"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequeces of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of it's powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state."

Sunday, February 27, 2011

This week will be judgment week for John Pelphrey!

This mornings paper lists Arkansas as holding second position behind Alabama in the Western division of the Southeastern Conference. I'm more than a little amused they've refused to put Arkansas in their proper position, which is actually third.

The way I understand conference standing calculations to be tabulated, two teams with identical records, 7-7 in this case, the team which has beat the other one holds the edge in any tie. This means Mississippi State holds a firm grasp on second place in the west by their victory over Arkansas earlier in the season. Arkansas is actually the third place team in the west, and if the season ended today they would not receive a first round bye in the SEC tournament---Mississippi State would.

The only ways for Arkansas to gain a first round bye are:
  1. Beat Miss. St. Wed. night. (If Arkansas does, they get it no matter what happens)
  2. If Arkansas loses Wed., Arkansas must win Saturday on the road at Ole Miss, and hope South Carolina knocks off Miss. St. in Starkville.
There it is--beat Miss. St. Wednesday night and Arkansas will get the first round bye. One game, one night, for second place in the west.

I know those that have supported Pelphrey want his future to be determined by the wins over Kentucky and Auburn, but there are three games remaining and they are important ones.

John Pelphrey's team should have plenty of momentum heading into these games, and if he's the coach they claim him to be, there's no reason his team shouldn't finish the season strong. A good coach should be able to get his team to respond with so much hanging in the balance, especially his job. Right?

However, John Pelphrey isn't a good coach, and has no business being discussed in those terms. John Pelphrey is an impostor. He has proven he will do, or say anything to maintain his job. He will play a player that has shoplifted if he thinks it will help keep his job, and in the same instance, throw the other player caught shoplifting under the bus for the same reason. There is no method to his madness, or principle. His players have recognized this, and so have I. Like most of them, I choose not to respect him.

This is why I hope Arkansas doesn't win another game the rest of the year. I hope Arkansas loses to Miss. St. on Wednesday, Ole Miss on Saturday, and whoever they play in the tournament the week after. This will free up Jeff Long to go and get a coach everyone can respect, especially the players!

I know some feel it out of line to hope for losses, that's alright, you don't have to. I will hope enough for all of us, and the future of this program.... You can hate me for it, but right now is the time for a new coach, and without these loses we probably don't get one.

It will be the same thing again next year at the peril of yet another group of young men, and the expense of another wasted year. I couldn't live with myself if I didn't do everything within my power to see this doesn't happen, even if it's the meager act of hoping for loses so a coach I have no faith in loses his job....It wasn't my choice that it come to this----It's those that have kept this lame coach propped up for four years and lied to us do it...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Arkansas beat Kentucky at home, South Carolina is the only team that hasn't...Program changer and job keeper---Not even close.

Well, at least Arkansas didn't join South Carolina as the only teams not to beat Kentucky at home. I imagine this feat will make Pelphrey lovers everywhere jump up and down with joyful exultation.

But for us living in reality of the John Pelphrey tenure, nothing has changed concerning our perception of John Pelphrey's coaching ability.

Such a meager victory cannot do away with the glaring inefficiencies of John Pelphrey, or the disasters this program has reaped under his guidance.

I for one was hoping Kentucky would wipe the floor with Arkansas the other night, but it just simply didn't happen. Ok, fine. But I'm still convinced I'm right about John Pelphrey.

Fact is, I'm more determined now after the Kentucky game than I've ever been before to see a new coach on our sideline. For one, I didn't like John Pelphrey's demeanor on the sideline. I will not tolerate it. As a fan of Arkansas, I was embarrassed a coach of ours would put on such a demonstration. All the fist pumping and face crunching glares were a little over the top.  See, it's one thing to be fired up and happy with the way things are going, but to go to those length's is simply ridiculous.

I want a coach that is more in control of his actions, one that will act like he's been there before, and make good account of himself, the state, and the program. John Pelphrey's actions the other night were far from it. His actions were ones that represent him to a tee, and explain why he doesn't demand respect from his players, or this fan of the program.

The victory over Kentucky was a win John Pelphrey sorely needed, but it wasn't that big. His team is a considerable bit better than they've performed this year. There in lies the problems with John Pelphrey as our coach. This team is better than they were last year, but they haven't proven it on the floor. It's been nothing but more of the same from the previous two years---inconsistency, player problems, and efforts by the media to sell it as hope.

They say, "give him next year and the Arkansas kids and that will be the recipe for success." Better players aren't the answer. This year proves this if it proves anything. They are a better team than they were last year, but where are the results? Last years team won seven games, this years team has only won six in a weaker conference. They might have won more total games overall, but they played the sixth easiest non-conference schedule in the country. They're a better team, but results thus far speak contrary to that. That's on the coach, people!

It's foolish to believe next year will yield better results. What we need is new leadership that can get the most out of his players, and really has a plan and vision for where he's trying to go. Not someone that is out of control and jumping up and down, slapping high-fives with everyone because he beat a Kentucky team at home that hasn't won but one game on the road in the SEC all year.

It's my belief John Pelphrey's actions the other night represent those of a coach who's teams usually follow up good wins with terrible defeats, thus leading to the coach's final demise in the end... Remember Houston Nutt and all the rah-rahing?

John Pelphrey will leave this university a failure. It's altogether fitting. It's just a question of when. I still feel certain it will be this year, regardless of the outcome of the season.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nolan Richardson is one cool man, but I think he has turned Company on us.

Just finished listening to Nolan's interview today at the NWA tip off club. I must say, Nolan is still one cool cat, but I was a little taken back by his belief John Pelphrey is close to turning the corner. It's obvious he hasn't been keeping a close eye on things. He actually admits he hasn't, but for some reason he still said what he did.

It almost sounded as if someone had told him what to say on the subject of John Pelphrey. He gave the company line about the class coming in, and how the team just hasn't learned to finish games. He then elaborated about how this takes time and so on....I wonder who's promised him what?

Bo's interviewing Nolan tomorrow, and I imagine Bo will use the interview to build up tomorrow nights game with Kentucky--- so to do his part to get fans to show up.... He will then talk about Nolan having a good point about learning how to finish off games, and how a player or two next year will help facilitate this process....

Bo will basically do the same things he's been doing the last three years, especially the last two weeks---use his venue to prop up John Pelphrey--- to ensure one more year for him.

If everyone recalls, the last two weeks is identical to what's happened the previous two years:
  • Passionate press conference.
  • Media then spends a week talking about it.
  • Player problems arise--setting up a players departure.
  • Blame season's struggles on said player, not John Pelphrey.
  • Blame player leaving on the player, not John Pelphrey.
  • A lot of talk about players coming in will make it better next year.
  • A lot of talk about how John Pelhrey is changing the culture.
  • Bring in Nolan Richardson for an interview. 
This is what they've done----almost on cue for three straight years----and almost in this order. The names of the players have changed, but it is the same old song and dance...

And all along----John Pelphrey still doesn't understand timeout usage, or how to substitute his players----so a player like Marshawn Powell can find his rhythm in a game.

Hey Nolan, I wouldn't hitch my wagon to John Pelphrey, he's not going to make it. Principle has already passed judgment on John Pelphrey---it's just a matter of time.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

In a nutshell, the rhetoric is over. Hopefully, it was just a prelude for Pelphrey's departure.

I'm sure fans seen through all the rhetoric and tactics used this week to rally support for John Pelphrey. Rather it be John Pelphrey defending himself for his stupid remarks, or one of his lackeys in the media doing it for him, fans have become all to accustomed to it for their efforts to render much effect.

See, neither John Pelphrey, or the media of this state have much character. They have proven this the last four years. They have shown they will lie and say anything they need to at a particular moment. They lie out of necessity. I would even go as far as to say they derive sheer pleasure out of it.

One must recognize this weeks efforts for what it really is---just another attempt by them to use their endless resources and power to circumvent the truth about the current state of things. The truth is, the Arkansas Razorback basketball program is wholly without direction, or plan. Until a change is made it will remain that way. They will continue to routinely fall short of the mark; never reaching the level of success fans want to see.

In listening to John Pelphrey and his lackeys this week, it struck me that they are of the belief time will heal all their wounds. I like to believe it will not. I hope it is as John Lennon said, "Time wounds all heels". Let's hope so.

The lull in the schedule is over and after tonight the week will be too. I can't wait for tonight's game. I can't wait for the rest of the season to play itself out. It's been a long four years and crunch time is here. Let's hold stubbornly to our desire for a coaching change.

In a nutshell, this week hasn't been that bad. Nothing transpired that a terrible finish to the season won't correct. I fully expect Arkansas to "overachieve" at underachieving the rest of the season, and for John Pelphrey to be relieved of his job at the end of it.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The John Pelphrey press conference wasn't only a joke--It was a desperate ploy.

After John Pelphrey's press conference yesterday, it should be obvious to everyone that Jeff Long and the media of this state are still refusing to correctly appraise the current situation as it really is. They are living in denial.

They believe, incorrectly mind you, that by turning up their rhetoric, they can drive the disgruntled masses away....

This isn't a new tactic of theirs. We've all seen it before. Say the last three years...

Pelphrey is taking heat again. So they put together a rah-rah press conference and parade Pelphrey's golden boy out before the masses to make a passionate plea for his coach.

Pelphrey talks about the color red and the hog emblem. He speaks at length about overachieving and where he wants the program to go. He reminds everyone he's a tireless worker and will not rest until he succeeds. He speaks of the color of his blood and what Arkansas means to him.

What a joke!

Yesterday's press conference was nothing more than a ploy put together meant to coincide with Pelphrey's show last night, and the game on Wednesday in which the Razorbacks go for two straight victories. The desire is to take advantage of this lull in the schedule to rally support for Pelphrey. It won't be enough though, because John Pelphrey and the Razorbacks will once again finish the season on a terrible losing streak.

Hey John, go cry your river somewhere else. We've all seen the dog and pony show, and we don't want to see anymore of it.

More on this latter tonight.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Here's a great article Arkansas fans should read


Most have lost all confidence in John Pelphrey. How long can Jeff Long thumb his nose at the fans?

I've been reading the message boards today and one thing is very clear, Razorback basketball fans are fed up, and they are growing more and more impatient with every passing day.

People have not only lost all confidence in Pelphrey, but they are starting to think Jeff Long is thumbing his nose at them. That can't be an impression Jeff Long wants people having. This is why I feel confident John Pelphrey will be let go this year.

With all the projects going ahead, Jeff Long needs to ensure ticket sales next year in basketball. Let's face it,  if he brings Pelphrey back, even the allure of the incoming kids won't be enough to get ticket sales where he needs them to be.

The fans are without hope right now, and until Pelphrey actually does something, they're not going to waste their time or money. Most people are of the opinion now is the time for change.

If Jeff Long refuses to hear their cry and Pelphrey has another bad season next year. Fans aren't going to blame John Pelphrey for it, they're going to blame Jeff Long for it , you can count on it. People's confidence in him is already starting to erode. Firing Pelphrey next year won't restore it. The damage will already have been done.

Now, if you will, please give me another minute here. If Jeff Long is intended on making the move this year, and it's like I've claimed--- that Mike Anderson is to be avoided at all cost. The manner in which things progress from this moment could be very revealing. I'm going to write some more on this later in the week. I have a few hunches on how this might go down.

But right now let me just challenge you to take note of everything, and forget nothing. What fans need to  realize is the media of this state isn't here to hold Jeff Long and the administration accountable to the fans, they're here to help Jeff Long and the administration sell to the public what they're doing. That's their vested interest---it's their job.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mike Anderson is the answer to the madness. All we have to do is demand it, and refuse to let these tyrants plunder our house again!

Anyone who wishes for things to stay the same gives themselves over to despair. I do not mind if they cast their vote for John Pelphrey and the status quo. But I want everything to change.

Those who oppose the direction things are going, and are ready for the madness to end, they should demand Mike Anderson be allowed to come back! He is the leader the Razorback basketball program needs, he knows and understands our identity and can restore it back to us, and he will do it with class and grace. This is why I plead: Bring Mike Anderson back Jeff Long, and give these fans back what's been robbed from them.

The culprits for his departure in the first place will be busy this week and the rest of the season claiming it just can't happen. Heed not a word uttered by these fools. Shun them like the plague and tell them to go to hell. If they say, "I know him and he's told me he's happy at Missouri". Say, go to hell, go to hell, go to hell. If someone says, "You are crazy if you think Mike Anderson is leaving what he has at Missouri". Say, go to hell, go to hell, go to hell.....

I'm Tim from Little Rock and I know he will come back. It's his destiny and our destiny. Plus, a little birdie told me so.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ok readers, Dudley Dawson has agreed to a question and answer session.

Dudley Dawson and I had a pleasant exchange last night, and he has agreed to come on my blog and answer some questions. Hopefully we can get to the bottom of a few things. keep your fingers crossed. We still need to set the format--stay tuned.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pelphrey and the Razorbacks let another one slip away.

Accordingly to Bo Mattingly, Arkansas fans shouldn't be displeased with the loss to Georgia. "Their just not very good and that is what teams like Arkansas do--they don't follow up after a big victory". This has become a recurring theme of his the last couple of weeks, and one Razorback fans should shun like the plaque. All Bo Mattingly is doing with hare-brained comments like this is feeding the pro Pelphrey sentiment, and removing himself from having to entertain honest debates about what losses like this one mean for Pelphrey going ahead.

The loss to Georgia perfectly exemplifies the problem with the entire Pelphrey tenure. Arkansas had a chance to take a step forward with a crucial win, and once again, it slipped away like a thief in the night. The game last night was simply a game Pelphrey had to win. It's losses like last night that merits strong consideration by Jeff Long when assessing Pelphrey's job performance. Routinely never getting over the hill cannot be considered doing a good job in this instance when the future of this program is at stake. When the Georgia player made the free throw and sealed Arkansas' fate last night, it also pushed John Pelphrey a little closer to the edge of no return. At least it should have. Let's hope it did.