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Vote for our friends at Stax Museum

31 Jul

The Stax Museum needs your help! As you know, it’s election season again, which means that it’s time  for the Memphis Flyer’s annual BEST OF MEMPHIS poll–and we want YOU to help make sure that the Stax Museum is rightfully recognized as the BEST MUSEUM in Memphis! 

If you’re a true soul supporter, CLICK HERE to cast your vote for the Stax Museum today! One lucky balloter gets a pair of all-access badges to the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, September 17-20, featuring Joan Baez, John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Bruce Robison, and James McMurtry, among many others. This prize package includes all access to shows and panels and two tickets to the awards show at the Ryman Auditorium. Another lucky balloter will receive an Americana Music Festival prize pack with a “This is Americana” CD sampler pack, volumes I and II, plus an official AMA T-shirt. And 10 lucky balloters will receive a handsome Memphis Flyer T-shirt! All winners will be notified by e-mail and/or phone on Thursday, August 14th.

Vote now or Shaft will grab you where it hurts!

Our Favorite Sports Team Logo

31 Jul

The Montgomery (AL) Biscuits are the TB Rays AA team in the Southern League. The team mascot is a heavily buttered biscuit named “Monty” — now that’s good taste!

Why the names “Biscuits?” Read the team’s May 2003 release below …

The team’s official logos and colors were designed by Percy Wang of Simple Studios, Chicago, Illinois, in collaboration with Dickson and Myers. The primary logo, containing an animated biscuit character who has a pad of butter for a tongue and wears baseball cleats, is known as “Monty”, and can be viewed at the team’s official website, .

“Choosing the team’s name is such a monumental part of bringing baseball to a city,” said Tom Dickson. “It has to portray an image of fun, be easily communicated in a dozen different ways, and most importantly, it has to be representative of an entire community. When Sherrie and I first heard the name Biscuits, we fell in love with it. I can almost smell the Biscuits baking at the new ballpark!”

In addition to announcing the name of the team, the team opened the Biscuit Basket, their official retail store at Union Station, immediately following the announcement. The store is full of team merchandise, allowing fans to see, touch and wear the logo of their new team. Select Biscuits merchandise can also be purchased on-line at The store will remain open until 11:00 p.m. on Friday, May 23. Regular hours at the Biscuit Basket will be Monday – Saturday 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. and Sunday from Noon – 4:00 P.M.

“May 23, really marks the birth of our brand,” said Sherrie Myers. “We’re so excited about the positive impact that baseball will have on Montgomery, and the announcement of the name is just the beginning of a long relationship between the Biscuits and the community.”

The “Official Biscuit of the Biscuits” (now that’s redundant) is Mary B’s. They do make a really good frozen biscuit that tastes pretty close to scratch. Check them out at or try a few at your next Montgomery Biscuits home game – whenever that might be.

Water Spouts and a Baby Shark

31 Jul

Forgot to mention that Eileen and I spotted a couple water spouts off the coast over the weekend. They appeared to be about 4-5 miles off Lido Key. The spouts were very well formed could easily be made out from a distance. We did not snap the picture seen above, but this will give you a pretty good idea what the spouts look like. The above image was captured off the lower Florida Keys.

We also saw a baby shark while swimming in the Gulf recently. Travis and I were out in the water and there was a leathery young man with tribal tattoos all over his upper torso who was fishing in the shallow surf. We watched with keen interest as he reeled in the young shark, which was a little over a foot long. Travis remarked that it was pretty spooky that a shark of any kind (big or small) was swimming so close to us. The fisherman quickly replied that “sharks are just as afraid of us as we are of them.” That made us feel a little bit better — but not so much.