Not the recent cool spell we have
been having in
While the weather does feel like football in the fall, does it seem evident to anyone but me that the weather is all that feels like football?
Is there something about football
I know some people will say no,
things are better than ever in
But really, is it?
It is something I cannot really seem to put my finger on, but that buzz in the air, that collective holding of breath that you can feel on a Saturday at kickoff, it just isn't there.
And it hasn't been for quite some time now.
Tiger Stadium is still Tiger Stadium, no matter what Collin Cowherd says. Cowherd, who hosts a daily radio talk-show host on ESPN Radio called "The Herd," said one of the most overrated myths in sports is Tiger Stadium. While I am not going to endorse the comment, which I think is a bit asinine considering Cowherd has probably never seen a game on Saturday in baton Rouge, I will somewhat agree.
When the situation is right, there
is no place in any sport quite like a night game in Tiger Stadium. ESPN.com
senior writer Pat Forde said so following LSU's 30-27 loss to
I will agree the first half of that game was about as emotionally charged as these eyes have ever seen in that stadium. But the second half was a sharp contrast to the first. Fans sat limp with exhaustion of the previous few weeks (Hurricane Katrina) and the football team acted accordingly blowing a 21-point lead to lose by three in overtime.
But it wasn't just the second half
People had yearned for almost five decades to again sit atop the ranks of college football.
A national championship would be the greatest accomplishment of all.
First came an SEC title in 2001 to
light the fires of the LSU faithful. But the hunger was returned when the Tigers
slumped to an 8-5 record the following year. Saban produced another league title
in 2003 beating
USC be damned, LSU was No.1.
Finally, the Tigers had arrived. After waiting 45 years to return to the top of the mountain, LSU had done it.
Insert pin into balloon.
Maybe it was an omen when that
rainstorm pelted a packed house in Tiger Stadium when heavily-favored LSU hosted
LSU's hopes were dashed of
repeating as SEC champions when
Tiger fans smiled half-heartedly
when LSU compiled a 9-2 overall record and landed in, yet another, New Year's
Day bowl. However, the Tigers date with
Enter Les Miles, the man tabbed to
follow Saban. From the beginning fans doubted his credentials. Sure he had won
Many sat with cautious optimism when Miles talked the talk as LSU prepared for a season, which it would open in the top five. Hurricane Katrina then struck ultimately removing what focus remained on football.
Miles pulled out a thriller at
Presently, LSU is 6-1 overall (that
The attendance was announced as the
largest ever against
An announced attendance of 88,887
The effects of the hurricanes have played a role in the decreased interest in Tiger football, but a feeling of apathy was apparent even before the storms.
Is LSU still suffering from post national championship hangover?
Whatever the case, LSU is in need
of a remedy for what ails it. Is the proper medicine a win over
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag Magazine. Reach him at email@example.com.