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David Bazzel pictured below:

I have written about my past visits to the Little Rock Touchdown Club many times and I have been amazed at the quality of the speakers. One of my favorite was  Phillip Fulmer, but Frank Broyles was probably my favorite, and  Paul Finebaum, Mike Slive, Willie Roaf,Randy White, Howard Schnellenberger, John Robinson, Mark May, Gene Stallings, Bobby Bowden, Lloyd Carr, Johnny Majors, Pat Summerall, Pat Dye, Vince Dooley , Eric Mangino, and many more were very good too.

If pressed then right behind Frank was  Phillip Fulmer, Howard Schnellenberger, John Robinson, Gene Stallings, Bobby Bowden, Lloyd Carr, Johnny Majors, Pat Summerall, Pat Dye, and Vince Dooley .

The Little Rock Touchdown Club website noted today:

You won’t want to miss a single meeting in 2015! We have another terrific lineup but we can’t be successful without your participation and support.

Our first full meeting will be Monday, August 24th, 2015 at the Little Rock Marriott and will feature Arkansas Razorback Head Football Coach Bret Bielema. Membership in the Little Rock Touchdown Club includes lunch at a reduced rate at all weekly meetings.

(Rex Nelson pictured below)

2015 Speaker Lineup



Rex Nelson impersonates Houston Nutt at LRTC 08 27 12

Published on Oct 2, 2012

Little Rock Touchdown Club has Rex Nelson do the stats for the games played that week. Rex does a lot of impersonations of different people but I like his Houston Nutt the best. Video by Popeye Video – Mrpopeyevideo


Tom Osborne below:


Little Rock Touchdown Club founder David Bazzel announced the club’s new awards and 2013 speakers Tuesday

Frank Broyles below:


Frank Broyles, Barry Switzer, and Bobby Burnett (L-R) (1965 Cotton Bowl)

Bazzel a deserving, easy target for Toast & Roast

David Bazzel is the honoree of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas' 41st annual Toast & Roast banquet Aug. 13 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock.

David Bazzel is the honoree of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas’ 41st annual Toast & Roast banquet Aug. 13 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock.

Going Deep: A sports column by Nate Olson

When I interviewed David Bazzel back in late January, I finally got to ask the question I had wanted to ask him for a long time: “Do you ever sleep?”

Bazzel, a former Arkansas linebacker, told me that the answer — which is especially true during football season — is: “Very little.” Bazzel’s day job is co-host of the morning-drive radio program The Show With No Name on KABZ-FM, 103.7 The Buzz. The show airs weekdays from 6-10 a.m. He says he regularly stays up until midnight working on his other projects that include the Little Rock Touchdown Club, which is now in its 12th year, and the Broyles Award, which honors the nation’s top college assistant football coaches. He admitted during the interview that he doesn’t profit financially from either endeavor, even though he pours hundred of hours into the events each year. He does those things, as well as originated the The Golden Boot, the trophy awarded to the winner of the Arkansas-LSU game, because he genuinely loves football and promoting the game, Little Rock and the state of Arkansas.

Add to that, attending every University of Arkansas football game as an analyst for The Buzz and KATV, Channel 7 and the numerous speaking engagements, commercials and other business ventures Bazzel somehow manages to do all of those things at a high level. Something I have long admired.

He also squeezes in time to volunteer. While his work ethic is to be admired, it is his humble, genuine personality that shines through. Always friendly, always smiling (his teeth are the whitest I’ve seen) and very approachable. He gets ribbed from time to time because of his attention to his finely coiffed hair, his teeth, muscular physique and flair for fashion (he must own 200 suits and matching pocket squares), but he is well liked by many because, at the core, he is a good, caring person. He is also a devout Christian and shared his testimony with the congregation of Chenal Valley Baptist Church last winter.

Because of those qualities, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas tabbed Bazzel as its 41st annual Toast & Roast honoree. The banquet begins Thursday at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock with a reception at 6 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $150. The cause is terrific (it is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization), and the entertainment will be outstanding. Check out this lineup of roasters: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson; former NFL tight end and play-by-play voice for Arkansas football Keith Jackson; former Hog and NBA center Joe Kleine; former Hog, NFL receiver and co-host of Overtime on The Buzz Matt Jones; former Hog guard and The Buzz’s The Zone co-host Pat Bradley; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports editor Wally Hall; KATV sports director Steve Sullivan; KATV co-anchor Beth Hunt; car dealer Frank Fletcher; longtime journalist, broadcaster and Simmons First National Corp Director of Corporate Communications Rex Nelson; Tommy Smith, Bazzel’s co-host on The Show With No Name; Roger Scott, another co-host on The Show With No Name; and Bill Vickery, political consultant and host of The Sunday Buzz on The Buzz.

KATV morning show anchor Chris Kane gets the unenviable task of emceeing this free for all. It could get a tad uncomfortable for ol’ No. 53. No doubt, it will be funny with the cast of characters that have been assembled. Scott and his many impressions could fill the the entire time slot by himself. Most all of the roasters love to hear their own voices, so the biggest challenge of the evening might be wrapping it up by 9 p.m., as I am told is the goal. Good luck with that.

I attended my first Toast & Roast last year with former Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson as the honoree. Bradley, current UA basketball coach Mike Anderson, and former Hogs and NBA standout Todd Day raised a high bar for this year. With some of the stories told and jokes delivered by last year’s emcee — KTHV-TV, Channel 11’s Craig O’Neill — I didn’t quit laughing.

Congratulations to Bazzel. The honor is well deserved, and his presence and the all-star roaster roster should make for a huge crowd and a memorable night for all.

For more information on purchasing tickets, go to bbsca.org. Read Nate’s sports blog atgoingdeep.syncweekly.com.


David Bazzel, Muskie Harris, Ron Calcagni, Lou Holtz of Orlando, Fla., Bert Zinamon, Kelly Lasseigne, and Nancy Monroe at the Little Rock Touchdown Club

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Bobby Bowden’s Christian Faith (Part 5) jh28

Bobby Bowden was probably the best speaker I have ever heard at the Little Rock Touchdown Club. Here is an article about his Christian faith:

Football and faith are big business for Bobby Bowden
Tuesday, Jun 12, 2001
By Sandra Vidak
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP)–Whether it’s leading his team to a national championship on the gridiron, or carefully tending his flock of football players, Florida State’s Bobby Bowden is on-mission for the Lord — 24 hours a day.During 46 years of coaching, Bowden has concerned himself with the salvation of nearly 5,000 young men who have providentially found themselves at his coaching door. Sitting at his desk — family photographs to his right and a picture-window view of the football playing field at Doak Campbell Stadium on his left — the larger-than-life personality becomes the down-to-earth mentor to players and coaches alike. He is just as concerned about his players “getting saved” as he is about them learning playbooks.In fact, when a student athlete signs to play football at Florida State University, one of the first things the coach does is send a letter to the parents asking for permission to take the student to church.Bowden takes the players, as a team, to church twice each season. The churches selected are not necessarily Baptist; typically one is predominantly Anglo and the other predominantly African-American.

“I make all my boys, black or white, go because I want them to see that they are welcomed here in this church no matter what the color of their skin. I want them to understand that.”

He also tells the parents, “I want them to carry on the way that you have trained them in your home because I know how it is when kids get away to college — the first thing they do is quit going to church.”

And while Bowden may be a man of character and integrity, don’t under estimate him as an opponent. Firm coaching principles are as important to him as winning the game.

Tangible evidence of the success of this football legend’s program is on display in the Coyle Moore Athletic Center. The football wing is a museum that houses two Waterford crystal national championship trophies (1993 and 1999), along with hundreds of other awards, rings, trophies, outstanding player portraits and memorabilia from 24 years of winning football games.

Sure, Bowden is proud of winning but it’s mainly others — boosters, media and fans — who bring up the impressive, record-breaking statistics. Bowden unequivocally gives God the glory for his success.

“God hasn’t blessed many coaches more than He has me. He sure has blessed me” and for that “I am very thankful,” Bowden said. Specifically, he mentioned that, “God has given me a great family. We’ve all been very fortunate.”

Bobby and Ann Bowden have been married 51 years and their family includes six children — all married — and 21 grandchildren, all healthy.

Bowden truly loves people. Just to watch him walk around the athletic complex is a lesson in people skills as he speaks and nods to every person he sees. Colleagues say he “never walks past an admiring child without a wink and a smile.”

The Birmingham, Ala., native evidences a God-given talent to motivate others. The genteel charm, quick wit and Southern drawl, mixed with a friendly and outgoing man who loves life and lives it to the fullest, makes people just want to be around him.

“I just love to coach,” he affirmed. “That may sound simple, but I think sometimes people like the things that go around coaching and not the actual job.”

Colleagues use words like “respect, sincerity, class, honesty, charisma, charm and humor” to describe Bowden. His faith in God, commitment to Christ and “rock-solid character” are the things that define this man — not wins, losses or coaching records.

“Our mission on earth is to glorify God, in whatever [situation] He’s put us.” So if you’re doing it to the glory of God, he added, then it better be good.

“I’ve always felt like He put me in coaching to try to reach young men through coaching, through playing ball, you know? It opens a lot of doors for them.”

Startling numbers of Bowden’s players become first-round NFL draft picks, but Bowden encourages them to seek God’s will in planning their futures.

“God is going to find a way for you to make a living,” he said. “He is going to find a profession for you. And to me that’s what all these college students should be doing — searching for the profession into which God wants them to go. Now most of them are going to be led into it by their abilities. Some of them just feel like they want to go into medicine, law, teaching, coaching or criminology. In other words there’s something that just leads you in there, and I feel like if people will ask and seek, that God will lead them where He wants them to go.”

Reflecting on his career and what God has taught him through coaching, Bowden said, “If you love Him and serve Him and try to be loyal to Him and obedient to Him, He’s not going to let you fail. That’s the thing that has happened to me.”

Ever mindful of his Christian testimony, Bowden has “always tried to put God first — I’ve tried. I don’t want people to think that ‘Bobby really thinks he’s a good boy.’ No, I don’t think I’m good. I try to be good. But the thing about it is that God has taught me that if you try to be obedient and try to follow the rules and try to do what He asks you to, you still can be a success.”

Win, lose or draw, Bowden’s first order of business at the end of a game is to immediately shake the other coach’s hand. He is acutely aware of the constant audience of players, coaches, fans and media watching for his reaction, particularly during turbulent times.

Bowden was “raised in a very good Christian home” under the care of “great” parents. They took him to church all of his life, had prayer in the home and read Scripture.

Bowden made a public profession of faith when he was around age 10, but said it wasn’t until he was 23 he really “got the picture” and rededicated his life to the Lord.

He recalled, “As I came up, I thought that being good was being a Christian. I knew you had to join the church. I joined the church. I knew you had to be baptized. I was baptized. I thought that — plus being good — makes you a Christian.

“I finally realized that you are saved by grace.” It’s “nothing that you did and nothing that you earned. Once I understood that, it made life simpler to me. Because, with understanding grace, it makes you want to do better. Nobody’s perfect. I make mistakes every day and do things that are wrong, though I try not to. But that’s the thing about being a Christian and really believing: You try not to.”

He added, “The older I get the stronger I get about my Christian beliefs and faith.”

Ever since his 1953 rededication experience, Bowden has accepted invitations to speak whenever and wherever he can, particularly to church groups, and particularly when he is on the road with the team. Whether the media is watching or not, he minces no words when speaking of eternal salvation.

Comparing his role as a coach and that of ministers, who he admires because “they have got the toughest job in the world,” Bowden acknowledged, “In coaching I can’t make everybody happy. There’s no way. If you win, you didn’t win by a big enough score. … If you are a minister and you are preaching” the responsibility is greater. “You can’t make everybody happy there; don’t water it down so that these people who don’t believe don’t get their feelings hurt,” he admonished. “I think you’ve got to say it like it is, in the best loving way that you can say it now. But, again, preach the Bible and what the Bible teaches and I think your church will flourish.”

Little Rock Touchdown Club speaker Bobby Bowden’s testimony (Part 4) jh27

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2010 exciting Idlewild baptist church Bobby Bowden guest speaker FSU head coach speaking sermon pastor ken whiten talks about faith in Jesus Christ, God. small story about his mom.


When I attended the Little Rock Touchdown Club on September 12, 2011 I thought that I  something may have to do with Bobby Bowden’s testimony and sure enough he started off with a story about him being a Southern Baptist. However, he did not go into details about his faith in Christ. Here I am posting those details:

CBN.com – Bobby Bowden is a coaching legend. His name is synonymous with success. He’s the all-time winningest coach in Division One history, and he’s directed the Florida State University Seminoles to two national championships. 

But he says the defining moment in his life came before his coaching career even began, when he rededicated his life to Jesus Christ.

“When I recommitted my life, my whole thinking was…God I’m making myself available to You. I think You’ve led me into coaching. I think this is what You want me to do, God,” he remembers.

And unashamedly, Coach Bowden has been using football at the stadium as a pulpit to witness to young men for the last 53 years.

“You know, that’s all I’ve done over the last 50 years is make it available, and you can’t believe the boys that have called me 20 to 30 years later.”

According to Bowden, his former players have said, “Coach I’m so glad you did this. I’m so glad you said that.”

“You can’t imagine how many boys I’ve coached here that become ministers. That has to be just as satisfying as winning a football game,” he says. “All we got to do is present it. We ain’t gonna save nobody. But He will, and all He asks us to do is to present it.”

Talk to players, coaches, and the people who work most closely with Bobby Bowden over the years, and the thing you hear over and over again is how much he genuinely cares for people.

“As a coach, he’s had a big influence on my life. He hired me because I was a player here. Bobby showed a lot to me by example as a leader — dependability and accountability,” says defensive line coach, Odell Haggins.

“He’s like a second father to me. He’s been so gracious to my family and I forever,” adds former assistant coach, Chuck Amato. “I’ve often said Coach Bowden is a sermon in shoes. What he says and what he preaches, he follows up. He treats the custodian that cleans the commode in his office just as well as he treats the president of the university. He sees no class in people. He sees no difference in race. He treats everybody kind and with respect.”

He’s fair, but tough — much like a general. In fact, had he not gone into coaching, Bowden said he probably would’ve chosen the military as a career.

“I was raised during World War II. So I became very interested in the military.”

“A lot of those skills and strategies carry over. I get a lot of sayings out of it. Some things that General Patton or Stonewall Jackson said, I can use and you’d be amazed at how much the strategy is alike,” says Coach Bowden.

Coach says one attribute that should carry over whether it’s the battlefield or the football field is character — a trait that he instills in his players.

“I’m one of those guys that thinks if you don’t have adversity, forget about character. Because your character is going to be developed by how well you handle adversity,” he says. “Now if you never have adversity, how are you going to develop character?”

And it’s through his own adversity Coach Bowden’s character shines. He’s been criticized for giving second chances to players who break team rules.  But Coach says God extended grace to him and when given the opportunity, he’ll do the same.

“I was a boy myself one time. If someone had not forgiven me for some of the things I had done, I would never have made it. So I’m coaching these young men, and I know what they go through and the temptations they’re faced with.” 

“They’re going to make mistakes. I made them! I still do! But if it’s up to me, and I’ve got a chance to save someone, and it’s the first time they’ve done something like this … I’m going to give them a second chance.”

And he uses those opportunities to be a positive influence in his players’ lives.

“I believe young men need a male in the home. Young boys raised need a male figure in the home. It’s not what most of them got … somebody to discipline them,” he believes. “I take them to church, have bible reading with them, and pray at supper. I think that myself and the staff add a lot.”

The landscape of college football has changed since Bowden arrived on the scene. A lot of coaches have come and gone. But Coach Bowden has had success with a simple philosophy. 

“When I put everything in God’s hands, I don’t have to worry about anything. I don’t have to worry about winning ballgames. I want to. I want to win as much as anybody does, but I don’t have to worry about this. I know that when I die, I live eternally with my God, so the pressure’s off!”


Bobby Bowden at Little Rock Touchdown Club (Part 3) jh24

I really enjoyed hearing Bobby Bowden speak at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on September 12th and I wanted to put one more post up about it.

Below is an article by Harry King on the Bowden talk.

Punch lines on cue from Bowden

Posted on 13 September 2011

By Harry King

LITTLE ROCK — Some of his material could use an update, but Bobby Bowden’s timing and inflection are good enough for an opening act at a comedy club.

The 81-year-old former Florida State football coach evoked lots of yucks at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday, although a couple of punch lines were familiar and his story about autographed pictures would have worked just as well in Alabama by subbing Nick Saban’s name for that of Bobby Petrino.

Bowden left me wanting more inside football. He talked briefly about how college realignment is driven by money, how winning football attracts students, and how the 25-scholarship limit plays a big role in the number of upsets. He said he could live without a playoff in college football — “It’s not going to get much better than Oregon-Auburn” — and that he didn’t think it would happen because a large majority of college presidents are against it.

Although Missouri and West Virginia are mentioned most often as possible partners with Texas A&M in a move to the Southeastern Conference, Florida State is often in the speculation. They could have joined Arkansas in the SEC 20 years ago, but chose the Atlantic Coast Conference where Bowden believes they will remain.

“People older like I am like tradition,” he said.

Bowden mentioned how he harped on enthusiasm when he was hired at Florida State in 1976 and how persistence might be the most valuable asset in football. He recalled losing two centers in one game early in the 1980 season and losing to Miami the next week when the snap was fumbled 10 times. A week later, the Seminoles were going to play at No. 3 Nebraska and the only two candidates at center had originally been scheduled to be redshirted.

A 185-pound walk-on won the job over a 235-pound scholarship player. At Nebraska, the Seminoles couldn’t do anything in the first half and trailed 14-3. In the second half, the FSU quarterback rolled out regularly to escape the noseman.

The center, he said, hasn’t blocked the Nebraska noseman yet, but the Seminoles did not have a turnover and the Cornhuskers had four in a loss that put FSU on the map.

His message, often delivered to business owners, is to get dependable people.

Bowden opened the comedy with a story about him speaking to a group of Methodists in Georgia. A Southern Baptist, Bowden was asked by a Methodist minister if he was comfortable addressing the audience.

Sure, Bowden said, adding that the two groups worship a bit differently. Asked again, Bowden said he explained, “Y’all continue to do it your way; we’ll continue to do it His.”

The one about trying to get rid of his 10 complimentary game tickets the first year he was at FSU was more predictable. He accommodated family and neighbors and still had two left. Even the school janitor turned him down so he drove to a mall in Tallahassee, put the tickets on the car windshield, and went for a haircut.

An hour later, he came out and there were six tickets on the windshield.

During the three years prior to Bowden’s arrival, the Seminoles won four games. From 1987 to 2000, FSU finished in the top five in The Associated Press poll.

Under Bowden, Florida State won two national championships. Given my druthers, he would have expounded on those teams and some of his others.

Harry King is sports columnist for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. His e-mail address is hking@arkansasnews.com.

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Bobby Bowden named to Broyles Award Selection Committee jh25


The Broyles Award Trophy, made out of solid bronze, depicts Broyles (kneeling) and longtime University of Arkansas assistant coach Wilson Matthews (standing), watching over a Razorback football game or practice. Matthews was the coach of Little Rock Central High School before joining Broyles on the Razorback’s staff.


Today at the Little Rock Touchdown Club Luncheon, Bobby Bowden spoke, but before he spoke, David Bazell announced that Bowden is the newest member of the Broyles Award Selection Committee. The committee includes Frank Broyles, Don James, Vince Dooley, Haden Fry, Dick MacPherson, Grant Teaff, and LaVell Edwards.

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Bowden told a funny story about the 1980 victory at Nebraska. He pointed out that Nebraska was ranked #3 and was expected to possibly win the national championship. At that time Florida State had not won a game against a top 5 team yet, and FSU went into the game as big underdogs. In fact, the week before FSU had lost 10-9 in a game where they had been heavily favored because of the 10 fumbles they had because their first and second team centers had season ending injuries.

In practice the next week Bowden got several players together to compete for the starting center position and it was won by a walk-on player. The next game against Nebraska, Florida State had no turnovers while Nebraska had 4 and Florida State came away with a 18-14 victory.

Bowden noted that the walk-on center was horrible at blocking, but he was very dependable at providing good snaps. Bowden uses this illustration when he talks to business people to encourage them to seek dependable employees.

Bowden asserted, “That will always go down in my book not neccessarily my favorite win, but probably the most important win in Florida State’s modern day history.”

Below you will see a clip that discusses that 1980 matchup and you will notice that former Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring is interviewed twice in the 4 minute clip. Herring played on the FSU defense.

In 2006 I went to the Shiloh Christian at Bauxite playoff game in Saline County. It was a cold night, and I noticed Gus Malzahn and several other notable persons at the game. Arkansas had played LSU earlier in the day in Little Rock. During the second half I saw a monster hit by a linebacker from Shiloh, and I exclaimed, “Who was that guy?” The gentleman next to me who was wearing a ski mask responded, “That is my son Adam Herring.” I had been standing next to Reggie Herring for 2 hours and did not even know it.

Bobby Bowden Head coach Bobby Bowden of the Florida State Seminoles watches his team while taking on the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium November 24, 2007 in Gainesville, Florida.

In This Photo: Bobby Bowden