Geoff Calkins, here, from the Commercial Appeal, WKNO and 92.9 FM. I'd like to get in touch with Chris Davis, if he happens to check back. He can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The college/pro thing will always be an issue, I fear, but it's worth nothing that both the Grizzlies and the U of M have built-in disadvantages. The Grizzlies can't possibly win as much as a college team like Memphis. That's their burden. But Memphis can't offer the parade of stars, the glitz and the level of basketball that the Grizzlies can offer. That's a real handicap, too. Just look at every other city where NBA and college teams go head to head. The NBA team nearly always outdraws the college team. Indeed, I can't think of any other city where the college team outdraws the NBA team. So does this mean that Memphians are uniquely different, uniquely unsophisticated? Or that the Grizzlies have done a uniquely terrible job of squandering their built-in advantages? I would suggest it's the latter. And a burst of mediocrity from the Grizzlies isn't nearly enough to repair the damage.
By Chris McCoy
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