One of the items on Rembert’s list was the key to a city that Grizz CEO Jason Wexler was able to provide. In return for the key Wexler received a rare video from Rembert of Michael Jordan playing basketball against Martin and Charlie Sheen in the 80’s.
Key to the city of Memphis. CHECK. @MainStMemphis is a legend.
— Rembert Browne (@rembert) June 25, 2013
Wexler invited Rembert back into town last weekend for a public viewing of the the video at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. The day before the festival, however, was the Grizzlies 2013 home opener against the Detroit Pistons. Browne, a long time Falcons fan, describes his experience at the game. He talks about the “who’s who” of Memphis that was court side before the game and how rapper Future was in the Forum to announce the starting lineup because “Z-BO texted him”. Te talks about how Tony Allen made it easy to become a Grizzlies fan because of his scrappy play and role as an entertainer. By the time the game was nearly over, Browne had become all-in as a Grizz fan and seemed to understand how important a Grizz win to the city. Or at least how important it was to how much fun everyone would have on Friday night.
Yes, a win would be good for the franchise, but Memphis is also one of those cities where a win or a loss on a Friday evening could dictate how much fun the city is that night. That’s not the case where I come from, so if it meant losing my voice for my second-favorite team, I was prepared to do so.
It’s really cool to read stuff like this. Sometime I start to think that the things I think are special about the Grizzlies are things everyone thinks about the team that they love. Then you read something like this post from Rembert Browne. And you realize that you’re not crazy for thinking that your team is different and that there really is something special about this team and about this city. And when somebody comes in town and has an experience like this you realize just how special what has happened with this team and this town is.
Go read this out and try not to be proud of your team and your city:
A Night With Future, Z-Bo, Tony Allen, and the Memphis Grizzlies