Monthly Archives: October 2013

Hillis Makes Impact on Giants Monday Night

Peyton Hillis filled his time lately hunting and coaching high school football in west Tennessee. He showed his players how it’s done before a national television audience Monday night.
Hillis joined the winless New York Giants last week and played a key role in helping them to a win against Minnesota on Monday Night Football on ESPN.
He compiled a modest 36 yards on 18 carries, but he did score a rushing touchdown that gave the Giants momentum and caught five passes for 45 yards.

Associated Press Conway native and former Arkansas running back scored a touchdown for the New York Giants in a win against Minnesota Monday night.

Associated Press
Conway native and former Arkansas running back Peyton Hillis scored a touchdown for the New York Giants in a win against Minnesota Monday night.

He showed the flashes of greatness he displayed in 2010 when he ran for more than 1,000 yards for the Cleveland Browns.
After successive unproductive seasons in 2011 with the Browns and 2012 with the Kansas City Chiefs, he finally landed with Tampa Bay this summer. However, the Buccaneers cut him Sept. 21, and the Conway native, and former University of Arkansas standout, retreated to his 1,000-acre soybean farm in west Tennessee, he told the New York Daily News Monday night.
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Greenwood’s Jones Going to Need Help to Win National Contest

Greenwood coach Rick Jones is used to winning. After all, his Bulldogs are three-time defending state champions and riding a 44-game winning streak (It’s going to be 45 tonight as GHS plays winless Little Rock Hall). The streak is currently the third-longest in the nation among 11-man teams (the longest is 64 held by an eight-man team).
However, he may need some help to win the current epic battle he’s waging. Thanks to the Bulldogs faithful, Jones won the first two rounds of the USA Today’s America’s Best High School Football Coach.
He won the state contest by out-voting Kevin Kelley of Pulaski Academy.

The web site www.greenwooddogpound.com generated this graphic to encourage fans to vote at different times.

The web site www.greenwooddogpound.com generated this graphic to encourage fans to vote at different times.

Friday he became one of eight finalists (there were 51 coaches entered) by winning Region 5. which includes Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas.
Jones racked up 88,010 votes rolling past Silver Lake, Kan. coach C.J. Hamilton (56,135).
As fanatical as Greenwood is, they are going to need help in the finals. Six of the finalists reached six figures, including coach Philip Haywood of Belfry, Ken., who totaled a whopping 653,111 votes.
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Mustain Looking Forward to Answering Questions at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Mitch Mustain enjoyed speaking at the Little Rock Touchdown Club Monday. His only regret was he didn’t have time to take more questions from club members. He won’t have to worry about that Friday night at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Following a showing of the film that focuses on his football career, The Identity Theft of Mitch Mustain, the former Arkansas and Southern California quarterback will answer audience questions.
The screening, which begins at 8 p.m. at the Arlington Hotel, is the first time the Springdale native will watch the film in public.
“I think [the Q&A session] will be interesting. That’s why I’m going. I wasn’t at the Little Rock Documentary Film Festival (in May), so there were a few other guys answering questions,” Mustain says. “I will enjoy being up there speaking for myself and answering questions right after watching it.”
Mustain says he’s received positive feedback on the film, which is written and directed by Fayetteville native Matthew Wolfe. He adds that material has been added for this showing. The film is narrated by former Arkansas men’s basketball coach Nolan Richardson.

Mitch Mustain spoke at the Little Rock Touchdown Club Monday. He plans an extensive question and answer session at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Friday night.

Mitch Mustain spoke at the Little Rock Touchdown Club Monday. He plans an extensive

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No Pain, No Gain

The toughest athlete in this state isn’t playing on a football field, and he qualifies for the AARP discount at Denny”s.
Steve Hughes hasn’t let his age (65) or pain, and lots of it, keep him him from achieving a singnificant  milestone.
Hughes, a retired Little Rock attorney, ran his 300th marathon in Darlington, S.C. at the end of last month.  He’s run 240 of those marathons since his 60th birthday. By February he will have run a marathon in all 50 states four times. He chronicled all of this when we tracked him down in Chicago, his part-time home for a recent Sync Weekly Q&A.
However, the most impressive thing about Hughes is the pain he endures. He is passed the bone-on-bone stage in his left foot and his toes don’t bend. His right foot isn’t much better, and he has negative flexibility in his ankles. But the biggest testament of Hughes’ determination was running a marathon in a walking boot that was too small.

Steve Hughes has run 300 marathons with intense pain.

Steve Hughes has run 300 marathons with intense pain.

As he approached marathon 100, his leg was hurting. One of the participants’ friends was a doctor and examined him. She determined Hughes may … Read more >

Woo Pig Sooie, Fight Breast Cancer

A couple of months ago there was a post on my Facebook wall from a woman named Jennifer Wiseman. She explained she was a breast cancer survivor and was starting a support group for young survivors.
That got my attention. Breast cancer and other cancer has touched some of the women in my family. I’m a huge admirer of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event Little Rock plays host to and my wife has participated in several years.
I friended Jennifer on Facebook and then later received a message from her. She wanted me to “design” a bra for a charitable event she was organizing called Brassiere Bazaar-Bras For A Cause.
She invited several Little Rock media-types and some national celebrities to design a bra for auction.
I eagerly accepted and began plotting my

The only way you can own this is by going to Cornerstone Grill & Pub in North Little Rock Thursday night and bid on it.

The only way you can own this is by going to Cornerstone Grill & Pub in North Little Rock Thursday night and bid on it.

design.
I found several examples of decorated bras online. With my background, it seemed natural to incorporate sports.
Of course, when you think sports in Arkansas, you think Razorbacks, so I looked at the bra Jennifer gave me, … Read more >