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|Another Tiger Classic|
Goodbye Glen Dorsey, Matt Flynn, Early Doucet, Ali Highsmith and Jacob
Hester. Goodbye heart palpitations.
Or so I thought.
Hello Jarrett Lee, Charles Scott, Kelvin Sheppard and Chris Mitchell.
After a year in which fingernails was not something I could use for
show and tell and heart stress was a weekly routine, I figured the loss
of the above players would give my body a chance to rest after a
thrilling 2007 football season.
And then came the 2008 LSU-Auburn football game.
Honey, can we pick up some more Tums or Rolaids next week? Make it two packs if Trindon Holliday is still returning kicks.
I truly believed LSU would leave the Plains with another loss,
especially considering the inexperience at quarterback.
After Lee threw an interception before halftime where he all but sent
an e-mail to the War Eagle defense telling him where he was throwing
the ball, I figured the second half, while unbearable, would at least
not grind my nails into submission.
Can you imagine a freshman quarterback coming into a game with huge
ramifications and a raucous crowd after seeing your other quarterback
look as if he took a roundhouse from current UFC heavyweight champion
Andrew Hatch reminded me of a love bug I ran into on an out-of-town
trip the other day. Don't ask me which one, they all looked the same. I
imagine if I could have seen their faces they would have resembled
Hatch's look on the sideline during the third quarter.
But credit Lee with gaining his composure in the second half. There
must have been a phone booth from Metropolis in the visitor's dressing
room Saturday because a different Lee emerged in the second half.
Wow, maybe I was too quick to pencil in Russell Sheppard as next year's
quarterback. Mr. Sheppard may have to wait a little bit.
While pleasantly surprised with the quarterback play, kudos to the
Tiger offensive line, which was dominant. And also Les Miles for
keeping his quarterback's heads up during the contest, although that
wasn't good at one point for Andrew Hatch.
Charles Scott is probably the most underrated running back in America.
Now for the defense. Although they came up with some big plays, the
defense can thank the offense for getting them out of some jams.
Danny McCray cannot cover an SEC receiver one-on-one.
LSU did miss Darry Beckwith and certainly needs him back soon.
I do not know what has become of all-everything John Williams from
Breaux Bridge, but it's time for him to step up as a defensive back and
While LSU and Auburn put on a grand show for ESPN once again, CBS was showing Tennessee-Florida earlier in the day. Memo to CBS and ABC - if you want a game that has a better chance to live up to Game of the Century, try almost any LSU-Auburn game. Southern Cal versus a Big Ten school just ain't gonna cut it and Notre Dame's shiny top still needs
some polishing, so don't even try to make the Irish-Trojan contest
later in the year a Game of the Millennium.
The LSU-Alabama football game is looking as if the contest may even
live up to the hype of Nick Saban returning.
I don't like scheduling the Troy's, North Texas' or Alabama-Birmingham's, but with the way the SEC is looking now and over the next several years, there is no way you can play two or three big-name schools along with Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida and expect to finish a season with 10 or more wins.
I also don't mind the week away from the ESPN cameras. And it gives
local stores a chance to stock back up on the antacids.