Red beans and ricely yours | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Red beans and ricely yours

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 2:02 PM

A point of personal indulgence. My hometown Louisiana newspaper has full coverage of a big sporting event in Arkansas this weekend -- the inaugural Red Beans and Rice Bowl. Read on for details. But let me say first that, though you can take the boy out of Louisiana ....

"Hot boudin, cold coosh coosh. Come on McNeese, poosh, poosh, poosh." I hope to hear many choruses of "Jole Blon" before the night is over.

No offense, UCA fans, but my dad was a member of the then-juco's first graduating class and played tuba in the McNeese band. His college best friend, who became a near uncle to me, was a halfback on the first Cowboy team. My dad always bought season tickets, even when the crowd numbered in the hundreds and you could walk in free at halftime.

We traveled near and far for Cowboy road games, generally with me dozing on my dad's shoulder as he drove home in the wee hours. Games were always at night in Louisiana. What a memory. Cocooned in a big V-8 Pontiac, the heater cranking against the chill, we coursed through the piney woods of North Louisiana accompanied by the radio sounds of Ace Ferguson in the LSU wrapup show and the college football scoreboard, fight songs blaring. A Pitt Grill hamburger stop in Alexandria was always in order.

Names like Don Breaux (Arkies should remember him) and Tom Sestak still thrill me. The current Cowboy coach is son of a famed Cowboy QB and his wife, my high school speech teacher. I spent many an hour during summer programs at The Ranch, the McNeese student center.

In short: Sauce piquante is thicker than water. Go Cowboys.

SPECIAL TO THE LAKE CHARLES AMERICAN PRESS                                                                                              

On Saturday, the McNeese State Cowboys will not only be playing for a Southland Conference championship and playoff berth but also for the inaugural Red Beans and Rice Bowl Trophy.

The game, scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Saturday, will pit the 14th-ranked Cowboys (7-3, 4-2 SLC) against No. 13 Central Arkansas (9-2, 5-1). The SLC match has been designated the Red Beans and Rice Bowl by the schools’ administrators.

The winner of the game will receive the trophy — a bronzed bowl — at the conclusion of the contest in a midfield presentation and will have custody of the award for a full year. It will be a revolving trophy, going to the winner each year.

The game will be played in Conway, Ark., and will be televised by the Southland Conference Televisoin Network and broadcast in the Lake Area by KVHP, Ch. 29.

Central Arkansas announced that it will partner with the Arkansas Rice Depot, a statewide hunger-relief organization, in an effort to increase awareness of hunger in Arkansas. The Rice Depot distributes over seven million pounds of food annually to hungry Arkansas.

Game day gate tickets will be discounted $1 to everyone brining a non-perishable food item for donation to the Rice Depot. Gumbo will be sold before to the game and UCA will host a red beans and rice cook-off with all proceeds supporting The Rice Depot’s efforts to end hunger in Arkansas.

NOTES: It will be the second time in McNeese history that a regular-season game has a trophy tagged to it. The first was the clash between the Cowboys and the Ragin’ Cajuns of USL — now Louisiana-Lafayette. The throphy was called the “Flag” and the winner of the game kept it for a year. The trophy was initiated by the student government associations of the two schools.



Comments (22)

Showing 1-22 of 22

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-22 of 22

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • When Sarah Sanders joined hands with the ACLU

    Pro Publica has a good retelling of a story familiar to most Arkansans — when OBU student Sarah Huckabee linked up with the ACLU to successfully challenge a Democrat's effort to discourage college student voting in Arkadelphia.
    • Aug 15, 2018
  • Wednesday's headlines and the open line

    Medicaid, guns, Satan and racism are covered in today's news roundup. Here's your open line.
    • Aug 15, 2018
  • Hutchinson says most gun safety ideas are 'non-starters'

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson was asked today about recent reporting on the high rate of gun deaths in Arkansas and he made it clear he has little enthusiasm for most ideas on gun safety legislation.
    • Aug 15, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • Your daily dose of Jason Rapert

    Sen. Jason Rapert really, really didn't like it when a KATV reporter asked him about the hypocrisy of his political arguments.
    • Feb 4, 2017
  • Tom Cotton's influence on Trump's new security chief

    U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is getting credit for pushing President Donald Trump to select Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, Politico reports.
    • Feb 21, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation