LAX Captures State - Memphis University School
LAX Captures State - Memphis University School
Grizz Playoff Recap Bin Laden Death Reaction [See Was It Justified?, page 5 ] 6191 Park Avenue Memphis, Tennessee 38119 (901) 260-1300 VOL. LVI NO. 1 [See Historic Playoff Run Reignites Franchise, City, page 8] MAY 23, 2011 MUS JCL Four-Peat Salman Haque LAYOUT EDITOR Venimus. Vidimus. Vicimus. We came. We saw. We conquered. Seven hundred students from thirty-three different schools flocked to Franklin, Tennessee, to compete in the fifty-fifth annual Tennessee Junior Classical League State Convention on Friday and Saturday, April 8th and 9th. MUS’s sixty-five-student delegation departed for the Nashville suburb during OP on Thursday, April 8th. After a tour of the Parthenon in Nashville, the students arrived at the site of the convention, the Cool Springs Marriott. Having the evening to run amok in a nearby shopping mall, the Owls started the next with an assembly that included a keynote address given by Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Daniel Solomon, who talked about reasons to take Latin. Then the spirit procession, a march designed for students “to express school pride and enthusiasm for JCL [Junior Classical League]. Unfortunately, the judges were not greatly moved by MUS’s stoic, silent march. [See Latin, page 12] MUS PUBLICATIONS The MUS varsity lacrosse team, which Coach Elliot Dent lead to its first state championship since 2008 and its seventh all-time, comes together LAX Captures State MUS lacrosse team retakes state title with dedication, teamwork, and Navy SEAL training. Garrott Graham “My grandma moves faster than y’all are moving right now… and she’s dead!” Not quite the welcome I was hoping for at 8 o’clock in the morning on the first day of my long weekend. Over President’s Day weekend this February, the Lacrosse team was met with a new set of challenges as we were no longer being required to scoop ground balls and rip G’s. No, instead we were using our lacrosse sticks as our “weapon systems” as Sergeant Major J.B. Spisso brought his Elite Leadership Training staff to MUS to unravel a team building experience unlike any other we had ever experienced. The mission-focused management program consisted of a combination of physical training, memo- rization tests, team responsibility, and problem solving that kept us on our toes for the entire weekend. The program was both physically and mentally demanding, but it prepared us for the even more rigorous season that was to come. It taught us to run out and challenge adversity, having only one option in mind: victory. Now, with the word ‘victory’ taped above the locker room door and the regular season winding to an end, we thought back to the lessons we learned on that weekend and know that the Sergeant Major will be back soon enough to see our mission come to an end on championship weekend. This program completely transformed our team and assisted us in embracing our motto for the year: Fearless. And that’s exactly how we played. As we entered the playoffs, our youthful offense seemed as if they had been in the playoffs many times before, and our senior defense shut everyone down, goalie Rob Dickinson ultimately receiving MVP honors. “It feels great, I had a lot of help on the defensive end,” said Dickinson, an Amherst signee who frustrated attackmen all year with seemingly impossible saves. “I always had those three seniors in front of me.” The road to the championship included unprecedented adversity, but with every difficulty, we were reminded of the Sergeant Major’s words: “There are no blessings or curses, only challenges.” So with this mentality, the team was able to fight through both the good times and the difficult times with only the ultimate goal in mind. And this Saturday, that goal was accomplished as the lacrosse team won the [See Lacrosse, page 2] A Mixtape Symposium Blockbuster Reviews Senior College Choices CONTRIBUTOR MARILYN REINHARDT Outgoing State Chair, Ryan Sellers, congratulates Senior Mason Soun on his top-ten finish. Hip-hop is a culture. This is rap. [See Mixtapes: More Than Meets the Ear , page 9] Fast Five and Limitless start the summer movie season, but are they worth $10.00? [See Summer Movies Begin, page 8 ] Find out where departing seniors will be attending, at least nominally, next fall. [See Senior Colleges, page 2] Owl’s Hoot Staff Danny Galvin EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Nicholas Rouse EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Britt Colcolough ASSISTANT EDITOR A.J. Kharbanda ASSOCIATE EDITOR Salman Haque LAYOUT EDITOR Carson House NEWS EDITOR Lane Sally VIEWPOINTS EDITOR J.D. Christman SPORTS EDITOR Ashish Nathani AMUSEMENTS EDITOR David Brandon COLUMNIST Jeffery Zheng GENERAL STAFF Norman Thompson FACULTY ADVISOR NEWS THE OWL’S HOOT Senior Colleges James Akers Vanderbilt University Kyle Bradford University of Tennessee Mac Armour University of Mississippi Taylor Bates University of Mississippi Forrest Baty University of Mississippi Aditya Biswas Rhodes College Tony Bui University of Missouri Cale Carson St. John’s College Chris Carter University of Arkansas Conner Caruthers University of Mississippi Blake Caummisar University of Mississippi Howard Choi University of Illinois Terrence Cole University of Tennessee Elliott Collins University of Mississippi Drew Connors University of Alabama Sam Cox Mississippi State University William Cross Vanderbilt University Constantine Cui Indiana University Jeffrey Daniel University of Pittsburgh James Davies University of Georgia Jake Deason University of Tennessee-Martin Ivan Denson University of Tennessee J.P. 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Wheeler University of Richmond Wyatt Whicker University of Mississippi Aaron Wolf University of Michigan Ben Zambetti University of Memphis NEWS MAY 23, 2011 PAGE 3 CBHS Flooded by Rising Mississippi Trip Crews and Garrott Graham CONTRIBUTORS During the massive storms, the football and baseball fields of our neighboring Christian Brothers High School was inundated by large-scale flooding, but not because of the need for a fishing squad. The real reason was a backup of water from the raging Wolf River on May 1. With the mighty Mississippi cresting at record stages, excess water backed up into the Wolf, putting land surrounding the river underwater. In addition to the CBHS fields, much of Shelby Farms had standing water with the shooting range entirely submerged, and the driving range at Putt Putt Golf and Games was completely submerged. The logistics of how the Wolf backed up into CBHS are unclear; however, one thing is for certain: whoever built the athletic fields in this low lying an area along the Wolf clearly did not consider the possibility of the Mississippi’s flooding as it has. The water has drained out, and things should return to normal relatively quickly. As we all know, this month’s flooding has been the worst in Memphis’s history in nearly a lifetime. The Mississippi River crested at nearly 48 feet, falling just short of its all-time record, but the damage to low-lying areas is significant enough to require a massive cleanup. All Memphis residents have and must continue to work together. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those effected or displaced by this recent deluge. While MUS is incredibly fortunate to have avoided such catastrophes as the ones affecting CBHS students, faculty and staff, as well as many other Memphis residents, we, as servants to our community, must continue to help those less fortunate than us. FOX Tom Nix Stadium: The site of the worst tragedy to befall Walnut Grove since the Brothers bested the Owls. Clifft: “Breakin’ Necks, Cashin’ Checks” Darin Clifft FACULTY For the first time in the 24 year history of Knowledge Bowl and the first time in our six years of participating, MUS has secured a championship. Eli Goldstein, Jackson Darr, Nicholas Rouse, and Carson House presented the coveted championship “paperweight” to Mr. Haguewood during a Monday Chapel in May. The season started with what our President would call a shellacking of Memphis Catholic (315-10) where the team jumped ahead early and played the type of smash-mouth quiz bowl to which we have become accustomed. The next game, arguably our finest ever, pitted MUS against its archrival Collierville. MUS was looking for revenge after being summarily dispatched from the tournament three previous times by Collierville. The score would be knotted up after the first two rounds, but MUS pulled ahead in the final round because of their mastery of current events. Momentum swung permanently in their favor after Collierville buzzed in early only to miss a question regarding Betty White and the SAG awards. They not only pulled up short on the attempt but also lost five points for buzzing in early. The final score: 260-200. The remaining matches against FACS (305-145), ECS (375-180), and St. Mary’s (275-135) were never in doubt with the exception of one brief round against FACS. MUS let them jump ahead in the first round 60-45 but after a brief timeout made adjustments to their offensive scheme and finished them off. The elation of all in attendance at our victory in the championship round was cut short by the repugnant way our sister school was treated. To acknowledge the first time an all-girls school team has made it to the finals seems apropos. To continue to mention this fact conveys the idea that girls are not expected to perform as well as boys (or worse that they are dumb). The abuse continued with a throw-away comment as the credits rolled about how great the studio smells with girls in it and didn’t stop at the Knowledge Bowl banquet where they were inadvertently referred to as ECS. As proud as we are of the team’s accomplishment this year in Knowledge Bowl we are just as offended at the treatment of our sister school. If anyone is going to abuse St. Mary’s it will be MUS and it will be settled in gladiatorial-like combat in the arena of knowledge. How about during the second round next year? It’s a date. NEWS THE OWL’S HOOT MusicFest Mania David Brandon CONTRIBUTOR Some may call it a festival of wonders. Others might call it a festival of music, but regardless I think that we can all agree that calling this year’s festival amazing is an understatement. The weather, having been relatively frightening as of late, was surprisingly cooperative during the festival. The mud did not pile up as in other years, and there was actually dry land. However, the festival’s unofficial name, Mud Fest, was pushed aside to make way for its new title, “Oh $#!+ There’s a Tornado Coming, Everybody Run” Fest. Despite the weather scares, great bands from all over, including The Experimental Tropic Blues Band from Belgium, came to rock out and entertain their festive fans. Other groups like Cage the Elephant, MGMT, and the Flaming Lips showed Memphis their unique styles of music with fantastic displays such as MGMT’s multicolored neon stage, or the Flaming Lips’ confetti explosions. Meanwhile, The New Pornographers came and mellowed the scene with tracks like “Twin Cinema” and “The Electric Version”, and Mumford and Sons rocked out to an enormous sea of people from all age groups. On the more mainstream side of things, Ludacris wowed his audience with his many covers while B.o.B. sang his feature songs all the way through without any of his accompanying artists. Finally, Ke$ha decided to throw some glitter and make it rain for a huge show that received some mixed reviews. It seems to me that the people more towards the middle and front of Ke$ha’s performance enjoyed themselves more than those on the out- skirts of the crowd. But since the fourth law of thermodynamics states that Ke$ha is hot, everyone who disliked her performance is proven to be incorrect and will need to alter their opinions. Unfortunately I was unable to go the third day of MusicFest due to the “Oh $#!+ There’s a Tornado Coming, Everybody Run” inclement weather warnings, but I’ve been told that I missed some great performances from artists including The Avett Brothers and Cee Lo Green. All in all, Music Fest this year was highly successful in its attendance, the lack of rain, and the quality of entertainment that it provided to its enumarable onlookers. Either eating the classic eightdollar “chicken on a stick” or enjoying the wonderful music festivities, one was guaranteed a good time at this year’s Memphis Beale Street Music Festival. MUS PUBLICATIONS The omnipresent visage of Mr. Ray returns to haunt the ambitions of ardent Facebook adherents and, in general, makes small children cry. Filter Fails to Frustrate Fun Carson House NEWS EDITOR THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL Mayhem and chaos ensued in a drug-fueled haze that marks any great concert. Headliners included Ke$ha, B.o.B, Mumford and Sons, and Ludacris Though MUS students rejoiced over the news of Osama bin Laden’s demise, a subtler evil still awaited them at school: the return of the dreaded internet web filter. Innocent students, recently accustomed to the liberties allotted by a filter-free network, went to check their Facebook accounts during some free time only to be rejected by the glaring portrait of Mr. Ray. Forced from their web-based diversions, dumbstruck students wander the halls with the blank stares of those clueless as to how to waste a homework-free free period. But how do these restrictions on exactly how time gets wasted benefits these chronic miscreants? Apparently it is better for No Meds Friday to be spent catching wasps with a grocery bag and rampaging through the halls disrupting every class within earshot. Restricting inappropriate content is reasonable, but the potential of a website to contact the outside world or entertain is in no way grounds for blocking. Besides, what is being blocked that can’t be easily accessed on the smartphone? Misguided and overreaching censorship does nothing to achieve the titular goal of a college preparatory school because in any higher institution there are no restrictions on web usage whatsoever. Sheltering is not preparing, and filtering is not the solution to laziness. MAY 23, 2011 VIEWPOINTS PAGE 5 Glitter Overdose Nathan Feler CONTRIBUTOR TELEGRAPH Osama bin Laden was assassinated by a team of Navy SEALs on May 1, but do the ends always exonerate the means? Was it Justified? Lane Sally VIEWPOINTS EDITOR In light of the recent assassination of Osama Bin Laden, I’ve been staying up-to-date with several blogs regarding popular opinions on the situation. Call me unpatriotic, a terrorist-sympathizer, or just a downright liberal hippie, but I have two central issues with the matter. Osama Bin Laden, the leader of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda and the FBI’s “Public Enemy No. 1” for nearly twelve years, was shot and killed by specially trained Navy SEALs on Sunday, May 1 in a compound outside of Abbottabad, Pakistan. His body was then taken aboard the USS Carl Vincent by American forces and given a traditional Islamic funeral before being dumped into the Atlantic Ocean, as officials report, to avoid any potential for the creation of a shrine which could be visited by his followers. While I do not disagree with the reasoning behind his burial at sea, I am continually shocked and disappointed with President Obama for allowing this “mission to kill” in the first place. Not only is it against laws established by American governments, but it is also against United Nations sanctions for any person, be it international fugitive or not, to be denied the right to a fair trial, unless those making the arrest are under life-threatening circumstances. Initial reports surfaced that Bin Laden fired a weapon and used a woman as a protective shield, in which case self-defense would have been a justification for his killing, but both are false claims, as confirmed by the six Navy SEALs. Unarmed and alone, he refused to surrender to the SEALs and was thus shot twice in the side of the skull (Editors’ Note: The White House story as of May 17 is that bin Laden had an AK47 when confronted by the SEALs). If it’s not already clear, my first problem with the matter is that the SEALs didn’t take Bin Laden into custody and bring him back to the United States, where he would have been given a trial and most likely remained in prison the rest of his life or given to the Pakistani government for them to execute him. In both cases, Bin Laden would have been served some form or another of justice according to American retaliatory standards. The second issue I have with the assassination of Bin Laden is the American popular response to the killing. As with any major world event, there have been countless reactions to the assassination, but oddly enough, the one most prominent among Americans is that of some devious, impassioned satisfaction with the gruesome act of retaliation. This great nation, which prides itself and its foreign policy on Christian morals and commitment to fair play, has been turned on its head by a mere act of violence. Former President George W. Bush hailed the as- sassination as a “momentous achievement,” and President Obama asserted that “Justice has been done” as crowds gathered outside the White House to sing the chorus of Queen’s epic rock ballad “We Are The Champions [of the world],” somewhat characteristically yet unfortunately adding to European opinion of Americans once European media reported the incident. But has justice been served? Are we really the champions? Is there not a parallel between the appalling celebration among al-Qaeda when members of their group flew two planes into the World Trade Center buildings nearly ten years ago, and this current instance in which the American public wildly celebrated the brutish assassination of al-Qaeda’s political leader? I cannot offer any definite answers, but I do know one thing: the death of Bin Laden surely isn’t the end of al-Qaeda—if anything, it is just fuel for the group’s fiery hostility toward the United States. A strikingly pertinent quotation from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. summarizes the true Christian attitude toward the situation: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Having crested, the mighty Mississippi has decided to return to us that hallowed ground which annually serves as the stomping grounds for the bacchanalia commonly known as MusicFest. Despite the close proximity of the flooding Mississippi, the wanna-be hippies were undeterred from attempting to recreate Woodstock. The senses were assaulted from all sides by not only the “poor air quality” but also the wall of bass-heavy noise from rappers and Ke$ha who, as always, looked as if she had bathed in the neighboring river. Watching Ke$ha was, as expected, terrible. The little I could see through the druglaced haze was enough to make me leave three songs into her set. But as I said before, it was expected. There is nothing positive about Ke$ha, not even her name, a pathetic attempt at humor or cleverness. Her music has no meaning; I would expect something labeled as counter culture to have some meaning as it did in its glory days at Woodstock. It should be political or social critique rather than the current jumble of sex and drug references. The only thing that appeals as somewhat counter culture is her pre-performance practice: she gets naked, lies on the floor, has her manager pour oil and glitter on her, and rolls around in it all. Though not exactly counter culture, it is uniquely strange. So I left the abomination that is Ke$ha, and I went to listen to John Mel[See Glitter, page 6] CELEBRITY NEWS BUZZ Ke$ha makes no secret of her passionate love for glitter. VIEWPOINTS R.E.S.P.E.C.T. What It Means to Sodexo Salman Haque LAYOUT EDITOR By 12:35, matters of “class” and “homework” have dissolved and been replaced by the thought of it. Freshmen are trampled and husky kids actually run for it. It controls whether the day is a good one or a bad one. Lunch. Lunch is a major part of everyone’s school life, but not many people know hat happens behind the counters. What goes on in that mysterious kitchen? Sodexo controls all the unseen variables that go into our school meals. It is a multi-national and multi-service corporation and happens to be one of the largest food services companies in the world. Sodexo began working with MUS in July 1986 and currently has a staff of eight people in our dining hall. Mr. John Nicholas, the manager from New Zealand with the cool accent, said that “the MUS operation is regarded as the flagship of the Memphis area, and we aim to keep it that way.” The staff has never failed a Health Department inspection, and Mr. Nicholas inspects all food preparation areas daily. The staff has to serve food to 650 people daily, so they begin their morning early with breakfast preparation around six a.m. Delivery of supplies such as fruit and vegetables, meat, and other groceries are checked in between 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. The staff fills the rest of the morning with preparing lunch, served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and they normally finish clean up by 2:45 p.m. According to Mr. Nicholas, most of what they serve is “from oven to serving line daily;” only a few items, such as fries and hot dogs, are pre-made. Compared to many other schools, MUS’s dining experience is luxurious; not only do we eat in a “dining hall” instead of a cafeteria, but we also have a variety of options, including meals like chicken pot pie, veal parmesan, and steak. Mr. Nicholas says that the most popular meals seem to be Buffalo Chicken, Chicken Caesar Salad, Spaghetti, and Tacos. At the end of this year, Sodexo will be losing a valuable employee. Shean Joe, most commonly seen maintaining a steady stream of supplies to the salad bar, is retiring after many years of service. Mr. Nicholas has called her one of the best employees he has ever worked with, and her dedication to her work will be missed. Mr. Nicholas’ one reminder to students is to “be respectful.” The staff has a very difficult task in making food for a huge crowd of people, and it’s a feat that definitely everyone’s respect. Drew Cornaghie once imparted some important wisdom when touring a group of new seventh graders: “if you have to be nice to only one group of people in your time at MUS, it should be the Sodexo staff...they make the food.” THE OWL’S HOOT [Glitter, from page 6] lencamp, who—much to my dismay—was similarly horrible. The incredible crowd for Mumford and Sons had devolved into a less than respectable gathering interspersed “[T]he reason why Mellencamp and Ke$ha still perform: only the good die young” with what would best be described as obese landmines that, when tripped, would explode with rage against the unsuspecting victim attempting to part the crowds. But I digress. Because Mellencamp was horrible, I left, and as I got farther away, he sounded better and better, and less and less distinct and clear. I suppose I should have seen it all coming: Mellencamp is old, and Ke$ha never had any shot. In fact, the reason why John Lennon, Leroi Moore, and Ronnie Van Zant are all dead is the same as the reason why Mellencamp and Ke$ha still perform: only the good die young. SALMAN HAQUE Shean Joe, Derrick Anderson, Carolyn Sullivan, Ryne Smith, John Nicholas, Leroy McKay, Shelia Benton, George Washington, Roderick Campbell. SPORTS MAY 23, 2011 PAGE 7 Serving Up Regional Championships Since ‘96 Jack Klug CONTRIBUTOR MUS has always had a strong tradition of competitive tennis on both the state level and the national level, by winning regional championships since 1996. In past decades, MUS has dominated Tennessee High School tennis, and Tennessee is usually considered to be one of the top five strongest tennis states in America. Almost every year, the team consists of players that will go on to play Division-I tennis. In the Coach Taylor era, MUS has owned Memphis tennis, hardly ever even coming close to losing a local match. Each year the tennis team faces the same problem as the lacrosse team: the majority of teams within Memphis are not strong enough to compete against MUS. So, the Owls have to play various matches against teams from outside of Memphis. On this year’s schedule, the tennis team actually plays more teams from other cities than teams from Memphis. Thus, the tennis team’s success is solely based on its performance at state rather than its performance in the city of Memphis. Despite injuries to last year’s starting lineup, the MUS tennis team had a solid year. The Owls finished seventh place in the National High School All-American Tennis Championships in California and lost in the semifinals of the state tournament to MBA, who would go on to win the state title. As a freshman, Marshall Sharp made winning the individual state singles title look easy. He has a chance to be the first Tennessean ever to win four individual state singles titles. This spring the MUS team is very young, having only two seniors on the 16-man team. The team was one of 16 teams chosen to compete in the DecoTurf High School National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. The Owls got off to a quick start by sweeping the defending Alabama state champions 7-0. In the second round, the team lost 5-2 to New [See Tennis, page 12] THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL Junior Victor Cole leads Owls to victory with his excellent pitching. Headfirst Slide Into State J.D. Christman SPORTS EDITOR After last season’s success, which included a runner-up in the state championship, the baseball team has been determined to finish one place better: winning the state championship. So far, the team has not disappointed. The Owls finished the regular season with a very strong 19-4 record with three of those losses coming from CBHS. But the team would not be stopped in the postseason. The Owls beat St.. Benedict in the first round and CBHS in the finals both in two games to win the regional tournament. The wins in the fi- nals were that much sweeter because of the earlier losses to CBHS. The Owls expect to do just as well in the state tournament, which will be coming up soon. One possible factor in the Owl’s success is the new turf infield. This new addition allows the Owls to practice and play even in adverse weather and requires much less maintenance than a normal dirt field. The new field is just one part of the renovation plans for the baseball field. There will be more improvements to come, including the building of a larger, more accommodating stadium. These improvements will help both the baseball team and the fans. GALLIK Sophomore Colin Donoghue fist-pumps his way to victory despite missing a tennis racket. SPORTS THE OWL’S HOOT Young Team Defies Odds Paul Stevenson CONTRIBUTOR The varsity soccer team, led by Head Coach Vincent Beck and Assistant Coach Todd Erickson, is looking ahead to make a long run in the playoffs. Although the team lost several seniors last year (only five players who made the varsity team at the beginning of 2010 returned), many sophomores have stepped up into starting roles. Coach Beck explains, “I have been pleased with the development of the sophomores,” and, “although this team may not have much experience, they are as talented as any team that I have coached at MUS.” Led by co-captains Matt Montsinger and Britt McGuire, the squad has battled through some critical injuries and has emerged with a decent shot at going very deep into the playoffs. Injuries can sometimes cause a team to falter, but Coach Beck claims that the squad is so talented and so deep that the injuries sustained by some of the players this year did not cost them much. Montsinger and McGuire, along with the other seniors and juniors of the team, have also played an instrumental role in leading by example. Coach Beck says, “So many guys have done so well this year that it would be hard to pick one player as the top performer.” As for the playoffs, Coach Beck predicts that, as always, the playoffs will be competitive, but he thinks that MUS has as good of a chance as anybody to bring home the state title. Historic Playoff Run Reignites Franchise and City Shivam Bhakta and Tejvir Vaghela CONTRIBUTORS April 8, 2011. Streamers fell from the ceiling of the FedEx Forum. The entire Grizzlies team holds an impromptu prayer session at center court after its win with Grizzlies players’ and fans’ celebrating a victory. However, this was no ordinary win; this win clinched the Grizzlies first playoff spot since 2006. Five heartbreaking years for Grizzlies fans finally vindicated in a “pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming” moment; the Grizzlies are in the 2010-2011 playoffs. Let us shave our beards for the Grizzlies; let us shave our mustaches for the Grizzlies; if you are one with neither, may you shave your eyebrows for the Grizzlies, for we are GrizzNation. This season, the tenth since the team relocated from Vancouver, has been filled with ups and downs. But what this team has proven this year is its resiliency, heart, athleticism, grit, and grind. Because of early season injuries to Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, the team started the season with eight victories and fourteen defeats. The team, winning twenty-three of its next thirty-five games to reach a record of thirty-one wins and twenty-six losses before the all-star break, bounced back in a resounding manner. Things were finally beginning to work out for this team that has seen much heartbreak over a mere five-year period. But, in a cruel twist of fate, Rudy Gay suffered a season-ending left shoulder subluxation on February 15, the day before the all-star break, on a hard foul in a game versus the Philadelphia 76ers. The future of the Grizzlies’ 2010-2011 season looked bleak, foggy, uncertain. How could a team move forward without its most athletic and talented player, who was averaging twenty points and a career high in rebounds (6.2) per game. This team showed the league its commitment to teamwork by finishing the season with a 15-10 record. What was left for this franchise? The first elusive playoff win in franchise his- tory. The playoffs started on April 17, as the eighth-seeded Grizzlies traveled to San Antonio to take on the first-seeded Spurs. In the history of the NBA, only one other eighth seed has knocked off the one seed in a seven-game playoff format. History was against the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies’ history and lack of playoff experience was THE KNICKS BLOG Zach Randolph was a leader both on and off the court for the Memphis Grizzlies through their run through the NBA playoffs. Randolph will no doubt form an integral part of the Grizzlies next year. a recipe for disaster. But hasn’t this team exceeded everyone’s expectations before? History came quickly for the Grizzlies, as they stole game one from the Spurs because of late game heroics from Memphis’s adopted son Shane Battier. After having lost a nail-biting game two, the team returned to the packed, enthusiastic FedEx Forum full of fans experiencing their first playoff action in five years; the Grizzlies delivered. After having won game three on a Zach Randolph 3-pointer, the Grizzlies stole game four from the Spurs, and even though they were down at half, the Grizzlies were victors with an 18-point blowout. As ESPN stated after game four, the “Grizzlies’ big 2nd half puts No. 1 Spurs on brink,” completely surpassing Charles Barkley’s predictions before the game. Game five shifted to San Antonio, where the Grizzlies were 1.7 seconds away from further defining history. The Spurs had possession and needed a miraculous three-pointer to tie the game and force overtime. Their prayers were answered when the basketball arrived in the hands of Gary Neal, an undrafted rookie, who knocked in the improbable shot. The Spurs, having put their playoff chances in the hands of a rookie with 1.7 seconds on the clock, then took over in overtime behind strong play from guard Tony Parker. Critics believed this heart-wrenching loss was enough to make a young team fold in the bright lights of the playoffs, but the Grizzlies are not your ordinary team. The Grizzlies returned home for game six, and in front of their home fans made history. The Grizzlies won the series 4-2 and became the second eighth seed to beat a first seed in the current playoff format. [See Grizzlies, page 12] MAY 23, 2011 AMUSEMENTS PAGE 9 Mixtapes: More Than Meets the Ear Danny Galvin EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Mixtapes are making a comeback, and frankly, I couldn’t be happier. Having always been used to gain notoriety and prominence in the hip hop community, mixtapes and their production value have been on the rise since Drake’s So Far Gone; it’s stellar quality- with respect to both its lyrics, sound, and production- revitalized the mixtape market, which is now being flooded with high quality tracks from both rising stars and seasoned veterans. Recently, Frank Ocean, a member of the young Odd Future rap group, released his nostalgia,ULTRA as a reaction against his record label, who forced him to write love songs for Justin Beiber. His work has received an astounding amount of buzz and overwhelmingly positive reviews with cosigns from hiphop heavyweights Lupe Fiasco, Drake, and Kanye West. A new-age R&B artist, nostalgia,ULTRA combines the soulfullybelted lyrics of Frank Ocean with an organic, lush soundscape by big name producers and instrumentals by bands like MGMT, Coldplay, and The Eagles. With a voice powerful even after being thoroughly drenched in auto-tune, Frank Ocean records beautiful stories of women, love, and heartache with the lyrical proficiency equivalent to any big name rapper. This lyrical prowess combined with his liquid, almost dripping vocals sets Ocean apart from other R&B artists such as Usher or Trey Songz, who aim to appeal to women with grandiose stories of love and sexuality. Ocean instead focuses on the individual nuances of a relationship, like a girlfriend who listens to Drake but not Ocean himself, over molasses-laced productions that seem to croon on their own. What makes this mixtape great is the tinge of irony that hides just beneath the surface. Ocean complains of the loss of emotion that he attributes to the pitch-correction software with which he achieves his unique sound. Additionally, the nostalgic feel created by the sounds of a cassette being rewound in interludes named after classic video games such as Street Fighter and the sense that there is nothing new (on “American Wedding,” he playfully notices that there is nothing that he can do that another man can’t do) contradicts with the fact that Frank Ocean is undoubtedly creating something new. A masterpiece of an R&B singer with the lyrics of a heavyweight rapper, this mixtape is worth a listen if you feel like broadening your musical horizons. However, if you’re a more conservative hip-hop fan, there are still plenty of options to quench your metaphorical lyrical thirst. Mac Miller, a cool-withouttrying party boy, recently released his Best Day Ever which features original productions that feel more like an album than a mixtape. While lyrically not the deepest of rappers, Miller still creates great party music that accurately depicts the fast life of a rising superstar in the field of hip hop. Perhaps step-down from his previous hit, K.I.D.S., in terms of creativity, BDE is still an enjoyable mixtape that impresses the casual listener. And if you want a sample of other up-and-coming rappers, XXL Magazine recently released their annual freshman mixtape, featuring Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Big K.R.I.T., YG, Yelawolf, Fred the Godson, Cyhi the Prynce, Diggy Simmons, and Lil Twist. My personal favorite on the mixtape is Kendrick Lamar, an intellectual from Compton who consistently puts out thought-provoking tracks on interesting beats made by local artists. Disappointingly absent from the XXL tape is perhaps the best new rapper- Jay Electronica. With a cerebral style that transcends the stereotypes of Southern rapper, Jay Electronica is out to abolish all of the preconceptions about the genre of rap and about rappers. If you’re willing to think while listening to music, pay for his single “Exhibit C,” and if you need more lyrics to ponder over, download Victory, a sampler of unrelated tracks. Finally, If you’re a fan of indie rock but wouldn’t mind switching your playlist up a little, Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover, a.k.a. Troy from the comedy Community, released his new and completely original EP this year. Childish Gambino, who- for the record- discovered his rap name on a Wu-Tang name generator, released two mixtapes titled I Am Just A Rapper and I Am Just A Rapper 2, on which he lays down witty word play and male bravado over indie rock songs with the vocals often left intact. He then released an album called Culdesac to rave reviews and avid fans who downloaded over ten thousand copies on the first day, and as a wealthy comic, actor, and writer, Glover releases all of his songs as free downloads, a nice plus. That’s all the new things I’ve been interested in lately. If you’ve found anything worth listening to, you could always write this article next time. GIANT BOMB Marcus Fenix returns as the series protagonist. G e a rs I m p r e s s e s Patrick Holt CONTRIBUTOR When Epic Games announced a Gears of War 3 beta would be released, the gaming community was ecstatic, and they were not disappointed. I got the beta from preordering the game, but others got it from buying the game Bulletstorm. The beta gave a glimpse of all the vast improvements on Gears of War 2, where horrible lag and game-flow was king. New dedicated servers were released, and new weapons, such as the retro lancer and sawn-off shotgun, were introduced. There are initially two playable characters on either side of the “While it was easy for a former professional Gears player like myself to get the feel back, it took others a little bit longer” COG or locust, but more are unlocked as you play throughout the multi player beta. While it was easy for a former professional Gears player like myself to get the feel back, it took others a little bit longer. But I’ve heard from many gamers that the transition was easy, and they picked up the feel for the game quickly. The Gears of War series is unique not only in its original storyline and game play, but that the creators and producers are extremely involved with the gamers. The creator, Cliff Bleszinki, and executive producer, Rod Fergusson, both tweet frequently with gamers about all aspects of Gears of War, the gaming spectrum, and life in general. Gears of War 3 has the potential to be the best of the series, and we will see come September 20 next fall. AMUSEMENTS THE OWL’S HOOT No Limits: All Fast, All Fury US MOVIE REVIEW Vin Diesel faces off against The Rock in the latest entry in the long-running franchise BABSMROSS Bradley Cooper stars in the Neil Burger’s latest action-thriller, about drug-addicts. A.J. Kharbanda ASSOCIATE EDITOR NZT-48, a tiny little pill that can multiply your IQ and unlock the full potential of the human brain, fuels Limitless. Directed by Neil Burger, Limitless stars Bradley Cooper as Eddy Morra, a struggling writer. After a mysterious incident with his ex-brother-in-law, Morra comes into possession of NZT-48, this seemingly perfect panacea for all problems. As Morra uses this pill to rise to prominence through the stock market, baffling everyone on Wall Street and making millions in the process with his superhuman intelligence, he runs into several problems associated with regular drugs. Here lies the best aspect of the film, and the moral: even if a drug seems to enhance life, it can still get out of hand and be dangerous—essentially, there’s no difference between heroin or LSD and NZT-48 in that regard. Morra struggles with addiction and the dangerous business behind the drug. A second moral calls out in the movie: there is no perfect solution, one-time fix, panacea for all life problems. Although this pill makes Morra’s life seemingly perfect, he runs into the aforementioned problems. Though it is a pretty gory movie, it had one of the most interesting fight scenes I’ve seen since David Fincher’s Fight Club (1999). The ending was a little unsatisfying for me, but that’s for you to decide if you choose to go see it. I would sum up this movie with the words of comedian Demetri Martin: “An okay movie is like an ex-girlfriend. It was good at the time, but I wouldn’t want to see it again.” Scream 4 also created some formidable competition. I’m not thinking Oscar winners, or nearly living up to the prestige of previous Scream movies, but it did give me a scare through different parts of the movie. It was pretty demented, but I suppose that’s how most horror movies are. I’d call this slightly above average; it’s definitely worth renting, but unless you’re a hardcore Scream fan, it’s not worth buying. Scream 4 was good at picking up new fans for the franchise because you didn’t have to see the previous films to know what’s going on, and at the same time, you get an interesting back story that enriches the plot straight from the beginning. Something to watch out for this summer: Kill the Irishman. Kill the Irishman is about Danny Greene, and his struggle to survive as an Irish Catholic in a rough 1970s America. After seeing the trailer, it feels a lot like The Departed (although I doubt as good). It is definitely a chance for some uncommon actors to make their big debut, and I think Ray Stevenson is one of them. I’ve never heard of him, but he might make a blip on a lot of viewers’ radars. Of course, there’s Christopher Walken, and if you don’t know who he is, chances are you’ll recognize him when you see him. It should be worth buying a ticket for, especially after the magic words popped on the screen, the magic words that make movies like 127 Hours, The Fighter, and The King’s Speech so great: “based on a true story”. Nicholas Rouse EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Despite most modern publications’ assigning a single-dimensional numerical value to each film they review, movies are vastly more complex than any single number could describe. The most important merits of a movie to differentiate are its quality and its entertainment value. Movies of high quality and low entertainment value are often well-acted, superbly directed, and bearable if a bit dry and unexciting. Many classic films from the early part of this century fall into this category generally by virtue of changing standards of entertainment, yet recent movies such as Million Dollar Baby and Good Night, and Good Luck also are superb yet not necessarily a joy to watch, though such an analysis trends deeply subjective. Enjoyable movies are often quite bad, yet they can appeal to a particular demographic uninterested in skilled cinematic craftsmanship. The first four movies of The Fast and the Furious franchise generally fell into the latter category except for some minor redemption for the first two movies for encapsulating the tuner culture of the early 2000s. Fast Five is somewhat anomalous in The Fast and the Furious franchise in that it is not only entertaining as all five entries are but also a good movie, a feat only possible in a universe strange enough to accommodate five The Fast and the Furious movies. For the uninitiated The Fast and the Furious is a 2001 action film that focused primarily on illicit street-racing and its culture. It may sound a silly today (okay, it sounded silly a decade ago), but in 2001 modifying cars, especially imports, for performance and ostentatiousness was a major cultural player. Few people actually partook, but many loved and admired the tuners and the street-racers. Best Buy sold neon underglow largely as a result of this trend, which The Fast and the Furious made more mainstream to some extent. The Fast and the Furious was successful enough to spawn a series which continues to this day despite the general death of the street-racing culture in the modern imagination. The overarching plot of the series is actually fairly complex, and characters weave in and out of leading and supporting roles as well as back and forth on loyalties and sides of the law. The last two entries in the series have trended away from street-racing toward more general action though the automotive influence and nature is omnipresent. Fast Five sees Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) assembling a posse à la Ocean’s Eleven (2001 remake) and trying to take down a criminal kingpin in Rio de Janeiro. The plot is not very important as the action and, surprisingly, the dialogue are the main attractions. Director Justin Lin took the reins of The Fast and the Furious for its third installment, Tokyo Drift, which is by all accounts terrible. Fortunately, 2009’s Fast and Furious was a marked improvement to mediocre. Regardless of the third and fourth movies’ cinematic merits, the trademark stylized driving and over-thetop action nicely hid the stilled dialogue and ham-fisted acting well enough to entertain audiences who knew exactly what [See Fast Five, page 11] MAY 23, 2011 AMUSEMENTS Sleigh Bells Ringing David Brandon COLUMNIST Ever wonder what type of music lies beyond the Itunes top 10 list? Ke$ha doesn’t, but that’s besides the point. Fantastic genres such as electronic, alternative rock, and happy-go-lucky indie noise pop shine through the darkness that is the cursed $1.29 mainstream music scene. For those of you who may not know, a quick tip to buying indie music nowadays is that if its not 99 cents or less, then it’s not real indie music. Basically the last sentence of the proceeding paragraph is a lie because many awesome bands like Sleigh Bells sell their songs in the “I think I’m so cool that I’ve decided that I should be able to sell my songs for $1.29 because I can” range. I’m not complaining as long as the final product is unique and awesome, so anyone opposed to that can get over himself. Sleigh Bells is currently redefining indie pop music. Former metal band member and lead guitarist Derek E. Miller teamed up with teen pop band member Alexis Krauss to produce the baby hybrid that is Sleigh Bells. Sleigh Bells is hard to describe. One needs to listen to them in order to understand that their genre of lo-fi noise pop is in order to appreciate their unique sound. Lo-fi essentially means that the music sounds shaky because the bands literally used to use cassette tapes to record their music, giving off a beaten-up noisy sound. After becoming PAGE 11 more well known, Sleigh Bells developed into a sub-genre of indie pop known as noise pop. Noise pop is similar to lo-fi except that it is designed to incorporate “whomping” bass and static to interfere with the song. With that being said, I’m sure you’re like, “Why would I ever listen Nomination Domination “Sleigh Bells sells their Ashish Nathani songs in the ‘I think I’m so cool that I’ve decided to sell my songs for $1.29 because I can’ range’” to that?” And that’s where your coolness level starts dwindling. I’m just kidding. But seriously, if you want to be cool, then listen to Sleigh Bells’ album Treats, which incorporates both lo-fi and noise pop into that beautiful hybrid baby I was talking about earlier. Believe it or not, they’re really quite popular. Their song “Kids” was used in MTV’s Promo for Skins and their other song “Rill Rill” was feautered in Gossip Girl. Sleigh Bells is a cool band, and you should really look into their tracks. If you want to catch them at a live performance, they will be attending Bonnaroo in early June of this year. So if you’re looking to see what all the hype is like on the indie side of things, then Sleigh Bells is definitely a good place to start. Who knows? You might just like them. THE DAISY PRINCE Vocalist Alexis Krauss and songwriter, guitarist Derek E. Miller form the Brooklyn-based noise pop group, Sleigh Bells. AMUSEMENTS EDITOR The buzz over The Drowsy Chaperone has not ended. The Tony award-winning comedic musical ran in the Hyde Chapel November 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th and has been hailed as one of MUS’s best productions. It is now time for the show to be recognized. The cast, the set crew, the techies, and the directors have all put tremendous effort into the show which has not gone unnoticed. The Drowsy Chaperone has been nominated for 11 High School Musical Theatre Awards! The show was nominated for scenic design and outstanding overall production as well as an array of individual awards. Joseph Levy has been nominated for the Technical Achievement award. Seventh-grader Tom Fowlkes and freshman Sam Ostrow have been nominated for Outstanding Comedic Duo. Jules Jordan has been nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress. Christian Patterson, in his first high school production ever, received two nominations: Outstanding Featured Dancer and Outstanding Featured Actor. Ashish Nathani has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Tim [Fast Five, from page 10 ] a The Fast and the Furious movie would entail. While Fast Five seemed very likely to be another enjoyable film of questionable quality, Mr. Lin managed to carry his improvement inertia so far as to launch Fast Five to the lofty echelon of good. Mr. Lin is honing in on the magic ratio of caraction, straight-up violence and gunplay. Tokyo Drift proved that watching cars drift and soar through the air for an hour and a half may not make for the deepest film, where Fast and Furious showed that the world doesn’t need another generic cop drama, action movie mostly divorced from car choreography. If you will, Mr. Lin is very close the balance of fast and fury. Another strong directorial and writing decision was not to abandon the cast of characters the franchise has built up. The result is that there are enough well-defined characters to support a large cast without a need for lengthy exposition, though much of the interactions between the characters will seem to strange to those who have not seen the earlier films. Fast Five also seems to recognize that the existence of a fifth The Fast and the Furious film is mildly absurd and dabbles in Greer and Flip Eikner have been nominated for Outstanding Direction. And last, but certainly not least, Sam Shankman has been nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role. The awards ceremony will be May 26th at The Orpheum Theatre where the cast of The Drowsy Chaperone will anxiously await the results. “I really wasn’t too surprised when I heard that we had been nominated for an award. We had a really talented cast, and everyone put in a lot of time and effort to make it as great as possible. As for the individual nominations, I wasn’t too surprised that Sam, Ashish, and Jules were all nominated. I was really caught off guard when I heard that I was nominated for two awards, even though it was my first time being involved with an MUS production. All in all, I’m proud of everyone from the cast and crew,” nominee Christian Patterson stated. Hopefully Christian’s admiration of the show and cast is shared by the judges as The Drowsy Chaperone goes up against all the other Memphis high schools for the musical theatre awards on May 26th. just enough self-satire to be genuinely funny. The acting in series has been uneven to put it politely, yet Mr. Lin’s recognition that telling Paul Walker, of “Choice Movie Chemistry for Paul Walker and his car” for his role in 2 Fast 2 Furious at the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, ahem, fame, to act better is not as conducive to an actual strong performance as telling him to act as self-serious and moody as possible, is nothing short of genius. The breakout performance, however, is undoubtedly Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, whose obsessed and morally twisted, though in a light and ironic sense, fugitive hunter character provides laughs about every time he opens his mouth. Johnson has finally married his acting skills much improved over the past decade with a role that allows him to be hypermacho and over-the-top just as a professional wrestler ought to be. The other supporting roles are hit or miss: Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson, and even Ludacris put in solid performances, but Jordana Brewster, Matt Schulze, and Elsa Pataky fall flat in their roles. THE BACK PAGE THE OWL’S HOOT Treasure Island: Fitting End to MUST C Season Sam Ostrow CONTRIBUTOR Treasure Island had it all. Funny cast, lots of action, great crew, wonderful set, the works. Treasure Island was the most fun show I have ever been a part of. We survived many early departures and scrounged the best group of ringers in history: Chris Carter, A.J. Kharbanda, Hunter Krauch, and the new captain Will Forsythe. Alex Jarratt’s version of the acclaimed character “Long John Silver” was only bested by one Mr. Charlton Heston. Mr. Greer’s adaption of the screenplay by the talented Fraser C. Heston was the world premiere of a show people won’t soon forget. Ashish Nathani found his inner demon and castaway, becoming the malevolent “Blind Pew” and hilarious “Ben Gunn.” While Treasure Island was our seniors’ last play, they will not easily be forgotten. I’m definitely going to remember James Davies (“Tom Redruth”) and his optimistic attitude. The backstage ninjas, Billy Simco (Stage Manager) and Cale Carson (Deputy Stage Manager), will be remembered for their hard work making us all look good on stage and dealing with [Latin, from page 1] However, MUS recovered from this scandalous affront with strong showings in many other events, students placing in academic testing, costume contests, English oratory, dramatic Latin, and Certamen, a Latin quiz bowl. And although MUS’ skit did not place, “Messin’ with Cyclops,” starring Britt Colcolough in the titular role drew the unanimous laughter and approval of the audience. MUS students excelled also individually. Eli Goldstein made the only perfect score of the convention, on Vocabulary, and Nicholas Rouse won the Warren Taylor Hopkins Award for Upper Level Heptathlon. Four MUS students placed in the top ten; Nicholas Rouse and Mason Soun tied for eighth place, Richard Ouyang placed fourth, and Salman Haque placed first overall. Those who finished in the top ten were awarded a bobble head of an owl; receiving complaints at the convention, Mr. Sellers, a TJCL co-chair, had to clarify that the bobble head represented Athena, the goddess of wisdom, not MUS. With strong results in all areas, the Owls won their fourth consecutive convention and their fourteenth in the last twenty-one years. MUS’s 1,238 points was the highest total ever scored by a school and surpassed the previous record set last year by MUS. Of MUS’s victory, Mr. Sellers says that “It’s really not realistic for us - or for any school, for that matter - to keep winning this championship year after year. The fact that we’ve now won four in a row more props than ever before. They will be sorely missed. Chris Carter (“Billy Bones” and “George Merry”) was able to die twice, get kicked in the back by the lovely Mrs. Crosby (“Mrs. Hawkins”), and look convincing doing so. Morgan Hunt (“Squire Trelawney”) was great as always, employing the most pompous characteristics to match Squire. Andrew Elsakr (“Joyce”) and Tom Fowlkes (“Hunter”) also executed their characters well. Daniel Garrett (“Job Anderson”) had a very difficult job, being the good guy that he is, trying to morph into a ruthless villain, but he was great too. Our lighting guru, Joseph Levy, trained his apprentice so well, that Doug McClew was able to do lights on opening night. This fast-paced show required a lot of work, a lot of people knowing how to die convincingly, specifically A.J. (“Israel Hands”), and some great direction by Mr. Greer and Dr. Fudge. Furthermore, the very talented Sam Shankman convincingly portrayed the good hearted “Doctor Livesey.” I am just glad everyone was able to deal with an annoying little kid long enough to put on the greatest pirate show MUS has ever done. is the result of the depth and talent of the students in our Latin program and their hard work and dedication . . . not only the work they put into this event specifically, but the work they put into Latin class on a day-to-day basis throughout the entire school year.” [Lacrosse, from page 1] TSLA state championship and brought the gold cup back to where it belongs; Operation Victory Spike was a success. We finally dethroned McCallie from their two-year reign and, in the finals, beat MBA for the third time this year to prove without doubt that we are the best team in the state. This year was a success on many different levels, but the road does not end here for the lacrosse program. While we enjoy the victories of this year, we also hope that the trophy will make itself comfortable here, aiming to meet each season as a new challenge and to continue the success that this class started. [Tennis, from page 7] Trier High School, the number one seed in the tournament and a top five team in the country; New Trier went on to win the tournament. Next, the Owls defeated a familiar St. Xavier team from Louisville, 4-3. MUS plays St.. Xavier head-to-head almost every year, and every match is a competitive one. After having to move indoors because of snow, the Owls seized all opportunity for revenge against MBA, sweeping them 6-0 (the match was already MORGAN HUNT The cast of Treasure Island bids farewell to the production and to the magnificent 2010-2011 MUS Theater Company season, which also included NeoVox and The Drowsy Chaperone. decided, so no doubles point was necessary) for 5th place. Needless to say, the tennis team set the stage for the upcoming season. The Owls earned its right to be considered a favorite for this year’s state title by marching over the defending state champions. The team will have another chance to prove itself amongst Tennessee’s best in the Carter Invitational early in May. From there they will go on to the state championship, where the Owls have one of their best chances in recent years to win the title. But for the Owls, it does not stop here. The team has an even brighter future. While the other usual state championship contenders will graduate at least two of their top three players, MUS will lose none of its top three and only one of its top eight. Talented sophomores and freshmen dominate this year’s team, and the lower school, stacked from top to bottom, will send its elite up next year. Despite the tennis team’s recent shortcomings in the state tournament, do not be surprised if the Owls’ bring home multiple state titles along with a top finish in a national tournament in these next couple of years. [Grizzlies, from page 8] But are the Grizzlies satisfied? Not by a longshot. Next up was the Oklahoma City Thunder, a young, dynamic team led by all-star Kevin Durant. The Grizzlies stole game one in Oklahoma City behind Zach Randolph’s 34 points but fell in game two because of the Thunder’s commit- ment of shutting down Memphis’s paint scoring. However, the series shifted back to Memphis for game three, with the Grizzlies now holding home-court advantage. In game three, the Grizzlies came out slow and lethargic for three quarters, and it looked like a bad situation, but having trailed by as many as sixteen points and thirteen to open the fourth quarter, Memphis pulled off a miraculous comeback to force overtime. In the crucial extra session, the Grizzlies won to take a 2-1 series lead. The action resumed Monday evening for a game-four thriller in downtown Memphis. Despite many miraculous comebacks for the Grizzlies, the Thunder proved too much to handle, winning the game 133123 in triple overtime. With the series tied 2-2, the scene shifted back to Oklahoma for a vital game five on Wednesday May 11, 2011, which the Thunder won in dominant fashion. However, all was not lost for the Grizzlies who rode on the impressive shoulders of Zach Randolph into an even more impressive win to push the series to this postseason’s first game seven. Sadly, the Grizzlies’ season did not end on high note, as they fell in game seven to a, frankly, more talented Thunder, but one game is no reason to give up. Keep believing, Memphis. With the return of the team’s best wing scorer- Rudy Gay- and the continued excellence of Randolph, this young and hungry team looks to return next year with a vengeance and to prove to all detractors that this season was no fluke.