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1. With a series of bangs and an awesome whoosh of dust, dynamite brings down the main building of Baptist Hospital early on Sunday morning. Lots of people lamented the demise of this Memphis landmark, but at least in this case it's not being replaced by a parking lot.

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2. Developers unveil plans for a revamped Mid-South Fairgrounds. Conspicuously absent from these plans are such longtime attractions as the Mid-South Fair, the Mid-South Coliseum, and Libertyland. Maybe the fair can be relocated, and maybe we don't really need the Coliseum anymore, and, okay, maybe Libertyland has run its course, but at least save the Zippin Pippin. It's one of the best old wooden roller coasters we have. Okay, it's the only one we have.

3. Quelling rumors that he was leaving, Jerry West signs a contract extension that will keep him in Memphis through 2008 as president of basketball operations for the Grizzlies. He has said he wants to stay until the team wins a championship and, brother, so do we.

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4.A new survey shows that fewer teens are using drugs, but more of them are having sex. Well, isn't that why they were using drugs in the first place?

5. What has happened to Mid-South football teams? Painful losses mean the Tigers, Vols, Rebels, and Razorbacks probably won't go bowling this year.

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