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Tim Lewis: We Made It To Memphis!

by mboyle

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 1:11 PM

We are in Memphis, Tennessee for the Sweet 16. We flew into town this evening (Memphis is in the Central Time Zone).

There's not a whole lot to report from here today...

Here are my first impressions of the city. It is very flat. I don't see a hill around here for miles. It's also very green, which is a nice break from brown Spokane. The "Home of the Blues" didn't disappoint. There was a restaurant in the airport (The Sun Cafe) with live music! There was also an Elvis store inside the airport (nothing says Memphis to me more than "The King"). I also love the Southern accent many of the people down here have..."ya'll."

I have to admit we are in a pretty prime location. We are staying at the Westin right across the street from the FedEx Forum (where the South Regional games will be played...also home to the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies). The famous Beale Street is right around the corner (I'm sitting outside right now getting ready for the Bulldog Madness Special and I can hear Johnny Cash "Ring of Fire" echoing through the streets). The Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum is also right on the corner. There are also these cool horse drawn carriages all jazzed up with lights and so much more (I'll try to get video of them on the air before we get out of here). I have a feeling this place could be pretty fun (if we didn't have to work 15 hour days). We'll try to squeak out some excitement while we are here...more importantly...hopefully GU can get a couple of wins.

The Zags flew into town today as well...they left Spokane around 11:30am. They hit the court here in Memphis for the first time tomorrow. Gonzaga will hold a closed practice at an off-site location, and then come to the FedEx Forum for an open-to-the-public shoot around at 11am (it's just like what they did in Portland). The Zags will then meet with the media starting at 12pm. We'll stream that press conference live on

North Carolina runs on a very similar schedule as the Bulldogs. They hold their press conference at 12:30pm, and then practice at 1pm. We'll also stream the Tar Heels news conference live on, so stay tuned for that.

My photographer Brett Allbery and I will be working hard here in Memphis to gather the best stories, interviews, and information surrounding the Sweet 16. We'll have reports from The River City tomorrow at 6, 10, and 11.

I'll also be blogging from Memphis everyday, giving you the best behind-the-scenes look at the South Regional. This one is a little shorter because not much has really happened yet...and we haven't had a chance to venture around the city. From here on out the blogs will be much more in-depth. If you have any questions, comments, or want to know ANYTHING. Please feel free to leave a comment or ask below.