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Tigers try to stir Stillwater, instead get drowned

IMG-Coach-Josh-Pastner 600As the No. 11-ranked University of Memphis Tigers headed into Stillwater, Okla. to take on the No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys, the spread on the game opened with Memphis a 6.5 point underdog.

Vegas is usually pretty close on their predictions, but the spread grew to 9.5 before tip-off. When a spread jumps by three points, it's usually a good indication that the gamblers are all betting one way and in this case it was on the Cowboys.

With that information in mind, no realistic True Blue fan should have had expected a win from the Tigers on Tuesday night. The real question would be how Memphis would respond to its first real test of the season against a top-ranked opponent.

Tigers blow by ‘close’ in roll past USF

IMG-B-Hayes 600Followers of University of Memphis football this season have become accustomed to close games. Unfortunately, most of those have been punctuated with a collapse by the Tigers and an eventual loss.

This past weekend, Memphis (2-6) was poised to win its first conference game, traveling to Tampa to take on the University of South Florida Bulls. After beating UT-Martin the previous week, the Tigers were looking to string together wins for the first time this year.

The storyline headed into the game was that both teams would be starting a freshman quarterback. So the question was not which QB would win the game for his team, but which one would make fewer mistakes.

Pow! Tigers break out strong against Austin Peay

IMG-Pregame-600IMG Tigers_Ball_9171Whether you were headed to the FedExForum, the couch in front of your TV or a seat at your favorite sports bar, don't worry about missing the Tigers' slow start in their first official game of the season.

It didn't happen.

IMG looseball_9889IMG Dunked_on_9286The University of Memphis jumped out of the gate in a hurry. Austin Peay was down by 8 points right from the beginning and the Tigers were just getting going en route to a 95-69 blowout.

GRIZZ TRACK

ZBoHand 600As the Grizzlies work to find a 2013-14 team identity that will yield consistent wins and fan satisfaction, reminders that things can change in a heartbeat in the NBA rolled into town recently.

Last Saturday (Nov. 9th) former Grizz reserve big man Marreese Speights stepped in to the FedExFourm with his new team, the Golden State Warriors. On Wednesday, longtime Memphis star forward Rudy Gay returned with the Toronto Raptors.

Back-to-back losses have Grizzlies frustrated

IMG-Frustration 600Frustration has set in with the Memphis Grizzlies and eight games into the season fans are growing increasingly nervous.

The frustration was evident on Wednesday as the Grizzlies welcomed former teammate Rudy Gay back to the FedExForum along with his new team, the Toronto Raptors. The result was another disappointing Grizzlies lost, 103-87.

The Grizzlies (3-5) ended the first quarter down by six points, with Toronto's Demar DeRozan leading all scorers with 13 points. By halftime, Memphis was down by 11 (55-44).

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

‘Old’ Grizzlies show up and show out against Golden State

IMG-Tony--scores 600The Memphis Grizzlies were five games into the season and experiencing a major identity crisis until Saturday night at the FedExForum when the team Grizz fans know and appreciate showed up.

The Grizzlies got back to defense and pounding the ball inside the paint, beating the Golden State Warriors 108-90. The contest marked the Grizzlies' 10th win in a row against the Warriors.

The hard-working, grind-it-out team found its way back. The Grizzlies dominated play in the paint 54-18, outrebounding Golden State 44-33.

 

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Titans hand Jaguars first win of season

11defenseplease 600After a road victory over former coach Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams last week, many figured a Titans victory over the winless Jacksonville Jaguars was automatic. That turned out to be bad math.

Thanks to four Tennessee turnovers, Jacksonville finally got its first win of the season overcoming a late rally by the Titans to win 29-27.

The Jaguars (1-8) had been outscored 70-15 in the first quarter this season but found themselves ahead 7-0 early after Titans running back Chris Johnson was stripped of the ball by Paul Posluszny on Tennessee's first offensive play.

 

  • Written by Christopher Hope
  • Category: Original

Redskins: More than a name

R Jackson-160I was once told that the only bad thing about being a good sport is that you have to lose to prove it. So it is with democracy; you have to have the freedom to disagree to prove that it works.

This brings me to the issue of the Washington Redskins. They are one of the oldest teams in the National Football League (NFL). Lately, they have come under unrelenting pressure from certain quarters to change their storied name from the Redskins. Some are suggesting that the name is offensive to Native American. The Oneida Indian tribe has been at the forefront of this controversy.

They have been making the argument that the name Redskins is racist and insulting to Native Americans. One thing I have learned in life is not to argue with a person's feelings. Feelings are not always logical nor are they always based on facts. Feelings have everything to do with emotion.