In case you’re wondering the presence of the 1968 SWC and Sugar Bowl Champion Razorback team in Fayetteville inspired the current Razorback football team on to a 51-7 defeat at the hand of the South Carolina Gamecocks. So much for the old inspiring the young. It was not a pretty sight.

Nevertheless, it was a wonderful weekend of storytelling and renewal of friendships from a long time ago, but never far from my heart and the hearts of all the young men who shared four years together, living in the same dorm, eating every meal together, and surviving as a team injuries, pain, sweat, victories and defeat. From personal experience, I know that no matter how far any of us may rise or fall, may succeed or fail, every member of that team has the back of his teammates and is there to pick up a teammate whenever needed. It is a pretty special feeling to know that there has been and always be such a “presence” in one’s life. Our team had and has a special bond that goes beyond understanding.

Such a feeling and bond is very similar to God’s presence. He too has our backs, and he calls us to have the back of all of humankind. We are to give everyone our love and support, and to offer a hand when someone is blindsided or clipped by life.  Similar to the way I feel towards my teammates, we must endeavor to not just love our neighbors as ourselves, we should strive to love our  neighbors better than we love ourselves. It is the definition of a teammate and of our fellow man.


Now if the Razorbacks could only start playing better.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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