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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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