The kickoff to the week three game is a little over an hour away and I’m just getting around to talking about last week’s game. We’ve been painting bathroom and bedroom. Started last Friday. Should wrap it up on Monday. I’m not good at these things. I get impatient, frustrated, discouraged. I’m not a professional. I go for ‘good enough’ but after it’s over sometimes ‘good enough’ needs a little more work to be ‘good enough’. I’m thinking Lowes and Home Depot are missing an opportunity here. Along with appliances and bathroom fixtures and sheetrock they could offer psychological counseling. Just a thought.
So for the past week I’ve been either working or painting or recovering from painting and I haven’t had a chance to comment on last week’s game. There’s been plenty to write and talk about, Razorbacks and otherwise. But I just didn’t have the gumption to get to it.
We played Samford last week. They are in the Football Championship Subdivision and the game should have been a cakewalk. But they have a pretty good team and we head three defensive starters out and things didn’t go so well defensively. The offense looked great early and late but not so good in the middle. Samford got a lead late in the third quarter. Reminders of last year where we lost the second game to a lower echelon team and the season went spiraling out of control. But that didn’t happen. Arkansas took over the game and won by ten. Samford only ran six plays from then on.
So what’s different from last year? You could argue that last year’s team had more talent. I think you would have to say that the coaching staff has made the difference. In a few short months they have completely changed the mentality of this team. Adversity is no longer an excuse to quit. Adversity means dig deeper and try harder.
Years ago local sports writers were more cheerleaders than reporters. It was a different time I guess. But nowadays it seems there are some who think their job is to find something bad to say about the team. That’s not reporting either. I don’t know what you call it. Maybe ESPN reporting.