As would be expected, some of my closest friends got in some really good jabs about the picture that ran in Monday’s paper of me with Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema at a reception before the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame dinner Sunday at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock.
It was Bret Bielema’s 37th talk since he became the head football coach at the University of Arkansas.
Orb’s victory in the Kentucky Derby was so impressive that almost immediately the talk began that the 35-year wait for a Triple Crown winner was about to be over.
It was mildly surprising to read that Brandon Reed was returning to Arkansas State to play basketball, which was where he began his career before transferring to Georgia Tech.
Ryan Mallett received a lot of scrutiny and some questions about his character when he was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft in 2011.
It would be easy to criticize Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops for his comment about SEC football’s superiority just being propaganda.
It was years ago, maybe the first time an enterprising television cameraman thought to try a close-up of a player on the sidelines during a game, the tribute was made.
For much of his early life Mike Conley Jr. was known for many things.
For some reason, there has been a lot of chatter on talk radio recently about Mike Anderson and the Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball program.
Other than one student-athlete, it was not a surprise that four Arkansas Razorbacks have received their releases from the University of Arkansas.
There may not be a worse four-letter word in thoroughbred racing than rain.
It is official. As expected, the SEC Network belongs to ESPN (Every Sports Person’s Network).
Crossing the bridge from North Little Rock to Little Rock, after meeting with the energetic new mayor, Joe Smith, it was noted that management at the Marriott had wasted no time replacing all the signage on the old Peabody and that it looked totally natural.
May Day may mean a lot of things in a lot of places, but here, today, it means tickets go on sale for the June 1 dinner featuring Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Dallas Cowboys fans are apparently disappointed, while the fans of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Green Bay, San Francisco and Jacksonville are rejoicing.
It is human nature to compare and contrast.
It is not quite painful, but almost, to admit Joe Kleine is right.
It is entering the most dangerous time of the year for college sports’ two big moneymakers, football and basketball.
At some point every Saturday last season, as the Arkansas Razorbacks football season ground down to the final game, the same thought occurred.
It is difficult to get any kind of real feel for how good a football team might be in the fall after a spring football game.
They came, and kept coming.
Earlier this week, during a phone conversation with Bret Bielema, it was easy to notice the excitement in his voice about Arkansas’ scrimmage Saturday.
Pat Summerall was one of a kind among broadcasters on any level, especially the national one.
As usual, probably more like a tradition now, yours truly toured Oaklawn Park last Saturday.
A couple of weeks ago, Bret Bielema caused a small brush fire when he said something along the lines that he came to Arkansas to beat Alabama.
From the infield to the Jockey Club, and most places in between, there was a ripple of excitement Saturday as everyone awaited the 77th running of the Arkansas Derby.
When Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema accepted the offer to host the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame’s annual golf tournament, it was like the Razorbacks’ new football coach truly understood more of the root system of Arkansas sports than expected at this early juncture.
Steely gray skies and the threat of thunderstorms couldn’t rain on the parade near the paddock in Oaklawn Park on Wednesday.
While the men’s NCAA Tournament championship game had great TV ratings with 27.1 million viewers, more than likely it will not go down as a classic, although the talking heads of CBS would have you believe it was the greatest game ever.
One of the most debated subjects on talk radio, usually during really slow times, is who is the all-time best Los Angeles Lakers player.
Note to all colleges and universities: If you don’t want to look stupid, be embarrassed and be ridiculed nationwide, don’t try to cover up anything.
Bill Frieder, Steve Fisher, Fab Five: Michigan basketball was vibrant.
In Kentucky, this has to be like a Louisiana bred winning the Kentucky Derby.
A few years ago, in the media room after the SEC Tournament, a group of reporters gathered to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show.
This will not be an easy week for the faithful and dedicated workers at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ.
Most knew the bewitching hour was fast approaching for the 2013 NCAA Tournament Cinderellas.
In high school he was a talented athlete, very well liked and smart.
It took only a few seconds to realize the competitive nature of Warren Stephens.
There was a time when the Big Ten Conference would huff and puff and claim it was better or as good as the SEC in football.
It was not surprising the NCAA Tournament received its best television ratings for an opening weekend as there was more drama than in Judge Judy’s court on payday.
It has mostly been a great NCAA Tournament.
More than likely, the good fans of Kentucky and Tennessee have quit complaining about getting snubbed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee last Sunday.
Here are a few things to consider if you haven’t turned in your office pool NCAA Tournament bracket yet, but keep in mind that yours truly has never won an office pool and was beaten by Jennifer Christman, to her sheer joy and delight, a few years ago: One of the most intriguing first-round match-ups is between No. 6 seeded Arizona and No. 11 Belmont, the music-oriented school in Nashville, Tenn. This will be Belmont’s sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and the Bruins are 0-5, but they are one of three teams (Kansas and Memphis are the other two) to earn an automatic qualifier berth six of the past eight years. This is a program beginning to resemble that of the No. 1 West seed Gonzaga, and it is a victory or two from declaring it is not a mid-major. Arizona hasn’t played the best perimeter defense and must step it up.
In retrospect, after looking at the body of work, the SEC should feel ashamed, not jilted.
Just a few notes and comments about the 2013 NCAA Tournament and the bracket.
For 37 minutes Vanderbilt passed and posted against Arkansas’ pressure defense, and when the furious finish came, with the Razorbacks’ backs against the wall, the Commodores started to wilt.
It was as if the officials thought they were getting paid by the hour, or the whistle.
Mike Anderson’s voice was raspy, mostly from the drastic weather changes that have affected so many people’s sinuses, but his words were enthusiastic and sincere.
Last Friday night was a sea of activity in Arkansas.
UALR women’s Coach Joe Foley sat quietly on the bench, although his mind was racing far faster than the pace of the game.