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Meme Madness: Schlafly Regional Final

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.

No. 1 Thrust Nunchuk Upward vs
No. 2 Grey Goose


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

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:

Is that Matt Lawrence's new nickname?

The Grey Goose?

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