faces challenges from bond debt to violent crime. We are on the right track, however. Our debt is coming down and law enforcement is vigorously attacking crime. I want to make sure that we strictly adhere to the debt plan that was established during Mayor Wharton’s tenure so we can continue to reduce our debt and insure our children are not bridled with the burden of past spending.”

Besides Wharton, a phalanx of local governmental and community dignitaries stood behind Avery as she spoke.

Though in recent days Wharton had not been above a bit of crowing over his smashing electoral victory with 60 percent of the vote, his inaugural remarks, delivered before a Who’s Who of local eminences, addressed the theme of unity.

After stating that he regarded himself as having received a mandate to govern, Wharton said, “But one of the clearest and most universally shared mandates and directives I have heard and received from people across this community is the desire for me to help bring an end to the rancor and divisiveness that has too often defined our politics and clogged the engine of our forward progress.”

The new mayor returned to his campaign theme: “I’ve said it before, and I will share it again: One Memphis! ... One Memphis means you working with government and government listening to, being responsive to, and working with you.”

And Wharton concluded on a note that evoked both the spirit of cooperation and the musical history of the city he now is charged with guiding: “Today, I call on every Memphian to commit to work with us as we seek to create a melody from Memphis which strikes chords of collaboration, whose tone is civility, and whose message is filled with the hope, possibility, and the highest of aspirations.”

Joyce Avery, backed by Wharton and a phalanx of dignitaries, after swearing-in - JB
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  • Joyce Avery, backed by Wharton and a phalanx of dignitaries, after swearing-in

National Baseball Day!

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Like the Great Pumpkin, Frank Murtaugh returns each autumn to make his pitch for "National Baseball Day."

Beatles Rockband: The Sequel

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 9:13 AM

I wouldn't know an Xbox from a PlayStation if you smacked me upside the head with one, so I haven't the slightest idea how "The Beatles Rockband" game works ...

So says Randy Haspel, who thinks the Beatles are mighty important.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

U.S. Racquetball Open Ends With a Bang

Posted By on Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Racquetball is fast, exciting, and loud. It is possibly the loudest sport not involving firearms or motor vehicles.

John Branston was at the U.S. Racquetball Open and has a report.

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