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St. Louis Cardinals: Wounded Winners Head to the Playoffs — click to enlarge The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals defy logic. National League Central Division champions (again) the Cardinals will enter the postseason this week as baseball's first 100-game winner since the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies. And they'll do so having endured a season of injuries that - on paper - would seem to compromise the chances of a wild-card chase, let alone that magical three-figure win total.

For My Sister (And Yours) — My little sister has breast cancer. As much as I'd like to write that sentence in the past tense ("had"), a dozen more chemotherapy sessions tell me Liz's fight is very much current. This being Breast Cancer Awareness Month (as though there's any month we should not pay attention to this disease), consider this a public-service column of sorts.

Three Thoughts on Tiger Football — Last Thursday's game with Cincinnati featured 17 kickoffs. The Tigers and Bearcats combined for nine punts and six field-goal attempts. In a game that featured 99 points and was decided by a single (late) touchdown, special teams were on the field for 32 plays.

Tennessee: Planet Football — click to enlarge Football is alive and well in the state of Tennessee. As though this needed verification, I gave myself to America's favorite spectator sport last week, soaking up the experience at three distinct levels - high school, college, and the NFL - in four days.

Tigers 53, Cincinnati 46 — It's a measure of the Memphis football program's growth that a crowd of 45,172 could be drawn to the Liberty Bowl for a game - on Thursday night - that they could have watched on TV at home with the rest of the country courtesy of ESPN.

Three Thoughts on Tiger Football — When does a rising college football coach become a star college football coach? I think we saw the moment(s) for Tiger coach Justin Fuente Saturday afternoon at Bowling Green. Games are won by talented players, Fuente would be the first to tell us.

Tigers 44, Bowling Green 41 — In a game that saw two teams combine for 85 points and 1,124 yards of offense, the Memphis Tigers scored last - on a 29-yard field goal by Jake Elliott - to secure the program's first 3-0 start in 11 years and the first 10-game winning streak (dating back to the 2014 season) in more than 50.

Three Thoughts on Tiger Football — Only two college football programs in the entire country - Ohio State and TCU - have longer current winning streaks than the nine-gamer the Memphis Tigers are riding. Had I suggested in 2013 that such a sentence would be written in 2015, my keyboard would have been confiscated.

Leadership: Shea Flinn — "When my son is 18 and goes off to college, I want to at least make a strong case for him coming back to Memphis." The worlds of theater and law are rarely connected without a smirk. As much as we may love Atticus Finch, Gregory Peck was merely a talented actor playing an extraordinary attorney.

Joaquin Andujar and Moses Malone: Gone Too Soon — Joaquin Andujar died last week, and a slice of my childhood died with him. Andujar was a very good - not great - pitcher for 12 major-league seasons, most notably five with the St. Louis Cardinals. He won Games 3 and 7 of the 1982 World Series to help St.
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Oct 05, 2015

Anyone (in Memphis) get ticketed for "parking within 30 feet of stop sign"? Not listed on TVB web site (curious about fine).

Oct 05, 2015

Memphis and Ole Miss will kickoff at 11 a.m. (central time) on 10/17. To be televised by ABC.

Oct 05, 2015

Memphis punter Nick Jacobs named AAC Special Teams Player of the Week. Follows fellow punter Spencer Smith (honored last week).

Oct 04, 2015

Next win will tie Jason Garrett with Jimmy Johnson in Cowboys book (44 regular season). Only Landry with (a few) more.

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