The Music Malzahn
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The past year for Arkansas State University Football can be compared to the movie Groundhog Day in just about every way.  However I view Gus Malzahn as the modern day Professor Harold Hill from the musical/movie The Music Man.

Malzahn had a very detailed plan on how he would get back to the big leagues.  He knew we had a team custom made for winning with offensive fire power.  Soooo, he called us (ASU), we jumped, he negotiated his buy out down, he knew Auburn couldn’t win with Chizik’s pro style offense, and that Chizik would be fired at the end of the 2012 season.  The only question Gus had for himself was if he could really be a head coach?  After a bumpy start he proved he could be and rolled to a 9-3 Sunbelt Conference Championship.

Just like Professor Harold Hill, Gus came in and gained the trust of the fans, boosters, and anyone else that would listen to his pitch.  You know, “Buckle up, we’re getting ready to take this thing to the next level!”  “This is a long term deal.”, “All of these people who say he’s only going to be here one year, don’t know me very well.”  “I’ve got a vision for this program, taking it to the next level.”  “I’ve told people I want to make Arkansas State the Boise State of the South.”  One of the most recent quotes, and I’m paraphrasing, was where Gus said he loved being back in Arkansas because this was the first year since being a football coach he was able to go visit his mother on Mother’s Day.  What a lying sack of %@*^.

Ole Gus knew what he was doing, playing us like a bunch fools.  In the process of taking us to the next level, he was spending money we don’t have, and crafting a 2013 football schedule that’s absolutely terrible with five home games and a game in Little Rock  against an FCS team.  That’s NECK level.

He really did a job on the entire A-STATE nation.  Many of us are happy he’s gone.  He was never a personable guy, community oriented, or even wore ASU gear at all unless it was game day.  I was sad when Freeze left but that guy was genuine.  Gus was just a fraud and I’m angry the way conned ASU and it’s fans.

So with the Holiday season upon us I leave you with a quote from the movie Christmas Vacation that has been updated for our particular situation.

“Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I’d like Gus Malzahn, former ASU head coach, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber in Ridgepointe with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, fore-fleshing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, d!@kless, hopeless, heartless, fat-@ss, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey s@!t he is. HOWLelujah. Holy s@!t. Where’s the Tylenol?” – Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase)



The Jeremiah Johnson Faction visits Oregon (and Washington).
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The Jeremiah Johnson faction of the RWC is alive and well.  Brothers Wyoming and the Judge took young McLovin under their wing once again, and headed off to Oregon.  (Had they known of the driving skills of Danica, McLovin’s first and clearly favorite wife, they might have saved the airfare and ridden with her.  They still would have gotten there before Ringo.)  These three have shown themselves to be the most willing and likely to travel to wherever the Red Wolves happen to be going, hence the Jeremiah Johnson appellation.  While there, after provisioning themselves at Voodoo Donuts, they violently engaged both the state of Oregon and Washington from high atop a rock overlooking the mighty Columbia River, and claimed all that they could see as RWC territory, much like their adventuring forefathers, Lewis and Clark, who also took along a youngster, Sacagawea.

At various times, they banded together with brothers Wally Turbeville and Ringo, and attempted to violently engage the Duck fans that crossed their path.  That turned out to be futile, as all Duck fans seem preturnaturally friendly to the fans of opposing teams.  They all seemed genuinely happy that we were there, even the hippies in downtown Eugene, particularly the hairy-armpitted, accordian playing girl.  It was as if the knew something that we didn’t.  Turns out, as we quickly found out at the game, they did.  At least the Judge and Wyoming were able to violently engage multiple desserts at coastal diner.  As has been stated before, it is not always about the outcome of the game.  Thank goodness.

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The football season is set to begin this week with the Red Wolves reporting on August 1st and actual practice beginning on the third.  I won’t to do my part by trying to introduce a new catchword.

If you follow college sports at all, especially football, you’ll hear different schools use a catch phrase or slogan.  For example Alabama has Roll Tide, Texas Hook Em’ horns, Auburn War Eagle, Ole Miss Hotty Toddy, Rutgers Keep Choppin’, and Notre Dame Play Like a Champion and so on…

Last year a group of us started using STATE! as an exclamation of our fandom.  And since we are Arkansas State, I think it’s only appropriate we use the new catchword.  So, at the end of each fight song verse, yell STATE!!  Whenever ASU does something good yell STATE!!  If you have a good meal at one of our local restaurants give the waitress and friendly STATE!!

That is all…………STATE!!

Season Awaits………
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The 2012 ASU Red Wolves Football season is upon us.  Will this year be a continuation of the success we enjoyed last year or will we drop back to where we’re used toiling?

On paper, in the media, around town and everywhere in between ASU has become the talk of college football.  In the small span of about six months starting about this time last year ASU has gone from back to back 4-8 season (which I correctly picked) to last years 10-2 regular season record and undefeated in the Sunbelt Conference.  What a year!!!  For many of us this time of the year we proclaim “This is our year!”  If you’re fan of any length of time you’re probably saying “Last year was out year.”  And maybe it was, because it’s difficult to go undefeated in conference play no matter who the team is.

Now, I’m a fan who has watched a lot of ASU football over the years.  I’ve seen the eighties era Lacewell teams that were pretty good.  I’ve seen the ASU Football program close to being killed by a horrid and atrocious administration/coaching staff over a course of about 12 years. The likes of Al Kincaid, Ray Perkins, Charley Thornton, Barry Dowd, and Joe Hollis are just a few who I can remember driving ASU into a brick wall all the while me saying “This is our year!!” year in year out.  I’m not going to go into all of the various dynamics of Coach Roberts, Coach Freeze, and Coach Malzahn.  However it’s important to note Coach Roberts rebuilt the program to a certain point, Coach Freeze showed us that ASU can win, and Coach Malzahn has the reputation to make ASU relevant on a consistent basis.

I am a glass half empty kind of guy.  I know as an ASU fan what to expect on a regular basis.  Look at recent games like Troy in 2009 and WKU in 2010 where we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.  In the past we have lost heralded ASU quarterbacks in freak accidents.  We have fired a coach in the third quarter on Thanksgiving.  Actually that was a high point…  One season we had two games scheduled on the same day.  We let a BCS school out of a home game with no buyout and the list goes on.  SO, if I’m overly cautious and somewhat pessimistic, then I’m guilty as charged.  I don’t get real excited or entirely buy into the “Next Level” war cry.  I hope I’m wrong and look up in four years and ASU is playing in a BCS Bowl.   However, I believe last year was our year and I’m so happy I got to be a part of it.

Pain Train 2
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Sources say that the Rabid Wolf Club are in negotiations to bring back a second version of the famed Pain Train. Following the historic football seasons of 2011 and 2012 the original Pain Train was put out to pasture and now can be toured for a small donation.

Please check back for further updates.

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The Divorced Wives Club (DWC) had it’s beginnings in Mt. Pilot.

8 and 0!! An undefeated season for the REDWOLVES!! (or as close as we can get). stAte
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stAte!!  Congratulations to the ASU RedWolves on what is in effect an UNDEFEATED season!  (The Rabid Wolf Club does not count money games, unless we win).  As the picture shows, the RWC supports the RedWolves 100%.  stAte  Even the lunch buddies were out last Saturday to watch the RedWolves rebuke the Troy Trojans.  stAte  The turf at ASU Stadium should be pregnant the way the RedWolves poked holes in the fighting condoms.  The Rabid Wolf Club finally recieved our due (about stAte time too) when the RWC was named “Tailgate of the Year” for the 2011 season.  stAte

While the RedWolves prepare to neuter the Northern Illinios Huskies, (thanks to Coaches Gunn, Siskey (SiskArmy) Heard, Hiller, Batoon and their guys) the RWC is in preparation for it’s all-out assault on Mobile.  Who knows, the legendary PAIN TRAIN may even violently engage the Mardi Gras parade.  stAte

GoDaddy Bowl.  Everyone knows that a huskie has no chance against a RABID pack of RedWolves.  stAte

Eleven wins in one season.  Believe it.  Say it again.  Eleven wins in one season.   Can a brother get a stAte?     stAte!!