Defending the Grizz as the Numero Uno Franchise in the NBA (Part Dos)

This will be shorter than my previous post. In that post, i detailed the improvements made in Fan relations, “Bang for the buck”, Stadium experience, Players,  and Ownership.  I also reviewed the Affordability of games and arguable improvement in Title track (at least for the near future).  The primary uncertainty was Coaching. A lot of fans of other teams have revealed their ignorance while challenging the rankings.  You can view their glaring idiocy here and here. It’s a sad testament to the consequences of a deficient education system in other cities. The fine folks at fansided.com (no alliteration intended) listed the percentages each factor was … Continue reading Defending the Grizz as the Numero Uno Franchise in the NBA (Part Dos)

U of M Research Grants make $2.7 million in news

Lately, the University of Memphis has attracted a number of notable grants.  This is great news for the school, and I wanted to keep track of these items that cross my desk. 1.  August 29, 2013 — Via bizjournals.com/memphis:  $900,000 from National Science Foundation: “…$464,800 to acquire a new high resolution, field-emission scanning electron microscope that is expected to be installed next spring in the university’s shared research facility. University professor Andrew Olney was awarded a $163,830 grant to develop and evaluate a conversational computer program that learns from students while teaching them to read more effectively. The program is to tutor … Continue reading U of M Research Grants make $2.7 million in news

Recent developments

Some news lately: Big news with the former French Quarter Inn.  There may be a buyer and redevelopment in the future, with a familiar name, Mr. Hakimian, formerly of the Madison.  (MBJ) More information on the recently announced Fairgrounds proposal. (Daily News) 1.  UPS is doubling its presence at the airport. (Daily News) 2.  Congratulations to our friends in Tipton County.  Unilever announced a $100 mill expansion in nearby Covington: “Executives of Unilever USA announced Thursday, Sept. 19, their Covington plant will expand to add 428 new jobs at what is already the largest employer in Tipton County. The $108.7 … Continue reading Recent developments

Heart, Grit, & Grind: Applying Startup Analysis to the #1 Franchise in Sports (YOUR Memphis Grizzlies).

Startup culture fascinates me.  The innovative, risk-taking mindsets of entrepreneurs, many of whom are young, all of whom are bright.  I attended the Everywhereelse Conference in Memphis in 2013 and will do so again in 2014.  And since then have been absorbing as much insight and information as I can about innovation. Fake Grimlock is a startup personality that shares inspirational maxims and insights with entrepreneurs.  One of them is his version of the MVP. Project = Does it work? + Is it Interesting? Interesting → Customer caring about it → Customer shares/talks about it 1. How does it change … Continue reading Heart, Grit, & Grind: Applying Startup Analysis to the #1 Franchise in Sports (YOUR Memphis Grizzlies).

Congratulations to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Courtesy of http://memphismusichalloffame.com/inductees/: The Class of 2013: The Barkays The Blackwood Brothers Rev. Herbert Brewster Johnny Cash Roland Janes Albert King Memphis Jug Band Phinneas Newborn, Jr. Knox Phillips David Porter Sid Selvidge Kay Star Carla Thomas Congratulations! Continue reading Congratulations to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Arguing the Grizz as the number 1 franchise in sports (Part 1)

BREAKING NEWS!! Y’all probably have already heard.  If not, (1) Where the fuck have you been?!!; and (2) ESPN the Magazine has ranked OUR Memphis Grizzlies the #1 franchise, not just in basketball, but in ALL OF PROFESSIONAL SPORTS (cite). Let that sink in. To paraphrase Entourage:  “Hey everybody!  You have the #1 Franchise in America right here in your backyard!!” This is outstanding news.  Unprecedent in Memphis.  Or, frankly, Tennessee.  A strong validation of the team’s direction.  As 3SOB have noted, it also validates the leadership and guidance of former owner Michael Heisley, whom I must admit I have been very … Continue reading Arguing the Grizz as the number 1 franchise in sports (Part 1)

Overton Square review

Just thought I’d assemble a summary of some of the recent developments in the resurrection of Overton Square. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably have heard that Memphis’ historic Overton Square has been booming. It has quickly turned into the region’s theater district. And in the wake of that congregation, several other businesses, bars, and restaurants have followed to fill up what had been a stagnant, if not declining, area searching for its place in the smorgasborg of options for Memphians and visitors. The actual district is getting close to full as of August. Hopefully the former … Continue reading Overton Square review