Live from Little Rock: Jen Bielema says ‘hello’

War Memorial Stadium: Kind of old, kind of small. (M. Bradley)

War Memorial Stadium: Kind of old, kind of small. (M. Bradley)

War Memorial Stadium: Kind of old, kind of small. (M. Bradley)

War Memorial Stadium: Kind of old, kind of small. (M. Bradley)

Little Rock, Ark. — Bret Bielema coaches Arkansas. Jen Bielema is his wife. Apparently she’s kind of famous over here. (This isn’t without Arkansas precedent: The airport is named after Bill and Hillary Clinton.) She and I rode the same elevator at War Memorial Stadium — she and her crew were headed to the suites; I was bound for the seat I currently occupy in the bare-bones press box — and she, being neighborly, said, “Hello.”

True confession: I didn’t know who she was. After she exited, I asked an Arkansas media type as to her identity. “That’s the coach’s wife,” he said.

Esteemed colleague Chip Towers informs me that Mrs. Bielema was onstage last night in downtown LR with Justin Moore at an event dubbed the Hometown Throwdown. I likewise had to ask who Justin Moore was. Country-music star from Arkansas, I was informed.

(My knowledge of country music pretty much begins and ends with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard — all of whom I saw/have seen in person — and Emmylou Harris, whom I’ve met. She’s a Braves fan.

(While I’m digressing, I should note that I did once meet a famous music star on an elevator at a football event — the 1989 SEC media days in Hoover, Ala. I was downward bound at the Wynfrey Hotel when the door opened and Cindy Wilson of the B-52’s stepped aboard. I said, “I know you. You’re Cindy.” She looked at me and said, “Darling, the face (meaning mine) isn’t familiar.” She was very nice in the course of our 10-second interaction, and the band put on a fine show that night at the amphitheater just up the road.)

OK, enough about me and elevators. Todd Gurley is not here. Perhaps you’ve heard. Perhaps you’ve also heard that Arkansas has lost 15 conference games in succession since 2012. But the Wall Street Journal ran an intriguing photo feature on Friday — the WSJ: not just about LBO’s and IPO’s! — that showed that four of the Razorbacks’ last five SEC losses have come by seven points or fewer.

The belief in the Ozarks is that the Hogs are primed to beat somebody good very soon. They had a chance against Texas A&M (lost in overtime) and Alabama (lost by a missed PAT), and now they face their third consecutive Top 10 opponent.

Georgia cannot slop around, if you’ll pardon the expression, and beat the Hogs. But I don’t think that will happen. I think Georgia is onto something now. Providing Gurley returns for Auburn, I’m not sure the Bulldogs will lose again this regular season.

But that’s just me, and I’m guessing the friendly Mrs. Bielema has a different notion. Perhaps you do, too. That’s why the figurative floor is again open. I’ll be here until there’s a winner at War Memorial, and I’d appreciate the company. And I thank you, as ever, in advance.

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Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

Weird stat line totals on Gators loss tonight .Missouri 's offense gained a grand total of 121 yard on Florida's defense. The Gator offense was basically so inept they completely gave the game away. Dogs better not lose sight of the fact that the Gators still play defense. The gators play offense almost as bad as Tech plays defense.Wow your defense gives up 121 total yards and you give up 42 points.

39Concepts
39Concepts

@Buschleaguer no worries about fla--their offense is teriible---they may get 3 points against the dog d--that's about it.  their defense gives up a lot of big plays---Dogs 37 fla 3!

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@LostGoat @Buschleaguer

It just never seems to be that easy in Jacksonville. But you are right about Florida's offense they might have the worst offense in FBS this year.

39Concepts
39Concepts

@Dawgie_Style hopefully they keep him another year or two!  he's brought fla's program to rock bottom!!!!

39Concepts
39Concepts

tech chokes again---losing to a bad nc team---more of the same.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@LostGoat Ah, too bad.  Tissue for OH-IO, POAD, Bob, Princess Larry and the rest of the Hitler Youth.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Techsters got the lead. 43-42.

Dawgie_Style
Dawgie_Style

VanGorder has that ND defense looking for real. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

Ok, those of you who gamble.  What are the odds that Muschamp is even coaching the Gators when they play the dawgs?

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@TheBigWally 

Coach Boom will hang around until the end of the season,he may be the DC at Texas A&M next year.They sure need one.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@Buschleaguer @TheBigWally You may be right, after this performance tonight, Foley is going to be getting a lot of pressure though to get rid of him.  Can't figure TAM out, world beaters against SCU, but hammered last two games.  Didn't see the game today, but looking at the score, would have to say it looks like their hearts were not in it.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@LostGoat @Buschleaguer @TheBigWally 

Getting your butt kicked 59 to 0 can make attitudes change and A&M no longer plays Texas ,so the Insults may be forgotten.Just Coach Boom being ..................well Coach Boom.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Wow.  That's all I got for the Missouri-Florida game.  Wow.

HotDawg
HotDawg

What's the latest big wally? Haven't seen score.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@HotDawg scoop and score 35-nil.  Driskel is a human pinata back there.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@HotDawg Now a pick six, 42-nil. I can't keep up, Missouri is scoring faster than I can type.  Good grief.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@HotDawg 42-7, Driskel may be on the scout team next week. He's benched, the freshman led the score.

HotDawg
HotDawg

CHDawg said it best....We fried so much bacon in the first half, we couldn't get up for the second half like the first..

Pig Soooooie or whatever the hell they say.

Harlemdawg
Harlemdawg

Florida is horrible. So much for any help from them tonight. Will be another big indictment of the richtster if they give us a game like they always seem to. Fla and sc. They are the principle reasons why there are no crystal footballs in Athens. 03, 05, 07.......choke...

39Concepts
39Concepts

@Harlemdawg maybe richt can hold the score to about 35 against fla so muschamp can keep his job another year somehow!!!

HotDawg
HotDawg

As long as we score 36 to their 35, that's all that matters.

HotDawg
HotDawg

AL 14- Ark 13.

GA 45- Ark 32

HotDawg
HotDawg

SC game is long gone. If Dawgs run table, SC game doesn't matter whatsoever. As much as the haters hate it.

That's the truth.

Too bad haters.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@HotDawg run the table after a SC loss?  2012? 2007?  thats a big if

HotDawg
HotDawg

Since, you already lost today. Bye bye

HotDawg
HotDawg

Flat SC game is history....see ya

SinceVince
SinceVince

@HotDawg you are confused.... my dawgs  allowed Arky to score 32 points.... My team hung on and won.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Keep bringing up SC game, because that is ALL you've got. I know it's killing you. But that is what you keep hanging your "hatred" hat on.

Go Dawgs!!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Mark Richt and everything positive about UGA

FlatTire
FlatTire

@HotDawg where have I said I dont like Richt and everything positive about UGA?

Long Memories
Long Memories

The defense was already in a deficit on time on the field going into the second half. Rather than keep them off the field, Bobo would run three up the middle or wait until third down predictably to throw. The defense would then get further pounded. Bobo went into his conservative mode and the defense could only say "Thank you Bobo , may I have another". Very selfish and inconsiderate for Bobo to go into his play not to lose mode and let our defense continually get pounded. Pruitt and the defense have him to thank for their pounding.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Dawgs went Leeman Bennett in 2nd half. Older Atlantans will understand that correlation.

HotDawg
HotDawg

It's ok. We all know you don't.

Sorry I'm laughing too hard.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Harlem, he's an idiot troll that doesn't realize GA destroyed the team that bamards barely beat.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Thankyou, then don't criticize a GA win.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@HotDawg  and we lost to a SC team that didnt even compete against an A&M team that lost bad to Bama 

FlatTire
FlatTire

@HotDawg you're laughing cause you're claiming false stuff again



FlatTire
FlatTire

@HotDawg feel free anytime to go back last week and see where I praised Bobo for a well called game and how the defense looks like it has finally turned the corner


Also when you have some free time please look where I have said several times that I hope Richt wins a national title and is our coach for as long as he wants

Harlemdawg
Harlemdawg

You are an idiot troll to. Nobody can legitimately mar what the dogs have done the last two weeks. Wish we could get together with you boys down my long private road............and discuss it

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