While fans are spending a large majority of the time grumbling about John Brady or Smoke Laval, they need to realize that there are a great deal of good things going on in Tiger town and beyond.
Sure the basketball team lost yet another player and the baseball team is looking far from Omaha quality right now, Seimone Augustus continues to rack up lots of hardware, D-D Breaux's gymnastics team is eyeing a national championship and Tiger Rag has a new columnist on board sure to knock your socks off.
But it seems when there is a steady stream of negativity floating around out there, that is all anyone wants to talk about, so let's do it.
It is all here, in our latest rant.
hottest topic of the week has been the downward spiral of the LSU baseball team.
Usually Tiger baseball is the gold standard of college baseball. With the legacy
of Skip Bertman, the mystique of Alex Box Stadium and the greatest fans in the
land, LSU baseball is second to none. Well, they aren't just second – try sixth.
The Tigers were swept last weekend, their third straight series defeat, by
This is a
"what have you done for me lately" society so the main thing people are going to
remember is LSU getting swept by
To the LSU softball team. While it is not totally their fault having to replace a multitude of players form last year's No. 3 ranked team, the Tigers have fallen far from grace and currently stand at 5-12 in the SEC. LSU's lineup is dominated by freshmen, who coach Yvette Girouard knows will only get better, but right now times are tough.
While the softball team is having a rough go at it this year, they can find some solace that Girouard picked up career coaching victory No. 1000 two weeks ago. Congratulations coach.
Welcome aboard Doug Thompson. The former LSU pitching great has signed on as our expert baseball insider and will be featured in the next five issue of Tiger Rag. We will conduct Q&A sessions with the former Tiger all-American picking his brain for insight and stories as LSU works through the SEC baseball slate. Feel free to e-mail any questions you might want answered by Doug to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To the Baylor Lady Bears. Kim Mulkey-Robertson and her team were awarded for playing the best basketball at the right time by winning the women's college basketball national championship. Unfortunately, Baylor's title came at the expense of a 68-57 win over LSU. But Lady Tiger fans found some solace in the fact Michigan State rallied from 16 points down to knock off arch rival Tennessee. LSU will be back, but so will the Lady Bears. Can't wait to see them go at it next year.
To Seimone Augustus. The junior guard has picked up just about every award possible as Augustus is everyone's national player of the year. Being named the winner of the Wooden, Wade and Naismith trophies, Augustus was the unanimous national player of the year by the AP and every other news service.
To Ross Neltner's departure from the basketball team. A promising young talent that
showed a great deal of improvement during his second season at LSU, Neltner has
chosen to leave
To the Tiger basketball program. Barring a Brandon Bass leap to the NBA, a great deal of national experts think the LSU Tiger hoops squad could be pretty good next season. Losing just two senior, Antonio Hudson and Xavier Whipple, and possibly Bass and Glen Davis returning with the arrival of Tasmin Mitchell, some say LSU could be ranked as high as 10th in the preseason next year. Stay tuned.
To former Lady Tiger coach Sue Gunter. The 40-year coaching veteran was named to the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Congratulations.
construction project on Tiger Stadium's west side. While LSU has been
downplaying reports that the deck is behind schedule, one unnamed LSU official
said that when the east upper deck was being built in 1999, at this point in the
construction, most of the deck was in place. Being in Tiger Stadium last
Saturday for LSU's second spring scrimmage, the support structure has not even
been completed yet. LSU officials said the seating area will be complete for the
season opener against
And finally, a great
big thumbs up to coach D-D Breaux's LSU Gymnastics squad. The Tigers swept the
meet's team and individual honors which catapulted the third-ranked LSU
gymnastics team to the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship. Behind four scores
of 49.050 or better the Tigers tallied a 197.125 in winning their second
straight regional title and their third in the last four years. The win sends
LSU to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for April 21-23 in