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: Tigers' inconsistent play on the road boggles the mind
Published 03/06/2014 at 10:29 p.m.
Hey, look at the bright side. This Memphis basketball team will never again have to play a road game.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: Playing a Bluff City version of a Facebook fad
Published 03/05/2014 at 3:03 p.m.
My Facebook page is overwhelmed with those quizzes, you know the ones, that tempt you to figure out which European country or Sesame Street character you might be. How about a Memphis version?
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: Joe Jackson talks -- from the heart, as always
Published 03/04/2014 at 4:30 p.m.
Tigers senior guard talks about his sluggish performance vs. Louisville, looking forward to the Cincinnati game, and more.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: On Michael Dixon Jr., Joe Jackson and other key Tigers
Published 03/03/2014 at 12:59 p.m.
Joe Jackson played poorly against Louisville, but the good news is he has a demonstrated ability to pull himself out of deep funks and play well.
Geoff Calkins: Tigers can ease worries with win over Louisville
Published 02/28/2014 at 8:23 p.m.
So a season hangs in the balance. Between a two-game sweep of hated Louisville and a two-game losing streak that could stretch to five.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: On Beno Udrih, another good addition by the Griz front office
Updated 02/27/2014 at 2:54 p.m.
Can we now forget about the narrative that this ownership group has no money and is being cheap?
Geoff Calkins: Playoff chase will keep Griz, fans on the ball
Published 02/26/2014 at 11:26 p.m.
This is going to be a race to the finish. This is going to be wild.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: Who envisioned Marc Gasol becoming an NBA standout? Big brother Pau
Published 02/26/2014 at 2:03 p.m.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Pau Gasol predicted big things for his little brother.
Geoff Calkins: So much for a peaceful resolution — have at it, Pastner fans and foes
Updated 02/25/2014 at 8:21 p.m.
Well, gee. All I meant to do was forge some peace.
Geoff Calkins' Take 5: Can we stop, please, with the constant debate on Josh Pastner?
Published 02/24/2014 at 3:23 p.m.
Five quick thoughts while wondering if there's another coach in college basketball who is more debated than Josh Pastner.
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.
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.
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