The preservationists

posted by rexnelson on January 21st, 2015

The event was the annual Arkansas Preservation Awards banquet. These are my kind of people. They have a love for this state, an appreciation of its history and a determination to preserve those things that have made us who we are as Arkansans. For decades, Arkansas did a poor job of preserving its past. There’s no need to pretend otherwise.

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John Prock: Man of influence

posted by rexnelson on December 30th, 2014

Google the name of any FBS head coach, and dozens of stories will appear. Google the name of John Prock, and you won’t find much. Ken Bissell knew what faced him when he began working on a book about Prock, Harding University’s head football coach from 1964-87. There would be dozens and dozens of interviews to conduct. There would be a lot of digging through old files and scrapbooks.

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A very Southern Christmas

posted by rexnelson on December 23rd, 2014

Christmas traditions are important. You see, the memories you make are a key part of the Christmas season. While preparing to write my weekly newspaper column, I decided to have a blast from the past by invoking the Helena oyster loaf. That’s right, I said oyster loaf.

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College football: End of the regular season

posted by rexnelson on November 25th, 2014

OK, OK. I’m a believer. Trust me, I’ve changed my evil ways. Here are the picks for this week’s college football games.

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Rex’s Rankings: End of the road

posted by rexnelson on November 24th, 2014

It’s Thanksgiving week, and I have high school football on the mind. Here are the final weekly rankings for 2014.

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College football: Week 13

posted by rexnelson on November 19th, 2014

It is safe for us to now officially declare that LSU is not a cold-weather team. I’m now tempted to crawl onto that Razorback bandwagon with you. Very tempted. But wait. Here are the picks for Week 13.

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Tears at 10-0

posted by rexnelson on November 18th, 2014

As the clock ticked down to 0:00 on a cold, gray Saturday afternoon, I tried to describe the scene in Arkadelphia to those who were listening to the broadcast of the 88th Battle of the Ravine. Then, the tears came.

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Rex’s Rankings: One week in

posted by rexnelson on November 18th, 2014

We’re one week into the high school playoffs, and there have been no big surprises thus far. Things should get interesting this Friday night. Here are the rankings.

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College football: The Battle of the Ravine

posted by rexnelson on November 12th, 2014

It’s time for one of the South’s best college football rivalries. No, silly, not the Battle for the Golden Boot. We’re talking about the Battle of the Ravine. Here are the college football picks for Week 12.

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Rex’s Rankings: Let the playoffs begin

posted by rexnelson on November 11th, 2014

It’s playoff time. Wrap up for a cold Friday night, and let’s start on the Road to the Rock. It’s my favorite time of the year. Here are the rankings at the end of the regular season.

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