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1. Redbirds, Stubby Clapp to Begin Preparations for 2018 Baseball Season -

On Sunday, Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp was scheduled to leave for Jupiter, Florida, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ spring training complex.

He was to arrive with a lot of success in the rearview mirror: a Pacific Coast League championship and 91 regular-season wins in his first season as a Triple-A manager. That was good enough to earn Clapp PCL Manager of the Year honors.

2. Couch-Smith Drives Tsunami Nuances Behind the Scenes -

Tsunami continues to reinvent itself as it approaches 20 years in business this year and is beginning 2018 with its strongest holiday season on the books.

Colleen Couch-Smith, wife of Tsunami chef Ben Smith, is instrumental to the success and world-class status of the restaurant, bringing an artistic eye, discerning palate and insightful management style to the table.

3. Signing Class Disappointing, But Groundwork Laid -

Tennessee football fans are hoping for a better National Signing Day in 2019. This year’s was a relative dud.

New coach Jeremy Pruitt, hired on Dec. 7, signed six players on Feb. 7 but whiffed on several high-profile recruits he and his staff were pursuing. He had signed 14 players during the first-ever early signing period Dec. 20-22.

4. At All-Star Break, Grizzlies’ Reality Not What Anyone Envisioned -

The start of training camp was less than 24 hours away. With seven straight playoff appearances behind them, the Grizzlies had a track record of substance. True, they would be without half of the Core Four, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen having been allowed to walk and sign elsewhere.

5. After Leaving Memphis, Tennis Tournament Making New York Debut -

NEW YORK (AP) – New York no longer has to wait for the U.S. Open for top-level tennis. The New York Open debuts next week at Nassau Coliseum, the new home for a tournament that has attracted many of the best American men's players and hopes it can someday get the best in the world.

6. UT Defies Expectations, Projected as No. 4, 5 Seed -

You won’t find a lot of star power on Tennessee’s basketball team. You will find a roster of players buying into the system of third-year coach Rick Barnes.

7. Speed & Patience -

He wasn’t the biggest and he wasn’t the strongest. He didn’t hit the ball the farthest. But, oh, did little Carlos Williams run the fastest. “Tee-ball,” said his mother, Takisha Kemp. “Blink of an eye.”

8. Rotating Forrest Bust Out of Capitol Gains Momentum -

Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s days in the State Capitol could be numbered. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, an Oak Ridge Republican, says he could support a move to rotate Forrest’s bust out of the Capitol and make sure Capitol displays are “more reflective of the entire history of Tennessee.”

9. Towns Sponsoring Gun Security Bills in a ‘Dangerous World’ -

NASHVILLE – State Rep. Joe Towns was like a lot of other legislators when he arrived at the renovated Cordell Hull Building for the start of the 2018 legislative session.

10. University of Memphis Baseball Team To Count More on Pitching in 2018 -

On April 5 last season, the University of Memphis baseball team owned a 20-9 record and twice had beaten Ole Miss – once when the Rebels were ranked eighth nationally and once when they were ranked 11th.

11. Mediocre Memphis No Match for UC; Grizzlies’ Mike Conley Out for Season -

After a second double-digit loss to Cincinnati this season, the Memphis Tigers are in the mushy, mediocre middle of the American Athletic Conference.

The Bearcats were No. 9 in the AP poll at the time of their 62-48 victory over the Tigers Saturday at FedExForum. It was their 12th victory in a row and raised their overall record to 19-2, their league-leading conference mark to 8-0.

12. Mediocre Memphis No Match for UC; Grizzlies' Conley Out for Season -

After a second double-digit loss to Cincinnati this season, the Memphis Tigers are in the mushy, mediocre middle of the American Athletic Conference.

The Bearcats were No. 9 in the A.P. poll at the time of their 62-48 victory over the Tigers Saturday at FedExForum. It was their 12th victory in a row and raised their overall record to 19-2, their league-leading conference mark to 8-0.

13. New Titans Head Coach To Lean on Teamwork, Respect -

Mike Vrabel admits he has much to learn about the ins and outs of being a head coach in the National Football League.

After all, it’s a big leap from being a one-year defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans – linebackers coach before that – to having one of the 32 head coaching jobs in the NFL.

14. NBA Coaches Often ‘Interim’ -

In one sense, maybe just about every NBA head coach not named Gregg Popovich should have the word “interim” in his job title. Certainly in Memphis the position of head coach is a lot closer to being an adjunct member of the faculty rather than a tenured professor.

15. Last Word: Brunch Overload, Grade-Changing Misdemeanor and Sports Rebirth -

What happens when Memphians have been home and/or work bound for about two weeks between a national flu outbreak and snow and ice that hangs tough in below freezing temperatures and the temperature Sunday under sunny skies is almost 60? The correct answer is brunch overload.

16. Former Memphis Tiger Billy Richmond Now Winning as Wing Guru -

It was early November, not really Christmas season yet, but Billy Richmond didn’t want to wait. So he’d wake up and start his day with his favorite Christmas music.

17. Pruitt’s SEC-Heavy Staff a Recruiting Coup -

It was early December, 2012, and Butch Jones stood in front of a podium after being named Tennessee’s 24th football coach.

“I can assure you,” Jones said at his introductory press conference. “We will put together the best football staff in the country. Not just in the Southeastern Conference, but the entire country.”

18. Tigers Winning, Could Use Better Recruits to Coach Up -

Right after Christmas I sat down with Tubby Smith in his office for a lengthy Q & A, which you can still find here (http://bit.ly/2DLJbCk). At one point in our conversation I asked Tubby about “coaching guys up,” if that was maybe the part of the job he enjoyed most.

19. Germantown’s Mickey Callaway to Begin Managerial Career with New York Mets -

Baseball is built for sweet stories of nostalgia and the innocence of youth. When Mickey Callaway was a kid he would spend lazy summer afternoons visiting Wrigley Field, courtesy of superstation WGN.

20. House Passes Spy Program After Confusing Trump Tweets -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After a confusing morning of tweets by President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday passed a bill to reauthorize a key foreign intelligence collection program with an important tweak: It would require the FBI to get a warrant if it wants to view the contents of Americans' communications swept up in the process.

21. Mariota Finds His Swagger, Giving Titans Fans Hope for 2nd-Round Playoff Win -

About a month ago, following a Dec. 10 loss at Arizona, Marcus Mariota showed a seldom-seen side of his personality.

Clearly dejected, he seemed flustered and distraught while answering questions in his post-game press conference, even answering that he was “pissed off” about his performance when asked why he seemed more bothered than usual following the Titans’ 12-7 loss to the struggling Cardinals.

22. MLK50 Weekend, Martin’s Mindset, NFL Mock Draft -

The MLK50 events around Monday’s Grizzlies-Lakers game will include NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBA Players Association executive director Michele Roberts touring the National Civil Rights Museum and joining players Mike Conley and Brooks Lopez and retired WNBA star Swin Cash in a discussion: “MLK50: Where do we go from here?”

23. Winning Still Feels Good, Even If ‘Tanking’ is More Productive -

The big man sat at his locker with a somber look on his face. He spoke just above a whisper.

He had scored 29 points on the night, 14 in the fourth quarter when he had hit all four threes he took. He didn’t have much to say about that.

24. Lamar Avenue Mural Draws Council Contempt -

The state’s largest collaborative mural might be missing a few panels soon after a City Hall showdown Tuesday, Jan. 9, between the head of Paint Memphis and City Council members upset by the images on Lamar Avenue near Willett Street.

25. Pruitt Makes Most of Early Signing Date -

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt could have done a lot worse during the Dec. 20-22 early signing period, the first-ever for high school recruits in college football.

It was a recruiting whirlwind for Pruitt, named UT’s coach Dec. 7 while still serving as Alabama’s defensive coordinator.

26. College Football Playoff Imperfect, But Entertains -

Go ahead, make the case. Central Florida went undefeated, was clearly the class of the Group of 5.

Went into Atlanta and beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl 34-27.

And Auburn, playing at home, beat both teams that are in the Jan. 8 national championship game – Georgia (in the regular season, not in the SEC championship game) and Alabama.

27. Legislators Can’t Get Past Threat of Medical Weed -

Heading into the 2018 legislative session, Rep. Jeremy Faison is looking to send a message about his medical marijuana bill: Tennessee won’t open the door to recreational pot without General Assembly action.

28. Memphis Players See Football Program Continuing to Excel -

(Editor’s note: This story was published before the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30).

It was three days before the University of Memphis was to play Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Much of the talk was about going for what would be a program-record 11th win, and finishing with an undefeated record on the home turf this season.

29. Worth the Wait -

A true college football fan’s pain is personal because losing extracts a cost. Food doesn’t taste as good. Sleep doesn’t come as easily. The hurt goes to depths that not everyone can understand.

30. His Way: Tubby Smith Figured Out Who He Was Long Ago and He’s Not Changing -

When his visitor was about to leave, Orlando Tubby Smith had one more story. About a time his father had given him an assignment on the family farm in Maryland. 

Tubby was one of 17 children. He had older siblings and younger siblings. He also, at age 12 or 13, already had a sense for what it was to lead and manage.

31. Small Retailers Capitalized on Strengths for Holiday Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Independent retailers who've had a successful holiday season say they took advantage of the fact that there are strengths in not being huge.

Store owners report they were able to change pricing and other strategies quickly. Many offered customers more personal service and a warmer atmosphere. And they said they used social media tools designed for smaller companies, including inexpensive ads on Facebook.

32. Rising Programs -

Iowa State plays in college football mecca as a Power 5 member, albeit in the Big 12. The University of Memphis lives in the non-Power 5 outer ring that is the American Athletic Conference. The Cyclones (7-5) play a tougher league schedule. That’s just true. And they pulled two big-time upsets by beating Oklahoma, which is in the College Football Playoffs, and then-No. 4 TCU.

33. ISU Defense a Challenge; Tigers Snag 13 Early Signings for 2018 -

Iowa State may or may not be the best defensive team the University of Memphis has faced this season. But whatever designation you put on the Tigers’ opponent in Saturday’s Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis coach Mike Norvell knows this:

34. Grizzlies Top Clippers 115-112 Before Starting Five-Game West Coast Trip -

To finally reach double-digits wins, the Memphis Grizzlies had to put up a season-high 115 points and hang on at the end after a 16-point fourth-quarter lead melted down to three points.

But the Grizzlies managed to pull it off, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 115-112 on Saturday, Dec. 23, at FedExForum.

35. Approval of 2 MLGW Rate Hikes Postponed by Council -

Proposed increases in Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division rates for gas and electricity will be considered by the Memphis City Council at its first meeting of 2018.

The council delayed votes Wednesday, Dec. 20, on an electricity rate hike of 2.3 percent for each of the next three years and a 4.5 percent gas rate hike for each of the next two years.

36. Approval of MLGW Rate Hikes Postponed by City Council -

Proposed increases in Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division rates for gas and electricity will be considered by the Memphis City Council at its first meeting of 2018.

The council delayed votes Wednesday, Dec. 20, on an electricity rate hike of 2.3 percent for each of the next three years and a 4.5 percent gas rate hike for each of the next two years.

37. Amid the Tumult, a Vol Legacy Finally Gets His Call -

Jacob Warren got one of the best phone calls of his life a couple of weeks ago. The senior tight end at Farragut High School was relieved to hear what new Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt told him.

38. Nothing ‘Exotic’ About Titans’ Running Game -

The Tennessee Titans will tell you that their success is built around the run game. Don’t buy it. “Exotic smashmouth” has become a mere shell of its former self.

Under Mike Mularkey, the Titans proudly proclaimed that everything in the offense would revolve around the running game. That strategy worked last season when the Titans ran the football effectively with DeMarco Murray leading the AFC in rushing, Derrick Henry putting in solid work as his backup and the offensive line earning accolades as one of the best in the league.

39. Iowa State Must Stay True to Selves to Beat Tough Memphis Offense -

At this late date in the college football season, deception may come on an individual play – a quarterback’s deft sleight of hand on play-action or a linebacker feigning blitz only to drop back into coverage.

40. Veggie Might: Titans' D Gets Boost After Going Vegan -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Wesley Woodyard misses putting milk in his cereal, and try as he might, the Tennessee Titans linebacker still reaches for a strip of bacon here and there.

Giving up meat hasn't been easy, but in a league where everyone is looking for an edge, Woodyard and the Titans think they've found one in the produce aisle.

41. Trump Judge Pick Who Drew Ridicule After Hearing Withdraws -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Trump judicial nominee whose inability to answer basic legal questions at his confirmation hearing brought him widespread ridicule has withdrawn his nomination, a White House official said Monday.

42. Tigers Battle, But Come Up Short Against Louisville -

Losing is never good enough. And losing to Louisville never leaves a team from Memphis feeling as though the mission was accomplished.

That said, the Tigers pushed Louisville harder than many had expected before falling 91-82 Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

43. Disney-Fox Deal May Create a New Nerdy Nirvana -

MENLO PARK, California (AP) – The coming union of the Disney and Fox media empires is set to create a new nirvana for fanboys and -girls, one that reunites superheroes and sci-fi characters long separated by an energy barrier of corporate legalism.

44. Tigers Battle Louisville in New York City, But Come Up Short -

Losing is never good enough. And losing to Louisville never leaves a team from Memphis feeling as though the mission was accomplished.

That said, the Tigers pushed Louisville harder than many had expected before falling 91-82 Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

45. ‘Ugly’ Titans Offense Can No Longer Be Ignored -

It had been festering for weeks, but the Tennessee Titans seemed to push the matter aside as they were squeezing out close wins against the NFL’s third-easiest schedule.

“Winning ugly” is how it was seen through rose-colored glasses, with an 8-4 record as exhibit 1.

46. Grizzlies' Andrew Harrison Again Contributing -

There is really no replacing starting point guard Mike Conley. That much is obvious for a Grizzlies team on a three-game losing streak and that has lost 14 of its last 15 games.

While Tyreke Evans has made a pretty good transition from off-the-bench scoring machine to starting and often running the team, another guard also has seen a change in duties.

47. Game of Thrones? UT’s Cast Not That Smart -

When he was president of the University of Tennessee in 1959-70, Andy Holt often referred to the Vols athletics program, and particularly its football program, as “the front porch of the university.”

48. Titans Set 2nd ‘Training Camp’ Next Week in Arizona -

Road trip! The Tennessee Titans are trying something a little different for a two-game swing out West beginning with this Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Sometime back in the off-season, team officials decided the Titans, rather than make two consecutive cross-country round trips, would only make one and stay in the Pacific time zone for the week in between the games with the Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers.

49. Latest SEC Football Rankings: 1. Sexton. 2. Saban. -

Fourteen schools play football in the SEC. Six of them, or 42.9 percent, now have a different man coaching their football team than they had at the start of the season.

That’s a lot of turnover. It suggests coaching in the SEC is often a battle against personal extinction.

50. Grizzlies Stop Losing Streak at 11, But Victories Remain Elusive -

Perhaps Tom Thibodeau saw it coming. His young Minnesota Timberwolves, though not short on talent, do not yet consistently devote themselves to defense. They were playing for a second straight night and they were on the road at FedExForum.

51. Rivals Manning, Spurrier Enter College Hall of Fame Together -

NEW YORK (AP) – After the class picture of the latest Hall of Fame inductees was taken, Peyton Manning made his way over to Steve Spurrier for another handshake and some chit-chat before heading off in opposite directions to do media interviews.

52. Grizz Break Streak; Norvell’s Status Uncertain -

How do you celebrate the end of an 11-game losing streak? If you’re Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, you speak from the heart. And the gut.

After the Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 Monday night at FedExForum, Gasol did an interview with the team’s sideline TV reporter. Gasol dropped in the usual stuff about “guys need to get used to having a little more confidence with the ball in their hands and get used to playing together,” and then out of sheer joy and relief he added, “Overall, we won, so (screw) it.”

53. In Wake of Weinstein, Men Wonder If Hugging Women Still OK -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Steve Wyard thought he knew what sexual harassment looked like: a put-out-or-lose-your-job overture. Now he's not so sure.

"Have we gotten to the point now where men can't say, 'That's a nice dress' or 'Did you do something with your hair?'" says the veteran sales associate for a Los Angles company. "The potential problem is you can't even feel safe saying, 'Good morning' anymore."

54. Titans Must Find, Fix What’s Ailing Mariota -

One of the biggest questions on everyone’s mind regarding the Tennessee Titans is what is wrong with Marcus Mariota?

After a breakout season in 2016, one in which he threw 26 touchdown passes and just nine interceptions, Mariota has endured a stunning reversal in Year 3. Through 10 games played – he missed one with a hamstring injury – Mariota has just nine touchdown passes and has tossed a career-high 12 interceptions, including an alarmingly high six in the past two games.

55. Tennessee’s Hot Seat Finds a New Office -

Tennessee football isn’t what it used to be. Nor is the attraction of being UT’s football coach.

It became more and more apparent this week as first-year UT athletics director John Currie tried to hire his first football coach as an AD.

56. Much at Stake in Memphis-UCF Rematch -

For a game that happened two months ago, UCF’s 40-13 victory over the Memphis Tigers has had incredible staying power. But there are logical reasons for that, too.

It’s the only loss Memphis (10-1) suffered all year. The Tigers took out two Top-25 teams (at the time the games were played) in UCLA and Navy. Yet they were not really competitive against UCF, which is undefeated at 11-0 heading into the American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando (ABC-TV).

57. Last Word: Veto Override, Vince Carter on Fizdale and Corker on Tax Reform -

Signs of life at the old Kroger store on Exeter in Germantown. The new developers for a project that was supposed to be a Trader Joe’s have pulled a $90,000 building permit to remove the façade of the building. But no word on who the new tenant may be and some interesting remarks about recruiting tenants in general who won’t have as many trucks making deliveries in a retail center that borders a residential area.

58. Producing Wins Was Lacking Under Fizdale, Grizz GM Says -

The day after the Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale just 19 games into his second season, general manager Chris Wallace rejected the notion that center Marc Gasol was a “coach-killer” and said more went into the decision to change coaches than one fractured relationship.

59. Grizzlies’ Firing of David Fizdale Stamps This as Marc Gasol’s Team -

Maybe it would have happened anyway. Rumors were rampant on Saturday that Grizzlies coach David Fizdale was coaching for his job, that an eighth straight loss to Brooklyn on Sunday could mean the end.

60. Apocalypse Not -

Much has been said about the so-called “Retail Apocalypse,” a frightening term that conjures images of a desolate landscape littered with boarded-up malls and shopping centers representing the death of American capitalism. 

61. Tigers Defense Has Persevered Through Adversity This Season -

The numbers don’t tell the story. A glance at the American Athletic Conference team statistics show a University of Memphis defense that ranks in the bottom half of the 12-team league in practically every category, from scoring defense (seventh, 32.6 points per game) to total defense (eighth, 452.3 yards per game). The Tigers have allowed 43 touchdowns (4.3 per game) and struggled stopping opponents on third down and in the red zone.

62. Thaddeus Young Charting Own Course on the NBA Court and Off -

When Thaddeus Young returns to Memphis, he needs to make extra time. When he walks out of the tunnel to get in his pre-game shooting about an hour before tip-off, everyone from FedExForum ushers to fans to Grizzlies personnel want a moment to say hi and shake hands.

63. Grizzlies Reeling, Lose Fifth Straight to Portland -

The Grizzlies’ fifth straight loss, and their eighth in the last 10 games, had its share of ugliness. Being outrebounded by Portland 60-35 was ugly. Shooting 38.4 percent and 26.7 percent from 3-point range (8 of 30) was hardly a thing of beauty.

64. Tigers Defeat SMU, Mother Nature to Clinch AAC West Championship -

The football gods decreed that the University of Memphis would have to wait a little longer. Of course they did. Hurricanes and tropical storms altered game schedules and caused harsh playing conditions early in the season. On Saturday, there was a lightning delay just as a berth in the American Athletic Conference title game was within reach.

65. Memphis Basketball: A Program in Decline -

They’ve only played two games. The early signing period for the class of 2018 has just passed. And yet it feels like the University of Memphis basketball program’s ceiling for this season and the foreseeable future is dropping.

66. Timekeeper -

A minute here. A minute there. Just 14 games into the Grizzlies’ 82-game regular season trek, coach David Fizdale is already trying to steal time, to manage minutes, and, yes, trying to make the best calculated decisions he can when weighing the chance to win a game today vs. the potential tax that might be assessed tomorrow.

67. The Grizzlies’ $3.3 Million Steal, Tyreke Evans, Playing Toward a Payday -

The Grizzlies didn’t quite score enough points in losing 110-103 in Milwaukee to finish 2-3 on a five-game road stretch. But not because Tyreke Evans didn’t try to carry the Grizzlies to victory yet again.

68. Tigers Can Clinch AAC West Saturday at Home vs. SMU -

Good things were expected. Great things were considered possible. In the preseason, anticipation was high for Mike Norvell’s second University of Memphis football team.

69. Do The Hustle -

A lot can change in six years. Consider: In early November of 2011 the NBA was in the midst of a lockout. Rudy Gay, then a Memphis Grizzlies player, put together a charity game at what was then known as the DeSoto Civic Center.

70. Byard Adding ‘Smart’ to Instinctual Game -

With five interceptions in two games, it’s tough not to notice what a second-year safety is doing for the Tennessee Titans.

But as flashy as the results have been for Kevin Byard, perhaps the reason why the former Middle Tennessee star is finding success can be found in another play – one in which the Titans defense was in total disarray.

71. Jason Motte Still Making His Pitch Against Cancer -

The backward K on those T-shirts that have become synonymous with the Jason Motte Foundation “Let’s Strike Out Cancer” campaign are beyond cool.

But so is that other logo, the image of Motte wearing No. 30 on his back as he was when he got the last out in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

72. Bench Power -

Through games of Nov. 7, the Memphis Grizzlies were 7-4. You probably knew that. You recall the thrill of taking down the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors at FedExForum and beating the much-hyped Houston Rockets twice – on the road and at home.

73. FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman's encrypted cellphone to learn what evidence it might hold.

74. Tennessee Gov. Haslam: Not a Witness in Federal Fraud Case -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said he is not on the list of potential witnesses at the federal fraud trial of former executives and sales representatives at the truck stop chain owned by his family.

75. Disney Ends LA Times Ban After Widespread Backlash -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday lifted its ban of Los Angeles Times reporters and critics from its press screenings after a widespread backlash prompted several media outlets to announce their own boycotts of Disney movies.

76. Josh Pastner Under NCAA Microscope -

Former University of Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner has been accused of being complicit in extra benefits provided to at least two Georgia Tech players and to former Tiger player Markel Crawford.

77. Norvell: ‘No Distractions’ Related to Job Rumors -

The University of Memphis football team’s 7-1 start has put them in the top 25 in both major polls and has fans looking forward to the possibility of playing for an American Athletic Conference championship. And, if that goes well, playing in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Day.

78. After Hot Start, Grizzlies Show Cracks In Foundation -

As calculated decisions go, it seemed like a good one. Probably, it was a smart decision despite the unhappy result.

With the Grizzlies wrapping up a homestand, coach David Fizdale determined the last game against the Orlando Magic was an opportune time to get point guard Mike Conley and his sore Achilles a little extra rest before starting a five-game road trip.

79. Norvell: ‘No Distractions’ Related to Job Rumors -

The University of Memphis football team’s 7-1 start has put them in the top 25 in both major polls and has fans looking forward to the possibility of playing for an American Athletic Conference championship. And, if that goes well, playing in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Day.

80. Tito Jackson’s Pursuit of Blues Finds Memphis -

Tito Jackson has the blues. The third of the Jackson 5 by age, the lead guitar player, has always wanted to play the blues but as a show-business veteran he also knows you play what the audience knows you for.

81. Clicking on All Cylinders -

Memphis is a city on the precipice of change as projects that were once deemed impossible – like ServiceMaster’s Downtown headquarters or Crosstown Concourse – have emboldened developers and city officials to shoot for the moon.

82. Changing the Dream -

In driveways and on playgrounds all across America, kids limited only by what their imaginations can conjure launch basketballs toward hoops. Hanging in the balance are the fate of fictitious NCAA Tournament title games and NBA Finals Game 7s.

83. Montgomery Martin Builds an Urban Renaissance -

Montgomery Martin has Memphis grit on his feet. He’s spent the afternoon walking through the Tennessee Brewery building, a 125-year-old South Bluff structure being reimagined and renovated with the help of Montgomery Martin Contractors. In other cities, an aging giant like the Brewery might be seen as condemned – too daunting to be granted new life. But Martin says, “We’re not afraid of old buildings – we figure out how to get it done.” And, he adds, “all this is coming together to draw people back into the city.”

84. Men Rock Pink to Raise Awareness For Breast Cancer -

Men don’t typically have a big voice in the fight against breast cancer, but the American Cancer Society is changing that by partnering with prominent local businessmen, health care professionals, and public servants.

85. Grizzlies Run Past Golden State, 111-101 -

When it was done, when the Memphis Grizzlies had defeated the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors 111-101 Saturday night at FedExForum, and Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant had been ejected, there was a lot of explaining to do.

86. Ferguson, Taylor Rally No. 25 Memphis Past Houston, 42-38 -

HOUSTON (AP) — Down 17 in the second half on the road, there was no panic in No. 25 Memphis.

The Tigers kept their focus and finished with a victory.

Riley Ferguson threw for 471 yards and had a 21-yard TD pass with 1:28 left, Patrick Taylor rushed for a career-high four touchdowns and Memphis rallied to beat Houston 42-38 on Thursday night.

87. Succop One of Best-Ever Pickups for Titans -

The art of kicking a football is often taken for granted.

It’s a little bit like driving in that good driving is rarely noticed, unless maybe it’s done by NASCAR drivers. Bad driving always brings unwanted attention.

88. Last Word: T.A. Talks Memphis, EDGE Debate and Politics, Lots of Politics -

Grizz season opener at the Forum Wednesday is a win over NOLA 103 – 91. And Tony Allen’s Grizz jersey is retired. The day before, Allen wrote a piece for The Players’ Tribune on the Memphis experience and it is just about the best thing that will happen to you all day. He just walks right off the court and into the soul of this place.

89. Roster Moves Show Grizzlies Know They Can’t Put Tomorrow Ahead of Today -

From the time training camp opened this year, forward Jarell Martin was considered likely to be left on the outside looking in when the Grizzlies made their final roster cuts. Martin was a first-round selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, but speculation was he would be competing with young Deyonta Davis, a second-round pick in 2016, for the last roster slot on the front line. And because Davis was just 20 and considered raw but with much potential, Martin would lose out.

90. Tigers Top No. 24 Navy to get Back in AAC West Race -

By reputation, Navy was the more efficient team. The team that didn’t make many mistakes and didn’t commit many penalties.

That was a main reason that Navy was undefeated and the No. 24 team in the country when the Midshipmen lined up against the University of Memphis Saturday, Oct. 14, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

91. Turning The Page -

The Memphis Grizzlies still cling to their old grit-and-grind identity – at least for marketing purposes and perhaps a subconscious need for comfort and security. But they also decided now was the time they had to initiate transformative change.

92. Hartnell: ‘It’s Very Comforting’ to be Back -

Scott Hartnell ran into unexpected difficulty back in 2000 on one of his very first road trips with the Nashville Predators.

It happened during “Rookie Night,” a time-honored tradition in which the team’s first-year players pay for the pricey dinners of their teammates and trainers.

93. Core Two: Fizdale Expects and Needs Gasol and Conley to Lead -

For all of the uncertainty surrounding the Grizzlies as they wind down the preseason – from a still-diminished Chandler Parsons possibly being relegated to backup power forward to ongoing roster spot battles – coach David Fizdale is sure of this much:

94. Trump’s Bluster Cascades Through State Politics -

The chaos emanating from President Donald Trump’s administration is changing the landscape of Tennessee politics, setting the stage for upheaval within the dominant Republican Party.

“This is a really big moment for the Tennessee Republican Party,” with the Trump wing or far-right wing “firmly in control,” says Kent Syler, Middle Tennessee State University political science professor.

95. Good Shepherd, Transplant Foundation Team to Provide Low-Cost Medication -

Because of the high cost of their medications, transplant patients frequently are confronted with difficult-to-impossible choices in figuring out how to obtain and pay for the drugs they need.

That’s according to National Foundation for Transplants president and CEO Michelle Gilchrist, whose Memphis-based organization has teamed up with the local Good Shepherd Pharmacy to help bring affordable medications to transplant patients in Tennessee.

96. Titans Will Struggle If Mariota Misses Time -

The Tennessee Titans season might have flashed right before their eyes this past Sunday.

And it had little to do with the 57-14 thrashing they took at the hands of the Houston Texans. Oh, for those who might not have seen it, it was every bit as bad as that score sounds in every facet of the game.

97. UT QBs, Receivers, Coaches Struggling So Far -

Tennessee’s football players are on fall break this weekend during the open date. You’ve got to wonder how many players fifth-year UT coach Butch Jones will get back after the break.

Fallout from last Saturday’s 41-0 loss to No. 5 Georgia is massive. Fans were leaving Neyland Stadium by halftime with the Vols trailing 24-0. Jones took a beating from fans on social media and sports talk radio all week.

98. Senate Panel OKs Bipartisan Children's Health Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan bill financing health insurance for millions of low-income children won easy approval Wednesday from the Senate Finance Committee as pressure grew on Congress to act, four days after federal funding for the program expired.

99. Profound Effect -

The life of a college basketball walk-on tends to be an uneven equation. All those hours of practice, day after day after day. In return, precious minutes on game nights. Well, every few weeks.

In the case of Jonathan Wilfong, a Memphis University School grad who walked on at Southern Methodist University, he played 11 minutes his entire freshman season and 22 as a sophomore. He got a little more run the next two years, including a 16-minute stint when SMU smashed the University of Memphis 103-62 as Wilfong scored four points.

100. A Positive First Step For Grizzlies’ Mario Chalmers -

Veteran point guard Mario Chalmers is on a partially guaranteed contract and that means what it sounds like it means. The Grizzlies wanted to give Chalmers, 31, a long look, but coming off surgery for an Achilles injury they didn’t believe it was automatic he would be ready to serve as Mike Conley’s backup as he did two seasons ago.