Reasons to Love Memphis #47: Heart. Grit. Grind.
Great stadiums have great nicknames. The Florida Gators have “The Swamp”. Wrigley Field is “The Friendly Confines”. And, as of this Spring, the FedExForum is “The Grindhouse”.
It make sense, given the team that plays there. This year, the Memphis Grizzlies’ special brand of scrappy determination has gotten them to the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The good news for Memphis is that the Grizzlies are dominating. Last night, they crushed the Spurs 104-86 in front of a sold-out, towel-waving crowd of hometown fans. A crowd of hometown fans that, perhaps for the first time in 10 years, has fully embraced the Grizzlies.
Maybe it’s O.J. Mayo’s amazing dunks or Zach Randolph’s smiley determination. It could be Tony Allen’s crowd-riling antics. More likely, though, it’s that the team’s mantra of “heart, grit, grind” has finally aligned with Memphis’, a city that has heart, grit and grind to spare.
Whatever it is, I’m proud. You should be, too. Memphis is a force.