Fly on the Wall 

Ribbed for Pleasure

File under "Corrections & Amplifications." Last week, Fly on the Wall reported, somewhat fallaciously, that Dale Earnhardt Jr. behaved more like a professional wrestler than a racing champion when Memphis Motorsports Park offered to provide the popular speedster with a lifetime supply of his favorite Rendezvous ribs if he'd come to town for one little race. It sounded like a delicious offer made in good faith and fun, but the source material quoted Earnhardt describing the offer as "some ridiculous deal ... to try to get people to buy tickets. "I don't want to sound like a jerk," he said, sounding more like a heel than the good guy he's known to play.

As it turns out, there was a bit of missing context. A source close to the 'cue-related kerfuffle has since explained that Earnhardt, who rhapsodized about his love for Memphis barbecue on a recent episode of MTV's Cribs, might not have been so surly if our local raceway had actually offered a lifetime supply of the Rendezvous signature char-grilled racks, which are his favorite. Instead, he was offered some other brand of ribs which may have been perfectly delicious but weren't Earnhardt's stated rib of choice.

Although he was merely exercising his God-given right to stand up for the 'cue he loves, Earnhardt did come off as something of a jerk. But our kind of jerk. The Fly Team is sorry we ever doubted him.

Shooting Birdies

The Associated Press knows as little about Broadway musicals as it does about Memphis music icons. According to the AP, "the swivel-hipped Conrad Birdie is coming back to Broadway" when New York's Roundabout Theatre presents a revival of Bye Bye Birdie, "the musical tale of an Elvis Presley-inspired rock-and-roll star and his effect on the teenagers in one small Ohio town." Conrad Birdie is actually based on Conway Twitty, whose overt sexuality made Elvis seem like the very picture of decorum and civility.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

    • NextDoor Homecoming

      Social network comes back to East Buntyn, where it all started.
    • Build Up

      Developing news comes to Midtown, East Memphis.


Politics Beat Blog

Shafer En Route to Commission Chairmanship — and Maybe More

News Blog

Passengers, Flights Up at Airport

News Blog

Latino Memphis Mobilizes in Response to ICE Surge

Politics Beat Blog

Luttrell Endorses Randy Boyd for Governor

Music Blog

Listen Up: Ben Abney

Politics Beat Blog

Cohen Tells It!

Hungry Memphis

Royal's Yvonne Mitchell Cooking Up Hits


Readers also liked…

Flyer Flashback

Six Memphis Characters

Eccentrics, artists, and oddballs — six Memphians who live life their way.

Read Story

© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation