Thursday, November 4, 2010
Behind The Scoreboard
‘Shout out’ for Grizzlies
Let me preface this column with the statement that I am aware that the World Series is going on and that the fourth game was played on Sunday evening. The Giants had a 2-1 lead at that time. It was noticeable that a lot of predictors had favored San Francisco early on. However, the tide seemed to have shifted a little after the Rangers, playing in their first Series ever, won game number three. Now, the Texas Rangers are being pegged to take it all in some polls.
And I am not giving the collegiate football ranks short shrift either. The “boogie man” came a day early for two more unbeatens. Michigan State had its record muddied by 18th (yeah, 18th) ranked Iowa and Missouri by number 14 Nebraska. There are just five left with the perfect mark; the Ducks lead the way followed by Boise State, TCU, Auburn and Utah.
Add to that the fact that yours truly’s K.C. Chiefs, like cream, keep rising to the top and now lead the AC West. And the winners of Super Bowl LXIII and LXIV, Pittsburgh and New Orleans, respectively, met on the “spookiest” night of the year. Granted, all good stories in their own rights, but this isn’t about them.
Nay, my good people, this is about a different sport entirely. This week we are going to give a plug for the Memphis Grizzlies and I feel the “shout out” is completely warranted. First, they won all eight of their pre-season games. Now, we are all aware of the pits which could befall victors of the pre-season and that quickly came to light in their first outing of the regular season which ended in a loss.
But redemption was quick in its coming. The Griz bounced back, growled into Dallas and took down the Mavericks 91-90, a feat which they hadn’t accomplished in five years. Then to prove their resilience, they played a back-to-back game the following night against Minnesota, beating the Timber Wolves by the hefty margin of 109-89. It should be pointed out that Memphis is currently without the service of the “Z” man (Zach Randolph).
The Griz’ successful season is going to depend on other “name” players turning in great performances game after game. And we will be glad to continue giving a pro basketball team in such proximity the recognition which it deserves.
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