Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The Hog Days of Spring
Well, I braved the crowds at Razorfest on Saturday afternoon. It was a great day for the event as temps were somewhere in the 60's. Many former Razorback greats including Matt Jones were there, television stations were plenty, football recruits were on hand, and I too was among somewhere close to 52,000 who showed up for Razorfest and the game itself.
A reported 40,000 stayed for the game (7th nationally among spring games), but I didn't stay. I knew what was going to happen: The Red dominated - just as I predicted - easily covering the three touchdown spread that I put forth in a previous post 45-14. Casey Dick threw for 404 yards and Michael Smith ran for a 157 yards against the White (second string) team. The Petrino era is in full force. Yes, it was against the second team, but still, that's what you want from your first team offense. I would hate to get on here and say that Dick threw for 127 yards and was intercepted three times and Smith ran for 52 yards and fumbled twice against the second team. So, you take it for what it is.
Just a brief recap for Hogs and ex-Hogs over the last three or four days...
The Hog baseball team is playing better and with their series win over Ole Miss. The Hogs have won seven of their last nine and are now only a game and a half out of the lead in the SEC West. Junior Logan Forsythe was named SEC Hitter of the Week after going 7-11 on the weekend against Ole Miss including three homers, five runs scored, and eight RBI's. The Hogs host Missouri State on Wednesday, and then the Crimson Tide from Bama (you're going down, Gerry) comes to town this weekend for a crucial three game series.
Of course Darren McFadden and Felix Jones both were first round draft picks to the Raiders and Cowgirls. Here are the rest of the drafted Razorbacks from Saturday and Sunday's NFL Draft:
DRAFTED PLAYERS POS ROUND TEAM
Marcus Harrison DT 3 Chicago
Nate Garner OT 7 NY Jets
Peyton Hillis FB 7 Denver
Marcus Monk WR 7 Chicago
Looks like Monk and Harrison will be training camp roomies
Former Razorback Joe Johnson single-handedly destroyed the Celtics last night in the fourth quarter to even that NBA playoff series at 2-2. Pretty astonishing considering the Celts have the best record in the league and pretty much toyed with the Hawks in Games 1 and 2
Former Razorback Ronnie Brewer had a few Sportscenter moments and his best game of the series so far (12 pts. 3 boards) as the Utah Jazz beat the Houston Rockets in Game 4 in Utah to take a 3-1 lead (Game 5 is Tuesday night in Houston).
And finally, in the NBA, I can't forget about Jannero Pargo, who went for 30 points in a loss to Dallas on Friday night, but added 11 off the bench on Sunday night for the Hornets who now lead my Mavs 3-1 heading back to New Orleans for Game 5 Wednesday night.
Last, but not least, former Razorback pitcher and Benton native, Cliff Lee is making like Sandy Koufax for the Tribe so far this season. He is 4-0 with a 0.28 ERA. That is one earned run in 31 innings pitched, and he has 29 strikeouts to go along with that as well.
Posted by KK at 8:15 AM