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Like it is: Magazine disregards definition of SEC tough

posted: 05/26/2016 2:32 a.m. Comment 1

Athlon Sports already has named its top 25 toughest schedules for the upcoming college football season, declaring Southern Cal's as the most difficult partly because it faces defending champion Alabama and closes with rival Notre Dame.

Like It Is: SEC coaches dread summertime pitfalls

posted: 05/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

College coaches all over the country, especially in football and basketball, know they are entering the most dangerous time of the year.

Like it is: This Preakness was for you, Bill Handleman

posted: 05/24/2016 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Obviously the bettors, and probably most of the TV audience, were pulling for Nyquist in Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

LIKE IT IS: Pimlico no jewel; Nyquist's star loses shine

posted: 05/22/2016 2:47 a.m. Comments 2

Pimlico Race Course opened almost 150 years ago, and while you would never know it by the presentation TV makes during the track's one great day of thoroughbred racing a year, it doesn't seem to have changed a lot since War Admiral and Seabiscuit hooked up for their well-documented match race in 1938.

Like It Is: Muddy track may be Nyquist's biggest foe

posted: 05/20/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Standing under an eave to stay semi-dry from a rain that had seemed to have taken up residence in Baltimore, a lesson was learned watching the 1983 Preakness.

Like It Is: WALLY HALL: P.A.R.K. graduation is a positive first step

posted: 05/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

In this great state there are a large number of difference makers.

LIKE IT IS: Alexander just great as commission chair

posted: 05/18/2016 2:44 a.m. Comments 2

When the Governor asked Cecil Alexander if he would be interested in serving on the Arkansas Racing Commission there was no hesitation, but there was a caveat.

Like It Is: Duke's 65 resonates as Hall-of-Fame round

posted: 05/17/2016 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Watching Ken Duke challenge for The Players Championship on Sunday was exciting, if for no other reason than the former Henderson State golfer is one of the really good guys in the world of perspiring arts.

Like It Is: Basketball makes news in May, and it's OK

posted: 05/15/2016 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Last week was an interesting week in the world of Arkansas Razorbacks basketball.

Like It Is: WALLY HALL: Memorial Day tournament bigger than ever

posted: 05/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

There had been a few texts, but Tuesday the official news release came, and Shane and Lara Pigue have bounced back from a trying time last year with a record number of teams set to compete in the 34th Wally Hall Tournament of Champions over Memorial Day weekend.

Like it is: WALLY HALL: Cal Ripken is another hit for preps banquet

posted: 05/11/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

As people left the first All-Arkansas Preps banquet, the same comment was heard numerous times.

Like it is: Don't hand Nyquist Triple Crown just yet

posted: 05/10/2016 2:23 a.m. Comment 1

It was almost expected that as soon as Nyquist had won the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, some so-called experts were declaring he would be a second consecutive Triple Crown winner.

Like it is: WALLY HALL: Derby is special but can't compete with Mom

posted: 05/08/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Traditionally, this column would be about the world's most popular horse race, the Kentucky Derby.

Like it is: Whitmore gets advantages aplenty at No. 10

posted: 05/06/2016 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Most likely Harry Rosenblum got the dose of medicine Wednesday afternoon to help him with the terrible stomach virus that's going around.

Like it is: WALLY HALL: Oaklawn, after Pharoah, big Derby player

posted: 05/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

"Regarding Creator, clearly the horses coming out the prep races at Oaklawn have had good success in recent years. American Pharoah and Smarty Jones are two Derby winners this century that came through Oaklawn. Creator is a son of the superstar stallion, Tapit, and he's trained by (Steve) Asmussen." -- Forbes Magazine, May 3, 2016.

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