In a press conference earlier this week, Coach John Pelphrey likened sophomore guard Patrick Beverley’s rebounding tenacity to that of a pitbull saying:
"He's a pit bull. You think when he goes up, he's going to get it or somebody is going to lose their arm. Maybe both - he can get it and take somebody's arm off.”
Well, shortly after this controversial statement, The National American Pitbull Association released their own statement:
While we appreciate any positive attention to pitbulls, we are going to have to vehemently oppose Coach Pelphrey’s current stance. We do recognize Coach John Pelphrey’s valiant attempt to compare the two, but at this time we would rather Coach Pelphrey refer to Mr. Beverley as maybe a Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd as we feel these breeds would be more appropriate. Just as we would never say that Vincent Hunter reminds us of a Great Dane, we would appreciate Coach Pelphrey not comparing the world’s best fighting dog to his lanky 6’1 shooting guard. Until Mr. Beverley can consistently mangle faces and arms and legs, and attack babies and elderly people with no provocation whatsoever, we politely request that Coach Pelphrey not compare him to our beloved pitbulls anymore. Once Mr. Beverley can demonstrate a total lack of compassion for human life and grow some inch long fangs, then, and only then will we reconsider his case to be compared to a pitbull.
The National American Pitbull Association
(What? I'm not mean. It's just this bouncy, spotty ball is really pissing me off!)
The Mississippi State Preview
Arkansas 14-5 (3-2) vs. #25 Mississippi State 14-5 (5-0)
Tipoff: 7:05 CST
TV: Raycom Sports
So, speaking of dogs, the Razorbacks host the Mississucky State Bulldogs tonight in the biggest game of the year arguably for both teams. An Arkansas win moves them to 4-2 in conference and drops Mississippi State to 5-1. A Bulldogs win gives State a three game lead in the west.
Lamont Gordon will be the man the Razorbacks will need to key on tonight as the Wooden Award Candidate is averaging 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game. Big man Jarvis Varnado leads the country in blocked shots per game averaging 5.1 blocks per game which translates into 97 this season! By comparison, our own Steven Hill, the reigning SEC defensive player of the year, has 39 blocks for an average of 2.1 per game.
(Warning: This man will be patrolling the paint like a Steven Hill Version 2.0 tonight. Enter at your own risk)
Prediction: Our Pitbull single-handedly destroys a bunch of Bulldogs as the Razorbacks win 134 - 16.