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i've watched that game, literally, 20 times.
For all the nasty stuff we've had to say about ESpin, I gotta say, that was one fine reminder of one of the best coaching successes in college basketball. I loved the little segment where the talking heads were predicting the winner of the NC game and said the "smarter" coach would win out. Says a lot about how Nolan was viewed by the national press as a black aberration who couldn't win against a better mind. I still don't blame him for his rants as the end neared. He was angry, and for good cause. What was it White said? "We would have hoped for a happy response so our (black) potential recruits would choose Arkansas"? What a dipshit. That they didn't hire Mike on the spot after 17 years of mentoring by Nolan pretty much says it all. Thank you, Baby Jesus, for hiring Jeff Long and running off White. Life is good, if you are a Hawg!
I should've guessed it would be about discrimination instead of Arkansas basketball. I'm so weary of that.I'm going back to Smokey and the Bandit.
Mitch Albom. Know your sports, dude. Really? You know who Mitch Albom is? Kudos to you, my sports junkie friend. I couldn't name a single commentator from that period, except for Dandy Dan doing Cowboys games and that greasy haired Jewish guy who had suitcases under his eyes (can't name him either. Jeez, getting old is hard to do.)
As a fan, if you are not excited about the fact that our University is headed in the right direction then you can proceed to the nearest fire or go watch Smokey and the Bandit....but in less than one year, we have had our football and basketball program spotlighted.To the administrators: Keep the name Bud Walton Arena if you must, but for frick's sake name the court Nolan Richardson.
This goes right to the woopig.net lexicon.Heading to screen door now.
Once upon a time, big fat titties, and they all lived happily ever after. The End
I just regret that couldn't have turned into a 2 hour special.
I said it early and I'll say it again. If you have a major issue with anything in that special, the problem may be you. There really is nothing that one can argue with, factually. We all know who he was talking about too when he bitches in that press conference about how he knew he wasn't playing on the same field as some other coaches on campus. If you think it irritated YOU on Woopig that fuckhead was getting 2 year passes and his ass kissed, how do you think it rubbed a guy who had actually played in the NFL and knew more about coaching football and basketball like Nolan?
As a fan, if you are not excited about the fact that our University is headed in the right direction then you can proceed to the nearest fire or go watch Smokey and the Bandit....but in less than one year, we have had our football and basketball program spotlighted.To the administrators: Keep the name Bud Walton Arena if you must, but for fuck's sake name the court Nolan Richardson.
I probably watched it 20 times in the first week after it was played.
You gotta be THAT guy, don't you? The one-upper.
As soon as the game was over, one of my cousin's husbands called me
i remember how we fell off the mountain top in '00 and '01, and being pissed about it. i remember nolan's rants in press conferences that were aired on tv, and sportscenter, and everywhere else, and being embarrassed and pissed about it. at the time and for years afterward i was glad nolan was fired because i thought it was time, that he had quit recruiting as hard as he did to bring in the studs he did in the late 80's and early 90's, and that after the public rants he deserved it. i was wrong. i was naive, uninformed, and wrong. i'm sorry nolan. fuck you broyles, white, and the arkansas media. nolan needs his name on bud walton arena, not just the damn court. yeah, bud walton gave the uofa half the money it needed to build it, but there would never have been a need or a cause without nolan - he's responsible for the other half of the money and every reason behind building it. many stadiums and arenas have two names hyphenated on them and most of the people they were named after are not as important to those schools as nolan is to arkansas. Richardson-Walton Arena needs to be on all four sides of the outer facade above the entrances. Put a big ass statue of Nolan under the glass atrium of the south entrance, not sure what pose to use, maybe the one of him kissing the national championship trophy, or that stoic father figure look he carried so often. Name the court Yvonne Richardson Court after his daughter, or name it Mike Anderson court, he spent 17 years here going through much of the same shit, biding his time, and the university turned their backs on him and basically said "Fuck You". Yeah, we hired him back 10 years later, but it would be a nice way to offer up an everlasting apology.
Naming the court after Yvonne isn't a bad idea and she was instrumental in talking Nolan into accepting the job (at least that is how it was portrayed.) so I wouldn't have a beef one way or the other....but we do need to do something to immortalize Nolan for what he did for our University and for the program.If we built a statue, I would like for it to be a game shot....one of his typical stances that we saw all to often during a game:
at the time and for years afterward i was glad nolan was fired because i thought it was time, that he had quit recruiting as hard as he did to bring in the studs he did in the late 80's and early 90's, and that after the public rants he deserved it.
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