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Fayetteville Eye Doctor Offers Free Laser Eye Surgery to Arkansas-Auburn Refs

Remember this call from the Arkansas-Auburn game on Sunday?  How could you forget?  It may have cost Arkansas the game, but we’ll never know.  If nothing else, it prompted a hilarious press release from McDonald Eye Associates, a vision correction facility in Fayetteville, Ark.

As Sports by Brooks Live points out, the eye center sent out a press release on Tuesday morning that has promised any on-field or booth official from Saturday’s game free laser eye surgery.  The company has suggested the game’s officials must have had something wrong with their eyes and that “errors and incorrect calls from the game could have possibly been avoided with better vision.”

As someone who has horrendous vision and has been told I’m a candidate for laser eye surgery, I have a pretty good idea of how much the procedure costs and it’s usually upwards of a few thousand dollars.  McDonald Eye Associates must be the workplace of some pretty die hard Razorback fans if they’re making a point this loudly.

Whether it means I’d be admitting a mistake or not, I’d definitely cash in on this offer if I were one of the officials from the game and had bad eyes.  Saving a few thousand dollars because someone disagrees with a call or two that you made?  I can’t think of a better reason to swallow your pride.

Mario Fannin Touchdown Run Should Have Been Ruled an Auburn Fumble

Auburn running back Mario Fannin got credited with a 3-yard touchdown run to give the Tigers a 17-14 lead in the second quarter against Arkansas. Though Fannin appeared to have a clear path to the end zone, he was met just before the goal line and had the ball knocked out. Because the play happened so quickly and because it was just in front of the goal line, the referees ruled the run a touchdown. The play was challenged but not overturned because there was a lack of conclusive evidence to change the call. Most of the angles for the replay weren’t helpful because you couldn’t tell where the ball came out, but this was the only shot that mattered:

As you can see, the ball had already come out before Fannin reached the end zone. It happened so quickly you would only see what happened through replay, but the correct call was a fumble. Arkansas should have had the ball up 14-10 in the second quarter, but instead Auburn got credit for the touchdown and took the 17-14 lead.

Bobby Petrino Too Scared to Play Texas

I think this story slipped by nearly everyone, well, with the exception of The Wiz and my man Arnie Spanier at Sporting News Radio. According to the Austin Statesman, Arkansas called over to Texas to ask about canceling their scheduled game for ’09, the back end of a home-and-home series. The teams will meet this coming season in Austin, a home game for Texas, but Bobby Petrino’s backing out of the game in ’09. One has to wonder why Arkansas would cancel a future home game against a notable opponent, but the answer became clear: Bobby Petrino is a manipulative weenie when it comes down to it.

Apparently Arkansas will begin playing Texas A&M in the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium in Arlington beginning in ’09, scoring a major payday for each team. The paper says Arkansas does not want to have both Texas and Texas A&M on their non-conference schedule in the same season. I think we saw this season that having a creampuff schedule is the way to go these days in college football, given the success of Kansas and Ohio State to name a few. I could easily understand it if coaches tell their ADs to start scheduling patsies in the future. But to come right out and ask to cancel a game with a tough opponent? That spells wussie, chicken, puss, whatever you can think of. Certainly seems like Bobby Petrino’s M.O, so I can’t really say I’m surprised.

Daniel Snyder Must Be One Big Turnoff

Daniel Snyder: friend to the assistant coach. He could be the best thing that’s ever happened to NFL assistants everywhere. Much like everyone used the Arkansas gig to leverage better deals with their current schools (see Tommy Tuberville, Butch Davis, and Tommy Bowden), everyone’s using Daniel Snyder and the Redskins to leverage better NFL jobs.

What, just last week Jim Mora was interviewing with the Redskins for their head coaching position, spending the night at Snyder’s guest house. The former Falcons head coach was said to be a good candidate for the job. Well, nothing happened there, but three days ago it was announced that Mora would succeed Mike Holmgren as the next Seahawks head coach. Pretty sweet deal (though probably a portion of the announcement also had to do with him not taking any potential gigs at U-Dub). Then after interviewing Tuesday and Wednesday with Snyder, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo decided he would remain with New York and accept a new three-year contract to become the league’s highest paid defensive coordinator. And though he hasn’t yet received a new deal, Pete Carroll supposedly met with Snyder but nothing happened.

So what’s the deal here? How can all these people be meeting with Snyder, and at such lengths, only to not accept? The Skins seem like a good team, and the job seems somewhat desirable based on the talent currently on the roster. Maybe these candidates were using the negotiations as leverage and never intended to take the job. Or maybe, just maybe, they all get a bad impression from Dan Snyder. After all, the guy sounds like a huge prick according to one NFL coach.

Saban vs. Petrino: Worst Game Ever?

This morning on the radio, my man Chris Moore made mention of Saban and Petrino when discussing Rich Rodriguez leaving West Virginia for Michigan. When the two coach against each other in the SEC for an Alabama/Arkansas game, for whom do you root? In other words, could Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide taking on Bobby Petrino’s Arkansas Razorbacks be the worst game ever? That got me thinking (which is a dangerous thing, I admit it), has there ever been a game with two bigger villains pitted against each other? Could you imagine the type of hype surrounding the game when these teams meet?

I’m trying to consider what I would do when those teams play. Perhaps a 0-0 tie would be in order. Apart from Bama and Arkansas fans, is there any sports person in the country that actually wants to see either of those coaches succeed after their shenanigans? I can’t remember a match up of two worse villains recently, so I’m going to go ahead and say this would be the worst game ever. Maybe you can come up with a worse scenario that I could be forgetting. Until then, I’m going Petrino vs. Saban. That’s hard to beat.