We Need More Dogs!

Tommy West’s exit speech from Memphis. It’s not as colorful as the previous video, but a good call-to-arms to a school that needs it.

His successor went 1-11 and laid a huge egg against Sun Belt team Arkansas State a couple weeks ago and is 1-3 with its sole victory against a lower division team and a combined score of 44-154 (excluding the lower-division game: 17-127)


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7 Responses to HCW: Motivational Speaking

  1. Mike Hunt says:

    I don’t know if Memphis will ever be good in football. It is in a state with 2 SEC teams. How can you recruit against that? Be happy being good in basketball.

    As for your other video, it should be pointed out that many more teams are named after cats than dogs. In the NFL, it is a 4-0 advantage. Of course, birds put cats to shame.

    The two teams in my neighborhood are the only ones in the NFL named for inanimate objects.

  2. trumwill says:

    Memphis will likely never be great at football, but they should be better than they are. Under Tommy West, they were for quite a while. They can pull in almost 40k fans and they’re the team of a town without an NFL team.

    Cats have tigers and cougars and wild cats. Dogs have… wolves and bulldogs and that’s about it.

    I, for one, think that there are too many tigers, cougars, wildcats, and bulldogs. Get creative, people!

    Quiz question: In FBS football, what is the most common team name that is not a furry or winged animal?

  3. Mike Hunt says:

    I refuse to type the answer, because it is a bullshit team name; it simply refers to the type of university it is.

    Here is a joke…

    How can you tell a (team name)?

    By looking at his class ring when he is picking his nose.

    Some close answers:

    3 Knights, if you ignored colors
    3 Trojans, if UALR had a team
    4 Indians, if you group the tribes together (CMU, FSU, SDSU, Utah)

  4. trumwill says:

    You doubly impress me, Mike. Not only by knowing the answer, but also by leaving Illinois Illini off the four tribes. Most wouldn’t have known to do that.

  5. Mike Hunt says:

    leaving Illinois Illini off the four tribes

    I am more familiar with UIllinois than the average New Jersey person because a friend of mine is an alumnus, as was our most recent former governor. Also, from 1989 to 1999 they had the same helmet font as the New York Giants. The only question was if I should include Hawaii. I decided no because there is no Warrior tribe per se.

    Another example of a nickname I don’t like is when the nickname means a resident of that state, i.e. Hoosiers, Buckeyes, Sooners. The NFL isn’t immune to this with the Houston Texans. Maybe it is because there isn’t a word for a resident of New Jersey. Actually, according to the rest of the nation, that word is “!sshole”.

    The second video brings to mind a recent corporate blunder, namely the purchase of MySpace by News Corp, and the attempt to synergize them. Always nice to see Rupert lose his shirt. Of course, he has afford to lose one shirt. As someone once put it, having Facebook is like living in a gated community; having MySpace is like living in Detroit.

  6. Mike Hunt says:

    Sorry, I meant to say Hawkeyes; Buckeyes are actual things.

  7. trumwill says:

    I was going to say that we should include the Warriors due to their mascot, Vili. But apparently Vili was fired by the university a while back and is now just a fan in weird garb.

    I used to think that Houston Texans was one of the worst mascot names since the Dallas Texans, then I discovered teams called the Florida Floridians and Hawaii Hawaiians. It actually turns out that there was a previous team named the Houston Texans.

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