Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday Night Lights: Bentonville Football

Hey y'all! Ryan here again for my Friday Football series with Nicole from Polish Me, Please! This Friday's nails, as we promised, are our personal high school alma maters & their mascots! Get ready for my gloating & bragging on my team: The Bentonville High School Tigers Football Team!!!!! I live in the NW corner of Arkansas, home & capitol of Wal-Mart...where it all started & where the Wal-Mart Corporate Head Office is.  Everyone in this corner bubble of the state either works for the WM Office or for vendor/suppliers. And a lot of this big Wal-Mart CEO money is poured into my high school - BHS. Millions have been invested in the football team & our stadium & the team's endorsed by Nike.  The stadium has a glassed in press box, the largest opposing team bleacher section in the conference & a full 2-story indoor practice field - fully equipped with a gym & physical trainer room & offices for the Athletic Director and coaching staff. Our stadium also has the biggest megatron screen of any high school team in the state. The Head Coach Barry Lunney has been coaching since the Fall of 2005 which is right after I graduated. He has led the team to 5 consecutive Conference Championships & 2 State Championships in 5 years. The Tigers had a perfect season in 2010, the perfect 13-0 and State Champions. They had a near-perfect season in 2011, 12-0 until they got to State & lost by a 2-point conversion in the last few seconds of the game. And they are currently 9-0 right now, ranked #23 in the entire nation of high school football teams...tonight playing their last conference game & taking on the Fayetteville Bulldogs, one of their biggest 7A West Conference rivals...and hopefully continuing their winning streak. 

The school's also developed a cool tradition with the student section, which is called "The Jungle".  In all honesty the organized student section is louder & better than our cheerleaders.  BHS Football has a very loyal & dedicated student body.  'The Jungle' is known for being the loudest and largest student section in the 7A West Conference, winning the "Best Student Section" title awarded by SportsTalk.  They created a tradition of "The Smokescreen".  When the side door of the practice field opens, releasing fog/smoke & the Tiger Team runs out, the entire student section has handfuls of baby powder they release into the air at once creating this huge explosive cloud of white into the air. It's a fun dramatic effect. The Jungle leads organized cheers & chants & has designated males that run flags up & down the field during the games. You can't deny we have the best student body support for high school football games....Welcome to Tiger Stadium, Welcome To The Jungle!

You may be wondering why I still care so much about my high school.  I played varsity volleyball & tennis for BHS.  I still live in the town where I graduated.  During my MAT, I had the privilege of being a Student-Teacher Intern for Spanish at BHS. And during my undergrad, I was the Assistant Coach of the BHS Tiger Tennis Team for 3 years, winning 2 State Championship titles & rings during my time as Coach Brandt! I take alot of pride in my high school & our town loves the Tigers.
For my nails, I wanted to portray the 'Tiger' and add an accent flare specific to our team & 'The Jungle' student section's tradition: The Smokescreen.  
  • On the main nails, the base is 2 coats of NOPI "The Next CEO"  
  • Then I dabbed Wet n Wild Fergie "Glamorous" gold glitter down the center of the nails, clumping the glitter right in the middle. 
  • I then followed that with a Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in black, freehanding Tiger stripe print.  
  • On the ring/accent nails, the base is 2 coats of Essie "Licorice" & then sponged with Essie "Marshmallow" to represent the baby powder 'smokescreen' effect against a night sky. 
  • This was my first attempt ever at doing my own animal print. So i hope you like my tiger stripes! GO TIGERS!

I can't believe I graduated in 2005 & in just 3 more years I'll be having a 10 year reunion!! Time really seems like just yesterday I graduated. I'm getting so old! Yet I'm one of the very few left in my graduating class who isn't married & having babies. I'm ok with that though. After coaching & teaching for BHS, I will always love & support my Tigers! They are one talented football team! Do any of you still keep up with your HS alma mater? What's your team's mascot/colors? And don't forget to CLICK HERE!!! to check out Nicole's high school football mascot nails!!! See yall next Friday for the last mani in this Friday Football Nail Series....we will be doing general football manis! 


  1. This post is so awesome!! I love all the info and all the pictures. That baby powder cloud thing is so cool! Your HS is more like a major college team with all the cool stuff they have and how involved the student body is and everything. These nails are awesome too!! I love the black and gold tiger print and I might just have to copy you at some point! :) When you get tired of these (ha. Like THAT's going to happen!) you should add a matte topcoat cuz I bet that would look awesome over that metallic gold and black. :) Great job again, my friend! :) You have the best most passionate posts ever. You should really go into writing!!! Seriously. Think about it. :)