After a win against Houston, Tiger football is back on the home turf Friday, hoping for another ‘w’, this time against Tulane.
“They gave South Florida all they could handle last week. We are really going to be prepared and ready to play for them. It’s a game that matters to us on the quest to become the division champions of the west in the American Athletic Conference,” says Tom Bowen, University of Memphis Director of Athletics.
Fans are also anticipating the game, including U of M senior, Ashley Kee.
“Among the students, it really brings us closer together, and just the excitement of them beating these teams, and having a winning season, just the excitement, it makes the semester flow a lot better,” says Kee.
This week’s game will be televised on ESPN2, making it the fifth national broadcast in seven games. The Tigers athletic staff says it’s important to have a packed house on national television.
“More importantly, my student athletes love to look around behind them and in front of them and see all of the Tiger fans screaming for them. They love it,” says Bowen.
There are plenty of incentives for fans to attend Friday’s game, one of them being a free bobblehead.
“We do every year and this one is a Stephen Gostkowski bobblehead, our hall of fame kicker, and we believe he will be an NFL Hall of Fame kicker someday, who kicks currently for the New England Patriots,” says Bowen.
The forecast does call for some drizzle in between touchdowns, but don’t let that stop you from coming out and supporting Tigers football.
“It might be a little wet, but we are encouraging you to put on your Tiger raincoat, Tiger hat, and come out and enjoy a great game of Tiger football on national TV,” says Bowen.
“Just the energy you feel from that explosion and the stadium erupts, that’s the greatest feeling,” says Kee.
For those wanting a free bobblehead, you must get to the game early. They only have enough for the first 5,000 fans.