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101 Things To Do In Memphis #56: Pro Football Comes to Memphis

by Melissa Thompson

The Alliance of American Football wants to fill your post-NFL season sportsball needs, and Memphis is one of the cities where they’ve established a team. The Memphis Express start their season on February 10th and have their first home game coming up at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday, February 16th. To help get you ready, here’s a look at what the AAF is, who’s involved, and what you can expect in their inaugural season.

What’s the Alliance of American Football?

The Alliance of American Football is an 8-team league:

  • Memphis Express

  • Orlando Apollos

  • Atlanta Legends

  • Salt Lake Stallions

  • Arizona Hotshots

  • San Diego Fleet

  • Birmingham Iron

  • San Antonio Commanders 

The league was founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Hall of Famer Bill Polian, and several other notable football figures are involved. The AAF wants to fill a void felt by football fans following the Super Bowl and give players who just barely missed their shot at the NFL a second chance to go pro. It’s called the Alliance to signify a partnership between the fans, the players, and the game. They’ve placed an emphasis on being tech-savvy, allowing live streaming of games on a free Alliance app and integrated fantasy football options with “real rewards.” The league’s culture also prioritizes player safety and wellbeing by using state-of-the-art protective wear and providing players a bonus system, post-football career planning, counseling, and scholarship support for postsecondary education.

The AAF teams will play a 12-week season kicking-off February 9, 2019 on CBS and culminating with the championship game the weekend of April 26-28, 2019.

Who are the Memphis Express?

Team President: Kosha Irby

General Manager: Will Lewis

Coach: Mike Singletary

See more of the staff roster here.

Players
The players for the Memphis Express come mostly from schools in the region. Four of them are either from Memphis or played for the University of Memphis. The Memphis Express 52-player active roster for 2019:

The Memphis Express Game Experience

The AAF will be officiated under slightly different rules and will offer a different game experience from the NFL. They’re working on an official document that covers all the rule differences. A couple of examples:

  • No kickoffs or extra points. Teams must go for two.
  • Onside kicks have been replaced by a 4th & 12.
The AAF is also aiming for shorter game times hoping to entertain fans without you having to commit your full day. Game times in San Antonio during preseason averaged 2.5 hours.
 

SEASON SCHEDULE

2/10 Memphis at Birmingham
2/16 Arizona at Memphis
2/23 Memphis at Orlando
3/2 San Diego at Memphis
3/10 Memphis at Atlanta
3/16 Memphis at Salt Lake
3/24 Birmingham at Memphis
3/30 Orlando at Memphis
4/6 Memphis San Antonio
4/13 Atlanta at Memphis

Three Memphis Express games will be televised thanks to a partnership with CW30/Local 24:

  • Saturday, March 16 at Salt Lake, 3 pm
  • Saturday, March 30 vs. Orlando, 1 pm
  • Saturday, April 6 at San Antonio, 3 pm

Get tickets at aaf.com/memphis-express and follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #79: Southern Heritage Classic

by Melissa Thompson

Are you ready for some football! The Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx is the annual college football game between the Tigers of Jackson State University and the Tigers of Tennessee State University since 1994. However, The Southern Heritage Classic is so much more than the annual football game. It's also a weekend long celebration that includes golf tournaments, music, fashion shows, marching bands, comedians and tons of tailgating.

Thursday, September 7


Classic Tailgate 10 a.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium parking lot and Tobey Park. Friends, Football and Food. Premium Tiger Lane, RV and tailgating packages available. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. For more information, call (901) 729-4344.

Classic VIP Party 5 p.m., Halloran Centre. Hosted by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.
Music by Trio Plus. Invitation only.

Classic Concert 8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. Enjoy LIVE at THE ORPHEUM with an evening of Classic soul starring Jeffrey Osborne and Stephanie Mills with Jammin Jay Lamont. Tickets: $98, $78, $68 and $58 plus service charges. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets, Orpheum Theatre Box Office or online at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.

 

Friday, September 8


The Tom Joyner Morning Show 5 a.m. Tiger Lane at the Fairgrounds. Live broadcast on V101 of the TJMS with
Tom Joyner, Sybil Wilkes Stormy, Mike Evans and Stan Bell.

Classic Tailgate 8 a.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium parking lot and Tobey Park. Friends, Football and Food. Premium Tiger Lane, RV and tailgating packages available. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. For more information, call (901) 729-4344.

Classic College & Career Fair 9 a.m., Pipkin Building at Tiger Lane/Fairgrounds. Presented by the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services. Regional college and university representatives will be available to provide information about attending college. For information and a list of participating schools, call (901) 636-6264 or (901) 417-4919 or online at www.cityofmemphisyouth.org.
Free admission.

Classic Coaches Luncheon Noon., Sheraton Memphis Downtown/Heritage Ballroom.
A Classic salute to TSU head football coach Rod Reed and JSU head football coach Tony Hughes.
Special guest speaker: Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. Invitation only.

Classic Music Festival 8 p.m., Landers Center. Enjoy Classic performances by Fantasia and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds with Jammin Jay Lamont. Tickets: $125, $95, $85, and $55. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets, Landers Center Box Office or online at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.

 

Saturday, September 9


Classic Tailgate 8 a.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium parking lot and Tobey Park. Friends, Football and Food. Premium Tiger Lane, RV and tailgating packages available. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. For more information, call (901) 729-4344.

Classic/NIKE Kids 3K 9 a.m., National Civil Rights Museum. Run/Walk for ages 6-14. For registration CLICK HERE.

Classic Parade 9 a.m., Presented by the Orange Mound Parade Committee as a salute to the Southern Heritage Classic. The parade route is along Park Avenue from Haynes to Airways featuring area high school marching bands.
For information, contact Claudette Boyd at (901) 413-7109 or online at www.orangemound.vze.com.

Classic Fashions & Brunch 11 a.m., Guest House at Graceland, 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
“Rockin’ & Rollin’ On The Runway” presented by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Memphis Chapter. 
Tickets: $50. For tickets and information, contact Tammie Miller at (901) 413-8515.

Southern Heritage Classic Football Game 6 p.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. A great football rivalry featuring TENNESSEE STATE and JACKSON STATE. Tickets: $53, $38 and $23. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.

AutoZone Halftime Show
featuring
TSU’s Aristocrat of Bands
and JSU’s Sonic Boom of the South

Classic 5th Quarter
A grand finale for the Southern Heritage Classic football game featuring a battle of the bands.

Classic After Party 11:30 p.m., Minglewood Hall. Rapper and actor T.I. with DJ Envy. Tickets: $50-$20. On sale now online at www.ticketfly.com. Must be 21 and over. Presented by Coors Light.

 

Visit www.southernheritageclassic.com for additional information, tickets, merchandise, and so much more!

By and photo credit:  southernheritageclassic.com

101 Things To Do In Memphis #78: Southern Heritage Classic

by Melissa Thompson

 

Are you ready for some football! The Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx is the annual college football game between the Tigers of Jackson State University and the Tigers of Tennessee State University since 1994. However, The Southern Heritage Classic is so much more than the annual football game. It's also a weekend long celebration that includes golf tournaments, music, fashion shows, marching bands, comedians and tons of tailgaiting.

Events leading up to the game include:

September 10

  • 8 am: Classic Business Conference at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis campus.
  • 9 am: Classic College Fair at the Pipkin Building on Tiger Lane. Presented by AC Wharton and City of Memphis Office of Youth Services. At the fair you can talk to regional colleges and universities about attending college. Admission is free!
  • 5 pm: Classic VIP Party at Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. AC Wharton hosts and music by Trio Plus (Invitation Only).
  • 8 pm: Classic Concert at Orpheum Theatre. Gladys Knight will bring soul to the theatre during a magical performance alongside special guest Jammin Jay Lamont. Tickets cost $82.50 and $62.50.

September 11

  • 9 am: Classic College Fair continues at the Pipkin Building on Tiger Lane.
  • Noon: Nike Classic Coaches Luncheon at The Peabody Hotel Grand Ballroom. An honorary lunch for Tennessee State University head football coach Rod Reed and Jackson State University head football coach Harold Jackson (Invitation Only).
  • 7 pm: Greek Showdown. Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority present a step show. Tickets cost $15 advance admission and $20 at the door. For tickets and information,
    contact Adrienne Dobbins at [email protected]
  • 7:30 pm: Classic Music Festival at Landers Center. Jammin Jay Lamont will host performances by Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia, Johnny Gill and Avery*Sunshine. 

September 12

  • 8 am: Classic Tailgate at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Food, music, and everything you could want at a tailgate. Premium Tiger Lane, RV and tailgating packages available.
  • 8 am: Ed “Too Tall” Jones Golf Classic at Tunica National Golf & Tennis. $150 per person, including green fee and half a cart.
  • 9 am: Classic Parade along Park Avenue from Haynes to Airways. Local high school marching bands will perform to celebrate the Southern Heritage Classic.
  • 10 am: Classic Battle of the Bands at Whitehaven High School Stadium.
  • 11 am: Classic Fashions & Brunch at Holiday Inn University of Memphis. A glamorous Sunday brunch presented by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Memphis Chapter. Tickets cost $50.

Southern Heritage Classic Football Game

The classic rivalry between Jackson State and Tennessee State will start at 6 pm at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. During halftime, the AutoZone Halftime show will feature TSU’s Aristocrat of Bands and JSU’s Sonic Boom of the South. Following the game, the 5th quarter will finish the night with the battle of the bands. 

Visit www.southernheritageclassic.com for additional information, tickets, merchandise, and so much more!

 

By and photo credit:  southernheritageclassic.com

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