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Meme Madness: Schlafly Regional Semifinals

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 first semifinal in the Schlafly Regional.

No. 1 Thrust Nunchuk Upward vs
No. 5 Junkyard Dog


Big 8 Conf. (Football)

Meme USA Conf. (Basketbal)

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.

Chase Coffman will be remembered as the greatest tight end in NCAA history according to the record books, as well as a member of the inaugural induction class to the RMN Wall of Excellence.

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:

1) Chase Coffman hurdles a lot of people.

2) Last season, rptgwb suggested we name Coffman the "Y-button" (or something like that) because that’s the hurdle button on NCAA Football on Xbox.

3) I said (paraphrasing), screw Xbox, I have a Wii.

4) Ross replied (paraphrasing), "Well, ‘Y-button’ sounds a whole lot better than ‘Thrust nunchuk upward’ or however you hurdle somebody on Wii."

5) I replied: "THRUST NUNCHUK UPWARD!!!!!"

FIRST ROUND: def. No. 8 The Beef's hatred of Ron Prince

As one half of Mike Anderson's "heart and soul" combo, DeMarre Carroll and his magical all-conference season featured many things: relentlessness, ferocity, intensity, AHHHHH's on the intro video, etc.

But it also featured one of the most fitting Mizzou-related nicknames we've ever seen.

Carroll's persona as the Junkyard Dog isn't an inside joke at Rock M Nation that I'm going to have to hard sell, primarily because it's nowhere close to being "on the inside." Players, coaches, fans, media members: they all took to the nickname.

We know JYD has the heart to will this meme deep in the tournament. Could this nickname do what Mizzou could not and qualify for the Final Four?

FIRST ROUND: def. No. 4 Chance McDanielson