Rise & Grind  - 1/14/22  Lang Whitaker, Mike Wallace and Super Wild Card Weekend

Rise & Grind: Lang Whitaker, Mike Wallace and Super Wild Card Weekend

On today’s show: Meghan and Jessica talk Grizzlies win streak with Lang Whitaker, get Mike Wallace’s Mike Check Minute, preview the NFL’s first ever Super Wild Card Weekend and more.

(start) Lang Whitaker
(25:03) Mike Wallace
(43:43) Super Wild Card Weekend preview
(1:08:04) Fashion Friday
(1:16:20) POP

Rise & Grind - 1/13/22 | Monica McNutt, Mike Wallace and You Have The Wrong Number

Rise & Grind: Monica McNutt, Mike Wallace and You Have The Wrong Number

On today’s show: Jessica and Meghan welcome Monica McNutt to the show to discuss the rise of the Grizzlies and discuss tonight’s matchup with the Timberwolves with Mike Wallace. The ladies also discuss the Tigers losing to UCF, Joe Judge’s pizza party, Ben Simmons’ continued saga, Kim K and Kanye’s separate date nights, who should host the Oscars.

(start) Monica McNutt
(29:57) Mike Wallace
(42:15) Dame Lillard surgery
(1:03:29) Kim K and Pete on a pizza date and Kanye and Julia counter
(1:10:00) Who hosts the Oscars
(1:24:21) Meghan Foxx engaged

HBCU Huddle: JSU Lands Another Top Recruit And We Ain’t Flaugin

On today’s show: CJ and Mike discuss JSU getting a commitment from the No. 4 ranked wide receiver in the nation, coach Prime winning the Eddie Robinson award, HBCU athletes getting invites to the NFL combine, Dr. Dennis Thomas getting inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Ida B. Wells getting her own Barbie and more from around this week’s HBCU landscape.

Rise & Grind - 1/6/22 | Where Is The Snow, Grizz Preview and Mike Wallace

Rise & Grind: Where Is The Snow, Grizz Preview and Mike Wallace

On today’s show: Meghan and Jessica preview the Grizzlies matchup with the Pistons and discuss Antonio Brown’s situation before talking more Grizzlies with Mike Wallace. The ladies also discuss the broken rail at FedEX Field before delving into a wide array of pop stories from the Grammy’s and Golden Globes getting postponed to Kim K and Pete Davidson hanging out in the Bahamas.

(start) Snow shenanigans
(11:16) Grizzlies v. Pistons preview
(12:30) Antonio Brown saga
(27:18) Mike Wallace
(51:02) Jalen Hurts wants rail fixed at FedEx Field
(53:43) Aaron Rodgers wants to be MVP
(1:13:14) Grammy’s and Golden Globes get postponed
(1:23:23) Sterling Shepard and Chanel Iman divorce
(1:26:55) Pete Davidson and Kim K in the Bahamas

HBCU Huddle: Putting A Bow On The Football Season

On today’s show: CJ and Mike welcome No Cap Sports podcast co-host and Prairie View A&M defensive tackle Josh Crawford to the program to take a look back at some of the most memorable moments from the HBCU football season. The list of  moments includes everything from the Travis Hunter commitment and the coach Prime effect to TSU’s turn around season and VP Kamala Harris’ appearance at the Howard v. Hampton game. Plus so much more from around the HBCU landscape.

Rise & Grind: RIP Madden, Mike Wallace and Recasting T’Challa

On today’s show: Meghan starts the show by sharing thoughts on the passing of NFL legend John Madden and then she previews Grizzlies v. Lakers with Mike Wallace. DeAngelo Williams hops on the show to share his thoughts on the best Spiderman and Batman actors of all time and explains why he thinks the MCU should recast T’Challa.

(start) Shenanigan’s
(08:00) John Madden death
(27:00) Grizzlies v. Lakers preview
(32:00) Mike Wallace
(45:00) DeAngelo Williams

HBCU Huddle: Coach Prime Gets No. 1 Recruit In The Nation

On today’s show: CJ and Mike discuss coach Deion Sanders getting a historic commitment from Travis Hunter the No. 1 recruit in the nation and what that commitment means for the sport of college football as a whole. The fellas also preview the Celebration Bowl, discuss Meghan THEE Stallion becoming a Texas Southern grad, give kudos to the Aristocrat of Bands for getting some pretty big performances and more from around the HBCU landscape.

Rise & Grind - 12/13/21 | Z-Bo Jersey Retirement, Mike Wallace and Meg The Graduate

Rise & Grind: Z-Bo Jersey Retirement, Mike Wallace and Meg The Graduate

On today’s show: Meghan and Jessica recap a crazy weekend around Memphis and talk about Zach Randolph’s jersey retirement before getting Mike Wallace’s thoughts about Z-Bo and the Grizzlies matchup with the 76ers. The ladies also discuss the Memphis Tigers losing to Murray State, Urban Meyer losing the locker room, ‘Just Like That’ news, and more.

(start) Tornado damage
(10:28) Zach Randolph jersey retirement
(27:01) Mike Wallace
(48:50) Memphis Tigers basketball struggles
(1:16:19) Just Like That spoiler
(1:31:56) Travis Scott off of Coachella
(1:33:20) Megan Thee Stallion graduates from TSU

MikeCheck: Grizzlies channel ‘Z-Bo’ type grit while grinding through resurgent defensive stretch

MEMPHIS – Still gasping for air moments after arguably the Grizzlies’ biggest win of the season, Jaren Jackson Jr. had two priorities as he placed a huge home victory over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers into proper perspective.

First, Jackson saluted the festive fans at FedExForum for the spark they provided to push the Grizzlies to that 108-95 triumph after they overcame an early deficit to ultimately pull away.

And then, with the full sense of Thursday’s accomplishment yet to set in, Jackson turned the page to the next big opportunity his franchise and its fans face back in the building on Saturday.

Jaren Jackson Jr. against the Lakers
MEMPHIS, TN – DECEMBER 9: Jaren Jackson Jr. #13 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates a three point basket during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images.

“It’s Z-Bo Day…let’s turn up!” an ecstatic Jackson shouted into the camera as he was interviewed on the court during the Grizzlies postgame broadcast. “Shoutout to Z-Bo. That’s my brother. It says a lot (to beat the Lakers). But we’re going to need the fans for the next one, for sure. This means nothing without the fans.”

Jackson’s call to action comes with the Grizzlies (15-11) amid their best stretch of the season, playing with a brand of rugged and relentless effort synonymous with one of the greatest legends to ever wear the team’s uniform.

The Grizzlies have won six of their last seven games and sit fourth in the Western Conference standings as they enter Saturday’s game against the surprisingly surging Houston Rockets. But that night’s spotlight will shine on beloved former Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, who will become the franchise’s first player to have his jersey retired and lifted to the rafters.

Jackson considers Randolph his “big brother” in so many ways.

Shoutout to Z-Bo. That’s my brother. It says a lot (to beat the Lakers). But we’re going to need the fans for the next one, for sure. This means nothing without the fans.

Jaren Jackson Jr.

Both played at Michigan State under long-time coach Tom Izzo nearly two decades apart.

Both ended up anchoring the power forward position in Memphis for the Grizzlies. Randolph’s bruising, low-post dominance rooted the ‘Grit & Grind’ Grizzlies through the franchise’s most successful stretch in history with seven straight playoff berths, including a trip to the 2012 Western Conference Finals. A two-time NBA All-Star during his 17 seasons, Randolph averaged 16.6 points and 9.1 rebounds in 1,116 games for five teams. His greatest impact – on and off the court – was in Memphis with the Grizzlies for eight seasons from 2009 through 2017.

Randolph embraced everything about his role in Memphis. He thrived at snagging key rebounds and making clutch shots in playoff games. He strived at paying utility bills for disadvantaged Memphis residence and donating pandemic relief resources to Shelby County Schools.

I might cry, man, because I was a statistic, man. I was coming from a bad place. I came from nothing, you know. So, for me to be where I’m at and to accomplish what I did, to get the love every time I come back to Memphis…that kind of genuine love, it don’t always happen like that. You know how it is, man. It’s Grit & Grind for life.

Zach Randolph

When first informed his No. 50 jersey would be retired – as eventually will those of his Core Four teammates Mike Conley, Tony Allen and Marc Gasol – Randolph was overcome with emotion. He could only imagine what he’d feel on that ceremonial night on the court.

That night arrives Saturday in a postgame tribute unlike any ever planned at FedExForum.

“Oh my goodness – a poor kid from Marion, Indiana, came from a poor, single-parent home, the oldest of four siblings, mother on welfare…oh, man. Wow!” Randolph told Grind City Media recently “I might cry, man, because I was a statistic, man. I was coming from a bad place. I came from nothing, you know. So, for me to be where I’m at and to accomplish what I did, to get the love every time I come back to Memphis…that kind of genuine love, it don’t always happen like that. You know how it is, man. It’s Grit & Grind for life.”

Meanwhile, Jackson is currently steering the ‘NxtGen’ Grizzlies through a bit of a renaissance defensively. After ranking last or near the bottom among the NBA’s 30 teams in defensive rating through the season’s first 20 games, the Grizzlies have flipped the script to win six of their last seven games. And of those six wins, they’ve held five opponents below 100 points.

Are we going to play to our standard…and how are we going to continue to find our way over 48 minutes? Obviously (Thursday’s victory) was a standard-type win, something I would definitely point to. But they know me. I’m just going to turn the page to the next one and say, ‘Hey guys, we’ve just got to keep getting better.’

Taylor Jenkins

Memphis entered the weekend ranked No. 1 in the NBA in defensive rating since Nov. 28. That surge was capped by Thursday’s performance when the Grizzlies recorded a season-high 18 steals and scored 27 points off 22 Los Angeles turnovers. The Grizzlies are back ranked among the league’s leaders in steals, rebounds and deflections – all categories they excelled in last season.

Remarkably, they’ve done it with several key players sidelined over the past two weeks. Franchise catalyst and leading scorer Ja Morant remains out with a knee injury and veteran swingman and defensive stopper Dillon Brooks is currently in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Productive reserves Brandon Clarke and Ziaire Williams are also out with injuries.

Yet the resilient Grizzlies continue to find a way to push forward with collective effort.

“It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, where you’re playing, what happened the games before and all of that stuff,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said of his team’s recent turnaround. “Are we going to play to our standard…and how are we going to continue to find our way over 48 minutes? Obviously (Thursday’s victory) was a standard-type win, something I would definitely point to. But they know me. I’m just going to turn the page to the next one and say, ‘Hey guys, we’ve just got to keep getting better.’”

That sounds exactly like something Randolph would say after a big performance.

Fittingly for the Grizzlies, that next one comes Saturday – Z-Bo Day.

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Rise & Grind - 12/9/21 | Teresa Walker, Lionel Hollins and Squeegees

Rise & Grind: Teresa Walker, Lionel Hollins and Squeegees

On today’s show: Meghan and Jessica talk Titans and NFL with Teresa Walker, Grizzlies and Tony Elliott with Mike Wallace and Zach Randolph’s importance to the city of Memphis with former Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins.

(7:10) Teresa Walker
(24:42) Mike Wallace
(49:56) Pat Bev thinks Royce O’Neal is too small
(54:22) USAG issues
(1:04:00) Lionel Hollins
(1:29:05) Jennifer Anniston Interview