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Thanks - Memphis Magazine - November 2008 - Memphis — In this month Americans dedicate to giving thanks, we'd all do well to feel (if not express) some gratitude for what we see in the mirror. This has nothing to do with how blue your eyes might be, or that rich chestnut color of your hair, but with the very fact you have someone looking back at you.

15 Thoughts on Tiger Football — My favorite cheers every year on Senior Day are for the names we don't often hear (if at all) over the Liberty Bowl's p.a. system. These are the student-athletes who have put in the time on the practice field, in the weight room, in film sessions . . .

UT-Arlington 68, Tigers 64 — A positive review of Monday night's basketball game at FedExForum would begin with a description of stifling defense on the part of the home team, tight enough to hold the visiting Mavericks of UT-Arlington to 33-percent shooting and a dreadful 18-percent (5 for 28) from three-point range.

Window to our World — With the launch Tuesday of, Memphians - and Bostonians, San Franciscans, Parisians, you name it - will have a single web site where they can discover details normally found only in the deepest recesses of the Googleverse (and via myriad Internet portals).

Frank Gives Thanks — I have so much to be thankful for; not quite enough room on the Internet. But I can start with a column on blessings from the world of sports. * I'm grateful for the annual Martin Luther King Day game at FedExForum. It's astonishing to me that this game isn't televised nationally on ABC (or at least ESPN).

Tigers 83, Grambling State 65 — Forty-eight hours after taking the country's 8th-ranked team to the wire, Memphis slogged through 20 minutes against one of the weakest teams on its schedule before pulling away after halftime. Incorporating a full-court press defense shortly before halftime, the U of M created a pace of play that proved uncomfortable for Grambling.

Three Thoughts on Tiger Football — With the program's newfound success, the Tigers - and their fan base - will have to learn how to process something new: costly defeat. It's hard to imagine more riding on a single kicked football than the one lifted toward the goalpost by the U of M's Jake Elliott with 19 seconds left in last Saturday's game at Houston.

#8 Oklahoma 84, Tigers 78 — There can be value in exceeding expectations. Few among the crowd of 12,688 at FedExForum Tuesday expected a team built largely around an 18-year-old freshman (the Tigers' Dedric Lawson) to compete with a Final Four contender built around a preseason All-America (the Sooners' Buddy Hield).

On Sports and Terrorism — click to enlarge I've written this column before, at least a version of it. And I'll surely write it again. Whether it's Boston in 2013, Paris in 2015, or [to be determined] in 2016, sporting events are in the crosshairs of terrorists.

Tigers Beat Southern Miss in Hoops Opener — Is it possible for the Memphis Tigers to win a basketball season-opener and the community mood to actually drop? It may have happened Saturday night. The U of M basketball team handled old rival Southern Miss easily at FedExForum, cruising to a 67-49 win in front of the smallest crowd (announced attendance: 11,786) to see an opener since the arena debuted in 2004.
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Nov 28, 2015

Fuente describes discussion and announcements of job status as "premature; there's a time for that."

Nov 28, 2015

Remaining crowd at Liberty Bowl could not take down a goalpost. Bless 'em.

Nov 28, 2015

Missing sunshine a real shame. Canopy of trees (reds and yellows) gorgeous from LB press box. Memphis is a beautiful city.

Nov 28, 2015

This is fourth season Memphis has averaged 40,000 at Liberty Bowl (1976, 2003, 2004).

Nov 28, 2015

30,075 tickets sold today. Season total: 262,811. Memphis record for six home games.

Nov 28, 2015

Tougher gig: Following Calipari at Memphis or following Fuente at Memphis?

Nov 28, 2015

@bschaeff12 I'm not sure about Odom (with Mizzou opening). If aim is to replicate Fuente, will be offense-first hire.

Nov 28, 2015

I've suggested time-of-possession is meaningless stat. Memphis scored 56 points, and had ball for 8:30.

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