Meme Madness: Spoetzl Regional First Round

In the vortex of large-scale athletic emptiness until football season begins again, we're passing the days here at Rock M Nation with Meme Madness, a 32-entry, bracket style blowout to determine the best theme/inside joke RMN has to offer. The full bracket can be found here.

Today, we feature the 1 v. 8 matchup in the Spoetzl Regional.

No. 1 Asian Kid vs No. 8 The Helicopter

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Big Meme Conf. (Misc.)

Meme 8 Conf. (Football)

As the overall top seed in the tournament, there's no question Asian Kid has a special place in the hearts of all RMN members and readers. 

Asian Kid first began screaming his way into our souls at the beginning of the 2008 football season, when member (now author) ghtd36 dropped his likeness in the Live Thread of Mizzou's game against SEMO. By the end of the game, there was already a question as to whether or not "this Asian boy" could become the official celebratory GIF of Rock M Nation.

As time passed, "this Asian boy" became "Asian Kid," and what a ride it's been since then. His charisma has led to multiple RMN honors, including being part of the Front Page Friday and Rock M Roundtable logos, as well as earning the unique honor of having a spinoff meme, titled "Asian Kid Throughout Mizzou History."

It may be behind the 8-ball because the nickname was not developed by Rock M Nation, but don't underestimate the love around here for "The Helicopter," the pseudonym of former Mizzou WR Will Franklin.

The development of the nickname was best examined by the Columbia Missourian during the 2007 football season:

His athleticism and vertical leaping ability prompted basketball coach Floyd Irons to give him the nickname of the "helicopter" as a student at Vashon High School in St. Louis.

"My former coach Irons came up with it because I could jump real high and it just kind of stuck," he said.

To this day, certain RMN members insist on yelling "It's Will Franklin!" when a helicopter flies overhead at Faurot Field.

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