About Geoff Calkins
BiographyGeoff Calkins is an award-winning sports columnist for The Commercial Appeal, in Memphis, Tenn. He has twice been named Best Sports Columnist in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors, and has won the Green Eyeshade Award as the Best Sports Columnist in the south three times. Calkins also writes periodic metro-section columns for The Commercial Appeal and makes daily radio appearances on the Gary Parrish Show with Geoff Calkins. Calkins has been a guest on ESPN and National Public Radio (from Turin, Italy, where he was covering the Olympics). Calkins came to Memphis in 1996, after covering sports for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Calkins worked as an attorney in Washington, D.C, at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson. He graduated from Harvard College (Class of '83, Magna Cum Laude) and Harvard Law School (Class of '87, Magna Cum Laude). He then clerked for the Hon. James L. Buckley, on the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, before joining Hogan & Hartson's labor practice. Calkins left the firm in 1991 to get a masters from Columbia University's School of Journalism (Class of '92). Calkins grew up on a small farm outside of Buffalo, N.Y., the eighth of nine children, the son of two physicians. Along with his siblings, he raised chickens and sheep as a boy, and played tennis on his high-school tennis team and tuba in the band. Calkins has covered six Olympics and 12 Super Bowls. At law school, he was an editor on the Harvard Law Review. He worked summer jobs with People magazine, the Miami Herald, Cong. Jack Kemp, the law firm of Arnold & Porter (Washington, D.C.) and the United States Attorney's office (in Detroit). After college, he spent a year at the University of Melbourne (Australia) on a Rotary Scholarship. Calkins has three sons and a large and amiable Bernese Mountain Dog.
- Sports columnist
10/08/1995 - current
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: On the Grizzlies' diminishing playoff hopes, and the lottery
Published 12/19/2013 at 4:21 p.m.
Assuming the Grizzlies don't get lucky with the ping pong balls, they'll be picking somewhere around 10th. The good news is that this draft is absolutely loaded with talent.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: More on Griz management's 'chalk talk' with fans
Published 12/18/2013 at 1:56 p.m.
Five quick thoughts on the chalk talk the Grizzlies held before the Lakers game:
Geoff Calkins: So many questions, no good answers
Updated 12/17/2013 at 11:40 p.m.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies down by just three points, Jerryd Bayless had the ball on an easy break.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: As Griz losses mount, it's management that's taking the worst beating
Published 12/16/2013 at 2:16 p.m.
Griz CEO Jason Levien is getting pounded for cutting loose the only coach in franchise history to win a playoff game.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: On Zach Randolph, trade rumors and crazy conspiracy theories
Published 12/13/2013 at 1:19 p.m.
My own hope is that Randolph gets his wish and is able to finish his career in Memphis.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: On Joerger and the Grizzlies' dysfunctional offense
Published 12/12/2013 at 1:19 p.m.
Injuries aside, do I think that Dave Joerger is getting the absolute most out of this team? No, I don't.
Geoff Calkins: Grizzlies' woes continue, through nobody's fault
Published 12/11/2013 at 10:51 p.m.
There was a 3-on-1 break that summed this one up nicely. The three were Tayshaun Prince, Mike Conley and Jamaal Franklin.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: On Justin Fuente, Tiger football, and frustration
Published 12/10/2013 at 3:47 p.m.
It's impossible to look at the results of the last two games -- blowout losses to Temple and UConn -- and not conclude that something not-so-good happened to the program somewhere along the way this year.
Geoff Calkins: Crazy season gets crazier for the Griz
Published 12/09/2013 at 11:06 p.m.
The high school kid fired the ball from 30 feet, easy. When it swished through, the FedExForum crowd erupted in glee.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: On the Grizzlies' injury woes and lottery likelihood
Published 12/09/2013 at 4:07 p.m.
The news that Quincy Pondexter is out with a broken foot, likely for the rest of the year, suggests the Grizzlies may be back in the lottery this time around.
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.
Holding on to Libby: Ordeal in puppy-making results in bounty of fluffy joy
Published 06/29/2013 at 6:16 p.m.
The subject heading in the e-mail said: “Finally!” It was about my Bernese mountain dog, Libby.
Memphis golf tourney hopes to add Timberlake
Updated 06/18/2013 at 8:05 a.m.
Fresh off a resoundingly successful tournament, organizers of the FedEx St. Jude golf tournament are “hopeful” of adding Justin Timberlake to the event as early as next year in a role to be determined.
FESJC honors George Lapides
Published 06/04/2013 at 11:43 p.m.
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