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This article is great because it cements how culturally significant the Grizzlies season has been. No one in Memphis prefers the Tigers over the Grizzlies because college basketball is an inherently better game than NBA ball; most Memphians have grown up with the Tigers and have a lifetime of memories of agony and glory under their collective belt. It is difficult to ask any city to get behind something, anything- a team, a project, an elected official, whatever- without proven results. After ten years there's finally something patent to cheer about.
I didn't fully understand this concept until I moved away to a city with four professional franchises, but I see it now. Everything in my new town comes and goes in waves- if the hockey team is floundering, the city gets behind the successful baseball team; if the football team is losing, people root for the playoffs-bound NBA team. For most cities, all sports fandom is a giant bandwagon that people shift around on, depending on who's hot at the moment and which season is winding down or cranking back up again. The Grizzlies don't have much competition, which is obviously a blessing, but it's a curse, too. From here on out, they have a weight on their shoulders that wasn't there before.
Is it confirmed that he died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds? I thought this was not confirmed yet.
You guys sound like Scranton, PA bragging about how The Office is filmed there. Come on. This show is awful!
But do you think he makes deals? I'm not sure if he made that clear or not.
Comments like (most of) these make me realize that my queer ass is never, ever, ever coming back to Memphis for longer than a week at a time. And that breaks my heart more than any crappy marriage law ever will.
I'm a Memphian who now lives in a city with a subway and a decent bus system, and my life is so much easier in a lot of ways. I don't have a car anymore; I bike and walk and take public transportation, and the high gas prices haven't affected me at all. I used MATA sometimes back home, mostly when I was going downtown and didn't want to deal with parking. I don't think I appreciated it nearly enough. Yes, MATA sucks. Yes, there aren't enough crosstown buses and it runs very sporadically. The bigger problem is that most peoples' transportation mentality in Memphis doesn't extend beyond driving. Taking the bus isn't an awful prospect by any means. Memphians should be holding MATA to a higher standard and showing their support by riding the bus. Memphians should also be building bikes at the bike co-op and using them, and demanding that the city fix all the crumbling sidewalks so they're usable.
This is a great idea for Memphis. They'd have to do lots of soil testing, but it makes perfect sense- especially because Memphis is so huge, area-wise. It's what, second in the country after Jacksonville (I think)?
But since when is Detroit our "unofficial sister city"? I thought that was Little Rock. Or New Orleans. Or wait, Nashville. Or St. Louis.
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