Can we make David Fizdale coach of the year, please?
His Memphis Grizzlies lost the game, but coach David Fizdale definitely won the internet.
So, uh, take that for data!
Fizdale’s Grizzlies faced the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night in the opening game of their first-round NBA Playoffs series. Memphis mounted a furious comeback after getting blown out early but ultimately fell to the Spurs, 96-82.
In his post-game press conference, Fizdale went off on the game’s referees. He recited a litany of stats from the podium, mostly focused on San Antonio getting way more foul calls than Memphis, as he worked himself into more fervor with every word.
"I’m not a numbers guy, but that doesn’t seem to add up," he said of free-throw discrepancy between the two teams.
Then Fizdale delivered his money line, the kicker that immediately entered the pantheon of coaching rants, the final thought that instantly sent the internet into hysterics:
"Take that for data!"
Then he smacked the table with his right hand, stood up, and walked off.
*air horns blaring*
Here — it’s even better in video form.
In an unsurprising twist, the internet completely ate Fizdale’s rant up. You can reasonably expect to hear "Take that for data!" declared in everyday situations for the next several weeks. For example …
HAHAHA- "Take that for data!" Brilliant. The new walk off. It works everywhere. "Black coffee, please. TTFD!" "Jesus loves you. TTFD!’ #TTFD
— Rik Benson (@RikBenson) April 18, 2017
Craig Kimbrel after ball one: .400 OBP against. After strike 1: 1-for-16, .118 OBP, 12K. Take that for data.
— Tony Massarotti (@TonyMassarotti) April 18, 2017
That’s how I am going to leave meetings from now on, "take that for data!" and then storm out of the room.
— Jamie Bragg Jr. (@jamiebraggjr) April 18, 2017
"Take THAT for data" is both a great final line and what Arnold Schwarzenegger would say in a movie where he climatically punches a robot
— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) April 18, 2017
i want to yell take that for data at my next meeting.
— COKE VS. COREY (@LuckyCain) April 18, 2017
Just gonna start ending all my arguments with "TAKE THAT FOR DATA"
— Nathanael Rutherford (@Mr_Rutherford) April 18, 2017
By Tuesday morning, it was even on an official Grizzlies shirt.
And so it was that David Fizdale joined Allen Iverson, Mike Gundy, and so many more in the Sports Rant Hall of Fame.
So take that for data, folks.
Wait — we already said that. But that’s how you know a new meme is gold — it gets better with each repetition. (That’s not a scientific rule, by the way, but you can take it for data anyway if you like.)