Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale delivered a postgame speech for the ages following Monday night's Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. After criticizing the officiating for an uneven distribution of foul calls, he slammed his fist and shouted "Take that for data" before ending the fiery press conference.
From the moment that phrase left his mouth, it was clear he created an instant-classic tagline. Memphis' marketing department pounced by creating a T-shirt with the slogan slabbed behind the coach's glasses.
Although it's unclear if the team plans to sell or give away these shirts as a Game 3 or 4 promotion, Fox Sports Grizzlies spoke for all eager consumers with a prescient Futurama meme:
Some data Fizdale will begrudgingly take: His Grizzlies are down 2-0 following two double-digit losses to the Spurs, who swept them in last year's opening round. They scored 82 points in each defeat.
Perhaps his passionate rant will inject Memphis with energy as the one-sided series shifts to FedEx Forum. If not, he at least inspired one heck of a shirt.