When George Foreman put Joe Frazier on his back in the first round of their epic 1973 World Heavyweight Championship boxing match, legendary sports commentator Howard Cosell knew he was watching history in the making and welcomed it with a now-classic spin.
"Down goes Frazier!" – a three-word sentence that Cosell yelled at least six times – is a sound bite for the ages. Down went the champ, along with all the doubters who thought that Foreman couldn't defeat the tough-as nails Frazier.
The Tigers of Whitehaven High School are one victory away from a state title after downing Mt. Juliet 41-35 last Friday.
Whitehaven (14-0) takes on No. 1-ranked Maryville (14-0) on Saturday (Dec. 1) from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.
A football season that felt painfully long amid a string of losses has come to a close for a University of Memphis Tigers' football team that ended on a roll.
A 42-24 trouncing of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles last weekend (Nov. 24) improved the Tigers record to 4-8 (4-4 C-USA) on the year.
Facing a hungry opponent with one of your primary scorers and your starting pointing guard injured can be tough for any team.
That was the challenge for the University of Memphis women's basketball team (3-2) against Prairie View A&M (1-4) on Sunday (Nov. 25) at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Tigers fell to the Panthers 70-58.
For the University of Memphis, game two of the regular season was one they should have won, and they did. The story, however, is how the Tigers managed to "get by" a Samford Bulldogs team that seemed determined to leave the FedExForum (Nov. 17) with an upset victory.
The final score was 65-54 Memphis, with the double-digit margin courtesy of the last minute fouls by Samford that sent Tigers' players to the line to close out the game and seal the win.
After the Miami Heat it was the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After Oklahoma City it was the undefeated New York Knicks.
Then it was the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Grizzlies – sporting an 8-1 record – were on top of the world. Well, not literally. Those wins put the team on top of the NBA list, leading the league with the best record overall.