Mediocre Zen

I’m not really sure what else to call it.

I’ve been sick and tired so long, I forgot what winning football big in football is all about. And this goes all the way back to the hiring of Nutt instead of Tuberville some 21 years ago, and if you want to be completely accurate it actually goes all the way back to Jack Crowe in 1990 when the Hogs went from back-to-back SWC titles to 3-8 and 1-7 in the SWC – in just one year. And to put that in perspective, Arkansas had not had a season in which it had won fewer than 5 games in about 32 years at that point – 3-8 was unthinkable.

Since that time it’s been a steady of parade of losing, excuses and “wait till next year”.

What I’ve found most disgusting is the constant turnover in coaches. Winning is not good enough as we proved when we ran off Coach Nutt.

Then we found a Coach who took the program places it had not been in over 30 years – 30 years, but he lied about having a fling and going on a motorcycle ride – so we got all self-righteous and stood on character and were proud to do so. We weren’t about to impose a suspension or salary forfeiture – no way, we were going to fire him. Welcome John L. Smith for an interim forgettable and wasted season, and our football program has been in the tank since that time. You wonder the difference in Arkansas and Ohio State – well, there you go. 3 game suspension for allowing an assistant coach to beat his wife and ignore her pleas for help equals 3 game suspension. At Arkansas if you have an affair and have a wreck and try to cover it up, you get fired.

It’s okay to spare all the replies that you are proud we stood on character and are glad Arkansas is not Ohio State, etc. I get that. But that’s why you are watching Ohio State play for national titles year-in and year-out. I agree with my good friend from Oklahoma who moonlights as a Razorback fan when he’s not rooting for the Sooners – Arkansas just doesn’t get it and never has and never will.

Then we hired a Coach with a great resume — all seemed to be going well, the team was improving despite that hiccup to Toledo and bizarre and inexplicable blow-out to Auburn – then there was the Missouri game and the nightmarish Belk Bowl telling us there was more to the Toledo and Auburn losses, er, our concerns were real – to be followed by last year which ranks right up there with Jack Crowe and John L. Smith.

And now we have the new “answer” – after very publicly telling the world we were going to unload Fort Knox for Gus, and Gus said “No thanks, but thanks for letting me use that as leverage to get Auburn to unload Fort Knox for me.” So we had to settle, but oh, the Texas recruiting that awaits.

Saturday night – game was in hand, Hogs leading 27-9 and about to make it 34-9…ok to nap and look forward to the future. Nope, time to watch a repeat and replay of the last 2 decades with an inexplicable collapse.

And I’m so tired of the wash-rinse-repeat people who hate on one coach and love on the other. I’ve read some of the Bielema haters who spewed venom all last season and are now telling us to give him a year or two of mediocrity, give the new coach time, and they expected to lose to Colorado State, etc. I’m old, and I’ve heard that one before – A LOT.

My Dad was in his prime during that 1964 national title. He’s been waiting on a return to national prominence since that time. He told me it was time to accept the reality – 8 and 9 win seasons were about as good as it was going to ever get and we were going to have several losing-seasons in between – that’s Razorback football. We are Ole Miss, Mississippi State, etc.

Our football program has reached a state of mediocre zen – and we are all at peace and accept it. As they say, there are more important things in life than football – unless you live in Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio, Texas, etc.

No, I do not live ‘there’ either in a Zen-like state or a physical
state. I do not want the Arkansas Razorbacks to stoop to the
depths of ‘win at any cost’ that has warped the values at some
of the schools like Auburn, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, and Ohio State.

Let the people of those states face a catastrophic illness and they’ll discover there’s more to life than football.

Why are so many Hog fans so quick to sing the praises of Tuberville and Gus?

Everyone who has coached at Auburn has won BIG. Even Terry Bowden went undefeated there. Gene Chizik won a National Championship there after going 5-19 at ISU.

UA more than held serve against Tuberville coached teams and the negatives regarding Gus are well documented.

I have had this exact feeling before, in regards to Hog athletics. all of us who love the hogs and grew up in the glory days, just cannot believe or accept how bad the past 20 ish years have been. heck, even baseball went all “arkansas” this year in the CWS.

Usually when i feel as low as you sound, i come on here and vent, like you did, cuz nobody in my home wants to hear that stuff. And that’s part of the reason you pay for a fan message board, cuz we’re all fans, as in fanatics.

so vent away, we’ll be here to listen.

Last time I felt like your post sounded, I just really stepped away from hog athletics for a while. as in quit watching games, quit coming to this site lasted a few months and I’m much better now.

I think Tommy Smith wrapped it up great this week, when everyone was complaining about the CSU game, he was playing Joan Jett’s “I hate myself for loving you”…that is the freaking anthem for us hog fans, lol


That’s a helluva thought… :sunglasses:


That is pretty danged funny, right there. There is some truth in that. I hate myself for lovin’ you.

Joan Jett looked pretty sweet then.

Joan Jett is the first “non-traditional” woman that I was TOTALLY hot for. didn’t understand it at the time (7th grade), just know I liked what she was cookin!

I watched her “crimson and clover” video a couple years ago, and was like "Aaaaaah, that’s why I was so hot for her…cuz she was HOT! so confident, so different from the “perfect girl” that was projected by Hollywood back then, so unafraid to be herself and be different, such nice lips…ok I’ll stop there before Clay deletes this post lol


Mercy. No wonder I always liked her…

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear

“Do you know the hallmark of a second rater? It’s resentment of another man’s achievement. Those touchy mediocrities who sit trembling lest someone’s work prove greater than their own - they have no inkling of the loneliness that comes when you reach the top. The loneliness for an equal - for a mind to respect and an achievement to admire. They bare their teeth at you from out of their rat holes,thinking that you take pleasure in letting your brilliance dim them - while you’d give a year of my life to see a flicker of talent anywhere among them. They envy achievement, and their dream of greatness is a world where all men have become their acknowledged inferiors. They don’t know that that dream is the infallible proof of mediocrity, because that sort of world is what the man of achievement would not be able to bear. They have no way of knowing what he feels when surrounded by inferiors - hatred? no, not hatred, but boredom - the terrible, hopeless, draining, paralyzing boredom. Of what account are praise and adulation from men whom you don’t respect? Have you ever felt the longing for someone you could admire? For something, not to look down at, but up to?"
“I’ve felt it all my life,” she said.”
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“Stupidity lies in wanting to draw conclusions.”
― Gustave Flaubert

“The only sin is mediocrity.”