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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.

Three Thoughts on Tiger Football — The University of Memphis lost a certifiable legend with the passing of John Bramlett last week. "The Bull" starred as a Tiger on both the gridiron and baseball diamond, building a reputation somehow tougher than the nickname he carried his entire adult life.

Oscar Taveras (1992-2014) — click to enlarge They are emotional lightning strikes, as painful for their permanence as for their initial shock. Now and then, we're reminded - in the most dreadful manner possible - that our sports heroes are all too human.

Tigers 48, SMU 10 — It's the closest the Tigers will likely come to consecutive bye weeks. With two weeks to prepare for this afternoon's game in Dallas, the U of M left little doubt these two programs are heading in opposite directions.

Three Thoughts on Tiger Football — The Tigers lead the American Athletic Conference in rushing (195.8 yards per game) despite not having a player ranked higher than ninth individually (Sam Craft, with 50.2 per game). This is partly explained by the injury that ended Doroland Dorceus's season after just four games (and 237 rushing yards).

National Baseball Day — click to enlarge My 5-year-old nephew, Tyler, is a lucky boy, blessed on two fronts this time of year. First of all, he loves baseball. Has his own glove and favorite player (Robinson Cano). Just as important, he lives in Seattle, firmly in the Pacific Time Zone.

The Sounds of Soccer in Seattle — click to enlarge The field-level sign said, "Welcome to Green Hell." Last Friday night, I joined more than 55,000 people at CenturyLink Field, home of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. And a soccer match broke out!

Three Thoughts on Tiger Football — Five games provide some healthy perspective on the strength of a football team. The Tiger offense isn't the juggernaut unleashed against Austin Peay in the season opener, though based on last Saturday's win at Cincinnati (only the fourth time in Memphis history the Tigers have gained 600 yards), the offense may well be a junior-juggernaut.

Magnolia Steel: Mississippi Wins Over the Football World — click to enlarge The day Mid-South football changed began in Starkville, before noon, when the Mississippi State Bulldogs began what would become a 48-21 drubbing of 6th-ranked Texas A & M, securing - at the very least - recognition as the SEC's best team in maroon and white.

Three Thoughts on Tiger Football — There's one (and only one) silver lining to the news that the Tigers' sophomore tailback, Doroland Dorceus, has been lost for the season with a right-knee injury. When was the last time an injury to a second-string player in this program felt so damaging?

St. Louis Cardinals Return to Postseason Play — click to enlarge The 21st century has been mighty good to the St. Louis Cardinals. Since 2000 arrived, the Cardinals have made the playoffs 11 times (second only to the New York Yankees, who have reached the postseason 12 times in the same period). Over the last 15 seasons, St.
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Oct 31, 2014

Evans to Patterson for 28 yards. No Tiger in zip code. Tulsa up 14-3. Fuente feeling less fuzzy about Coach Blankenship.

Oct 31, 2014

Tigers down, 7-0, after one. Cooper fumble returned for short TD by Tulsa CB Darrell Williams. Game on. No tricks for Memphis tonight.

Oct 31, 2014

With Tank Jakes benched for first half, five Tigers have started every game on D: Redden, Harris, Gaines, McCain, Etienne.

Oct 31, 2014

Martin Ifedi sacks Tulsa QB Dane Evans. Ties Tiger record of 21 (Tramont Lawless).

Oct 31, 2014

Tulsa D ranks 119th in points allowed (40.7 per game). And 116th in total defense (494.9 yards).

Oct 31, 2014

Live at the Liberty Bowl for some Friday Night Football. Blustery. Not a night for passing the ball. Will be a small, chilly crowd.

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