Are you ready for this week's installment of Where Do We Stand?
In this week's edition, we talk hoops, lots and lots of hoops. It has been a full week with LSU winning at will down the stretch run of the SEC, Temeka Johnson logging another assist and Temple coach John Chaney sending his goons into battle.
Large crowds turned out this week
for some pretty big hoops matchups at the Maravich Center. Ross Neltner got a tip in Tuesday
and was awarded ESPN's top play of the day. And on Sunday, Pokey Chatman led her
team to the school's first-ever SEC title.
Was it mentioned that Tiger Rag sat
down with Les Miles? You'll never believe what his real name is.
Glen Davis is a freak of nature and
Brandon Bass isn't getting the respect he deserves as the national media remains
infatuated with Kentucky.
D-D Breaux's gymnasts are still the
best in the country as they defend their No. 1 ranking. However, will Tiger
Stadium be finished on time?
It is all here in our latest
Where do we begin?
How about Temeka Johnson and the LSU Lady Tigers? Winning its first outright
league crown in school history, LSU whipped Florida Sunday to become the 13th
SEC team to sweep through the regular season conference slate undefeated. It was senior night at the
Maravich Center and there wasn't a dry eye in the house as
Johnson id farewell to Tiger Town.
There isn't a
lot to be negative about this week. However, there has been plenty of negativity
surrounding the LSU men's basketball team this season. However, negativity be
gone. The Tigers have won 11 of their last 14 games and a virtual lock for the
NCAA Tournament. LSU's rpi is 26 in the country and after defeating Alabama and Auburn last week, the Tigers should be ranked
when the latest polls hit the streets. The Tigers can still win the SEC Western
Division with some help from Alabama, which has sent the Brady bashers back
to their Internet message boards in disgust.
To LSU big man
Glen Davis. Pat Forde of ESPN.com awarded Davis with the honor of "Freakish Talent of the
Year." Forde writes, "LSU's Glen "Big Baby" Davis (11) is listed at 6-8, 310 pounds. From
the look of him, the weight was a few dozen buffet trips ago -- but watch the
elephantine freshman spin-move, drop-step and dribble-drive and you won't
believe your eyes. Davis also provided one of the TV moments of
the year, when none other than Rick Majerus counseled him to lose
respect for Davis is evident, his oversight of Brandon Bass
was not well received. When passing out postseason honors, Forde, who is a
Louisville-based writer, awarded coach of the year to Tubby Smith and chose
Chuck Hayes of Kentucky over Lawrence Roberts of Miss. State.
He failed to even consider Bass, who dominated Roberts in both meetings and has
all but carried this Tiger team on his back. And while the nay-sayers will lash
out at this, how about some props for Brady as the coach of the year. Remember,
this program was left for dead at the start of the SEC and LSU could be heading
to Big Dance rated as high as a No. 4 seed.
promotions department and the idea of passing out t-shirts to the crowd for last
Tuesday's nationally-televised game between LSU and Alabama. Purple and gold
shirts were distributed to corresponding sections of fans and the look was quite
striking on ESPN's broadcast.
While one of
Tiger Rag's columnists covers this issue on page 31 of this issue, the
promotions for women's basketball are more distracting than popular. After
seeing a student hold up a sign stating "For God's sake play the fight song,"
during a television timeout of the LSU-Tennessee game as an eight-year-old
hopped from a stretcher at midcourt singing Elvis' blue-suede shoes, the time
has come for these ploys to attract fans to end. The LSU women's basketball team
is good enough not to need these type promotions to attract fans – they are
coming already. Sunday, as the Lady Tigers were in the process of routing
celebrating the last hurrah for LSU seniors, seldom was the LSU Pregame tune
heard. Instead, the electric atmosphere was doused with cold water as several
oversized mascot type characters danced around the floor or a crew of
sever-year-olds entertained the crowd with a choreographed dance number. All the
while, fans sat silently in their seats as the Bengal Brass Basketball Band
merely stood by holding their muted instruments.
Neltner. For a guy that took a lot of heat when he arrived last year, Neltner
was the most unlikely of heroes as he tipped in the game-winning bucket versus
Couldn't have happened to a nicer kid.
To the quick
witted humor of LSU football coach Les Miles. In an interview last week, Miles
was asked if ‘Les' was short for anything. Miles grinned and replied, "Yes,
Leslie." After a long pause, Miles threw up his dukes and quipped, "You wanna
fight?" When asked when did he shorten his name from Leslie to Les and he
replied, "when he was old enough to defend himself."
A quick shot
out to D-D Breaux's LSU Gymnastics squad. For the second straight week, Breaux's
team is ranked No. 1 in the land. Good job ladies.
off the LSU subject, longtime Temple coach John Chaney's career might be
over. Chaney has been suspended for the rest of the year for subbing in a
seldom-used post player to foul intentionally after Chaney felt the refs weren't
calling the game correctly. Chaney referred to this player as a "goon." The
played fouled out in less than four minutes. Chaney apologized, but was issued a
suspension. Could this be the end of John Chaney? Who knows, but it does cry
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