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Our thoughts are with Auburn Athletics and Wisconsin Basketball after a bad day on the road.

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Mizzou news was light, but the heft of the news around college sports wasn’t exactly positive.

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Memorial Day weekend is an incredibly important holiday weekend. Spend some time with your family and loved ones this weekend and be thankful for those who gave their lives defending this country.

Tragedy happens in this country, and throughout the world, on a regular basis. But its rare the world of college sports gets touched with tragedy the way it did yesterday. First with the news of the wrong way driver in Michigan who took the lives of Wisconsin Assistant basketball Coach Howard Moore’s wife and daughter, and injured Moore and his son. Moore is widely known as one of the good guys in the industry, so this news cuts deep. Mizzou Basketball coach Cuonzo Martin took some time to send this thoughts to Coach Moore.

We here at Rock M Nation express our own thoughts to the Wisconsin community as they deal with this tragic loss. Hopefully Coach Moore will find a way to get through this tough time. He’s fortunate to have survived, and still have his son. Please keep the Moore family in your thoughts today.

Amazingly enough it wasn’t just the Wisconsin community who suffered a tragic loss due to a car accident. The Voice of the Auburn Tigers, radio-man Rod Bramblett, died last night as well. Bramblett and his wife were involved in a two car accident, his wife Paula reported died at the scene. While Bramblett passed a short time after due to his injuries.

From AuburnSports.com:

Rod Bramblett, who was recently honored along with Andy Burcham for their 25 years as the play-by-play announcers for Auburn baseball, was killed Saturday evening along with his wife, Paula, in a two-car accident near campus.

Bramblett, who has also served as the lead announcer for Auburn football and men’s basketball since 2003, has called some of the biggest games and most iconic plays in Auburn history. He was named the Alabama State Broadcaster of the Year in 2006, 2010 and 2013, and the National Broadcaster of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2013.

Some of Bramblett’s most revered calls include the 1997 Tallahassee Regional when pinch-hitter David Ross hit a walk-off home run against Florida State, Cadillac Williams’ 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the 2003 Iron Bowl and the unforgettable Kick Six when Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 109 yards for the winning touchdown in the 2013 Iron Bowl.

Here is Bramblett’s excellent call of the famed ‘Kick Six” from the 2013 Iron Bowl:

Keep the Auburn and Bramblett family in your thoughts as well. And be safe out there this weekend.


Yesterday


Mizzou Track & Field had had a trio of freshmen earn trips to the NCAA Outdoor Championships on the final day of the competition at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships on Saturday. Freshman Roberto Vilches (Mexico City, Mexico), freshman Georgi Nachev(Yambol, Bulgaria) and freshman Mirieli Santos (Mato Grosso, Brazil) each earned their first career trips to the NCAA meet after posting top-12 finishes in the high jump, triple jump and triple jump, respectively.

  • The Phoenix Mercury dropped their opening game of the season to the defending Champs, the Seattle Storm. Sophie Cunningham came off the bench for 12 minutes (the 7th most on the team) and three rebounds. The Mercury were without Diana Taurasi, and the Storm were down Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart.
  • With Memorial Day tomorrow, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has served our country. But especially those who gave their lives in doing so. Have a great extended weekend you all.