Monday, November 16, 2009

Highs and Lows at the U of M

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 9:05 AM

It was hello to one coach and farewell to another last weekend. Frank Murtaugh reflects on the ephemeral nature of college athletics.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A C Suggests Compromise Candidate for Interim County Executive: Himself

Posted By on Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Memphis mayor A C Wharton conferring with acting CAO Jack Sammons in City Hall last week - JB
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  • Memphis mayor A C Wharton conferring with acting CAO Jack Sammons in City Hall last week

Even as county commissioners ponder the stalemate facing them in selecting an interim Shelby County mayor, the former county chief executive offers a way out. Reflecting on the situation in his new 7th-floor penthouse office in City Hall last Friday, Memphis mayor A C Wharton had this to say:

“If you want something to talk about, one way to get out of that dilemma would be for them to say, ‘Well, we really don’t need anybody to do anything. A C’s been over here. Why don’t we sign an inter-local agreement. We can sign a contract with the city to run this thing for a year.’ And, bingo, consolidation!”

Sporting one of those patented Wharton half-grins that suggest a thought part-whimsical, part-serious, the mayor continued: “Go to the lawyers. You can sign an inter-local agreement to do anything. And I wouldn’t charge anything, because, see, under the charter I’m not supposed to have outside employment.”

Wharton professed not to be surprised by an outburst last week from commissioner Joe Ford, who squared off against fellow commissioner J.W. Gibson in a 24-ballot marathon that left them deadlocked,with five votes each.

Ford had reacted to commissioner Deidre Malone’s nomination at one point of county CAO Jim Huntzicker in an abortive move to break the stalemate. That prompted Ford to thunder against the “former administration” — i.e., Wharton’s, in which Huntzicker also served as CAO — as one in which saw “disastrous” fiscal mismanagement.

“It didn’t shock me,” Wharton said. He’s done that before. I recall when we closed Oakville Hospital, he really tore into me.”

Ford, by the way, picked up an endorsement over the weekend from the Shelby County Democratic Women, who in a press released praised “the leadership and the experience that Commissioner Ford will bring to office of Shelby County Mayor.”

Griz Win! Griz Win!

Posted By on Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Chris Herrington has a post-mortem on the Grizzlies' second win of the year.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

UAB Dumps Memphis, 31-21

Posted By on Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 4:17 PM

It wasn't a happy farewell to the Liberty Bowl for the Tiger seniors or Tommy West. Frank Murtaugh has the gory details.

How to Eat a Chicken Wing

Posted By on Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Hungry Memphis has news you can use!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pastner Era Begins With a Win

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Frank Murtaugh says the Tigers have some questions to answer as the 2009-2010 season tips off Friday.

UPDATE: Tigers win opener, 82-53, over Jackson State. Elliot Williams led Memphis with 19 points, followed by Will Coleman, who came off the bench to score 16 and grab 10 rebounds. For complete box score and recap, go here.

Should the Flyer Ban Anonymous Commenters ...

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 9:58 AM

There has been much discussion lately about the burgeoning phenomenon of anonymous comments on newspaper websites. Should they be banned?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cyclocross at Greenbelt Park

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 9:57 PM

The Outdoors Inc. Cyclocross Championship is Sunday, November 15th, at Greenbelt Park on Mud Island. The event includes something for riders from 5 to 55 years old, ranging from a 50-yard dash to a 40 minute race over the 1.5 mile course. More info here.

Attempted Flag-Burner Has Military Ties

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 3:38 PM

The man who was arrested for attempting to burn a gay pride flag in Memphis has military ties. Bianca Phillips has more.

Tiger Blue: A New Blog in Town

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Frank Murtaugh's got some thoughts over at the Flyer's newest blog, Tiger Blue, about all things U of M sports-related. Check it out.

The Flyer's "Naughty Bits"

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 12:41 PM

In this week's voluminous Cover Story package, there is a fun piece by Mary Cashiola on the Flyer's "naughtier escapades. It's called "Flyer, Flyer, Pants on Fire." Worth the scroll down. Lots of other great stuff to read, too.

It Was 20 Years Ago Today ...

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 7:36 AM

Tim Sampson rants and reveals what it was like in the early days of the Flyer.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Man Arrested for Trying to Burn Gay Pride Flag

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Memphis Police arrested 23-year-old Ross Burton early Wednesday morning after he attempted to burn the gay pride flag at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) at 892 S. Cooper.

Bianca Phillips has more.

M.A.D. Dash -- Midtown-Downtown Loop

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Mary Cashiola reports on a new proposed private bus loop between downtown and midtown. Sounds like a great idea to us.

Tommy West's Excellent Suggestion

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Tommy West said the University of Memphis should get serious about football or do away with it. The second part of his suggestion deserves serious consideration. And the university has the experts for the job ...

So says John Branston.

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