Going to the Memphis-Ole Miss game? Here’s what you need to know about parking

With parking gates around Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium opening at 5 a.m. for the Saturday, Oct. 17, game vs. Ole Miss, university officials are hoping fans will take the hint and arrive early for the nationally televised game that kicks off at 11 a.m.

A sellout crowd is possible and the Liberty Bowl has a capacity just shy of 60,000. That makes for a lot of cars in a small amount of time if fans don’t come early. Director of athletics Tom Bowen and deputy athletics director Mark Alnutt have been working on the parking issue this week.

“We’re trying everything we can from an operations standpoint, from a customer service standpoint,” Alnutt said. “First it’s important we get the message out about arriving early. Tom and I met with the city and talked about how to improve the flow of traffic.” Read more »

Crosstown Brewing Co. founders turn to Kickstarter for brewery opening in 2016

The founders of the forthcoming Crosstown Brewing Co. have turned to Kickstarter to raise money for the brewery they told The Daily News earlier this year they want to open in the Crosstown neighborhood next year.

(The Kickstarter link is here)

From the crowdfunding page:

“Our founders say it all the time. “Memphis is a beer town!” We believe that the people of this town want and deserve more variety and quality and we think we’re the people to give it to them. By placing our brewery in the Crosstown neighborhood, we really want to help build a new and exciting community in this city. Turning our dream into a reality is a daunting task, though, and we really need some support from our fellow Memphians to take care of some of the initial expenses of our adventure. By contributing to Crosstown Brewing Company, you’re helping to the ensure the success of a business that will always focus on giving back to the community that we call home.”

Two potential losses for Tigers Basketball

Earlier this week, coach Josh Pastner learned his Memphis Tigers would not be getting Bolton High School and Top-40 point guard Jaylen Fisher as he verbally committed to UNLV.

Fisher, of course, was being eyed as next season’s point guard at the University of Memphis.

Now, Pastner may be wondering who will be this season’s point guard in the wake of news that senior Kedren Johnson could be facing season-ending shoulder surgery.

Pastner told media on Thursday, Oct. 8, that a decision had not been reached on Johnson having surgery. If he didn’t have surgery, he would be attempting to play with pain and at something less than 100 percent – a situation not likely to work over the duration of the season.

Johnson averaged 6.7 points and 2.7 assists last season and his weight has been an issue, but he reportedly dropped more than 20 pounds this offseason.

As for Fisher, he was ranked the No. 34 overall prospect in the class of 2016 by ESPN.com, and had been a primary recruiting target for the Tigers. He also considered Arkansas before making his verbal commitment to UNLV.

– Don Wade

New York Post: Grizz’s Matt Barnes Attacked Knicks Coach Derek Fisher

Matt Barnes allegedly attacked New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher last weekend at the home of Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan, according to a report from the New York Post.


Matt Barnes

Barnes, who was acquired via trade by the Memphis Grizzlies this summer, reportedly drove almost 100 miles from Grizzlies training camp in Santa Barbara, Calif., to his former home in Los Angeles. Sources told the New York Post that Barnes’ intent was to “beat the s—t” out of Fisher.”

Late Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 7, the Grizzlies released the following statement: “We are aware and currently gathering information regarding today’s report involving Matt Barnes. We have no further comment at this time.”

The Post reported that Fisher, a former teammate of Barnes with the Lakers, is in a romantic relationship with Govan; she stars on the TV show “Basketball Wives LA.”

One source, according to the Post, said when Barnes heard Fisher was at his former residence, Barnes “went crazy.”

The Post quoted another source close to Fisher as saying that Barnes went after Fisher but that Fisher “only had a few scratches …. Derek’s not going to press charges. He’s going to let it go.”

Barnes played in the Grizzlies’ first preseason game of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at FedExForum against the Houston Rockets.

– Don Wade

FedExForum increases security for Grizzlies games (but at least you can leave your shoes on)

Walk-through magnetometers (metal detectors) have been installed at all entrances to FedExForum, and will be standard practice for entering fans starting with the Memphis Grizzlies’ first preseason game Tuesday, Oct. 6, vs. the Houston Rockets.

MemphisGrizzlies_headonlyThe new security measure, mandated by the NBA during its annual security meetings, will remain a standard operating procedure at all Grizzlies games, including the entire preseason and postseason, and at all NBA teams’ arenas.

The walk-through metal detectors are believed to enhance security and will replace handheld devices as the primary tool at FedExForum.

The Grizzlies are stressing that fans should arrive earlier at games and bring only necessary items. Separate express lanes will be available for those without bags to be inspected. Fans will have to place their cell phones, cameras and keys on a security table prior to walking through the metal detector, but they will not need to remove their hats, shoes, belts, watches or jewelry as with airport security.

Expectant mothers and ADA guests are not subject to the magnetometers and will instead be screened through handheld devices.

The list of prohibited items details what you’ll need to leave at home, including your selfie stick.

– Don Wade