For the University of Memphis football Tigers, Saturday is measuring day. Time to get a handle on how much progress has been made since the last encounter head coach Justin Fuente and the Tigers had with Duke's Blue Devils.
The two teams strap it up on Saturday – the first game of the year for the U of M and the second for Duke. Last year, as Fuente recalled, the Blue Devils "out gained us in every aspect of the game. We're looking forward to seeing how far we've come."
This year's Tigers have continued to battle through, he said.
If you could upload the energy of a SEC championship football game and download it in Memphis, Christian Brothers High School could easily have registered as the destination address on Friday night.
The top-10 showdown between No. 7 CBHS and No. 3 Southaven prompted major pre-game tailgaiting on the campus grounds. Inside the stadium, fans were entertained with a marching band, pep band, deejay and eight male students with letters painted on their bodies spelling B-R-O-T-H-E-R-S.
Yes, the fans in purple were rowdy and ready to get the game started against their foes from across the state-line; maybe a little too rowdy. The game could be watched live from Christian Brothers' web cam site. Once on the web page, the sub-heading read, "The Purple Wave takes on the Southaven Crackheads."
In order for No. 1-seeded Serena Williams to take home her fifth U.S. Open title, she had to beat No. 2-seeded Victoria Azarenka and, it seemed, another opponent. As ESPN reports, Azarenka wasn't giving Williams problems as much the weather at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
After one miss, Williams declared, "I can't play in this wind." After blowing a big lead and dropping the second set, Williams chucked her racket toward the sideline, and it bounced back onto the court.
With several seasons of not-very-good football a glaring part of the University of Memphis Tigers' recent past, it was noteworthy that Tiger Lane was teaming with tailgating grounds fans ready to see Memphis take on the Duke Blue Devils at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium this past weekend.
Going into the season's opening game, there were some tangible reasons for optimism. The Tigers finished last season with three straight wins and looked like a much-improved team. And under the direction of second-year head coach Justin Fuente there has been a very positive buzz building around the program over the off season.
Memphis's transition from Conference USA to the new American Athletic Conference (a collaboration of the dissolved Big East and a few other programs from around the country) has been another source of excitement for the Tiger faithful.
The slogan at Whitehaven High School is "Respect the Haven" but someone who felt like being disrespectful spray-painted Fairly Bulldogs and FHS on the schools newly renovated field and track before last Friday's football game.
The audacity was disheartening to many, including Memphis Police Department officer J.E. Kirkwood, who viewed it before the Eagles took on the Bulldogs.
The 2nd Annual Rhythm & Blue Community Tailgate – hosted by The Redwing Group, LLC in partnership with The University of Memphis – will be held on Tiger Lane, Lot 12 on Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Rhythm & Blue Community Tailgate is a community engagement initiative created by The Redwing Group and is a part of the U of M's official tailgate festivities that kick off the Tigers' season with the game against the Duke University Blue Devils.
The pre-game event is loaded for fun and will include: