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We've already decided that Bielema wasn't a good hire? I know, I know, you didn't specifically SAY that, but the title of the article implies that he's actively proving that he was not a good hire.
I agree on his big mouth (and Martin's as well), but goodness, it's a little early to be saying (implying) that he's not a good hire. Most of Razorback nation still believes that he is an excellent coach and this program is headed in the right direction. It's a little early to decide that he's absolutely not. Ditto for Martin.
1 day, 9 hours ago on Arkansas’ Bielema, Carolina’s Martin Proving “Name” Hires Aren’t Always The Best Hires
There's a lot of confusing info around this story. Here's what I know:
1. Despite listing its official color as PMS 200, Arkansas has used PMS 202 on its UNIFORMS since the 1990s.
2. If you visit any Arkansas merchandise store, you'll notice a wide variety of reds. That's because manufacturers aren't sure whether to use PMS 200 ("official") or PMS 202 (actually in use). Arkansas' "changing colors" is not a uniform change as much as it is aligning the official colors to the actually used colors.
3. Georgia lists PMS 200 as its official color, and SC/Miss State list PMS 202 as theirs. However, Georgia's UNIFORMS actually use a lighter red and SC/Miss State's UNIFORMS actually use a darker red. Sounds like those programs could stand to do what Arkansas is doing.
That's how I understand what's going on. Arkansas is just trying to use the same color everywhere.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Arkansas Changing Official School Color? What The?
For purposes of staff continuity, this sucks, but I'm not sure this is a bad loss for Arkansas. Ash whiffed on nearly every recruit he targeted, and Arkansas' defense was worse this year than last. Not blitzing during LSU's 99-yard drive was inexcusable.
Anyway, if Arkansas hires Robb Smith as is rumored, the Hogs may come out ahead like Georgia did.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Arkansas Losing D-Coordinator Ash To Ohio State
Good gracious. It's an EXPRESSION not to be taken literally. I am tempted to think that you already knew that, and just wanted a reason to try and humiliate Bielema. You're one of the more unbiased writers out there, and I don't think you dislike Arkansas (everyone thinks you hate their school from time to time, that's how it is) but you've gone out of your way a few times to rag on Bielema.
Bielema's "blaming the Almighty" is an expression that goes back to ancient Greek plays (I can't believe I'm explaining this, the concept is common knowledge). When a playwright couldn't find a proper way to resolve a plot twist, he often brought in a Greek deity to settle the issue, a plot device that came to be known as "deus ex machina" (god from the machine). Since then, the inexplicable explanation to a situation is known as a "deus ex machina" even if the Almighty Himself is not involved. In film, it's usually the resolution to a plot, such as the Ark of the Covenant killing the Nazis in the Raiders of the Lost Ark (you made a Hitler/Nazi reference, so I made one too).
Only a person in "out-to-getcha" mode would actually think that Bielema truly meant that God predestined the Hogs to go 3-9 this year. His point is more focused on the future, as the "all things happen for a reason, let's learn from it and get better" mentality is a good one for a team in rebuilding mode. This is evidence by his next sentence saying exactly that. As for your religious discourse, I agree, but unless you were looking for an excuse to give that discourse, it seems misapplied here.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Arkansas’ Bielema On 3-9 Season: “For Whatever Reason, The Good Lord Decided Us To Be That Way”
No links from Arkansas-Louisiana?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Hoops Roundup 11/16/2013
It worked for Arkansas themselves back in 2008. Of course, there weren't at least two games left, but after being knocked out of bowl eligibility, the Hogs upset LSU 31-30 in the season finale. That was Petrino's first year and probably a more comparable example for this current team.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Arkansas Playing For Pride, But That Tact Seldom Works
Can't speak for the quality of Oxford hotels, but related to the small town argument, Fayetteville is part of the NWA Metropolitan Area, which has a population of over 400,000. Oxford, though it be near Memphis, is a much smaller SEC town that even what Bielema has become used to so far.
4 months ago on Arkansas’ Bielema Not Thrilled With Oxford’s Lack Of Hotels
Some good points made here, and you did your research. However, some of these stats are really skewed by a small sampling size.
For example, there's little doubt that Arkansas has improved from an abysmal 2012 on defense, but the statistics don't reflect that, since Texas A&M has contributed to half of the current sample.
Also, Tennessee has played two BCS teams, and one of them was Oregon.
While there's little doubt that defenses have gone south so far this year, drawing bigger conclusions should probably wait until more SEC games have been played.
5 months, 1 week ago on The Defense Rests: Has The SEC’s DNA Changed?
The spot for the practice facility is on the other side of Leroy Pond Drive, just east of The Gardens. Don't know if you've been there, but there is a small hill where the area is mapped out. Of course, Bud Walton itself is built on a small hill.
I live in Fayetteville and it really didn't rain that hard. In 20 years I don't know that the arena has ever flooded. Something is suspicious...surely Long wouldn't flood his own arena to raise money for a practice facility?
5 months, 1 week ago on Arkansas’ Walton Arena Flooded; Practice Starts Soon
@the_voice 5-7 seems most likely, but as soon as Brandon Allen gets back, Arkansas can potentially knock off Florida, South Carolina, or Ole Miss in an upset. As bad as it was to blow a 24-7 lead, the fact that Arkansas only lost to Rutgers 28-24 with a quarterback as bad as AJ Derby says something about the strength of the team. I may be biased but after re-watching, I think Arkansas wins by 10 points with Allen at QB. I just hate that he had to miss one of the games that was needed for a bowl bid.
5 months, 1 week ago on MrSEC.com Power Rankings – 9/26/13
@AndrewMartin Don't understand that one at all. They have to be assuming that Brandon Allen is playing, because if AJ Derby starts Arkansas won't be able to keep it within 3 TDs.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Odds And Television Listings – 9/23/13
I agree with this. Bob Stoops and others make comments about how the SEC is top-heavy, but I would argue that spots #7-#12 are severely underrated. Ole Miss, Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee, and Missouri all look significantly improved from last year. Of course it's only one week, but upcoming games like Tenn-WKU, Mizz-Toledo, Arkansas-Rutgers, and Auburn-Miss State should give us more of an idea.
6 months ago on MrSEC.com Power Rankings – 9/5/13
@5LittlePiggies I wonder that myself. I think it will lead to some mistakes, which could help ULL, but it could also help us because they have less depth and will get tired late in the game.
6 months, 1 week ago on Bielema Says U-La-La Will Be A “Tremendous Challenge” For Arkansas
Why would anyone laugh? Is this ironic? ULM beat Arkansas last season and Alabama in 2007, and lost by 3 to Auburn. ULL nearly beat Florida in the Swamp. WKU beat Kentucky and could pick off either UK or Tennessee this year. Middle Tennessee destroyed 7-7 Georgia Tech last year and beat Maryland in 2009.
Observant sports personalities had been suggesting that the Sun Belt was due to grow stronger and pass the MAC, WAC, and possibly even C-USA in overall strength by picking up local prospects as SEC schools recruited nationally. It has taken a while, and the conference was decimated by the loss of FAU, FIU, and MTSU and their replacement by weaker programs (Texas State, UTSA, South Alabama), but schools like Arkansas State, ULM, ULL, and WKU are significantly stronger than they were a decade ago.
That said, I think Arkansas wins this one by two touchdowns (38-20 is my pick). It's not the 45-6 Sun Belt beatdowns of years past, but this is a strong ULL team that could potentially take down Kansas State in week two. Don't think they are talented enough to beat Arkansas, but they can put up a fight.
Arkansas has 3 division titles (1995, 2002, 2006). In two of them, we lost the season opener?
Geaux Ragin' Cajuns?
6 months, 2 weeks ago on If Your Team Loses In Week One, History Says Forget Winning The SEC Title
I believe Arkansas and Oklahoma had a regularly-scheduled non-conference game set for 2013-2014 anyway. It's not officially a part of the challenge, but I believe it was already on the schedule.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on SEC, Big XII To Officially Tip Off Hoops Challenge In November
The Hogs will be in the Dance. Probably not top 25, but dancing. Missouri, Alabama, or LSU will take the 5th spot, maybe the 6th as well. South Carolina and Vanderbilt should be improved and Ole Miss won't drop off too much with Henderson coming back.
10 months, 1 week ago on How Much Better Will SEC Hoops Be Next Season? Uh, Probably Not Much
RIP Pat Summerall. Absolute legend.
Learned yesterday that his real name wasn't Pat, he got that nickname when the box score read "PAT Summerall" after every extra point he kicked.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Football Fans Lose A Legend With The Passing Of Summerall
I'd really like to see a tougher road schedule than this:
at #9 LSU
at #7 Florida
at #1 Alabama
at Ole Miss
Throw in home games against #5 Texas A&M, #8 South Carolina, and Miss State and that's a crazy schedule. Arkansas' East opponents went 22-4 last year (SC, Fla).
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Miles Put The Right Spin On LSU’s 2013 Schedule
Yeah, Bielema's such a jerk for bringing that up. All of us here in Arkansas had completely forgotten about that and he reminded us. /sarcasm
Seriously though, he probably shouldn't have said that, but his job isn't to appease Petrino or his mistress. The Petrino and John L Smith debacles left Arkansas fans with a distrust for their head coaches, so before he wins a game Bielema has to bring back that swagger.
11 months, 1 week ago on Hogs’ Bielema “Jokes” On Twitter, But Ex-Coach Petrino Probably Isn’t Laughing