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Meme Madness: Boulevard Regional Semifinals

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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 Boulevard Regional.

No. 4 Party Starter vs No. 8 Laffy Saffy

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Meme USA Conf. (Basketball)

Meme USA Conf. (Basketball)

Hopefully I'm not breaking any news to you when I tell you that Conan O'Brian's "Vroom Vroom Party Starter" commercial may have been the best commercial of early 2009, right alongside the Heineken beer closet commercial.

Rock M Nation needed Vroom Vroom Party Starter as a meme, and the community abided.

During the Kansas-Oklahoma basketball game in Norman, SleepyFloyd and I set about discussing the commercial and set forth to find an RMN connection.

Enter Laurence Bowers' above the rim antics. The high-flying freshman certainly knew how to start parties at Mizzou Arena this year with dunks bordering on f***diculous.

Since that fateful evening, the meme has taken off in such an amazing vertical fashion that it actually does justice to its namesake.

FIRST ROUND: def. No. 5 UribeAuction's Simpsons References

Allow me to quote myself from Laffy Saffy's first round matchup:

[Y]ou'd by lying to yourself if you thought this meme had a shot in this tournament.

OK, so maybe I was a little wrong. However, I was not wrong about what I said later on in the post:

However, you can't say enough about the upside for Laffy Saffy, both as a basketball player AND as a meme. Both came on strong at the end of the season with smart efforts and underrated contribution. Expect an increased role in both when the 2009-10 basketball season tips off.

Can the Cinderella No. 8 seed continue its magical run? Or is the devoured bacon in the first round going to slow it down?

FIRST ROUND: def. No. 1 Bacon