TIGER RAG VIEWPOINT: Where do we stand?

While the LSU women stole the show two weeks ago attracting over 15,000 fans to see the No. 1 ranked team in the land dethrone SEC powerhouse Tennessee, the focus shifted to men's basketball last week as John Brady's team made some amazing strides toward a return to the NCAA Tournament.

Guess what? LSU baseball is off to its best start since 1997 sweeping UALR over the weekend to run its record to 7-0 on the season. The Tigers opened the 1997 campaign 19-0 and eventually won the national championship – coincidence?


Is LSU's chancellor in hot water? Who knows, but Sue Gunter is on the verge of being elected to the basketball hall of fame.


D-D Breaux's gymnastics squad had a big weekend as the success of women's sports at LSU continues to flourish.


It is all here in this week's edition of Tiger Rag's Where Do We Stand?



 Right off the bat, let's throw a major slap on the back to coach John Brady and the LSU basketball Tigers. Left for dead after a loss at Arkansas two weeks ago, the Tigers rebounded to register a momentous win at Mississippi State and then knock off Florida at home. It was their third straight win over Florida. If Brady's club can get at least a split over the next four games (they could possibly win out), LSU will be back in  the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.




 To the LSU student section. While the student are always boisterous and vocally support the Tigers, the students got out of hand when in unison they began jeering at Florida guard Matt Walsh. Walsh, the floppy-haired, headband wearing Gator sharp shooter usually takes plenty of abuse when he goes on the road, but the chant "Walsh is gay" was taking it maybe a step too far. Many of the patrons sitting near press row voiced their disapproval of the student's chant. Plus, when Walsh was knocked silly in the closing moments of the game, the jeers coming hisses coming from the students was unacceptable as well.




 To Brandon Bass. If this guys isn't the SEC Player of the Year, then this process is flawed. Bass is arguably the most complete player in the league. Possessing good ball handling skills for a guy that stand 6-8, 255, Bass has an outstanding jump shot, can pull up and hit a three-pointer and ranks as one of the league's (and nation's) top free throw shooter. People will make the argument for Lawrence Roberts due to the fact he averages a double-double, however a Roberts' injury last week against Kentucky and the possibility of Bass cashing in o LSU's stretch run could garner the league's top honors. By the way, it could be a clean sweep because 6-9 freshman Glen Davis is a shoe-in for the league's rookie of the year award. Here's something else – it could be a double-dip clean sweep by LSU because it is almost a certainty that Seimone Augustus will pick up SEC Player of the Year honors for the women and Sylvia Fowles is the league's (if not the country's) best frosh.




 To the Tiger baseball team. Although the competition level has been far below par, LSU is off to a 7-0 start, their best since opening the 1997 season 19-0 and look to be the team to beat in the SEC. Plus, major kudos to Nick Stavinoha on Sunday. His second inning, three-run home run was one of the longest these eyes have seen at Alex Box Stadium.




 To new LSU chancellor Sean O'Keefe. The Baton Rouge Advocate reported: "New LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe Thursday denied allegations that he wasted money while running NASA and said that he hadn't heard about an alleged federal investigation of his use of space agency resources. LSU System President William Jenkins, who made first contact with O'Keefe during the chancellor search and recommended his hire, said his opinion of O'Keefe has not changed. The Associated Press reported that the General Accountability Office -- Congress's investigative agency -- is conducting a broad-ranging look into O'Keefe's tenure at NASA."




 To former LSU coach Sue Gunter. Last week, Gunter, along with former Ole Miss coach Van Chancellor, were nominated as possible inductees to the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Gunter, who retired last season from LSU with 708 wins, is already a member of the Women's College Basketball Hall of Fame.




 To women's sports. Baton Rouge, which is widely regarded as a football town, is home to some of the most successful women's sports programs in college athletics. The women's basketball team is ranked No. 1 for the third straight week and for the ninth week this season. D-D Breaux's gymnastics squad ranks No, 3 in the land after wins over Kentucky and Ohio State last week. The softball team is currently ranked 9th after sweeping through the Tiger Classic and women's swimming and diving and women's tennis are both ranked in the national polls. And don't forget women's track, where the perennial powerhouse is also ranked in the top five.




Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag Magazine. Respond to our stance by e-mail at matt@tigerrag.com.


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