The Cheat Sheet

| February 28, 2008

Well, it happened again. A Memphis police officer left her gun behind after using a Wal-Mart bathroom, where it was found by an employee. Last month, an officer left her weapon in a courthouse bathroom. What disturbs us about the Wal-Mart incident, however, is that the cop didn't even notice her gun was missing until "it was brought to her attention."

Now we know how the New England Patriots feel. Before a full house at FedExForum, the University of Memphis' perfect season came to an end at the hands of the Tennessee Vols, who defeated the Tigers 66-62. With one minute left and a one-point lead, we thought we might win this one, but UT managed to pull out a victory. It was certainly one of the scrappiest games we've seen in a long time, and the blue-clad Tigers left the court feeling as blue as the fans.

Speaking of basketball, some people take their sports very, very seriously. The volunteer coach at St. Augustine School got upset when his basketball team was kept out of league competition when someone missed the sign-up deadline — by three months. So, this being America and all, he did what any coach would do: He sued the Parochial Athletic Association and the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, claiming the events "demoralized" his team, resulting in their 0-10 season. He's demanding $50 million, which we think would go a long way toward boosting team morale, even if they never win — or even play — another game.

That old expression about every cloud having a silver lining may be true. The Shelby County Assessor's Office says that people whose homes were damaged by the recent tornadoes will have their property taxes lowered. Since some homes stripped of roofs and walls were considerably "devalued" by the storms, that policy makes sense.

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