I also have to wonder why Leuer isn't getting at least a few minutes a game - the guy may not be a world shattering talent, but can shoot from mid-range and is enthusiastic (and coachable, hopefully?) - and those things should make him at least USEFUL for spot relief minutes, right?
I really wish the Flyer had included this informational nugget in the report on this issue:
O/D traffic - the number of passengers who started or ended their trip in Memphis - was actually UP 6% in September 2013 compared to September 2012. Of course total passenger traffic was way down because Delta keeps hacking away at connecting traffic (passengers who never leave the airport).
This is a trend that will very likely continue - so all the "Memphis can't support flights because we're all poor and terrible and need to feel bad about ourselves all the time and the airport and Tigers football and the sky is literally falling" folks should shush for a while and see what happens in the coming months with the numbers. I firmly believe that high airfares for O/D flights from Delta have suppressed the demand from Memphians to fly out of MEM. Hopefully fares will lower somewhat, a few more people will fly out of MEM and we will continue to look attractive to airlines to add a few more flights.
To anyone who has flown MEM in the bygone days, it will never, ever look the same... but hopefully we'll all be able to fly a little more often than we used to. This is exactly what Nashville went through and they're fine now, but expect a few rough years while things settle out.
In the meantime, book some amazing prices on the few flights Southwest has chosen to bless us with so far and show that you love a great deal when it's here.
I think "government benefits" should definitely be read to include any government benefits, such as say, oh, "health benefits", "pension benefits", "legislature license plates", and so on.
Let's see the state legislature put their urine where their mouths are!
Can we just hire Mike Leach? At least we know:
a) he can win
b) bigger schools aren't competing to hire him
Actually, there was an academic paper published earlier this summer titled: "Abnormal Returns From the Common Stock Investments of Members of the U.S. House of Representatives" where the authors basically conclude that members of the House are either the World's Best Asset Managers, or they're cheating and user inside information.
The whole thing stinks.
Read a quick summary here: http://leedsonfinance.com/2011/07/17/the-w…
Hahaha... great article that no one will read, because Diane Sawyer isn't wading around on camera threatened by snakes, spiders, and alligators unfortunately.
I mean, it may be true that he has a heart for preservation, but this quote concerned me: "I have favored and supported the "overlay" concept which began in our St. Luke's/University of Memphis neighborhood and then was adopted for Midtown last fall."
This is the same overlay that took effect AFTER the CVS sale and that they are reportedly not (in most important ways) going to follow, right?
I, like most people opposed to the redevelopment, would have been OK (sad, but OK) with a redevelopment following the new overlay guidelines.
Too bad the most important stakeholder involved didn't use his position to back what apparently he supports... as with all things, actions speak louder than words.
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