Headed into Wednesday night's game against Cincinnati, the University of Memphis knew at least three things: they would have their hands full against the Bearcats (5-2); the game would get air time on ESPN2; and a victory would do measures for the national identity of the Tigers (1-5).
Well, two out of three isn't bad, as Memphis rallied late but could not overcome Cincinnati (6-2, 3-1), falling 34-21 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
Memphis won the toss and elected to defer. On its first drive, Cincinnati faced a 4th and 2 deep in Memphis' territory and decided to try and assert its will. They failed.
The Grizzlies kick off the 2013-14 campaign on Wednesday in San Antonio against the Spurs. One of the annual signs that the season is about to get underway unfolded at the FedExForum on Wednesday.
The 12th annual Tip-Off Luncheon featured a silent auction and other auctions, with the benefits going to St. Jude Hospital. Several Memphis Grizzlies were on hand to interact with fans.
On Saturday, Darrell Wallace Jr. raced his way into cyber-encyclopedias and history books.
The 20-year-old is the second black driver to win on NASCAR's national level and the first in a half-century. He won the truck series race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, the Associated Press reports. Driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Wallace defeated Jeb Burton.
Wendell Scott won in December 1963 in Jacksonville, Fla., in a race that is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR's three national levels, according to the AP.
After this week, the University of Memphis Tigers will have reached the halfway point of the 2013-14-football campaign. Most would agree the Tigers have made steady progress throughout the year.
The improvement noted, Memphis (1-4) took on the Southern Methodist University Mustangs and found the Tigers' strength – defense – under siege at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium last Saturday (Oct. 19).
Translation: Two steps forward encountered three steps back and ultimately resulted in a 34-29 setback.
When the smoke clears, Tennessee Titans quarter Jake Locker is going to be a winner head coach Mike Munchak said after Locker gritted it out last Sunday and played through hip and knee injuries that kept him out of the previous two games.
Meanwhile, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his 49ers (5-2) seemed to be spitting fire as they knocked off Tennessee 31-17 at LP Field in Nashville.
For the Titans (3-4), the offensive showing the last three weeks has been glaringly less than stellar. And while they have faced good defenses, Munchak said, "I think it's us as much as anything and not executing."
The pageantry that is "Memphis Madness" was on display as University of Memphis Tigers basketball fans packed the FedExForum – again – on Friday (Oct. 18). With the pyrotechnics and special performances, the atmosphere was more like that of a circus or a carnival, rather than a basketball game.
The Memphis cheerleaders (all-girl, co-ed, and pom) started the festivities with a spirited performance showcasing some acrobatics and new age dance routines. And as the arena went dark, the song "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons was fittingly chosen to blare from the speakers.
With the refrain, "Welcome to the new age", the new basketball court was revealed. The silhouette of the "M" bridge and the Memphis skyline was on one side and the new American Athletic Conference logos on the other.
With four preseason games left, the Memphis Grizzlies are looking to cut down on turnovers and careless mistakes.
The "preseason sloppiness" will cease, Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger said on Tuesday after the team defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 102-99 at FedExForum.
Now 2-2, the Grizzlies entered the game averaging 20 turnovers but only turned the ball over 13 times. They played without Mike Miller, Zach Randolph, Kosta Koufos, Tayshaun Prince, Willie Reed and newly-signed guard Andre Barrett. The team will play its next three tilts on the road before finishing the preseason against Houston on Oct. 25 at FedExForum.
Against Milwaukee, Quincy Pondexter topped his career single-game high of 17 points, leading all scorers with 24 points in his first start of the season.