Last Sunday, The Commercial Appeal ran a feature titled "The Last Pyramid Show," a look back at the brief life of Memphis' pointiest entertainment venue. The article, containing many heartrending uses of the word "Ah," recalled visits by superstars such as Prince, the Rolling Stones, and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. This is what it said about the heavyweight fight between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis:
"Ah, the fight. 'The Slaughter on the Water,' to recall a catchphrase that somehow didn't catch on. 'The Bloody on the Muddy,' to quote another. It may have been the building's finest moment, a too-hot-for-Vegas bout that had the world craning to look in on li'l ol' Memphis and its Pyramid."
There's a reason why "The Slaughter on the Water" never caught on in Memphis. It was a satirical catchphrase used to describe a fictional boxing match between Mike Tyson and the racehorse Secretariat in an episode of The Simpsons.
Headline of the Week
From the CA: "Ooo, ahhh at IMAX screening of the Oscars." Sounds more like an IMAX screening of Deep Throat, doesn't it?
According to various news outlets, Memphis mayor W.W. Herenton promised this week that he would find a location for Memphis high school students to hold their graduation ceremonies. Now if he could just figure out a way to make sure Memphis high school students actually graduate ...
The Shell You Say
Who is writing the headlines for The Daily News? A few weeks ago, Fly on the Wall teased them for titling a brief about an amputee support group "Out on a Limb." Now they've titled a piece about impending renovations to the Overton Park Shell as "To Shell and Back."