It gets harder every week trying to find the "light" in the latest loss by University of Memphis Tigers' football team. And if it's tough for the media, it has to be extremely taxing on the Memphis players.
The Tigers lost to Marshall last weekend (Nov. 3), sinking to 1-8 on the season, which would be enough to frustrate even the most steadfast. Yet, Memphis is staying positive.
The Memphis Grizzlies extended their season-opener losing streak to twelve on Wednesday (Oct. 31) at the Staples Center where they fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 101-92 in a game of runs filled with exciting highs and lows.
The two teams, rightfully so, have developed a new NBA rivalry. Picking up where they left off from last season, game one showed high levels of intensity and glimpses of promise from a Grizz team looking for redemption.
The Memphis Grizzlies will have a two-game, season-opening road trip in the rearview mirror when they team up with new owner, Robert J. Pera, for the team's home-opener on Monday (Nov. 5.)
Pera is building his relationship with Memphis fans on this declaration: "The Grizzlies are here to stay in Memphis."
On Friday (Nov. 2) from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., parents, teachers, students and community leaders will gather to celebrate and dedicate the brand new football field and track at Whitehaven High School, 4851 Elvis Presley Blvd.
The event includes a ribbon cutting celebration, music by the WHS Sounds of Perfection marching band, and the release of 500 hundred balloons in the school's colors – black, gold and white. Remarks will be provided by Supt. Dr. Kriner Cash, Congressman Steve Cohen and School Board Commissioner Reginald Porter Jr. WHS cheerleading and pom-pom squads will be on hand, and a brief reception and photo session follow.
If you're a University of Memphis football fan in need of some tidbit to suggest that better times are ahead for a squad with seven losses and one win, I've got a place you can start.
Although the Tigers have had their fair share of growing pains, it hasn't been all bad for Memphis. When one looks at the team as a whole, improvements aren't that hard to find. In fact, thus far into the 2012 season, Memphis is even or better in 24 of the 37 statistical categories the NCAA uses to measure a team's performance as compared to last year.
Homecoming was the backdrop as the University of Memphis Tigers squared off against Central Florida with the intent of stealing a victory from the favored Knights.
UCF, however, was not in a giving mood, ultimately asserting dominance en route to a 35-17 victory that made the homecoming festivities leading up to the game the highlight of the annual celebration.