Some of my favorite people live in Fayetteville and I spent a very fun four years there in college and continue to return for football games, so northwest Arkansas couldn't be all bad, right? Well, maybe not, but I wish a few things about that part of the state were not what they've developed into in the last decade or so.
Northwest Arkansas has become an insulated little world that looks down on the rest of the state if they even pause to pay attention to anything going on below Mountainburg, and many people there would secede to form their own state given the chance.
Now we have a Minor League baseball team up there and once again it's the same typically arrogant approach with everything surrounding it. So why do I hate northwest Arkansas? Let me count the ways...
They expect us to drive up there six times a year for football games but can't make the trip here twice to experience one of the premiere tailgating atmospheres in the country? Seriously, they don't come to Little Rock games.
Enough with those high school brats from Springdale and their whining parents who just would not rest until they got the coach fired for benching Little Johnny. And why doesn't anyone remember how badly Central put the whipping on this dream team of golden boys and their genius coach?
Everything bad about Wal-Mart that adversely affects points across the globe starts in northwest Arkansas. What's wrong with Wal-Mart? Starting with the fact that the vacuum filter I just bought from there doesn't fit because Wal-Mart has strong armed all its suppliers to move operations overseas in order to cut costs to the bare minimum and now so much of the merchandise is cheaply made junk, a ton as evidenced by Wal-Mart Watch.
Half the people living in northwest Arkansas are carpetbaggers from northern states and care little about anything in the state beyond the borders of their suburb unless it's to keep the Mexicans from speaking Spanish in their schools. I mean, God forbid there be languages other than English.
Northwest Arkansas is Royals country while the rest of the state has a deep-rooted history with the St. Louis Cardinals that is still strong today regardless of the local Minor League operation that cut ties with one of the truly great organizations in baseball history.
Northwest Arkansas is so much colder and windier than the rest of the state. You try walking from the Razorback Stadium parking lot to Kimpel Hall for a 7:30 a.m. class three days a week from January through March and tell me you wouldn't be better off just taking the F.
Yes, it is a rivalry whether we have games between the Travelers and Naturals or not. But as the scoreboard stands now, it's Travs 4, Nats 0.
Car-Mart Cup, comin' home!