Writing a parody awards column during Oscars weekend might seem cheap and easy, but many cheap and easy things are also fun!
Besides, we need to commemorate 2012 because those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. And if there’s anything we don’t want to repeat, it’s 2012.
This is an excerpt from a post I wrote for Sporting Life Arkansas. You can see the rest of it here.
Achievement In Writing (Message Board Threads)
The Great Stadium Debate
The GSD is the Meryl Streep of Arkansas message boards. It’s always there. It’s always classic. The most bankable topic possible. Arkansas vs. ASU doesn’t generate as much passion (ASU fans excluded) as the Great Stadium Debate. Even though War Memorial is contracted to two games per year through 2016, the debate was stirred most emotionally when Arkansas moved the LSU game to Fayetteville and replaced it with Ole Miss. Of course, that was back when Razorback fans were expecting to enjoy this season. But even when the season went south well before Arkansas lost that Ole Miss game, the animosity of the anti-WMS crowd was out in full force after the loss to the Rebels.
Where is Vin Ascolese?
Between brash tweeting and a poet’s heart, the lightly recruited linebacker from New Jersey was an instant hit with Razorback fans. Unfortunately, the Razorback of Destiny wasn’t eligible to come to Fayetteville last fall, but that didn’t stop some fans, convinced he has All-American potential, from frequently asking what his status was. The last update we heard is that he’s headed to juco at College of the Sequoias. It’s unknown if Bret Bielema will have any interest in him whenever Ascolese becomes eligible, be we’re not holding our breath.
Coke vs Pepsi
Sometimes it’s hard to generate content during the middle of summer, but we were handed a gift last year when Arkansas announced it was switching from being a Coke campus to a Pepsi campus, which included the concessions at all on-campus sporting events. The fury was swift. Among the favorite complaints were "I can’t mix Pepsi with my whiskey!" and "Pepsi is a Yankee drink!" As of this writing, Arkansas remains a Pepsi campus.
But the winner is:
Coaching Search 2012
Lesson learned in 2012: When you have an 8 month coaching search, there is literally no coach in America who won’t get listed as a possible candidate for the job. Literally, not one. Many of us who run an Arkansas site tried our hands at some sort of coaching tracker/hot board, but I don’t believe any of us even had Bret Bielema mentioned. But on the message boards or twitter, anything was on the table. Including the infamous night when some swore they saw Jon Gruden at Powerhouse. Because when you’re trying to wine-and-dine a guy from Tampa to sell him on relocating to Fayetteville, you take him to Powerhouse.
Again, you can read the rest of the post here.
Doc Harper is the managing editor of Arkansas Expats and is a regular contributor to College Football News and Sporting Life Arkansas. You can email him here and follow him on Twitter.