As if football wasn't already enough to get you excited, here comes ol' Mike Anderson and practically every other former Hog traipsing into Park Hill Baptist Church on Thursday night to get the masses fired up about the Return of Hawgball.
And firing up, they did. Blake Eddins got the action started by shooting from the hip regarding all kinds of hot button issues - as well as issues that have downgraded to tepid with the passage of time. God bless Blake and his willingness to stir it up!
On Rotnei Clarke:
Through all of this, Coach Anderson has never complained. He’s been the same Mike Anderson that recruited me and recruited some of ya’ll. He’s been humble, he’s gone to work and everything. He didn’t complain once, he didn’t pout. He dad didn’t call a CBSSports.com writer and say he’s gonna transfer to Gonzaga if he didn’t get his way and all that good stuff.
On Stan Heath:
Mike Anderson does everything faster than everybody else. He eats faster, he goes to sleep faster, he fouls you in pickup than anybody you’ll ever play. What was ya’ll’s flight [from Fayetteville] down here? Thirty-six minutes? Something like that. Seven years ago, same flight, same pilot, same plane, same everything – took Stan Heath two hours and 18 minutes. He had to eat something, stop in Russellville and refuel.
On Mike talking about himself in the third-person, but being pretty kick-ass about it:
Coach A kind of grabbed me by my shoulders and doesn’t blink, doesn’t anything. And in his wonderful, sometimes third-person dialect he said ‘Blake, you don’t worry about Mike Anderson. Mike Anderson’s gonna be fine. Mike Anderson and his family are gonna go get a good job. Mike Anderson’s gonna win some damn ballgames.'
More good excerpts - along with coach's assessments of those ballyhooed Razorback freshmen and full audio of the speeches - at Sync magazine columnist Evin Demirel's Sports Seer blog.