It's My Prerogative: Understanding the Houston Nutt-Arkansas Dynamic
They say I'm crazy. I really don't care.
Tomorrow will be my usual game preview in which I'm rarely ever wrong. But first, I just thought I'd set a few ground rules about where Arkansas fans are coming from to help those people across the country that really didn't or don't understand the dynamics that have happened around here during Houston Nutt's last few seasons.
I can't speak for all, but hopefully the following will cover most of the bases. (Take note, Ole Miss fans.)
It is our prerogative to now refer to Houston Nutt as a horrible football coach even though we might have liked him and thought he was a very good coach at one time.
It is our prerogative to say he couldn't recruit worth a damn and that's why our team is struggling this season, even though there are many highly recruited players on the Razorback sidelines.
It is our prerogative to laugh at Ole Miss for hiring sloppy seconds, even if we are secretly scared that he will dominate Arkansas and we will never hear the end of it from Ole Miss or the media.
(Side note: This would be the equivalent of you running into your ex-girlfriend that you broke up with because you thought you could do better. Only you realize upon seeing her that she dropped about 20 pounds, got a great boob job, and landed a job raking in a six-figure salary working for a professional sports organization.)
It is our prerogative to say Karma sucks and I told you this would happen if Ole Miss beats Arkansas on Saturday and makes everyone nauseous in the process.
It is our prerogative to boo Coach Nutt relentlessly, even though we stood up and applauded him hundreds of times over 10 years.
It is our prerogative to continue to photoshop his picture into unflattering, compromising positions to both entertain and piss off people.
It is our prerogative to continue to hold Coach Nutt solely responsible for the embarrassment that has plagued the University of Arkansas over the last 24 months, even though many other coaches, players, parents, boosters, and/or administrators may have been equally at fault.
It is our prerogative to "go Peter" and deny three times (or even more) that we ever supported or ever thought Coach Nutt was a good football coach.
It is also our prerogative to stand up and say that we liked Coach Nutt and wish he was still here.
For the people who have no idea of what happened the last few years here, we can play either side of the fence here and get away with it for the most part. Many around the country refer to Arkansas fans as "crazy" and "delusional." Well, I tend to prefer passionate and optimistic instead.
Now that you understand the above aforementioned prerogatives, this will allow the Hog Tale to bring down the hate on Ole Miss in tomorrow's preview of the game.
After all, it's my prerogative. I can do what I want to do. (Yes, I really did just bring down a lame, late '80s reference down on your head today. Get over it.)
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