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Meme Madness: Boulevard Regional Final

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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 Boulevard Regional Final.

No. 4 Party Starter vs No. 6 Handshakes

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Meme USA Conf. (Basketball)

Meme 8 Conf. (Football)

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

SWEET 16: def. No. 8 Laffy Saffy

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!