Monday, August 12, 2013

ICYMI: Tyrann Mathieu could be this year's breakout NFL rookie

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Likely lost in all the excitement over Sean Payton's kind-of-sort-of return to coaching the Saints (it's still preseason, after all) was the fact that former Louisiana State University cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has been wowing people left in right while in training camp with the Arizona Cardinals.

Y'all remember the Honey Badger, don't you? His rise as a viral video sensation (Honey Badger!) and fan-favorite with the Tigers to his trouble with the law and unceremonious dismissal from the team, all were covered with incredible zeal by local and national media.

Mathieu took off a year from football and, even though he's said he doesn't want people to call him the Honey Badger any more, it appears that he hasn't given up on the Honey Badger mentality. Had Mathieu not had his run-ins with the law or been dismissed from LSU, it's possible he would've been a top-10 draft pick. Instead, he fell to the third round where the Cardinals took him with the 69th overall pick (after 11 other cornerbacks had been drafted).

Now Mathieu is garnering attention for all the right reasons, notching a sack in his first preseason game and dazzling fans and coaches alike in practice. Regardless of his past transgressions (and really, smoking pot pales in comparison to what other LSU players have been accused of doing) I always rooted for Mathieu to succeed after the hellacious childhood he endured. Now it looks like he's put himself in a position to prosper and we couldn't be happier for him (unless, of course, the Saints drafted him. Then we'd be happier.)

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Y@ Speak: Tricks and treats

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

This Halloween week, New Orleans Twitter was treated to a variety of treats: amusing dispatches from trick-or-treating and the Frenchmen Street experience, deep thoughts from Norman Robinson, and an apparently drunk or really, really excited person on Bobby Jindal's Twitter feed Friday night. But is someone playing a trick on us with this Sean Payton news? Also this week: Hurricane Sandy tweets, Steve Gleason's mohawk, and people get worked up about LSU/Bama game.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Honey Badger apparently can't do what he wants

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Tyrann Mathieu, the New Orleans native that won the hearts of college football fans across the nation with is playmaking ability last season, is no longer playing football for LSU.

It's a pretty shocking announcement to those who have been more focused on the Olympics and the Saints preseason, but there were rumors that Mathieu was going to be disciplined in some way. Seeing as how LSU made the announcement on a Friday, they were probably hoping this story would slip under the radar and be forgotten over the weekend but it is nonetheless a huge loss for the Tigers going into the season.

No word yet on what exactly Mathieu did to get kicked off the team other than he violated team rules. In 2011, Mathieu missed playing time because of a drug violation.

We will miss you, Honey Badger.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Grand jury indicts teabagging suspect

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM

An Orleans Parish grand jury today (May 17) indicted Alabama football fan Brian H. Downing — accused of putting his testicles on an unconscious LSU fan in a Krystal hamburger restaurant on Bourbon Street following the BCS Championship game Jan. 9 — on one count of sexual battery and one count of obscenity. A judge set Downing's bail at $50,000, but an arraignment date has not been set.

A video of the January incident hit YouTube immediately, and Downing was identified as the suspect. He surrendered to New Orleans police Jan. 19, and his bail was set at $10,000.

If convicted, Downing could face a maximum of 10 years in prison on the sexual battery charge and a fine of no less than $1,000 and no more than $2,500 and six months to three years in prison on the obscenity charge.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Maxim names LSU "sexiest college"

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM


In its March 2012 issue, rohypnol-flavored men's magazine Maxim offered its list of the sexiest things in America.

Axe-scented scientists determined the sexiest band, the sexiest place of worship, the sexiest ice cream truck — and its choice for sexiest college went to Louisiana State University, a name that really fires up the loins of anyone who dare speak its name. According to Maxim:

Take a road trip down to Baton Rouge, where football is king, gumbo abounds, and the student bodies are magna cum hotties.

Ah, yes, the noted aphrodisiacs football and gumbo. Put it on your "must have" list in the bedroom this Valentine's Day.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Y@ Speak: Worst week ever edition

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

There's really no other way to say it: this week totally sucked. Bama defeated LSU in Monday night's BCS National Championships, which made the presence of thousands of crimson-clad drunks slurring "ROWLLL TODDD" all around New Orleans even more painful. Then there were shootings in nearly every New Orleans neighborhood (except for the "hospitality district," so good job, everyone!). Then the San Francisco 49ers narrowly beat the Saints, which ended the season — and the best excuse to get daytime drunk every weekend — for us. It was a bad week, but if you weren't murdered or teabagged while unconscious at the Bourbon Street Krystal Burger then consider yourself lucky.

Also, this week we're trying out this new thing called Storify to present Y@ Speak. It makes it way easier to retweet, reply to or follow the Twitter users featured in the roundup. Let us know if you dig it, or if we should scrap it. Hit the jump for the roundup.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

The video LSU fans are talking about

Posted By on Sun, Jan 15, 2012 at 7:52 PM

So here's the video LSU fans are buzzing about.

It seems to have been taken in the boozy hours after Alabama shut out LSU in last Monday's BCS championship, and it's clearly taken at Krystal Burger in the 100 block of Bourbon Street. A Tigers fan is passed out on a table while a group of Bama fans is crowded around him, laughing, taking photos and pouring a little water on him. Then one man pulls out his testicles and proceeds to "teabag" the passed-out guy. (Video waaaay NSFW. Click at your own risk and discretion.)


Deadspin posted the video this afternoon, saying it was originally posted to Bama Sports Forum's YouTube channel (it's been taken down). The LSU Reveille has done a story (which is probably just the first). And this guy is claiming credit for being the teabagger.

A sure bet we'll be hearing more about this in the next week.

Keep it klassy, sports fans.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Watch five hours of BCS action in five minutes

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM

BCS National Championship 2012 Timelapse from Come See About Me on Vimeo.

I created this time lapse by combining over 4,000 pictures from four cameras taken from 5:30 p.m. until after the trophy presentation. The birds-eye photos were taken by a GoPro HD Hero, while the rest were taken with Canon bodies and lenses.

Edited by Alejandro de los Rios

Game photographs by Jonathan Bachman

"Boe Money" - by Galactic feat. the Rebirth Brass Band

Game audio taken from ESPN telecast

I know the last thing LSU fans want to do right now is relive this past Monday night, but regardless of where you stand on the game I hope you can still enjoy this timelapse I put together of the BCS National Championship game. Compiled from over 4,000 photos, this video chronicles the events of Monday night from when they opened the gates at 5:30 p.m. to the trophy presentation at around 10:30 p.m.

Seeing as how the entire landscape of college football could change once again in the next few years, this could be the last time that New Orleans gets to host the BCS National Championship in its current iteration. What a shame that the game didn't live up to the moment. Either way, enjoy the video.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mayor supports citywide curfew, well-behaved football fans

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 4:57 PM

At a City Hall press conference today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu congratulated City Council for passing an amendment to the city's curfew extending an 8 p.m. curfew for children under 16 seven days a week in the French Quarter and the Marigny. ("I plan to sign this & put it into effect on Monday. This is about keeping these neighborhoods safe," Landrieu or Landrieu-proxy Tweeted this afternoon.)

(EDITED TO ADD: The mayor says he will sign the ordinance Fri., Jan. 6; it will go into effect Mon., Jan. 9 -- the night of the BCS matchup at the Superdome.)

Landrieu also said he will support a second ordinance to further extend the 8 p.m. curfew citywide.

The idea for a citywide curfew, which Council will take up at its next meeting, came about after the original, French Quarter ordinance, came under intense fire from the public during today's council meeting and a public hearing last night.

According to media reports, many critics said the French Quarter only ordinance — sponsored by Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer — was racist, in that it ignored juvenile crime problems in many of the city's poorer, often majority black neighborhoods. Tracie Washington of the Louisiana Justice Institute called for a Martin Luther King Day boycott of the French Quarter if the ordinance passed. (It was not immediately clear whether the group still planned on calling for the boycott now that Council has taken up the citywide bill.)

"I don't think I'm going to miss them," Landrieu said when asked about the boycott. "I'm sorry she feels that way."

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Y@ Speak: Sports, sports and more sports edition

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 12:51 PM

We're back with this week's Twitter roundup, and I'd like to start off by reminding everyone that it's "Twitter," not "Twitta." This is "Twitter" with an "e" and an "r" on the end of it. Anyway, so much sports happened this week! The Saints won at the Dome twice, and some Honey Badger guy made good football plays (I'm assuming?) and earned LSU a spot in the BCS Championships. In other news, Reggie Bush Twitter-goofs, Louisiana artists represent at the Grammy nominations announcement, New Orleans out-weirds Austin with Travel + Leisure's distinction as the city with the strangest people, Kenna Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni teaches us how to spell, The Throne was watched, and an eviction order causes a shakeup over at Occupy NOLA (no pepper spray has been deployed as of press time). As Throne occupants Kanye West and Jay-Z would say: that sh— cray.

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