Even the Arkansas players and coaches know it’s been a long, long time since the Razorbacks beat LSU three straight times. They normally don’t talk about such things with us media types, but more than one brought it up during Wednesday’s availability session.
It got me thinking, what was life in America like when that happened?
Answer: Uh, not great. The great stock market crash of 1929, the precursor to the Great Depression, happened four days before Arkansas’ third straight win over the Tigers on Nov. 2, 1929. Prohibition was still a thing. The population of the United States was 120 million (it’s 319 million now).
Here’s how things were priced* back in that day, the last time the Razorbacks beat LSU for a third consecutive time.
Loaf of bread: .09¢
Gallon of milk: .56¢
Dozen eggs: .44¢
Average house: $7,809
Average car: $265
Gallon of gas: .22¢
*Information from www.thepeoplehistory.com
Back to the present day: An Arkansas win over LSU won’t just be the “coolest” of three straight, it also will pull the two teams into a tie for fourth in the SEC West, the usual line of demarcation between good teams and not-so-good ones. Plus, it seals Arkansas for a pretty decent bowl come December or January, assuming, of course, no stubbing of toes against Missouri that final week.
Let's make it three in a row.
— The Arkansas Logo (@Arkansas_Logo) November 6, 2016
Speaking of seniors
At least two will playing in this year’s Senior Bowl from Arkansas.
Tight end Jeremy Sprinkle and punter Toby Baker were asked to participate in the postseason all-star game January 28 in Mobile, Ala. The game is a showcase for seniors who are expected to be mid- to late-round NFL picks with hopes of improving their stock.
Arkansas TE Jeremy Sprinkle and P Toby Baker have received Senior Bowl invites. Other Razorbacks under consideration
— Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) November 10, 2016
Sprinkle has 23 catches for 266 yards and 4 touchdowns this year. Baker is a possible All-SEC selection with a 44.75 yards-per-punt average. He’s also up for the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the best player who started their college football career as a walk-on. That trophy, by the way, has a fan vote element about it. You can vote here.
The protest is over
Once was apparently enough.
No one from the Arkansas women’s basketball team plans to kneel during the national anthem anymore after players and coach Jimmy Dykes said so on Wednesday. Instead, the team will focus its efforts on Project Unify, a community engagement program seeking to raise awareness and begin dialogue on important societal issues.
Project Unify Introduced https://t.co/bAo3gOyysH
— Elvis Moya (@ElvisMoyaUA) November 9, 2016
The entire team, Dykes and athletic director Jeff Long all received significant backlash (a handful of elementary schools which were supposed to come to the season opener Friday backed out) after six players knelt during the anthem prior to Arkansas’ exhibition game against Oklahoma Baptist last week. Dykes and Long both said after the game they were in support of their players and it was unclear, until Wednesday, whether the protest would continue.
Personally, I’m glad they are finding an outlet to voice their opinions, anyway. That’s a big part of college.
Where is Fort Wayne (and other fun)
The team formerly known as IPFW is now simply Fort Wayne and it will visit Bud Walton Arena on Friday night to play the Razorbacks in both schools’ basketball season opener. And while it doesn’t sound all that sexy, Fort Wayne is almost a perfect team for Arkansas to open its year against.
The Mastodons — yes, that’s their nickname/mascot — are the preseason favorites in the Summit League, receiving more than half of the league’s first-place ballots. They provide a good-not-great opponent for an Arkansas team breaking in seven newcomers, just the sort of opponent that will push the Razorbacks, but probably shouldn’t win.
“I’ve got guys from last year; they know that the names don’t mean anything,” coach Mike Anderson said. “Take the jerseys and put shirts and skins, that’s how the mindset has got to be. This is one of the better RPI teams; they’re picked to win their league.”
Arkansas lost to similar teams last year in Mercer and Akron, programs that may not sound impressive but were quality. Not letting it happen again will go a long way to figuring out what kind of team Arkansas will be when SEC play rolls around in December.
“We can find out even more about our guys against a quality team coming in our home court,” Anderson said.
Tip is Friday at 7 p.m.
Johnny Gibson, a walk-on who started his first game on the Arkansas offensive line Saturday and shined, got some dap from O-line coach Kurt Anderson on Wednesday, writes WholeHogSports’ Jimmy Carter.
An emotional piece about Kody Walker, who has been a trooper for Arkansas for six injury-filled seasons, from our Jason Kersey.
There was this, which I’m not sure speaks more about Arkansas or LSU, considering Fournette has missed three games and the Tigers have played one fewer than Arkansas:
Here's an interesting stat…
LSU's Leonard Fournette & Derrius Guice: 1,334 rush yards
Arkansas' RWIII & Devwah Whaley: 1,338 rush yards
— Andrew Hutchinson (@NWAHutch) November 9, 2016
Related: In case you thought LSU might try to sneak attack something against Arkansas, think again.
O says Arkansas' D-front "has gotten bigger and stronger."
"We'll have to see if they can stop the run." #LSU's game plan is obvious.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 10, 2016
Yee-Haw! Today in Arkansas
Arkansas is the first state in the South to bring medical marijuana into legality.
The measure was passed by voters on Election Day on Tuesday, with the final tally coming in Wednesday. It passed by 70,000ish votes. This story from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette details more of the vote.