'Grit and Grind' spirit gains national attention - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

'Grit and Grind' spirit gains national attention

There is no doubt Memphis believes. There is no doubt Memphis believes.
It is that atmosphere that is getting national attention after the Grizzlies hit a 5-0 playoff run at home. It is that atmosphere that is getting national attention after the Grizzlies hit a 5-0 playoff run at home.

(WMC-TV) - Hours after Monday's win against OKC, sports writers were taking to the Internet to talk about the atmosphere inside the Grindhouse. The articles and blog posts included the Grizzlies fans who were touting their loud and proud grit and grind spirit despite the, sometimes, controversial chants.

There is no doubt Memphis believes. It is that atmosphere that is getting national attention after the Grizzlies hit a 5-0 playoff run at home. Sports writings are giving fans credit for keeping the energy high.

"The national audience, the media and the audience are finally catching on to how passionate fans here in Memphis are about basketball," said the Memphis Grizzlies Vice President of Marketing Communications and Broadcast, John Pugliese.

Memphis also loves its music.

"Most recently we've been doing some stuff with some Memphis artists, both Freesol, Three Six Mafia, and most recently Al Kapone with 'Whoop that Trick', the song famously known from the movie 'Hustle and Flow'," said Pugliese.

The phrase started as "Whoop that Clip" as in the L.A. Clippers in game 4 of the last series. It has turned into a lot more.

"Although the lyrics can be slightly subjective here and there. There's a certain pride in the great work that was critically acclaimed in a great way, national that Memphians are proud of. So being able to share that pride though music is a great thing for fans here," said Pugliese.

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