Saturday, January 31, 2009

Here we go Cardinals, Here we go!

I swear, when the fake Cowboys get dropped by the Cardinals, Katie bar the door. If they don't, I may not show up to work on Monday. Come on Arizona, I need this.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Phillip Rivers and George Foreman on the show

Phillip Rivers returned to the show today to talk about the playoffs, losing to the Steelers, Jay Cutler, Norv Turner, and who will win the Super Bowl.

George Foreman was on the show to talk about his new product he is pitching, his life now, and his career. Both interviews were in the 5 oclock hour of the show today.

Also, yesterday Clyde Drexler was on and he was great. All of these interviews are available in the podcast of the shows at at the bottom, in the splashcast player. All of the segments are labeled so you can choose whatever you want to hear again, or whatever you missed.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Rudy Gay getting ready for the dunk contest (video)

Rudy got together with the Sklar brothers to try to decide what he should do in the dunk contest...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Filling in with Parrish

I will be filling in again with Gary Parrish on the Geoff and Gary show while Geoff Calkins is in Tampa covering the Super Bowl. So check out the show at 11. Gary and I are scheduled to be joined by Marisa Miller (Maxim's hottest woman in the world) in the last segment of the 11 oclock hour. You may remember that Miller is now a Tennessee fan (covered in this post from last year).

The truth about the Lionel Hollins hire

I thought hiring Lionel was the wrong decision, but I hope the guy becomes the NBA coach of the year and is fantastic. Some have killed the hire, and some have defended, or even praised the hire. I like the guy, like to see him getting his chance, and believe he could turn out to be good.

But here is the truth...
-Nobody in the media, including those that love Hollins and Heisley, would have put Lionel in a top 5 list of guys they think the Grizzlies should hire when they fire Iavaroni. Nobody. They can defend the hire now, but everyone knows his name would not have been mentioned if someone called into a show and asked who the Grizzlies should hire. Maybe all the fans and media would have been wrong to not include him (time will tell), but his name would never have been mentioned. So nobody would have mentioned him a week ago, yet now it is a good hire?

-Nobody with a brain believes that Lionel was hired because the Grizzlies think he was the best man for the job. Again, he might turn out to be the best man for the job- but nobody thinks that is the reason they are hiring him. This is my real concern.

- What is done is done, and I hope the guy is great. Primarily because I think he is a good guy and I like to see good things happen to good people. But nobody can deny that he would not have been on any media or fan top 5 as to who the team should hire, and nobody can deny that he was not hired because the team believes that he is the best man for the job.

The Lionel Hollins era begins tonight. Let's hope he's a great hire, even if I don't agree with it.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Memphis Business Quarterly feature on the show

I did an interview that is featured in Memphis Business Quarterly for their issue that comes out this month. They wanted to ask me about everything that goes along with my job, and specifically the sales angle of the show. If you ever wanted to know how my deal at the station is structured, and how it all works, then check it out. Thanks to Greg Akers (who wrote the article). If you want to pick the magazine up at the store, it is the newest issue and has investor Robert Compton on the cover.

The Chris Vernon Show in Memphis Business Quarterly (Winter '09 issue)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Lionel Hollins presser, Heisley speaks

The Grizzlies held their press conference today to announce Lionel Hollins as the head coach. The press conference had some decent moments, but the real fun was after the event was over. Michael Heisley held court with a small group of us, and fielded any question we wanted to throw at him. As far as I know, I have the only audio of the exchange (which lasted over 20 minutes), and I will play it on the show tomorrow. Their is a ton of really good stuff to sift through in the audio.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Grizzlies coaching situation, Mic Check channel

I am in Knoxville getting ready for the Memphis/Tennessee game and I have not been able to put anything up about the Ivy firing/ Hollins hiring, but if you want to check out the show from yesterday--- go to and scroll to the bottom. The entire show is loaded in the splashcast player (including Kevin James coming on the show). The show was primarily about the Grizzlies coaching situation and the Tigers/ Vols game.

Also, I wanted to mention that the guys at ABC 24/ CW 30 have set up a channel for the TV bit, Mic Check with Chris Vernon. You can check out the most current bit, and scroll through ones from the past. Here is the link...
MIC CHECK Channel.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Clyde Drexler, Kevin James, Knoxville

All-time NBA great Clyde Drexler will be on the show Thursday in the first hour.

Kevin James (star of #1 movie in America, Paul Blart: Mall Cop) will be on the show on Friday.

The Memphis/ Tennessee game is this weekend.
Friday we will be doing the show live in Knoxville at Rays ESG, a great sports bar in town. If you are going to be in Knoxville the day before the game, come check us out at this place. Parrish will be out there with me.

If you are here to try to find audio of something that was on the show (the Chris Wallace bit, etc.) you can find the show broken into segments each day after the show is over.
The Chris Vernon Show podcast can be found at the bottom of

Sunday, January 18, 2009

"The Dribbler" has his defenders (and I predicted all of this)

There are times when I really think I might be a prophet. At the beginning of November, I wrote an article entitled "What is Mike Conley Jr?". You can find it HERE.
Now today I read an article in the CA about how "The Dribbler" being awful is the Grizzlies fault. Surprise, surprise. Like I said in November, with guys like Conley it is never really their fault if they dissapoint. predicting the future since 2005.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The show now has a podcast

If you missed any of the show and want to check it out, the show is now always available at Scroll to the bottom of the page where the splashcast player is and you can surf around from there (to whatever segment you missed or want to check out). Our show, and the Geoff and Gary show are loaded each day. Check it.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Miss St. coach Dan Mullen, Romo, Denunzio (The Audio)

Monday we were joined by the new HC at Miss. St. and we tried to get to know him. We talked to him about his road to becoming the coach of the Bullies, what he looks for in QB's, Urban Meyer, etc. He was good, I thought he was an interesting guy.

Dan Mullen on the show (monday)

Bill Romanowski joined us for his weekly bit and we talked about him trying to get the Broncos job, the playoffs, etc. Romo was in rare form when we got to talking about the Cardinals and the other playoff games.

Romo on the show (monday)

Also, here is the Jimmy Denunzio bit from Friday where he picked the playoff games if you missed it...

Jimmy Denunzio from Friday

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace (The Audio)

Wallace was in the studio today for the weekly segment, where he broke the news that the Grizzlies had traded for Shaun Livingston only to waive him. He explained the logic behind that deal, the Steve Francis deal, and the Darius Miles deal. We also took some of your calls. If you missed it, or want to hear it again, it is loaded at the link below...

Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace on The Chris Vernon Show 1-7-09

Also, I mentioned on the show today that Chris Herrington was going to post an article about what is wrong with Rudy Gay. This is the best analysis of a Grizzlies subject done this season by anyone in the media. Check it out if you get a chance... (scroll to the post: What's wrong with Rudy?) Herrington will in studio tomorrow for his regular slot at 5.

Grizzlies interested in Joe Alexander?

I got a call earlier today saying that the Grizzlies could be making a trade for Joe Alexander. I have not been able to confirm that the team is going to be making this move, but it is an interesting idea. Alexander was the #8 pick in the draft and is lodged behind Richard Jefferson, Charlie Bell, Luc M Bawhatever, etc. He is cheap, has a chance to perform better than his contract, has a lot of talent, and could be used as a wing player for the Grizz. Stay tuned. I liked Alexander a lot in college, have not seen him in a NBA uni.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Geoff and Gary Show comes back tomorrow

The Geoff and Gary Show (with Geoff Calkins and Gary Parrish) is back on 730 Fox Sports and will be on for the first time tomorrow (Monday) starting at 11am. The show will be on from 11a-1p, Monday through Friday. As I have stated before, I am thrilled that they are back.
2009 begins for our show at 3.