LITTLE ROCK — Two or three times a football season, a not-so-subtle phrase identifies Arkansas as a deserving underdog, something like, “The Razorbacks need help to win.”
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LITTLE ROCK — Word from the West Coast confirming a racetrack happening in Arkansas upstaged a second consecutive impressive victory by a colt based at Oaklawn Park.
LITTLE ROCK — A wide receiver from Camden is eligible to alter a long-held attitude that junior college transfers will disappoint far more often than they will make a contribution that is both immediate and game-changing.
LITTLE ROCK — Very adept at marrying new, creative lyrics with familiar melodies, the morning radio man overlooked the fine print in an ESPN ranking.
LITTLE ROCK — Two trips planned to Oaklawn Park, two trips canceled, equals a friendship in jeopardy.
LITTLE ROCK — Growing up, the best free throw shooter in Razorback history possessed the self-discipline to abide by strict rules even when there was no one around to watch.
LITTLE ROCK — Providing college football fans with talking points for the dead period between signing day and the start of spring practice, some observations about the SEC schedule in 2015:
LITTLE ROCK — An unofficial ban on deflated footballs begins at 5:30 p.m.
LITTLE ROCK — Late to the Arkansas-Little Rock women’s game, a fan could tell from the radio play-by-play that there was a decent crowd on hand.
LITTLE ROCK — The slew of new coordinators in the SEC will be measured against the standard set by first-year coordinators Lane Kiffin and Robb Smith did in 2014.
LITTLE ROCK — Asking Urban Meyer about Cardale Jones at halftime, Tom Rinaldi’s endeavor was a waste of time.
LITTLE ROCK — Guess how many times Brandon Allen threw the ball away in 13 games?
LITTLE ROCK — Concisely, coach Mike Anderson explained why Arkansas was trailing Georgia at halftime.
LITTLE ROCK — A week out, the Friday forecast called for a high of 38 and a slight chance of rain in Hot Springs, good enough to prompt an email to a recently retired, longtime friend suggesting a meeting at a familiar parking lot in Benton and carpooling for opening day at Oaklawn Park.
LITTLE ROCK — Blake Sims’ well-documented testimonial to sticktuitiveness is uplifting, but it is surprising that one superb performance in the SEC championship game absolved his sins committed during the regular season.
LITTLE ROCK — Declared days early, New Year resolutions include practicing with a traditional putter, taking a stand on a longshot at Oaklawn Park and omitting both Frank Broyles and Darrell Royal from the next Arkansas-Texas column.
LITTLE ROCK — Oaklawn Park’s unabashed promotion of a four-letter word is a smashing success.
LITTLE ROCK — Whether Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and other high-profile underclassmen invoke Matt Barkley’s name, the former USC quarterback casts a long shadow over the race for the 2015 Heisman Trophy.
LITTLE ROCK — Handicapping the postseason games, the Peach, Orange, Outback, Cotton and Alamo bowls receive special attention because the mad genius behind a season-long college football pool added a twist to the final, extended go-round of frustration.
LITTLE ROCK — Best I can tell, Braxton Miller will quarterback at least four SEC schools this fall, plus two from the Big 12 and two from the Pac-12.
LITTLE ROCK — In front of the TV in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 6, 1969, a 12-year-old was introduced to the unique and ferocious rivalry between the only Southwest Conference team outside Texas and the league standard bearer.
LITTLE ROCK — An hour before the drawn-out reveal of college football’s Final Four, the gist of the column was done, with XXXXX marking the spots to insert the appropriate teams.
Take the opening line of a Willie Nelson song called “Yesterday’s Wine,” change “Miracles” to “Material,” square the verb with the subject, and you have, “Material appears in the strangest of places.”
LITTLE ROCK — Unwittingly, Wisconsin can pave the way for another chapter in the argument about whether an all-world quarterback can outdo a more complete team.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Contemplating Arkansas’ loss to Missouri, buck society’s infatuation with what have you done for me lately and take the big-picture approach.
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