It has been a rough couple of days for Razorback fans, what with losing yet another second half lead to a highly ranked team, and following it up with Monday's FlopGhazi, a day-long discussion and dissection of Bret Bielema's onfield antics and dancing ability following an allegedly (by some) provoked Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty against Alabama on Saturday evening. Couple that with the dire situations of the Cowboys and the Cardinals, which round out the rooting trifecta for much of Arkansas (but certainly not everyone), and there are many, many people who just need a winner to cheer for.
Enter Barrett Baber, Fayetteville's own singer-songwriter-debate teacher come to save the day. Baber is a contestant on The Voice, NBC's hit singing competition, and was featured on Monday night's Battle Round after being showcased on the show's season premiere on Sept. 21, during which he selected Blake Shelton as his coach. Monday's final battle was a showdown between Baber and fellow Team Blake member Dustin Christensen. The two sang Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis" and brought the house down with it. Both Baber and Christensen were praised by each of the coaches, but in the end it was Baber who Blake chose as the winner. Take a look.
In addition to being a talented musician, Baber is also a huge Razorback fan. He called the hogs on stage following his blind audition on the season premiere of The Voice, produced an original song called "Razorback Game Day" for Northwest Arkansas news station KNWA, and has been a game day fixture for years singing post game at bars in Fayetteville and Little Rock alike. His acoustic rendition of "Arkansas Fight" has been the finale for many of the dozens of his gigs that I have attended over the past decade.
Woo Pig, Barrett. Go win it all.