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Thugs Make the Best Cops?

Thugs Make the Best Cops?

For an – Auburn biased publication to release a litany of charges against any school seems to carry at least a hint of hypocrisy with it.  Even if it’s Alabama.  

Then again, if anyone knows cheating, maybe it’s Auburn, especially when it’s Alabama.

For a program that took a heavy whippin when a divorce case far removed from university matters revealed that a football program supporter allegedly overpaid some Razorback athletes (sometimes as high as $25 – OH MY!), Arkansas fans may have a special interest in this piece.

Every fan of college football should.


We Aren’t Big Enough….BOO BIRDS

Much has been made over the so called “Great Stadium Debate” in our state.  Amongst all the noise, there have been valid points made on each side.  There’s a big problem for a small and relatively poor state though:  The fact there are sides at all.

We don’t have room for that.  We aren’t big enough for that, and we don’t have enough money for that.

There’s a reason Arkansas doesn’t have a professional team.  With some forethought and innovation from John Barnhill and Coach Broyles, that vision was identified and capitalized on and today we have their modern version of the Razorbacks.  It was never a given things would turn out this way….the University of Arkansas Razorbacks could have become something closer to Oklahoma State, or, God forbid, Memphis State.

The “what could have beens” are at our door again though.  Seems some fans in various parts of the state are dug into their commitment about where we should play our home games, how often, and what it means to The Program more than they are committed to simply helping The Program.  We must get past that.  Right now.

Last night’s crowd was an embarrassment.  War Memorial has not only failed to sell out numerous times the last few years (LSU excluded), it seems to host more boo birds too.  Nobody wants to hear that crap.  Nobody ever wants that noise in the first year of a new coaching staff and a new start for the kids and a new era for the Hogs.  WMS had it last night though, because I heard it, loud and clear over the PPV telecast.  Before you write me, it wasn’t chants of “Bhudda” either.

War Memorial Stadium has an iconic and very important place in the history of Razorback football.  For many of us, it was our introduction to the Hogs, and where we came to love them.  We laughed, cheered, cried, got angry, recognized chill bumps, sang with our band, boo’d a Texas band, smelled bourbon and met friends.We did more too, but back then – and I’m just going back to the 90’s and earlier – we didn’t boo the home team.  Well, other than Hatfield’s team losing to Texas in that unfortunate way.  Ok, maybe one of Nutt’s last teams….but I digress in the name of fairness.

The Razorbacks ARE our team, our professional franchise, our diversion if you will, from other matters in life that require our attention.  The Hogs can have our passion and lots of attention.  We, however, are not big enough in numbers to get divided over trivial babble.  How often we play where, and which stadium has a better tailgating environment is just that too – BABBLE.

WMS set up my love affair with the Hogs.  I cried when I missed the 22-7 victory over USC because of a broken leg.  As a 10 year old I wanted to fight the Texas Band.  (not all proud moments).  I cried again when the kick was blocked and we beat top ten South Carolina under Holtz.  There are a ton of wonderful and lasting memories in between.  Those were good times, and no boos.  That’s not the point though.

War Memorial Stadium obviously can’t produce the supportive numbers it once did for the Hogs.  Some of that rests with the UA, Jeff Long and the SEC, but most of that is on…  If you live in Conway to any point South and  you’re a Hog fan, this is on you.  Us.  We aren’t showing up.  The WMS contract expires in 2016.  At this rate, there’s no way we can expect the UA to continue games at WMS similar to the current format.  If we are lucky, we’ll keep one.  My vote?  Just leave us with one, but make it the season opener every year against a non conference opponent.  Everyone is excited by the start of football season, even if your team plays Stamford.

I don’t envy Jeff Long.  He’s paid very well, but it’s a tough job.  Now that his department is positioned to receive a whole lot more money from TV and he’s pressured to bowl in that stadium (as well as other upgrades), he also must know that in our too-small-to -be-divided-and-fight-state, giving us tons of tv options to see our beloved Hogs while charging more for Foundation levels and ticket prices…..well, it can’t be an easy formula to fill that big ol stadium.  

Especially when NWA is full of imports from around the country who occasionally come to football games for entertainment, as opposed to participation.  That losses the passion, and that’s what we  have in Fayetteville, a lack of passion on most days. 

WMS was once our most passionate venue.  This week we had 47,000, which may be a reflection on the perception of the new UNWA…..Auburn played a directional school and had over 85k loud fans.

Yall think about it.


Hog Fans Doing Their Part

Hog Fans Doing Their Part

Penn St.  Florida State.  Texas A&M.  Oklahoma.  Plenty more….schools with bigger enrollments, more alumni, wider media attention….but none of these rank as high as Arkansas does in apparel sales.

Arkansas Razorbacks, #10 nationally.  Well done, fans.



When 40 National Championships Aren’t Enough

When 40 National Championships Isn’t Enough

The Arkansas Razorback track team was named the recipient of the McDonnell Award, given to the nation’s top track and field program each year.

Fittingly, the award is named after John McDonnell, the legendary coach of the Hogs who brought home 40 national titles during his tenure.


The Other White Meat

The Other White Meat

Winning in the SEC is always enjoyable, but some victories are simply sweeter.  Last night just outside of Birmingham was one of the better ones in recent memory.

It was almost like a different team from the regular season slipped into Arkansas uniforms last night.  Other than an inexplicable error on an exchange between shortstop and 2nd base early in the game, these Hogs were in control, aggressive, smart and just plain better than the nation’s #2 team.

Beating Ole Miss then LSU is sweet indeed for any Hog.


Let’s Get Baumed…

U of A sets new attendance record in baseball

FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas baseball team set a school record for average paid attendance during the 2013 regular season as an average of 8,335 fans saw the Razorbacks play during the team’s 30 home dates at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas’ average paid attendance of 8,335 fans eclipsed the previous record of 8,047 set during the 2007 season. The Razorbacks currently rank second nationally in average paid attendance and total paid attendance (250,055). During the course of the 2013 season, Arkansas boasted 7,000 fans or more in 25 of 30 dates and exceeded more than 8,000 fans on 14 occasions including a season high crowd of 11,145 against Texas A&M on April 20. 

Razorback fans could potentially have the chance to fill Baum Stadium during an NCAA regional or super regional if the Razorbacks are selected as a host site. The deadline for season ticket holders to reserve their postseason tickets is this Friday, May 17.


rocky top?

rocky top?

No one will ever accuse Bo Mattingly of preparing intelligent questions for guests of his radio show, but Arkansas fans have to love the response to one of his sillier questions to new Hog Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney….and Tennessee?  Not so much.

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