Fans in True Blue Nation were clamoring after the story surfaced that their University of Memphis Tigers had been beaten, quite handily, by the Baylor Bears at a secret scrimmage last week. Memphis is ranked No. 13 in the nation preseason and this private game had many questioning what to expect this season.
So when Memphis took the floor for an exhibition game last Friday (Nov. 8) against Christian Brothers University, Memphis fans packed the house to get a look at the Tigers for themselves.
And what did they see?
Memphis head coach Josh Pastner deployed a very heavy rotation – with 11 players getting quality minutes. No one player put in more than 22 minutes during the 40-minute exhibition. Pastner would often substitute all five players on the floor, much like a hockey line switch.
This season the question has been: Who is beating the Tigers – their opponents or themselves?
Memphis (1-6) has had a chance to come away with a win in most off its losses, but costly mistakes have proved too much for the Tigers to overcome. So many would say the Tigers are, in fact, beating themselves.
With all that being said, Memphis still has a good opportunity to string together some wins late in the year and making this season somewhat respectable.
The 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.
(CNN) – Tiger Woods was whacking golf balls across a bridge in Turkey last week, but back in Spain, Sergio Garcia is still feeling the need to build them following the "fried chicken" saga earlier this year.
Speaking to CNN's "Living Golf," Garcia once again struck a chord of contrition over the comments he made about the World no.1 last May.
"I didn't mean it in a bad way. When I was driving back to the hotel, I started thinking about it," Garcia told Shane O'Donoghue.
After 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.
President Barack Obama recently said that if he were the football team's owner, he'd think about changing the Washington team's name. The normally non-committal president's comments fueled a debate over the top sports team in the nation's capital.
The debate involves some of the nation's richest men. A wealthy member of the Oneida Indian Nation has taken it upon himself to lead the charge against the Redskins' name. Ironically, after meeting with NFL officials in New York, ultimately the decision will be made by 31 white men.
The Oneida, meaning "the People of the Upright Stone" are a Native American/First Nations people that are one of five founding nations of the Iroquois Confederacy located in an area of upstate New York. Historically, the Oneida were believed to have emerged as a tribe in the 14th century that inhabited acres of land that later became central New York, particularly around Oneida Lake and Oneida and Madison counties.
I 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.