Poor little piggies…

Man, I HATE the final score of the Cotton Bowl. I hate it for our team. The Mizzou Tigers were most certainly the better team today. That Temple kid put on a rushing clinic today.

The idiot announcer in the booth with Pat Summerall made a couple of valid points — one of which is that the last time the Arkansas Razorbacks took the field, they knocked off the number one team in college football, the LSU Tigers.

What today’s TV coverage DIDN’T point out is that since that emotional victory, our team lost its coach, lost most of its staff to Ole Miss, got most of the staff BACK for bowl preps, DMac won the Doak Walker award, and came up short in the Heisman chase (take a deep breath here), ALMOST had a coach hired, then the deal came undone, and FINALLY did get a coach, who flew into town for a late, late news conference.

Sort of a fitting final chapter in a two-season melodrama off the field.

And I couldn’t be prouder of the players who stuck it out. I’ve said time and again that our student athletes showed more poise and maturity — on a consistent basis — than have the fans, the coaches, the university administration and even the players’ parents and the coaches’ friends.

I thought Reggie Herring was gonna cry in his post game interview. He said, “I’m sorry.” And he promised Razorback fans a better day.

Yep, I very much want to see us shake the bowl jinx. I want Arkansas to compete for national championships. More than that, I want the sideshow sagas to end (and I think, perhaps, they have), and I hope we’ll continue to recruit — and play — quality young men who played their hearts out today.

More than anything, though, I hope we never, ever, EVER wear all red uniforms EVER again!