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Work VS Keith Lee!

Posted on: January 25, 2008 5:14 pm

As you may know I am a Memphis Tiger's BBall fan. Back in the mid 80's Memphis had a great team led by 1st team All American Keith Lee. Memphis was having a great year going to the NCAA's as a #1 seed. I wanted to go to Keith Lee's final home game as a Memphis Tiger.  Back then they were known as Memphis State Tiger's. The last home game was on a Saturday afternoon and I had to work. I was a manager for a retail chain called at that time Peaches Record's and Tape. I called my boss who was in Florida and asked if I could take the afternoon off to go to the game. He thought It would be best for me to stay at work.

I thought how would he ever know if I, say, took a long lunch?  I told my cashiers what to say if he called back for me. I didn't have a ticket but found one from a scalper in the nose bleed section. It was a sold out wackey crowd that was really showing their apprecation for 4 years of greatness from one of the best players to ever lace up a a pair of sneakers.

As the game was coming to a close and Memphis had the game in hand, you could sense the sadness overcoming the crowd knowing any moment you would see Keith Lee's last touch of the ball in his last home game. I moved down from the nose bleed section to be closer to the court. I stood at a railing close to the Memphis State bench. I rested my chin on my hands along with 2 other people whom were doing the exact same thing I was doing. Little did we know a hugh sign had been placed on the railing facing the court that said, "We will miss you Keith Lee."  I could have never invisioned that a photo would be taken of 3 sad faced Memphis State fans who would appear on the front page of the Memphis paper and also found its way into the USA Today paper.

I failed to mention one thing about my boss. HE READ'S THE USA TODAY PAPER DAILY!!

It was so unbelievably funny that my boss just chuckled it off.



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2008 12:50 pm

Work VS Keith Lee!

Peaches was at Park and Getwell in the shopping center on the corner,

Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2008 10:05 pm

Work VS Keith Lee!

Hey Man. GREAT story!

Congrats again to your Tigers today. I'll be rooting for them to take it all the way

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2008 9:58 pm

Work VS Keith Lee!

I remember those days myself. I had graduated in 79. We have had so many good players over the years. I always like James Bradley.  Some much water has gone under the bridge since then.  Oh also remember Peaches. Which one?

Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2008 11:03 pm

Work VS Keith Lee!

That is awesome. Just goes to show that sometimes there are more important things than work, and not to get your picture in a mjor newspaper when you're supposed to be working.

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2008 12:03 am

Work VS Keith Lee!

Geze, I just hope to get added as one of your favorites someday and then I will feel famous.  


Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2008 11:46 pm

Work VS Keith Lee!

Thanks Geze, It was funny at the time, wasn't sure what my boss was going to do but he laughed it off. I don't know about a famous cover guy as I feel famous that I got a reply from you. Thank You

Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2008 12:40 pm

Work VS Keith Lee!

Great story!  Thanks for sharing!  So you are a famous cover boy now....

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