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Dad, Mom, & Shelby - Arkansas vs Texas - 1/6/09

We (Mom, Dad, Shelby, & I) attended the Arkansas-Texas basketball game Tuesday night.  Arkansas beat Texas by a score of 67 – 61.  This was the 2nd time in 2 weeks that Arkansas beat a top 10 (Big 12) team – #4 Oklahoma last week & #7 Texas Tuesday night.

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We got our tickets somewhat at the last moment so we literally sat in the top row.  There isn’t a bad seat in the arena, though, so we had a great view.  (Plus, my new camera zooms wonderfully even in the poor lighting of the top row and without a flash.)

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It was a GREAT game.  There are just no words to explain the atmosphere in Bud Walton Arena when the fans are completely involved in the game.  It is loud and ridiculous (in a good way).

Eddie Sutton - Arkansas vs Texas - 1/6/09

Former Razorback head coach Eddie Sutton was even in attendance.  (I’m pointing to him above.)  We were quite oblivious to this fact, though, until John George announced him as being there (which required him to stand and wave to the crowd).  I made sure to glance over at him across the way a few times after that to see what he was doing.  (Was he clapping?  Was he calling the hogs?  Etc, etc.)  Shelby says she saw him clap but I never witnessed it.  I don’t think it was lack of liking on his part of the Razorbacks.  I just figure the coach in him was watching the game too intently.  He did get a good workout having to stand every couple of minutes while we cheered and carried on, though.

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Arkansas starts SEC play on Saturday with a home game against Mississippi State.  While I’m very, very excited about our starting 12-1 record, I’m also holding out my extreme excitement until we’ve played an SEC game or two (or maybe even a road game).  I did see someone mention today that the last time we started this well was in 1995, which is when we made it all the way back to the national championship game (after winning it all in 1994).  There have also been several “experts” already predicting what seed we are going to be in the NCAA tournament.  I guess we’ll see how the SEC schedule pans out for us.  Go Hogs!

Here is my collection of photos I took at the game.

Don’t forget to vote for Casey Dick’s pass to London Crawford in the final seconds of the Arkansas-LSU football game as the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the season.  If Arkansas wins the final vote tally, the $100,000 prize money will be dedicated to US Veterans scholarships at the University of Arkansas.  Click here to vote.  Thanks!

(The slogan I used as this post title was taken from a t-shirt for sale in the Hog Heaven store prior to the basketball game.)

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