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DAVID BAZZEL COMES UP WITH ANOTHER GREAT LINEUP OF SPEAKERS FOR 2015 at LITTLE ROCK TOUCHDOWN CLUB!!!!!

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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

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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

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Tom Osborne below:

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

Frank Broyles below:

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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.
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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.

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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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Gene Stallings on Texas A&M joining the SEC jh14b

Gene Stallings used to interview the boys that dated his daughters. He asked his future son-in-laws if they played sports. He wanted to know if they had competed at something. Below is an article on what Stallings thinks about Texas A&M joining SEC.

Stallings: SEC best fit for A&M

By Troy Schulte

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

LITTLE ROCK — Gene Stallings is an admitted traditionalist.

He has always opposed instant replay, has never been an advocate of a college football playoff, and he didn’t like it when the Southwest Conference broke apart almost 20 years ago.

So the former Texas A&M and Alabama coach gets a bit uneasy when talk of college football’s seemingly imminent realignment rears its head.

But considering his connections — he uses “we” when speaking of Texas A&M and Alabama — he can’t escape the questions.

“Everywhere I go,” said Stallings, cracking a smile not long after addressing the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Tuesday at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock. “I would like to see everything stay intact, but it’s not. Things change.”

Stallings, who coached at Texas A&M in 1965-1971 and won a national championship at Alabama in 1992, was in on realignment talks when the issue heated up last summer as a member of Texas A&M’s Board of Regents.

His opinion then was for the Aggies to stay in the Big 12 Conference even after Colorado left for what is now the Pacific-12 and Nebraska went to the Big Ten. But Tuesday he cited Texas’ new television venture with ESPN, the Longhorn Network, and its more natural ties with SEC schools as reasons he believes Texas A&M belongs in a league with Alabama, Arkansas and others.

The school announced last week it would leave the Big 12 by next summer if it could find another affiliation, and most reports indicate that will be the SEC.

It’s not the home Stallings prefers for his alma mater — he played under Bear Bryant at Texas A&M in 1954-1956 — but if another home needs to be found, the SEC is better than most alternatives.

“We’re both in the same part of the country. Our people are somewhat the same,” Stallings said. “Somebody from Texas and somebody from California, they have different beliefs on different things. … I just think it’s a better fit for Texas A&M to be in the Southeastern Conference as opposed to being in the Pac-[12].”

Stallings, one of Bryant’s famed “Junction Boys” during his playing career, spent about 45 minutes addressing Touchdown Club members about stories of Bryant making he and his teammates practice after a loss to Texas Tech and how Bryant once talked him out of taking a coaching job at Kentucky.

He touched on Arkansas’ Sept. 24 matchup with Alabama — “It looks like Alabama is a little bit better of a football team,” he said — and its Oct. 1 game against Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas — “I saw A&M on television the other night, and they looked good to me.” — as well as what college football will look like in the future as realignment takes place.

“It’s going to eventually be four major conferences. There’s going to be about 20 teams in each conference,” he said. “They’re going to have a championship game. The winners of the championship games will have some little playoff. That will satisfy.”

After voting to stay put last summer, his term on its Board of Regents ended earlier this year. He said he wouldn’t advise Texas A&M of doing the same now, with Texas’ Longhorn Network, which was launched late last month, being one of the reasons.

“I could care less what the University of Texas does. They do what they want to do,” he said. “[But] now, all of a sudden, the playing field’s not level. … There’s 24 hours a day of the University of Texas.