About Geoff Calkins
When Geoff Calkins flew to Memphis to interview for the job as sports columnist, he was taken to a RiverKings game at the Mid-South Coliseum. That was the local sports scene. Since then, AutoZone Park was built at 3rd and Union, John Calipari came and went, Mike Tyson fought in Memphis (twice!) and the Grizzlies moved to the city and launched 10,000 growl towels. Calkins doesn't actually take credit for these happy developments, mind you. But he has enjoyed the ride.
Calkins grew up on a small farm outside Buffalo, N.Y., where he was one of nine kids. He graduated from Harvard and Harvard Law School, but he's not as snooty as that sounds. After law school, he clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and worked for two years at a 500-lawyer firm in Washington D.C., all of which was absolutely as miserable as it sounds. So he quit and started writing about sports. He worked in Anniston (Ala.) and Ft. Lauderdale and wound up in Memphis nearly two decades ago. Since then, he's covered seven Olympics, won a lot of awards (best columnist in the country three times) and come to think of himself as a Memphian. He has three sons and two Bernese Mt. Dogs, who have developed their own following on Twitter.
- Sports columnist
10/08/1995 - current
Geoff Calkins: Too much at stake to keep Tony Allen out of starting lineup
Updated 04/20/2014 at 8:17 p.m.
If the Grizzlies want to change the tone of the series, why not send out the league's best tone-changer at the start?
Geoff Calkins: In the end, Grizzlies' win over Mavs is a tale of redemption
Published 04/16/2014 at 11:50 p.m.
The Memphis Grizzlies will be playing the Thunder in the playoffs Saturday in Oklahoma. But how that happened is a tale.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: Much praise (and a few small quibbles) for Dave Joerger
Published 04/15/2014 at 3:34 p.m.
Remember all those people who wondered if an assistant would be tough enough to handle – to take just one example – a strong-minded veteran like Zach Randolph? Don’t they look silly today?
Geoff Calkins: Roller-coaster season aside, Griz come through at end
Published 04/15/2014 at 12:32 a.m.
It’s all going to be happening again. The massive crowds and crackling energy and the growl towels will be back in FedExForum.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: It will take a better effort for Grizzlies to beat Suns
Published 04/14/2014 at 12:42 p.m.
Five quick thoughts while camped out in LAX, waiting for a flight to Phoenix:
Geoff Calkins: Grizzlies' season now down to single game
Published 04/14/2014 at 12:09 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — So now it is down to a single game.
Geoff Calkins: Grizzlies hit road for make-or-break games
Updated 04/13/2014 at 7:31 a.m.
A quick two-game jaunt could decide how this season ends for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Geoff Calkins: Griz win, then watch scoreboard
Published 04/11/2014 at 11:09 p.m.
There was one game going on at FedExForum and another of interest 725 miles away between San Antonio and Phoenix.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: Reveling in a great night of Grizzlies basketball
Published 04/10/2014 at 11:56 a.m.
At their best, Grizzlies games aren't just basketball games. They are civic celebrations, brimming with weirdness and joy and a uniquely Memphis case of characters.
Geoff Calkins: Injuries no excuse if Grizzlies don't make playoffs
Published 04/08/2014 at 8:34 p.m.
The injuries are not an excuse for missing the playoffs.
Tiger basketball coach may be one of the best 'good jobs' in the country — unless it's one of the worst
Published 03/09/2014 at 5:38 p.m.
University of Memphis basketball coach is one of the “good jobs” of college basketball. That’s a given, right?
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: On Conley's transformation, and the time he was almost traded
Published 01/31/2014 at 1:26 p.m.
Conley deserves all kinds of credit for transforming his career. But you know who else deserves a lot of credit? Former Griz coach Lionel Hollins.
Geoff Calkins: Memphis Tigers' senior guards aren't getting it done
Published 01/04/2014 at 5:49 p.m.
Josh Pastner walked into the media room and said what he has said before. He is going to roll with the four senior guards.
University of Memphis quarterback auctions piano for St. Jude
Updated 12/10/2013 at 12:11 a.m.
He packed up his things in the wake of the disappointing season when he came to the final item, his electric piano. Memphis quarterback Jacob Karam spent a lot of hours on that piano over the last two years. Now ...
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: More thoughts on the Tigers' win over Oklahoma State
Published 12/02/2013 at 1:55 p.m.
One of the small secrets of sports writing is that it’s more fun when the local teams win.
Geoff Calkins: Griz sorely lacking without Z-Bo, Gasol against Nets
Published 11/30/2013 at 11:33 p.m.
The Memphis Grizzlies acquired Zach Randolph in July of 2009. Since, they had never played a game without either him or Marc Gasol.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: Don't worry about who's singing, just who's playing
Published 10/16/2013 at 1:29 p.m.
Five quick thoughts in the wake the American Athletic Conference's first basketball media day
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: Grizzlies in Nashville, building the brand and sprinting the court
Published 10/02/2013 at 2:01 p.m.
Five quick thoughts on the Grizzlies progress in Nashville
Geoff Calkins: Loving Memphis shouldn't be just words
Updated 09/07/2013 at 6 p.m.
She posted the photo Wednesday. It was a photo of herself — a selfie, I guess you would call it — holding a slip of paper that said, “Bye!
Geoff Calkins: Buses don't run on time, but suburban mom takes it in stride
Published 08/05/2013 at 7:10 p.m.
Geoff Calkins spent time with the Wells family in Germantown and their 4 children as they prepared for the first day of the new unified school district.
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