I’ll start this day with a fun story. So my parents are the same age, or the same grade, if you will. They grew up in different states, and they met while living in Little Rock and working at the same hotel (The Excelsior/Peabody/Mariott Hotel). Rewind like 3 years and they were both attending the University of Arkansas at the same time without meeting ever. Not once while in college. They have now been married for over 27 years! You might not, but I think it’s a cool story. I even had a dream once that I was at a pep rally at the Greek Theater in the 80s when my parents were there and they were sitting a few rows apart having no idea that they would meet later, living in a different place and get married. It was just a dream, but you gotta know it probably happened at some point.
Ok, enough gushing. This is about sports after all. All that to say that going to this college is in our blood. Some of my relatives went, my parents went, my mom went back to finish her bachelors and go to law school a few years ago, I went there, my brother is getting ready to graduate in May, and I’m certain my sister will follow in this fine tradition in a couple of years. Going to school there of course comes with the caviat of cheering for one of the best, coolest, most unique mascots ever: the Arkansas Razorbacks!
There is no professional team for any sport in Arkansas, so we all bond over and call our hogs unitedly.
We sweat our butts off at the beginning of football season, freeze to death at the end of it, call the hogs at the basketball games, and relax and cheer at the baseball games (There are many more awesome sports of course. Our Track team won the National Championship last year and are ranked number 1 right now!). We have so many traditions that make cheering on our team a ton of fun and rewarding. I truly believe that Arkansas has the most loyal, crazy-for-our-team fans there are and we prove our loyalty,
especially in the last few years! We’ve had some very public football coaching issues, and therefore our teams have not made us very proud in the scoring world as of late, but we love them anyway and we continue to cheer in the stands week after week to show our devotion.
Oh! Also, our mascot is one of the few remaining lineage mascots in the country! As in, the reigning Tusk (Tusk IV) was bread to be the face of our athletes. Pretty cool right?! He even has a Twitter account: @Tusk!
Ok, that’s day 5! Go Hogs!