FEINSWOG: Things are peachy

Well, isn't that Peachy?

So here are a few questions:

 

How in the world did Georgia lose twice this season?

 

Who in the hell were all those people standing on the USC sidelines?

 

Will Tracy Wolfson win an Emmy for being a sideline reporter who actually reported what was happening on the sideline?

 

And is it really possible that no one wants America's team?

 

That would the LSU football team that overcame the odds, suffering tremendous senior losses from last year, taking on a new coach, battling the effects of hurricanes, and somehow eeking its way to a 10-1 record while playing on national TV no less than eight times.

 

But in the ninth appearance for all America to see, with a nation that had earlier in the day watched Texas and USC crush their respective opponents, LSU fell flat on its face.

 

LSU was outplayed in nearly every facet of the 34-14 defeat.

 

The Georgia lines dominated their LSU counterparts.

 

Georgia made the plays when it counted. LSU couldn't make any plays, it seemed, from its quarterback to its tacklers to its dazed-and-confused offensive line.

 

It was that kind of night, one that causes you to sit back and ponder what was, not what could have been.

 

No one in their right mind considered the 2005 LSU Tigers contenders for the national championship. But they were, right up until Saturday afternoon when Texas and USC confirmed that they both are way, way, way better than anyone else in the land.

 

But LSU, at 10-1 with its only blemish a freakish collapse to Tennessee so very long ago, was right there waiting for one more final break.

 

Those breaks came all season long, from winning in overtime to watching the teams above it in the poll inexplicably being knocked off like dominoes.

 

But Saturday in the Georgia Dome was the end of the line. Clearly, the effect of playing an 11th consecutive week took its toll on the Tigers. .

 

That was a lot to ask of college kids.

 

For that matter, this whole season was a lot to ask of college kids, but these college kids should be proud, because they handled themselves like men.

 

From never whining about the cards dealt them by Hurricane Katrina, to the trailer-load of goods they collected for victims, to losing their home opener to playing those 11 weeks in a row, to never ducking the media or handling themselves with class.

 

Entering this season, you had to think a defense that lost four NFL players to graduation would be hurting. Instead it was among the nation's best – until Saturday.

 

The quarterback, JaMarcus Russell, just got better and better. But he suffered Saturday because his line got beat and his best running back, Joseph Addai, was injured.

 

This was often an infuriating team to watch: Dropped passes, stupid penalties, turnovers, bad decisions and a coach who just looks so funny in that white LSU baseball cap.

 

What's more, it had little charisma, something hard to put a finger on but simply true.

 

But it is 10-2 and a bowl victory will leave it as one of the best 10 teams in LSU history. Considering the circumstances and how the team handled itself, the players and coaches should be proud and so should its supporters.

 

The 2005 LSU Tigers really should be America's team and, hopefully, has the respect of a nation, even if no major bowl wants them.

 

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Lee Feinswog is the author of "Tales From The LSU Sidelines," a Baton Rouge sportswriter and host of the television show Sports Monday. Reach him at (225) 926-3256 or lee@sportsbatonrouge.com.


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