The staff voted on the top 25 games (good or bad) of the SEC era. The 2005 game was obviously one of the bad ones.
You ask Why would anybody regard those games as even remotely significant points in school history.
I think most would agree the 1987 Miami 51-7 loss showed how far the program was from being an elite program. I would say most Hog fans thought the program was close to turning the corner and being a top 10-15 program like in the 60’s and 70’s, but the loss showed otherwise. The 2005 game also showed where the program stood.
I read it. Was more disappointed that the accompanying video was a USC hype video, though you certainly couldn’t find an Arkansas hype video from that game. I don’t know. Wish these stories were strictly on SEC games, not non-conference games, but hey, this is how it was chosen to be done.
Some of you have mentioned it’s not good for recruiting, but you have to remember it’s not the ADG’s job to enhance Arkansas recruiting. That’s for the university to do. Newspapers are to write provocative articles, good or bad for the UA. You, as the consumer, don’t have to like it, read it or buy it, but that’s just the way it is. And by saying this, I’m not trying to defend the paper.
How useful is a mirror that only reflects what’s good about your appearance but hides the bad: Your hair out of place; a streak of dirt under your chin; (for the ladies) crooked eye-liner; spinach caught in your teeth …
A good mirror gives you a chance to fix what’s wrong now and compare how you looked yesterday to what you see today.
Despite what modern expectations seem to be, it’s not a news organization’s job to reflect only the positives about a community (whether that’s a town, a fan base, a political interest group, etc.). It’s useful and important to know the negatives. That way you can do something about them.
Richard, just not sure how accurate you analysis of the program was in the 1987 season and the two seasons following.
Agree that the Razorbacks got their butts kicked in LR by a very good Miami team coached by a vengeful Jimmy Johnson. Anyone who is a Razorback fan knows that story. Still Arkansas was a last-minute loss to Texas from tying for the SWCC that year. Finished the year with a 9-4 record
Actually won outright SWCCs in 1988 and 1989, but lost bowl games to Tn and UCLA. Finished both seasons with a 10-2 overall record and ranked either 12/13 in the final polls.
Arkansas went to Miami in 1988 for a return game, which it lost 16-18 on a last minute field goal, after a dropped int. in the end zone by Steve Atwater, I believe.
So, some of that I think would indicate the program was in better shape, than you appear to indicate, that is until Hatfield bolted. Highly ranked for most of his last two seasons also.
Broyles talked about how that game changed the perception of the program. There was a good amount of hype going into 87 and it appeared Arkansas was going be the Arkansas of old (1960-82). They did follow up with two good seasons, but the game hurt the image of the program. The 1992 Bama game also exposed the program vs the elite.
Since about 1953, when I first started following the Razorbacks they have had several “milestone” type games, which they lost. The two you mention are among the many, IMO. Most of the others were against Texas, Ole Miss and various bowl games.
And, you are absolutely correct, all those games, have to this day kept Arkansas separated from truly being recognized nationally as an elite program.