Monthly Archives: September 2013

Salt Bowl My Pick as State’s Best Football Rivalry

How big is the Benton/Bryant prep football rivalry? The schools from adjoining towns whose campuses are separated by a few miles play the annual Salt Bowl game 20  miles away in Little Rock at War Memorial Stadium.
Crowds became so big the two schools’ stadiums couldn’t hold them. The schools moved the game in 2004, and with more room the crowd broke an Arkansas prep attendance record in 2009 with a mark of  26,316.
While the fan bases from the two schools have little love loss, they work together to make the game a spectacle that is a productive fundraiser for both schools. There are pep rallies at a local car dealer, there’s been a golf tournament and a charity that both schools donate compete to raise the most money or donate the most food.

Photo by Stephen B. Thornton/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette The Salt Bowl press conference is a highlight of Salt Bowl Week and is covered by all of the major Little Rock media outlets.

Photo by Stephen B. Thornton/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Salt Bowl press conference is a highlight of Salt Bowl Week and is covered by all of the major Little Rock media outlets.

On game day, fans start arriving at War Memorial Stadium three hours early to enjoy “Arkansas’ largest high school tailgate party”, which includes free hot dogs and sodas. Vendors pay $300 for a first-time booth … Read more >

Former MLB Slugger Canseco to Premiere Documentary Film at Hot Springs

Former Major League Baseball slugger Jose Canseco plans an appearance at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival next month.
Canseco and filmmaker Bill McAdams Junior will view the world premiere of the film Jose Canseco: The Truth Hurts.
The film closes out the eight-day event on Saturday night Oct. 19.
Canseco played in the majors for 16 seasons racking up 462 home runs and 1,407 RBI while hitting .266. He earned six All-Star Game appearances and won the American League Rookie of t

Photo by ADG Karen Segrave — Jose Canseco returns to Arkansas next motnh for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. The last time he was in the state, he fought UALR associate athletic director Gary Hogan Sr.

Photo by ADG Karen Segrave — Jose Canseco returns to Arkansas next motnh for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. The last time he was in the state, he fought UALR associate athletic director Gary Hogan Sr.

he Year award in 1986 and the AL MVP in 1988. He won World Series rings with the Oakland A’s (1989) and New York Yankees (2000).
The controversial Canseco made a splash in 2005 with his book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big where he admitted to anabolic steroid use and accused other players of steroid use, too.
Eventually some of the players mentioned either tested positive for steroids or admitted to using, including … Read more >

Former UA Coach Nutt Glad to Be Home

You can go  home again, but it’s a little tougher when you know half your home state despises you, or at least has recently. Former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt spoke Monday at the Little Rock Touchdown Club — his first public appearance in his home state since he left Arkansas in 2007 to take the head-coaching job at Ole Miss.
“I had a few butterflies, but it was a good nervous, though,” says Nutt, who lives in Santa Fe New Mexico and serves as a studio analyst for CBS. “[David Bazzel] had asked me a couple of years. I appreciate him asking me, and I thought now was a good time to come back and see my mom and brothers.”
An overflow crowd filled the

Former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt made his first public appearance in Arkansas since leaving for Ole Miss in 2007.

Former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt made his first public appearance in Arkansas since leaving for Ole Miss in 2007.

Embassy Suites banquet hall to hear the Little Rock native. The crowd seemed receptive and a long line formed with fans seeking photos and autographs. Following the program one attendee said, “I wonder how many of these people hated him six years ago?”
“The crowd was great,” Nutt says. “There’s a lot of great memories, and … Read more >

Don’t Push the Panic Button Hog Fans

Saturday’s loss to Rutgers was tough for Razorback fans, and social media was a popular place for venting. If the Hogs had trailed 24-7 in the second half and came back and lost, I think it would have been easier to take. Leading by 17 at Rutgers and losing late was enough for some Hog fans to suggest the firing of the entire coaching staff and lamenting the fact there aren’t three more wins on the schedule to ensure a bowl berth.
Normally, by Monday morning cooler he

ads prevail, but if you are still fuming here’s a couple of reasons to stay positive.
• Progress — I know you don’t want to, but remember last year at this time? Remember how Rutgers came into Fayetteville and punked the Hogs? And that was after an embarrassing and catastrophic home loss to Louisiana-Monroe and a home blasting by Alabama. What a difference a season makes. This team is more disciplined, organized and sound. This coaching staff is one of the better in the country, and they are showing it with the development of several players at different positions. (IE the offense and defensive line). There is a  noticeable difference in the … Read more >

Deford’s Sports Illustrated Piece on Former UA Coach Richardson a Classic

Legendary sportswriter Frank Deford has written some classic pieces in a career that has spanned more than 50 years. One of the better features, though, focuses on former Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson. The story ‘Got to do Some Coachin’ appeared in the March 7, 1988 edition of Sports Illustrated.
What made the piece unique was it was written as a play.
“It just kind of hit me,” Deford says of the idea to write the feature in script form. “I never sat around and thought, ‘Gee, I should write a story in the form of a stage play. Suddenly, when I began working on it, I saw these characters, and I could see them on stage. It just seemed to me to be a different way of doing it, and the story lent itself to that kind of drama. Sometimes … I hate to use a fancy word like inspiration, but it really was. It was an inspiration to write it as a play.”

Legendary sportswriter Frank Deford’s Sports Illustrated piece on Nolan Richardson is a classic.

Legendary sportswriter Frank Deford’s Sports Illustrated piece on Nolan Richardson is a classic.

Deford was masterful in his depiction of Richardson’s grandmother, who went by Ol’ Mama, with her mannerisms and dialect. He also depicted … Read more >