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November 28th, 2007

Lj Idol, Week 4, When You're a Razorback, you're a Razorback for Life @ 03:57 pm

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From:beldar
Date:November 28th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)

Re: The Land of Opportunity

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I know that New Mexico is the "Land of Enchantment." Don't know if there's supposed to be any exclusivity on mottoes, but I do know that Land of Opportunity was the official-by-state-law one when I was growing up. For years "The Natural State" was just the tourism department slogan, working as an unofficial state motto before the General Assembly changed it for real. At the time I remember someone pointing out that "natural state" used to be a euphamism for being mentally challenged (to use the modern euphamism).

I did notice when living on the East side of the state that Razorback fever was more muted the closer you got to Jonesboro.

There was a movement by Arkansas State boosters to get UA and ASU to play each other in football back in the 70s. I remember there was a billboard with an Indian riding a Hog and the caption, "Hey, Coach Broyles, How about a game?!" But Broyles wouldn't budge. He'd gain nothing by winning and lose a lot of face in defeat, so it was never seriously considered.

To my knowledge they only played each other once in men's basketball, thrown together in some preseason tournament, I think, playing in Little Rock. UA won.
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From:djner
Date:November 28th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)

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I should have included that the year that we came there, I can't remember if it was '92 or '93, Arkansas won the national basketball championship. We still have some of the special edition glass Coke bottles that they issued.

Yeah, I'm kind of glad that they don't play the Indians all the time, especially since, at times, the Indians play very well. Note the game between ASU and Texas where Texas almost lost.

It's good to talk to people who have lived in Arkansas fo so long, most people are natives in Arkansas whereas in Arizona most are not, because in all seriousness, I didn't live in Arkansas for maybe 12 or 13 years in total. Now, I'm proably going to live in Tennessee for a while at least, but I'm not going to let the Vols convert me. The fans that support Arkansas seem to be more friendly to the other team. Vol fans are extremely rude, especially to Florida fans. I thought that they would be mean to me when I moved here because I was a Razorback fan, and they are when they beat us, but they are really actually some of the nicest people I've met. Arkansans are nice, but still ... I didn't think that Vol fans could be. I was wrong there.
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From:beldar
Date:November 28th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)

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I graduated in '93 and was still in town when the Razorbacks won the championship. I remember the crowds celebrating down on Dickson St. Good times =)
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From:djner
Date:November 29th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)

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I should have leff it like I had it the first time, I originally had '92 as when I came to Arkansas, but then changed it to '93. Not sure. I just have no idea how people are going to vote on these entries. Kind of hard to be too creative with this, that and I haven't been "playing" the game of socialization and getting lots of friends. Oh well, all I can do is continue to wrtite and if people don't like my entry, then so be it.

I remember when Arkansas beat Tennessee in 1999 and they carried the goal posts down Dixen. I lived in Gregson at the time, and they carried it right in front of the dorm. Lots of partying went on, I just hid out in my room.
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From:beldar
Date:November 29th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)

Re: playing the game

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While having the big friends list helps, that tends to grow during the course of the contest anyway. The factors most likely to assure a win are (1) Being very open and self-revealing in the entries (2) being able to write interesting stuff well -- always a plus in any contest -- and (3) big friends list, either growing throughout the contest (like tru2myart) or already going in (like welfy). Other things factor in as well, such as all winners so far have been female. Being friendly and helpful in posting to other peoples' entries and in the Green Room can pay off as well. This season there's an added social element of being active in the Green Room and comments to earn "gold stars" -- of which I will likely win none, because of my busy off-journal schedule. But so be it. I'll ride this horse as far as it takes me. Made it to 11th place last time.
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From:djner
Date:November 29th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)

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Yes. Well, if I get voted out, then so beit. I'm not going to change what I write just because I want to mold myself to those that are reading. For me, this isn't a popularity contest, but it's just something that I can use to continue writing. If I do well, then I'll be happy, and I'll feel blessed that I've made it past each and every week. It would be nice to keep making new friends, and I'm starting to do that :).

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