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 Schlafly Regional Final.
As far as nicknames are concerned, Thrust Nunchuk Upward is the Goliath of Rock M Nation.
Thrust Nunchuk Upward was not just a nickname -- it was a catchphrase in RMN's infancy that became a signature tagline in 2008.
Around these parts, he'll also be remembered for one of the best nicknames this site may ever create.
The story of its origin if a frequent topic of inquiry, so for posterity's sake, here it is again, straight from The Boy's mouth:
FIRST ROUND: def. No. 8 The Beef's hatred of Ron Prince
SWEET 16: def. No. 5 Junkyard Dog
As one half of the duo who went from Quin Snyder's tailspin to Mike Anderson's Elite Eight, Matt Lawrence has certainly had his share of ups and downs from the Mizzou fan base. So much so that he even alluded to it after Mizzou's Big 12 Championship win, in fact.
Amidst one of the downs of Mizzou's season (the loss to Illinois), stlcardinalfang posted a photo of Grey Goose, to which SleepyFloyd responded:
I'd like to say the rest was history, but there was so much more. Despite eventually losing his starting spot to Kim English, Lawrence turned himself into a complete player, earning Big 12 Co-Sixth Man of the Year and helping key Missouri to a Big 12 Championship and an Elite Eight berth.
As it happened, the lanky, pale shooter who was somewhat derogatorily called "The Grey Goose" morphed himself into "GOOOOOSE," a bona fide RMN legend.
FIRST ROUND: def. No. 7 Professor Chaos
SWEET 16: def. No. 3 TruFlair
Meme Madness: Schlafly Regional Final... Who ya' got?
No. 1 Thrust Nunchuk Upward (82 votes)
No. 2 Grey Goose (44 votes)
126 total votes