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What were you doing on October 13th, 2012? Chances are pretty good that unless you were in a prison cell somewhere, counting down the days to your parole, that date probably doesn’t stand out to you.
Then again, sitting in a prison cell is probably a good way to describe Arkansas fans right now, who are in the midst of a 17-game SEC losing streak. Meaning, if they don’t remember the date of October 13th, 2012, they probably should: It was the last time their beloved football team won an SEC game.
That’s right, it’s been 754 long days, and thousands of unanswered ‘Woo Pig Sooie’ calls into the void since that glorious afternoon when the Razorbacks, led by John L. Smith (remember him!?!), beat Kentucky 49-7 in a game best remembered for… well, wait, what was it remembered for again?
Nothing, I suppose. Except that, again, it was the last time Arkansas won an SEC game.
Still, while October 13th, 2012 feels like a long time ago, let’s find out out just how long ago it was.
Here’s what was going on in the world on October 13th, 2012:
Johnny Manziel was a few weeks away from making national, off-the-field headlines for… dressing up as Scooby Doo on Halloween.
Gus Malzahn was coming off another win… as coach of Arkansas State.
Kim Kardashian was married…. to Kris Humphries. The later divorced, and she remarried some guy named Kanye West. Yeah, I’ve never heard of him either.
“The Butt Fumble” hadn’t happened yet.
Maryland and Rutgers hadn’t played their first Big Ten game yet… in fact, they hadn’t even been invited to the Big Ten at that point.
Missouri was still looking for their first win as a member of the SEC.
There was an NBA franchise called “The Hornets.” They played in New Orleans, not Charlotte.
Ted Mosby hadn’t met the mother of his children yet (that joke is for the seven of you who watched ‘How I Met Your Mother’ until the bitter end).
Michigan was coming off a 45-0 win. Yes, in football.
Kliff Kingsbury was the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M and still a few weeks from giving Kevin Sumlin the ass-slap heard ’round the world.
Lane Kiffin was coaching the No. 11 ranked team in the country… as the head coach.
Since October 13th, 2012:
Chip Kelly won an NFC East title… and a BCS bowl game.
The Anchorman (2), Hangover (3) and (22) Jump Street movie franchises have all released sequels. By the time Arkansas takes the field again, Dumb and Dumber (Too) will as well.
Tim Tebow played in the NFL… for two separate teams.
Florida played in a BCS bowl game… with Jeff Driskel as their quarterback.
The San Francisco Giants won a World Series title. Then they won another one a few weeks ago.
Robert Griffin III played in an NFL playoff game… no, no. That’s the punch-line.
The Atlanta Falcons — yes, the Falcons — have played for a chance to go to the Super Bowl.
Current Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney actually won a game as an SEC coach… when he served as the interim head coach at Tennessee after Derek Dooley was fired. Chaney has his own personal 13-game SEC losing streak since arriving in Fayetteville.
Vanderbilt won nine games during a football season… twice.
Bobby Petrino has gotten not one, but two separate head coaching jobs, and won 14 total college football games. That includes a victory last season over Kentucky… who is, you guessed it, an SEC football team.
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