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    Bret Bielema in a phrase? Fun but focused. Wholesale Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys .A dyed-in-the-wool woo pig sooie -- or, for you youngsters, #WPS -- fan is departing a Razorback Club autograph line clutching her Arkansas football jersey that has just been signed by the head coach. She looks shell-shocked, as if she has just met Elvis.What did he say to you? she is asked. Trembling, she shakes her head to return to reality. He said my jersey was too nice and that I must have broken into the locker room and stolen it, and he was going to contact the police. Then he said he was joking and that I could keep it even if I did steal it because theyre going to play better than they did in those jerseys last year.See? Fun but focused.As his fourth Arkansas team files into its meeting room, Bielema stands where he always does, right by the door, calling out every single player by name and knowing a little something about each that will get under his shoulder pads. Whered my man get this haircut? Did you give it to him? Were the lights off? But then later, he grabs the same player when no one else is around. The kid is struggling in a science class and in the weight room, so the coach has a scheduling idea that he thinks might help with both. We gotta get that weight up, but we really gotta get that GPA up.Few coaches in big-time college football walk the fun-but-focused tightrope better than Bret Bielema. Some do fun at the expense of focus, but more go the other way.?Bielema, 46, has figured out how to walk that line straight down the middle. Hes the guy with the hilarious Twitter timeline that includes pics of his unknowing wife, Jen, cleaning the pool deck.Hes the guy who has replaced Steve Spurrier as the cant-miss news conference at SEC Media Days. In July, he held court on everything from Russell Wilsons wedding (I was at Russells wedding -- not in the wedding. I just sat and watched. I was the guy in the eighth row in the outside seat.) to Michigans cancellation of an upcoming series with Arkansas (The Michigan-Notre Dame thing sounds sexy to everybody else, but I think Michigan and Arkansas sounds sexy.).He stars in the reality show Being Bret Bielema, which recently moved from webisodes to ESPNU. Actually, he costars with Jen, whom, as the internet loves to remind us, he met at a Las Vegas casino. She was also the Freudian subject of a Bielema quote that YouTube will never let us forget, said when Bielema was ready to leave Arkansas roller coaster 53-52 win over Ole Miss last November, Im just looking forward to hopping on the wife -- hopping on the plane! Hopping on the plane with my wife. I cant believe I just said that.I cant believe he said that, either, she recalled with a roll of the eyes at SEC media days. But thats Bret. If people cant see the fun behind Bret, I feel sorry for them.Certainly, there are those who dont. Earlier this month, an SEC coach was quoted anonymously by GridironNow.com as saying: Arkansas is getting tired of Bielemas bulls---. He hasnt won over nine games. Houston [Nutt] won 10 and was a hell of a lot better person.That coach, and the Arkansans he refers to, appear to be outnumbered -- at least for now. Time spent listening to local sports talk radio in The Natural State doesnt come with a lot of venom oozing through the speakers. Despite his living somewhere along the same timeline as fellow next-generation SEC head coaches such as Texas A&Ms Kevin Sumlin or Tennessees Butch Jones, Bielema doesnt seem to be shadowed by the statewide screams of Its time to get on with winning or else!I think people know we are building something here, and were trying to do it the right way, Bielema said.He audibly groans when thinking back to 2013 and his first Arkansas team, which went 3-9 and 0-8 in the SEC. He admits to wondering if the reasons he went to the conference -- the high levels of competition and passion -- might also be the reasons given for running him out of that conference before hed barely unpacked. The following seasons of 7-6 and 8-5, increasing SEC wins from zero to two to five and ending with bowl victories, have eased his mind. But only a little.We dont have guys getting into trouble anymore, certainly not like they were, he said. Weve brought our academics way up. And I think parents know that when we say were going to look out for their son, they know we mean it. And their son knows hes going to have fun but also work hard.Then the coach repeats a mantra heard since his hiring. That being said, all of that only works if we win games. Were getting there. Im just fortunate to have people around me who know this is a long-term project.Certainly, a big portion of that sense of security comes from his boss, athletic director Jeff Long. It was Long who sent Bobby Petrino packing and went searching into decidedly non-SEC corners for a replacement. Ultimately, he found his way to Wisconsin, impressed by Bielemas Badgers and their three consecutive Rose Bowl trips, but even more affected by the handwritten note he received from the Wisconsin head coach complimenting the AD on how he handled the bizarre Petrino situation.What was portrayed as an unconventional hire makes a lot of sense in retrospect. Bielemas tractor-pull style of football was the opposite of Petrinos QB-centric methods, but it tapped into decades of Arkansas pigskin DNA. Bielema was painted as a Big Ten guy, and rightfully so, but Fayetteville has always been more Midwest than southeastern or even southwestern, no matter what conference it might belong to. The southern border of Iowa, where Bielema played for and coached under Hayden Fry, is just five hours north up I-35. Kansas State, where he coached under Bill Snyder, is also a little more than five hours to the west.He was always going to be a better fit here than some people were willing to admit, but theres a certain attitude you have to have to be at Arkansas, said Jimmy Johnson, who was a Razorbacks player and coach under Frank Broyles before he became the builder of The U and rebuilder of the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson certainly never had a difficult time balancing fun and focus. You have to come into Fayetteville with a bit of a chip on your shoulder. We arent Texas or Alabama, so we have to work harder. And when you do finally beat Texas or Alabama, that makes it just that much more fun, knowing what all you had to do to get there.Thats kind of like being at Iowa and beating Penn State. Or being at Kansas State and beating Oklahoma and USC. Or being at Wisconsin and beating Ohio State and Michigan. Bielema was there for all of that, learning under the tutelage of Fry, Snyder and Barry Alvarez, all members of the College Football Hall of Fame.A man with that kind of mentors isnt one to run a loosey-goosey sort of program, even if he runs that program while wearing flip-flops and blaring country music in his office. That office is covered in notes -- legal pads packed with observations from practice that will be ripped off and placed in front of Arkansas players and assistant coaches. They know those notes might come with the occasional ironic elementary school teacher-ish smiley or frowning faces, but they also know the information written below those scribbles is ultra-serious, just as they know that being late for anything -- and on time is late -- is an offense punishable by public humiliation.Youre only ever late to anything once, senior linebacker Brooks Ellis said. He is the perfect kind of Razorback, a Fayetteville native and pre-med student with a near-4.0 GPA. I honestly dont know what the punishment would be if youre late twice because no one ever is.This is the unmistakable work ethic of Bielema, a kid who grew up on a farm in northwestern Illinois, rising early every day to do chores and schoolwork, study football and work toward his dream of becoming an Iowa Hawkeye. Now hes an Arkansas Razorback. His drive has never wavered, a drive often taken with the windows down on his Jeep while listening to Justin Moores Kinda Dont Care with a pair of teacup Yorkies in the backseat hanging on for dear life.Everyone should have a goal in mind. I dont care what you do for a living, he said. But you also need to live your life a little bit. Look around, and see whats there. Find some fun. If you dont, this will drive you crazy. So head it off at the pass and be a little crazy first.That sounds fun, right?Yeah, coach, it does. Fun but focused. Justin Patton Jersey . 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But to come in in that kind of circumstance, Trevor gets hurt, you never want that to happen.Siemian left the game with two minutes remaining in the first half with what the Broncos described as an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. He remained in uniform and watched the second half from the sideline while Lynch, the 26th pick in the draft, finished the Broncos ninth consecutive win.Coach Gary Kubiak said Siemian probably could have re-entered the game if needed.Was getting ready to back up if I had to if something happened to Paxton but fortunately he did a heck of a job, Siemian said, adding he was a little sore, but hopeful of playing next week at home against Atlanta.I think Im just going to take it one day at a time, Siemian said. But thats the plan, to be ready to play.Siemien threw a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, capitalizing on Aqib Talibs interception and 25-yard return to the Bucs 11 on Tampa Bays opening possession. The ex-Buc cornerback also set up another first-half TD with a second interception that led to C.J. Andersons 1-yard run for a 14-7 lead.For the second straight week, play was stopped in the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium because of inclement weather. The game was suspended for 1 hour, 26 minutes with 6:52 remaining Sunday, with only a few thousand fans returning to their seats for the conclusion.Jameis Winston scrambled 7 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, but had limited success against the Denver defense the rest of the way. In addition to throwing two interceptions, the second-year quarterback was sacked five times while going 17 of 35 for 179 yards.The Bucs (1-3) have lost three straight, and ccoach Dirk Koetter he was very concerned about the play of Winston. Cheap Womens Timberwolves Jerseys. es not regressing. Hes got to take care of the football, Koetter said. You cant turn it over three times in a half. ... 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Lynchs 5-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders, who had eight receptions for 88 yards, made it 27-7 in the fourth quarter.MODEST NUMBERSSiemian was 5 of 7 for 68 yards, including an 11-yard TD pass to Sanders on Denvers first offensive play. Lynch finished 14 of 24 for 170 yards, one TD and no interceptions. Anderson had 49 yards rushing on 19 carries.HOMECOMINGTalib faced his former team for the second time, first in Tampa. He was a first-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2008 and spent four-plus years with the team before being traded to New England in the middle of the 2012 season. His 33 interceptions are the most by a cornerback since the ninth-year pro entered the league. The first 16 came with Tampa Bay.FAST STARTThe Broncos are 4-0 for the second straight season and third time in four years. 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