Ranting

Memphasis > St. Louis Blues

December 1st, 2011

HEY, ST. LOUIS, YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME? If you don’t think we’re in a fight, you probably don’t realize you’re bleeding. The first blow came more than 20 years ago – a big, upriver uppercut after a series of negative articles in The Commercial Appeal on St. Jude. The hospital hollered, another big river town heard them, and we were one feint ...

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Memphasis > Thanks, Guys

November 24th, 2011

SHARED IDIOCY. SHARED LIVES. I look around the table, many tables over many years, and I’m thankful for those I still see. Thankful that the same old guys can still bring each other to tears, laughing so hard at the same old stories from a lifetime ago that they still brighten the lifetime lived since. Thankful for the women I see, seen even then, ...

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Memphasis > Grow Some Claws

November 17th, 2011

IF THIS IS YOUR JUNGLE, ACT LIKE A TIGER. Statistics show that the people who could help the University of Memphis compete, even win, aren’t even in the game. And I’m not talking football. One major university with around 25,000 students and a Memphis campus has more than 17,000 local alumni association members. It isn’t the University of Memphis. Another ...

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Memphasis > Law Isn’t Holy

November 10th, 2011

WE DON’T SPEAK FOR HIM, GOD KNOWS. When I write about politics and religion – lately, the same thing – questioning the judgment of some of our elected officials and self-anointed saviors, I’m apparently not only risking their self-righteous wrath, but the very wrath of heaven. Or, as we say around here, I am going straight to hell. So here goes. Who ...

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Memphasis > The Age Of Ize

November 3rd, 2011

THE IZING OF AMERICA He stood on a board above a pool in 1936 and on a hill above Paul Newman in 1967, and both times, he nailed it. Strother Martin’s dive won the National Springboard Diving Junior Championship and entered the record book, and his immortal line from Cool Hand Luke identified our problem then and now and entered the national lexicon. “What ...

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