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Re: “A throwback

I was. It was awful in almost every way it could have been awful -- other than that bit of meat on the sandwiches. Seriously. And I've been doing dining reviews for decades. Reviewed Iriana's when it opened in 1988 for the Arkansas Gazette. And the flies weren't newly dead flies. Petrified flies is more like it.

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Posted by Big Fun on 08/17/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “A throwback

If the grilled cheese can't expected to be decent, can't they at least have chili more than 1-2 days a week? Can't they find a decent version of potato salad ... or baked beans ... or slaw? I mean, really, is any of that too much to ask?

Posted by Big Fun on 08/16/2017 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Frank Broyles remembered

Thank you, Beau. Sure you basically had to write that off the top of your head, but as usual your analysis is insightful. Best sportswriter working at an Arkansas newspaper today, I continue to say.

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Posted by Big Fun on 08/14/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Frank Broyles dies at 92

My father went to World War II and then to the U of A on the GI Bill. Like many, he was the first in his family to even consider he might go to college. As a senior he was president of the student body in 1948. By the time Broyles came 10 years later he was a successful CPA and struck up a booster/friend relationship. I had my picture taken at age 5 with Coach Broyles instructing me how to get in a four-point stance. I got to know Broyles decades later, and when my father was ill he would often inquire about him. When my dad died in 1991, I got a sweet, heartfelt, handwritten letter from Frank Broyles. Class act in every way.

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Posted by Big Fun on 08/14/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “A throwback

I say if a barbecue restaurant can't make a decent burger or grilled cheese, then take them off the menu. And if it can't have chili available more than a day or two a week, take it off the menu. And take a few minutes each day to clean dead flies off the window sills.

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Posted by Big Fun on 08/10/2017 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Awwwwww. Big Bret Bielema shows off his little baby daughter

Bret Bielema indeed is a good guy. I've got a close friend who got a terrible infection a few years ago, a cousin of Legionnaire's Disease. Swarmed him quickly and the doctors didn't think he'd make it. In fact, his family was called in one night because his situation was that tenuous. But he survived, though he was a in a medically induced coma for weeks. After he came out of it, but was still not very responsive, someone who had a communication channel to Bielema sent a note asking if he'd sign a picture and send it to Scott, who is a huge Hog fan. A few days later Bret showed up unannounced to the Little Rock hospital to see Scott, who doesn't remember it but relishes the picture of them together. Bret followed up with emails and at least one phone call, and then when he came to town to speak to the Razorback Club at Chenal Country Club months later, after Scott got to come home, I took him to the event. When I reintroduced him to Bielema, the Hog coach pulled Scott aside and talked to him for about 7-10 minutes while others stood around hoping for his time. No press, no photo ops through any of this process, just a nice and caring man who happens to be football coach taking the time -- and interest -- to engage with a fan who was in a very tough spot. No matter what his won-loss record becomes, I will forever be a Bret Bielema fan.

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Posted by Big Fun on 08/09/2017 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Razorback opponent takes pay cut if band stays home

Sure it would cost them more than $50,000 to bring the 100 band members. So probably a good economical decision on their part.

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Posted by Big Fun on 08/09/2017 at 11:24 AM

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