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  • Aug 10-16, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 911

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  • Won't You Be My (Decapitated) Teddy Bear?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Won't You Be My (Decapitated) Teddy Bear?

    A teddy bear owned by the young Elvis Presley was destroyed last night after a guard dog at a children's museum in London "went berserk," attacking a toy display valued at nearly $1 million. A security guard frantically chased the crazed pooch, but was too late to stop the decapitation of Presley's former bed buddy, named Mabel. Mabel was on loan from a Brit collector Benjamin Slade, who acquired the toy at an auction in Memphis.

    Read more about the killer dog, the beheaded bear, and the angry owner here.

  • Elvis, Hot or Not?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Elvis, Hot or Not?

    Every year as death week rolls around somebody (and usually several somebodies) in the mainstream media asks the self-answering question, “Is Elvis still relevant?” Invariably some super-hip journo tries to prove that the mainstreamed Las Vegas-era Elvis covered the rebellious Sun Studios-era Elvis in peanut butter, ate the poor guy, became incredibly fat, and died on the pot trying to void himself of — well — himself. As these sorts of stories go, a recent article by Robert Seltzer of San Antonio Express News is unique because it initially paints Elvis in broad strokes on black velvet, but ultimately makes him sound like the great unsung hero of the civil rights movement. Yes, it goes too far in both directions. Of course — as the King once famously crooned — that’s all right.
  • Force To Be Reckoned With
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Force To Be Reckoned With

    The O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals are this week at the Memphis Motorsports Park and, to be honest, this year we have a new appreciation for the sport.

    If you’ve been watching “Driving Force” on A&E, you know what we mean. The show follows legendary driver John Force — who’ll be in Memphis and on the track for the O’Reilly — and his three daughters, Ashley, Brittany, and Courtney, as he tries to bring them into the family business.

    Like most reality shows, there’s a lot of yelling, but unlike most of them, the danger is real. And seeing John alternately trying to figure out his daughters and do right by them is a real case study in clueless fatherhood. We love it.

  • Live Elvis and Cold Cash
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Live Elvis and Cold Cash

    No doubt some of the tourists now flooding Memphis for yet another commemoration of the life of the late Elvis Presley do not believe that Elvis is actually late – just detained somewhere or hiding out. Two Hollywood producers are in town to put their money where these true believers’ mouths are. Dan Bliss and Warren Zide (the latter responsible for such high-gross films as American Pie and the Final Destination series) are offering $1 million to the lucky acolyte who can prove that Elvis is still alive.

    They’ll announce details at a 3 p.m. Monday press conference at the Kettle Restaurant on E. Brooks Rd, where they’ll also discuss their forthcoming documentary, The Truth About Elvis.

  • Signs, Everywhere Signs
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Signs, Everywhere Signs

    It’s all over but the shouting — and the political signs that litter the landscape. We asked the Shelby County Election Commission just how long we’ll have to look at these bazillion eyesores, some of which rival a Hummer in size. An employee at the Commission tells us: “There’s no ordinance about how long these signs can remain up. If they’re in your yard you can remove them or ask the candidate to come get them.” A state law does, however, require that all signs be removed within three weeks after an election. Problem is, the law provides no punishment if they remain in a yard till doomsday. After all, those with the signs make the rules.
  • Virgin Wrestling at the Opera
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Virgin Wrestling at the Opera

    A special treat for film lovers is blowing in from the Windy City Wednesday night. The Chicago Ice Factory film collective’s “Ice Capades Film/Video Series” will be showing at the monthly Indie Memphis Micro Cinema Club.
  • He’s Back
  • The Daily Buzz
  • He’s Back

    Remember Wade Jones, the “Elvis Cup” guy? He’s the one who claims to channel Elvis through a cup of water purportedly sipped from by the King during one of his last concerts.

    Now Jones is back with a bagel that he says looks like Mel Gibson, which he is auctioning off on ebay.

    BTW, Elvis disapproves of Gibson’s recent behavior, according to Jones who heard it through the Elvis Cup.

  • On the River Front
  • The Daily Buzz
  • On the River Front

    Friends for Our Riverfront has put together a “who, what, where” look at the Beale Street Landing project, complete with maps and drawings to give citizens the entire picture. Here’s an excerpt about the estimated $29.3 million cost: “Of that, $18.8 million will be paid for by Memphians in the form of general obligation bonds, which are proposed to be issued in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The remainder, $10.5 million, will come from the federal and state governments, partially earmarked in legislation for ferry boats and docks.” Want to read more? Click here.
  • Good News, Bad News for Downtown
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Good News, Bad News for Downtown

    Developing downtown Memphis is sort of like plugging leaks in a dam. When you fix one, another one pops up somewhere else.

    The city of Memphis and the Center City Commission, along with developers, announced the forthcoming Court Square Center this week. The centerpiece of the project is the old Lincoln American Tower and the Rhodes-Jennings Building, smack in the middle of the downtown skyline and adjacent to Court Square park. The project will include apartments, offices, and retail and is expected to begin later this year.

    Court Square Center should help the Main Street Mall and neighbors such as the Burch Porter and Johnson law firm, Morgan Keegan, and Calvary Church.

    At the same time, however, there are troubling signs for downtown. ...

  • Lamar Sorrento Gets Famous
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Lamar Sorrento Gets Famous

    "I could sell them for more, but I wouldn't sell as many," he said. "I've sold a lot of paintings to people who never bought art because they couldn't afford it. By now, I've probably done 10,000 paintings. The way I look at it, every time I paint one, I gotta be getting better. It took me forever to learn how to paint people's noses. I still don't have any idea how to paint a person with a hat on. It throws me completely for a loop. Johnny Cash is hard to paint. When he died, people all over Memphis were painting Johnny Cash. Every time somebody dies, there's a rash of that crap. ...

    Memphis' iconic folk artist Lamar Sorrento gets the star treatment in this Chicago Sun-Times story. Way to go, Lamar! Learn more about a Memphis original here.

  • Justin (Finally) Kills Disco
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Justin (Finally) Kills Disco

    Justin Timberlake’s people have recently released the cover art for his new album “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” due out in September. On the cover, JT wears a black suit and is shown crushing a glitter disco ball.

    We're not sure what this has to with the future of sex or love sounds. And what happened to that whole "sexy back" thing? A much better visual in our opinion. To read more, go here.

  • One Beale Put on Hold
  • The Daily Buzz
  • One Beale Put on Hold

    A proposal to build the tallest building in Memphis at the foot of Beale Street was put on hold Thursday for at least 30 days.

    Developer Gene Carlisle was visibly shaken by the delay for the proposed One Beale, a 435-foot tower plus a smaller building with hotel space, condos, retail, and apartments.

    “There’s nothing more I can do to change the design,” Carlisle said after the Land Use Control Board voted for delay at the urging of downtowners including Pat Kerr Tigrett. “They want me to not build it.”

    The site is at the intersection of Beale Street and Riverside Drive. It has been barren for more than a year, and Carlisle has been working on the project for more than two years, he said.

    Tigrett, who lives in Waterford Plaza which is just north of the site, said the towers would obstruct residents’ views of Tom Lee Park and urged Carlisle to consider alternatives. But Carlisle said he has already revised the plans several times. Meanwhile, he said, interest rates have gone up, the market has eroded, and Hurricane Katrina increased construction costs.

    “I’d rather vote it up or down,” Carlisle said.

    Other opponents included the Candy Factory, one of the first downtown condo projects. It is due east of the proposed One Beale. Supporters included the Office of Planning and Development staff and the Center City Commission.

  • Cybill To "Moonlight" Again
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Cybill To "Moonlight" Again

    According to the Web site "Ireland On Line" (And if you can't trust them, who can ye trust, laddie?), Cybill Shepherd is planning to reunite with former co-star Bruce Willis for a reprise of their hit 1980s series, "Moonlighting." Read it all here.
  • Memphis/Mexico Heroin Ring Busted
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Memphis/Mexico Heroin Ring Busted

    Ten people were arrested in Memphis this morning for their role in a Mexican-based heroin trafficking ring with an operation here. Five defendants are still on the loose, some of whom are believed to be in Mexico.

    The arrests came as a result of an investigation dubbed "Operation Black Gold Rush" that began in Nashville last November. The ring operated out of 15 states in the Southeast. At least 60 pounds of heroin have been seized in the investigation.

    Several major players were operating out of Memphis, including local ringleaders Alberto Sanchez (a.k.a. Uncle Beto) and Baston (a.k.a. Tono), whose full name is not yet known. ...

  • Casting Call!
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Casting Call!

    The casting couch meets American Idol in Memphis on Tuesday, August 8th, as auditions are being held for parts in the movie Queen of Media, based on the life of top nationally syndicated radio personality Wendy Williams. The movie is based on her bestseller autobiography, Wendy’s Got the Heat.
  • Get Out the Vote
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Get Out the Vote

    The results are in from last week's elections, but the polls are still open for the Flyer's Best of Memphis. To vote, go here. Results will be in the September 28th issue.
  • Are We Ready for the Next Oil Shock?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Are We Ready for the Next Oil Shock?

    "Could a mere four percent shortfall in daily oil supply propel the price of a barrel to more than $120 in a matter of days? That's what some oil market experts are saying, and if they're correct, we face the very real possibility of an oil shock wave that could send our economy reeling. Such a rapid rise in fuel costs would have profound effects that could severely threaten the foundation of America's economic prosperity. ..."

    So begins a rather sobering essay in The Washington Post today by FedEx CEO Fred Smith. It could be "So long, SUV. Hello, bike," for a lot of us.

  • The Search for Elvis
  • The Daily Buzz
  • The Search for Elvis

    About a year ago, the Flyer published an article about the sighting of the thought-to-be-long-extinct Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. Researchers named the elusive bird "Elvis."

    Now comes word that last month scientists from NASA and the University of Maryland launched a project to identify possible areas where the woodpecker might be living. Using a research aircraft, they flew over delta regions of the lower Mississippi River to track possible areas of habitat suitable for the woodpecker. The scientists used NASA’s Laser Vegetation Imaging Sensor (LVIS) onboard the aircraft.

    That's right. The acronym for the system they used was LVIS! That's spooky. Read all about it here.

  • Coming Home
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Coming Home

    Artist Brad McMillan, whose drawings have adorned everything in Memphis from the ceiling of the P&H Café to the editorial pages of the Memphis Business Journal, has moved back to his hometown of Jackson, Tennessee, following the death of his wife, Carolyn.
  • Memphis Woman Turns 116. Sky Dives. Has Sex.
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Memphis Woman Turns 116. Sky Dives. Has Sex.

    Okay, we're just kidding about the sky-diving and sex. But still, it isn't every day that someone turns 116, and Elizabeth Bolden of Memphis does it today.

    Bolden, who was born August 15th, 1890, had been thought at one point to be the world's oldest person — until the Guinness Book of World Records found Maria Capovilla of Ecuador, who will supposedly turn 117 on September 4th. Sure, in Ecuador years!

    To read more about Ms. Bolden, go here.

  • Looking for a Lustron?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Looking for a Lustron?

    Want to live in a completely maintenance-free home, without any worries about painting, or termites, or roofing? Well, you might consider the Lustron home that is now for rent at 2399 Eastwood, just off East Parkway.

    In the late 1940s, the Lustron Corporation developed a line of all-metal houses, in four basic designs. The exterior wall, interior walls, and even the roof of these unusual structures were actually constructed of porcelain-coated metal panels, and assembled on the spot. ...

  • CA Gets New Ad Director
  • The Daily Buzz
  • CA Gets New Ad Director

    The Commercial Appeal is getting a new vice president of sales. Rob Jiranek, publisher of C-Ville Weekly in Charlottesville, Virginia, will join the Commercial Appeal as vice president of sales and strategic planning.

    The Commercial Appeal is aggressively reinventing how it delivers value to readers and advertisers, and I’m excited to join their team and work to modernize our business in these adventurous times,” said Jiranek. He will report to CA president and Publisher Joe Pepe, with whom Jiranek previously worked at Howard Publications.

  • Fit for a King
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Fit for a King

    Want to be an Elvis impersonator but don’t know where to start? Check out Doug Church’s Sing Like A King, an instructional DVD being released on Wednesday, August 16th, the anniversary of Elvis’ death.

    According to the press release, Church, 1991 winner of the Images of the King contest, will provide you with “proven vocal training exercises, secret techniques, and inside tips that will bring your Elvis illusion to a whole new level.” But wait, there’s more: mastering the Elvis accent, moves, hair and makeup, and posture; and the “Ten Commandments for Elvis Impersonators.” Check out the Web site here.

  • She's Rolling in Dough
  • The Daily Buzz
  • She's Rolling in Dough

    Simone Wilson is the writer of the Flyer's Food News column. She's also the owner of Doughgirl, a European-stye baked goods business featured at the Memphis Farmers Market on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Catch Simone Friday morning on Channel 3's Live at 9 morning show, where she'll be giving a baking demonstration.

  • Pulling Up the Weeds
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Pulling Up the Weeds

    Three Memphis police officers were indicted today on conspiracy to violate civil rights and to distribute controlled substances.

    Former officers Arthur Sease and Alexander Johnson and officer Antoine Owens participated in a scheme involving robbing drug dealers of marijuana, cocaine, and cash, and then selling the drugs for their own profit.

    “They would have someone cooperating that would arrange a drug purchase. Then the officers would pull over the drug dealers, and steal their drugs,” said U.S. Attorney David Kustoff at a press conference Wednesday morning.“They weren’t arresting the dealers. They were instructing them not to report. ...

  • They're Here! They're Here! Elvis Week Groupies.
  • The Daily Buzz
  • They're Here! They're Here! Elvis Week Groupies.

    "All shook up with this hectic, electronic, terrorist-threatened existence of 2006? Well, don't despair. The simple life of yesteryear exists in Memphis, Tennessee. Here, you'll soon unwind in the memories of the rockabilly days captured in the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk The Line.

    You'll feel the rhythm and blues of Beale Street, hear the echoes of Cash recording at Sun Records, and be transported to a time when a hunky rock `n' roller named Elvis was winning hearts and minds."

    Or at least you will if you read this cutesy account from a New Zealander who is utterly entranced with our fair city and all things Elvis.

  • The Daily Buzz
  • Lawyer/Rapper?

    Maybe you’re heard this ad for lawyer T. Flowers on the radio, but if you haven’t, you need to hear it. Actually, even if you have heard it, you probably want to hear it again. It’s that good.

    When it starts, it sounds like it could be the latest hit in the clubs. The lyrics even sound like something you might hear from Fitty or Luda. Of course, that’s what disturbs us.

  • Elvis, Libertyland, and The Washington Post
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Elvis, Libertyland, and The Washington Post

    "On a recent hot summer morning, Libertyland was a forlorn ghost town. The sign had come down from above the front gates, leaving a ghostly outline of the letters. Trumpet flower vines choked the suspension bridge leading to Tom Sawyer's Island. Ornamental fish swam in the canals, but the water was green and clogged with leaves.

    "Power tools whined as a worker disassembled the Paratrooper, and the Dragon Wagon and the Little Fender Bender were already gone.

    "The closure upset 9-year-old Leanna Ritter, whose mother, Mary, worked summers waxing the tracks for one of the park rides. Leanna said she cried herself to sleep when she heard Libertyland had closed.

    "As she sat outside the park, squinting in the bright sunlight, she mused: 'I wonder what Elvis would think about them taking this place down.'"

    And we wonder why the national media -- including this Washington Post article -- seem utterly incapable of writing a story about Memphis without an Elvis angle.

  • First Crush
  • The Fly-By
  • First Crush

    In its inaugural year, Blue Crush has netted hundreds of gang members and drug dealers.

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Politics

  • Justice Department to Monitor Today's Election
  • Politics Feature
  • Justice Department to Monitor Today's Election

    The Web site Raw Story is reporting that the U.S. Justice Department will monitor today's Shelby County elections. Raw Story says the Department indicated in a release today that it, "will watch and record activities during voting hours at various polling locations in the city to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act."

    We're not sure whether to be comforted or depressed, but given last night's stolen ballot box caper, we suspect they've come to the right place.

  • Political Strategery 101
  • Politics Feature
  • Political Strategery 101

    No wonder Flyer senior editor and columnist John Branston got creamed in the recent Memphis Charter Commission election. He goofed in his article on the commission in the Flyer this week when he said all seven members are black. That's wrong. There are six black members and one white, Sylvia Cox. As for Branston, he's the white guy with egg on his face this week.

    Read Branston's otherwise flawless take on the Charter Commission election here.

  • Politics Feature
  • BULLETIN; Ballot Box Missing!

    In an astounding development, the Flyer has learned, ballot materials, including a ballot box to be used for "off-machine" purposes (certain write-in ballots and provisional ballots) and other election-day supplies, were checked out of the Shelby County Election Commission's operations center office at Shelby Farms Wednesday by an unauthorized individual.

    The person, apparently impersonating an accredited precinct officer, may have presented forged credentials to retrieve the materials intended for use at a county precinct station in Thursday's election, according to sources. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is conducting an emergency investigation and summoned Election Commission members and other commission personnel to the operations center. Two commissioners later confirmed that the TBI was investigating the matter, pertaining to a South Memphis precinct, and offered assurances that "the integrity of the election" would not be compromised.

    The Flyer will present follow-up information as it is learned at "Political Beat".

  • Democrats Party Again, Kuhn Comes Out Ahead
  • Politics Feature
  • Democrats Party Again, Kuhn Comes Out Ahead

    Will Rogers need not turn over in his grave. The Democratic Party is maintaining the same proud traditions that the legendary late mid-20th century humorist had in mind when he famously said, “I don’t belong to an organized political party. I’m a Democrat!” On Thursday night the Shelby County Democratic executive committee convened to deal with an attempted putsch that would have replaced chairman Matt Kuhn with lawyer Jay Bailey. The result? Well, we can tell you that Kuhn handily survived. Was there discord? Well, we’d describe it in terms of another 20th century phrase, this one by lyricist Gus Kahn: “Ain’t We Got Fun!” For the whole songsheet, go to “Political Beat”.
  • Politics Feature
  • Ballot Box Apparently Stolen from Election Commission

    In an astounding development, the Flyer has learned, ballot materials, including a ballot box to be used for "off-machine" purposes (certain write-in ballots and provisional ballots) and other election-day supplies, were checked out of the Shelby County Election Commission's operations center office at Shelby Farms Wednesday by an unauthorized individual.

    The person, apparently impersonating an accredited precinct officer, may have presented forged credentials to retrieve the materials intended for use at a county precinct station in Thursday's election, according to sources. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is conducting an emergency investigation and summoned Election Commission members and other commission personnel to the operations center. Two commissioners later confirmed that the TBI was investigating the matter, pertaining to a South Memphis precinct, and offered assurances that "the integrity of the election" would not be compromised.

    The Flyer will present follow-up information as it is learned at "Political Beat".

  • There's a Ford in <i>Their</i> Future!
  • Politics Feature
  • There's a Ford in Their Future!

    Long before the last votes were being tallied in last Thursday’s elections in Shelby County and the rest of Tennessee, TIME Magazine was shaping up what appears to have been planned originally as a cover article but was shoved inside by the worsening war in Lebanon. Oh well, Harold, can’t have everything! But Rep. Ford would seem to have the national media’s full blessings in his Senate race. To see the four-page TIME article, go here. To read about a Harold-Ford-Lovefest participated in by Ann Coulter (yes, that Ann Coulter), go here. And for the Flyer’s take on this, on the Charter Commission results, and on misprisions in the 9th district race, go to “Political Beat, ” here.
  • Who's on the Bandwagon?
  • Politics Feature
  • Who's on the Bandwagon?

    The fat lady may be tuning up, but she ain't sung yet. Who's lining up with Democratic congressional nominee Steve Cohen and who's not? Where's Harold Ford in all of this? How did Cohen do in black precincts? We hazard an answer to these and other questions in "Political Beat".
  • Nightwatch at the Election Commission
  • Politics Feature
  • Nightwatch at the Election Commission

    What was it like at election central last Thursday night? Read Flyer writer Greg Akers' account of all the behind-the-scene goings-on here. And Bianca Phillips and Shea O'Rourke dish on how the two parties partied here. All in "Political Beat."
  • Everything's Steve!
  • Politics Feature
  • Everything's Steve!

    Two big winners in Thursday’s voting in Shelby County were 9th District congressional candidate Steve Cohen, winner of the Democratic primary, and Steve Mulroy, winner of the pivotal District 5 position on the Shelby County Commission. Cohen will be heavily favored in the coming November general election against Republican Mark White and independent Jake Ford. Mulroy has won his position outright, and his victory over Republican nominee Jane Pierotti reverses the current 7-6 partisan breakdown in the Democrats’ favor.

    Incumbent Democratic county mayor A C Wharton easily won reelection, as did Sheriff Mark Luttrell and District Attorney General Bill Gibbons, both Republicans. Several countywide positions were won narrowly by Republican incumbents on the basis of the final precincts counted, dashing the hopes of several Democrats who led for much of the night.

    Judicial elections saw most incumbents and other pre-election favorites triumphant – though incumbent judges Michelle Alexander-Best and Donn Southern were defeated by Karen Massey and Karen Webster, respectively. (For more, go to "Political Beat".

Opinion

  • Letter from the Editor

    "Is it a Playboy magazine? Yes. Was it under my mattress? You bet ...

Music

  • Arthur Lee Dead
  • Music Features
  • Arthur Lee Dead

    Memphis rocker Arthur Lee, 61, of the influential rock group Love, passed away yesterday from leukemia. Lee was the first adult in Tennessee to receive a bone-marrow transplant using stem cells extracted from an umbilical cord. Read the Flyer story about the procedure, here.

Film/TV

  • Under Duress
  • Film Features
  • Under Duress

    Trapped in the rubble or fretting at home, World Trade Center remembers what a terrible day felt like.

Books

Art

Food & Drink

  • Kosher 'Que Fest
  • Food & Wine
  • Kosher 'Que Fest

    "To understand what goes on at ASBEE in Memphis you must be aware of the Southern fascination with vinegary, peppery barbecue sauce. Start by understanding that Memphis, at the beginning of this third millennium, is the capital of barbecue, or “que” as they call it down here. In the South, lovers of charcoaled chickens, cows and “you know what” kneel by their grills and face Memphis to pray. It’s a city where the inquiry “What’s the best you ever had?” can be addressed without blush to man, woman, or child. It means only barbecue."

    In an article headlined "A Grill a Minute: Memphis Jews on 'Que," the Jewish Daily Forward, a national Jewish newspaper, explores the world of the Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth Kroger Kosher Barbecue Contest, "an event that has perfumed the skies over Memphis for 18 years. It’s the first and only kosher barbecue contest in America, maybe in the whole Diaspora. Maybe in the solar system." Read it here.

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Sports

  • Pau Takes on the World
  • Sports Feature
  • Pau Takes on the World

    "Memphis Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol was relishing the challenge of spearheading Spain's campaign at the world championships in Japan later this month.

    "I know there is more pressure and a greater responsibility on me than the others. It is a challenge to overcome it and to make sure it doesn't affect me," Gasol told a news conference on Thursday.

    Read more of the bearded Spaniard's deep thoughts here.

  • CUSA Quarterbacks Are Good
  • Sports Feature
  • CUSA Quarterbacks Are Good

    With less than a month to go before the start of the CUSA season, the South Mississippi Sun Herald has a comprehensive look at the league's top quarterbacks. Surprisingly, Memphis' untested Martin Hankins gets some props. Which is not totally surprising, considering he passed for 7,700 yards and 65 touchdowns for Hal Mumme's Southeastern Louisiana team the last two years. To read it all, go here.
  • Reg-gie! Reg-gie!!
  • Sports Feature
  • Reg-gie! Reg-gie!!

    Last Saturday in Canton, Ohio, the most famous member of the Memphis Showboats was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The late Reggie White gained the bulk of his fame, of course, as the Minister of Defense for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers. White’s son, Jeremy, presented the famous lineman’s widow, Sara, who delivered an eloquent, if tear-stained, tribute to the first-ballot Hall of Famer. Read a review of White’s enshrinement here.
  • Net Gains
  • Sports Feature
  • Net Gains

    Todd Martin is the latest addition to the Outback Champions Series, a tennis tournament featuring players over 30, coming to the Memphis Racquet Club on October 4th-8th. Other players include John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, and Jim Courier. The Memphis event is the fourth series of five, which concludes in Houston in November. For more information, go here.
  • DeAngelo Gets Tackled
  • Sports Feature
  • DeAngelo Gets Tackled

    On his first official carry in the NFL, DeAngelo Williams slammed into a pack of giant NFL linemen and picked up a modest 3 yards. At the bottom of the pile, the Carolina Panthers rookie running back admitted a small wave of NFL nostalgia shot through his body.

    “All I was thinking to myself was, ‘Wow, I just got the football playing for the Panthers and I just got tackled by a guy from the Buffalo Bills,’” Williams said. “That felt great — to realize I’m playing at this level.” Go here, to read about how the former Tiger great's debut went in Panther Land. And go here to be the first on your block to wear DeAngelo's pro jersey (scroll down when you get there).

  • Hope For The Redbirds?
  • Sports Feature
  • Hope For The Redbirds?

    There may be hope for the Memphis Redbirds after all. With this year's team setting the mark as worst team in the still-young history of AutoZone Park, a few 2006 St. Louis Cardinal draft picks are making waves at Class-A. Memphis baseball fans can only hope they’re in a Redbirds uniform before the parent club packages them in a deal for a pricey big-league veteran. Read about the likes of Adam Ottavino here.
  • But Where&#146;s Scully?
  • Sports Feature
  • But Where’s Scully?

    To the Redbirds’ rescue – if only for one night — comes Mark Mulder. The veteran lefty will make a rehab start Friday night at AutoZone Park, the next step toward his return to the St. Louis Cardinals’ starting rotation. Alas, closing the gap between the home team and the Pacific Coast League’s playoff contenders would be a bigger stretch than any X File.
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