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OK. I had no plans to write about this. But a guy at the The Daily Caller is too big of a jackass to not go after at this point.
First: Aren’t comedians supposed to be funny? I mean, other than their form of dress. Seriously, get a load of this guy. Nice 1997 outfit. What’re those, JNCOs? The blue on blue is sharp, too, if you’re, ya know, my dad (by the way: Love you, Johnny B.). Yellow snapback placed on the crown of the head.
Wait. Is this like on Facebook when that know-it-all friend you have (you know the one I’m talking about, we all have them), comes back with the “See, you can’t even construct an argument without devolving into name-calling?” I bet it is.
Anyway, you just knew this was going to be good. And when I say good, I mean hilarious. And when I say hilarious, I mean SMH-worthy.
Never mind the absurd outfit. Fella just spouts off the same stuff he wrote in his piece. Which, I guess was kind of funny if you’re into hate comedy. Then basks in the hatred he received from Arkansas fans. Trust me, I get it. I once wrote this after all.
Difference is I have to turn around and face Bret Bielema and Ricky Town. I run into Jen Bielema in elevators and press conferences. Do they know me very well? Not really. They do see me, at least. I’m held accountable for what I write.
It’s David Hookstead’s schtick. Fair. He is the Clay Travis of The Daily Caller. No, really. Google their names together. On the first two pages alone, you’ll find 14 times Hookstead aggregated something Travis said on topics blurring the lines between sports and politics.
As to whether he’s just an angry Wisconsin fan? Doubtful. He is a Wisconsin fan, no doubt about it. But, best I remember, a lot of that fan base was OK with Bielema walking. Plus, the team is 3-0 this year, too. Nothing to be sour about.
Ultimately, it’s a dude looking for an outlet and attention. It’s the same guy who, while an undergrad at UW-Madison, wrote how there was no such thing as rape culture. Lo, the irony of the Editor’s Note at the top of that piece telling readers it includes a trigger warning.
This is what we’re dealing with here.
That’s it. I could waste more text space rambling. I’m not going to. I’ll stick to reading my fellow Cornellian Jamie Weinstein if I need my Daily Caller fill. At least he has some comedic skill.
Top 10 Hogs
Hey, how about some actual football?
We’re a quarter of the way through this season. If you’re among the handful who had Arkansas 3-0 at this point, kudos to you, sir or madam. Almost no one — me, included — did.
It’s happened by excellent and overachieving performances. Both. The following isn’t a rank of who may be the overall best player on the roster. It’s a ranking of who have been the top 10 players this season.
10. CB Henre’ Toliver, junior
Toliver leads all cornerbacks in tackles, is the only defensive back with a tackle for loss and he also has broken up a pass. He isn’t perfect, but he’s also been the most steady over three games.
9. LB Dre Greenlaw, sophomore
He is right there with Brooks Ellis for the team lead in tackles and he has an interception, too. The biggest thing, though: He isn’t making nearly the same amount of mistakes as last year, nor are the few he is making game-changing.
8. P Toby Baker, senior
Baker leads the SEC in yards per punt, has landed 4 inside the 20-yard-line and, unofficially — very unofficially — he has sick hang time. The man is an NFLer.
7. CB Jared Collins, senior
Collins has just 3 tackles and 1 pass breakup. But it’s because no one is throwing to his side. He was beaten once, badly, in the Texas Christian game. Once. That’s literally it. His numbers aren’t All-SEC worthy. His game is.
6. WR Keon Hatcher, senior
Second on the team in catches, first in yards. Hatcher and Drew Morgan are sharing No. 1 duties, whatever that even means in this day and age with this offense. He is a firecracker right now.
5. DT Jeremiah Ledbetter, senior
Ledbetter’s breakout came against Texas State. You could say “It was Texas State, man” and that would be fair. But he helped on a game-altering sack against Louisiana Tech and he’s caused havoc all year.
4. QB Austin Allen, junior
One game into Allen’s starting career, fans were calling for Ty Storey and/or Cole Kelley. Three games in, he’s a first- or second-team All-SEC QB. Allen has been an excellent game manager with just enough skill and chutzpah to be worthy of such considerations.
3. LB Brooks Ellis, senior
I can count one time Ellis has messed up this year. Literally. Just once. Granted, those are my layperson eyes. Still, coaches are also glowing about the man’s play.
2. RB Rawleigh Williams III, sophomore
We talk about it every time we write anything about RWIII, but serious: He broke his friggin’ neck last year and could have never played again. Now, he’s third in the SEC in rushing, tied for third in touchdowns and on pace for almost 300 carries. Geez.
1. DE Deatrich Wise Jr., senior
If Wise isn’t taken in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft next April, something is up. He’s a straight animal and owns sacks in seven of his last eight games. He’d have more, too, if he weren’t held seemingly once a series.
Because, why not?
Still ready for Texas A&M-Arkansas this weekend. Hey, Dave, how many days until?
Nine former Razorbacks will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame this October. Bev Lewis (track and field/administration), Quinn Grovey, Cliff Powell and Dan Hampton (football), Lee Mayberry (basketball), Kevin McReynolds (baseball), Joe Falcon and Frank O’Mara (track and field) and R.H. Sikes (golf).
The great David Beall, Arkansas’ basketball SID, put together a nice tweet about the youngest guy on that list.
Congrats to @leemayberry11 for being voted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame!
— Razorback Basketball (@RazorbackMBB) September 19, 2016
Also: Arkansas volleyball closes its nonconference part of the schedule Tuesday night against Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla. The Razorbacks are struggling at 2-9.
- In hopes of stopping the mess made to the golf course in Little Rock ahead of Razorbacks games outside War Memorial Stadium, next Saturday’s Arkansas-Alcorn State will kick off at 11 a.m. CT. That isn’t the real reason, of course, but I’m sure the city appreciates the lessened mess that will occur with such an early start.
- Jimmy Carter (a friend) over at WholeHogSports.com (a competitor. Sort of. Not really. Whatever.) writes about the competition between Colton Jackson and Brian Wallace at right tackle. For the record, I was the only dude around here that went on the record saying Wallace will get more snaps this year.
- Linebacker Khalia Hackett is off the travel roster. Our piece by Trent Shadid goes into detail. Personally speaking, that’s a bummer. He was one of my favorite interviews and a guy I hoped would figure it out.
- And there was this…
— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) September 19, 2016
Yee-haw! Today in Arkansas
This one is a little bit cheating because it’s from a story published Friday. But the headline made me click. The lede made me read.
The Time America Almost Nuked Arkansas from Popular Mechanics.
It’s a bit of a longer read. Worth it if you’re into military and nuclear things.