That Time Again August 28, 2008Posted by Matt in Football, Razorbacks.
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The scorching heat begins to ebb, the daylight hours shorten, and chlorophyll engages in its annual disappearance, signalling the oncoming end of another summer and the commencement of the most important of all seasons – football season. The world suddenly becomes a bit brighter with the influx of team colors and conversations become animated with bellicose boasting as everyone, regardless of logic and history, believes that this could be “the year.”
I love football, even in year like this one when the squad on which I heap my love and devotion, the Arkansas Razorbacks, will most likely struggle to win half their games. But, regardless of what the prognosticators declare with their pompous certainty, I’ll don my Razorback clothing and let out hog call in adoration. Hit that line, hit that line, Coach Petrino. If we can beat Ole Miss, the season will be a sucess.
Woo Pig Sooiee!
Say It Aint So, Matt… July 10, 2008Posted by Matt in Football, Razorbacks.
Tags: arrest, Matt Jones, Razorbacks
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But, unfortunately, it is. Former Razorback Matt Jones, one of the most exhilirating players to don the red and white in my lifetime, was arrested on felony drug charges early this morning….
But we remember the good times…
BCS Picks – 2008 December 31, 2007Posted by Matt in Football, Razorbacks, sports.
Tags: BCS, Football, national title, predictions, Razorbacks
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Another gloriously unpredictable college football season is nearing its end, thus beginning the dark, 8 month drought (which is slightly broken in the month of March) for college sports as fans await next year. 2007 has been a strange year in the world of college football, with number ones falling on a seemingly weekly basis and little-known teams staking their claim for some of the biggest bowl games of all. Let’s take a look at what lies ahead in the BCS games…
Rose Bowl – (6) USC vs. (13) Illinois
It’s easy to not like USC with their West Coast flair and unrequited arrogance, but, with a 10-2 record in a tough Pac-10, they are certainly a force to be reckoned with. Illinois had the luxury of being a decent team in a down year for the Big 10, but critics of the Illini can’t help but wonder if this 9-3 squad truly deserves to be in one of the biggest bowls in the land.
Prediction: USC 34 – Illinois 13: Zook’s team isn’t ready for the big time yet.
Sugar Bowl – (10) Hawaii vs. (4) Georgia
Sure, Hawaii is the only undefeated team left, but the only ranked team they’ve played all season is Boise St. Georgia, on the other hand, finished the season with six consecutive wins that included convincing victories over Florida, Auburn, and Kentucky.
Prediction: Georgia 27 – Hawaii 20: The superiority of the SEC leaves the Warriors with a long flight home.
Fiesta Bowl – (11) West Virginia vs. (3) Oklahoma
A stunning loss to lowly Pittsburgh kept the Mountaineers out of the title game and, following that debacle, the defection of head coach Rich Rodriquez leave a large hole for West Virginia to climb out of. Oklahoma ended the season with a 21 point win over then-number 1 Missouri, knocking them from a date in the title game.
Prediction: Oklahoma 27 – West Virginia 17: There is just too much turmoil and too many distractions in the Mountaineer organization.
Orange Bowl: (8) Kansas vs. (5) Virginia Tech
The inclusion of the Jayhawks in a BCS game following their regular season-ending 12 point loss to Missouri (who are not in a BCS game), caused no shortage of head scratching among college football fans. Virginia Tech’s ugly 48-7 loss to LSU in September probably kept them out of the title game, but they have improved greatly as the season progressed.
Virginia Tech 31 – Kansas 17: The overrated Jayhawks display why Missouri should be here rather than them.
BCS Title Game: (2) LSU vs. (1) Ohio St.
Following a late-season loss to Illinois, it seemed as though the Buckeyes has squandered their chance for a repeat appearance in the national title game, but, as luck would have it, after a series of improbably losses they are back to try again. LSU has two triple-overtime losses on their record, but they have built a 6-1 record against ranked teams.
Prediction: LSU 35 – Ohio St. 27: Ohio State doesn’t lose in as devastating a fashion as last year against Florida, but the SEC again takes the Big 10 to school…
Cotton Bowl: (7) Missouri vs. (25) Arkansas
Houston Nutt is gone following a regular season-ending miracle win against number 1 LSU and the Hogs, with two of the best backs in college football are on fire. Missouri ended the season with a dissappointing loss to Oklahoma and with being shut out of the BCS despite their number 7 ranking.
Prediction: Arkansas 38 – Missouri 37: With Nutt no longer calling the plays, quarterback Casey Dick suddenly turns into a superstar and throws for 250 yards to complement the devastating running attack of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, who set an NCAA record for rushing yards in a game. The Hogs’ defense, though, is not quite up to par with Tiger quarterback Chase Daniel, who picks apart the Arkansas secondary, leading to a dramatic finish in which McFadden scores the winning touchdown from the Wildcat position. Woo Pig!
A New Era Begins December 12, 2007Posted by Matt in Football, Razorbacks.
Tags: Football, Petrino, Razorbacks
For the last two weeks, the rumblings have been all about…
“You got rid of your coach one year removed from 10 wins and an SEC Championship berth?”
“You chased him out following his defeat of the number one ranked team in the nation?”
“What is wrong with you Arkansas fans? Do you really think you can compete with the big boys?”
But to all of the naysayers, I have two words – Bobby Petrino.
Yesterday coach Petrino was officially hired by the University of Arkansas as the new head football coach following an unsuccessful stint with the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL.
Prior to his short time in the pros, Petrino was the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals for four years, leading them to a record of 41-9, including seasons of 11-1 and 12-1 in which he finished in the top ten nationally. Petrino is known for his high-flying offense and averaged over 41 points per game at Louisville.
This could be a lot of fun.
Goodbye Nutt November 27, 2007Posted by Matt in Football, Razorbacks, sports.
Tags: Football, houston nutt, Razorbacks
For those of you out of the loop, despite Saturday’s dramatic 4 OT win over #1 LSU, Houston Nutt is out as Arkansas’ head football coach and in at rival Ole Miss. Over his 10 years at UA, I became more and more convinced that he would never be the coach to get us over the proverbial hump. Sure, we could regularly win 7-8 games and compete in a low-mid tier bowl game, but that seemed to be the ceiling.
The fiasco with the players from Springdale and Gus Malzahn was surely a part of his departure, but I think there are plenty of other reasons to believe it is time to move on:
- It has been reported over and over that Nutt’s record at Arkansas was 75-48 (61%) and that is certainly true, but the fact that he was only 42-40 (51%) in the SEC is a major drawback. Looking at the SEC over the last ten years, that places us at 6th out of 12 teams.
- Over the ten year period we participated in 7 bowl games, but only won 2. There are only two SEC teams that won less than 2 bowls over the same period – Kentucky (1) and Vanderbilt (0). In terms of postseason winning percentage, we are firmly trenched in 11th place with 28.6%, just ahead of Vandy’s 0%.
So what do you think? Should Nutt have been let go? How do you think he will fare at Ole Miss?
Hit the Road, Houston… November 16, 2007Posted by Matt in Football, Razorbacks, sports.
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According to sources, Houston Nutt will not return next year to coach the Arkansas Razorbacks. Of course, anybody who watched last week’s debacle against Tennessee knows that he already threw in the towel for this season.
So now the speculation begins…Who will be the next Razorback head coach?
Let’s Talk Sports November 1, 2007Posted by Matt in Football, sports.
Tags: basketball, Football, Razorbacks, Tigers
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Yes, my beloved readers, it is time again to enter the wild world of sports for a few of my observations of late.
- Last night on ESPN Classic they showed the New England – Indianapolis AFC Championship Game from last season in which the Colts came back from an 18 point deficit to win the game, and gain a berth in the Super Bowl, on a late 4th quarter field goal. That being said, I’m pretty excited about the rematch between these two undefeated teams this weekend. With the way the Patriots have been steamrolling opponents, though, it will be tough for Indy to pull out another one.
- Is Ohio State really the best team in the country? Sure they’re undefeated, but the fact that their two biggest wins were against Purdue and Penn St., teams who were barely ranked at the time and are not ranked at all now, should mean something. There is no way they would waltz through the SEC like they are through the mediocre-at-best Big Ten. With Michigan looming at the end of the season, it will be interesting to see if the overrated Buckeyes can keep it up.
- Is Boston College for real? They have beaten two teams that were ranked at the time, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, but its hard to believe that they are actually that good. Their upcoming games against Florida State (who may be down this year, but don’t count Bobby Bowden out) and Clemson, may prove troublesome.
- Hit the road, Houston. I heard somebody say on a local sports talk station that Arkansas may be looking at Butch Davis as a new head coach for next season…
- College basketball is just around the corner and, with Arkansas’ new coach John Pelphrey and a senior-laden team (having 1st team SEC guard Patrick Beverly doesn’t hurt either), goods things may be in store for the Hogs.
- My second favorite team, our local Memphis Tigers, or poised for a run at the National Championship this year. The excitement level is near bursting around this city where the roundball is king.
What do you think?
Don’t Mess With the SEC September 20, 2007Posted by Matt in Football, Razorbacks.
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Orginally posted 9/20/07
As you probably all realize, I’m a huge football fan and an unabashed numbers geek, so naturally I love breaking down statistics to see who, at least statistically, is the best.
Last week, while eating lunch with some of my friends from church, the assertion was made that the SEC (Southeastern Conference for those of you who aren’t football fans), while consistently good, is vastly overrated by the media. I, of course, took great offense at this and this week vowed to prove my friend wrong.
So, I took the four arguably biggest football conferences – the SEC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac-10 (I looked at including the Big East and ACC, but due to their swapping of teams with each other and Conference USA, I left them both out) – and broke down their numbers over the last 10 years to see just where each of them stand in the grand scheme of things.
The first two columns contain the total Win-Loss records for all of the teams in each conference along with a %. The next column gives the total number of teams that had at least 10 wins in a single season over the 10 years. Then we have the Win-Loss record for bowl games and a winning percentage. The Nat Champ column gives the number of national championships won by teams from each conference (If there was a split championship, each team was counted). The Top 10 column gives the number of teams that finished in the top 10 and the Top 25 gives the same. The last column gives the total number of players drafted by the NFL through 2005 (the 2006 stats weren’t included on the site I used for my research). The top conference in each category is highlighted in yellow.
|Tot||W||L||W-L%||10 W||Bowl W-L||Bowl %||Nat Champ||Top 10||Top 25||Drafted Players|
Then I took the four teams by conference with the highest winning percentage over the 10 years and calculated the same statistics.
|Top 4||W||L||W-L%||10 W||Bowl W-L||Bowl %||NatCh||Top 10||Top 25||Drafted Players|
Lastly I looked at the middle four teams by conference with the next highest winning percentages.
|Mid 4||W||L||W-L%||10 W||Bowl W-L||Bowl %||NatCh||Top 10||Top 25||Drafted Players|
The Pac 10 has been strong in recent years with the emergence of USC as a national power, but overall their conference contains far too many weak or mediocre teams to be considered at the top. The Big 10 has good players, as evidenced by the number of NFL draftees, but overall it has seen better days. The Big 12 is extremely top heavy, as can be seen by their excellent top 4, but after that they start to lag behind.
So, in my eyes, this solidifies the preeminence of the SEC in the NCAA. What do you think? Does this prove anything?
America Takes a Whuppin’ June 12, 2006Posted by Matt in Attempts at Humor.
Tags: America, drive-time sports, Razorbacks, soccer
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Originally Posted 6//12/06
Today in World Cup action:
The United States soccer team got their rear ends handed to them by the Czech Republic – a nation that has technically only been in existence for 13 years. Before the game, President Bush even called the team to wish them well, but it seems that even a pep talk by the leader of the free world wasn’t enough to save from those Fightin’ Czechens!
When I lived in Arkansas, I used to religiously listen to Drive Time Sports – I can just imagine the American soccer fervor on that show…
Randy Rainwater: And on the phone we have Jimmy from Grapevine. Jimmy! How’s it going!
Jimmy: aaahhh…ugghhh…i think weeer gonna beet thaaat Check teeeem
Randy: I didn’t realize your were a soccer fan, Jimmy. Who’s your favorite player?
Jimmy: aaaahhh….like Matt Jones. He shood run fer press..press…president. I wood vote fur himmmm.
Rick Schaeffer: Look, I don’t think Matt Jones is going to run for president, but he’s definitely got the tools to dominate in the NFL next year. I think he’ll probably get at least 12,000 yards receiving and be named top player of all-time.
Randy: Ok, and now we have Jimmy Lee! How’re you doin’ Jimmy?
Jimmy Lee: Ranty, aggnnmedd bruuuusshc lapapapapdeanam. scrooptereemt lamamddeam rimmmsspbert.
Ray Tucker: Ha ha, Jimmy Lee you always crack me up. So you think the Czech Republic’s Tomas Rosicky was just too much for the Americans this time and you think they have little chance of beating Italy on Saturday at Kaiserslautern.
Jimmy Lee: Ray, ibudobentamenatan gameriemastiisnste slummmnisngthpman. hamamamansien steereerinskmt.
Ray: Jimmy, you’re probably right, but I’ll still have some hope that we can pull out the victory.
Rick: Why in the heck are we talking about soccer? It’s only 82 days until the Hogs kick off their season against national champion runner-up USC. I’ve got the Razorbacks going 14-0 , winning the National Championship and then a chariot of fire will come down and carry Houston Nutt to heaven.