Maybe you too have noticed the hugely heightened media hype and hypocrisy we’re all forced to tolerate that has nothing to do with substance. We’re talking about TV news stations playing games and contests (coincidentally during ratings sweeps) in the newscasts, having nothing whatsoever to do with news or weather and everything to do with goosing (bribing is a better word) their ratings.
Sports shows do it too. Not so much with contests but with hyped content and conversation far too subjective and sensationalized to be serious. For example: “Is the Greatest of All Time…Kobe or LeBron?”
For many who await the tip-off of the University of Memphis men’s basketball season like a favorite holiday, losing is not part of the equation, especially with a Division 2, crosstown team as the opponent. Never mind that the game did not officially count.
So, what happened at the FedExForum on Wednesday night? By the numbers it was a 74-70 defeat in overtime to the Christian Brothers University Buccaneers.
Grizz guard Courtney Lee, who was forced out of the starting lineup after suffering a concussion in the second game of the season, drew what has been a head-shaking experience for many through the years – guarding NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.
Lee has been back in the starting lineup the last three games. His defensive assignment played out Tuesday night at the FedExForum during a 107-102 Memphis victory over the L.A. Lakers.
I was prepared this week to write an article on sports and fatherhood.Instead, I was struck by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ opening game featuring the return of Akron, Ohio’s native son, LeBron James. With hours of national sports coverage and thousands of fans who traveled downtown to enjoy a free concert from Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons – including live commentary from Charles Barkley and jokes from comedian/actor Kevin Hart – the event was overwhelming.
The city unveiled a new 10-story LeBron James banner, featured six hours of fan experience from Nike, invited fans to game watching parties at more than 40 bars and restaurants, and unveiled a humungous, state-of-the-art scoreboard inside Quickens Loan Arena, where those with tickets to the game received free LeBron James T-shirts, a season schedule magnet for their refrigerators and 20,000 glow-in-the-dark wands to wave during the game announcements.
BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens headed into their bye with a victory to savor.
The Tennessee Titans emerged from their time off with a frustrating loss. Justin Forsett ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns to back a strong performance by the Ravens' defense, and Baltimore snapped a two-game skid by beating the Titans 21-7 Sunday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Elliott kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to give Memphis a 16-13 victory over Temple on Friday night.
Paxton Lynch was 21 of 28 for 230 yards for the Tigers (6-3, 4-1 American Athletic). Mose Frazier had eight catches for 110 yards, and Brandon Hayes ran for 75 yards on 26 carries and had two catches for 24 yards.
Temple (5-4, 3-3), coming off a 20-10 home victory over then-No. 21 East Carolina, tied it at 13 on Austin Jones' 46-yard field goal with 2:46 left.
Memphis took a 13-10 lead on Elliott's 27-yard field goal with 1:39 left in the third quarter.
OKLAHOMA CITY— Even without injured stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City made the latest chapter of its rivalry with Memphis look like many of the previous ones.
Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka missed what would have been a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, and Memphis held on for a 91-89 win Friday night to remain unbeaten.