University of Arkansas Razorbacks

razorbacksThe Razorbacks, also known as the Hogs, are the names of college sports teams at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The student body voted to change the name of the school mascot (originally the Cardinals) in 1910 to the Arkansas Razorbacks after a hard fought battle against LSU in which they were said to play like a “wild band of Razorback hogs” by former coach Hugo Bezdek.  The current live mascot for the University of Arkansas is a 400 pound Russian boar named Tusk IV, a direct descendant of Tusk I.

tuskiv-arkansas-mascotTusk currently resides with the Stokes family from Dardanelle, Arkansas and makes the two-hour trek to every Razorback football game. He occupies a 9,000 square foot indoor facility and a 7,000 square foot fenced outdoor area just outside Dardanelle. He uses the indoor facility to escape the heat and sun, and the outdoor facility provides him with the opportunity to slop in several mud holes. One of the first things that Tusk does each day is to go straight to his mud hole for a mud bath. Since Razorbacks are extremely muscular and have very little body fat, the mud keeps him cooler throughout the day and protects him from the sun and insects. Before any official functions he must attend, Tusk is given a shampoo and wash to make sure he looks his best for the public. 

There are a number of costumed mascots for Arkansas that attend most major sporting events. Big Red is the traditional mascot, Sue E. is the female hog – famous for her costume changes and dancing ability – and Pork Chop is the kid mascot. Boss Hog, a nine-foot inflatable mascot, joined the mascot family during the  1998-99 football season. 

I salute the University of Arkansas Razorbacks with a big, loud shout of “Sue E. pig!”

About Ruthie Curtis

About Ruthie I am a real estate agent in Columbus, GA and love my “job.” I enjoy being associated with the professionals at Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate and the folks that I come in contact with each and every day. I basically just love houses and all that is associated with them. It is so rewarding to help buyers and sellers reach their goals and to be a part of the process that makes it happen. I especially love gardens and how they can work to improve a property both in aesthetics and function. As a Master Gardener, I feel that I can add another dimension to the home buying and selling process. Partnered with my love of creatively doing the “what if we” changes to houses and my attention to detail, I can offer my clients a well-rounded approach to meeting their real estate needs while having some fun along the way. I have lived in Columbus for the past 25 years and have been actively involved in the community. My involvements include being the 1996 Race Director for the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens; a past board member of Girls,Inc and the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA); a board member of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Columbus Botanical Garden, the Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society, and is a member of the Women’s Reading Club of Columbus and the Overdue Book Club. I am a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church where I serve on the Altar Guild.photo (10) I am a UGA Bulldawg – having grown up in Athens and attended the University of Georgia where I received a BA degree in Advertising. I have two daughters, two great son-in-laws, five grandchildren and a Jack Russell Terrier named Jasper. I live in the historic Overlook area in Columbus where I recently purchased an older home and enjoyed the experience of putting my creative knowledge and skills to work!
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