You vs. Them
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This video, released by the football team today, is straight-up bad ass. This makes me want to go to the football complex, break in to the locker room, put on Demario Davis’s pads, go to the mall, and Goldberg spear someone.

Props to Chris Buttgen, because I am sure he probably had something to do with this.

Here’s the link to the source: ASU RedWolves Football Page.

Wolves vs Bears
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Well it that time again… the wolves are at home against the bears (this is not the little brown bears that got spanked by vandy last weekend) but the UCA Bears. It is shaping up to be a great evening for the game of football….. cool, clear weather, home game, in-state teams and of course the mighty RED WOLVES. RWC will be out in force for tail gateing and some serious trash talking on them bears or any other team that is not in favor with the RWC…….. the little pigletts GO TIDE. Be there catch all the action at tent city then strole over to the game and support the RED WOLVES.

Touched by a Champangel
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Here we are again.  College football is over.  For all of us in the RWC, some things seem eerily familiar while others turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

Things that Stayed the Same

  1. We Lost a Coach and Hired a Stellar Replacement –  Coach Harsin and the new coaching staff has the full support of the RWC and vice versa, as evidenced by their quick decision to follow the RWC on Twitter.
  2. The RWC had an Awesome Experience in Mobile – Unlike the majority of the Red Wolves’ fan base, the RWC was excited to return to the Bowl.  In fact, we liked it so much that we decided to repeat the 2012 agenda completely.  We ate at the same places, did the same activities, and performed the same roles.  The Possum played possum, Jonas played stepdaddy, and the Colonel played annoying (although we all know he wasn’t playing)
  3. Ladd Peebles Stadium is a Dump, located in the Ghetto – Maybe thinking this would be different or “not as bad as we remembered” was just wishful thinking.  There’s no way around it… that stadium is terrible.

Things That Were MUCH Better

  1. The Outcome of the Game – It would have been hard for the game to turn out worse than last year, but nonetheless, winning the bowl game makes the drive back MUCH more enjoyable.  Our team played hard until the final seconds to pull out our first bowl when since joining the FBS and our first win against a ranked opponent.
  2. Coaching Staff Consistency – This group of misfit GA’s actually showed a lot of character by sticking around to coach ASU during the bowl game.  This ALMOST makes up for the fact that they never took the Auburn stickers, magnets, and license plates off their vehicles.
  3. The Champangel – It was by mere luck a couple of our members found themselves at a certain restaurant for brunch last year. These pioneering members got to experience what would come to be known to us throughout the year as “The Mimosa Fairy.”  This year, Sunday brunch became a required activity.  Turns out, we had been referring to this heavenly being by the wrong name.  Also, turns out that this year’s Champangel was a definite upgrade from last years, but how MUCH of an upgrade is still left up to debate to be settled in the living rooms or subsequent guest bedrooms of certain members of the RWC.

Note: Due to the sensitive nature of the champangel experience by certain stakeholders in the RWC extended family, the author of this post shall remain anonymous. 

There Will Be Blood…TIGER BLOOD That is!!
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Before I author this piece I want provide the disclaimer and be upfront that I was not at the game Saturday because I was at another school, and NO not THAT school, supporting my daughter.

Although I was not there is person I had several people texting me with updates.  I was however fortunate to to catch most of the second half on the radio while listening to the Memphis broadcast.  When I say fortunate I mean that I was truly privileged to hear the Memphis crew as the Tigers were skinned one play at a time.  DOOM and GLOOM!!  Wow is all I can say in regard to the ASU beat down and bloodletting of the University of Memphis State University Tiggers.  On Sunday I watched the replay and it was everything I had hoped for.  I was like Christmas morning 1974 when I opened up my number one present, the G.I. Joe with kung fu grip along with Sea Wolf Submarine.  Josh Jarboe acting ham on the Tiger secondary, Ryan Aplin being almost perfect, Frankie Jackson’s breakout night, Bobby Zalud kicking a 56 yarder, the two’s and three’s getting valuable playing time.  The only regret was that we didn’t try to score 100 points.  Here are a few stats for the good guys that really stand out.

  • First Downs – 28
  • Total Offense – 611 yards
  • Punts – Two for 90 yards
  • Total offense allowed – 169 yards
  • Booby Zalud with a 56 yard FG

Memphis could not channel their inner Charlie Sheen and fight with his brand of tiger blood, instead the the Red Wolves took the Tigers to the slaughter house skinned them alive, tailored a coat out of it, and made them wear it home.  On a night with a full moon, the Red Wolves executed one HOWL of a game plan. 

All week long I heard on Memphis talk radio how it was beneath the UOMSU to play ASU and they shouldn’t be playing a Sun Belt team.  How you like us now?  If you want to revel in the Tigers misery and enjoy some really good reading take a look here.  This is the Memphis message board and there is something for everyone.  There are threads saying they should’ve hired Coach Freeze two years ago, that the university president and A.D. should be fired, that Memphis should drop football altogether. It really is great entertainment.  My wish is that Ole Miss and Memphis part ways with their respective head coaches and that Houston Dale Nutt ends up at Memphis.  Now THAT would be great.  It would hard to decimate a program any further than Memphis is already but if anyone can do it, it’s HDN.

As I made my way back to Jonesboro Saturday night there was a small but steady stream of cars heading in the opposite direction, no doubt they were Memphis fans making their way back from the game.  All I could think about was that I bet the Memphis Fire Department had busy night trying to talk people down and off of the Memphis bridges because they just couldn’t take losing to lowly Arkansas State….Maybe Memphis fans need to look in the mirror and ask themselves why did we hire a guy with zero head coaching or coordinator experience who has no public speaking skills.  I don’t know the answer and I really don’t care but I think it…is…AWESOME.


Sun Belt Preseason Coaches Poll
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Yesterday, the Sun Belt Conference released its preseason coaches poll. Here are the results and number of first place votes:

1.  Florida International (5)
2.  Troy (2)
T3. Middle Tennessee State
T3. UL Monroe
5. Arkansas State (1)
6. North Texas
7. Western Kentucky (1)
8. UL Lafayette
9. Florida Atlantic

As far as the preseason rankings go, even the most rabid of fans can’t argue with these rankings. FIU is defending champion and put on quite a show in their victory over Toledo in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Troy is a perennial Sun Belt champion. Since 2006, Troy has either finished 1st or 2nd in the conference. The part that bothers me is the how these rankings are determined and what they supposedly mean.

First, the process. I don’t think that coaches should be allowed to vote for their own team. As a player in the Sun Belt, I would expect my coach to think that our team had the potential to win the conference year in and year out. Coach Freeze (who was the only 1st place vote for ASU) said that he just wouldn’t be able to look his players in the eye had he voted for another school to finish first in the league. It was the first time in over 3 years that ASU has received a first place vote from any coach. WKU’s coach, Willie Taggert, also voted for for his team to finish first.

Second, the meaning. What exactly do these rankings mean? Are they the meant to rate the teams before the season starts, or are they a preliminary guess at how they will finish? Personally, I don’t think they accurately accomplish either. The FIU team from last year proves that. They were picked to finish 6th last year.

I think it just boils down to the fact that the preseason coaches poll gets football talk started. In less than 24 hours from the release of the rankings, there are over 100 news hits on Google. Heck, it even has me blogging. Football season can’t get here soon enough. Go Red Wolves!

Start of Six Home Games Saturdary
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Well all you football lovers, ASU opens it home season this Saturdary night and I hope that all of you have gotten your tickets (I have no doubt that Flanders has). Lets make this a very, very large Red Wolf gathering.

Season of Change?
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It’s a new season and a new era as the Red Wolves begin the 2011 football season under the guidance of new head coach Hugh Freeze.  With six home games and two highly anticipated semi-rivals it could be a breakout season for ASU.

However this article isn’t about football, it’s about our associates.  With a new season brings a new question.  Which associate member will make the move towards membership and actually BUY season tickets to any sport offered by ASU?  While both associates are cheap in their own frugal way let’s take a brief look at both candidates, Carlos and Flanders.

  • Carlos – He has an uncanny way of maximizing his sports entertainment value with no money invested.  Everyone has heard the phrase low down, no down, no problem.  Carlos’ motto is no down…period.  He always finds a away to bum a ticket here or screw over a co-worker there without having to put out any actual cash.  With his Boomhauer like speech no one can actually understand what he’s saying and by default he ends up with free tickets.
  • Flanders – He approaches his freebies in a George Costanza like manner.  This meaning he’s all about getting the free ticket but his line of attack is more casual as he subtly drops a hint by asking ”Hey does any have an extra ticket?”  Flanders would sell a member of his own family if it meant a free plate of french fries for himself.

There is one common denominator in the Carlos and Flanders equation and it’s the Captain.  The Captain comes across as tough character but he has a soft spot in his heart for bottom feeders.  The Captain always comes through for these two.  E.G. – the UALR upper echelon incident.  Maybe we should change their names to the Wonder Twins!!

So who do you think will be the first associate to step up and make a tremendous challenge toward membership?  Will it be Carlos or Flanders?  If either one does decide to purchase season tickets what sport will it be, football or bowling? (there are no season tickets for bowling)  In my opinion, there is no doubt that neither one will make the move because they would have to actually spend money.  Let the wagering begin!!  Give us your feedback.

RWC Rabid Athlete of the Month
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As the 2011 football season approaches (34 days from now, but who’s counting?), the RWC is reviving the Rabid Athlete of the Month program, where we highlight the most rabid athletes at Arkansas State University.

The August 2011 Rabid Athlete of the Month is senior WR, Dwayne Frampton.

Last year, Frampton hauled in a team-high 69 receptions (2nd most in ASU history) for 738 receiving yards (also team-high and 7th ASU all time).  Framp had 6 receiving TDs and caught multiple passes in every game last season.  In fact, despite playing only one year at ASU, he enters this senior season needing just 15 catches and two touchdowns to rank among the top-10 all-time leaders in ASU history.  Basically, In a group of possibly the best receiving corp ASU has had in the last ten years, Frampton rose to the top.

This year, there are no expectations that those numbers will decline.  The promotion of Hugh Freeze to head coach solidifies the wide open, pass-happy offense we enjoyed last year will be even more unleashed this season.  ASU will also have depth at the other skill positions, requiring opposing defenders to respect the running game just as much as the air attack.

Frampton isn’t satisfied with last year’s performance either.  He has been working out this summer on his own.  From sparring with trainers to catching balls from NFL QBs, Framp is doing everything in his power to achieve his ultimate goal, playing in the NFL.

The RWC wishes Frampton the best for the upcoming season as he continues to violently engage DBs from coast to coast.  For his inner RWC inspiration, he can just read the quote on his locker that contains an excerpt from the famous quote:

“Do you fear the force of the wind, the slash of the rain?  Go face them and fight them, be savage again. Go hungry and cold like the wolf…You’ll grow ragged and weary and swarthy, but you’ll walk like a man.”
- Hamlin Garland

Our Tower is Bigger than Your Tower
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Thanks to a longstanding partnership that the Red Wolf Club has formed with Nucor Steel, the practice field at ASU has just received a major update.  This  51′ video tower will allow the coaching staff to better capture footage from practices, provide a convenient storage area for frequently used equipment, and will eventually make non-stadium night practices a possibility.  This thing is sturdy.  In fact, it might be the only thing standing on campus after the New Madrid fault gives us “the big one.”

I know it seems like a small improvement, but hopefully it is one of many that will lead to a new culture of winning at ASU.  I am excited to see what’s in-store for this team and this coaching staff.

Pictured above is ASU Video Coordinator, Chris Buttgen, ASU Director of Major Gifts, Bill Templeton, ASU Head Football Coach, Hugh Freeze, Nucor-Yamato Steel’s Chad Utermark and Keith Prevost, ASU Director of Athletics, Dr. Dean Lee, ASU Associate Athletic Director for External Operations and Director of the Red Wolf Club, Doug Doggett, and ASU Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Event Management, Randy Knowles.

It’s All Fun & Games in Illinois
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Check out the IL coaching staff and their families having a big ole time at the lake.  I guess there’s plenty time to relax when your season really doesn’t start until September 17th against Arizona State.  Let’s hope that they keep their focus on “the other ASU” while we shed blood, sweat, and tears to ruin any hope they may have for a successful season.  Also, lets hope that those markers were already set up at the lake.  Otherwise, what kind of douchebag showoff puts those things out before water skiing.

P.S.  We are aware that this was before camp could begin and that coaching staffs and their families have close relationships… but this was too good to pass up.

Fight Like a Wolf
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Coach Freeze tweeted a couple videos from camp today.  These videos show that this coaching staff is dedicated to making football fun again for these guys.  Hopefully, they will stay motivated, stay out of trouble, and take advantage of the new mindset surrounding ASU Football… winning would be nice too.  Go Red Wolves!!!

To view the other video, click here.

Coming Soon to ASU Stadium
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The Rabid Wolf Formation

The Rabid Wolf Club is proud to declare that the Rabid Wolf Formation™ (RWF) is the official name for the ASU version of the “wildcat” formation.  The RWF has been a initiative of the Rabid Wolf Club ever since the first WR lined up behind center at ASU Stadium.

You can’t argue the logical progression.  Wildcat -> Wildwolf -> RABID WOLF.

ASU Head Football Coach, Hugh Freeze, and Matt Stolz, play-by-play man for 107.9 KFIN, have been given the exclusive rights by the RWC to use our sacred namesake for this formation in return for future, possible honorary membership status.

The RWC is excited about this new partnership and looks forward to miles of positive yardage for the Red Wolves and increased exposure for the most rabid ASU fanatics.

Go Red Wolves!

2011 RWC Member Prediction Poll
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It’s that time of year again!  The time when we gather around the lunch table and give our predictions for the upcoming football year.  A time where dreams and reality collide, pride and pocketbooks are on the line, and Carlos funds the club activities for the rest of the year.

Here are the official results of the 2011 RWC Prediction Poll.  These results are only visible to logged in RWC members.  For non-members, we have provided a summary of the results below.

pimp daddy
the judge
big nasty
mighty mouth
uncle fester

So far, with 16 predictions submitted, the predictions have ranged from 6-6 to 12-0. However, the person that submitted the 12-0 prediction could have had the ASU football schedule confused with the Gonzaga women’s soccer schedule. We are unanimously predicting that ASU beats Memphis, UCA, ULL, and North Texas. The only game that at everyone (who was looking at the ASU schedule) doesn’t think ASU can win is Virginia Tech.  That could be because Carlos has yet to submit his predictions.

Predictions by Number: 7-5 – 8 members, 6-6 – 3 members, 8-4 – 4 members, 12-0 – 1 member