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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

This is how the nation sees the Hogs and Nutt

Posted on Wed, Sep 27, 2006 at 3:22 PM

We love this irreverant site about College Football, called Every Day Should Be Saturday. If you're a fan, bookmark it, because it's worth your time every week. In this edition, read about halfway down when the writers address Arkansas and the Hogs' win over Alabama.

Here's a snippet: 

If you’re a charter member of the Houston Nutt fan club (which we are) then your dessert for the weekend came in the Alabama/Arkansas game. The formula for a big Nutt-y win unfolded with mathematical precision:

1. Being completely outplayed by the other team for 58 of the 60 minutes of regulation.

2. Catching every break imaginable, including fluky turnovers, missed kicks by the opposition, and subintelligent strategic decisions made by the other side. (Shula’s playing for the field goal with a kicker whose confidence was visibly shattered by that point in the game.)

3. Winning in a manner that could only be described as de puga, or “from the buttocks/ass.”

The from-the-ass element comes with Alabama missing a potential game-winning field goal in overtime and then dying when Mitch Mustain completed a brain-frying touchdown on an audible after doing nothing over the last four mintues of the game but give Alabama every chance imaginable to win the game. His last seven passes went something like this: 1/7, 3 ints, 1 td. Equals…victory.

The peak of the Houston Nutt Victory game came with the reviewed call in the fourth quarter and the reaction shot. We can’t recall the exact details of the review, but Arkansas won the call, and the split-screen reaction nearly made us drop our drink. On one side, Mike Shula, just a few eye-twitches away from catatonic calm on the Alabama sideine, turning to his assistants to confer; on the other side is Nutt, whooping, hollering, fist-pumping and twitching like a hillbilly who just fell drunk into a nest full of yellow-jackets. Nutt, at times like that, resembles nothing as much as a single Lynyrd Skynyrd fan rocking out to the guitarapalooza section of “Free Bird” alone in his bedroom.




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