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Sports Writer, Memphis Flyer and Managing Editor, Memphis Magazine

Managing editor, @memphismagazine; sportswriter for @MemphisFlyer. Convinced baseball can save the world.

Redbirds-Cardinals at AutoZone — click to enlarge The St. Louis Cardinals played a total of eight exhibition games at AutoZone Park over the stadium's first decade, starting with the game that opened the park on April 1, 2000. (Fernando Vina delivered the first hit, Eli Marrero the first home run.)

Memphis Tigers' Nick King to Transfer

The Hank Aaron Museum — click to enlarge My sister was born on March 29, 1974, in Atlanta, Georgia, precisely ten days before Henry Aaron broke Babe Ruth's career home-run record in the same city. I've felt a kinship - of time and place - with Hammerin' Hank for more than 40 years now, as I'm among a very few Americans who had a more significant spring in 1974 than Aaron.

A Memphis Winter in Vermont — Andre Turner U of M Athletics The winter of 1984-85 included a very special basketball season, and not just in Memphis, Tennessee, where Keith Lee's Memphis State Tigers put a region on their back and reached the NCAA tournament's Final Four in Lexington, Kentucky.

Tiger Season Ends With a Whimper — When you look back at the 1999-2000 Memphis Tigers - the last team to miss both the NCAA and NIT tournaments - it's striking to consider the talent interim coach Johnny Jones had at his disposal. Three starters for that team - Marcus Moody, Kelly Wise, and Earl Barron - are in the program's 1,000-point club.

A Season (Almost) In the Books — Memories remain to be made by the 2014-15 Memphis Tigers, starting with this week's American Athletic Conference tournament in Hartford. The U of M will have the chance to extend its streak of 20-win seasons to 15 and make one final attempt at an unlikely fifth-straight NCAA tournament berth.

Tigers 54, Connecticut 53 — It's the biggest win of the season (at least so far). When Shaq Goodwin's 10-foot jumper fell through (finally), and Ryan Boatright's off-balance attempt at the buzzer did not, the Tigers secured their 18th win of the season, a sweep of the defending national champions, and hope for the fifth and final bye in next week's American Athletic Conference tournament (to be played, of course, in Connecticut).

Heroics and Heartbreak — Disney will never make a movie about the 1984-85 Memphis State Tigers. A basketball team that went 31-4 under coach Dana Kirk reached the Final Four, only the second team in the program's history to do so.

Five Questions for the Cardinals (and Redbirds) — click to enlarge Bless the month of March. With spring training in full swing, a writer can devote a column to baseball without it being merely wishful thinking. March is a month of optimism for every fan base, and one for questions. Lots of questions. Here are five that will need answering within the St.

Tulsa 74, Tigers 72 (OT) — Calvin Godfrey's night began with a salute all his own, the Tigers' lone senior marching to the center of the court at FedExForum for a standing ovation from the largest crowd (15,784) to watch the U of M this season.
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Mar 29, 2015

I see Duke and Michigan State with zero chance against Kentucky. Only Wisconsin.

Mar 29, 2015

Izzo's program a standard. A model. Always there, in contention for big trophies. #sparty

Mar 29, 2015

Pitino/Calipari absolutely spit out by NBA. Old story; still fascinates me, pondering reasons/factors for fit in college game.

Mar 29, 2015

This year's Final Four will be just fifth in last 10 years in which three of four teams were 1 or 2 seeds.

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