Sunday, November 16, 2014
My Sunday Feeling
I really am agnostic when it comes to most things Razorback. One of my best friends doesn't believe this. But it's true.
But if you are going to be a fan of Division I sports in these here latitudes you have to be at least cognizant of what is going on up in the Ozarks when it comes to the kingdom Frank built. Because with all due respect to Arkansas State fans the Arkansas Razorbacks may not be the only game in town but they are the biggest.
Ok. So they're not really "in town" anymore. They have forever abandoned Little Rock and it's crummy football facility. But they still have a hold on the collective mindset of our fair city. That much is fair to say.
And last night they beat LSU up in Fayetteville to end a 17 game losing streak in the SEC and to even their record to 5-5 over all.
Really, their record should be better. The only team that beat the daylights out of them was Georgia here in Little Rock. They should have beaten A & M. They should have beaten Mississippi State and Alabama. They had a chance against Auburn.
And they blew all of those games high, wide and handsome.
Unlike some of my friends and acquaintances that have expressed an opinion on the matter, I am no expert on college football. But you have to wonder how much psychic residue Houston Nutt-Bobby Petrino-John L. Smith left on this program. But, as second year coach Bret Bielema-who a couple of my friends believe should be fired already-said, of last year's squad, that it was the first bad team he had ever seen that was completely blameless for how it got there.
But last night may go a long way towards cleaning up the residue. Not only did they thoroughly dominate a quality opponent, that quality opponent was LSU.
Suffice it to say, the LSU fan base is borderline psychotic. Worse than Alabama and Auburn even who can at least back it up. Ole Miss's fans are merely delusional while Mississippi State's are just kinda cute given the latter's newly found-and so far not unprovable legal-major prowess. And A & M and Missouri have even less business in the SEC than Arkansas.
But LSU is the worst. Not a game goes by-not even the ones the Tigers win-that commenters on blogs run by the New Orleans and Baton Rouge papers call for the scalp of Les Miles. Charles McClendon-"Cholly Mac"-coached there for 18 years. This sort of tenure is unthinkable down there given the advent of talk shows and internet bulletin boards. Indeed, who could blame Miles if he said " to hell with this" or the Cajun-French equivalent and took the soon-to-be-open job at Michigan from whence he graduated? At least the Wolverines are just obsessed with Ohio State.
So despite my agnosticism concerning all things WPS, it was indeed highly amusing to see the downtrodden Razorbacks lay it on the Bayou Bengals. And I shall enjoy collecting on an improvident bet made by a friend in Baton Rouge, although I know at least one lawyer here in town that took LSU with the oddsmakers favoring the Razorbacks by two.
I do not begrudge him this. Because I do not care and because I know that bidness is bidness.
So next week the best 5-5 team in the country gets the Ole Miss Brown Bears at home. I will root for the Razorbacks for no other reason than they are playing Ole Miss which is all sufficient to my mind.
To think that this bunch could get bowl-eligible next week is practically mind-boggling.
Thanks LSU. They couldn't have done it without you.