Tyson Chandler thrilled to be back in Dallas after title run three years ago

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DALLAS — As far as Tyson Chandler is concerned, it’s the “little things” that matter.

Such was the case when Chandler in June was traded back to the Dallas Mavericks after a three-year absence from the team.

Within hours after news spread of his return to the organization, Chandler fielded text messages and emails from close acquaintances with whom he established close-knit bonds during his lone season with the team in 2010-11.

HAPPY RETURN --- During the Dallas Mavericks' Media Day session Monday at American Airlines Center, veteran center Tyson Chandler said he's happy to have reunited with the team he helped capture its first NBA championship three years ago. A 13-year pro, Chandler was traded back to the Mavs in June. (Photo by Andrew Jackson, Jr.)

HAPPY RETURN — During the Dallas Mavericks’ Media Day session Monday at American Airlines Center, veteran center Tyson Chandler said he’s happy to have reunited with the team he helped capture its first NBA championship three years ago. A 13-year pro, Chandler was traded back to the Mavs in June. (Photo by Andrew Jackson, Jr.)

It was, in fact, a memorable campaign for Chandler, considering the 13-year-veteran helped propel Dallas to its first world championship in franchise history when the Mavericks upset the heavy-favorite Miami Heat in six games in the NBA Finals.

So it was no surprise that within days upon his return to the Mavericks, the city of Dallas showed their appreciation to the All-Star center by posting a picture of Chandler wearing a Mavs jersey on an electronic billboard near American Airlines Center that reads: WELCOME BACK, TYSON!

A career that includes stints with Chicago, New Orleans, Charlottle, and New York, Chandler said returning to Dallas has brought about a feeling he describes as “surreal.”

“It feels great to be back,” Chandler said during Monday’s Media Day session at American Airlines Center. “At first, it was surreal. I was a visitor for the last three years. But it’s great to be back and see familiar guys.”

While addressing reporters, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said virtually everywhere he’s gone of late, Chandler emerged as the center of conversation.

“He’s the most popular one-year player of any franchise in the history of professional sports,” Carlisle jokingly said of Chandler. “In fact, at a couple of speaking engagements I’ve had over the past couple of weeks, I said, ‘Tyson Chandler’s back.’ And folks go crazy. He’s the kind of guy that you can’t help but love to watch because of his approach and enthusiasm. You know, he’s winner.”

Not to mention a fan favorite, given the courtesies he’s acquired since his unexpected return to Big D.

POSTSEASON FORM --- Having started in each of the Mavs’ 21 postseason games in 2011, Chandler averaged 32.4 minutes, his best game coming in Game 4 of the NBA Finals when he registered 13 points and 16 rebounds to help Dallas even the series. (Photo courtesy of Reuters)

POSTSEASON FORM — Having started in each of the Mavs’ 21 postseason games in 2011, Chandler averaged 32.4 minutes, his best game coming in Game 4 of the NBA Finals when he registered 13 points and 16 rebounds to help Dallas even the series. (Photo courtesy of Reuters)

Because of the favorable impression Chandler left with the team three years ago, it’s safe to assume both sides were grateful to rekindle after Chandler announced six months after the Mavs’ title run that he had agreed to a four-year deal with the New York Knicks worth a reported $58 million.

Acquired by Dallas on July 13, 2010 in exchange for Matt Carroll, Erick Dampier, and Eduardo Najera, Chandler started 74 regular season games for the Mavs, averaging 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 27.8 minutes per game.

He was especially efficient during the team’s title run, particularly as the centerpiece on the defensive end, where he was forced to occupy more minutes because of the injury to backup center Brendan Haywood.

Having started in each of the Mavs’ 21 postseason games, Chandler averaged 32.4 minutes, his best outing coming in Game 4 of the NBA Finals when he registered 13 points and 16 rebounds to help Dallas even the series.

While Chandler admittedly didn’t know what to expect during his first run with the Mavs, he doesn’t shy away from the notion that much is expected of him this time around.

Chandler was especially efficient during the Mavs’ title run, particularly as the centerpiece on the defensive end, considering he was forced to occupy more minutes because of the injury to backup center Brendan Haywood. (Photo by Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Chandler was especially efficient during the Mavs’ title run, particularly as the centerpiece on the defensive end, considering he was forced to occupy more minutes because of the injury to backup center Brendan Haywood. (Photo by Tony Gutierrez/AP)

“Obviously, having been here and winning a championship, the expectations are a little different,” Chandler said. “There are a bunch of new faces. But the motivation is still the same. And the expectations within me are still the same if not more.”

Among those who appears mostly intrigued by Chandler’s return is Mavs franchise player Dirk Nowitzki. In July, Nowitzki restructured his contract, thus allowing the team to acquire a number of key players, most notably Chandler, Chandler Parsons (from Houston), and Jameer Nelson (from Orlando).

“I’m looking forward to playing with him,” Nowitzki said of Chandler. “Obviously, the chemistry was there a few years ago, so I’m not worried about.”

As the Mavs open training camp Tuesday morning, among the key challenges for Carlisle is to devise ways to distribute minutes for a roster that boasts immense depth. Conversely, Carlisle acknowledges because of the key offseason acquisitions, much of the pressure won’t fall solely on Nowitzki to generate the bulk of the offense and on Chandler to steer the Mavs defensively.

Dallas opens preseason play October 7 when it hosts Houston. The Mavs’ season-opener is October 28 at defending NBA champion San Antonio.

“We’ll make sure (Chandler’s) minutes are reasonable, because we don’t want to overtax anybody too soon,” Carlisle said.

Regardless of how the Mavs choose to utilize Chandler this season, one thing is seemingly for certain: The smile he exhibited Monday while addressing the assembled media was indicative of just how delightful he is to have landed back at his old stomping ground.

“It’s so funny because I only spent one year here and everybody thinks I’ve spent my entire career here,” Chandler said. “You know, everybody thinks I was here four or five or six years. But it was just one, long, really incredible year.”

A year Mavs fans will never forget.

DrePicAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Will this year’s Egg Bowl be for the SEC West crown?

Golden-eggFrom Alabama vs. Auburn to Notre Dame vs. USC,  rivalries drive the mania that is college football.

Every rivalry puts pride, respect, and bragging rights on the line.  However, the truly great rivalries catch the eye of the casual fans because they usually have national implications.

Why do folks who may not be Ohio State or Michigan fans pay attention to “The Game”, because it is usually (historically speaking) for the Big Ten Championship.  Why do people in California watch the “Red River Rivalry”?  They watch for the same reason we all watch, because that contest usually determines the winner of the Big 12.

Now there are some lesser rivalries that hold regional interest like “Clean Old Fashioned Hate”, the “Backyard Brawl”, and “The Civil War” all of which matter to their fan bases, but leaves something to be desired from a national perspective.

You can place “The Battle for the Golden Egg”, which Mid-South fans know is between Mississippi State and Ole Miss, in the category of rivalries that get regional interest, but lacks national luster.

Traditionally speaking, the two SEC schools that reside in Mississippi are not very good.  Over the past twenty years, Ole Miss has finished the season ranked in the AP poll only five times.  Mississippi State has not faired any better finishing the season ranked in the AP Poll four times since 1994.  Just once since the SEC added a championship game in 1992 has either school played for the SEC Championship (that was the Bulldogs in 1998). Also, the two schools have managed to get a share of the SEC West crown just twice in that time span (Mississippi State split with Arkansas in 1998 and Ole Miss split with LSU in 2003).

However, this season appears to be different for both schools, as they seem to be poised for a historic run through the SEC, which would set up the biggest Egg Bowl ever.

It is not outside of the realm of possibilities for this year’s Egg Bowl to be for the SEC West crown, and a chance to play in the SEC Championship.

Ole Miss has one of the nation’s best defenses.  They are holding opponents to 248 total yards (fourth in the nation) and allowing just 8.5 points per game (third in the nation) so far this season.  The emphasis Hugh Freeze’s staff has put on defense has the Rebels off to their first 4-0 start since 1970.

Meanwhile in Starkville, Dan Mullin has one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in all of college football, Dak Prescott.  After an injury plagued season last year, Prescott has returned healthier and better.  He accounts for 335 yards of total offense, and led the Bulldogs to their first win in Tiger Stadium since 1991.

An Egg Bowl for the SEC West crown would be exciting and well deserved for the fans of these two programs. No two programs have fans more deserving of a relevant rivalry than Ole Miss and Mississippi State.  They are every bit as rabid and crazed as the best schools in the SEC, and they do this while consistently residing in the SEC dweller. These are two fan bases that show up yearly in support of their programs, regardless of how well the Rebels and Bulldogs are doing. There are few programs that can say that.

It is easy to support programs that are always ranked and competes for conference championships year in and year out.  Those programs get bandwagon fans on top of their real fans along with the adoration of the national media.  ESPN College Gameday has never been to the state of Mississippi for anything, except to drive through it on their way to LSU, Auburn, or Alabama.  They have been to North Dakota twice!

Okay insert random SEC West school fan here I understand that neither Mississippi State nor Ole Miss has a winning record against you (except Texas A&M, the Bulldogs lead that series 4-3).  It is a rare occurrence for either Mississippi school (let alone both) to beat you in a season, but this might be the year.

If that happens, then the nation will have no choice but to pay attention to “The Battle for the Golden Egg”.

 

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Week 5 TAM Rankings: Ole Miss remains No. 1 as GameDay and SEC Nation head to Mississippi

ole-miss-powder-blue-helmetsIt was a weekend of near wins and heartbreaking losses for TAM teams.

Arkansas dominated Texas A&M, who was the No. 6 team in the nation, for most of the game.  Yet, a late missed field goal immediately followed by a blown coverage assignment allowed Kenny “Trill” Hill and Texas A&M to force overtime. Subsequently, the Razorbacks wound up losing the game in overtime.

Speaking of close SEC football games, Tennessee gave Georgia all they could handle before losing the game by three points.  The Vols played admirably led by Jalen Hurd’s 119 yards on the ground and Justin Worley’s three touchdown passes.  Unfortunately that was not enough to knock off Todd Gurley and the Bulldogs.  Tennessee is now riding a 21 game losing streak on the road versus ranked opponents.

Memphis went on the road to face a ranked opponent of their own when they faced Ole Miss at Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium.  It was 7-3 for most of Saturday’s contest between these two Mid-South rivals.  Then the fourth quarter came and Ole Miss scored 17 unanswered points to put the Tigers away.

Mississippi State had the week off to prepare for Texas A&M, and Arkansas State got a much needed bye week as well.

MTSU bounced back nicely a week after their loss to Memphis, looking dominate against Old Dominion.

Southern Mississippi and Vanderbilt continued their losing ways as Southern Miss fell to last year’s C-USA Champions Rice and Vandy gave Kentucky their first SEC win in 17 tries.

There are so many great games this week featuring TAM teams, but it is special whenever the No. 1 team in the nation comes to town.  Thus, this week’s TAM Game of the Week is none other than Ole Miss vs. Alabama.

It should be another pulse pounding week of TAM football as it is time for conference action this week.

Without further ado, here are week five’s TAM Rankings…


The Mid-South is full of fans with allegiances to different area 
college football programs. Which FBS program in the three states surrounding the Memphis area is the best? To help end some arguments and start others, every week MemphiSport ranks all the college football teams in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. We call it the TAM Rankings.


1. ole_miss logoOle Miss (4-0):
Last Game: 
W 24-3 vs. Mmephis @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium 
Best Win: 
41-3 vs. Vanderbilt @ LP Field
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Memphis and Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A


2. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (4-0):
Last Game: 
W 34-29 vs. LSU @ Tiger Stadium
Best Win: 
34-29 vs. LSU @ Tiger Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A


3.
 Arkansas logoArkansas (3-2):
Last Game: 
L 35-28 (OT) vs. Texas A&M @ AT&T Stadium
Best Win: 
49-28 vs. Texas Tech @ Jones AT&T Stadium
Worst Loss: L 35-28 (OT) vs. Texas A&M @ AT&T Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (2-2):
Last Game: 
L 35-32 vs UGA @ Sanford Stadium
Best Win: 38-7 vs. Utah State @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-10 vs. Oklahoma @ Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A


5.  memphis-tigers logoMemphis (2-2):
Last Game:
 L 24- 3 vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win: 63-0 vs. Austin Peay @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 24- 3 vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

6. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (2-2):
Last Game: W 21-14 vs Utah State (OT) @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 21-14 vs Utah State (OT) @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-19 vs. Tennessee @ Neyland Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Tennessee)

7.  MTSU LogoMTSU (3-2):
Last Game: 
W 48-21 vs. Old Dominion @ S.B. Ballard Stadium
Best Win: 50-47 (3 OT) vs. Western Kentucky @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 36-17 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)


8. Vandy Logo Vanderbilt (1-4):
Last Game: 
L 17-7 vs. Kentucky @ Commonwealth Stadium
Best Win: 34-31 vs. UMass @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 
 41-3 vs. Ole Miss @ LP Field
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (2-3):
Last Game: 
L 41-23 vs. Rice @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win: W 26-20 vs. Alcorn State @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Worst Loss: 49-0 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Mississippi State)

 

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MSL Interview: Josh Pastner talks about his birthday, his new Twitter account and more

happy bday coach pastner

 

University of Memphis men’s basketball head coach Josh Pastner joined Kevin Cerrito on MSL to celebrate his birthday weekend and talk about his new iPhone, his new Twitter account (@5050ballswinsand the Tigers’ big football game in Oxford.

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MSL Podcast: Memphis vs. Ole Miss Weekend 2014

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1)  Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5. Plus, the guys discuss CJ’s introduction at Best Memphis Burger Fest. (Click here to WATCH his intro).
(Segment 2) It’s KeVinsanity when The Memphis Flyer’s  Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies including Michael Beasley and the Grizzlies 2013-14 promotional schedule.
(Segment 3) Football Gossip with Maria Garay.

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HOUR 2:

(Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting a pair of tix to One Man, Two Guvnors at Playhouse on the Square.
(Segment 2) University of Memphis men’s basketball head coach
Josh Pastner joined Kevin Cerrito on MSL to celebrate his birthday weekend and talk about his new iPhone, his new Twitter account (@5050ballswinsand the Tigers’ big football game in Oxford.
(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos

 

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Preview: Memphis vs. Ole Miss

ole miss helmetComing off of a ho-hum 56-15 win over Louisiana-Lafayette two weeks ago and bye week last week, the Ole Miss Rebels will welcome the University of Memphis Tigers to Oxford this coming Saturday. This will be the first time these two teams have met since a 45-14 Ole Miss victory in 2009.

While being separated by only about 70 miles, this rivalry is one that has died off in recent years thanks to disagreements revolving around Memphis Basketball not wanting to play Ole Miss and Ole Miss Football not wanting to play Memphis. Personally, I see both sides’ points of view, but I do feel the Ole Miss/Memphis rivalry is a fun one for the region.

The fanbases don’t care much for one another (Read both teams’ message boards for proof.). The locations are close enough for good travel support from the visiting school. And the on-field product has been decent. With Memphis being in the American Athletic Conference now, and Ole Miss putting time, money, and effort into their typically mediocre basketball program, I think that a matchup between these two teams should happen every year in both sports. It just makes sense.

As for this weekend’s matchup, here are some of my thoughts followed by the ever meaningless prediction.

Memphis is a completely different team than it has been in years past. Larry Porter was just an awful hire as the team’s record in those years can attest to. There was absolutely nothing to get excited about if you were one of the dozens of people that gave any support to those Porter-led teams. But the Justin Fuente hire is proving to be a legitimate one that is paying off nicely for the Tigers.

In Fuente’s first two years, Memphis fans could see baby steps being taken in the right direction. I mean there were actually a couple of numbers in the “W” column, which was a vast improvement over Larry Porter.

This season the Tigers have put together their three most complete games since 2008. Big wins over Austin Peay (FCS) and MTSU have the program and all of its supporters fired up. But it was the close loss at then #11 UCLA that has given Tiger fans the most hope for the season. The team traveled across the country and stood toe-to-toe with former Heisman contender Brett Hundley, and were only a break or two away from pulling a major, major upset. The final score of 42-35 was a sweet sight to Memphians who expected a pounding from a legitimate Pac-12 opponent.

This past weekend, Memphis put more butts in the Liberty Bowl to watch the Tigers face MTSU than they had put in the stadium since the last time they played an SEC team at home. I mean for the Tigers to see 40,000+ at a football game, after instances of less than 3,000 showing up in recent years, is a big deal.

Sophomore QB Paxton Lynch leads the Tigers offensively along with a great set of tailbacks in Brandon Hayes and Doroland Dorceus. The running game is rushing for nearly 250 yards a game, good for 26th nationally. Aside from a strong running game, Memphis’ offense relies on some unique play calling to keep opponents guessing. Look for plenty of this on Saturday as a way to level the playing field. The defense is anchored by LB Tank Jakes, (Yes. His name is Tank.), and has done a decent job of keeping points off the board in the Tigers’ two wins.

While the Tigers are playing well by their standards, Hugh Freeze has the Rebels absolutely rolling right now. Since an ugly first half against Boise St., the Rebs have flat out decimated their opponents. Bo Wallace is among the nation’s most consistent QBs , connecting on 75% of his passes and limiting his turnovers after three interceptions in that Boise St. contest. And what many thought would be a great receiving corps anchored by Laquon Treadwell and Evan Engram, has been absolutely incredible. Treadwell and Engram along with Cody Core and Quincy Adeboyejo have all had 100+ yd receiving games.

And the highly touted Rebel defense has been straight up nasty. Ole Miss, in three games, has only given up two touchdowns. They are third in the nation allowing only 10 points a game. Robert Nkemdiche and the defensive line are in a groove. But the interceptions have been the bright spot for Ole Miss’ defense. The eight interceptions tie them for first in the nation, as do the two they’ve returned for touchdowns. With Tony Conner, Cody Prewitt, and Senquez Golson, the Rebels have three defensive studs with a nose for the ball.

Hopes are sky-high for the Rebels. And while Coach Freeze will tell you that Memphis is a game the team isn’t overlooking, I can promise you, players, fans, coaches, and administrators all have started at least daydreaming about the matchup Ole Miss has with Alabama next week. Should the Rebels beat Memphis, Oxford will host its first ESPN College Gameday ever. Needless to say playing Memphis just doesn’t feel that exciting.

As far as the result of the game itself, Ole Miss is going to win. They are simply just too talented and too well coached to lose a game like this. Coming off a bye week has allowed banged up Rebels to heal, given more prep time, and given the team some much needed rest. Memphis is a good football team that very well could win the American this season. But this just isn’t a game that Memphis can win. There is a reason Vegas is favoring the Rebels by about 20 points.

Aside from the Rebels being a better team, this weekend will be spent honoring Chucky Mullins. And I just don’t see a world where Ole Miss can lose a game on a weekend dedicated to Chucky. If you aren’t familiar with his story, read it. Even the non-Ole Miss fans can appreciate it.

The game will be fun for a quarter or two. Most Memphis/Ole Miss games in recent memory have been. But the Rebels will pull away on their way to a nice, easy win and a date with College Gameday next weekend.

Ole Miss 41 – Memphis 17

Warner Russell covers Ole Miss Football for MemphiSport. Read his non-sports stuff over on The Wise Guise. Follow him on Twitter @uncle_warny.

 

Throwback Thursday: Lance Russell appears at RAW

When WWE Monday Night RAW comes to FedExForum, Memphis is always in for a big surprise.  Back in March, Memphis fans witnessed John Cena and Hulk Hogan in the ring together for the very first time.  Along with that, we also saw the beginning of the “Yes Movement” that propelled Daniel Bryan to the World Heavyweight Championship.

WWE never fails to deliver in Memphis, especially last Monday night.

This week’s Throwback Thursday brings a clip that has only been seen by those who purchased tickets and showed up to FedExForum to watch live.  So, this week’s clip was not televised and has only been shared with the wrestling fans of Memphis, TN.

Before RAW went live on the USA Network, Jerry “The King” Lawler is introduced to the live audience, as usual.  Instead of taking his seat at the broadcast table, The King introduces a very special guest to the jam-packed Forum.  Listen to the ovation, as the legendary voice of Memphis Wrestling takes the stage.

As many of you know, Lance Russell was in town for last week’s Memphis Wildfire Wrestling event “Long Live the King”.  Lance was reunited with Dave Brown for the special evening that paid tribute to Jerry Lawler’s career and accomplishments.  Russell was approached about appearing at FedExForum with Lawler and couldn’t refuse.  This was Lance Russell’s very first appearance in the WWE.

Be sure to keep up with Lance Russell on his Official Facebook Page.

Next week, I’ll share with you highlights, matches and results from Memphis Wildfire Wrestling at Minglewood Hall.  In my best Lance Russell voice, “Until next time, so long everybody!”

Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and MSL. Follow him @DustinStarr.

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MSL Podcast: Best Memphis Burger Fest Weekend 2014

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) It’s KeVinsanity when The Memphis Flyer’s  Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies including the team’s ranking in ESPN magazine.
(Segment 3) Football Gossip with Maria Garay.

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HOUR 2:

(Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting a pair of tix to the Mid-South Fair at Landers Center.
(Segment 2) “I Love Memphis” blogger and podcaster Holly Whitfield joins the guys live to talk burgers with Best Memphis Burger Fest founder Seth Agranov.
(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos with Marcus in studio!


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Week 4 TAM Rankings: Mississippi State Remains Second Despite Big Win

ole miss cupWell, well, well. How about those Mississippi State Bulldogs?

Led by star quarterback Dak Prescott and a stingy defense, Dan Mullin’s boys won in Tiger Stadium for the first time since 1991.  Prescott ran for 105 yards and passed for 268 yard and two touchdowns.  The Bulldogs defense held LSU to just 3 points in the first three quarters.

Even though Mississippi State pulled off the biggest upset for a TAM team this young season, they remain second in the rankings behind Ole Miss, who along with Tennessee, had bye weeks this week.

In the TAM game of the week, Memphis continued to roll.  This time The Tigers took down in state rival, and fellow TAM team, MTSU.  Next up for Memphis is a showdown with Ole Miss.

It took overtime before the Red Wolves prevailed against Utah State, handing the Aggies their second loss (both losses came to TAM teams) of the season.

It was another close call for the young men of Southern Mississippi as they won their contest against Appalachian State by one point.

There was no let down for the Razorbacks, as they followed last week’s outstanding performance against Texas Tech with a 38 point win against Northern Illinois.

Vandy played better, but still lost to South Carolina.

This is another week full of great games for the TAM teams.   Among these great games is Arkansas vs. Texas A&M and Tennessee vs. UGA.  However, the TAM Game of the Week is down in the Grove, where the Ole Miss Rebels will take on the Memphis Tigers.

Another week has come and gone, and there are just two undefeated TAM teams left.
Without further ado, here are week four’s TAM Rankings…


The Mid-South is full of fans with allegiances to different area 
college football programs. Which FBS program in the three states surrounding the Memphis area is the best? To help end some arguments and start others, every week MemphiSport ranks all the college football teams in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. We call it the TAM Rankings.


1. ole_miss logoOle Miss (3-0):
Last Game: 
W 56-15 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium 
Best Win: 
41-3 vs. Vanderbilt @ LP Field
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A


2. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (4-0):
Last Game: 
W 34-29 vs. LSU @ Tiger Stadium
Best Win: 
34-29 vs. LSU @ Tiger Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A


3.
 Arkansas logoArkansas (3-1):
Last Game: 
W 52-14 vs. Northern Illinois @ Razorback Stadium
Best Win: 
49-28 vs. Texas Tech @ Jones AT&T Stadium
Worst Loss: 45-21 vs. Auburn @ Jordan-Hare Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (2-1):
Last Game: 
L 34-10 vs. Oklahoma @ Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 38-7 vs. Utah State @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-10 vs. Oklahoma @ Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A


5.  memphis-tigers logoMemphis (2-1):
Last Game:
 W 36-17 vs. MTSU @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 63-0 vs. Austin Peay @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 42-35 vs. UCLA @ Rose Bowl
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (2-2):
Last Game: 
W 21-14 vs Utah State (OT) @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 21-14 vs Utah State (OT) @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-19 vs. Tennessee @ Neyland Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Tennessee)

7.  MTSU LogoMTSU (2-2):
Last Game: 
L 36-17 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 50-47 (3 OT) vs. Western Kentucky @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 36-17 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)


8.  Vandy LogoVanderbilt (1-3):
Last Game: 
L 48-34 vs South Carolina @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win: 34-31 vs. UMass @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 
 41-3 vs. Ole Miss @ LP Field
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (2-2):
Last Game: 
W 21-20 vs Appalachian State @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win: W 26-20 vs. Alcorn State @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Worst Loss: 49-0 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Mississippi State)

 

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Throwback Thursday: Classic Memphis Wrestling set for Minglewood Hall tonight

1655496_498745616928290_2857908786836256116_oTonight is the big night!  Memphis Wildfire Wrestling returns to Minglewood Hall for an event entitled “Long Live the King” – a tribute and celebration of Jerry Lawler’s career.  We have been talking about it for weeks and the stage is finally set.

Tonight, the boys are back in town.

Instead of posting a classic Memphis Wrestling clip as usual, I’ve decided to simply invite you out for a night full of Throwback Thursday action.  Nearly every person scheduled to appear has been featured on Throwback Thursday at one time or another.

Scheduled to appear tonight at Minglewood Hall for the first time in ages, the legendary broadcast team of Dave Brown & Lance Russell.  If that’s not exciting enough, include Jerry “The King” Lawler, “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant, “Superstar” Bill Dundee, “Grand Master Sexay” Brian Christopher, Rock n’ Roll Express, PG-13, Jerry Calhoun and “Dangerous” Doug Gilbert.

Headlining the event is none other than Jerry “The King” Lawler versus “Dangerous” Doug Gilbert.  The two have a history that runs deep within the chronicles of Memphis Wrestling.  Doug Gilbert discussed the Gilbert’s versus Lawler’s feud on MSL, last week.  Also, the two have been trading words back and forth via Wildfire Wrestling’s official Facebook page.

In case you missed it, here are the interviews that have been circulating the web, leading into tonight’s big match-up:

VIDEO:  Doug Gilbert challenges Jerry Lawler

VIDEO:  Jerry Lawler accepts Doug’s challenge

Not only will tonight’s event be jam-packed with all of your favorites from the 1980’s and 1990’s, but many of the upcoming Memphis Wildfire Wrestling stars will be in action, as well.  Not to mention, Maria & I will be hosting a special Five Starr Showcase interview segment with none other than “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant.  Afterward, we square off against “Superstar” Bill Dundee in what is being billed as a Return Grudge Match.

Belltime is 7:00PM.  Special meet and greet autograph session starts at 6:00PM.  For more information on tonight’s “Long Live the King”, go to Wildfire Wrestling’s official Facebook page.

Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and MSL. Follow him @DustinStarr.

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