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Meme Madness: Final Four

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 last Final Four matchup.

No. 1 Thrust Nunchuk Upward vs
No. 6 Handshakes


Big 8 Conf. (Football)

Big Meme Conf. (Misc.)

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

SWEET 16: def. No. 5 Junkyard Dog

SCHLAFLY FINAL: def. No. 5 Grey Goose

It may not be SIZZLING BACON ACTION, but the Missouri football team may have the most underrated touchdown celebration in America.

Is it an elaborate team celebration, an individual dance, or a way to draw attention to individual success? Nope. It's a handshake. Why? Because when Mizzou gets in the endzone, it's just business, baby.

The background behind the handshake was fully examined in a 2007 video loaded on YouTube, reiterating that Missouri players wanted to "act like we've been there before."

As a result, the handshakes caught on around Rock M Nation, with Live Threads being littered with exclamations of "HANDSHAKES!!!" and images/GIFs of the meme after touchdowns.

With Mizzou football in the midst of a big time transition going into the season, two questions about the Gabbert era remain:

  1. How the Gabbert-led offense perform?
  2. Will the offense continue the most excellent tradition of the touchdown handshake?
FIRST ROUND: def. No. 3 Kimmeh!

BOULEVARD FINAL: def. No. 4 Party Starter