It has been an absolutely crazy week and it just seems to keep getting more insane. I honestly don’t know how the rest of the city handles it, but I choose therapy by sports talk radio. Judging from Twitter–I thinks its safe to say I’m not the only one. The fun thing about sports talk radio in Memphis is that when things are going crazy, at least you don’t feel alone in the silliness. Also–many of the silliest things happen on the sports talk shows in this town.
And this week was particularly silly. From everybody finding out about the Jason Levien firing Monday at the end of Chris Vernon’s show, to Geoff Calkins having to leave to make calls regarding Dave Joerger receiving permission to interview with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, to Chris Wallace telling us all this was very normal on Chris’s show Wednesday afternoon. And finally Tony Allen shows up in studio on Chris’s show on Thursday. Just when you need him most. And makes us all remember it’s about the players. The player’s are what made this city fall in love with this basketball team and that core of players will for sure be back next yea–no matter what craziness keeps happening in the front office.
— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) May 22, 2014
Chris Ryan from Grantland caught on to the talk radio craziness that has been going on here this weekend and wrote a great post about it. We’ve had some memorable talk radio weeks in this city, but this has to be right at the top.
From the column
But, man, if you aren’t listening to “The Chris Vernon Show,” on 92.9 ESPN in Memphis (disclosure: “The Chris Vernon Show” and Grantland are both part of the ESPN mother ship), you are getting only half of the glory of this whole saga.
How else would you know that Tony Allen found out about the front-office shakeup via “Google searches,” or that Pera challenged Allen to a game of one-on-one a while back? And that Joerger allegedly threw himself in front of that tragicomedy in the making? “Tony Allen tears ACL in one-on-one duel with Pera” is not a Memphis Commercial-Appeal headline anyone wants to read.
Did you know that Pera apparently went into the locker room early in the season and told various players that they would be getting playing time, without consulting with Joerger? Or that someone saw Chris Wallace buying a couple of suits earlier in the week? Sartorial power move! Do you know that despite all this madness, and the perception that Pera is kind of a loose cannon, Tony Allen is still #TeamPera? And do you know that Tony likes to sing Future before he’s interviewed on the radio?
Tony Allen Arrives In-Studio
HOW TONY ALLEN ROLLS UP TO STUDIO!!! HAHAHHAHAHAH https://t.co/M850f9qcIJ
— Chris Vernon (@ChrisVernonShow) May 22, 2014