Arkansans should not let losses de­fine Ra­zor­backs

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

The fi­nal “Quar­ter Cen­tury of the Hogs in the SEC” ar­ti­cle, although un­sur­pris­ing, was a dis­ap­point­ment to this reader. Not the ar­ti­cle it­self, but the res­onat­ing stigma pick­ing such a gut-wrench­ing loss evoked. It re­minded me of what ap­pears most char­ac­ter­is­tic of the at­ti­tude of our state’s flag­ship foot­ball pro­gram; a taste of suc­cess but con­tin­u­ally wal­low­ing in fail­ure and self-pity. It is the fail­ures, not the suc­cesses, that seem to de­fine us. Don’t be­lieve me? Then an­swer me why eight of the 25 games picked to write about were losses? I un­der­stand “The Sto­er­nover” be­ing in the mix of those 25 games, but to pick it No. 1 speaks vol­umes.

The SEC is not where this started. Wally Hall cor­rectly pointed to the source of our angst. In his ar­ti­cle, he quoted for­mer head coach Danny Ford as say­ing, “All I’ve heard about since I got here was that loss to Texas in 1969.” In­stead of em­pha­siz­ing the tremen­dous achieve­ment of a na­tional cham­pi­onship five years re­moved, fans con­tin­ued to point to that one game that got away. Yes, “The Great Shootout” was a big game. Pres­i­dent Nixon pro­claimed the vic­tor the year’s na­tional cham­pion. But is that game all we have to hang our hat on?

Now, we have an­other game in an­other con­fer­ence with an­other clever moniker upon which to rail. How typ­i­cal. I wish we could all do as Frank Broyles has done since that in­fa­mous loss … never watch the re­play. Let’s move on, Ra­zor­back Na­tion! Go Hogs!!!

Since you asked, my pick for the No. 1 game of the last 25 years would have to be the 50-48 three-over­time win at LSU in 2007. We beat the even­tual na­tional cham­pion in their own house with, quite pos­si­bly, the best run­ning back trio to grace col­lege foot­ball.

BRAD WELCH Fayetteville

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