Yet another reason why Nick Saban's 2009 is off to a bad start: Les Miles. Sure, LSU went 75 during the regular season (including a dismal 35 SEC record), but just look at how the Tigers finished their season compared to Alabama. First, a dominating win in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl (as compared to Alabama's embarrassment in the Sugar Bowl) and now it's looking like LSU is poised for a great 2009, leading the college football recruiting rankings.
Now whether or not ESPN really needs Les Miles in order to recruit talent is still up for debate.
I've always wondered about sports fans who find the phone numbers of opposing players and decide to flood their voicemails with threatening calls. Not because it's intrusive to the player, sort of creepy and borderline psychotic (all of which are also true) but because I just can't fathom the effort it takes to find a player's number and dial it repeatedly.
Photo lifted from The Big Lead
Up in the North East, where I'm from, college football isn't nearly as important as, say, pro football or even college basketball.
It must be a regional thing. Although that didn't stop me from wholly appreciating the glory and majesty that is an LSU football tailgate on two occasions last year. And it's thanks to those experiences that I'm not surprised to read that LSU fans have been pestering prominent bloggers to write about Jarrett Lee's beer pong prowess.
A day after meeting with Les Miles at the Rotary Club in Baton Rouge, Snoop Dogg was on his tour bus when it was pulled over for expired tags. Attorney Chris Lewis says that the bus' tags were not expired. But that's not the point of the story, the point is that Lewis represents two men on the bus that were found to have marijuana in their possession. The two were arrested while Snoop presumably slept in the back. That's right, he was sleeping. Had nothing to do with pot whatsoever. Nope. None.
Words cannot even begin to describe this picture. First of all, where's Les Miles hat? Secondly, isn't Snoop Dogg a USC fan? Thirdly, what on God's green earth are they doing together? The Advocate article does little to explain Snoop's apperance at Miles' annual Rotary Club appearance (at least in my mind):
I just wanted to give my love and support to coach Miles, Snoop Dogg said as he briefly stepped behind the podium. I met him last night."
So youve got my love and support, from S.C. Im here to support him.
Miles, it seems, also supports Snoop and is a fan of his music. Or rather, his son is:
Miles, who visited Snoop Dogg at his hotel Tuesday night after returning from a quick trip to Shreveport, said hes become a fan of the artist through his son, Ben.
Ben Miles is all over Snoops stuff, Miles said.
I found every guy around him is a former coach or player, and he runs a league of youth football and provides opportunities for young people.
I defend his music, and am much more a fan of the person.
What's there not to love about Snoop Dogg the person? Oh, right.
In all fairness though, Snoop has changed his image from gangster rapper to family man over the years, but that won't stop me from posting these memorable lyrics from the song "Gin and Juice":
My homey Dr. Dre came through with a gang of Tanqueray/And a fat ass J, of some bubonic chronic that made me choke/S**t, this ain't no joke/I had to back up off of it and sit my cup down/Tanqueray and chronic, yeah I'm f****d up now
Photo by Arthur D. Lack/The Advocate
by Alejandro de los Rios
NOTE: LSU Tiger Fans would be remiss in using the term "Tiger Bait" for the next day or so. At least in regards to the Georgia mascot.
It comes with much sadness to report that this beautiful hunk of dogness has died of congestive heart failure. It should be noted that, when I speak of UGA VI as a "beautiful hunk of dogness" I mean it solely as a dog lover and not as a fan of the University of Georgia. I mean, seriously, would you look at that face?
/makes baby noises, pokes computer screen, loses online manhood.
But in all seriousness, UGA VI served nine seasons as the football team's winningest, and heaviest, mascot. I guess that, in a perverse way, this bodes well for LSU fans as the Georgia football team went 87-27 with two SEC championships (2002 and 2005) during the big dog's reign.
by Alejandro de los Rios
New Orleans was among ten cities to submit a bid to host the NCAA Final Four between 2012-2016. The other cities looking to host are Dallas, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Atlanta, Minniapolis, St. Louis, San Antonio, Detroit and Houston. 10 cities vying for 5 spots seems daunting but several factors come into play. You can all but eliminate Detroit and Houston since they're already set to host the Final Four in 2009 and 2011, repectively. Dallas and Phoenix are almost sure-fire candidates because of their new domed stadiums. All that leaves six cities and three slots. This city's recent strides to recovery and the successful hosting of both the BCS National Championship game and the NBA All-Star game this year should bode well for the Big Easy's chances.
But still, keep your fingers crossed.
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RAINY WEEKEND: Some thunderstorms on the way.
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EBBERT QUITS: Col. Terry Ebbert, the city's director of homeland security, is leaving at month's end...
WELKER ARRIVES: From the FBI:
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REMEMBERING ROBIN MALTA: One year ago this week, French Quarter salon owner Robin Malta was slain in his Marigny home. Family and friends are gathering tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. for a candlelight vigil to remember Robin at Salon D'Malta (1233 Decatur St.)
Around 7:30 pm on Saturday afternoon, we should all know the winner of the LSU-Alabama game. Can the "hat" (LSU coach Les Miles) go into Tuscaloosa again and pull out a victory? Or will the "hair" (Alabama coach Nick Saban) beat his old team and the current 3rd ranked Tigers?
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