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Final Scores: Memphis Grizzlies – 93 vs Houston Rockets – 95 (Final – OT)

February 5, 2011

Final Score: Memphis Grizzlies – 93 vs  Houston Rockets – 95

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February 6, 2011 Posted by | Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Grizzlies, Houston Rockets, Kevin Martin, Kobe Bryant, Kobe Bryant, Kyle Lowry, LA Lakers, Lionel Hollins, Los Angeles Lakers, Marc Gasol, Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, Michael Heisley, Mike Conley, NBA, OJ Mayo, Other Media, Players, Rudy Gay, Rudy Gay, Sam Young, Scores, Shane Battier, Tony Allen, Zach Randolph | Leave a comment

Memphis Grizzlies All Star Power Forward Zach Randolph Visits The Chris Vernon Show

The always jovial Memphis Grizzlies All Star Forward Zach Randolph stopped by The Chris Vernon Show for a few minutes yesterday as he prepared to meet up with the Boys and Girls Club of Memphis and do some Christmas Shopping. Though his time was brief Zach touched on a couple different topics surrounding him and his 12 – 16 Memphis Grizzlies squad. Z-Bo and Chris talked about the Grizzlies sub-par record thus far, his current contract situation, his future with the team, what his thought are on this years Grizzlies, his Christmas wishes, his charity work, video games, and other news and notes from the 2010 – 2011  NBA season. Though Z-Bo didn’t just come out and say it, you could sense that he was hinting at some serious issues surrounding newly established roles on the team and the contract situations of some of his other teammates.

Listen to Memphis Grizzlies All Star Power Forward Zach Randolph’s visit to The Chris Vernon Show: Monday December 20, 2010 (Click Here For Link)

December 21, 2010 Posted by | Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Grizzlies, In Studio Interviews, Interviews, Marc Gasol, Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, Michael Heisley, NBA, OJ Mayo, Players, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph | Leave a comment

Adonis Thomas Finally Signs With The University of Memphis. Coach Pastner Stops By To Share His Thoughts

Memphis Prized Recruit Adonis Thomas (Middle, In Black Memphis Tigers Hat) Signs His Official Letter Of Intent To Play Basketball At The University Of Memphis Starting In 2011. Thomas Is The #1 Player In The Class Of 2011 (According To Sporting News). Photo Provided By http://www.MemphisRoar.com

Its officially, official now. The University of Memphis Men’s Basketball program got their prized recruit, Adonis Thomas, yesterday morning when he signed his Letter of Intent to play for Coach Josh Pastner and the Tigers next year. Thomas, who is the Number 1 ranked high school basketball player in the Class of 2011 according to www.sportingnews.com, gave his verbal committment to the Tigers on October 28th, choosing to stay home in Memphis over taking his talents to South Beach, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, or UCLA. Thomas’ signing with the hometown team marks a significant achievement for Coach Pastner as he is now 2 for 2 when attempting to land the City of Memphis’ top basketball prospects. This year it was Thomas, last year he convinced Joe Jackson, Tarik Black, and sharp shooter Chris Crawford to stay home and help him sure up a young Memphis squad.

Following yesterday’s official signing of Thomas, Coach Pastner made a visit to The Chris Vernon Show to share his jubilance with our listeners and talk about other news and notes surrounding the team as they prepare to open the 2010 – 2011 Season Friday November 12 against Centenary. Click Here for audio of  Coach Josh Pastner’s interview on The Chris Vernon Show.

Click Here For Audio Of Memphis Tigers Head Basketball Coach Josh Pastner’s November 10th Interview On The Chris Vernon Show (Click Here)

November 11, 2010 Posted by | Adonis Thomas, Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Commercial Appeal, Commerical Appeal, High School, High School Recruiting, Interviews, Jason Smith, Jason Smith, Josh Pastner, Melrose High School, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Sports, Other Media, Prep Sports, SEC Basketball, Twitter, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Memphis Grizzlies and Mike Conley Reach New 5 Year $45 Million Extension

I defended the Memphis Grizzlies contract extension with 4th year Point Guard Mike Conley as much as I possibly could via Twitter this morning, going back and forth with Grizzlies lovers and haters alike for over an hour. At the end of it all I came to a realization that I will likely keep to myself for the time being. So instead of composing an empty post, trying to conceal my true thoughts and feelings in regards to the Memphis Grizzlies reaching a new 5 Year $45 Million Dollar agreement with Conley and also how sports are covered in Memphis, I thought it might just be better to simply gather up all the stories that mention the signing (Pro and Con) and provide links to them in one place for your reading pleasure.

Memphis Flyers’s Chris Herrington On The Memphis Grizzlies Signing Mike Conley To A New 5 Year $45 Million Deal

730 Fox Sports’ Chris Vernon On The Memphis Grizzlies Signing Mike Conley To A New 5 Year $45 Million Deal

NBA.com’s Shaun Powell On The Memphis Grizzlies Signing Mike Conley To A New 5 Year $45 Million Deal

ESPN’s John Hollinger On Mike Conley and Other Players He Picks To Have A Huge Breakout Season In 2010 – 2011 (ESPN Insiders Only)

ESPN’s Chris Broussard On The Memphis Grizzlies Signing Mike Conley To A New 5 Year $45 Million Deal

www.FanHouse.com Tom Ziller On The Memphis Grizzlies Signing Mike Conley To A New 5 Year $45 Million Deal

CBS Sports’s Matt Moore “Grizzlies Commit Franchise Suicide, Extend Conley”

www.HoopsWorld.com Steve Kyler “Mike Conley Gets A Deal”

YahooSports.com Kelly Dwyer “Mike Conley Just Got Paid”

The Commercial Appeal’s Ronald Tillery On The Memphis Grizzlies Signing Mike Conley To A New 5 Year $45 Million Deal

The Commercial Appeal’s Geoff Calkins On The Memphis Grizzlies Signing Mike Conley To A New 5 Year $45 Million Deal

November 2, 2010 Posted by | Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Commerical Appeal, Grizzlies, Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, Michael Heisley, NBA, OJ Mayo, Other Media, Players, Rudy Gay, This Day In Sports, Twitter, Zach Randolph | Leave a comment

Home Body: Melrose High School 5 Star Basketball Star Adonis Thomas Chooses Memphis

For the 2nd year in a row, University of Memphis Head Basketball Coach Josh Pastner pulls off a feat that often eluded his predecessor John Calipari, by convincing Tennessee’s Top High School Basketball Recruit to stay and play his college career in Memphis. Last year it was #18th ranked Joe Jackson who starred at White Station High School before joining the Tigers this past summer. This year Pastner wooed Melrose High School 5 Star Forward Adonis Thomas, the #15 ranked recruit in the nation, with the skills and gift of gab that has seen him rise up the college coaching ranks over the last couple years.

To gain the committment from Thomas, Pastner and staff with the help of University of Memphis fans and other notable alumni like Penny Hardaway, made a huge pitch that would have been hard for anyone to turn down during “Memphis Madness” (Click Here To See The Video Which Aired During Memphis Madness). When Thomas was asked by ESPN’s Paul Biancardi if the video helped him make a decision, Thomas responded “It did impact my decision,” “It was a privilege to listen to Penny Hardaway talk about what the city of Memphis and the University of Memphis meant to him.”

Thomas chose the University of Memphis over Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas and UCLA. Since Thomas has a 4.0 (G.P.A)and might very well end up the Valedictorian at Melrose High School eligibility should not be an issue for the 6’6″ Small Forward/ Power Forward. If all goes according to plan Thomas will more than likely join the Tigers during the summer of 2011 and replace some of the talent they are expected to lose to the NBA Draft following this upcoming season.

If you can’t quite wait to see Mr. Thomas play in a Tigers uniform, catch him during his senior year at Melrose (Click Here For Link To Melrose High School Full 2010 – 2011 Mens Basketball Schedule)

Earlier today Jason Smith, the Commercial Appeal Memphis Tiger’s Beat Writer, stopped by The Chris Vernon Show following Thomas’ announcement to talk about what this meant for the Memphis Tigers Basketball Program and what other big recruits the Tigers might be landing soon (Click Here To Hear Audio of Hour 2 of The Chris Vernon Show Thursday October 28, 2010).

October 28, 2010 Posted by | Adonis Thomas, Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Commerical Appeal, High School, High School Recruiting, Jason Smith, Josh Pastner, Melrose High School, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Sports, Other Media, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Memphis Tigers Tarik Black, Will Coleman, and Will Barton Visit The Chris Vernon Show

Memphis Tigers and Chris Vernon at the 730 Fox Sports Beale Street studio (from left to right): Will Coleman, Will Barton, Chris Vernon, and Tarik Black

3 players from this years version of the Memphis Tigers visited the Chris Vernon Show yesterday afternoon for an hour of incredible radio. Tarik Black, Will Barton, and Will Coleman let loose in the studio sharing inside information on the team, themselves, Coach Pastner, what Tiger fans should expect from them this season, and many other topics of interest.

From experience with the old Memphis Tigers (Calipari Era) and this group of players I can honestly say that this is a different group of guys. They are all very respectful, genuinely funny, and have a great understanding of their roles and what is expected from them while donning the University of Memphis uniform. While Will Barton’s “National Championship or nothing” quotes might be a little ambitious, I can not say that I would be extremely surprised if that is how the 2010 – 2011 season ended for this young group of men.

Listen to Memphis Tigers: Tarik Black, Will Coleman, and Will Barton’s visit to The Chris Vernon Show: Thursday October 14, 2010 (Click Here For Link)

October 15, 2010 Posted by | Chris Vernon Show, In Studio Interviews, Interviews, Jason Smith, Josh Pastner, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball | Leave a comment

Is The End In Sight? BCS System Opposers Attempt To Get The Law On Their Side

In the late 1920’s and early 1930’s American Gangster Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone made his historic rise to fame as one of the underworld bosses in the great City of Chicago. Capone and his gang, known as the Chicago Outfit, had their hands in almost every form of legal and illegal business but made a major portion of their fortune in gambling, prostitution, and the prohibited sale of alcohol. For years, Capone made millions with no interference from local law enforcement, who he often paid off or blackmailed for cooperation. It wasn’t until pictures of a mass murder ordered by Capone on a rival gang, dubbed the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre made headlines of local and national newspapers, sparking mass anger and fear from the public and government alike. In 1929 multiple government agencies entered into investigations attempting to find something that would put Capone out of business. 2 years of very intense poking and prodding  gave the government nothing of substance that Capone could be convicted on. It wasn’t until IRS agent Frank Wilson and his team completed their questioning of Capone’s accountant’s and bookkeeper’s did they have anything solid that could put the mob boss away. In 1931 Capone was indicted on charges of Income Tax Evasion and violation of the Volstead Act, which he was later found guilty of and sentenced to 11 years in Federal Prison. The IRS finding along with the repeal of prohibition in 1933 put Capone and many other gangsters out of business restoring justice and power in society.

Similar to the story above the IRS has forever been the downfall of many powerful individuals and organizations in American history. If Matt Sanderson and supporters of his website PlayoffPac.com have their way, they would like to see it (the IRS) bring an end to the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) as we currently know it.

For the past couple of years sports fans, some university representatives, and government officials have been up in arms about the BCS, how it is operated, and how it controls the outcome of our college football championship, petitioning for a more competitive playoff system where a true champion is crowned based upon on field play and not the result of computer calculations. Schools that have been left out of the deciding games have cried fool, calling the system unfair to smaller schools that are not apart of the BCS, even our current President, Barrack Obama, has chimed in stating that “we should be creating a playoff system”. Unfortunately, while most see it as a major issue, there are plenty of people who benefit greatly from the Bowl Championship Series being in place. Schools take home major coin to participate in BCS games, the sponsors of the games get major exposure from television networks and the schools playing, and the organizers gets huge paydays to put these games together year after year. So of course past complaints about how unfair the system is and how there needs to be change has fallen on deaf ears.

Fast forward to September 23, 2010, a pro playoff system political committee founded by Matt Sanderson known as the Playoff Pac filed a 27 page IRS complaint against the BCS Bowls and its organizers. The complaint, which list significant tax irregularities discovered through a methodical review of over 2,300 pages of tax records and public documents, might be the best opportunity that those who oppose the BCS have in seeing any change in the system or it completely done away with. On Friday September 25, 2010 PlayoffPac.com’s founder visited the Dan Patrick show to explain the complaint, exactly what is included in it, and what this complaint could mean for the future of college football. Click here to hear Matt Sanderson’s interview on the Dan Patrick’s Show.

Click Here To Hear Audio From Matt Sanderson’s September 25th Interview On The Dan Patrick Show (Click Here)

A couple of other sports personalities visited the Chris Vernon Show a couple of weeks ago and gave their opinions of the issues with the NCAA, the BCS, and what is being done by PlayoffPac.com.

CBS College Sports Analyst Spencer Tillman visits the Chris Vernon Show September 21, 2010 (Click Here For Link)

The Godfather of Grassroots Basketball Sonny Vaccaro visits the Chris Vernon Show (Click Here For Link)

October 13, 2010 Posted by | Alabama Crimson Tide, BCS, Bobby Bowden, Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Dan Mullen, Dan Patrick Show, Derek Dooley, Heisman Trophy, In Studio Interviews, Interviews, Lane Kiffin, Larry Porter, Mississippi State, NCAA Sports, Nick Saban, Off The Field, Ole Miss, Other Media, PlayoffPac.com, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, Uncategorized, University of Georgia, USC | Leave a comment

Josh Luchs, Subject Of Sports Illustrated’s Tell All Cover Story “Confessions Of An Agent” To Visit The Chris Vernon Show Today AT 4:25PM – Podcast Attached


Just In Case You Missed Chris Vernon’s Interview With Josh Luchs (click here for link to podcast)

Not often do sports stories that will shake up all phases of the sports business see the light of day. In my lifetime alone I can probably count the ones that I remember on my right hand. Reggie Bush is ruled ineligible by the NCAA, MLB players testify on Capital Hill, Mike Vick is sent to Federal Prison, and “The Brawl At The Palace In Detroit” are the ones that come to mind. Sports Illustrated’s newest cover story, which will be released in their October 18th issue, has the potential to trump all of the above and possibly anything you can think of as well.

The Subject Of Sports Illustrated's October 18, 2010 Cover Story "Confessions Of An Agent" Josh Luchs Will Visit The Chris Vernon Show Today, October 12, At 4:25PM. Listen In Live On 730AM (Memphis) or Online

Former NFL agent Josh Luchs sits down with SI writer George Dohrmamn and spills the beans, literally. Sharing in-depth accounts of his 20+ years as an agent, which includes tales of how he got into the business, experiences he had over his career, and even his own admission to wrong doing according to NCAA/ NFLPA rules and guidelines in regards to providing extra benefits to student athletes (paying college players).

Well before Mr. Luchs’ story is released in print (it can be viewed online now – click here) he has decided to visit The Chris Vernon Show and talked about his story, his experience, reactions he is receiving from the interview, and what he hopes comes from his ‘tell all”. Luchs will visit the show at 4:25PM (CST – Memphis) and can be heard on our station 730 Fox Sports (730AM – Memphis) or Online (click here for link).

Confessions Of An Agent” by Josh Luchs As Told To George Dohrmamn of Sports Illustrated and www.SI.com (click here for link)

Can’t Make It To A Radio, Listen To 730 Fox Sports Online (click here for link)

Just In Case You Missed Chris Vernon’s Interview With Josh Luchs (click here for link to podcast)

October 12, 2010 Posted by | Alabama Crimson Tide, Bobby Bowden, Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Dan Mullen, Derek Dooley, Duke, Florida State Football, High School, High School Football, High School Recruiting, Interviews, John Calipari, Josh Pastner, Lane Kiffin, Larry Porter, Memphis Tigers Football, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, NFL, Nick Saban, Off The Field, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Other Media, Pac 10, Pittsburgh Panthers, Prep Sports, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, Uncategorized, University of Georgia, USC | Leave a comment

FedEx Forum Sells Out Of Single Game Tickets For The Grizzlies vs: Miami Heat

I guess the question of whether or not the Miami Heat are good for the NBA has been answered. According to an official press release sent out Monday afternoon by the FedEx Forum, “Single Game Tickets” for the Grizzlies November 20th matchup with the newest installment of the Miami Heat has “Sold Out” in less the 3 days. All “Single Game Tickets”, which were officially made available on Saturday October 2 at 10:00AM,  were originally valued between $13.38 and $283.74.

Just in case you missed out and would still like to watch the Grizzlies match up against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Miami Heat All Star Team 10 Game Packages and Season Passes which include tickets to the November 20th matchup are still available online or at the FedEx Forum Box Office.

October 4, 2010 Posted by | 2010 Free Agency, Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Grizzlies, Interviews, LeBron James, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, NBA, OJ Mayo, Rudy Gay, Team USA, Zach Randolph | Leave a comment

Chris Vernon Show Daily Podcast Is Now Available On Apple iTunes (Free Subscription)

We know you can never get enough of the #1 Sports Radio Personality in the City of Memphis, Chris Vernon, or his daily sports talk radio show, The Chris Vernon Show. So we made it easier for you all to take him with you everywhere you go. Simply go to iTunes, open the Apple iTunes Store, click on Podcast, search “Chris Vernon Show“, and subscribe to the Podcast. iTunes will take it from there by updating your subscription whenever new episodes are available daily. It’s just that easy.

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September 29, 2010 Posted by | Chris Vernon Show, Coaches | Leave a comment