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November 20, 2009

Hey everyone, good road trip to Mizzou! We really got to see what the women's basketball team can be during the second half when they came back and outscored MU 51-33 to win 75-74 after being down by as many as 20 in the first. Hopefully, they can take that momentum into the game on Sunday when they host UT-Martin at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. It will be a chance to get back to .500 at 2-2. A note, the three opponents we've played are a combined 7-1 with the only loss being Mizzou's loss to us. Glad to get all the emails during Wednesday's game, keep them coming at MEMPHISRADIO@HOTMAIL.COM and I hope you enjoyed following the events of the road-trip on Twitter at WWW.TWITTER.COM/MEMPHISRADIO

Tonight I'll be filling in on the men's broadcast, with Dave Woloshin travelling to Houston for tommorrow's football game, I'll be calling the game. This is the second year in a row I've filled-in, calling all three games in Puerto Rico last year. As always, the men's basketball games are on WREC 600am, pregame begins at 6:00.

November 16, 2009

Tough start for the women's basketball team so far. The Tigers fought hard but just came up short against Indiana on Friday night at FedExForum, then trailed the entire game against Murray State before falling on Sunday at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

Sometimes a change of scenery can be good, and hopefully that plays out when we face Missouri in Columbia tomorrow at 6:30. Columbia is one of the great college towns and I'll be close to where I moved when I graduated Memphis.

Just about 30 miles north is Moberly, home of the MACC Greyhounds. The Hounds are one of the elite Junior Colleges in basketball , coach's who have been there include Cottom Fitzimmons and Charlie Spoonhour, NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond got his start there as well.

As I said, this is the first road trip for the women's team, so I'm sure everyone is like me, making sure they have everything they need.

November 6, 2009

Sitting at the airport before I leave with the football team on the trip to Knoxville, so I thought I'd check in.

The first and only women's basketball exhibition is this Sunday at 2:00 at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse against the Houston Jaguars. It will likely be a very tough game, because the Jaguars are loaded with talent. I was working on my charts for the game this week and it seemed everyone on the Jaguars roster was All-Conference and a few have played some pro ball as well. It also features two Conference Players of the year. But, I do like the idea of having a challenging exibition, win or lose. It lets you know where you are and what you need to do, instead of just rolling over some team and not getting much accomplished.

The games will once again be broadcast on the University's station, WUMR 91.7fm. The games have been on U-92 for over two decades. Station manager Malvin Massey, Sports Director Andrew Vandeventer, and the staff do a great job working with me and the athletic department to put these games on. Being, and Alum of Memphis and coming through the radio department as a student, I really appreciate what they do. You can follow on-line with an ALL-ACCESS subscription through www.GOTIGERSGO.COM.

As usual, feel free to email me during games at MEMPHISRADIO@HOTMAIL.COM

October 27, 2009

I'm sitting upstairs on a rainy Tuesday afternoon so I thought I'd check in. A few hours away from our broadcast of the football game against ECU. As the producer/engineer for a majority of football and men's basketball broadcast, you may ask what I do. Well here's my day today and what it entails.

1:30, arrive at Liberty Bowl.

1:40, set up our table outside the radio booth to put our gear on.

1:45, Begin set up our mixer and phone units, connect headsets, crowd and ref mics, mini disc players for highlights and interviews.

2:00, Set up and connect our wireless equipment for sideline reporter Matt Dillon.

2:10, Hook up our locker-room connection upstairs for post-game.

2:20, Go down to the field level and test our wireless equipment.

2:30, Hook up our locker-room mic and headset and then test it out.

2:45, Set up our monitor in the pressbox radio booth.

3:00, Tape everything down so nobody trips on a wire and takes us off the air.

3:30, Call our flagship station of the network, WREC 600am, on both our ISDN and standard phone line units.

4:00, Talk with studio to make sure they can hear me and I can hear them.

4:45, Set up a mini-disc for Dave Woloshin to grab a pregame interview with coach West.

5:00, We go on-air with Forrest and Matt for pregame.

6:00, Dave Woloshin and Chris Powers begin their hour of the pregame show.

7:00, Kick-off, I am responsible for adjusting sound of Dave and Chris as well as ref and crowd mics. I also feed Dave all our Break Cards as well as all the sponsor reads he has. I also record a majority of our highlights for the Budweiser radio rewind.

App 10:00, game ends, Forrest begins post-game show while I monitor our mixer and wait for Dave to alert me when he has a player or coach for their interviews.

10:20, once Dave is done, I go to the field and grab our locker-room equipment and then head back upstairs.

12:00, Post game call-in will be done, I pack our 70-pound case up with all our equipment. Grab our monitor, our table, and computer back and leave.

Long and busy day, but I'm thankful my career involves me getting paid to go to games for my Alma-Mater!

October 19, 2009

What a busy weekend it was. Hope everyone enjoyed the "All Access" stream of Memphis Madness on Friday evening. Special thanks to Forrest Goodman for joining me to host the event at a capacity FedExForum.

After the event, I made the drive down to Jackson to catch up with the travelling party with football, then over to Hattiesburg on Saturday. Following the football game, the drive back put me home about 2:00 Sunday morning, then up at 10am to head out to the women's soccer match at Mike Rose.

Basketball practice is now underway for both the men and women, so if you're looking for me, your best chance will be at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse or the Finch Center.

October 12, 2009

The Basketball "Inside Scoop" luncheon was today at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis and, as usual, it was a great event. The ballroom was filled and everyone got to hear from Coach McFerrin and Coach Pastner. Coach Pastner is excited about his first season and, as always, is extremely optimistic. Coach McFerrin highlighted her #1 CUSA recruiting class and also told the crowd her expectations this season are to be a top four team in the conference.

Don't forget "Memphis Madness" this Friday at FedEx Forum. Can't wait to see the full team practices beginning this weekend.

We'll have some additional coach's shows tommorrow on All Access to add to Volleyball and Men's/Women's Soccer.

September 30, 2009

As promised on Monday, here are the final stats for our players that went to NCAA Sanctioned Wood-bat leagues this summer. We'll try and get Coach Rock and Coach Thees on All Access the next few weeks to take a look at fall practice.

Brach Davis, North Adams Steeple Cats NECBL 4-2, 1.53era, 53ip, 66k's, WP IN NECBL ALL STAR GAME/TEAM NECBL

Ryan Fraser, North Adams Steeple Cats NECBL 3-2, 1sv, 3.86era, 28ip, 34k's

Drew Martinez, Luray Wranglers, Valley League, .283, 37-37sb/0-0, 4.91era, 2g, 3.2ip, 2k's, VL NORTH ALL STAR MVP

Jacob Wilson, Luray Wranglers, Valley League, .289, 2hr, 19rbi, 6-8sb/ 0-0, 4g, 4ip, 0.00era, 1k

Brandon Showmar, Luray Wranglers, Valley League, 1-3, 6.86era, 21ip, 15k's

Adam McClain, Madison Mallards, Northwoods League, .250, 7hr, 30rbi, 3sb

Heith Hatfield, Woodstock Riverbandits, Valley League, 2-4, 2.35era, 46ip, 45k's/8g, .000, 2bb, VL North All Star

Shawn Ablett, Woodstock Riverbandits, Valley League, .253, 2hr, 23rbi, 5sb

Alan Mathis, Hamilton Joe's Baseball Club, Great Lakes, .296, 0hr, 8rbi, 19g

Robby Graham, Bravos Valley Bombers, Texas League, .241, 1hr, 9rbi, 2sb

Michael Wills, Union City Greyhounds, KIT, 6-3, 2.73era, 68.1ip, 47k's ALL STAR

September 28, 2009

Hello everyone. Minor League baseball season has wrapped up and the big leagues are nearing the end of the regular season, so I thought I'd give you this year's final minor league Tiger pro's stats and updated big league Tiger numbers. I'll get our final NCAA sanctioned collegiate wood-bat stats later this week.

Major League

Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins, National League .238, 30hr, 85rbi
Brent Dlugach, Detroit Tigers, American League 4 games, 0-3, 1run
Triple A, Toldeo final stats, .294, 9hr, 59rbi, 5sbM

Minor League
Johnathan Leicester, Orix Buffaloes, Japanese League ( can't get the stats)
Jarrett Grube, Tulsa Drillers, AA, Texas League/Colorado Springs Sky Sox-PCL (Rockies) Combined 1-3, 6.56era, 23.1ip, 20k's
Derek Hankins, Altoona Curve, AA, Eastern League (Pirates) 3-4, 1sv, 4.42era, 71.1ip, 66k's
Scott McGregor, Quad Cities River Bandits, A, Midwest League (Cardinals) 7-11, 5.56era, 115ip, 78k's
Neil Schenk, Bowling Green Hot Rods, A, South Atlantic League, (Rays) 6-4, 4.46era, 74.2ip, 72k's
Adam Amar, Vermont Lake Monsters, A-Short Season, NY-Penn League (Nationals) .145, 2hr, 9rbi
Chris Kirkland, Everett Aqua Sox, A-Short, Northwest League/Clinton LumberKings Midwest League Class A (Mariners) combined 4-6, 4.85era, 94.2ip, 85k's

September 11, 2009

First road trip of the season for me. I'll be travelling on the bus with Football today for tommorrow's game against Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro. I've been up there several times for baseball, but this will be my first football game in Tennessee's state capital from 1818-1826. Both teams are looking for their first win of the season.

Both soccer teams hit the road this weekend, the men are in Birmingham for UAB's tournament, while the Lady Tigers travel to Knoxville and Tuscaloosa for games against UT and Alabama.

Volleyball tries for their first win of the season in Bowling Green, Kentucky at Western Kentucky's tournament.

Again, first road trip of the year so hopefully I'll remember everything I need while packing.

September 1, 2009

Gearing up for some of our first broadcast of the season this weekend. Thanks to a lot of people's efforts, we'll be streaming the women's soccer match LIVE with Ole Miss Friday at 7:00 on All Access. We'll have selected home matches of both men's and women's soccer as well as five volleyball matches on All Access this season.

Today we taped All Access updates with Coach Jauregui (Volleyball), Coach Grant (Men's Soccer), Coach Monaghan (Women's Soccer), and Coach Mcferrin (Women's Basketball) . These should all be up on All Access, through GOTIGERSGO.COM this afternoon.

All the test for radio are done at the Liberty Bowl for Sunday's broadcast of Tiger football vs Ole Miss.

Finally, congrats to fomer Tiger baseball short-stop Brent Dlugach, after a lot of hard work, he has been called up the big leagues with Detroit! His father, Mike, still holds the "Iron-Man" record for Tiger baseball.

August 25, 2009

Fall sports are definitly cranking up. Congrats to Brooks Monaghan and the women's soccer team on their 2-0 win Friday at #25 LSU, that win helped propel them into the 25th spot this week. The Lady Tiger host UALR Friday at 7pm.

Richie Grant's Tiger Soccer club shut-out CBU 3-0 Sunday and will host #21 St. Louis tommorrow night at Echles Field. Pretty fun getting to go back out to Echles to watch games and they've drawn good crowds out there as well.

You can get a sneak peak at Volleyball tomorrow in the Blue/Grey scrimmage at 7:00 at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

We taped our first All-Access Shows this morning with both soccer coaches as well as volleyball. They should be up on the team home-pages this afternoon.

Hard to believe that I'm starting my 7th year back at the University. A final fact, I turned 37 last week which means that from now on, any incoming freshman on a team I call games for was born the year, or after, I graduated Harding Academy....I'm now starting to feel old.

August 17, 2009

There's less than three weeks until football, but the fall sports season got underway this past weekend. Had a chance to go out an watch the women's soccer team play it's exhibition match with Samford at Echles Field. It was a warm afternoon, but nice to watch a game on campus, Echles was the home of Tiger soccer back when I was in school. Memphis shut-out the Bulldogs 2-0 and will open the season this Friday at LSU. The men will face Lambuth on Wednesday at Echles.

We should be starting our first All-Access shows next Tuesday with both Soccer coaches, Brooks Monaghan and Richie Grant, as well as Volleyball coach April Jauregui. Think I'll head over and watch football practice this afternoon, they started two-a-days this morning.

Can't say enough how much I LOVE living in the University of Memphis neighborhood, makes it so easy to go to practices and other University events.

August 14, 2009

Fun weekend coming up, as we get the first taste of Tiger Sports for the new seasons. Tonight is the Highland Hundred Kickoff Banquet at the Holiday Inn on Campus. Great group of supporters of which I am a proud member. Then tomorrow we get our first look at the two-time defending conference champion women's soccer team when they face Samford at Echles Field at 1:00 in an exhibition match. Coach Monoghan should have another contender this year as he has won the previous two titles with a lot of freshmen and sophmores; he's really got a good thing going.

August 10, 2009

I've joined the Twitter nation! You may be curious how the broadcaster spends their time going to practices, team functions, road trips, game days, and much more. Now you'll know. My twitter page is Maybe I can make Conan O'Brien's "Twitter Tracker" with some of my sweet tweets, OH YEAH!

July 13, 2009

Hello everyone, it's All-Star time in baseball throughout the country and the Tigers are represented well.

Drew Martinez (CBHS) was named the Valley League North All Star MVP, despite a 1-0 loss to the South. Heath Hatfield (Bartlett) also pitched a scoreless inning for the North with a strikeout. Brach Davis started for Team NECBL against the US Military team on July 5th and will participate the NECBL All-Star game this Saturday.

Make sure you tune into ESPN2 on Wednesday night, former Tiger SS Brent Dlugach is a Triple-A All-Star. Brent is with Toledo of the International League. Brent's father, Mike, still holds the "Iron Man" record for Memphis playing in 149 consecutive games from 1970-1973.

Finally, Memphian Matt Cain, who signed with Memphis but went pro after being drafted 25th overall, will represent the National League in Tuesday's Major League All Star Game.

July 1, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #69
Went out on my run this morning and passed the AOB, they're tearing up the asphalt on the parking lot. So it looks like the work has begun.

Here's a mid-summer look at our Tiger baseball pros. Also, went by FedEx Park the other day and the steelwork is up for the PressBox addition to the grandstand, you can start seeing it take shape now.

FedExPark Construction Photo Gallery

Major League
Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins, National League .224, 15hr, 24rbi (currently 5th on NL All Star ballot for 2nd base)

Minor League
Johnathan Leicester, Orix Buffaloes, Japanese League ( can't get the stats)

Brent Dlugach, Toledo Mud Hens, AAA, International League (Tigers) .279, 7hr, 36rbi, 3sb

Jarrett Grube, Tulsa Drillers, AA, Texas League/Colorado Springs Sky Sox-PCL (Rockies) Combined 1-3, 6.56era, 18g, 23.1ip, 20k

Derek Hankins, Altoona Curve, AA, Eastern League (Pirates) 0-2, 5.82 era, 7g, 17ip, 17k's

Scott McGregor, Quad Cities River Bandits, A, Midwest League (Cardinals) 3-5, 1sv, 7.61era, 21g, 47.1ip, 36k

Neil Schenk, Bowling Green Hot Rods, A, South Atlantic League, (Rays) 1-2, 4.28era, 21g, 40ip, 37k

Adam Amar, Vermont Lake Monsters, A-Short Season, NY-Penn League (Nationals) Just began

Chris Kirkland, Everett Aqua Sox, A-Short, Northwest League, (Mariners) 0-1, 5.00era, 4g, 9ip, 9k's

June 25, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #68
Hot summer isn't it? What a great day yesterday, my battery went dead on the Jeep while I was out in the middle of the day. Nothing I love better that changing a battery on a asphalt parking lot with no shade. Good thing my best friend Michael Fergie was in the area to come help out.

Coach McFerrin's staff is busy with camp right now. I've been over at the Elma Roane Field House a few times and they look really busy. Speaking of Coach McFerrin, I see where she is now Twittering, . I guess when my broadcast season starts up this fall, I'm going to have to start it as well. Also, don't forget, September 11th is the Fastbreak Golf Tournament at Quail Ridge.

Coach Rock and the baseball program will host their Labor Day Showcase in September, details are here. .

Living in the University neighborhood affords me the opportunity to swing by FedEx Park regularly, it's pretty neat seeing the daily progress over there.

June 17, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #67
Summer's moving along and I'm loving living in the University of Memphis neighborhood. Up every morning early to get a 1-2 mile jog in and lift some weights, I'm down 11 pounds the first two weeks since moving in.

Great news on the women's basketball front, Coach McFerrin's recruiting class that will be taking the court this fall was ranked 52nd nationally and tops in Conference USA, should be a fun year for the Tigers.

Construction in moving along on FedEx Park, brick work has started on the locker-room/training facility on the first base side and the steel is going up for the pressbox addition to the grand-stand.

Thanks to Andrew Vandeventer and Staci Superstarr for having me over to WUMR yesterday to talk about my experience as a student (13 years ago, I'm starting to feel old) and my life as "The voice of the Tigers". They are in the middle of their radio-thon that helps them raise money to benefit our campus station which carries women's basketball and baseball.

June 2, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #66
So, I'm in the middle of moving in the University of Memphis neighborhood this week. And no, I'm not giving out my specific address, lol. This will be the last time I don't hire movers to move my stuff and the last time I paint a house by myself. But, I am glad to be living in the neighborhood.

With all that is swirling around during my move, I wanted to check in and congratulate our CUSA Baseball mates. This year we only had 3 teams in the NCAA, but we've had one of the most successful runs in the past decade. ECU and Rice hosted regionals and Southern Miss went to Atlanta. Now the big news is that all three teams won their regional championships! ECU beat South Carolina in ten innings, Rice knocked of Kansas State, and Southern Miss won their first regional championship over Georgia Tech in Golden Eagles' head coach Corky Palmers' last year.

These teams now head to the "Super Regionals", a best of three series to determine the final eight teams that go to Omaha for the College World Series. ECU faces North Carolina, Rice goes to LSU, and Southern Miss goes to Florida. Best of luck to all three teams.

By the way, even though we had only three NCAA teams this year, CUSA is still ranked 5th out of 31 baseball conferences, not bad at all.

May 26, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #65
Summer is here and that means several Tiger baseball players will continue playing. Below is a list of our current players who are going to play in summer wooden bat leagues. I'll keep you updated on their progress this summer.

Brach Davis, North Adams Steeple Cats NECBL

Ryan Fraser, North Adams Steeple Cats NECBL

Drew Martinez, Luray Wranglers, Valley League,

Jacob Wilson, Luray Wranglers, Valley League,

Brandon Showmar, Luray Wranglers, Valley League,

Adam McClain, Madison Mallards, Northwoods League,

Heith Hatfield, Woodstock Riverbandits, Valley League,

Shawn Ablett, Woodstock Riverbandits, Valley League, www.

Alan Mathis, Hamilton Joe's Baseball Club, Great Lakes,

Robby Graham, Bravos Valley Bombers, Texas League,

Michael Wills, Union City Greyhounds, KIT,

And, let's not forget our Tiger pros who are still playing.

Major League

Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins, National League

Japanese League

Johnathan Leicester, Orix Buffaloes

Minor League

Jarrett Grube, Colorado Springs SkySox, AAA, PCL (Rockies)

Brent Dlugach, Toledo Mud Hens, AAA, International League (Tigers)

Derek Hankins, Altoona Curve, AA, Eastern League (Pirates)

Neil Schenk, Bowling Green Hot Rods, A, South Atlantic League (Rays)

Scott McGregor, Quad Cities River Bandits, A, Midwest League (Cardinals)

Chirs Kirkland, AZL Mariners, Arizona Rookie League, (Mariners)

And finally, congrats to Tamika Whitmore, who is beginning her 11th year in the WNBA, playing for a second year with the Connecticut Sun.

May 18, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #64
Well, the season is over after getting swept this weekend at ECU. Long day yesterday as you can imagine, an early flight out of Raleigh, then we connected at Charlotte for the second leg home.

21-32 is not what anyone expected this year out of baseball, but there is a lot to build on. Unfortunately, after improving at the plate from .239 to .272, we were still last in the league in hitting, our bullpen was shaky at times as well. But, it was probably the most consistent starting pitching we've had in a while and four juniors who were in that rotation return next season. We'll also have a core of six freshman who will be sophomores next year.

It was a long season for everyone since we were on the road all year. A special thanks to John Daigle and the staff at USA Stadium at Millington as well as the folks at Plantation Inn and the Neighborhood Bistro where we were housed and fed on the weekends. Also thanks to Dave Chase and the Redbirds for the use of AutoZone Park and George Moreland and the Memphis Tiger AABC organization for the use of Gagliano Field.

It will be exciting to see the progress of FedExPark over the summer and it's completion this fall. Coach Daron Schoenrock said, on his video show today, that we will open the season next year at home against Middle Tennessee on February 20th.

We taped Coach Rock and Coach Thees season wrap-up shows today, they'll be on GOTIGERSGO.COM this afternoon. Thanks to everyone who made our first year of All-Access shows a success.

Hard to believe I just wrapped up my sixth season as a Tiger Broadcaster. This year I was able to call my first men's Basketball games for Memphis in Puerto Rico, with the addition of the men's and women's soccer as well as volleyball, my duties with aseball and women's basketball, and my prior games with softball, I have now done play-by-play for seven of the Tiger teams. I am truly living the dream.

Keep checking the blog this summer, I'll keep it updated.

May 15, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #63
Getting ready to leave for the ballpark in a few minutes. Tigers now 1/2 game behind UCF for the final tournament spot. We'll need to win at least one of the two remaining games at ECU to get to Hattiesburg next week. Harding Academy's Brennon Martin gets the start tonight for the Tigers. He'll have a good shot at making All-Conference, I just sent my ballot in, but I'm not going to reveal my pics. LOL

May 14, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #62
SID Jason Redd and I are hanging out in our room at the City Bistro in Greenville watching the Today Show waiting for tonight's series opener with ECU. We need to play equal to or better than UCF this weekend to qualify for the CUSA Tournament in Hattiesburg next week. 2002-03 was the last time the baseball team failed to qualify in consecutive years, so we'd like to avoid repeating that feat. It will be a tough weekend, ECU may be the toughest place to play in the league, they usually draw good crowds and the outfield is loaded with tail-gaters, which they call "The Jungle". I'll have all three games on WUMR 91.7fm and you can email during the game at MEMPHISRADIO@HOTMAIL.COM. The games are at 5:00 Memphis time Tonight and tomorrow and 11am Memphis time on Saturday.

April 29, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #61
Back on the bus again today for a trip to Birmingham for baseball's series with UAB. Fifth through ninth in the league is separated by just one game so this will be a huge series for us as far as getting into the CUSA tournament in Hattiesburg in three weeks. The Blazers are 6-9 in the league while we are 5-10. The Tigers also need to get this series because, right now, they don't have any tie-breakers in their favor.

April 23, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #60
Well, just 13 regular season games left for baseball and they'll have to play well down the stretch to qualify for the Conference Tournament. It will be a tough road, literally; we have just four home games left and continue our eight-game road trip this weekend at Tulane. The Tigers will get their first look at the new Turchin Stadium in New Orleans. For the second time this season, Memphis will play on an all-field turf surface. The only dirt on the field is the pitchers mound. Troy had the same surface when Memphis played there earlier this season.

Friday's game is going to be televised by CSS on a delay so we won't have a stream for that game, but we will stream Saturday and Sunday's game.

April 3, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #59
Wow, it's early. I'm sitting at AutoZone park at little before 8:00 this morning getting ready for our 10:00 game with UCF. Hope that some of you can take and early lunch and come on over. This should be very much like a Sunday game or an early conference tournament game, the first team to find some energy will likely win.

If you come out, you'll get to see our new home pinstripe Nike uniforms.

March 31, 2009, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #58
Back from our trip to Rice over the weekend. Despite losing the series, can't be disappointed in getting a win against the #2 Owls. They've only lost 1 of their 26 series since joining Conference USA.

Reckling Park continues to be one of, if not, my favorite ballparks. It's like a smaller version of AutoZone Park and has the best vantage point for calling a game. Special thanks to Rice SID John Sullivan for the cake yesterday, not sure if it was someones's birthday, but I didn't ask....just ate the cake.

Speaking of AutoZone Park, the baseball team opens up a four-game stand downtown beginning Wednesday against Ole Miss at 6:30. This weekend will be a bit odd. The St. Louis Cardinals are coming in for a couple of exhibition games against the RedBirds. So, we'll play Friday at 10am, Saturday at 6pm, and Sunday at Noon against UCF. Here's you chance to skip out for an early lunch Friday and watch the Tigers downtown!

March 9, 2009, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #57
Women's basketball finished up their season last Thursday at the CUSA Tournament in New Orleans. Unfortunately, the Tigers were unable to pull out an upset over Marshall, but it was still a good first season for Coach McFerrin. Most wins since the 04-05 season and Paris Leonard made the All-Conference team. I flew down the day of the first game, taped the Coach's show, then hit Acme Oyster House for a late lunch. I flew out at 6am Friday to get back to Memphis for the baseball game.

Baseball team is finding their new "Home away from home" very friendly. The Tiger swept Valparaiso over the weekend to improve to 6-5 and are now 5-1 at USA Stadium in Millington. We're planning on taping coach Rock's video show this morning before we bus down to Mobile to face South Alabama in a two game mid-week series on Tuesday and Wednesday.

March 7, 2009, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #56
Back in Memphis after flying in this morning from New Orleans and the women's tournament. Got about 3 hours sleep today and will be happy to get a full night's sleep after all the travel. Here's the weekend broadcast schedule.

Saturday Baseball vs Valparaiso 2:00 (joined in progress following Tiger basketball)
Sunday Baseball vs Valparaiso 12:45

March 2, 2009, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #55
Back in Memphis but not for long. Good road trip to end the season for women's basketball. Nice to end the year with a win at Southern Miss in over-time. We were able to play spoiler because Southern had to win that game to tie for the CUSA regular season title. I'll be in Murfreesboro Tuesday and Wednesday for baseball. I checked the forecast after all the nasty weather this weekend. It looks good, should be mostly sunny both days but a little on the cool side for Tuesday's series opener. This will be my first look at Middle Tennessee's new Reese-Smith Field. Remember last season, Jason Redd and I sat in a bus in the right-field bullpen during construction. Middle Tennessee is a tough place to win, I've only called one Tiger victory there the past five seasons. After Wednesday's game, I'll fly out Thursday morning to New Orleans to catch up with the women's basketball team which opens CUSA Tournament play Thursday night at 8:00 against Marshall. We're still looking for that elusive first win over the Herd and it couldn't come at a better time. Here's what the broadcast schedule looks like for the weekend on WUMR.
Tuesday Baseball at MTSU 4:00
Wednesday Baseball at MTSU 3:00
Thursday WBB vs Marshall CUSA Tourny 8:00
Friday Baseball vs Valparaiso 4:00 (PENDING) WBB at CUSA Tourny 8:00
Saturday Baseball vs Valparaiso 2:00 OR WBB at CUSA Tourny 4:30
Sunday Baseball vs Valparaiso 1:00 OR WBB at CUSA Tourny 2:30

February 25, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #54
Tiger baseball is underway and off to a decent start this year. The team was able to get a couple of wins over Kansas out of the Big 12 over the weekend, but unfortunately got beat 14-4 by Murray State last night. Murray State is coached by former Tiger assistant Rob McDonald who won his 100th game over the weekend against South Dakota State. Last night we played Murray at Gagliano Field in East Memphis. The field was built in 1967 and about 15 years ago, the Memphis Tiger Youth Organization took over and has done a really nice job of upkeep at the park. I'm looking foward to our other two games there.

I'll be with women's basketball this week so WUMR's Sports Director Andrew Vandeventer will be traveling with baseball to Troy. Andrew is a sophomore at the University and went to CBHS in high school. I brought him in to the fold last semester and he's worked his way up to be my analyst on Women's Basketball broadcast and he also does the WMC-TV "Internet Game of the Week". A broadcast schedule is below for this weekend.

Women's basketball leaves today for our last regular season games at UCF tomorrow and at Southern Miss on Saturday. We lost to both of these teams at home. Both UCF and USM are in a mix of five teams at the top of the conference separate by just one game.

Thursday Women's basketball 6:00 WUMR
Friday Baseball at Troy 6:00 WUMR
Saturday Basetball at Troy 1:00 ALL ACCESS ONLY (Note: Just click on the Listen button from at the bottom)
Women's basketball 5:00 WUMR
Sunday Baseball at Troy WUMR

February 18, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #53
Yesterday, I went out to the stadium to help our SID Jason Redd clean out the press box. Although I am excited about FedEx Park, it was hard not to think about all the good times at Nat Buring.

During it's 36 year run, it saw over 950 games. On March 14th, 1972, the Tigers opened Nat Buring with an 11-2 win over Mississippi State. It was home to five NCAA regional teams and four Conference Champions. There were only three losing seasons in the history of Nat Buring, capped by the 32-1 record by the 1981 team. 57 Tiger pros played at the park, including nine All-Americans and 94 All Conference selections. Nat Buring saw it's last game on May 17th, of 2008 when the Tigers knocked off 30th ranked ECU 7-5.

So even though I'm very excited to come home to FedEx Park in 2010, I will always have fond memories of old Nat Buring Stadium.

Here is my final pic I took yesterday before I left.

Nat Buring Stadium, Feb. 18, 2009

February 11, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #52
As I promised you Monday, below is the early baseball broadcast schedule. As usual this time of year, we get overlap between women's basketball, student broadcast of men's basketball, and baseball which obviously overlaps. For the 21st year, the games will be on WUMR 91.7fm and will also be streamed (Audio or video) on the All-Access package. Next week we'll begin our weekly updates with Coach Rock which can be found on the baseball home page for free.

2/20 vs Kansas-NO BROADCAST-WBB vs ECU
2/21 G1 Air Force 11am
G2 Bradley 4pm
2/22 vs Pittsburgh- NO BROADCAST WBB vs Marshall
2/24 vs Murray State 4pm
2/27 @ Troy 6pm
2/28 @ Troy-NO BROADCAST-WBB at Southern Miss
2/29 @ Troy 1pm
3/3 @ Middle Tennessee 4pm
3/4 @ Middle Tennessee 3pm
3/6 vs Valparaiso 4pm-PENDING on WBB CUSA Tournament
3/7 vs Valparaiso 2pm-PENDING on WBB CUSA Tournament
3/8 vs Valparaiso 1pm-PENDING on WBB CUSA Tournament

February 9, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #51
Good weekend for women's basketball as they went on the road to UAB and got a CUSA win to snap a five game skid. I was especially happy for Ashley Thorton who is from Pinson, near Birmingham. Ashley tied a career high 22 points in her last game in Birmingham in front of a big crowd of family and friends in blue. Took a new bus down and back which had recliners and satellite TV so we were able to watch the men's game at Gonzaga on the way back.

Only three women's home games left with SMU coming to the Fieldhouse Thursday at 7:00.

Yesterday I headed up to USA Stadium in Millington to watch the baseball team practice in 70 degree weather. They actually about 30 or so fans show up to watch the team play some intra-squad following batting practice. Adam McClain may play some outfield this season and it's good to see him back after only getting to play 13 games last year before his season was ended by injury in a game against Southeast Missouri. Pitching looked solid and the big field at USA Stadium will provide our pitchers a luxury they haven't had at Nat Buring, which is a chance to make a mistake and not get burned as easily. It's 334 down the lines and 414 to center with 10 foot high walls at USA Stadium.

With Women's basketball getting late in the season and baseball starting in less that two weeks, we'll have our usual overlap in broadcast and I'll post that on the blog later this week.

February 6, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #50
Back on the road today for a short trip with women's basketball. We'll leave this afternoon for Birmingham where we'll face UAB tomorrow night at 6:00. We lost our conference opener to the Blazers at home back on January 4th when they hit 12 three pointers to win 71-62.

The baseball team got back outside yesterday afternoon for a couple of hours to do defensive drills after spending Tuesday and Wednesday in the turf room. They may try to go to USA Stadium some this weekend since that will be the primary home this season while our park on campus is being renovated. On another baseball note, the three games that were to be played at Snowden Grove will now be played at Gagliano Field off of Mt. Moriah.

February 2, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #49
Softball gets underway this weekend when the Tigers travel to Mobile, Alabama to play in the South Alabama tournament. This morning, we began our weekly coach's show with Wendy Thees. Her show should be up this afternoon on the Softball home-page of GOTIGERSGO.COM.

We also caught up with Women's Tennis coach Lee Taylor Walker.

Only one women's basketball game this week when the Tigers travel to Birmingham to face UAB Saturday at 6:00.

Great weather yesterday for Daron Schoenrock's baseball Tigers to begin "Spring" practice. I'll be watching them some this week and I'll update you as I do.

January 21, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #48
Back on the road again today. Women's basketball heads east for our road swing with ECU and Marshall. A trip that used to be difficult is now our easiest because we're able to charter. We'll leave late this afternoon, play at ECU tomorrow at 6:00 Memphis time. We'll leave Greenville Friday morning and face the Herd Saturday morning at 11:00 Memphis time. This was originally a 2:00 game, but moved up due to TV. Be sure to email during games at MEMPHISRADIO@HOTMAIL.COM

Assistant Coach Tempie Brown joined us yesterday on our weekly Women's Basketball update that can be found on GOTIGERSGO.COM

It was also announced last week that Coach Cal will be the speaker at this years Tiger Baseball banquet to be held February, 15th. Hard to believe, but opening day for Tiger Baseball is now under a month away when we face Kansas on January 20th in Millington.

January 12, 2009

Brightwell's Blog #47
Well, the first week of Conference USA play is done, and unfortunately, we were not able to grab a home win last week. But, from what I can tell from watching the scoreboard, it's gonna be an interesting year. Only one team, UCF, came through it unbeaten at 3-0. Now we'll try and steal some roads wins the next two weeks.

I'll be keeping busy traveling the next two weeks as well. I'm off to Tulsa with the men's team today, back tomorrow night. Then back on the plane with the women's team to Houston for our weekend games at Rice and Houston. Then we fly to East Carolina and Marshall next week.

Today we'll be recording our Women's Basketball update for the website and assistant coach Danielle O'Banion is going to join us. We're also planning on getting an update on Track and Field from Coach Kevin Robinson.

December 18, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #46
Hello from the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. Its game day today and we face Texas-Arlington tonight. The game is scheduled for 7pm Memphis time, but there are four games ahead of us, so I doubt we'll start on time.

An update on the trip so far. We arrived around 7:30 Tuesday night and came straight to the resort and ate. Yesterday, we practiced at the National Gymnasium before returning to the hotel to eat. After that, we took a boat trip out to an island where we were able to go snorkeling for about an hour. Got back and ate again and the players were in bed by 9:00.

The weather has been great so far, usually around 80 during the day and low 70's at night, the only time it gets chilly is when the wind picks up.

I'll update you later in the trip.

December 3, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #45
Hey everyone, sorry it's been so long since I checked in.

Got back from Puerto Rico safely and it was a great experience. Had a great meal in Old San Juan at a place called Raices and spent one afternoon at the pool where I got a little sun-burn, but that's just a starter for the women's basketball trip to the Bahamas in ten days.

Since I've been back, the women have won three games in a row and are now in the top 100 in the RPI. May not seem like a big deal to the casual fan, but it's definitly a sign of improvement for the program and it's really got the die-hards excited. We're also currently undefeated at the Elma Roane Field House so it looks like it's becoming a hard place to come in and play once again.

Tonight, they will face Arkansas at FedEx Forum in downtown Memphis. Arkansas is out to a 5-1 start and has a really good defensive team so it will be a very big challenge. Then, we'll play next Thursday against South Alabama at FedEx Forum. Between then, exams will be taking place.

November 19, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #44
Hello from San Juan, Puerto Rico! This week I will be away from the women's basketball team because I was called to do the play-by-play for the men's games in the O'Reilly Auto-Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off. But, I will return next Monday for our game against Ohio. Beautiful weather with an ocean view at the Candado Hotel, the men will face Chattanooga tomorrow at 3:30 Memphis time.

CONGRATS to Coach McFerrin and her Tigers! Huge win last night over Louisiana Tech, one of the programs that really built women's basketball throughout the 80's and 90's. This team is not a finished product, but it's a vastly improved club. Big game this Friday in Oxford against Ole Miss.

Thanks to Dan O'Brein, the voice of Tiger Softball, for filling in for me on the women's basketball broadcast.

Finally, best of luck to the Tiger Volleyball team as they host the Conference USA Tournament at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

November 10, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #43
Congrats to Brooks Monaghan and the Lady Tiger Soccer team on their second straight Conference USA Championship! This year I had the honor of doing the play-by-play for a majority of their home games, so it's the first time I've called games for a conference champion at the collegiate level in 12 years.

The debut of the women's basketball team didn't turn out like we had hoped, but it was just an exhibition game and if you saw it, you could tell they've come a long way in a short time. And, most notably, how about that crowd. An estimated 2,300 were in attendance on Friday thanks to our marketing department. We probably had 2,000 elementary students at the Field House. We tip it up for real this Friday when we host Northern Arizona to start the regular season.

November 7, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #42
Well the day has arrived for Melissa McFerrin's Tigers to see game action in front of the public for the first time when they host DT3 at the Elma Roane Field House this morning at 11:30.

DT3, a team made up of ex-college players, should be a good test. They feature two NAIA All-American guards from Vanguard University, Tari Goold and Lacy Burns. Inside, Memphis will have to contend with Lauren Riley-Varley who was a two-time All Mountain West selection at BYU. Why does Memphis play an 11:30 morning game on a Friday you may ask? They are expecting over one thousand elementary students as part of a promotion! The Tigers have done this the past few years and it's one of my favorite games to call. Thousands of screaming kids excited to be out of school!

I hope to see you out there today, if you can't make it, all games will again be on WUMR 91.7fm and I would love to get your emails during the games at MEMPHISRADIO@HOTMAIL.COM

October 31, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #41
Sitting in the Elma Roane Field House watching women's basketball practice today as I blog. Practices this year have been good as Coach McFerrin implements her up tempo style of offense and emphasis on a more intense defensive effort. New goals arrived earlier this week for the Field House that came from FedEx Forum, as soon as they get shot clocks for these, they should replace the old ones. One week away from our exhibition game next Friday at 11:30 am.

We'll have three games on Memphis Tigers All Access this weekend, two live, one archived. The Volleyball games tonight and Sunday will be live while tomorrow's Men's soccer match against Marshall will be archived.

Congrats to Coach Brooks Monaghan and the women's soccer team on their second straight regular season conference championship. They clinched at least a tie with last night's win at UAB.

October 15, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #40
An update on this week's set of coach's shows on Memphis Tigers All-Access through Brooks Monaghan and Richie Grant will rejoin us next week, they both had morning practices on Tuesday.

As usual, April Jauregui joined us for a Volleyball update and we also sat down with Melissa McFerrin to discuss how things have gone since her hiring and the upcoming season.

Basketball practice goes into full swing this weekend and to say I'm excited to start watching McFerrin's Tigers practice would be an understatement!

October 7, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #39
On tap for today's coach's show's on Memphis AllAccess through, we'll talk with Brooks Monaghan after his team split over the weekend, Richie Grant's soccer team knocked off nationally ranked SMU Sunday and April Jauregui's Volleyball team opened Conference USA home action.

We'll also welcome women's Golf coach Beth Harrelson as they prepare for the Arkansas State Tournament.

These four shows will be recorded this morning and should be up by this afternoon.

October 3, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #38
Tonight will be our first Tiger Volleyball broadcast on All-Access. April Jauregui is off to an 11-5 start which ties the best start through 16 games for a first-year coach. Tulane, preseason pick to win the conference, will provide a strong test for the Tigers tonight. We'll also be at the Elma Roane Field House on Sunday for the UTEP game. This weekend is also the first home conference games for the Tigers who started out 2-1 in CUSA on the road.

And finally, it will be my first Volleyball broadcast of my career, hope you enjoy!

Good win last night for football at UAB, our bus rolled back in around 3:30 this morning. Late night, but a win always makes it worth it!

October 1, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #37
I'll be taping our usual coach's show's Tuesday morning with Coach's Grant, Monaghan, and Jauregui. We'll also be taping a show with Coach Schoenrock to give us a fall baseball update. All the shows should be up sometime Tuesday afternoon.

We'll have our first Memphis All-Access internet broadcast of Tiger volleyball this weekend as well. The Tigers host Tulane Friday at 7:00 and UTEP on Sunday at 2:00.

September 24, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #36
Busy weekend coming up for Memphis Soccer and it begins tonight with the Men's Soccer team hosting Missouri State at 7:00 at Mike Rose. Tough year so far for Coach Grant's team. They're 1-6-0 early on, but four of the losses have been by a score of 1-0. Hopefully tonight, they'll break out. Tonight's game also marks the first time the Tigers have played at home since the Diadora tournament to start the season, we'll archive tonight's game on Memphis All-Access for those that have that package. The men host UAB Saturday as well.

The Lady Tiger Soccer team has a pair of Conference games this weekend at home, hosting Southern Miss Friday and UCF on Sunday afternoon. Both of those games will be archived on Memphis All-Access as well.

Women's Tennis coach Lee Taylor Walker joined us yesterday for an All-Access show which is now on their home-page on GOTIGERSGO.COM; next Tuesday, Baseball coach Daron Schoenrock will do a fall update show.

September 22, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #35
Things are going well with our new on-line coach's shows with men's and women's soccer as well as volleyball. Tennis coach Paul Goebel joined us last week and baseball coach Daron Schoenrock will join us on September 30th. The game broadcast are going well and volleyball is just around the corner. If you've seen any of them, we're still working out a few kinks but it's all coming together.

Men's soccer finally returns home Wednesday and we'll archive that game on "Memphis AllAccess" as well as Friday and Sunday's women's soccer game.

Women's basketball has released their schedule and it should be an interesting year. 15 home games plus the exhibition and the added bonus of a trip to the Bahamas the week before Christmas!

September 2, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #34
I had a weekend full of Futbol, Football, and more Futbol!

Things got started Friday night with the soccer double-header at Mike Rose. The Lady Tigers played to a 1-1 draw with Alabama and the Tigers fell to 21st ranked Bradley 4-0. However, the men played with seven freshmen and it was only 2-0 with under five minutes to go. It was a hot and humid night and the teams I felt most for were Oral Roberts and UAB, who played at 3:00 that afternoon in the heat of the day.

Down to Oxford with the football team on Saturday and things didn't end up like we wanted and now we'll have a very key home conference opener this weekend against Rice. Hope to see you there.

Then, back to Mike Rose Sunday night to wrap up the Diadora Tournament. The Tigers jumped out to a 4-1 lead with a little over twenty minutes left, but Oral Roberts made a furious comeback to get to within one. OR had a chance with under ten seconds and missed on a bicycle kick as time expired. Assistant Media Relations Director Brandon Kolditz made his broadcast debuts when he sat in on the second half with me, he did great.

That's my weekend of futbol, football, and more futbol!

August 18, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #33
Hello everyone, well today I turn 36, so now I'm closer to 50 than I am 20. It gives me time to reflect on how lucky I am to be able to do what I want to do where I want to do it, and that's be a broadcaster for my Alma Mater.

A lot has happened since I was born way back in 1972. Basketball has played in three Final Fours and two National Championship games. Who would have ever thought, being a child of the 80's that I'd see football go to four bowls in five years. Women's basketball has started a new era with just its fourth head coach, heck, when I was born; there was no NCAA women's basketball. Baseball will see a newly renovated stadium within the next year and football has started accepting pledges for a new weight room.

As a child, I was my dad's remote control for the TV, this year, I'll be calling games on the internet-and I thought my first Atari was great. Technology sure has changed.

As an Alum, I've seen our campus change from a grid of streets to a pedestrian campus, a new library added when I was a student. The Alumni Mall, Rose Theatre, and adjacent parking garage weren't even in existence when I was attending elementary at Memphis State Campus School.

I hope I've got another 36 years in me and they're all spent as a Tiger Broadcaster.

August 4, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #32
Well, the "Off-Season" is almost over with fall sports starting in a couple of weeks. The University put out the news last week that we will be doing play-by-play of a majority of men's and women's soccer home games as well as home conference volleyball games on the Memphis All-Access package. I'm really looking forward to calling these sports as well as doing the weekly coach's updates. Hope you've enjoyed the three preview shows we've already done.

I have to say I'm excited about adding these sports to the women's basketball and baseball I already call. Although I've got other duties with the network and local radio stations, my passion is doing play-by-play so doing five sports for the University will be a blast.

I also have to credit to Brandon Kolditz, assistant media-relations director, for his work. Brandon and I have been talking about doing this for over a year and he did the leg-work on finding out a way to make it happen. I also want to thank videographer Darby Dunnagan and her staff for their willingness to help with this project.

I haven't checked all the sites for the 300+ division one schools, but I have to think our live coverage of Tiger sports has to be among one of the most comprehensive. Between our Tiger Radio Network, WUMR broadcast, and All-Access package, we'll provide play-by-play and coach's show's for EIGHT sports

July 18, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #31
Happy birthday to Stan Bronson Jr. A big "How are you"! In honor of Stan. Great to see Stan celebrating his 80th birthday today and hope to see you at the Murphy Complex this afternoon. I bet you could count on one hand the number of people who have spent more time at South Campus than Stan, he certainly has been a fixture in the University's history.

Let's catch up on how our baseball players are doing in their summer leagues.

Adam McClain Luray Wranglers, Valley League, .250ba, 5hr, 24rbi ALL STAR

Cole Shelton, Woodstock River Bandits, Valley League, .228, 2hr, 12rbi

Brach Davis, Woodstock River Bandits, Valley League, 2-2, 6 starts, 4.70era, 35k's

Tyler Huelsing, Brazos Valley Brahmas, Texas Collegiate League .274, 10rbi, 3sb

Chad Zurcher, Northshore Navigators, New England Collegiate, .239, 3rbi

Worth Tate, Danville Dans, Central Illinois Collegiate, 1-3, 13games, 5.79era,

Chris Novikoff, Winter Park Diamond Dawgs, Florida Collegiate, 0-2, 8.57era, 5starts,

Hope your summer is going well.

July 2, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #30
Hope your summer is going well. I've had enough off-season and am ready to get back to work. I've started running this summer and am up to 3-miles per day, I'm trying to shape-up for the Lady Tiger's trip to the Bahamas this December.

Thought I'd give you all an update on our Tiger baseball pros.

Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins, National League .289, 23hr, 58rbi, 4sb

Johnathan Leicester, Norfolk Tides, AAA, International League (Orioles) 2-8, 6.17era

Ryan O'Malley, Birmingham Barons, AA, Southern League, (White Sox) 2-2, 4.79era, 11games, 32k's

Brent Dlugach, (Tigers Organization) Injured

Jarrett Grube, Tulsa Drillers, AA, Texas League (Rockies) 2-1, 5.20era, 26games

Derek Hankins, Altoona Curve, AA, Eastern League (Pirates) 1-5, 3.84era

Bill Edwards, Arkansas Travelers,AA, -Texas League (Angels) 0-2, 4.62era, 19games

Adam Amar, Auburn Double Days, A-Short Season, NY-Penn League, Blue Jays .313, 2hr, 7rbi, 12 games

Scott McGregor, Batavia Muckdogs, A-Short Season, NY-Penn League (Cardinals) IR

Will Hudgens, Billings Mustangs, Rookie Pioneer League (Reds) 2-0, 5.40era, 2games

Neil Schenk, Hudson Valley Renegades, A-Short Season, NY-Penn League, (Rays) 0-0, 4.50era, 6games, 10k's

Chris Kirkland, AZL Mariners, Rookie Arizona League, (Mariners) 1-0, 2.25era, 3games

Kevin House, Edmonton Cracker Cats, Independent, .245, 3hr, 19rbi, 9sb, 30games

June 23, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #29
Long summer waiting for Tiger Sports to crank up again. I'm very excited about the start of Lady Tiger basketball this fall. I have been really impressed with Coach McFerrin and her staff in the limited time I've spent with them. I think you'll be really impressed with them the very first season.

Tamika Whitmore is having another great year, playing this season for the Connecticut Sun. Through 13 games, she's averaging almost 14 points and over 5 rebounds per game. Hard to believe, but Whitmore is in her 10th season. The Sun is currently leading the Eastern Conference.

Summer wood-bat baseball is underway for several of the Tigers, here's an update on how they're doing.

Adam McClain Luray Wranglers, Valley Legue,16 games, .232ba, 3hr, 15rbi

Cole Shelton, Woodstock River Bandits, Valley League, 12 games, .204ba, 1hr, 5rbi

Brach Davis, Woodstock River Bandits, Valley League, 3games, 1-0, 3.32era, 19ip, 21k's

Tyler Huelsing, Brazos Valley Brahmas, Texas Collegiate League 8 games, .286, 2 doubles, 6rbi's.

Chad Zurcher, Northshore Navigators, New England Collegiate, 7games, .214ba

Worth Tate, Danville Dans, Central Illinois Collegiate, 4games, 0-1, 11.25era, 4ip

I'm spending my summer looking for a house and trying to drop all the weight I put on during the season travelling.

I'll talk again with you soon and give you an update on the Tiger Baseball pros.

June 9, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #28
A nice surprise on Friday. After I had left the house and arrived at AutoZone Park to do PA for the Redbirds, I found out that Chris Kirkland was drafted in the 36th round by the Mariners, making him the fourth Tiger drafted this year!

Kirkland was our primary catcher for the last two seasons after spending a year at Alabama and Chipola Junior College. This season, coach Rock let Chris throw a few innings because he had thrown at Chipola and in High School at South Doyle. Kirkland was gunned up to 96 mph so Seattle will take a chance and see if he develops.

Chris is one of the toughest players I've seen. In 2007, Kirkland had his jaw broken going into second base at Rice when he was hit with a relay throw, he stayed in for another inning. He missed the Conference Tournament the next week, but came back to catch both games of the NCAA.

June 6, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #27
Congrats to the three Tigers that were selected in today's Major League Baseball draft!

Junior Scott McGreggor went in the 15th round to St. Louis, senior Neil Schenk went in the 23rd round to Tampa Bay, and Junior Will Hudgens was taken in the 23rd round by Cincinnati.

For me, it was special to see Neil Schenk get drafted, couldn't have happened to a nicer guy or harder worker. Schenk signed with the Tigers out of Briarcrest and was immediately thrown into the weekend rotation as a true freshmen. It's a role that a true freshman usually isn't thrust into, but coach Rock had no choice his first year. But, Neil never complained and went out and did his job every start. His sophomore year he was moved to the bullpen and struggled his first year there, but made the transition his junior year and flourished in 2008. He logged his first and last careers wins against East Carolina. He was also the University's Male Scholar Athlete of the year. He's been a great ambassador for the baseball program, he'll definitely be missed.

Scott McGreggor has been a consistent presence in the weekend rotation for coach Rock. His first year McGreggor was all-freshman throwing three complete games. From that year on, SID Jason Redd and I referred to Scott as "CG" McGreggor for his complete games. Scott has been a strike thrower in his three years here and you can always count on him pitching you late into the game even when he didn't have his best stuff. Scott never made a big deal about a good or bad outing, just a guy that came in and did his job.

Finally, Will Hudgens. What a story it was. After playing football for a few seasons, Will got the itch to play baseball again and asked Coach Rock if he could have a chance. After the OK was given by Coach West, Will got his chance. Rock initially thought he may be a guy that could give him some bullpen innings during mid-week games, but nobody knew what was in store for 2007. Will's first appearance came in relief in Millington and he got the win against Mizzou, he followed that up with a relief win at #6 Clemson. As a starter, Will beat two more ranked teams, #30 Southern Miss, and #2 Rice. The win over Rice in the semi-finals at the Conference Tournament was a huge win for the program. But, what I'll always remember about Will is that he always had a smile on his face and something funny to say.

Although Schenk is gone, McGreggor and Hudgens will now have to weigh the pros and cons and make the best decisions for themselves and their families as to wether they will go pro or stay another season.

Congrats to all three Tigers, they were all a big part of this program.

June 3, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #26
As I promised, I'm checking in with you all and I hope the start of summer is treating you well.

What a year for Conference USA baseball. CUSA got 5 of 9 teams in the NCAA's, the most since 2002 when CUSA sent 5 of 12. What's more impressive is that all five made it to their regional championship games with Rice advancing to the Super-Regionals to Host Texas A&M this weekend.

About a dozen baseball players have made their way to their summer wood-bat teams that stretch from Texas to New England. This is a great tool in the development of young players. Each one will play about 50 games and get another couple hundred plate appearances swinging a wooden bat and the pitchers get some more innings on their arms. It's amazing how much these players have improved when they come back for fall workouts.

Looks like Coach McFerrin has rounded out her staff and will stretch her recruiting grounds. I especially like how she's going to look nationwide for players, already targeting Chicago and Detroit. Hmm, broadening the recruiting base and targeting Chicago and Detroit, seems like I've seen this philosophy before and it really paid off. I'll have more about the Lady Tigers once I get a chance to sit down with coach later this summer.

May 20, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #25
Well, it's over and the baseball team, despite a disappointing year, went out on a good note, beating 30th ranked ECU Saturday afternoon. It was great to see the seniors have a big day in their final day.

In all, we said good bye to five seniors Phillip Utley, Chris Kirkland, Alex Fennell (Southaven), Neil Schenk (Briarcrest), and KK Chalmers (Southaven). Fennell, Schenk, and Chalmers represented the first four year senior class to leave under Coach Rock, I'm sure it was a special day for him as well. Schenk earned his first collegiate win of his career four years ago at East Carolina, and finished his career with the win on Saturday. KK Chalmers, from Southaven, has been the heart and soul of the Shoenrock era thus far. All the seniors will be missed.

It may have also been the last game we played at the park known as Nat Buring, It has been the Tigers home since they opened it with a win over Mississippi State on March 14th, 1972. It hosted 5 conference tournaments, was home to 5 NCAA Regional teams, 4 conference Champions, 9 All Americans, 94 All Conference players, and 57 Tigers who played pro baseball. Even though it has seen it's better days, It was kind of sad leaving the park on Saturday.

Just because the season is over, doesn't mean I won't be checking in. I'll be giving updates on how our baseball players are doing with their summer league teams and updating our pro players as well. I'll also update any info I have on the Lady Tigers.

May 15, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #24
Last chance for the baseball team to get into the CUSA tournament next week in New Orleans. The Tigers must win one more game than UAB does this weekend. UAB host Southern Miss while the Tigers host ECU at Nat Buring beginning tonight. If we qualify, it will be the first time since 1997-1999 that the baseball program has made three straight Conference Tournaments.

Tomorrow we'll honor five seniors and Saturday may very well be the last game played at the Park known as Nat Buring Stadium. I'll talk about the seniors Tomorrow as well as memories of Nat Buring.

Hope to see you at the park beginning tonight at 6:30, or you can email me at MEMPHISRADIO@HOTMAIL.COM

May 8, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #23
Well, just 7 remaining games in the regular season and today we bus down to my favorite place to go in the Conference for baseball, Southern Mississippi. Although our conference is filled with top notch ballparks and great fans, I think the best environment is Pete Taylor Park.

I will miss the old press box though. The old radio booth was located on the top of the grand-stands in the box-seat section. Fans would often turn around to talk with me between innings and I've always found that the Eagle fans had a very high baseball IQ. The right-field roost is also one of the best tail-gating areas you will find. It's a berm that runs from the right-field corner to almost center-field. This is where numerous fans pull into the park with their RV's, trucks, and other various set-ups.

The Tigers have had success over the last two seasons, winning 6 of the last 8 including a sweep in Memphis last year.

If you're ever wanting to go watch the Tigers on the road during a Conference weekend, this is the place you should start.

Hope to hear from you all this weekend during the broadcast at MEMPHISRADIO@HOTMAIL.COM

April 30, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #22
Just got back from Autozone Park where I do public address in the summer. Our new women's basketball coach, Melissa McFerrin, was there to throw out the first was a strike. Great to see her getting out and being seen in the community. The Lady Tigers were there as well and looked like they enjoyed themselves.

Tiger baseball travels to Houston this weekend. Memphis split four games with the Cougars last year and Brennon Martin got his first complete game of his career when Memphis beat them 12-4 in the opening game of the conference tournament at East Carolina.

April 29, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #21
It's a beautiful day at Nat Buring Stadium as I sit in the press box a few hours prior to tonight's game with Ole Miss. This will be the last non-conference game in this park as it's known as Nat Buring.

The Tigers have 12 games left in the regular season and will be looking for a strong finish that will hopefully put them in the Conference Tournament in New Orleans.

After the two losses to Tulane over the weekend, the rain-out on Sunday may have been what the team needed, and extra day of rest for the stretch run.

I'm looking foward to a packed house tonight and I hope to see all of you out here.

April 25, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #20
It was a wild mid-week series at Middle Tennessee. We lost leads in the 9th inning in both games but were able to garner a split in Murfreesboro. The Tigers played the longest game in school history by time on Wednesday, over a five-hour, 14 inning marathon. The game featured a 7 run rally by the Blue Raiders in the 9th and a six run 14th to give Memphis the 17-11 win.

It was also the first time I've ever called a game from a bus. MTSU is in the middle of construction of their new $6.5 million stadium so the Blue Raiders had a bus in the right-field bullpen area that was used as the press-box.

The Tigers go back into CUSA play tonight when they face Tulane. The Green Wave are good as usaual and will be very tough to beat. The Tigers are 3-3 against the Wave in the last six and won 2 of 3 in New Orleans last year. This is a rivalry that dates back to the old Metro Conference days.

Tomorrow will be Family Day at the Park Avenue Campus, only $5 to watch 2:00 baseball game and the 1:00 Softball double-header with stuff for the kids between the parks. Hope to see you out there, and if you can't make it, email me during the broadcast at MEMPHISRADIO@HOTMAIL.COM

April 22, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #19

I've had several people ask me about the current Tiger baseball season and the record so today I'm going to break it down.

First of all, yes, it's been a frustrating season and the record is not what we would like it to be. But, we have been in the majority of games. The Tigers have been in 21 games decided by 2 runs or less, including 16 1-run games. Our record in these contest thus far is 7-14, so if we just split those, we would be closer to .500.

The offense has struggled after being one of the best in the conference the last two years, let's take a look. The Tigers lost 7 starters in the line-up including 1 All-American (Amar) and three more All-Conference performers (Lieberman, Moss, and Murray). So, we are playing with three freshmen, two sophomores (one that didn't play last year due to injury), and a juco transfer. We have plenty of talent, but not a lot of experience which we will have after they get a year under their belt.

This season has seen an improvement in pitching which finished at the bottom of the Conference the last three years, we currently rank 6th in the league in ERA, just behind Houston. This is the first year that Coach Rock has had a healthy pitching staff and it's anchored by three juniors-Scott McGreggor, Matt Yokely, and Will Hudgens. If all three return, we should be very good on the mound next year.

The players that are currently starting are the best defensively since Rock came to Memphis. Memphis is currently 4th in fielding percentage and just two-thousandths of a point out of second in the league. The majority of our starting infield/outfield still have two to three years left here.

Although the record isn't where we would like it to be, the Tigers have been in most every game that includes at win on the road at Georgia and a win at AutoZone Park against Mississippi State.

We have four weekends left in the season and if the team can get on a roll, we have the potential to make some noise at the Conference Tournament. Our coaching staff is one of the best I've been around in 12 years of broadcasting, stadium improvements are on the way, and we have another outstanding recruiting class on the way.

April 21, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #18

Last Night I had the pleasure of meeting our new Lady Tiger coach, Melissa McFerrin, briefly after the Lady Tiger banquet. From the short time I got to spend with her, I was impressed.

She had just arrived from the airport and wasn't really expecting to be greeted by anyone, but myself, a few boosters, and four players were waiting. As soon as she entered the lobby, she knew who the majority of the group was. She knew the home-town of all four players that were there by heart, which showed me she was ready to dive right in to this program. I was also really impressed by how friendly and confidently she spoke to all of us; I'm sure the last few days have been a blur to coach McFerrin.

I also like the way she speaks about Memphis becoming the class of the Conference. I think that is so much better than just wanting to be competitive. It looks like she is really embracing this opportunity and I hope it will be a long and successful tenure for Coach McFerrin.

Tomorrow baseball plays at Middle Tennessee and I'll break down some numbers for you before we bus out.

April 18, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #17

It's a rainy day at the Ballpark, sitting here getting my prep work done a few hours before our game against Dallas Baptist. Hopefully this is the last batch and we can get our 6:30 game in tonight. Hope to see a lot of you out at the park this weekend because we only have 10 home games left at Nat Buring.

If you haven't heard of Dallas Baptist, they are a very good team. They are currently 32nd in the RPI and have two wins over Rice and one over Baylor and have the number 30 strength of schedule. They were an NAIA power and turned D1 a few years ago so this will be a very tough weekend. Baseball plays a double-header tomorrow beginning at 1:00 and it should be a beautiful day. As always, feel free to email me during the broadcast on 91.7 fm at MEMPHISRADIO@HOTMAIL.COM

April 15, 2008 --- Tax Day!

Brightwell's Blog #16

It's a beautiful day in Murray, Kentucky as Memphis is about 20 minutes away from first pitch against the Thoroughbreds. The MSU baseball team is the only team that didn't switch to Racers. It was an interesting trip today as the bus took a wrong turn and couldn't clear an over-pass, so we had to turn around in a farmer's field. But we made it on time and are ready to face the `Breds at 3:00. Tomorrow night, we'll be in Jackson, TN for the second time this year to face UT-Martin at 6:05, hope to see you in the "Big Potato Chip", Pringles Park.

April 10, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #15

Tuesday night provided some much needed relief after such a tough loss in Monday's title game.

The Tiger baseball team beat perennial power Mississippi State in 9-8 in 10 innings in dramatic fashion with Cole Shelton's 2-out, 2-run single in the bottom of the 10th. It was the first win over the Bulldogs since Ryan Martin hit a game winning Homer against State in 2003 at AutoZone Park.

It was an emotional lift for a team that had lost 9 straight and now heads on the road for a 5-game swing beginning this weekend in Orlando against UCF.

April 7, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #14

It's been a frustrating season thus far for Coach Schoenrock to say the least. After watching the 12th ranked Rice Owls come from behind to win 7-6 yesterday, the team fell to 11-19 and lost their 9th straight. As in all other sports, a bounce here or there and it could be much different. Memphis has lost 9 one-run games, so if we win just four of those we are 15-15. The road doesn't get any easier because tomorrow we host Mississippi State at Autozone Park before going on the road to UCF. The good thing though about this team, is despite the struggles, the team is still a very cohesive unit and doesn't point blame, Rock's teams have always played hard and stayed together in the good times and bad. Tonight is obviously a historical night, being an Alum (1996), it's extra special to me. I was less than a year old when the Tigers played in their last title game and was in 5th grade when we lost to Villanova in the Final Four. I know it's been said before, but it's great to see how our city becomes one when Tiger basketball does well, no other entity in this city has as much unifying capability as Tiger basketball.

Mar. 24, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #13

It sure was great to wake up this morning and know that baseball is in first place in Conference USA! Memphis has won five straight and swept UAB over the weekend and are now tied with Rice at 3-0 in Conference and are above .500 for the first time this year.

Yesterday was one of those games that was slow and dragged on....except for the last inning. After watching two teams walk 18 batters and the game slow to a crawl, the Tigers found themselves down 6-3 with nobody on and one out. But Memphis was able to find a way to score four runs capped off by KK Chalmers 2-run single to win it.

I hope to see you in Jackson, TN tomorrow when we play our first game at Pringles Park. The Tigers will face Austin Peay at 6:30.

Mar. 20, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #12

What a beautiful day! The basketball team starts play in the NCAA tournament tonight in Little Rock and the baseball team opens Conference play at Nat Buring.

You've got time to do the double-header if you're in town. Baseball faces off against the Blazers at 6:30 and the men won't start until around 9:00. It should be around 70 degrees at first-pitch and hopefully with the warmer weather, the Tiger offense will continue to heat up after an 18 run outburst on Tuesday night. A good start in the conference is imperative for this young Tiger team.

Baseball also plays at 2:00 tomorrow and 1:00 on Sunday. If you can't make it out, shoot me an email during the broadcast at MEMPHISRADIO@HOTMAIL.COM

Mar. 19, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #11

A lot has happened since I last spoke with you. The baseball team got it's first shut-out in two years last week at Arkansas State in front of a very quiet record crowd, then lost two of three to SEMO over the weekend.

The basketball team cruised through the Conference USA Tournament and earned the number one seed in the south regional which we were all expecting. Have fun if you're getting to go over to Little Rock this weekend.

Then, baseball erupted for an 18-9 win over Samford last night. Great to see this young line-up finally explode. Most of them are learning a new hitting system and it's not always easy to adjust to. But, once they catch on, they'll be tough to get out.

Looks like another cold day for a game. Last night was great, 73 degrees at first pitch. I'm ready for it to stay warm.

Mar. 11, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #10

Back on the road with Baseball today. Sitting on the bus right now getting ready to roll out to Jonesboro to face Arkansas State. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum of our win at Georgia. ASU is pretty good this year, they're 8-4 and handed Mississippi their first loss of the season. Brach Davis gets his first start of the year for the Tigers. Should be a good crowd at Tomlinson Stadium.

Mar. 10, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #9

My long journey is over and I'm back. Ben Grisham and I arrived in Memphis last night around 11:00 after driving from Athens where the Tigers beat Georgia to salvage a game in the series with the Bulldogs.

It was a long tiring trip, but it's still one of my favorite weeks, I got to call six games in five days in three cities. I was really happy for coach Rock that he was able to get a win at Georgia, it holds a special place in his heart. He was an assistant for two years there and helped lead them to the 2001 College World Series. His good friend Dave Perno is now the Bulldog coach.

Back on the road tomorrow to Jonesboro to face Arkansas State.

Mar. 7, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #8

Well I made it to Athens. Following the Lady Tiger loss, I dashed to the Orlando airport, caught a plane to Atlanta and then drove over to Athens arriving at 10:00. Felt great to finally get some rest. Being on the road is tiring, but still wouldn't trade my job for anything. I'm in the lobby of the Holiday Inn, Athens writing today's blog. We'll be leaving for Foley Field in about 15 minutes to get ready to open our series with Georgia. I always look forward to playing the marquee teams since the Tigers have beaten 9 ranked teams in the Schoenrock era. It will be fun watching some of the freshman playing in a hostile environment with a big crowd for the first time.

Mar. 6, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #7

I made it to Florida for the CUSA Tournament. After yesterday's double-header with Creighton, I hit the road to Atlanta arriving at 2:30 Eastern time. I got checked in a 4:00am and flew out at 7:20. Got to the team hotel and ate breakfast and hopped on the bus for UCF Arena. The team has finished their first warm-up and has headed to the locker room. Survive and advance as always during the conference tournament.

Our pregame begins at 10:45 am, Memphis time, on 91.7 FM.

Mar. 4, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #6

The next few days will be my annual dash between baseball and women's basketball. I'll start Wednesday with the baseball double-header with Creighton beginning at Noon. Following that game, I'm on the road to Atlanta so I can catch a 7:20 flight to Orlando to do tomorrow's CUSA tournament opener between the Lady Tigers and Tulsa. If the Lady Tigers are eliminated before Sunday, I'm back on the plane to Atlanta, then a short drive over to Athens to catch up with baseball and their series with Georgia. I'll be hopping around, but it's one of my favorite weeks of the year. I could end up doing six games in five days in three different cities.

On a somber note, Wednesday's baseball broadcast will be the first game I've called since the passing of Dr. Robert McDowell, the only general manager that our campus station, WUMR, has ever had. Like me, countless broadcast professionals learned under McDowell and he was a friend and mentor to us all. I'll be thinking of you during the broadcast Dr. Bob.

Mar. 4, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #5

Yesterday I received the news that Blair Savage had announced that she was stepping down after this weekends Conference USA Tournament. I know the wins and losses didn't add up to what she wanted, but I always appreciated the fact that she always was there for her post-game interview and told it like it was. Trust me, I've worked with coaches before that won't give you the time of day when they lose, but are everyone's best friend when they win. Here's hoping the team can make a run this weekend and end on a high note.

If the baseball team gets to play today, it could be the first time I do a game where I see a snowflake. Last year it sleeted during the Saturday game at Tulane, but no snow. I guess it's appropriate that the Blue Jays are in town, since the Toronto Blue Jays used to regularly play in snow at old Exhibition Stadium. This is a very good Creighton team, they won over 40 games last year and went to their 8th regional. If we don't get today's game in, we could be looking at our first double-header of the season tomorrow, in much warmer weather. By the way, several of the Creighton players were at Coach Cal's radio show last night since the Jays stayed at the Double Tree.

Mar. 3, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #4

I saw two disappointing losses to start the weekend, but two good wins to finish it. Friday night I got to see a great pitchers dual through six innings between the Tigers Scott McGreggor and Ohio's Chris Rigo. It was 2-1 Memphis through six, but unfortunately, Ohio edged the Tigers 5-4 to win the first game of the series.

Saturday, the Lady Tigers had a chance to finish .500 in the conference and hosted 12th place UCF, but the Knights went on an 9-0 run to close the first half with an 8 point lead and never trailed again beating us 81-69. It just seemed it the intensity that we had on Thursday night wasn't there. But, 7-9 in league play is a vast improvement over the 1-15 record we've had the last two years. We'll face Tulsa this Thursday at 11:00am Memphis time down at UCF Arena.

After the game, I went over to Nat Buring Stadium to catch the last few innings of the baseball game and got there just after a 4-run sixth inning put us on top 5-4. Marc Ashley (Collierville) got the his first win of the year and Matt Yokley (Collierville) got his second save of the season.

Sunday, the Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the rubber game of the series with Ohio. Trey Wiedman hit his third homer of the season and Phillip Utley notched his first win. Memphis is now 4-4 on the season and has a very tough 5-game stretch coming up with Creighton at home Tuesday and Wednesday and a weekend trip to Athens to face Georgia.

By the way, what great weather yesterday, partly sunny and temperatures in the 70's! Oh well, back to cold weather on Tuesday for our game with the Blue Jays.

This is my annual travel frenzy where I could do 6-games in 6-days in three different cities.

This weeks broadcast schedule on 91.7fm, WUMR.

Tuesday Baseball vs Creighton 4:00

Wednesday Baseball vs Creighton 4:00

Thursday Lady Tigers vs Tulsa CUSA Tourny 11am

Friday Lady Tigers vs SMU 11am OR Baseball at Georgia 5:30

Saturday Lady Tigers CUSA Tourny 2:00 OR Baseball at Georgia 2:00

Sunday Lady Tigers CUSA Tourny 2:30 OR Baseball at Georgia 1:00


Feb. 29, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #3

What an exciting night at the Elma Roane Feildhouse last night. Down by 9 early, the Lady Tigers fought back and knocked off Southern Miss to pull into a tie for 5th place with one game to go tomorrow against UCF. Great to see the crowd and they really helped out down the stretch. Gutsy performance by Jessica Hall who played though pain with a banged up shoulder and hit some key free throws late. Tomorrow will surely be an emotional day as we say good-bye to our lone senior, Aroha Jennings.

Baseball opens up it's first series of the year this afternoon against Ohio out of the MAC. Both pitching staffs have been superb through the first week. I'm predicting a low scoring weekend, which means I'll be wrong and tons of runs will be scored. We play at 4:00 today so come on out after you get off work, this team is young and exciting to watch. It will be fun to watch them grow up this season.

Here's the broadcast schedule for this weekend for the Lady Tigers and Baseball on 91.7fm WUMR.

Friday Baseball vs Ohio 3:45

Saturday Lady Tigers vs UCF 1:45

Sunday Baseball vs Ohio 11:45

And as always, you can email in during these games at MEMPHISRADIO@HOTMAIL.COM


Feb. 28, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #2

Big weekend for Lady Tiger basketball team starting tonight. We face Southern Miss at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, and after Saturday night we could finish anywhere from 5th to 9th in the league standings. Regardless of where we finish, it's a nice improvement from the last two years. We know what to expect out of the Eagles tonight, full-court pressing and a lot of running on offense. Hope to see you out there this weekend. Your attendance could be the difference.

Last night was a disappointing loss on the diamond to Murray State, our third straight loss to the Thoroughbreds. After getting behind early, the Tigers took the lead in the 7th on Brett Bowan's three-run homer, only to lose in the 9th. Here's an interesting story about Bowan, a juco transfer from Pensacola JC. According to Bowan, who's a Florida native, when the temperature got around 50 in Florida, they broke out the heaters in the dugouts. The last two nights, the temperature has been in the mid-30's at Nat Buring, but it didn't seem to bother Bowan's play.

Talk to you tomorrow, hopefully about a Lady Tiger win!


Feb. 19, 2008

Brightwell's Blog #1

Well here I am, my first blog entry. First of all, I want to think Jennifer Rodrigues for asking me to do this, along with Tammy DeGroff and Jason Redd, it's truly an honor. Now for those that don't know me, let me tell you just a little about myself.

I am in my fifth season as the radio voice of Lady Tiger Basketball and Tiger Baseball. It's been a great five years because I'm an alum of Memphis and would not want to be any where else. I graduated in 1996 and actually started as an elementary student at then-Memphis State Campus School. My mother, Peggy, worked in Human Resources and retired from the University about five years ago and I still have family that works on campus. So, I've been around the school for a long, long time.

What a wild weekend for Tiger Sports. I was at the UAB game Saturday night. Dave Woloshin, Matt Dillon and myself drove down on Friday night and the expanded highway 78 makes the trip much quicker. It was a great win despite how bad things looked with just over a minute to go. Every team that has gone deep into an NCAA tournament or won a championship usually gets one of those types of wins. We didn't get a great view of all the post game 'activities'. We sat across from the Tiger bench and when the fans went on to the court, a lot of our view was blocked. Ugly situation to say the least, but we got out of Bartow with the win, our perfect record and our #1 ranking.

Sunday took me to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse to broadcast the Lady Tiger game against Tulsa. We were coming off a 44-point loss Thursday at SMU and Tulsa had already beaten the Mustangs twice this season. However, the Lady Tigers got off to the hot start, scoring the first 10 points of the game en route to a 17-2 run and went on to beat Tulsa. Memphis is now 5-7 in CUSA and in 7th place. Now we can really do something. Marshall, ECU, and Southern Miss are our next three opponents, and if we can grab some wins, the Lady Tigers could finish as high as 5th, which would be a great turnaround from two straight years in last place.

Later Sunday night, I went over to the Holiday Inn on campus for the 'Meet the Tigers' Baseball banquet featuring Jim Morris. For those that have seen the Disney movie 'The Rookie', he is the guy Dennis Quaid portrayed. He was a great speaker and what stuck out most was what he said about 'Dream Killers'. Don't ever let anyone kill your dreams by telling you that you can't do something. I'm very optimistic about the upcoming season. We're coming off the first NCAA Regional since 1994 and have several new faces. Our pitching has a lot of experience after last year, but we'll have four freshmen in the line-up a lot of times. I won't make any specific predictions, but I won't be shocked if we're playing in June despite being picked 7th in the CUSA preseason poll.

You should come out to Nat Buring this year if you get a chance, it's really becoming a great experience even if you're not a big baseball fan. The tailgating in right field has become extremely popular. Help support Coach Rock by joining the Bullpen Club, you can call Al Woods at 351-0062 or email him at AWOODS4@MEMPHIS.EDU.

I look foward to updating this blog on a very regular basis. By the way, as you have seen in this entry, I use 'We' a lot. Some people say broadcasters shouldn't say we because their not on the team, but being an Alum, I consider myself a Tiger by blood and will always say 'We'!

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