Week 1 TAM Rankings 2014: Ole Miss Starts Year Off No. 1

Ole Miss flagCollege football is back which means it is time for week one of the TAM Rankings.

There was a TAM team matchup right off the bat as Mississippi State demolished Southern Mississippi to get their first TAM win of the season.

Two other TAM teams suffered losses this week.  Vandy started things of in less than stellar fashion for the TAM teams on Thursday.  They amassed seven turnovers and allowed 23 unanswered points to Temple.  So much for the progress the Commodores mad during the James Franklin era.

For a half, it looked like Arkansas was going to pull off a major week 1 upset over the defending SEC Champion Auburn Tigers.  After all, the score was tied at 21 to start the second half.  Alas, there are two halves in college football, something Arkansas should remember next game.  The Razorbacks did not score in the second half and allowed 24 second half points in route to their 45-21 opening week loss.

Ole Miss struggled early but pulled away late against Boise State to get their first win of the year.  The Rebels are trying to repeat as TAM Champions.

A couple of unexpected TAM teams scored 60 plus points on lesser opponents.  MTSU beat FCS foe Savannah State 61-7, and not to be outdone Memphis destroyed the Govs of Austin Peay 63-0.

Tennessee took care of business against Utah State, while Arkansas State handled Montana State.

With so many good games in week two featuring TAM teams it is tough to select one as the TAM game of the week.  Tennessee looks to keep the good feelings rolling as they take on fellow TAM team Arkansas State, while Memphis travels clear across the country to take on UCLA (No. 7 in the AP Top 25).  However, the TAM game of the week belongs to Ole Miss versus Vanderbilt.  Will the Commodores bounce back, or can Hugh Freeze’s team continue rolling?

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

1. ole_miss logoOle Miss (1-0):
Last Game:
W 35-13 vs. Boise State @ Georgia Dome
Best Win:
W 35-13 vs. Boise State @ Georgia Dome
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

2. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (1-0):
Last Game:
W 49-0 vs. Southern Miss @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win:
49-0 vs. Southern Miss @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

3. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (1-0):
Last Game:
W 38-7 vs. Utah State @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 38-7 vs. Utah State @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  Arkansas logoArkansas (0-1):
Last Game:
L 45-21 vs. Auburn @ Jordan-Hare Stadium
Best Win:
Worst Loss: 45-21 vs. Auburn @ Jordan-Hare Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

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

6.  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (1-0):
Last Game:
W 37-10 vs. Montana State @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)

7.  MTSU LogoMTSU (1-0):
Last Game: W 61-7 vs. Savannah State @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 61-7 vs. Savannah State @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams:
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

8.  Vandy LogoVanderbilt (0-1):
Last Game:
L 37-7 vs. Temple @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 
37-7 vs. Temple @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-1):
Last Game:
L 49-0 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 49-0 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Mississippi State)

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.

CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him @conradicalness for live tweets from games.




Red Bull’s King of the Rock is back in Memphis for the second consecutive year

P-20130701-00772_HiRes JPEG 24bit RGB (1)It is that time again Hoop City.  One of the premier sporting events of the nation is back in the Mid-South, and looking for the best one-on-one street ballers to come out and show their stuff.

Now in its fifth year, Red Bull King of the Rock has decided to make a return trip to Memphis in order to find the most elite hoopers in the nation.  Instead of going to Alcatraz, this year’s winner will go across the Pacific Ocean to the prison exercise yards of Samasana Island in Taiwan.

The event will be held this Saturday at Halle Stadium (or the Precinct as it is affectionately called).  Participants have to register at the event with registration starting at noon, and the tournament starting promptly at 1 pm.

Last year’s tournament had some great games, close calls, and thrilling victories so even if you do not think your game is good enough to compete with Hoop City’s best, you can still come out and watch some great street ball.

Red Bull King of the Rock
WHEN: Saturday, August 9 at 1 pm.
WHERE: 2634 Mt. Moriah (aka “The Precinct”)
COST: Free

CJ Hurt is a regular contributor for MemphiSport.  He will be at the Precinct this Saturday showcasing his one on one abilities.  Follow him @conradicalness  for commentary, pictures, and live tweets from the King of the Rock.

Dustin Starr Wins NPC Knox Classic Men’s Physique Class D

unnamedThe winner of the 2014 NPC Knox Classic Men’s Physique Class D Championship is no secret to the bodybuilding world (or MSL either).  Over the past two years he has competed  in eight events, winning three overall championships, one height class championship and getting second place in another contest.  On top of that, he won back to back NPC Tennessee State Men’s Physique Championships in 2012 and 2013.

Dustin Starr took home first place in front of a sold out crowd across the street from Neyland Stadium at Cox Memorial Stadium.

He appeared on Local Memphis Live the day before the show, and then he was off to Knoxville for some last minute preparations before the contest got underway.

Some of the things he did to make sure his body looked its best the night before the big event was get some much needed rest (after all he just had a minor physical altercation with Superstar Bill Dundee) and eat plenty of carbs in the form of fish and potatoes (both sweet and white).

Even though he won first place at the 2014 NPC Knox Classic, Starr (“5 Starr” to the wrestling world) is not done making special appearances .

You can learn some of his men’s physique secrets on August 21st when he and Maria Garay make a return appearance to Local Memphis Live to discuss his big win in Knoxville.  Then on August 24th Starr, a TEAMUSPlabs member, will guest emcee along side  Maria (also a TEAMUSPlabs member), a special  Health and Fitness Night at AutoZone Park.

With the 2014 NPC Knox Classic over and done with, Dustin Starr can focus on what is really important, and that is helping you get into the best shape of your life.


RiverKings To Hold Dance Team Tryouts

riverkings logoAre you tired of the same old dance moves?  Are you looking for a more creative way to exercise? Do you think you can dance?  If you answered yes to any of these questions you should check out the Riverkings Dancers tryouts. Not only will you be learning some of the innovative moves used by the Riverking Dancers, but you will be burning calories and getting fit too.  You get to work on your dance techniques with last year’s actual RiverKings Dancers.  Each class is only $10.  However, if you have a valid college ID each class is just $7. Classes start July 21st and will happen every Monday at the Stars in Motion Performing Arts Studio, until official auditions begin August 24th at the Landers Center (click here to see where Landers center finished in the 2014 M Awards Best Sporting Venue Category).  Registration for the official tryouts kicks off at 9:30 AM with auditions starting at 10:00 AM.  It is a great experience for all and will be an absolute thrill of a time.

What: Riverkings Dancers Tryout
Where: Stars in Motion Performing Arts Studio 3370 Goodman Rd E, Southaven, MS 38672
When:  July 21, 2014 7:30 PM
Cost: $10 per class/$7 per class with a valid college ID




2014 M Awards: Best Place to Buy a Memphis Sports Shirt

tiger bookstoreThere several places to purchase sports shirts in the Bluff City, but according to the votes no place is quite as good as the Tiger Book Store.  You can grab some t-shirts while enjoying the collegiate atmosphere.

Tiger Book Store, First Place: 30%
HoopCityMemphis.com, Second Place: 18%
Grizzlies Den, Third Place: 17%

Visit MemphiSport.com daily in the month of July for a new winner in MemphiSport’s annual M Awards presented by the 17th Annual Sports Ball Black-Tie Tennis Shoe Gala.





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2014 M Awards: Best Place to Eat Before/After the Game

hueys t shirtYou the fans really like Huey’s.  This is their second win in M Awards presented by the 17th Annual Sports Ball Black-Tie Tennis Shoe Gala.  Kooky Canuck and Central BBQ came close, but they just did not have enough to jump Huey’s.

Huey’s, First Place: 23%
Kooky Canuck, Second Place (Tie): 22%
Central BBQ, Second Place (Tie): 22%

Visit MemphiSport.com daily in the month of July for a new winner in MemphiSport’s annual M Awards presented by the 17th Annual Sports Ball Black-Tie Tennis Shoe Gala.





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MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: ‘Episode 1′


Join MSL and HardBashin producer CJ Hurt and Sports 56 producer Ty Springs as they take you on a sports odyssey during MSL‘s Playing Hurt Podcast.

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Potential Head Coaching Candidates for the Memphis Grizzlies

Dave Joerger has interviewed with the Minnesota Timberwolves for their head coaching vacancy. He was 50-32 in his first season as a head coach.

Dave Joerger has interviewed with the Minnesota Timberwolves for their head coaching vacancy. He was 50-32 in his first season as a head coach.

All hell has broken lose in the Memphis Grizzlies front office with the announcement that Jason Levien and Stu Lash are both out after possibly clashing with majority owner Robert Pera.  This news is unsettling to more than just Grizzlies fans as first year head coach Dave Joerger has decided to interview with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rumors are circulating about Pera not being a Joerger supporter, and that Pera wanted to fire him midway thru the season during the Grizzlies rough start.

Should Joerger leave for Minnesota Pera is going to need to move quickly to fill the head coaching vacancy before all the qualified candidates are taken.

Here is a list of potential coaches that Pera and the Grizzlies should think about hiring…

Tom Thibodeau
This is the dream hire for the Grizzlies. Thibodeau would be a perfect fit because of his tough, gritty, defense first mentality.  Since becoming the Bulls head coach in 2010, Chicago has been among the league’s best defenses, finishing no lower than third in the NBA in opponents points per game.  As the head coach for the Grizzlies, Thibodeau could revolutionize the defense is played in the association with players like Tonya Allen, Marc Gasol, and Mike Conley. Let us also remember this is the same coach that managed to lead Chicago to the playoffs the past two seasons without his best offensive player, Derrek Rose.  Since Thibodeau is still under contract with the Bulls they will need some sort of compensation, which Memphis should be more than happy to give up for a coach of his caliber.  Doc Rivers was traded to the Clippers last season for a first round draft pick and some cash, surely the Grizzlies can package a deal involving a draft picks and some other form of compensation.

George Karl
The 2012-2013 Coach of the Year recipient is still out of work and would be another great hire for the Grizzlies.  He is a future Hall of Famer with an impressive resume.  He interviewed last year for the Memphis head coach position before the Grizzlies decided to go with Joerger.  Karl is known for his ability to get the most out of his team’s offensively, which could help the Grizzlies who are always amongst the worst teams in the NBA when it comes to offensive production.    His 80-105 playoff record is a little concerning, but he has won over 1100 games in his career so it is clear he knows how to coach.

Lionel Hollins
Seems crazy for Hollins and Grizzlies management, right? After all, the two sides parted ways about a year ago after Memphis refused to offer Hollins a new contract.  Yet, if Pera is really serious about cleaning house in the Grizzlies front office there will be nobody left over from that ugly break up in 2013.  Memphis tried the analytics route and Pera was not a fan of it, so he could very easily approach Hollins and say we made a mistake please come back.  He could then make Hollins coach and even give him a position in the Grizzlies front office (I have a feeling that there will be more openings soon).  Hollins has interviewed with Minnesota and it is rumored that he and the Cavilers have a mutual interest also, but neither one of those teams are as good as Memphis. Throw in the fact that Hollins is one of the architects of the grit and grind culture and you have a good fit for the Grizzlies.

Mark Jackson
Although he was unable to last as Warriors head coach Jackson is still a hot commodity among organizations looking for a quality man to lead their team.  Golden State won 50-plus games this year for the first time since 1993 and made it to the playoffs before being ousted by the Clippers.  Jackson was instrumental in the development of young guards Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and he can help Conley make the jump to elite point guard status.  Not only will he help Conley, but Jackson will inject some much needed offensive spark into a team that needs to become more efficient on that side of the ball.

CJ Hurt covers the NBA for MemphiSport. Follow him @conradicalness for live tweets from games.



5 Things You Missed At The University Of Memphis Tigers Football Spring Game

tigers helmetThe much anticipated third year under University of Memphis head football coach Justin Fuente is underway as the Tigers annual spring game ended Friday night.  Fans are expecting the program to continue to grow under Fuente after it made much needed strides the past two seasons.

Fuente inherited an ailing Tigers program two years ago, and while he has not wowed fans with his own win loss record (7-17 in two seasons), he has made the Tigers more competitive in their contests.

Last season the Tigers were mere seconds away from victory against UCF (Fiesta Bowl game winners), Cincinnati, and MTSU (a TAM team rival).  If the Tigers could have scored a touchdown instead of settling for five field goals against Houston they might have won that game too, and let us not forgot how closely they played rival Louisville on the road.

In 2013 the Tigers average margin of defeat was 12.6 points per game, which is better than the previous three years’ of 17.9 in 2012, 26.3 in 2011, and 27.5 in 2010.

However, the close losses last season were just that. Losses, which amounted to a less than stellar record of 3-9 (1-7 in the American Athletic Conference).

Memphis and Coach Fuente are looking to put last year’s near wins behind them with a fresh start in 2014.  While the Tigers have been practicing for a while in preparation for their 2014 campaign, fans got their first up close and personal look of the team Friday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

It was a great atmosphere.  A reported 7,400 fans showed up to cheer on the hometown Tigers.  There were the usual bouncey houses for the kids before the game, and in an interesting spring game twist a DJ was on the field managing to keep the fans energized and into the game with an array of songs and mixes.

Yet, there other sporting events going on in the great city of Memphis Friday night as well.  It was opening day at AutoZonePark for the Redbirds, the Grizzlies were fighting for a playoff spot, and Grizz did this.  So, if you were unable to make it to the game here are 5 things you missed at the University of Memphis Tigers football spring game…

The improvement of the offensive line…
Now it could be because they were facing the “younger team” as Coach Fuente called them (the gray team was comprised of second and third stringers), but the blue team, AKA the starters, did an impressive job of blocking up front.  There were a few times that Paxton Lynch was forced out of the pocket, but by in large the starting offensive line did an a good job in pass protection.  Perhaps more impressive was the job that they were able to do in the ground game, allowing Brandon Hayes and others to look stellar on the ground during the scrimmage.  Opposing defenses sacked the Tigers quarterbacks 28 times last year, a number that should decrease thanks to experience and depth up front.  In all there are five linemen on the Tigers roster with starting experience for Memphis, and all of them started three or more games in their careers.   

2.  There are several returning starters and they look more comfortable in Fuente’s system…
In addition to the three returning starters on the offensive line, Memphis brings back six more starters on the offensive side of the ball.  Defensively the Tigers return eight players to make a grand total of 17 returning starters for the Tigers.  What does that mean for Memphis and why is that such a big deal?  It is simple, the longer you have been in a system the more things become second nature and the less you have to think about what you have to do.  It becomes more of a reaction and less of a thought process.  This allows football players to play faster and more freely.  The experience gap between the older and younger players was noticeable early and often.  Everything seemed to go the blue team’s way and early on the gray team looked discombobulated.  “The younger guys really got a taste of the level you have to play at, and I think that is important going into the off season,” Fuente said after the game.  No play exhibited this confusion for the gray team more than a fumble that was caused when a player in motion in the backfield collided with the tailback on a handoff before any defender was within five yards of the two.  Coach Fuente will have to lean heavily on those who have experience this year if the Tigers are going to snap their bowl game drought.

3.  Finally the offense is playing that up tempo style…
Again, this could be because it was basically the starters versus the second and third team, but the blue team’s first offensive possession resulted in a score in just over four minutes.  With nine starters returning on offense, Memphis is deep enough, skilled enough, and understands enough about Coach Fuente’s system to be able to really push the pace of a game.  “We got a long way to go to be what we envision here offensively,” Fuente said, “but at times we flashed something that has a chance to be explosive.”   Expect the Tigers to push the tempo more this year than they have in the past seasons under Fuente.

4.  Running back will be a real strength for the Tigers this season…
With Brandon Hayes getting an extra year of eligibility and Doroland Dorceus returning as well, the Tigers bring back 1033 yards from a team that rushed for a total of 1660 last season.  Granted Hayes had nearly half of the teams total (he ran for 860 yards last season), but expect Dorceus to be a major contributor to the run game also.  After an early fumble on the first drive of the game for the gray tem, Dorceus settled down and had one of the most explosive plays of the game with a 50 plus yard touchdown run.  However, make no mistakes about it Hayes is on a different level than the rest of the running backs right now.  One man cannot bring him down and he rushed for three touchdowns during the spring game. “It is great having Brandon back,” Fuente stated after Hayes’ outstanding spring game performance.  “Not just because he is a great football player, but because he of the person he is…he is a very comforting force to have… he is a pretty intellectual football player.”  A good ground game will certainly take more pressure off of Paxton Lynch and the passing game, which will help the Tigers young signal caller.

5.  Paxton Lynch’s growth at the quarterback position…
It has been five years since the Tigers have started the same quarterback on opening day for consecutive years.  This is a trend that should end this year with Lynch.  Arkelon Hall was the last Memphis quarterback to accomplish this feat during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.  Since Hall left there has been a proverbial revolving door of quarterbacks from Taylor Reid to Jacob Karam and a slew of quarterbacks in between (anybody else remember when Cannon Smith started against Mississippi State in the season opener in 2010?).  Lynch should be the opening day starter unless something catastrophic happens, and continuity at the quarterback position will be an immense help to the Tigers.  There were several good throws by Lynch Friday night, but what is most impressing is the fact that he did not turn the ball over.  Fuente was pleased with Lynch’s performance on Friday, but understands that there is still room for his redshirt sophomore to improve. “I think he continues to get better.  We have got to get better around him… he continues to improve from and learn from his mistakes.”  Here is hoping that all of the Tigers learn from their mistakes and make the 2014 season better than the seasons of the past five years.

CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him  @Conradicalness for live tweets from games.






5 Events the NBA Should Add To All-Star Weekend

all starThe NBA-All Star Game is this weekend in New Orleans, and it is sure to be a festive event to say the least.  Fans will get a chance to see some of the best players in the game today let their hair down and have fun all weekend long.

Events include the annual Celebrity All-Star Game, Three-Point Contest, Rookie vs. Sophomore game, and of course the Dunk Contest.

Even though the NBA does a great job of allowing fans to witness star players in a variety of unique contests throughout the weekend, the events have become a little stale and there is a need to add something new to All-Star Weekend.  It never fails that fans begin to complain about the dunk contest as soon as the first dunk is attempted and the three point contest has lost some of its luster over the years too.

With those two hallmark competitions of the weekend failing to attract the interest that they used to back when Larry Bird was doing this and Vince Carter was doing this, Commissioner Adam Silver needs to come up with some new contests to get the fans more excited about All-Star Weekend.

If Silver manages to create some events that make the NBA-All Star Game easily the best of its kind it would aid him in creating a legacy different from all other commissioners before him.  However, creating new contests and getting the players and (more importantly) fans excited about them is easier said than done.

But do not fret Commish below is a list of events the NBA should add to All-Star Weekend…

1. Gotcha
Also affectionately called “Knock Out”, “Gotcha” is a game that most people who have ever attended a basketball camp have played (if you have never played Gotcha click here for the rules).  It is a faced paced exciting game when mere mortals play, imagine the excitement NBA All-Stars will bring to the game. Here is how it would work, ten players from different NBA teams would be selected to compete in this contest with the winner getting a new car, plane, or whatever it is NBA players get for winning All-Star Weekend contests.  There would be three rounds, one for practice, one to determine the order, and one for the championship.  Since the first round is just to get the players loose, the last two rounds become the most important.  At the end of the second round the order for the “Gotcha” Championship will be determined this way, the first person out stands on the three point line, the next person out walks up and decides whether he would like to be in front of or behind that person, the following contestant determines where he would like to be in line and so on until the order is determined.  This adds an element of gamesmanship to the contest.  If I am Klay Thompson and the order goes something like Rudy Gay, Bradley Beale, Dwight Howard, and Dirk Nowitzki I am probably going to want to be in front of Howard because he is a less dangerous three point threat than the other players in the line so far.  However, be wary of that thought because the winner of “Gotcha” is never the best three point shooter.  The winner is the guy that gets a couple of lucky bounces and has a quick release.  The last two  competitors need to be in good shape because all that running back and forth is sure to put the most in shape All-Star too the test.

2.  Mascot Synchronized Dunking
This would be an interesting variation to a Dunk Contest that seems to have lost some of its mystique over the years.  Instead of it being one contestant dunking it would be that player and his team’s mascot in the contest.  For example, John Wall and G-Man would be participating together in this year’s Dunk Contest.  The two dunkmates will be scored on doing the same creative dunk, at the same time on goals at opposite ends of the court.  Think synchronized diving, but instead of falling down the players and mascots will be going up.  Mascots will of course be allowed to use their trampolines which should give some perspective to how high players jump and how much hang time NBA All-Stars have.

3. Dribble Knockout
Another basketball camp favorite, “Dribble Knockout” is a game that challenges your handles more than the current Skills Challenge.  The rules are simple, everyone is given a ball and a boundary that you cannot cross, with the point of the game being to make the opposing players lose their dribble while maintaining yours.  Players cannot  let their balls hit the ground more than once without touching their hands, pick their dribble up, or commit any dribble violations (carry, travel, etc) while the other contestants are trying to disrupt their dribble.  The NBA can get 15 contestants and start the game in the half court.  To prevent players from being spaced out too far, and to make them attempt to knock their opponents’ balls away the boundaries will change periodically. When the first five contestants get eliminated the buzzer sounds and everyone has to be inside the three point arch within five seconds or they are out and inside the three point line becomes the new boundary.  When you get down to five players the buzzer sounds again and the players have five seconds to be inside the paint or they will be eliminated from the contest.  Finally the last two players will face off inside the half court circle to determine the winner.  It would be pretty exciting to see a Mike Conley vs. Isaiah Thomas finale for the king of “Dribble Knockout”.

4.  Dribble Relay Race
A fun way to show off players speed and make them look silly in the process.   This will be an East vs. West contest with each Conference selecting a ten man team.  It will be a best of three rounds series with each round adding a different quirk to it.  Each team has one ball and they will line up on one baseline and race to the opposite end of the court and back doing different basketball drills.  So the first round can be a regular straight line dribble as fast as you can down and back, but instead of simply handing the ball off to the person in the front of the line, the player has to go all the way to the end of the line and roll it thru all of his teammates’ legs.  If the person in the front of the line lets the ball roll pass the line he has to retrieve it, sprint back behind the line, and then he can go.  The second round players will partner up and do a partner passing all the way down the court and back, the third round players will have to spin around in circles five times once they get to the far baseline before they are allowed to dribble back down the court.

5.  Team Shooting Competition
Ten players from each conference will be selected for this event just like the dribble relay race.  Each team will be given one ball and a hoop.  There will be five one minute rounds with each round taking place from a different part around the three point line (first round right corner, second round right wing, third round top of the key, fourth round left wing, fifth round left corner).  Each conference will attempt to make as many shots as possible within the allotted time, and the scores from each round will be added to the teams’ total.  The team with the most points at the end of all five rounds wins the team shooting competition.  You have to get your own rebound, and since there is only one ball the team that gets the ball and passes it to their teammates the fastest is the team that will most likely win.

CJ Hurt covers a variety of topics for MemphiSport. Follow him  @Conradicalness for live tweets about life, love, and sports.