So House members and Senate members played a basketball game last night at the Stephens Center at UALR, this to raise money for Big Brothers.
A crowd of a few hundred assembled. That’s a few hundred more than the Trojans regularly draw.
The House won by eight or nine points, as everyone knew would happen because one of their members, Green Party-ist Fred Smith — well, he once was a Globetrotter and he is young enough that he can still dunk.
Well, the House also had the better ex-Hog celebrity, sharp-shooter Pat Bradley, who can still do it in this context despite having added a mid-adult layer of flesh.
It was unclear who the Senate’s ex-Razorback ringer was. Some said Blake Eddins.
The Senate’s best player was Jeremy Hutchinson, the bald fireplug, who looks like a veteran YMCA-level combatant and whose pugnacious intensity on the court — risking the health of himself, others and infrastructure — reminded me of the way Rep. John Burris legislates.
Burris did not play. He was spotted standing in an aisle enjoying a cup of what may have been an adult beverage.
Hutchinson was ripe for “gator” jokes. He had an unfortunate incident with a semi-estranged girlfriend in which she reportedly conked him with a gator head. So there was some gator-chop motioning going on. And there may have been a sign. And I may have tweeted that he looked like he’d played before, maybe for Florida.
A few random observations:
1. Full-court basketball is a serious physical test and I am most impressed with the near-50 senators, Jim Hendren and Paul Bookout, who played a lot of minutes — Hendren getting in the low post for several rebounds and layups. I complimented him as he departed with an ice pack on his knee.
2. The game started almost as if on a script. House Speaker Davy Carter, a runner who looks mildly athletic, was left open for a three and he drained it softly. Then he was not heard from again.
3. Republicans are better athletes than Democrats. Just a sad fact. Well, Bill Bradley was OK. But watching Sens. Robert Thompson and David Johnson try to negotiate a basketball court gave me a good sense of the tragedy that has happened to Democrats in Arkansas.