As of late, winning has been the routine for the University of Memphis Tigers basketball squad. So when the Tigers knocked off Tulsa last Saturday (Feb. 2), it wasn't a shocker.
Memphis' latest victory was its twelfth in a row as the Tigers continued to roll through their conference schedule. However, the margin of the win (94-64) surely turned a few heads. Just to put it into perspective, over the Tigers' previous four triumphs they only won by a combined 29 points.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane isn't exactly a push over. They came into the game with a winning record (12-9, 4-3 C-USA), and they have often given Memphis problems. But to say the Tigers were firing on all cylinders this past weekend would be an understatement.
With the arrival of new players and the departure of familiar faces, the Memphis Grizzlies are a team in transition. That means fresh attention to blending and bonding on and off the court.
Three new players suited up on Friday and were ready to compete as Memphis faced the Washington Wizards (11-34). Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye all clocked minutes as the Grizzlies defeated Washington 85 to 76.
Prince and Day were acquired from the Detroit Pistons and Davis from the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. The deal put Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi in Raptors' uniforms.
The jokesters of Twitter had plenty to snicker about during Sunday's Super Bowl won by the Baltimore Ravens. The year's most-watched sporting event, interrupted by a 35-minute delay in the third quarter, may forever be known as the #Blackout Bowl.
The bizarre interlude seemed to energize the San Francisco 49ers and the Twitterverse, which until then had been complaining about the one-sided game.
Twitter said its volume of chatter spiked during the blackout, reaching 231,500 tweets per minute. In total, there were 24.1 million tweets posted about the game and its halftime show, said Twitter in a blog post. By the beginning of the second half, Twitter said its volume of tweets had already surpassed last year's total for the whole game.
In the past two weeks, talk among NBA followers and Memphis Grizzlies' fans have centered around forward Rudy Gay and trade rumors.
Well, it's no longer a rumor!
A three-team deal late Wednesday sent Gay to the Toronto Raptors.
When the smoke cleared, Gay was gone, along with reserve center Hamed Haddadi, with three players – the most notable being small forward Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons – now added to the Grizz grind squad.
For the University of Memphis Tigers' basketball team, the 2012-13 season is into the "grind" of the conference schedule. Memphis only has 11 games remaining in the regular season and 10 off those are against C-USA opponents.
So far during their campaign, the Tigers have had no real problem shredding their conference foes. They recently improved to 6-0 in C-USA and appear to be on cruise control coming down the stretch.
Last Saturday (Jan. 26), Memphis defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd 73-72 at the FedExForum. Three days before, the Herd had been thoroughly embarrassed (102-46) at the hands of the University of Southern Mississippi and they were determined to not have a repeat effort as they took the court this past weekend.
Many perceive a high school student's senior year to be one of the most fun and enlightening times of a person's life. This special year is supposed to be a period of profound memories and in most cases that's just the way it turns out.
I'm a senior and I can tell you that the final year of high school is also a year of great decisions. We have to decide on schools, majors and occupations. Experience and passion greatly affect the decisions.
The New Orleans Hornets will soon be the New Orleans Pelicans. This has absolutely nothing to do with the team defeating the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday at FedExForum 91 to 83.
It's irrelevant because the New Orleans team has carried on with business as usual winning eight of their last 12 games and they used Memphis to add to their stat sheet.
The Grizzlies ended a four-game home stand against the Hornets after beating the Brooklyn Nets (101-77) and the Los Angeles Lakers (106-93).