Two wins in one week! One on the court and one, probably more important, off the court.
The first win over Ok State was sweet. What it really shows is that Memphis just have better all around athletes than OK State.
The second win, that is the kind of win that will translate into a better sports program. I am talking about the 10 million dollar donation from Bill Laurie, former beloved guard for UM and his wife, Nancy Walton Laurie, one of THE WALTONS(Walmart)
Thanks Bill and Nancy Walton Laurie for your gift!
On the job training for Pastner seem to be paying off...GO TIGERS!!!
Just a few months ago, the season looked so bright.
Then they played the first game.
Tigers played a very poised and disciplined 2nd half. Once our Tigers finally took the lead, it was interesting to watch LSU totally collapse under bad shot selection and lost poise due to the outstanding Tiger defense. Excellent adjustments at halftime and 2nd half coaching by Pastner and his staff.
At this point, I'd be more willing to bet on the football Memphis Tigers to upset a Louisville team than the basketball Memphis Tigers.
Now its time for the new AD to spend some money on this program the community got to back them as well
The team has played hard all season and truly had some bizarre instances go against them. They deserve to taste victory. I'm glad they were able to today.
Back in the day Mike Butler (G) led the Tigers...anyone else remember him? Mid 1960's, ABA.
It means we need to win.
As a "homer" I pick Memphis
Rutgers will either win a close one or get blown out.
Cincy should romp, but that is why we play the games.
It's real simple. Memphis can't get the talent because it's in an inferior league, and the gap between the haves and have nots is widening.
It may be as soon as next year when the Big 5 conferences split off and form their own subdivision. When that happens (not if) there will be an even bigger gap in terms of finances and exposure.
Fuente is doing a fine job, but there will always be a ceiling on the program.
The reason other former non-BCS or current non-BCS programs have been able to become BCS busters is because they've been able to take advantage of talent pools nearby that haven't been completely drained. TCU, for example, could make hay in the Texas market by picking through the remainders in the state of Texas. Now they're in the Big 12. Boise has made a living picking through the talent pools in California and the Pacific Northwest after the big boys in those regions, and there is still enough talent to build a good team.
Memphis is in a bad spot for trying to do that. You've got UT, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and MSU sucking dry the talent pool that's geographically best located for Memphis recruiting, and that talent pool is barely deep enough for even those schools to build a foundation. Being the runt of the litter sucking on the leftovers of the talent in Texas or California is a reasonable recruiting position. In the Mid-South, the pool just isn't deep enough, and by the time it's picked clean, there is little left.
Tommy West spent a good bit of time recruiting Georgia, because that's one of the nearest talent pools that has some good talent left after the big boys have taken their share. Georgia, Louisiana, and Florida are the nearest pools with enough depth, and none of those are an easy sell for Memphis.
Certainly true OTP. Thing is, line play, especially offensive line play kinda sucks. Very painful, no glory only blame. You knock some 300 lb psychotic defensive tackle on his ass, so a RB scats into the endzone for his 15 minutes of Sports Center glory. For what, a chance at 3 years in the NFL and swiss cheese for a frontal lobe?
These articles on the UM Football team are useless. The only reason why the UM does not have a winning program is it does not have and cannot get, as of now, quality lineman, both offensive and defensive. They just don't have top division 1 talent.
Until such time as they can get top notch lineman, they will always lose. It is just that simple.
The basketball team wins because they get top notch division 1 athletes, except in the middle. The reason for that is that there are very few top notch big men in high school that is willing to play the middle.
I suggest that the football program go back to the recruits that would not sign with Memphis and find out why not? There has got to be some bad vibes or perception out there concerning the team or the city of Memphis and its surroundings.
In sports, character is overrated.
It was an incredibly painful loss. Not much more you can say about it. I have confidence in our coaches ability to get the players ready for next Saturday's game at Houston. Knute Rockne once said losing games like this build character. I certainly hope he's right. Go Tigers!
UCF is damned good. It would be great to get the win, but realistically staying within 10 is about all we can reasonably hope to to.
Obviously, the game I'm most interested in this weekend is one you didn't pick (Rebs over Tide I'm sure would've been your pick), though I do check your picks each week.
If we're being honest, almost everyone who throws out picks, either straight up or against the spread, is just guessing given the craziness that is college football. I like to think I know a bit about what's going to happen, but I don't. I used to put small amounts of cash on some games back in college for entertainment, and I found out quickly just how little I knew, and I also learned the lesson that there is a reason bookies and Las Vegas exist, and it isn't because people are winning. I was at least smart enough to quit and quit subsidizing other people.
In a non-major game this week, SC at UCF is an interesting one to me. I know UCF has been off to a strong start. Getting South Carolina at home is a great opportunity for that program. I doubt they sneak up on South Carolina, but it'll be interesting to watch to see if they can make a game of it and maybe have a chance to pull it out.
With that in mind, if you want to keep your perfectly imperfect streak alive with the Tigers, you may have to pick the Tigers to win next week against UCF. I'm not sure the mojo of missing on Tiger games will be able to overcome that match up even if you do pick UCF.
I am, indeed, 0-3 in picking Tiger games this season! Only other AAC club I've missed as many as twice is USF.
I'm spending the bye week wrestling with strategy for prognosticating the balance of the Tigers' season. And I hear your suggestion loud and clear. Will ponder further.
If a loss to Buffalo might make UConn reconsider its helmet design, I hope I miss that game, too.
Thanks for checking in.
If I recall, you actually picked against the Tigers last week, and they won.
I think I also recall you picking the Tigers against MTSU. I'm not sure what you did in the Duke game, but are you 0-3 in picking Tiger games?
If so, you may consider picking the Tigers to lose the rest of the year to help out the cause.
Just as a comment on this week's picks, I'm taking Buffalo to pull the minor upset over UConn.
Confidence increases talent. These young Tigers are developing both. Go Tigers!
By Leonard Gill
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