The Cardinals faced elimination in a pivotal Game 6 of the World Series against the Red Sox, while the Grizzlies tried to shake their woeful opening day record against a Spurs team that swept them out of last year’s Western Conference Finals. On top of these two sporting events was the University of Memphis football team’s home contest against Cincinnati on national television.
What more could you ask for as a sports fan living in Memphis and surrounding areas? Three big games, all on TV, all with some significance, and all with a chance to create some positive vibes in the Bluff City.
Memphians raced home after work to get ready for their night of monumental sports proportions, only to have that dream day become a nightmare.
It started with the Grizzlies, who continued their streak of 13 straight opening night losses, followed by the Cardinals who were next to lose, and ended with the lowly Memphis Tigers losing a close one (again).
Memphis really struggled to score the ball, especially in the second quarter.
Some of you may be wondering which Memphis, Grizzlies or Tigers? To that I say- both. Ironically, the second quarter for both teams inevitably did them in during their respective contest.
The Grizzlies managed seven (that’s right seven) points in the second quarter against the Spurs, and fell behind by 21 points at halftime after having a two point lead to start the second quarter. To put this into perspective, the Grizzlies only had 27 first half points, and the team shot an awe-inspiring 11.1 percent after the second quarter.
Just like the Grizzlies, the Tigers lost control of their game in the second quarter. After Paxton Lynch hooked up with Tevin Jones for a seven yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, it looked as if Memphis might have a chance to pull off an upset. However, the Tigers gave up 14 second quarter points, and 21 unanswered points, to find themselves down 21-7 and never recovered.
In the second quarter, the Tigers offense managed to muster just 12 yards on 14 total plays while tallying four penalties for 34 yards.
St. Louis, the parent club to the Memphis Redbirds, also struggled offensively in their contest.
This was not a recent trend for the Cardinals in this year’s World Series. They managed just 14 runs, batted a woeful .224, and could only muster 10 extra base hits the entire series.
Wednesday had the potential to be one of those nights that had people speaking positively about local sports teams. Memphians expected somebody to win with three marquee games taking place.
Alas, neither team could manage to find consistent offensive production, causing all of them to fall short of victory.
At least, college basketball is right around the corner.
CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from games.