Monthly Archives: September 2013

Tough to See Former UA Running Back Cobbs Arrested

One by one, Cedric Cobbs greeted the elderly residents with soft-spoken greetings. He signed footballs and posed for pictures with nurses and other staff. He constantly flashed a big, bright smile. He had fun that day. He wouldn’t take any money —  he simply wanted a couple of grilled hamburgers and a soda.
That was the Cedric Cobbs I knew. The

Democrat-Gazette photo Former Arkansas running back Cedric Cobbs poses for a picture with a fan at Football 101: Lessons for Ladies last month.

Democrat-Gazette photo
Former Arkansas running back Cedric Cobbs poses for a picture with a fan at Football 101: Lessons for Ladies last month.

one that texted me ‘Merry Christmas bro’ late last December.
I had talked to Cobbs at different times after his college football career ended. However, it wasn’t until last fall that I really got acquainted with him.
I was doing marketing for a hospice company and had organized a ‘tailgate tour’ of the different nursing facilities we served patients in. The idea was each Friday to bring a game-day atmosphere to the facilities. At most homes we had appearances by high school football players and cheer squads and served grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.
I didn’t have teams committed for a couple of the stops, so I reached out at least one former Hog who wanted … Read more >

Blogger Travis Shows He is All Sizzle

I have no idea which teams have the dumbest fan bases. I could care less. What I cared about Saturday night was halftime analysis. Specifically, the analysis of the Iowa/Iowa State game I watched on new national sports network Fox Sports1.
That went out the window when Clay Travis appeared on my television. Two thoughts ran through my mind 1) ‘Why the hell would a new network hire a guy most of the country doesn’t know?’ 2). ‘This isn’t a game involving an SEC team, so he’s clueless.’
I listened to one miserable attempt at analysis and finally gave into my little boys who wanted to watch SpongeBob Square Pants. It was certainly more entertaining and probably more informative than a ‘Southern Boy’ trying to break down football teams from north of the Mason Dixon Line.

Clay Travis included Arkansas in his ‘Dumbest Fan Bases in America’ series.

Clay Travis included Arkansas in his ‘Dumbest Fan Bases in America’ series.

For those that don’t know, and many of you probably don’t, Travis is a former columnist for CBSSportsline.com and FanHouse and an editor for Deadspin. He now owns his own website, in which he publishes a blog.
Travis is also an attorney (he’d have been better suited sticking to law) and also … Read more >

J.A. Fair Football Team Fighting Uphill Battle

It’s the first few minutes of the 2013 prep football season and J.A. Fair doesn’t look like a team riding a 22-game losing streak. The offense is moving the ball no-huddle style while reserves signal in plays using  colorful cards with pictures of  Sponge Bob Square Pants, Cam Newton and other pop culture icons.
Eventually, though, the drive stalls in North Pulaski territory as a result of two false start penalties. Then the War Eagles line up to punt, and the snap sails over the punter’s head.
Fair manages to shut out the Falcons 20-0 despite committing 19 penalties. North Pulaski has dealt with their own futility for its 26 years and may rack up its own lengthy losing streak this fall.
Fair will take it. For at least one night, this team can celebrate. Unfortunately, it’s very possible they won’t enjoy the feeling again this season.

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Photo by Arshia Khan
Little Rock J.A. Fair High School’s football team recently snapped a 22-game losing streak.

“It’s hard to keep my sprits up,” says longtime assistant coach Charlie Johnson, who has been the J.A. Fair head basketball coach for 14 years. “I’m very discouraged. We are working the best we can … Read more >

Deford: Pay College Football Players, Make Class Optional

If you want to get legendary sportswriter Frank Deford talking, just ask him about the payment of college football players.
“It’s been something I’ve been calling for for 25 years, and now the rest of the world has finally caught up with me,” says Deford, a six-time Sportswriter of the Year award winner. “I was one of the few that was talking about it, now everyone is pointing out how unfair it is. It’s on the cover of Time magazine. Public opinion is finally swaying. I don’t know what the NCAA is going to do. I think it is sinful college football players aren’t paid. At one point coaches made a reasonable salary. Now, [coaches] are making millions and there are millions of dollars in TV contracts. You can make the argument the only amateur sports left are rugby, track and field and swimming.”
Deford equates college football’s current  situation to a business owner benefitting from fee labor.

Frank Deford will be in Little Rock to speak Thursday.

Frank Deford will be in Little Rock to speak Thursday.

“Why would [college programs] want to pay [the players],” Deford says. “It’s like a restaurant owner who isn’t paying the waiters and the cooks. Why would they, if they could get away … Read more >

Nebraska’s Osborne Dominated SEC, Nearly Played Arkansas

Tom Osborne finished his illustrious career 12-1-1 against the Southeastern Conference. That includes a 6-0 mark against SEC Champions. The record could have been different if a proposed series with Arkansas in the early 1990s

Photo by Nate Olson Former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne appeared at the Little Rock Touchdown Club Monday.

Photo by Nate Olson
Former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne appeared at the Little Rock Touchdown Club Monday.

had been agreed on.
“I think we had some conversations, but I don’t think anything was ever finalized that I know of,” says Osborne, who spoke at the Little Rock Touchdown Club Monday. “I’ve always had a great deal of respect for [former Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles] , and I don’t remember it being finalized, just discussions.”
It may have been a good thing for Arkansas they didn’t play the ’Huskers who were 60-3 from 1993 to ’97. Nebraska destroyed Florida 62-24 in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl on its way to an undefeated national title. In 1998, Nebraska routed Tennessee 42-17 in the Orange Bowl for another undefeated national title.
“We just had some really good players at that time,” Osborne says. “It just all came together for us. Football is cyclical, and we weren’t going to be that good forever. We had some really good teams … Read more >