FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas offensive line coach Kurt Anderson walked into the media room after Tuesday’s practice wearing a blue T-shirt reading “I AIN’T AFRAID OF NO GOAT.”
The lifelong Chicago Cubs fan bought the shirt online after seeing actor Bill Murray — of “Ghostbusters” fame — sport it during the NLCS.
“I’m like, ‘I gotta have that shirt,’” Anderson said.
But despite his favorite team being on the brink of its first world championship since 1908, Anderson won’t be watching Game 7 Wednesday night.
He’ll be watching film at the Arkansas football facility instead.
“Last night I got to see the last out of the 8th and then the entire 9th inning,” Anderson said. “That was all I got to see. Obviously, I’m a Cubs fan through and through, but the focus is on this upcoming game against the Florida Gators.
“I’ve got my W flag upstairs. I’ve got a Kris Bryant jersey upstairs. I’ll be ready to celebrate or cry myself to sleep.”
Anderson was born in Evanston, Ill., and said he’s supported the Cubbies his entire life. His dog’s name is “Rizzo” after Cubs star first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
“My mom’s the only one in my family that has a little bit of allegiance with the Sox,” Anderson said with a laugh. “If she’s at my house and asks about the Sox score, it’s the only time I ever ignore my mother.”
But Anderson’s job must come first, which is why he likely won’t be watching much — if any — of Game 7 Wednesday.
The Razorbacks host No. 11 Florida on Saturday afternoon. The Gators bring to town their fierce defensive front that could give Anderson’s offensive line fits if those players aren’t ready.
But when Anderson gets home from work late Wednesday evening — or early Thursday morning — he’ll probably get a recap of the game from his 8-year-old son, who stayed up to tell his dad all about the Cubs’ Game 6 win Tuesday.
“If they win, I’m sure that they’ll be a little late to school tomorrow,” Anderson said of his kids, “because they’ll probably be staying up and watching the entire thing.”