Good story. Surprisingly insightful. (That's not meant to be a back-handed compliment.) After reading the story, I regret that I never visited the Sports Junction. For me, the "hookah lounge" component conjured up a negative image that helped keep me away. Maybe that's largely a generational thing, given that I'm probably two or decades older than than most of this establishment's customers. Idk.
Earl, here's a news flash for you: The two candidates themselves -- John Kerry and Al Gore -- are most definitely not still complaining. Neither are the vast, vast majority of the Democrats you broadly impugn. Truth is Kerry and Gore graciously accepted the election results for the good of the country. As have all losing presidential candidates up until now. Your guy Trump seems to be too self-centered and small-minded to bring himself to do that.
C'mon, Memphis Flyer or The Commercial Appeal (not holding my breath waiting on them!), this seems to call for just a little reporting legwork. Ask Jonathan Kiersky to elaborate on his vague statement. Or contact the state to find out if back taxes are owed. Or if there's another issue that might have prompted the state to put the squeeze on the Buccaneer. Don't force us to speculate.
Michele, no need to put down Carver High School to make your point. That's a low blow and terribly unfair to Carver High students and alums. (For the record, I didn't attend Carver High. Still, it hurts to hear folks who have probably never set foot in the school make gross generalizations about Carver or any other inner-city school.)
But what does all this say about our boy Chris Vernon, who kinda built his following (in part) on telling it like it is, at least from his perspective? Has he sold his soul and objectivity to the devil in the form of a steady paycheck from the Grizzlies?
Yet another dismaying example of how bad things have gotten in print journalism: A part-time gig as a local sports radio talk show host is apparently more lucrative and maybe just all around better these days than a full-time position as an established newspaper reporter. Definitely wasn't the case 20-30 years ago. My have times have changed.
...if at least 1/4 of your neighbors and in-town family members work at FedEx and if some of those who don't work there refer to the colossal FedEx hub as "Fred's plantation."
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