With a morsel or two for Super Bowl weekend, here’s a fresh batch of “David’s Appetizers,” assorted musings and observations from the sports scene:
CONWAY HOOPS WEEKEND
As various conference races near the stretch run, this weekend may be the best overall basketball weekends of the season.
Friday night, Conway High’s girls host Greenwood in a key matchup for second place in 7A/6A Central. The CHS boys need a victory to maintain hopes for a state tournament berth.
Across town, Hendrix teams take on Centre College, one of the traditional basketball powers in NCAA Division III and among the Southern Athletic Association leaders for both men and women. Centre teams are always worth watching.
On its homecoming weekend, Central Baptist College teams take on York College on Friday and Central Christian on Saturday afternoon.
In other high school action in the county, city rivals St. Joseph and Conway Christian have a series of games at CCS while Vilonia teams host Shiloh Christian.
UCA SIGNING DAY
New University of Central Arkansas football coach Steve Campbell announces his first signing class Wednesday afternoon.
Because of the high interest in the event, the Log Cabin will provide full coverage, including live streaming from the news conference at 3 p.m. at Wingo. Watch it on your computer or mobile device at thecabin.net. There will also be regular tweets @dmaclcd.
WAMPUS CAT ALUMNI
Former Conway High basketball players have a run of success in the last week.
Wednesday, Taylor Gault scored 22 points in helping lead Arkansas-Little Rock to a victory over the University of Louisiana.
Last week, Micah Delph hit a last-second basketball to give Ouachita Baptist University a 71-69 victory over cross-the-street Henderson State. Colt Fason scored 18 points the second half.
In Great American Conference play, Fason leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding at 16.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Delph is No. 2 in scoring at 15.8 and leads the team with 81 assists.
Now that the NCAA hopes for the Arkansas Razorbacks are almost nil, the folks on various talk shows have left little on the bone for seemingly endless analysis.
It again raises into question the number of cupcakes the Hogs feasted on in non-conference play, which did not prepare the team for the tests in the Southeastern Conference is not strong.
Every team will schedule some rent-a-wins and as many home games as possible, but the good programs also schedule some major matchups to get a gauge on where they are and prepare them for various challenges ahead for the NCAA tournament.
The Razorbacks got a false sense of identity and security in non-conference.
WHAT ABOUT AN EXPERIMENT
Since the NFL is considering eliminating the almost-automatic extra point, why not experiment with no one-point kick in the Super Bowl?
It would add a bit of intrigue putting a mandatory two-point attempt in play. Supposedly the two best teams in professional football should not have problems with extra points.
JUMPING THE AD GUN
It’s interesting now that a lot of companies are coming out early with their Super Bowl ads.
If they go viral, it’s more exposure over a longer period without having to fork over big bucks during Super Bowl prime time.
The new dog-and-pony Budweiser ad, which is all over social media, is a good one and a great pre-emptive strike.
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter @dmaclcd)