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Monday Hodge Podge

Bar Fight

Who's Got Your Back? We here at RazorbackExpats are no strangers to bar fights; if it's Saturday night, chances are that we're in a scrap at the local watering hole. So we took particular interest in this column by the Sporting News' Spencer Hall (a.k.a. as Oscar Swindle of Every Day Should Be Saturday). In the piece, Hall lists the college mascots you'd want on your side in a bar fight and those you wouldn't.

Coming in at No. 2 on the list of those you'd want on your side: the Arkansas Razorback. Says Hall: "Razorbacks can weigh upwards of 500 pounds and are stone cold killing machines with knives in their mouths, incredible stamina and a bloodlust a highway killer would call 'impressive.' Ragnar, a former Arkansas Razorback mascot, escaped once and killed seven rattlesnakes, a 450-pound domestic hog and a coyote before being captured. You want the Razorback on your side in a fight if only to keep him from being on the other side. Bonus: He has an extremely low center of gravity and can be eaten if killed in combat."

And who's no. 1? Mike VI, the LSU Tiger. But as occasional contributor and frequent commenter J Hawg 3 notes in his e-mail alerting us to the piece: "Yeah, baby, but who has The Boot?"

Derek Fisher: Class Act, Part 2. Last week, we mentioned our admiration of Los Angeles Lakers guard and Little Rock native Derek Fisher. Courtesy of Max Brantley's Arkansas Blog, we came across this moving piece about how Derek has raised awareness of a rare type of eye cancer and a new treatment for the disease. Much as we dislike certain things about the Lakers, this guy makes it impossible to root against them.