WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM: Did somebody really say 'bad mojo' for the Hogs here?
Hog linebacker Brooks Ellis
of Fayetteville was one of the Razorbacks taken to Alabama by Coach Bret Bielema
for the annual pre-season SEC media day.
I caught snatches of both Ellis and Bielema to and from a delightful root canal. Ellis is smart, engaging and self-effacing. Bielema is always a hit — confident, funny and not the least bit slippery.
But, I missed this, as quoted by KTVH's Hayden Balgavy:
B. Ellis: There's bad mojo in Little Rock. We've struggled. If the fans want to play there we will but it's not a home game to us.
I'm a long-standing advocate of playing home college football games on the campuses where the players attend class (and brainy Ellis clearly is a class-attender.) I also sympathize with Little Rock boosters who see dollar bills in Razorback games at War Memorial (though fewer than in the days when schedules were firmly fixed in advance of the season and far less dictated by television whims. Friday-Sunday Hog weekends in LR, I'd guess, aren't the thing they once were, particularly since the drive to NW Arkansas is so much easier.)
But geez: 'Bad mojo' at the site of the "Miracle on Markham"? "Not a home game?" Ouch.
Still. Ellis is probably right. The Hogs should play games at home — Fayetteville and Dallas. (Jerry Jones is certainly welcome to the only Hog game scheduled in Little Rock this year, Alcorn State
PS: KATV's Kyle Deckelbaum also picked up on the quote. In his version Ellis DID give LR some props. Here's the KATV post:
Brooks Ellis: there's some bad mojo in Little Rock. Don't know if it's the atmosphere or what. But the tailgating is incredible.
This takes me back to an old idea. Forget live games in Little Rock. Just put up some jumbotrons for golf course tailgates and roll in kegs for beer sales and circle the food trucks. A lot of tailgaters don't go to the games anyway ....
PS: Here's Bagalvy's video.
Ellis's extended quote does emphasize that players like the game in Little Rock, but it's not where the team practices or lives. KTHV plans more tonight on the future of War Memorial Stadium as a site for Hog games. UA has a deal to play one game there in both 2017 and 2018, but better money elsewhere could always lead to a buyout.