Found: Tigers Game
Allow me to wish everyone in Memphis a happy basketball season. The University of Memphis Tigers opened their 2009-2010 season on Friday, Nov. 13th.
My mom surprised me with an extra ticket to the men's game against Jackson State at the FexEx Forum. And though my seat was way, way up (section 217, row K), I could still see everything just fine.
I was really excited to see the brand new Tigers in action under head coach Josh Pastner. This is definitely a different team. Pierre Henderson-Niles got skinny, Preston Laird got a scholarship, and free throws made it into the basket.
There were also some funny parts – on two separate occasions, Tigers went flying over the press table. A ball got stuck in a tangled net and a guy on a ladder had to be called out. Josh Pastner had a few moments where it looked like he forgot he wasn't actually playing basketball.
Commercial Appeal columnist Geoff Calkins called this the "season of the underdog". Maybe so. All I know is that I'm so glad it's basketball season in Memphis again.