04.13.08 10 years ago 3 Comments

3 people were injured at the FedEx Forum – home of the Memphis Grizzlies – when a section of the stands collapsed:

The incident happened about an hour before the 8 p.m. EDT tip-off as some of the Grizzlies were leaving the floor after the pregame shootaround. Fans were standing at the rail of the section leaning over seeking autographs from the players. The section collapsed to the aisle where the players leave the court, sending a handful of people falling about 3-5 feet to the concrete floor. Steve Zito, senior vice president of arena operations, said officials will study the accident and talk to witnesses about what happened. He said there have been no similar incidents this season at games or other events, and crews check the stands before the building opens. "This has surprised us," Zito said. "We're going to find out what happened and make sure it never happens again."

I agree it's surprising – why would anyone attend a Minnesota/ Memphis game? Anyway, people with the surname of Zito are masters of telling sports fans what they want to hear. For example, Barry Zito  indicated he would fare better this season than his disappointing 11-13, 4.53 ERA effort last year. Well, he's 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA so far this campaign. Seems like the same to me, but I predict he will enter even further depths of suckitude because he's on my fantasy team.

I hope you're enjoying the Sunday Night Baseball contest between, who's playing . . . the Yankees and Red Sox. I bet the Chief will have some comments on this match-up tomorrow morning because these teams hardly ever play each other. -KD

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