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1. Even Joe Buck Knows Value Of a Cubs World Series -

Baseball needs the Chicago Cubs.

And Jake Arrieta, and Joe Maddon, and what Joe Buck, of all people, called “old-school ratings.”

2. Grizz May Be Able to Speed Up A Few Minutes at a Time -

It meant nothing – the final score, the individual stats … none of it mattered. And yet when the Grizzlies ran out for the first preseason game of the 2015-16 season, before a half-empty FedExForum on Tuesday Oct. 6, it felt good and it felt right.

3. Young Energy Could Boost Veteran Grizzlies -

Of the 15 Grizzlies players on guaranteed contracts, four are entering their second season in the NBA and one is a rookie.

While all of those players currently reside outside the team’s regular rotation, the four second-year players have a chance to carve out a niche for themselves; rookie forward Jarell Martin fractured his foot in a summer workout and his development figures to be delayed.

4. Pastner, Always True to Self, Is Still Doing Things His Way -

Expectations. That’s the word that drives all sports narratives. Remember the record of Josh Pastner’s first University of Memphis team, the ragtag bunch that was left over after John Calipari exited for Kentucky?

5. Tony Allen: Memphis Pitchman in More Ways Than One -

He can turn up just about anywhere, do just about anything.

The NBA knows this because everyone has seen Tony Allen inside Klay Thompson’s jersey and Kevin Durant’s head.

6. Is Chad Kelly Ole Miss’ Long-Term QB Solution? -

OXFORD, Miss. – Like a lot of places around the SEC this summer – Alabama, Georgia, LSU – the preseason conversation here has been all about quarterbacks. Which explains why five days before Ole Miss was to open the season on Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Tennessee-Martin, junior center Robert Conyers was asked to weigh in on the topic.

7. Hall of Fame Coach LeBeau ‘Another Genius in the Room’ for Titans -

If you want to know about the theory of relativity, who better to ask than Albert Einstein, if only he were still around.

If you want to talk light bulbs, access to Thomas Edison would have been great.

8. Vols, Titans Fight to Fill Empty Stadium Seats -

When it comes to giving the consumer what it wants, few sports programs can match University of Tennessee football.

Neyland Stadium, which 40 years ago could accommodate only 70,000 fans, has swelled to a capacity of 102,455, fifth largest in college football. It has a $4 million, 4,580-square-foot Jumbotron, W-Fi connections for fans and enough flashing lights around the stadium’s interior to shame the Las Vegas Strip.

9. Grizzlies Believe Big Man Backup Brandan Wright A Seamless Choice -

It won’t always be as easy for Mike Conley in the NBA as it was for Scott Reall in high school. But when Reall talks about being Brandan Wright’s teammate at Brentwood Academy in the mid-2000s, you do get the idea that Wright brings some much-needed athleticism to the Grizzlies’ front court.

10. A Baseball Guy -

Bottom of the first inning at AutoZone Park, and Redbirds first baseman Dan Johnson is in the batter’s box. Oklahoma City’s pitcher winds and delivers and Johnson, a left-handed hitter, swings and makes contact. Loud contact.

11. Business in Politics -

One of the first things Shea Flinn noticed when he left the Memphis City Council this year was that benches for audience members in the council chamber are less comfortable than council members’ seats.

12. Grizzlies Draft LSU’s Jarell Martin, Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison -

The Memphis Grizzlies needed more shooting and may have found at least some of it in two off-Broadway draft day trades. But with the 25th overall pick in the first round Thursday night, June 25, the Grizzlies went a different direction and chose 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward Jarell Martin from LSU.

13. Bishop Hears Stronger Call After ‘Fighting God’ -

The reason Richard Stika entered the seminary was to get thoughts of being a priest out of his system

It didn’t turn out that way.

On Dec. 14, the bishop of the Knoxville Catholic diocese will mark his 30th anniversary as a priest.

14. Every Year’s Different, and 2015 Belongs to Golden State Warriors -

It went six games, Golden State winning 105-97 in Cleveland to give the Warriors their first NBA championship in 40 years, Andre Iguodala winning the series MVP, and LeBron James saying he didn’t know if this loss hurt more than his three others in the NBA Finals.

15. Sit Near the Field, Stay Aware, Skip the Hot Dogs -

During the Great Home Run Chase of 1998, when Mark McGwire was a Paul Bunyan-esque figure armed with a wooden club, Rene Lachemann worked the third base coaching box for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Well, except when McGwire came to bat. Then Lachemann was nowhere near that coaching box. He was standing about 30 yards down the left field line to try and avoid Big Mac’s swing path.

16. Redbirds' Piscotty Adjusts Batting Approach in Search of Cardinals-Level Power -

When Stephen Piscotty was growing up in Pleasanton, Calif., he played one of those games that kids with big-league dreams play. Only, this game was a little different. It had to be. The backyard had an obstacle.

17. Next Step: Returning Grizzlies Have to Be Better -

The possible return or exit of All-NBA First Team center Marc Gasol won’t be known for a while. So for our purposes today, let’s assume Gasol takes the mostly likely free agent path and signs a two-year deal with the Grizzlies that allows him to opt out after next season.

18. Reality Change -

“The ecosystem of the team is always live and is always shifting. You have to be able to adjust with whatever the situation might be at the time.”

– Marc Gasol

Roll those words from Marc Gasol over in your mind. Hold them up to the light so you can see them from every possible angle, so you can find hope, fear, inspiration, desperation and, last but not least, ambiguity and mystery.

19. With barrage of 3-pointers, Warriors close out Grizz in Game 6 -

Stephen Curry said the Golden State Warriors didn’t find themselves until the Memphis Grizzlies “hit us in the mouth two games in a row.”

20. Grizzlies Enjoy 2-1 Series Lead Over Warriors -

For hours, the cheering inside FedExForum had off and on sounded like so many jet airplanes – a tribute, perhaps, to Memphis International Airport pitchman Tony Allen.

21. The Joy of Tony Allen; Inflategate Worse Than Deflategate -

Wading in with a few quick takes …

If I had the money and the inclination to open up a bar on Beale Street, the name is set: One-Eyed Charlie.

Mike Conley’s masked-man performance in Game 2 as the Grizzlies defeated Golden State to even their Western Conference playoff series at 1-1 now stands atop the list of true grit-n-grind moments. And for the record, playing point guard with a broken face > than pitching with a bloody sock.

22. Grizz Aim to Make Memorable Win the Start of Long, Grinding Series -

They have made a memory. No matter what happens going forward, the Memphis Grizzlies have earned a measure of respect that cannot be stripped away like Tony Allen taking the ball from Klay Thompson.

23. Grizz Fall Behind Without Conley -

More than a week off didn’t lead to the kind of rusty performance that might have made the Golden State Warriors vulnerable in the first game of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series with the Grizzlies.

24. Without Conley, Grizzlies Use Team Effort to Take Out Portland -

Zach Randolph scored the first six points of the game – “throw it to the hand” being an immediate and excellent choice.

Marc Gasol finished with a double-double – 26 points and 14 rebounds – and afterward spoke of team defense being the key component in the victory, saying, “It’s always our key.”

25. Fundraising and Basketball, Part 1 -

Part one of a two-part series. Recent columns have focused on questions for employers to ask prospective fundraising employees and questions for interviewees to ask their interviewers. Our goal: to help all parties understand the critical role of fundraising professionals and what it takes for them to be successful.

26. Shoot to Score: Lee and Grizzlies Find Touch and Go Up 2-0 on Portland -

Plenty of NBA players need to shoot less. But pretty much everyone on the Grizzlies roster is in agreement that guard Courtney Lee needs to shoot more.

And they told Lee so on a night when he would finish with 18 points, hitting on 8-of-11 shots from the floor, 2-of-3 from 3-point range.

27. Grizzlies Flexing Playoff Experience -

It was a perfectly rational question from the perspective of the person asking it, but a flat-out crazy question if you were Marc Gasol.

This was after Game 2, Grizzlies 97, Portland 82. There was much cheering and growl towel waving in FedExForum and beyond, and much disappointment and maybe even depression in the Trail Blazers’ locker room and back in Oregon; although word is, folks out there do know how to self-medicate.

28. Grizzlies Game 1 Victory ‘Like a Breath of Fresh Air’ -

For weeks, maybe months, the Memphis Grizzlies played as though they often didn’t have enough oxygen. It was as though during the last third of the NBA’s 82-game regular season, their air would be cut off at the start of the games, or for a quarter, or when trying to protect a lead.

29. Taking Care of Business -

The postseason is – take your pick – a new season, the second season, the only season that matters.

But before delving into the Grizzlies’ path in the NBA Playoffs, which starts with the Grizzlies as the 5 seed in a first-round Western Conference matchup up with 4-seed Portland Sunday night at FedExForum, a rewind is in order.

30. Gasol Keeps Grizzlies at Home for Game 1 of Playoffs -

Why not make Fan Appreciation Night simple?

Maybe that’s the question center Marc Gasol asked himself before going out and, despite a sprained ankle, scoring a career-high 33 points, pulling down 13 rebounds, and letting go a happy expletive after a sweet fade-away jumper didn’t even touch net.

31. Grizzlies Find Themselves – At Least for 48 Glorious Minutes -

That happy butt-slap Zach Randolph gave himself galloping down the court in the midst of the most jubilant night at The Grindhouse in months?

He did not steal that from Marc Gasol.

“He got that from me,” Randolph said, his laugher filling the Grizzlies’ locker room after a 110-74 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans restored faith for the masses and perhaps to the players themselves.

32. GOP Leader: 1-Time School Use Enough to Ban Guns in Parks -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A top Republican supporter of a bill to strip local governments of the power to bar handgun carry permit holders from being armed in parks, playgrounds and ball fields said Thursday that even if a school uses a park, playground or ball field for just one event per year, that would enable the school to ban guns there.

33. State Senate Votes to Allow Handguns at Tennessee Capitol -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – People with handgun carry permits would be able to carry their weapons on the grounds of the state Capitol under a provision inserted into a guns-in-parks proposal that overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Wednesday.

34. Grizzlies’ Carter, Lee Confident Long-Range Shots Will Fall -

The Memphis Grizzlies take and make fewer 3-point shots than any team in the NBA not named the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Yet in the early days of this season, when seemingly everything the Grizzlies did went right, guard Courtney Lee was at the top of the league’s 3-point shooting list and point guard Mike Conley wasn’t far behind.

35. Cardinals Prospect Cody Stanley Coming Back, Moving Up -

Spring training in 2012. St. Louis Cardinals catching prospect Cody Stanley gets a phone call from then-farm director John Vuch.

Farm directors do not usually call minor-league catchers to chat.

36. Flip-Flops Can Wait As Grizz Keep Putting in Work -

The Memphis Grizzlies won 39 games before the All-Star break. How significant is that? Five times since they’ve been in Memphis, the Grizzlies failed to win 29 games all season.

Not so long ago, fans would have judged a 39-win Grizzlies team to be playing with house money. But not now.

37. Mike Shildt: From College Walk-On To Memphis Redbirds Manager -

Any professional baseball player can tell you about the stigmas he has to fight. For one guy, it might be that he doesn’t hit with enough power. And for another it might be that he doesn’t make consistent enough contact.

38. Dream Season -

The Grizzlies had just defeated the rival Oklahoma City Thunder before a loud sellout crowd in The Grindhouse and Jerry “The King” Lawler had defended his Memphis championship wrestling belt, albeit with an assist from the Grizzlies’ crack game operations staff.

39. Murfreesboro, Nashville Players Get Jump on UT Careers -

KNOXVILLE – Jack Jones didn’t want to waste any time getting started with his football career at the University of Tennessee, so he graduated in December from Murfreesboro Oakland High School.

40. Presumptive All-Star Starter Marc Gasol Concerned With One Thing: Winning -

His night’s work done, center Marc Gasol put on a gray suit and stood in front of his locker and waited for the inevitable questions about the NBA All-Star Game.

The Grizzlies’ center had scored a game-high 26 points and handed out a team-best five assists in a 92-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Gasol also had grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots, but it was an eyesore of a game even if at the end the Grizzlies had improved their record to 30-12.

41. Grizz Take Advantage of Knicks -

While the New York Knicks were busy dismantling the wreckage that is the basketball franchise under the care of team president Phil Jackson, the Memphis Grizzlies simply wanted to grab the easy victory that had been set before them.

42. Grizzlies Hope to Continue Building Off Spurs Defeat -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies made sure early that they didn't go to triple overtime again against the San Antonio Spurs.

Fueled by 16 first-quarter points from Mike Conley, the Grizzlies built an early 10-point lead, eventually led by 16 and weathered a fourth-quarter push by the Spurs for a 95-87 victory over San Antonio on Tuesday night.

43. Gasol, Grizzlies Refuse Satisfaction -

Odds are, Marc Gasol will not win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award this season.

But as Gasol would be the first to tell you, that doesn’t matter.

Neither does it take away from that moment at the end of a recent game here against the Dallas Mavericks. Gasol was at the free-throw line, scoring the last two of his 30 points as the Grizzlies secured a 114-105 victory and improved to 17-4, when the serenade started.

44. Gasol, Grizzlies Finding New Heights -

It’s the unachievable goal, but still a worthy pursuit.

We are, of course, speaking of perfection.

Or rather, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is speaking of perfection.

“We can never be satisfied,” Big Spain was saying after going for 30 points and 12 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ 107-91 thumping of the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum last Sunday. “As soon as you’re satisfied, you start taking steps backwards.

45. After the Campaign -

The 2014 election year began in January with dissent from the floor.

At the end of the Shelby County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy Day fundraiser in January, former Memphis City Council member and state Rep. Carol Chumney, who was not among the speakers, challenged the party establishment from her table to do more to support women running for office.

46. Watching Kobe’s Empty-the-Clip Tour -

For those first few minutes, Kobe Bryant was toying with us. He passed the ball and he passed up shots – open and otherwise.

The crowd last Tuesday night at FedExForum seemed unnerved by this. Let’s face it, whether you come wearing a white No. 50 Zach Randolph jersey or a purple and gold No. 24 Lakers jersey, you come to see Kobe be true to his DNA.

47. Grizz Need Bench That Showed Up Against Lakers -

In the Twitterverse Tuesday night, everyone was counting Kobe Bryant’s misses at FedExForum. In the fourth quarter, Bryant let fly a turnaround jumper over the Grizzlies’ Courtney Lee that missed and Bryant had set the all-time NBA record for missed field goals.

48. Voters Approve Wine, Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

49. Voters Approve Wine, Constitutional Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

50. Shelby Early Vote Shows "No" Carry On Abortion Amendment -

Shelby County’s early vote totals show a defeat for the amendment to the Tennessee Constitution involving abortion and passage of the other three amendments.

The vote count for Shelby County only during the early voting period in advance of the Tuesday, Nov. 4, election day show:

51. Dobbs Makes Strong Case for Vols Starting QB Job -

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones faces a big question this week about his starting quarterback for Saturday night’s game at South Carolina.

Will it be sophomore Josh Dobbs, whose impressive debut off the bench in last Saturday’s 34-20 loss to No. 4-ranked Alabama gave UT a dual-threat QB?

52. Early Vote Turnout Lags Behind 2010 -

Early voting turnout in advance of the Nov. 4 Election Day was running about 17,000 voters behind the early vote turnout four years ago for the same election cycle through the second and final weekend in the early voting period.

53. Athletes Can Be Fans, Too -

You suffer as a sports fan? You’d be surprised who understands. Former Grizzlies sharpshooter Mike Miller, now back with LeBron James in Cleveland, understands.

54. Time is Now -

For now, the Memphis Grizzlies’ window of opportunity is open.

With four straight playoff appearances in the immediate past, there is no reason to believe the Grizzlies won’t get there again. But it’s not about just getting there, not about playing a tough seven-game series, as the Grizzlies did in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against Oklahoma City last season, only to come home after a dispiriting Game 7 loss.

55. Early Voting Opens in Midterm Elections -

Early voting opens Wednesday, Oct. 15, across Shelby County as well as Tennessee in the mid-term general elections that are the second most popular election cycle in Shelby County by voter turnout.

56. ‘Swamp Rat’ Remembers Last Tennessee-Oklahoma Game -

University of Tennessee quarterback Dewey “Swamp Rat” Warren stood on the field during a timeout with a few seconds left in the Jan. 1, 1968 Orange Bowl.

Warren was the holder for UT place-kicker Karl Kremser, who lined up for a 43-yard field goal attempt against Oklahoma. The Sooners led, 26-24.

57. Cardinals Finding Way Back to Playoffs -

Everyone always says the expectations are highest in their clubhouse. But when the St. Louis Cardinals say it, well, it has a certain depth. The past decade has seen seven playoff trips and two World Series championships. And this season, the Cardinals are hunting their fourth straight Red October.

58. Vols: Looks Like 6-6 Season -

Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.

Fall camp is done, and it’s time to get in game-week mode with the season opener against Utah State fast approaching.

So go to the little box next to each of UT’s opponents on the 2014 schedule and pick the winner.

59. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.

60. Haslam, Alexander Look to Boost Republican Turnout -

U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher remembers the first time that he talked with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Fincher had been elected to Congress long enough to have made several votes after a 2008 campaign in which he touted his conservative values and stances. And in the process, Fincher admitted to Alexander that he had been critical of Alexander’s voting record during the campaign.

61. Tactical Urbanism: Citizen Projects Go Mainstream -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The city painted a crosswalk and installed tennis-ball green signs, but the cars just kept on zooming through. But rather than wave a white flag, Sarah Newstok grabbed an orange one instead.

62. Piscotty Becomes Memphis’ Forgotten Prospect -

Memphis Redbirds outfielder Oscar Taveras is the St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect. Memphis outfielder Randal Grichuk was the one to get called up to St. Louis this week as the Cardinals try to pump some life into their struggling offense.

63. Best of Three -

After the Game 3 victory in overtime, Tony Allen made it plain that the Grizzlies were all about stopping Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

64. Joerger Still Floating After Epic Game 2 -

About 12 hours after the Memphis Grizzlies’ epic 111-105 overtime victory at Oklahoma City Monday, April 21, in Game 2 of a first-round Western Conference Playoff series, coach Dave Joerger was still trying to find his voice.

65. Redbirds’ Grichuk Aiming to Make a Name -

It’s going to come up, so let’s get it out of the way now: Randal Grichuk was selected one pick ahead of Mike Trout in the opening round of the June 2009 First-Year-Player Draft.

66. AutoZone Park Field to Get Makeover at Season’s End -

This season the Memphis Redbirds are celebrating their 15th year playing at AutoZone Park and the stadium at Third and Union is still a head-turner, even after all these years.

But the playing surface is also celebrating its 15th season and hasn’t been a beauty for a while now.

67. Tigers Season Ends On Common Theme -

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Geron Johnson had guaranteed the Memphis Tigers would win two NCAA Tournament games. But in the wake of their 78-60 loss to top-seeded Virginia Sunday night in the round of 32, Johnson looked a reporter in the eye and offered a revised declaration.

68. Tigers Season Ends on Common Theme: ‘Underachieved’ -

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Geron Johnson had guaranteed the Memphis Tigers would win two NCAA Tournament games. But in the wake of their 78-60 loss to top-seeded Virginia Sunday night in the round of 32, Johnson looked a reporter in the eye and offered a revised declaration.

69. Fans Welcome ‘Grindfather’ Back -

Decades from now, it might be the first story Tony Allen tells. The night Allen returned to the FedExForum court for the Grizzlies, after missing more than a month with a wrist injury, and when he checked into the game he received a standing ovation.

70. Playoffs Implications -

The calendar says the Dallas Mavericks will be at FedExForum to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Just one game of 82 in the coast-to-coast marathon that is the NBA season.

But it’s a game that has the potential to weigh heavily on the Grizzlies’ ultimate playoff fate. The Mavericks come in sitting in the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference with a record of 28-21.

71. ‘Under the Radar’ Conley Carrying Grizzlies This Season -

Already, the national conversation has started. Who deserves to be on the NBA’s Western Conference All-Star team?

In Memphis, that question has become personal as fans and players stump for point guard Mike Conley. After Conley scored 31 points with seven assists (his second straight 30-point performance) in a five-point win over Phoenix, Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph pretty much spoke for everyone with a vested interest on this topic.

72. Grizzlies Look to Build Momentum -

Their winning streak is a modest two games. But don’t tell the Grizzlies they’re the same team that they were a month ago.

Since a five-game losing streak from Dec. 11-18, the Grizzlies have gone 7-4. They have added forward James Johnson, who has injected them with energy, athleticism and an ability to contribute numbers all across a box score. They have exchanged a disappointing Jerryd Bayless for shooting guard Courtney Lee, who in the Grizzlies 108-101 victory over Atlanta Sunday, Jan. 12, at FedExForum scored 15 points in his first start since being acquired from Boston on Jan. 7.

73. Grizzlies’ Gutsy Comeback Falls Short -

Fans had reason to cheer when the Grizzlies’ overtime game with the San Antonio Spurs ended Tuesday, Jan. 7, at FedExForum.

The home team had rallied from a 16-point deficit with 5:25 to play, and made up a 12-point gap in the last 1:59 of regulation. During a wild 14-2 run in those last two minutes, point guard Mike Conley scored nine of his season-high 30 points.

74. Grizzlies Trade Bayless to Celtics for Lee -

While the Grizzlies were flying back from Detroit Sunday after beating the Pistons, they knew that combo guard Jerryd Bayless soon would be leaving for Boston and that Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee would be coming to Memphis in a trade.

75. NBA Notebook: December 20, 2013 -

The Grizzlies’ Nick Calathes Experiment, if you want to give it a name, continues. Brought in after playing four years in Europe to be Mike Conley’s backup at point guard, he has been playing more minutes in the wake of Conley’s bruised thigh.

76. NBA Uses More Ways to Prove ‘Numbers Don’t Lie’ -

Walk up to an ATM, and you’re on camera. Walk into a convenience store, and you’re on camera. Walk onto an NBA court during game time, and you’re not only on camera but every movement you make – or don’t make – will be tracked, sifted, analyzed.

77. Grizz Make Adjustments Without Center Gasol -

In the immediate aftermath of All-Star center Marc Gasol’s knee injury, frontcourt mate Zach Randolph had a simple plan.

“Man, praying, praying,” Randolph said after Gasol limped off the FedExForum court during the Friday, Nov. 22, game won by the San Antonio Spurs. “Need him.”

78. Looking for Last Season’s Grizz to Make Appearance … Now -

The Grizzlies are going out on a four-game road trip that starts with a Friday, Nov. 15, game in Los Angeles against the Lakers. Maybe a change of scenery will do them good. After a 3-5 start to the season that feels even worse than the record, a change of scenery is as good an idea as any.

79. Cardinal Way Has St. Louis Back in Fall Classic -

From 2002-2006, the St. Louis Cardinals had a farm director named Bruce Manno. He was a guy who had his own ideas on how things should be done. One of them was to require that all Cardinal minor-league players – from Rookie ball to Triple-A Memphis – wear their pants pulled up to their knees so their stirrup socks would show.

80. Basar Looks to 2014 County Commission Election -

It may be the first time that a Shelby County Commissioner has given public notice of a barbecue.

Commissioner Steve Basar has held four at his house in the year that he’s been on the elected body. And he told political supporters at a fundraiser last week that he has “sunshined” all of them, a shorthand term to describe the public notice required by Tennessee’s open meetings law – or Sunshine Law – for any deliberative gathering of two or more commissioners.

81. Leuer, Davis Provide Bright Spots in Preseason Loss -

October makes for some great postseason baseball. But the preseason basketball? Not so great.

The Grizzlies were, at times, flat-out ragged in their play while losing 95-90 to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, Oct. 9, at FedExForum. It was especially rough in the early going as in the first half the Grizzlies made 13 of their 17 turnovers while running first-year coach Dave Joerger’s new offense aimed at moving the ball sooner in the 24-second shot clock.

82. Calathes Poised to ‘Surprise’ People in Rookie Season -

If rookie Nick Calathes turns out to be that long-coveted, legitimate back-up point guard for the Grizzlies, then count Mike Conley as the first one to have said, “I told you so.”

83. Nichols Ready to Back Up Hype -

Every player has his favorite spot on the floor, that go-to place where everything seems to slow down, where the player most feels like himself even amid the chaos.

But maybe more important when you are a much-hyped, homegrown University of Memphis freshman is to have that special place off the floor. A retreat, where in this case young Austin Nichols can make the world spin a little more slowly and turn down the volume on all the outside noise.

84. Good Feelings Abound as Grizz Open Camp -

The immediate past features a franchise-best 56-win season, a first-ever trip to the Western Conference Finals and a declaration from ESPN The Magazine that the Memphis Grizzlies are the No. 1 pro sports franchise in North America.

85. Events -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host Line Dancing for BLUES, in recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the student alumni center, 800 Madison Ave. The event will include a line dance-a-thon, and information on infant mortality and the BLUES Project. Suggested donation is $5. Visit uthsc.edu/blues for details.

86. Pro Relieved Near Loo, Amateur Pays Out Wazoo -

Did you ever wonder if in golf you get a lift from the loo? Or if there’s a penalty for breaking and entering while on the course? Tourneys in May spoke to these issues. Kinda.

The 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship in Kavarna, Bulgaria, was won by Graeme McDowell, who bested Thongchai Jaidee in the final match. Ho hum. For present purposes, let’s go to McDowell’s May 19 quarterfinal match with Nicolas Colsaerts. On hole 10, a short par-4, Colasaerts sprayed his tee shot right of the fairway, near the green, into a thicket marked as a hazard.

87. Wacha Handling Latest Example Of Pitcher Care -

A few days ago, when the St. Louis Cardinals optioned young Michael Wacha back to Memphis, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny did not utter some of baseball’s most frightening names.

88. Grizzlies Confident Despite Odds Against Them -

The Grizzlies have to win four of five to beat the San Antonio Spurs and advance to the NBA Finals. In other words, if reality itself could hold up a towel it would read: “I don’t bluff.”

The Grizzlies dropped the first two games in San Antonio and, historically speaking, a fool would soon part with his money if betting on the Grizzlies to come back and win the series. Because when a team wins the first two games of a seven-game series, it goes on to win that series 93.7 percent of the time. The Grizzlies already have upset these odds once, falling behind the Los Angeles Clippers 0-2 in this year’s opening-round playoff series before rallying to win four straight.

89. Grizz Win With Tony Being Tony -

Had things turned out differently, we would know too well Rule 12, Section V, item a, from the NBA rulebook:

“An official may assess a technical foul, without prior warning, at any time. A technical foul (s) may be assessed to any player on the court or anyone seated on the bench for conduct, which in the opinion of the official, is detrimental to the game. The technical foul must be charged to an individual.”

90. Grizzlies Take Down Thunder in Overtime -

Moments before Game 4 of the Grizzlies-Oklahoma City playoff series tipped off at FedExForum Monday night, Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol stood at midcourt to be recognized for making the NBA’s All-Defensive teams (Allen first-team, Gasol and Conley second-team).

91. Z-Bo, Defense Bolster Grizz in Win -

In Game 1 in Los Angeles, the Grizzlies were missing in action. In Game 2, they were just good enough to lose by two points.

So Game 3 Thursday night at FedExForum provided a choice: win or try to become the first team in NBA history to rally from a 0-3 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series.

92. Clippers’ Bench Spells Trouble for Grizzlies -

The Los Angeles Clippers may or may not prove to be serious Western Conference title contenders. Count TNT analyst Charles Barkley as their No. 1 doubter, having called them “fool’s gold” and compared them to a pretty girl that steals your heart only for you to discover she is “dumb as a box of rocks.”

93. Conley Proving Adept at Stealing the Show -

The question came at Lionel Hollins as a compliment, the way many questions after dramatic victories do.

The Grizzlies had just beaten the San Antonio Spurs, 92-90, at a rowdy FedExForum on a driving layup by point guard Mike Conley for the team’s 50th win – tying the franchise record. So the coach was asked to explain his team’s “resiliency.”

94. Alternative Spring Break on Docket for Law Students -

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and its Public Action Law Society are sponsoring the fourth annual alternative spring break next week.

It’s a series of events that will involve 48 law students from seven law schools, some of whom will come here from out of state to participate alongside Memphis law students.

95. Budget Deliberations -

When Shelby County Commissioners get together Saturday, Feb. 23, at Memphis City Schools Central Nutrition Center for a county budget retreat, they will have a long menu of county financial matters to review.

96. Suburban Districts Back in Federal Court -

The faded red kick ball that is the issue of metropolitan school districts in the Shelby County suburbs is now back in Memphis federal court after about two-and-a-half months of private mediation talks.

97. Grizzlies Must Reset Season’s Shot Clock -

In the NBA, everyone’s used to living with the tight deadline that is the 24-second shot clock. Players and coaches are always turning the page from last possession to next possession.

And so it must be for this Grizzlies’ season.

98. Tony and DJ: The City’s Basketball Game-Changers -

The supreme talents – the All-Americans, the All-Stars – can take possessions off and still score their 25 or 30 points a night. They can pick their spots to play defense, which in reality means going for a steal here and there, and then mostly defer on the hard work. You know, staying with their man step-for-step, cleaning the glass – sorry, I don’t do windows – or risking humiliation by contesting potential dunks – sorry, I’m not ending up on somebody’s poster.

99. Grizz Nation Grows With Every Convincing Victory -

Joe McDuffie was just another fan in a Kobe jersey, glancing around FedExForum and pointing out patches of purple and gold.

100. Opening Game Not Necessarily Preview Of Grizz Season -

So on the first day of their new NBA season, the Grizzlies picked up where they left off – losing an intense, physical game in Los Angeles on Halloween night to the Clippers. It was a game that, quite honestly, did not look or feel like a regular-season game.