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Dramatic heave, reception lift Titans to win

titans 1-400After starting the season with two road games, the Tennessee Titans on Sunday were on home ground as they faced off against the San Diego Chargers, who were flying high after a big victory over Philadelphia.

The Titans franchise had not beaten the Chargers since 1992 when the Titans were then doing business as the Houston Oilers. That drought ended with a stellar performance from Titans quarterback Jake Locker. Locker threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie Justin Hunter with 15 seconds left and the Titans rallied to beat San Diego 20-17 at LP Field in Nashville.

The catch was Hunter's first NFL reception and the timing couldn't have been better.



  • Written by Christopher Hope
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Mike Conley Bowl n’ Bash set for Saturday

5thbowlnbash-400The fifth annual Mike Conley Bowl 'n Bash benefitting the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center is scheduled for Saturday (Sept. 28) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes at 1576 S. White Station Rd.

"We hope the community will join the fight against sickle cell by participating in this fundraising event," said Conley, the Grizzlies starting point guard. "This is a fun way to bring awareness to a very serious disease."

Southaven wins penalty-filled game over Mitchell, 31-13

image-600In Mitchell High School's loss on Saturday to Southaven High School, the Tigers – and their head coach – at times looked worse than the score indicated.

The Tigers, who wound up on the short end of a 31-13 thumping, were once penalized in the second quarter for calling their "fourth" timeout when three is the limit per half. It was a bad display of football all around, with an enormous amount of unsportsmanlike, delay of game and holding penalties.

At one point in the second quarter, after yet ANOTHER infraction, Mitchell coach Nathan Cole yelled at the refs, "We didn't come here for this!"


  • Written by Christopher Hope
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No joke – Tigers blow out ASU

TD-Brandon-Hayes-600As an elderly woman was making her way out of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday, she asked, "What do you do when you win?" It was a joke of sorts.

The University of Memphis Tigers started the season 0-2. And after letting a close game against Middle Tennessee State University slip away (Sept. 14), the Tigers were left searching for their first victory of the year.

So it's no surprise that many were shocked when Memphis recorded a lopsided victory against the Arkansas State Red Wolves this past weekend (Sept. 21). Memphis wasn't favored to win the game, but it wasn't unimaginable to believe the Tigers could pull out a W. But a 31-7 rout of an Arkansas State team with a high-powered offense wasn't a scenario that any serious prognosticator would have predicted.

Tigers look for the measure of progress

Coach-Justin-Fuente-600For the University of Memphis football Tigers, Saturday is measuring day. Time to get a handle on how much progress has been made since the last encounter head coach Justin Fuente and the Tigers had with Duke's Blue Devils.

The two teams strap it up on Saturday – the first game of the year for the U of M and the second for Duke. Last year, as Fuente recalled, the Blue Devils "out gained us in every aspect of the game. We're looking forward to seeing how far we've come."

This year's Tigers have continued to battle through, he said.

Late field goal settles CBHS-Southaven Top-10 scrap

photo-1-600If you could upload the energy of a SEC championship football game and download it in Memphis, Christian Brothers High School could easily have registered as the destination address on Friday night.

The top-10 showdown between No. 7 CBHS and No. 3 Southaven prompted major pre-game tailgaiting on the campus grounds. Inside the stadium, fans were entertained with a marching band, pep band, deejay and eight male students with letters painted on their bodies spelling B-R-O-T-H-E-R-S.

Yes, the fans in purple were rowdy and ready to get the game started against their foes from across the state-line; maybe a little too rowdy. The game could be watched live from Christian Brothers' web cam site. Once on the web page, the sub-heading read, "The Purple Wave takes on the Southaven Crackheads."

  • Written by Christopher Hope
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Improved Tigers fall to Duke’s Blue Devils

Tigers-Pressure-600With several seasons of not-very-good football a glaring part of the University of Memphis Tigers' recent past, it was noteworthy that Tiger Lane was teaming with tailgating grounds fans ready to see Memphis take on the Duke Blue Devils at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium this past weekend.

Going into the season's opening game, there were some tangible reasons for optimism. The Tigers finished last season with three straight wins and looked like a much-improved team. And under the direction of second-year head coach Justin Fuente there has been a very positive buzz building around the program over the off season.

Memphis's transition from Conference USA to the new American Athletic Conference (a collaboration of the dissolved Big East and a few other programs from around the country) has been another source of excitement for the Tiger faithful.

‘Respect the Haven’

Haven-1-600The slogan at Whitehaven High School is "Respect the Haven" but someone who felt like being disrespectful spray-painted Fairly Bulldogs and FHS on the schools newly renovated field and track before last Friday's football game.

The audacity was disheartening to many, including Memphis Police Department officer J.E. Kirkwood, who viewed it before the Eagles took on the Bulldogs.

  • Written by Christopher Hope
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