It will be hard to follow up last week's installment of Tiger Rag's Where Do We Stand?
The response to our take on Ashlee
Simpson's Orange Bowl performance was overwhelming and we couldn't possibly be
lucky enough to have lightning strike in consecutive weeks.
However, there was enough going on
in the world of sports to conjure up plenty of views on a variety of
Buckle your seatbelt, cause here we
Here's to the LSU Tigers. In one of
the most inspiring efforts in the history of the Pete Maravich
Center, the Tigers won a marathon
thriller over Ohio
State 113-101 in double
overtime Saturday. Trailing 80-77 with just seconds remaining in regulation,
Darrel Mitchell drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key forcing the
first extra period. LSU blew a three-point lead at the end of the first overtime
only to run away with the game in the second. Brandon Bass scored the first 10
points in overtime and Mitchell led the team with 32 points. Three different
Tigers recorded double-doubles and Antonio Hudson was a rebound away from the
team's fourth doubler.
To LSU fans on Saturday at the
PMAC. It was bad enough that less than 7,000 fans showed up for the 7 p.m.
tipoff for the first-ever meeting with the Buckeyes of the Big 10, but those who
did show up were less than enthused most of the evening. And as it looked the
Tigers would lose after falling behind by three late in the second half, the
fickle patrons chose to bolt for the doors instead of staying and cheering. In
the future, hopefully they will do a better job of playing their roles as
To Glen Davis in the second half
Saturday. Davis has shown a great deal of promise as of late scoring 28 points
with 14 rebounds in a 79-64 win over South Carolina earlier in the week, but a
made three-pointer in that win gave Davis a false sense of confidence shooting
the ball from beyond the arch. Davis heaved up one attempt early in the second
half that failed to even draw iron and bounded off the side of the backboard.
With less than two minutes to go in regulation and the Tigers on top by three,
LSU regained possession trying to hold onto the slim lead. But with 1:48 to go
and 28 seconds left on the shot clock, Davis heaved up a three-point offering that
barely reached the rim. The shot nearly cost the Tigers the game. Ohio State took the ball and hit consecutive
three-pointers to take a brief lead. In boggles the mind to think LSU, which was
coming out of a timeout, would settle for that shot. Is a three-pointer by a
6-9, 320-pound freshman, the best shot you can come up with at the
Enough criticizing. The win over
State was truly remarkable
and could serve as a turning point for John Brady's Tigers. A team which had
struggled through the month of December with a rather brutal road stretch, got
some much needed confidence with the emotional victory. Most notably, Darrel
Mitchell's clutch three-pointer to tie the game at the end of regulation was by
far the biggest shot of the season so far and will serve as a huge boost for
this team. Mitchell, who struggled shooting from outside on the month-long road
trip, has hit nine three pointers in the last two games.
To LSU bench points. All 113 of
LSU's points came from Tiger starters. LSU has struggled with point production
from the bench all season long with the three top reserve players averaging
three points per game or less. Saturday, LSU's bench produced zilch, nada,
nothing. This means the Tigers could be one injury away from a major loss in
To USC quarterback Matt Leinart. On
Friday, the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback chose to remain at Southern Cal for his senior season. The question is, WHY?
This guy has won the not only the most coveted prize in college football with
the Heisman, Leinart has led the Trojans to back-to-back national titles. What
more does this guy have to prove? He is assured to be a top pick, if not the No.
1 overall pick in this spring's NFL Draft. Why would he want to possibly
jeopardize a pro career with an injury by coming back to college football, a
place where he has proven everything there is to prove? It is obvious he likes
being a god in Los
Angeles and being the most beloved darling on the biggest
media darling in all of college sports right now. One major downside to
Leinart's return is the fact USC will be ranked No. 1 in next season's preseason
poll. And in these days of college football, with the Trojans ranked No. 1 and
playing in the powder puff Pac-10, you can go ahead and book it USC will be in
the BCS title game next season based simply on the fact Leinart is
To the LSU promotions department.
While LSU should be applauded for putting together such promotions as car,
television, stereo and phone giveaways, the appearance of "Haley," the mascot of
the WNBA's Houston Comets at the Lady Tigers Sunday game versus Alabama. The
obnoxiously dressed "whatchamacallit" pranced and danced around the arena even
sauntering up to the Crimson Tide bench during a timeout and shaking his
enormous fanny at coach Rick Moody and his team. Maybe not the best thing to do
to a team that is losing by 30 points.
To new LSU football coach Les Miles. The 32nd football coach in LSU history was presented to the
crowd at Saturday's LSU-Ohio State game in the PMAC Miles and wife
Kathy were met with a very warm welcome. Showing that he believes in gender
equity, Kathy and Les Miles, plus a number of their five children were on hand
for Sunday's Lady Tigers contest versus Alabama. In the meantime, Miles managed to
reel in the nation's top center prospect in Wayne County
lineman Jerrell Powe, who committed on national television of the U.S. Army
All-American All Star game Saturday.
It looks as if Miles has most of
his assistant coaching staff in place. Joining Miles in Baton Rouge from Oklahoma State will be Bill Clay, Doug Mallory,
Todd Monken, Larry Porter and Josh Henson. Former Nick Saban assistants Stacey
Searles will remain on Miles' staff at LSU. Other former Saban assistants Travis Jones and Kirby Smart who were working with the staff have both accepted
coaching positions at the University of Georgia.
To Marcus Randall. Randall
connected on 7-of-11 passes for 88 yards on his way to earning MVP honors in
leading the South to a 24-21 win over the North at the Gridiron Classic.
Randall, who just completed his senior season at LSU, also rushed for six yards
on six attempts.