College football: Week 4

posted by rexnelson on September 18th, 2014

We were almost there. Having gone 13-0 during the first two weeks of the college football season, we were on the verge of keeping a perfect record intact after three weeks of predictions. Then, Arkansas Tech melted down in the fourth quarter. Still, 21-1 isn’t bad. Let’s get to the picks for Week 4.

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Rex’s Rankings: After two weeks

posted by rexnelson on September 16th, 2014

It was No. 1 against No. 2 last Friday night, and No. 1 prevailed as Fayetteville posted a 43-33 victory over North Little Rock. We’ll leave Fayetteville in the No. 1 spot in this week’s rankings while dropping the Charging Wildcats to No. 7. Teams on the rise include Conway and Fort Smith Northside. Here are the rankings after two weeks of the high school football season.

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Little Rock: Crime city?

posted by rexnelson on September 12th, 2014

Little Rock is at a turning point. More like Memphis or more like Nashville? More like Jackson or more like Austin? A hip urban environment or a new round of white flight to Cabot, Conway, Benton and Bryant? More than anything else, the crime statistics the next five years will tell the story.

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College football: Week 3

posted by rexnelson on September 10th, 2014

Way to go, Muleriders. A touchdown on the final play of the game by Southern Arkansas allowed us to go 9-0 on the week. The record is 13-0 for the year. Here are the picks for Week 3.

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Rex’s Rankings: After one week

posted by rexnelson on September 8th, 2014

We’re set for No. 1 vs. No. 2 in just the second week of the high school football season. North Little Rock at Fayetteville this Friday night. It should be fun. Here are the rankings after one week of the high school football season.

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College football: Week 2

posted by rexnelson on September 4th, 2014

Well, we started 2014 just where we left off in 2013. Another Razorback loss. The good news is that Nicholls State is headed north to collect a check. Let’s get to the picks for Week 2 of college football.

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Rex’s Rankings: The season begins

posted by rexnelson on September 2nd, 2014

It’s a good week for high school football junkies. And it’s time for the first edition of Rex’s Rankings for 2014.

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College football: Week 1

posted by rexnelson on August 27th, 2014

Here we go. Labor Day weekend approaches and that meant three things when I was growing up in southwest Arkansas: My birthday, dove season and college football season. I love this time of year. Let’s get to the picks for Week 1 of the college football season.

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To St. Francis and back

posted by rexnelson on August 26th, 2014

It was quiet at Jacksonport near the banks of the White River on a Thursday morning, just as it would be quiet more than eight hours later at Chalk Bluff on the banks of the St. Francis River in the northeast corner of the state. In both places, though, you could almost feel the rich history. Like so much of Arkansas, these places were shaped by rivers.

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The Dierks family and south Arkansas timber

posted by rexnelson on July 23rd, 2014

Being a native of south Arkansas, I’ve long been fascinated with the old timber families who owned so much of the southern part of our state in the 20th century. The story of the Dierks family is especially interesting.

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