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‘Dude, was that Hank Aaron?’

‘Dude, was that Hank Aaron?’
We haven’t been co-hosting a sports show long enough to take anything for granted or consider as routine the new access we’ve had to visit with some iconic sports personalities of the highest order. We don’t feel jaded, we feel unbelievably blessed.
 
That’s why before and after interviewing one of the greatest baseball players in history, the Gen X’er and the Baby Boomer looked at each other, smiled and said something like, “Dude did we just interview Hank Aaron?”  Unbelievable.

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Angelo Smith – the first of many!

Angelo Smith – the first of many!
Angelo Smith is the first Booker T. Washington High School graduate under head basketball coach Antonio Harris to sign an official Letter-of Intent to play college basketball. 
 
Next season, Angelo will take his athletic talents to Dyersburg State Community College and perform for the Eagles. Of course, he will always be a BTW Warrior at heart; however, this is simply part of the process as he develops his craft.

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Pastner’s view of the ‘State of the Tigers’

Pastner’s view of the ‘State of the Tigers’
The 2013 basketball season was one of the most electrifying seasons University of Memphis fans have experienced under the leadership of head basketball coach Josh Pastner.
 
Prior to last year’s season, the Pastner-led Tigers had racked up a high volume of wins. Unfortunately, none of those wins were against the country’s top 25 teams. With five such victories, not only did the most recent version of the Tigers get over the hump, they were able to sweep their historical rival Louisville Cardinals.
 
That was last year. With the 2014 season will come a new set of challenges for Pastner, whose team lost four quality guards. Pastner addressed those challenges during a Rotary Club luncheon at the University Center this week.

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  • Written by Christopher Hope
  • Category: Original

Did the Grizzlies meet their needs in the draft?

 Did the Grizzlies meet their needs in the draft?
Going into Thursday night’s NBA draft, many fans of the Memphis Grizzlies
thought they knew exactly what their hometown team needed.  A perimeter shooter and a back-up at the small forward position would have rounded out the roster and given the Grizzlies a more competitive edge.
 
Then the Grizzlies used their No. 22 pick overall in the 2014 NBA Draft to select UCLA shooting guard Jordan Adams. Later, they acquired native Memphian and University of Tennessee forward/center Jarnell Stokes, who was originally selected No. 35 by the Utah Jazz.  Memphis dealt away a 2016 second round draft pick for the rights to Stokes.
 
So how will a small forward and a big shooting guard meet the needs of a perimeter shooter and a small forward?

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Redskins & rednecks

Redskins & rednecks
 
“A Little R&R on Sports” is the only network syndicated sports radio show with co-hosts of two different generations. This makes for lively exchanges, good-natured barbs and friendly disagreement on a great many subjects.
 
However, there is absolutely no disagreement between my co-host Larry Robinson and me on the question of whether or not Washington’s National Football League team should change their nickname. They should.  No diggity, no doubt (Is that still current?). 

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It’s not crazy for African-American World Cup fans to root for Ghana

 It’s not crazy for African-American World Cup fans to root for Ghana
Dear Race Manners:
 
In Team USA’s World Cup game against Ghana, I found myself cheering for Ghana. On Twitter I was accused of being unpatriotic, including by some people I respect. It’s hard to explain, but what can I say? I wanted the African team – or maybe the brown(est) team – to win (I’m black). Am I wrong? – World Cup Worries
 
If your friends are going to commit to tweeting accusations about patriotism at those who cheer for squads other than Team USA, they’ll be busy. I used the social network to ask, “Raise your hand if you cheer for World Cup teams playing against Team USA because of something to do with your racial/ethnic identity,” and received a chorus of affirmative responses, like this one:

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Fighting crime with hoops and hope

Fighting crime with hoops and hope

Two facts about Memphis summers are unavoidable: it’s hot and school is out. The increase in temperature and decrease in daily structured positive activities for young people can often lead to an increase in crime.
 
Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is on a mission to ensure that Memphis’ youth, especially those in high-risk communities, have access to a safe and community-friendly environment through the 2nd Annual Safe Summer initiative. Bishop Mays, director of Memphis Gun Down, said the effort is part of the larger goal of reducing youth gun violence throughout Memphis. 

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