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

 

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.

Click here for more MSL interviews.

Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. 

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

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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Week 3 TAM Rankings: Ole Miss No. 1 Heading Into Their Bye Week

Ole Miss cupcakesIt was another solid week for the TAM teams.

Memphis was off on a bye week after a close contest with UCLA.  Next up for the Tigers is a TAM showdown with an MTSU team that knocked off a tough Western Kentucky team in three overtimes this week.

Tennessee strolled into Norman to face the No. 4 Sooners and fell way short of victory.  The Sooners put on a football clinic especial on defense when it came to rushing the passer. Justin Woorley was under constant pressure all night.  That pressure led to Woorley committing 3 turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble), he was also sacked five times, and completed just 48% of his passes.

The only other two TAM team to lose this week were Arkansas State and Southern Mississippi.  Both teams were overmatched, as the Golden Eagles got demolished by Alabama, while the Red Wolves fell to a Miami team that was still licking its wounds after their loss to Louisville.

Mississippi State and Ole Miss both took advantage of overmatched foes to remain undefeated on the year.

Arkansas proved to be too much for the Red Raiders of Texas Tech as the Razorbacks rattled off 438 rushing yards in route to their first win over a power five team in 13 tries.  That win, coupled with the Vols loss, led to the Razorbacks jumping to Tennessee for third in the rankings.

Vanderbilt looked sub-par again on Saturday, but the Commodores had just enough to rally late and beat UMass to give Vandy their first win of the year.

This week marks the start of conference play for the SEC teams in the TAM ranking, and all of them will face ranked opponents this week (except Ole Miss who has a bye week before playing Memphis).

Even though there are four games featuring TAM teams and ranked opponents, all eyes will be on Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday.  After almost knocking off the Bruins, fans are anxious to see if the Tigers can take care of business against an MTSU squad that almost won Conference USA last season.

Every week that passes brings us closer to the end of the college football season.

Without further ado, here are week three’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 (3-0):
Last Game:
W 35-3 vs. USA @ Ladd-Pebbles 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. Arkansas logoArkansas (2-1):
Last Game:
W 49-28 vs. Texas Tech @ Jones AT&T 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 (1-1):
Last Game:
L 42-35 vs. UCLA @ Rose Bowl
Best Win: 63-0 vs. Austin Peay @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 42-35 vs. UCLA @ Rose Bowl
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (1-2):
Last Game:
L 41-20 vs. Miami @ Sun Life Stadium
Best Win: 37-10 vs. Montana State @ 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 (2-1):
Last Game: W 50-47 (3 OT) vs. Western Kentucky @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 50-47 (3 OT) vs. Western Kentucky @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 35-24 vs. Minnesota @ TCF Bank Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

8.  Vandy LogoVanderbilt (1-2):
Last Game:
W 34-31 vs. UMass @ 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 (1-2):
Last Game:
L 52-12 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny 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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CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him @conradicalness for live tweets from games.

 

 

 

MSL Podcast: Cooper Young Fest 2014

 

cooper young festHOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Guest hosts Maria Garay and Dustin Starr are joined by  Marcus Hunter as they recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) Kevin Cerrito calls in to talk Cooper Young Fest and do an early edition of Woohoos and Boos.
(Segment 3) Surprise call from Action News 5 sports anchor Jarvis Greer and  Football Gossip with Maria Garay.
HOUR 2: (Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen (Segment 2) Doug Gilbert joins the show to talk about highlights from his career, what he is doing these days, and shooting Jerry “the King” Lawler (Segment 3) Shenanigans

Throwback Thursday: Long Live the King

1655496_498745616928290_2857908786836256116_oTwo years ago, Memphians and wrestling fans across the world were fearing the worst.  Jerry “The King” Lawler collapsed on a live broadcast of WWE Monday Night RAW.  Reports throughout the evening did not sound good.

Rumors circulated that Lawler would succumb to a fatal heart attack – a medical condition that runs in his family.  Other reports stated that if Lawler survived, he was sure to have brain damage .  After the heart attack, Jerry Lawler was “clinically dead” for several minutes with his brain deprived of oxygen.

This week’s Throwback Thursday isn’t a eulogy or tribute to a fallen King.  Instead, let’s take a look back at October 16, 2012 inside FedExForum where The King made his triumphant return to the WWE.

How fitting that his return was in his hometown of Memphis, TN?

This particular interview was Lawler’s very first appearance back from his heart attack.  The interview was also non-televised, making it a very special memory for the Memphians who were in attendance that evening.

On September 18th, Memphis Wildfire Wrestling returns to Minglewood Hall for an event entitled Long Live the King – a tribute and celebration of Lawler’s career.  Many Memphis Wrestling greats are scheduled to appear.  Headlining the event is none other than Jerry “The King” Lawler versus “Dangerous” Doug Gilbert.  Doug joins MSL this Saturday for an exclusive interview, with Maria & I guest hosting the program.

For more information, go to Wildfire Wrestling’s official Facebook page.

BONUS CLIP:  Jerry Lawler’s first televised post-heart attack interview.

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

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Week 2 TAM Rankings: Ole Miss Remains Number One

Ole miss cupsIt is not often that a loss is the most impressive performance in a week of TAM football.  Yet, that is the case this week as Memphis went into the Rose Bowl and pushed UCLA to the brink of defeat.

Coach Justin Fuente’s offense looks unstoppable, especially after quarterback Paxton Lynch threw for 305 yards and a touchdown in their 42-35 loss to UCLA in the Rose Bowl.

Next up for the Tigers is in state rival and fellow TAM team MTSU.

Speaking of the Blue Raiders, they also lost to a Power Five opponent this week when they went on the road to face Minnesota.

After looking sloppy in their week one win over Boise State, Ole Miss flexed their muscles this week against a Vanderbilt squad that looks nothing like the Commodores team that went 9-4 last season.  The Rebels only allowed three points and six completions (that is right quarterback Stephen Rivers completed just 1.5 passes a quarter against the Rebels) for 60 passing yards to Vandy in route to a 38 point win.

Ole Miss was not the only TAM team that decided to demolish their opponent this week.  Arkansas dropped 73 points on lowly Nicholls State, ending the longest losing streak in school history.

Mississippi State continued beating up on overmatched opponents with their victor over UAB, and Southern Mississippi won a surprisingly close game over Alcorn State.

Tennessee took advantage of fellow TAM team Arkansas State for the Vols second win of the year.  Things get a little bit tougher for them Volunteers as they go to Oklahoma this week.

There are some great games featuring TAM teams this week including Tennessee vs. Oklahoma.  However, Arkansas vs. Texas Tech is this week’s game of the week.  The Razorbacks are looking to get a win over a “Power Five” team for the first time since beating Kentucky on October 13, 2012 (that is a 15 game losing streak).

Week three of the college football season is upon us, and Vanderbilt is the only TAM team that remains winless on the year.

Without further ado, here are Week 2′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 (2-0):
Last Game:
W 41-3 vs. Vanderbilt @ LP Field
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 (2-0):
Last Game:
W 47-34 vs. UAB @ 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 (2-0):
Last Game:
W 34-19 vs Arkansas State @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 38-7 vs. Utah State @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  Arkansas logoArkansas (1-1):
Last Game:
W 73-7 vs. Nicholls State @ Razorback Stadium
Best Win:
73-7 vs. Nicholls State @ Razorback Stadium
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 (1-1):
Last Game:
L 42-35 vs. UCLA @ Rose Bowl
Best Win: 63-0 vs. Austin Peay @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 42-35 vs. UCLA @ Rose Bowl
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (1-1):
Last Game:
L 34-19 vs. Tennessee @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 37-10 vs. Montana State @ 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 (1-1):
Last Game: L 35-24 vs. Minnesota @ TCF Bank Stadium
Best Win: 61-7 vs. Savannah State @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 35-24 vs. Minnesota @ TCF Bank Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

8.  Vandy LogoVanderbilt (0-2):
Last Game:
L 41-3 vs. Ole Miss @ LP Field
Best Win: N/A
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 (1-1):
Last Game:
W 26-20 vs. Alcorn 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)

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

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