If Little Rock's KATV is "The Spirit of Arkansas," peppy morning host Alyson Courtney is the spirit of KATV, a mission she takes seriously wherever the job takes her. Wednesday, it took her to Dallas for a press conference with Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino ahead of the Razorbacks' Cotton Bowl clash with Kansas State on Friday night. Bobby Petrino hates spirit.
Bobby Petrino isn't from Texas, doesn't do "twang" and isn't about to indulge in any foolishness at press conferences. And for the record, only three occasions in his life have reduced him to spontaneous displays of human emotion:
• After being presented with his first wand by Lord Voldemort.
• While burning all remaining traces of his stint with the Atlanta Falcons.
• As part of his initiation to a secret order of ginger monks, also involving a graveyard, a rattlesnake and a life-changing confrontation with former "Happy Days" star Don Most.
And lady, you are no Don Most.
Now, if there are no more questions, he has a few more words for you all to take with you.