Wednesday night (Jan. 29) North Carolina and Georgia Tech were scheduled for primetime coverage, but thanks to an ice storm in Atlanta the University of Memphis-Central Florida game was upgraded to ESPN2 coverage. And the nation got another look at what this Memphis squad has to offer.
Now, Central Florida has an elite caliber player in Isaiah Sykes. He could have been the best player on the floor for either team, but his 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists weren't enough for the Knights.
Knotted at 39, the Knights looked poised to upset the #22 ranked Tigers after the first 20 minutes. But those hopes would be dashed in the second half as Memphis rallied for a ten-point win 69-59.
The biggest football story yesterday came out of Chicago, not New Jersey. It wasn't around the best teams in professional football, but rather an average team of amateurs. And ultimately, this story may end up being the biggest sports story of the year.
Yesterday a group of Northwestern players began the process of forming a labor union. They're hoping to be recognized as employees of their university rather than the student-athletes they currently are.
Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter reached out to National College Players Association President, and 2001 UCLA linebacker Ramogi Huma, to help he and his fellow teammates earn athlete representation. He felt that they deserved to have better rights than current NCAA rules provide.
Are you ready for the Super Bowl? You know, the big game at the end of the football season? Have you been religiously glued to your TV sets each and every Sunday afternoon watching every game, analyzing every single play and offering color commentary on your Facebook timeline?
Well, this week's column is not for you. Lol!
No...really! Somewhere there's someone out there who just doesn't get it. There's actually a person who's thinking even as I speak, "I don't get it." There's someone out there who has not watched a single game this season but will be amongst some of the biggest football fans in the world on this Sunday. They'll be pretending to be enjoying the game, but thinking to themselves, "I don't get it." They will be easy to spot because they will be the ones going to the restroom "after" the commercials.
University of Memphis head coach Josh Pastner has a pretty firm grasp on his position, but when the day comes and he steps down from his job there are plenty of fields in which he could pursue a new career.
To name a few: motivational speaker, yoga instructor, Hindu Brahman, and last but not least, a proton.
The common link: Positive energy!
Jason Collins, who last year became one of the first athletes in any major sport to declare that he is gay, will sit in First Lady Michelle Obama's box during Tuesday's State of the Union address, in the latest sign of the strong support of gay rights from the Obamas.
Administration officials announced Monday that Collins, who played basketball in the NBA, would join a group that includes White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, Kathy Hollowell-Makle, who was the 2013 teacher of the year in Washington D.C., and Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, two runners who survived the attack at the Boston Marathon. Other guests are likely to announced before the speech.
No. 23/22 Memphis (14-4, 4-2) 82, Houston (11-8, 3-3) 59
Jan. 23, 2014; FedExForum)
Memphis vs. Houston – Series Notes
With Thursday's win, Memphis improved its series lead over Houston to 28-12 overall and 18-3 in Memphis.
The Tigers have won the last four meetings in the series.
ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard will be the special guest Saturday (Jan. 25th) on the new local sports-radio show "R&R on Sports,' which debuted last week.
The show airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on WMFS-FM, 92.9 ESPN.
The one-hour sports magazine show is co-hosted by Larry Robinson and Howard Robertson from whose common last name initial the show's name derived.