I don't know; there's probably footage out there of an orphaned baby seal being nursed by a mother koala before a fur trapper dispatches it with a shovel to the head, all while Suzanne Vega sings an acoustic version of "Luka." But until that footage surfaces, this will have to do.
* The only good decision in all this: "Adding comments has been disabled for this video."
I attended a small college, Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. In the mid-1980s we had maybe two thousand students. Although we had a football team, I don’t recall any games. We had a Greek system, but I evaded that as well, opting instead for extra classes and the AIDS suicide hotline.
In short, I received an excellent education in both books and sensitivity but, arguably, missed the college experience.
In my family, I was the exception. My parents graduated in ’61 and ‘62 from Louisiana State University, and my sister attended Ol’ Miss, followed by graduate school at Florida State. Without question, they were the cool kids, fans of football games, dating and parties, while I brown-nosed my professors and stood waiting early-morning at the locked library door. In the end, we all graduated, meaning, I suppose, that I missed out…needlessly.
For sometime now, George Rodrigue seeks to repair this lapse. It began when he insisted that I attend the 2004 Sugar Bowl in the New Orleans Superdome despite my guilt-motivated speech that my ticket belongs instead with a real fan.
To my surprise, I cheered and cried, losing my voice, but not my enthusiasm, for hours after LSU’s win. If I close my eyes as I write this, I picture the energy of the strangers’ shoulders on either side of me as we walked the length of Poydras Street to the Mississippi River. I knew for the first time this sort of exhilaration and, after losing my mother later that same year, cheered for her going forward, for the Homecoming floats and decorated fraternity houses, for poodle skirts and jukeboxes, for young love and life-long friends and, more than anything, for tradition.
It’s been a rough spring for LSU. Its baseball team failed to draw a berth in the NCAA tournament. The University of New Orleans is breaking away from the LSU System to join the more hospitable University of Louisiana System. And now opponents of the proposed LSU teaching hospital in New Orleans are crowing about a consultant’s report on the hospital’s size and cost.
The baseball team’s woes will soon be forgotten. There’s always next year.
UNO’s move could actually be good for LSU. “Losing” UNO will force the mullahs who run the LSU System to focus more on the main campus.
The hospital drama’s ending is not so easy to predict, but that’s where everyone has the most to lose. The institution’s stakeholders extend far beyond LSU. They include insured as well as uninsured patients across south Louisiana, doctors and others in the health-care profession, and the entire metro New Orleans area.
Remember the huge brouhaha about Tony, the live tiger at the Tiger Truck Stop just west of Baton Rouge on I-10? (Read all about it here.) True Blood actress Kristin Bauer explains the animal-rights position in this video:
Well, Tony and his owner, Michael Sandlin, are back in the news with a lawsuit that's been filed by the Portland, Ore.-based Animal Legal Defense Fund, which is citing a 1993 law enacted in Iberville Parish. Read all about it:
The LSU indoctrination begins early in Louisiana — from purple-and-gold "spirit" days in grammar schools, to high school road trips to Tiger Stadium (but only for the tailgaiting). It was an expected safety school for my college-bound high school peers, or it was the final word in the college selection process. The "LSU" name is synonymous with its sports teams, and fandemonium rules all.
Opposing players and fans who visit Death Valley are considered, as LSU supporters will kindly remind them via drunken shouts to the face, "Tiger bait!" That's the kind of southern hospitality that arises from LSU's signature night games, which allow for a full day of tailgate-based drinking. The administration had to apologize in 2005 after the Tiger faithful so ferociously pelted Tennessee's team bus with beer bottles that they cracked windows.
Over 1,000 people paraded Monday for the resurrection of their beloved Charity Hospital. Although someone did lean over at one point and say to me, those second liners will follow the brass bands off the plank of a ship! HA! And you know its true! But its also true that New Orleanians love them some Charity Hospital.
Organizers of the Save Charity Campaign say that rebuilding Charity would take less time, less money and is less destructive than leveling Lower Midcity to build a parking lot for LSUs midlife-crisis Hummer of a hospital complex. And I believe them. Times are hard and they wanna spend tax dollars like it grows on trees when theres a perfectly good building right there on Tulane and Perdido that can be restored. Phft. Well see what happens with that arbitration over the extra 300 mil LSU wants FEMA to pay to cover their documented post-storm neglect of the Charity building. I predict judgment coming down on the side of HELL NAW!
Now if you didnt make Mondays rally, you can get a taste of what you missed by checking out these vids. Ill also throw in the City Council form letter the organizers passed out so you can get in on the action.
New Orleans City Council,
I want you to:
____ Order an Independent Cost-benefit Analysis of the two plans for new hospitals
____ Hold Public hearings
____ Include the hospitals in the citys Master Plan
Oh yeah and I VOTE _____
Photo lifted from The Advocate
You'll have to forgive me for not jumping on the LSU baseball bandwagon earlier but, for someone who was never a fan of college baseball, it didn't seem right to crash the festivities. (I would've felt like the one person at a Halloween party not wearing a costume.)
But now the Tigers face off against the Texas Longhorns in a deciding third game and in a few hours we'll know if Baton Rouge will celebrate yet another sports title or if college baseball will fall back into the blissful obscurity.
In any event, if you're like me and have absolutely no idea what's going on, there are several places where you can read up on tonight's game so you can show up to your local drinking tavern and yellow and purple with the best of 'em. There is one thing I know about baseball, though, and that's when a team has had hot bats for weeks and are piling up the runs and then suddenly only score once in a losing effort, well, that's not good.
Also, someone contact the LSU writing and English departments about this lady. Really, she's bringing shame to you all.
The New Orleans Hornets won their sixth consecutive game as the weary Dallas Mavericks were no match for New Orleans. But the Hornets didn't just beat the Mavericks, 104-88, they showed the swagger that you would expect out of a team that prior to the season was projected to go deep into the playoffs.
Dallas was no match for streaking Hornet led by point guard Chris Paul and power forward David West. Against Dallas Both All-Stars posted double-doubles. Paul had 27 points and 15 assists and West had 19 points and 10 assists. Since February West has averaged over twenty two points a game and has had four thirty point games. Paul has averaged a double-double-posting over twenty one points a game and over eleven assists.
The New Orleans Saints said hi and bye to both old and new players as they continue with their off season overhaul. After cutting veteran fullback Mike Karney New Orleans added Heath Evnas who spent his last four seasons as a lead blocker in New England. They also retained their top deep threat in Devery Henderson.
Still, even though Saints' fans are excited to see Henderson and the New Orleans' offense continue their air assault from the 2008-09 season, they are all too familiar with the ongoing saga of the New Orleans' secondary. But the Saints are trying to get the help they need. They signed corner back Jabari Greer from the Buffalo Billsand if that weren't enough they've been in talks with Vikings veteran safety Darren Sharper, Jacksonville safety Gerald Sensabaugh, and the Rams' cornerback Ron Bartell.
Photograph by Jonathan Bachman
Boy, oh boy, what a two-week stretch it's been. Apologies to anyone that wanted an in-depth report on what happened to Melvin Ely's hair or if that French Quarter Flyer survived to live another day (my money is on he's just fine, it wasn't his first mid-air mishap, after all), but you can thank the mess that is Mardi Gras and corresponding horde of out-of-town visitors for the absence.
No matter, we got a lot of catching up to do. After all, the Saints reached a 5-year deal with Jonathan Vilma (he of the many languages and dropped gun charges) and re-signed center Jon Stinchcomb. Both are favorites in the locker room and with the media, so at least we know next season will be entertaining. But aside from Vilma, Stinchcomb and Gregg "The Extra G is for Genius" Williams, what do the Saints have in store for the rest of the offseason? Apparently, the Saints are 'courting' a number of valued free agents, with WIlliams speaheading much of the search on the defensive side. But how much is a courtship worth if it doesn't end in marriage? Current Saints defenders should be wary, though.
But ofcourse, the story of the past 10+ days has been the departure and immediate return of the Hornets' Tyson Chandler. I was starting to worry that every Hornet that was in a "Best of" video would be traded. Luckily, that's not the case (for now, at least). The Hornets are indeed riding high on a four-game win streak thanks in no small-way to Chandler's efforts on the glass.
Speaking of win streaks, how 'bout them Tigers? LSU is in the top-25 for the first time since they made it to the Final Four with "Big Baby" Glen Davis in 2006. That seems like a lifetime ago but thanks to Trent Johnson, these Tigers are looking for another post-season run. They clinched at least a share of the SEC title after beating Florida on Mardi Gras day and are now posed to make a sleeper run on many an office bracket pool.
Oh, and pink dolphins! It's good to be back.
God's speed, Rodrigue
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