Are you ready for the Super Bowl? You know, the big game at the end of the football season? Have you been religiously glued to your TV sets each and every Sunday afternoon watching every game, analyzing every single play and offering color commentary on your Facebook timeline?
Well, this week's column is not for you. Lol!
No...really! Somewhere there's someone out there who just doesn't get it. There's actually a person who's thinking even as I speak, "I don't get it." There's someone out there who has not watched a single game this season but will be amongst some of the biggest football fans in the world on this Sunday. They'll be pretending to be enjoying the game, but thinking to themselves, "I don't get it." They will be easy to spot because they will be the ones going to the restroom "after" the commercials.
University of Memphis head coach Josh Pastner has a pretty firm grasp on his position, but when the day comes and he steps down from his job there are plenty of fields in which he could pursue a new career.
To name a few: motivational speaker, yoga instructor, Hindu Brahman, and last but not least, a proton.
The common link: Positive energy!
Jason Collins, who last year became one of the first athletes in any major sport to declare that he is gay, will sit in First Lady Michelle Obama's box during Tuesday's State of the Union address, in the latest sign of the strong support of gay rights from the Obamas.
Administration officials announced Monday that Collins, who played basketball in the NBA, would join a group that includes White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, Kathy Hollowell-Makle, who was the 2013 teacher of the year in Washington D.C., and Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, two runners who survived the attack at the Boston Marathon. Other guests are likely to announced before the speech.
No. 23/22 Memphis (14-4, 4-2) 82, Houston (11-8, 3-3) 59
Jan. 23, 2014; FedExForum)
Memphis vs. Houston – Series Notes
With Thursday's win, Memphis improved its series lead over Houston to 28-12 overall and 18-3 in Memphis.
The Tigers have won the last four meetings in the series.
ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard will be the special guest Saturday (Jan. 25th) on the new local sports-radio show "R&R on Sports,' which debuted last week.
The show airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on WMFS-FM, 92.9 ESPN.
The one-hour sports magazine show is co-hosted by Larry Robinson and Howard Robertson from whose common last name initial the show's name derived.
There was a moment in the NFL version of the Hatfields and McCoys that could have ended the blood feud. It came at the end of the game Sunday, after Seattle's Richard Sherman batted a pass intended for San Francisco 49er Michael Crabtree into the arms of a teammate, causing an interception that would seal the victory for the Seahawks, sending them to the Super Bowl.
Sherman walked over to Crabtree with his arm extended as a show of come-togetherness but Crabtree pushed the defender's helmet hard. So goes the way of the most heated and hated rivalry in sports today.
It was this emotion, that shunning of sportsmanship, that was still ringing in the 24-year-old's helmet when he walked off the field and onto national television to call Crabtree "sorry" and he would later add "mediocre."
With the FedExForum buzzing with energy from MLK Day events and the New Orleans Pelicans weighted by an eight-game losing streak, the Grizzlies laid an egg, dropping a 95-92 decision.
It was the fourth straight victory for the Pelicans over the Grizzlies
Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 23 points and a game-high 20 rebounds, his first 20-20 game since December of 2012. Courtney Lee pitched in 19 points.