Friday, April 28, 2006

Penske and Beckett Landscaping

There have been two services that I have used over the course of the past week that I wanted to let you know are great. Penske trucking is absolutely the choice if you are moving. I got hooked up with these guys after complaining about Uhaul a few years ago. They are all I have used ever since and I have sent a ton of listeners there with total confidence. If you are moving anything that would require a truck... get Penske.

Also, my landscaper is Beckett Landscaping. They can do anything for you and at an affordable price. You can get a hold of my guy, Tony, at 619-3485. This is who I use for my house and he is great.

Hopefully a couple of tips for you.

Verno

Thursday, April 27, 2006

DWash Speculation and The Same Ole Grizz Story



This kid watched the Grizzly game last night. 0-2 and smoked by Dallas last night. That game last night was over in the second quarter. So Eddie Jones took all the players out to eat the other night... did they all get food poisoning?

The whole team stunk. The first quarter they came out and played, and then it all fell apart. I was flipping channels by the 3rd quarter. Herrington and I talked about this on the show yesterday... it is amazing how much more athletic and fast the Mavericks are. They run down loose balls, they beat everyone off the dribble, and it is embarrassing. That shriek I heard from downtown was the Grizzlies business office pondering game 3 ticket sales. At this point I am going to try to be positive... how about the Grizzlies just make this losing streak like Dimaggio's hit streak... unbreakable. How predictable was this. Break out the brooms.

Now to the Dwash speculation... I have heard from people that know that it has at least been talked about that if Darius does not go and play pro basketball, that no matter what, he would not come back to Memphis, but could play college bball again. I would have shrugged this off as total bologna yet it was backed up with an interesting option (and the source is someone close to many involved with DWash). It is no secret that Darius idolizes his father. Those close to the dad will tell you that he and Calipari are hardly good friends, and have had there differences. The option would be this... if it does not work out for him like he thinks, he would move to Florida, work out for a year, and then transfer and play at South Florida. Totally crazy? Maybe. Do people that know the situation much better than I think this is out of the question? No. I could care less either way, but it is intriguing. Maybe there is something to it...

Verno

Monday, April 24, 2006

Grizz/ Mavs game 1 etc.

What a load of crap that was last night. It is a mantra of the program that as a fan, all you can expect is that your team gives it everything they have got. If it is not good enough, so be it. You want to feel like they left it all on the court. The Grizzlies did not. Totally unacceptable.

Pau is Pau. I did not expect much different. He has had a great season and is an excellent player, but you cannot put the burden of carrying a team on him in the postseason. You never will be able to. Some may consider it a knock, but K.G. is the same way, so take it for what it is worth. I take this first part back, his first half was actully worse than I expected, that is usually when he is good.

Dirk was the real All-Star. Big time players come up big.

Atkins is Atkins. He is a decent backup point guard. Awful last night.

I have long said that the guys I want on my team are the guys I would like to take to a street fight (not talent wise, attitude wise). There are two guys I would take off this Grizzly team-- Shane and Eddie.

Miller may be the better 6th man, but the Mavs use theirs better (Stackhouse).

When one team has more talent, you can bridge the gap somewhat with hustle. Dallas was the team that played with more heart, desire, and passion. That is freaking sad.

Verno

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Herrington comes up big

Great Grizzlies/ Mavs Preview from Chris Herrington (Show contributor, Memphis Flyer Grizz writer)

You can read it here.

I will be back with my thoughts on Game 1 after the game.

Verno

Friday, April 21, 2006

Todays Show

Former Grizz Assistant (Son of Hubie) Brendan Brown on the show for the first hour to breakdown the playoffs. Sorry for no post on the playoffs yet, having Brendan Brown makes up for it.

Also on the show... Gary Parrish, Phillip Rivers, Bert Sugar, and bologna.

Verno

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Grizzlies Playoff Schedule

I will post tommorow on the series and what to look for. Today we have the Grizz Power Hour with Grizz PBP man Eric Hasseltine from 3-4. Who guards Dirk?

Here is the breakdown
Dallas vs. Memphis
Game 1 - Sun April 23 Memphis at Dallas 8:30PM TNT
Game 2 - Wed April 26 Memphis at Dallas 7:00PM TNT
Game 3 - Sat April 29 Dallas at Memphis 4:30PM TNT
Game 4 - Mon May 1 Dallas at Memphis TBD TBD TBD
Game 5 * Wed May 3 Memphis at Dallas TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 5 Dallas at Memphis TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 7 Memphis at Dallas TBD TBD TBD

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Ingram Hill on the show yesterday





Justin Moore, the lead singer of Memphis band Ingram Hill, was on the show yesterday and played a couple of songs for everyone. They are playing at Newby's on Friday in a charity event for the Phoenix Club and the Boys and Girls Club of Memphis.

There are a lot of kids here displaced because of Katrina, and the Boys and Girls Club needs your help to be able to maintain their help for all the new children here in Memphis. You can get tickets @ newbysmemphis.com or check out ingamhillmusic.com for more info.

They had 2 top 25 Billboard nationwide hits on the last album, new album out at the end of August. I bet this one blows them up.

I will try to get the clips up soon.

Verno

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Thanks Albert


That a boy Pujols. 3 jacks yesterday saved the series for the Cardinals. It would have been brutal to lose 2 of 3 to Cincinnati. The pen still stinks, but Albert made up for it.

I went to the Redbirds game on Friday and they won a game. If William Macy was the Cooler, I am the Heater. They lose 9 straight and I am not there, then I go to the game and they win, you splain it. I really didn't care if they won, and to be honest, I end up talking the whole time and mildly paying attention. I never have a bad time there, ever. Autozone Park is still a jewel. Most arenas get uncool pretty quickly, but not that place.

Over the weekend thoughts...

When is Bonds gonna start hitting? Is ESPN really gonna show me every single ab if he stays a sub .200 hitter?

I spent Easter watching every baseball game I could on that Directv package I bought. I watched the Boston/ Seattle game, and with all the roids talk constantly surrounding baseball I questions pretty much everyone.

Which leads me to this... Adrian Beltre. This guy hit 48 HR's and batted in 121, while hitting .334 two years ago. He was a machine. He was locked and was killing the ball every game. I watched that guy yesterday and he was horrific. He had no chance at the plate. What could it be? You tell me. All I know is that is not the same guy at the plate at all.

Adrian Beltre
AVG. HR RBI SLG
2004 .334 48 121 .629
2005 .255 19 87 .413

This year he is hitting .119 (or less) and has 0 RBI's. And some say they don't help...

Everyone is starting to get really confident the Grizz will win a playoff game this year because the playoffs are close (did they feel this way a month ago?). Hubie's 50 win team was a better team than this team. I saw them get swept. I will be surprised if the Grizz win more than 1 game against Dallas. Just keepin it real.

I hear that if Shawne Williams leaves, he will sign with super-agent Arn Tellum. I have seen Shawne recently and he wasn't hanging with guys that are telling him to stay in school.

When is Chris Shelton gonna stop hitting homeruns? Seriously.

In the Ipod...

Matisyahu (Youth)
David Gray (Lost songs 91-95)
Ben Harper (Both sides of a Loaded Gun)
White Stripes (Elephant)

It's never about the money here.

Verno

Thursday, April 13, 2006

WARNING: EMOTIONAL POST Why are you smiling....ever.



We are less than 2 weeks into the season and I already hate you Izzy. Get injured.

Dirk's Second Career




Here is the song that we we played on the show today. I will pray relentlessly that the Grizzlies play the Mavs in the playoffs so we can play this everyday.

dirk_nowitzki-courtside.mp3

Grizzly Power Hour with Eric Hasseltine today @ 3. Holler.

Verno

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Cal stays and the T Wolves are bums



All is well that ends well? It went on too long and it got too personal, but in the end, it worked out. Coach Cal is staying in Memphis. This situation could and should have been avoided if

a. The administration would have made it more of a priority (i.e. not having to cancel meetings), and if

b. Cal had an agent (don't negotiated face to face with your boss, it becomes personal and emotional).

But, in the end, the Tigers have their coach back. Pat Forde has a great article about coaches and salaries that mentions John's situation. You can read it here.

The T Wolves are tanking the season on purpose in order to ensure that they keep their lottery pick in tact and don't lose it to the Clippers. What is even worse is that they are tanking to try to keep the pick after making a seriously ridiculous trade (Cassell for Jaric). They brought a glorified NBDL team into the Forum last night and left KG, Ricky Davis, and Anthony Carter at home.

random thoughts...

I watch Bonds on Bonds, and, I admit, I like to watch it.

Anna Benson is incredibly overrated.

If you are a guy, and you wore capri pants (ever), stab yourself today to atone for your sins.

My inclination is that Leinhart will be a Titan, Vince Young will be a Cardinal, and Deangelo will be a Viking.

My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet. R.D.

Verno

Monday, April 10, 2006

The Masters, the weekend, Latrell Sprewell, and the Greatest Video ever

I was totally disappointed in the Masters. Seriously, could that have been a better setup for a final round? And then what happened?

Hit a putt Tiger, for God's sake, hit a putt... please.

Hit a putt Freddie. Please.

Phil Mickelson runs away with it and nobody makes a run at him. The closest thing was Tim Clark. Vijay does not, Tiger does not, Els goes in the tank, Goosen is not around. Ahhhhhh!

It was a beautiful Sunday in Memphis and I was so excited to sit and watch the best tournament of the year, and that is what I get?

Why is it that if Tiger is in the lead, he never loses, and when he has to come from behind, he never wins? I will never understand that.

Thank you to Rocco Mediate. His 10 made the average guy feel good.

Random thoughts....

The Grizz lost to the Spurs in "we don't have a go-to guy" Part 150 in 5 years.

I hate Jason Issringhausen. I hope I spelled his name wrong I hate him so bad.

How about Latrell Sprewell? He has been a problem, he said the dumbest thing in world history with the "gotta feed my family" statement, but for a million bucks (vet minimum for rest of year) do you want a guy that could create his own shot? Don't tell me about chemistry, they are gonna lose in the playoffs anyway. Why not? Maybe he will choke Fratello.

I think Brett Favre has earned it. If you are not a Green Bay fan, what do you care? And if you are, you should want him back whenever he decides. If Ted Thompson is fine with waiting, why does anyone else care?

I would not be surprised if Cal leaves. NC State is a good job and a lot of money. He is gonna go sometime. I could care less what the guy gets paid... If you are Memphis, give him all that you can. If it is not enough, so be it. It is a terrible time though, coaches have already signed other places. Give me Pete Gillen.. hahahaha.

I am live @ the Hilton today for the Tennessee Boosters Club dinner. Fulmer and Pearl will both be on the show.

This is the greatest video ever..... http://gorillamask.net/shawnbradley.shtml
A collection of Shawn Bradley getting dunked on.

Thanks for coming by.. sorry for the delay.. I am back for the long haul on this blog. Check for regular updates.

Did I mention that I hate Jason Issringhausen?

Verno