Thursday, February 28, 2008
John Heyman from SI.COM came on the show from spring training to talk about how nobody wants to sign Barry Bonds, the trouble Roger Clemens is in now, Mark McGwire in Cardinals camp, and the upcoming season. John Heyman on The Chris Vernon Show 2-27-08
The Mic Check segment on CW30 runs on Wednesday nights in the 9:45 block. This week the segment was about a Memphis run for the national championship.
MIC CHECK WITH CHRIS VERNON ON CW30 (2-27-08)
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Why I picked Tennessee...
You can disagree, and many of you have. You can call me names, and many of you have. You can get upset or claim that I am just trying to get a rise out of people, but I have my reasons for the pick.
Both of these teams play at an extremely fast pace when they are at their best. Neither of these teams are very good half-court teams. In fact, that is exactly why both of them got beat by Ohio State in the tournament last year. It is also why both of them would be vulnerable to a UCLA or UNC in the tournament. These teams have to be playing in space for them to be at their best. Memphis has an real advantage over almost every team in the country when the game speeds up, but not against Tennessee. UT is the one team that does not become overwhelmed when the game gets to be played at a rapid pace, and in fact they get better.
So we have two teams that I am convinced will play at a fast pace. Give me the team that fully commits to that style of play.
You can say I have some sort of axe to grind against Memphis
You can say I am a UT fan
You can say that I just want to get a rise out of people
Examine the message, not the messenger. I guess I could have just been a total homer because I think that is what people would want to hear, or I could tell you what I believe and why. Sane people respect the latter, even if they disagree.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace on The Chris Vernon Show 2-21-08 Part 1
Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace on The Chris Vernon Show 2-21-08 Part 2
Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace on The Chris Vernon Show 2-21-08 Part 3
The Haters segment on Wednesday was the best one in a long while.... THE HATERS 2-20-08
Rick Kamla from NBA TV joined us to talk about the trade deadline and everything gong on in the league. Rick Kamla on The Chris Vernon Show 2-20-08
Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace and Chris Rose from Best Damn Sports Show will be on the show today.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Chris Wallace could not make it in for the weekly segment because he got caught up with the boss (good reason). I would not blow off the guy that signs my checks either. What I do know is that the Grizzlies were not in the process of making a move when Wallace missed the show. He will be on tomorrow after the deadline (scheduled to be on show @ 3).
I am told that a betting man would bet the Grizzlies would stand pat, but anything can happen.
Now, on to Miller... the Grizzlies point of view is that they will not trade Miller in a simply financial deal. Any deal for Miller would have to make basketball sense (this was a nice thing to hear). They are worried that if they move Miller they will lose real outside shooting and virtually any veteran presence (from a guy that plays). The thought is that if you keep Miller that you could put something good together within a few years, whereas if you move him for what you would get in many of the deals you could quickly become 4-5 yrs from being really competitive (like the Bulls did). The other thought is that at the top of the draft (where the Grizz pick will be) there are pg's and bigs, but really only one outside scorer (Gordon). So let's say that you more than likely get an interior guy (Beasley, Love, Arthur, whoever) in the draft, then you want to have Miller and you could be something other than an abomination in the near future. Again, Miller's outside shooting and the fact that he is a vet make them very skeptical of moving him. I understand the value that they see in keeping Miller if teams are not bowling them over with the offers.
I would bet that Miller is not dealt, but again, anything can happen. Wallace will be on the show tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The Fanta reference comes from a blog post and a conversation the Gary Parrish and I had on the show about my favorite message board thread ever.
HERE IS THE ORIGINAL BLOG ENTRY ON THE ENTIRE SUBJECT...
Why I love message boards (DOWN WITH SCHNUCKS!!!)
Monday, February 18, 2008
Ole Miss HC Andy Kennedy on the recent struggles, etc (I'm not jumpin off yet, soon though)
Jeff Goodman from Foxsports.com weekly segment
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I will obviously talk about this on the show on Monday, but here are a couple of quick thoughts....
- heck of a photo by Mark Weber of the CA, the misspelling of Memphis is hysterical
- there were not many Memphis media members there. There was the radio team, Fox had a few guys down there, Wolken from the CA, and me. I think that was it.
- the trip is way easier since they opened up the highways that take you to Bham.
- Robert Vaden is absolutely awesome. He lived up to expectations.
Terrible last shot, but other than that, the kid proved he is a player. He will be a pro.
- I have no idea how Douglas-Roberts hits the shots he hits. He was spectacular.
- Antonio Anderson played the best game I have ever seen him play. He was having to chase Vaden around on one end, and dropping off shots on the other end. He was better last night than he was in the Cincy game a few years back.
- UAB had an incredible game plan and executed it about as well as they could have. Memphis players were looking for calls and getting frustrated. They always had a body on a body on the defensive glass. Memphis kills teams on the boards and with second chance points typically. They took Dorsey completely out of the game by bullying the bully.
- I will talk at length about the aftermath of the game on the show, but quickly... I was taken out of my media seat under the goal so that the fans could rush the court, and so I was actually on the court in the corner at the end of the game. Upon winning the game Pierre Niles was right in front of me getting in peoples faces and just being completely ridiculous. I know what it looks like when a guy is looking for trouble, and there was about to be a riot on the court right in front of me with some UAB football players because Pierre is out there poppin his jersey, cussin, and bowin' up on anyone around (nevermind that he was on the end of the bench the whole game). When you see the team coming to that end of the court on the video, it is because Pierre is out there jawing at everyone. The UAB fans were completely out of line for throwing crap at the team, but the team should have gone to the locker room. If you are gonna yell at fans, and pop your jersey, and get in faces as you are walking to the tunnel good things will typically not come from that. You have nothing to gain by being in the tunnel arguing with a fan, and you might get hurt in the process. You gotta just keep on walking. I will bet anything Coach Cal is telling them the same thing. You gotta just keep on walking.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Today (Friday) on the show... Bert Sugar from Vegas (Pavlik, Taylor fight), UAB coach Mike Davis, Xavier coach Sean Miller, Jason Smith and Craig Wack from CA
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The TV gig I am doing on CW30 will be regular on Wednesday nights. It will air every Wednesday from now on at 9:45 as a part of Eyewitness Sports. So, it will be on tonight. Check it.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Here is the weekly segment...
Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace on The Chris Vernon Show 2-6-08
ESPN.COM'S DAVID THORPE WAS ALSO ON THE SHOW AND HAD SOME INTERESTING THOUGHTS ON RUDY AND THE YOUNG GUYS ON THE TEAM
DAVID THORPE on The Chris Vernon Show 2-6-08
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
“Late Tuesday evening, I learned of an incident concerning one of our players, Robert Dozier. We are finding out all the facts, and if University or team policy was violated, I will deal with it in a fair and firm manner like I always have.”
All of the details of this will be out soon. This is totally predictable, and sad. The "fair and firm" manner in which things are dealt with have always continued to create an environment where players can do anything. I asked after the riot at the club this summer.. when will it end? When somebody gets shot? At some point, a different standard must be set, or these type of problems will continue and put Memphis basketball in the news for the wrong reasons... as this will.
Tiger facing possible assault charge
Sunday, February 03, 2008
In publications all across this land, intelligent people looking for an explanation for the Grizzlies-Lakers trade hit on the same explanation: Salary dump.
The article goes on to say, much like the other article in the paper, that this explanation is false. False because some people have said it is false.
So let me get this right... all of the facts of the recent past will lead you to believe that this was another move to help cut costs, intelligent people all over the nation can see this, but Heisley and some other source said that it was not a fire sale. Hmmmmm. Honestly, anyone with a brain can see the truth. If you believe this crap, you are simply naive.
With that being said, the outcome of this trade is not that bad. The by-product of cutting costs could help the Grizzlies build a significantly better team in the future. In the end, this team has to get lucky and be better in the draft than they have been.
The trade is what it is, but I cannot help but laugh at the people killing it. It could not be more obvious that much of the national media has rarely seen Pau play. This was clearly more of a business deal than a basketball deal, but allow me to quickly address it from the basketball angle. WHY WAS THE TEAM ALWAYS AS GOOD WITH PAU AS THEY WERE WITHOUT HIM RECORD-WISE? WHY? Over the course of the last few years the Grizzlies have won 28% of their games with Pau, and 27% without him. How is that possible if the guy is so great? I defy anyone to give me a good reason. The suck with him, and now they will suck without him, but at least they will have some flexibility to improve (if they care).
The toughest part to swallow for me is that I was screaming from the rooftops a few years ago that this team should not be making Pau a max player. If that is what you had to pay, you had to let him walk. This franchise should have never given the guy the deal, and now we all pay for it.
Friday, February 01, 2008
GRIZZLIES GM CHRIS WALLACE ON THE CHRIS VERNON SHOW 2-1-08
THERE IS MORE TO IT THAN WHAT THE CA IS REPORTING...
Pau Gasol and a second round pick will be sent to Los Angeles for Kwame Brown (and his expiring contract), a first rounder in '08 and '10, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie and rights to Marc Gasol
It was what I thought it was.
CVERNON.COM: WHERE ACCURACY MATTERS. JUST KIDDING, IT DOESN'T REALLY.
What I do care about is the deal that also may come in the next few days. I don't think that we are going to be as happy as we once thought we would be about a Pau deal. I have pontificated on the fact that a fire sale could be coming so that Heisley can save money and position the team to sell it. I think he wants to be able to sell to someone and be able to pitch that they will takeover a product with quite a bit of flexibility that they can do whatever they want with. Unfortunately I think that Wallace was hired to carry out this plan. I hope I am wrong.
There is nothing that Heisley has done in the past 2 years to indicate that he is doing anything but cutting back on all costs. Saving money is what this franchise is about now.
With that being said, look for Pau to be part of a deal that brings back a big expiring contract. If what I think may go down, goes down, people are going to be really pissed. Have you ever considered what Kwame Brown would look like in a Grizzlies uni? I am just asking.