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"Earnhardt Nation" - The Intimidator Lives — Dale Earnhardt would have put a bumper to the devil if need be. - from Earnhardt Nation (Harper) by Jay Busbee I'll start this column with a comparison, one I don't take lightly in making from Memphis, Tennessee. Dale Earnhardt was the Elvis Presley of NASCAR.

2016 Grizzlies: Broken and (Finally) Beaten

2016 Grizzlies: Broken and (Finally) Beaten — click to enlarge A few weeks ago, I stopped my colleague Kevin Lipe in a hallway of our office building. And I asked him to - without pausing - name the Memphis Grizzlies' current eight-man rotation.

Q & A: Mike Norvell

Q & A: Mike Norvell — The University of Memphis football team will play its annual spring game - Friday Night Stripes - this Friday at the Liberty Bowl. It will be the first public appearance at his new home stadium (with his team on display) for Tiger coach Mike Norvell.

[UPDATED] University of Memphis Hires Tubby Smith as New Basketball Coach

[UPDATED] University of Memphis Hires Tubby Smith as New Basketball Coach — "Today the University of Memphis has hired the most accomplished [basketball] coach in our history. He is precisely the right coach at the right time for the University of Memphis." - U of M president David Rudd Josh Pastner was 14 years old when Tubby Smith presided over his first college basketball game as a head coach.

2016 Memphis Redbirds: First Impressions

2016 Memphis Redbirds: First Impressions — click to enlarge A few observations from the first weekend of Redbirds baseball: * The current Redbirds roster is not packed with prospects, at least not according to the folks at Baseball America who compile such rankings. Among players in the St.

2016 St. Louis Cardinals Preview

2016 St. Louis Cardinals Preview — click to enlarge The St. Louis Cardinals are unaccustomed to playing the role of hunters. Having won the last three National League Central titles and no fewer than 100 games last season (despite ace Adam Wainwright and slugger Matt Holliday missing significant time with injuries), the Cardinals enter the 2016 campaign in the shadow of the Chicago Cubs.

Final Four-gettable?

Final Four-gettable? — click to enlarge No American team sport is as exclusive as college basketball. Say what you will about the "wildly unpredictable" NCAA tournament, no champion is as easy to forecast as the survivor of March Madness. (I love the now-copyrighted title for this event.

Craig Unger on the Latest Sale of the Memphis Redbirds

Craig Unger on the Latest Sale of the Memphis Redbirds — Just two years ago, the St. Louis Cardinals made Memphis officially "Cardinal Country" by purchasing the franchise's Triple-A affiliate. In a deal announced Monday and expected to be finalized in early April, the Cardinals have just as suddenly sold a majority share in the Memphis Redbirds.

Parking Up the Wrong Tree

Parking Up the Wrong Tree — The growing controversy that has the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park Conservancy each bearing their claws is not a space problem. It's a car problem. And a solution can be found through better - and more creative - management of the vehicles bringing guests to one of this country's finest zoos.

Leap of Faith: Memphis-Style

Leap of Faith: Memphis-Style — The next time I can post a column on February 29th will be 208 weeks from now, so I'm making the most of this chance. Come 2020, Tokyo will be aiming to improve on the Summer Games of Rio (the Zika virus a distant memory).
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May 03, 2016

Paxton Lynch makes the cover of SI in May. One final you-wouldn't-believe-it moment from the Fuente Era of Memphis Tiger football.

May 02, 2016

Five former Memphis #Redbirds have homered for St. Louis tonight: Wainwright, Adams, Diaz, Wong, Grichuk.

May 02, 2016

RT @Cardinals: Pitcher Adam Wainwright has a tripled, doubled, and homered in his last three consecutive at-bats. #STLCards

May 02, 2016

... to the St. Louis Blues in conference finals: 1986 ... 2001 ... 2016?

May 02, 2016

Cardinals like Rookies of the Year every 15 years. 1986 ... 2001 ... 2016 (Diaz)? Same applies ...

May 02, 2016

@jbrown116 Besides the offense, defense, and pitching, club is stellar. I'll keep my red hat.

May 02, 2016

@jbrown116 @Cardinals I'm about ready to concede this as a "transitional year" in Cardinal history. Offense troubling, but the defense(!).

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