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The good news: The NBA lockout is over. The bad news: The Memphis Grizzlies have gone back to Canada. At least that's the case according to New York Times sports reporter/blogger Ken Belson, who described Shane Battier as "a Vancouver Grizzlies forward" in his post-lockout roundup of player tweets. It's an easy mistake for Belson, who's best known for his superb coverage of the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers. The Grizzlies only moved to Memphis in 2001. For the record, here's Battier's upbeat Memphis tweet: "Happy to start talking hoop instead of legal terms."
Nope, this one isn't from The Onion: "Man With Terrible Luck 'Terrified' After Booking at 201 Poplar." That headline topped a WMC-TV web report about Rick Ricks, a 58-year-old Louisville resident who was forced to fly out of Memphis last week when his car was smashed by a runaway tractor trailer. Ricks was later arrested after attempting to pass through a TSA checkpoint with his handgun in a carry-on bag. Ricks told WMC that he'd benefit from having a better memory, but added, "I'm not sure that's going to happen at my age."
According to Men's Health, we're America's third saddest city after Detroit and St. Petersburg, Florida. It's possible that the magazine's data was skewed by Memphis' unique music culture since the rankings were determined by measuring things like suicide rates, unemployment, and the number of people on antidepressants, "as well as people who report feeling the blues all or most of the time."