The Tigers are the talk of the town as they head into the fourth week of SEC play 6-0 and on the cusp of the top 25. LSU is off to its best start in the league since Dale Brown's 1981 club opened SEC play 17-0 before losing in the regular season finale to Kentucky.
There was a full house in the Maravich Center last week – and it was for a men's game for a change. The Tigers hadn't drawn more than 10,000 for a game since 2004 and thanks to a fast start things are looking up.
The Lady Tigers continue to cruise with another big win over a ranked opponent. Sylvia Fowles had her way with Vanderbilt, a former LSU lady turned up in Texas and it was a rough week for Pat Summit, who is stuck at 900. On the flip side, Jody Conradt joined some elite company.
A trio of Tigers took part in the Senior Bowl over the weekend while one ex LSU player who was supposed to be there might be in a little better shape than some once thought.
Michael Vick turned lashed out at his alma mater in defense of his delinquent brother while two college coaches are heading to the bank with a bunch of extra cash.
In last week's installment, we ripped a local radio personality for some bone-headed remarks about coach Les Miles' wife. We will re-visit that subject, but this time we address another babbling buffoon who displayed his idiocy on the airwaves.
It is all here in our latest rant.
To John Brady's Tigers. What can you say other than "these guys are good!" The Tigers are 6-0 in SEC play and at the time this was written, LSU was likely to break into the AP poll with a 14-5 overall record. The coach's poll may still keep the Tigers out of the nation's top 25, but hey, what do they know anyway? ESPN.com has LSU rated as a No. 4 seed right now in this week's Power 16 and the Tigers are drawing high praise from analysts Andy Katz, Joe Lunardi and Doug Gottlieb. Katz has Brady's Tigers rated as high as No. 6 in his top 16.
To all the ‘Tyrus Thomas to the NBA' talk. Experts are drooling over the LSU redshirt freshman and his bevy of blocks and arsenal of dunks. However, it is clear Thomas, while ungodly talented, isn't ready for the jump to the next level. Sure he can block shots, dunk like an animal, jump out of the gym and he has a nice touch from the free throw line. However, Thomas does not possess the perimeter game he needs to be effective at the pro level. Not YET anyway. Experts are talking about Thomas being a top 10 – even top five – pick in the draft. Thomas said last week he doesn't want to be drafted only to end up in the developmental league. If that is the case, he needs to hang around LSU for at least one more season.
If you want to talk about someone, jabber all you want to about Darrel Mitchell. He is the best 5-9 basketball player in the history of the SEC. In two games last week, Mitchell scored 48 points and was 10 of 14 from behind the three-point line. We know you like Thomas' air time, but how the vertical leap by this pint-sized guard?
To the LSU Lady Tigers. Rarely is recent years have the LSU ladies been upstaged but that is entirely the case right now. John Brady's Tigers are surging and Pokey Chatman's ladies are standing in the wings. However, LSU is still taking care of business and captured another win over a ranked opponent last week as Sylvia Fowles logged 26 points and 22 rebounds in a 75-53 thrashing of Vanderbilt.
To Hanna Biernacka. We liked the always smiling Swede during her stay at LSU, but it was clear after a while playing time was going to be tough to collect. So Biernacka left the team and has surfaced at TCU. Good luck Hanna.
To the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. It looked as if this would be the year for Pat Summitt to get back on top of college women's basketball. Tennessee hasn't won a national title since 1997 and the natives are getting a bit restless. The Lady Vols raced out of the gates and were a unanimous No. 1, that was before heading into last week. Going to Duke last week, Summitt was in search of career win No. 901. Tennessee got embarrassed by Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium 75-53. Figuring to get back on track, Tennessee went to Kentucky (a team LSU beat 66-36) hoping to get back on track. Instead, former UT assistant Mickie DeMoss registered one of the biggest upsets in quite a while as the Lady Wildcats beat Tennessee 66-63.
To Joseph Addai. The former LSU running back had a great week of preparation before last weekend's Senior Bowl and NFL Draft experts were singing his praises on Sunday saying he could be as high as a late first rounder in a very deep class of running backs.
To Skyler Green. The Senior Bowl was tied 7-7 before Green muffed a punt and the North squad recovered the loose ball in the end zone for the go-ahead score. The North won the game 31-14.
To Claude Wroten. Uninvited to the Senior Bowl after a run-in with the law, things appear to be looking up for the former LSU defensive tackle. Charges of marijuana possession with intent to distribute are expected to be dropped against the Bastrop, La. native. Plus, it appears his untimely incarceration won't affect his draft status, projected in the first round. Wroten is being talked about as being a top 15 to 20 overall pick.
Rumors are a funny thing aren't they? Remember a few weeks back when there was a buzz about town that JaMarcus Russell won't be back as LSU's quarterback because he was flunking out of school. That's awfully funny considering he made the 2005 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
To Michael Vick. The former Virginia Tech standout and current Atlanta Falcons quarterback called out his alma mater after the Hokies kicked his younger brother – quarterback Marcus Vick – off the team for stomping on Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil in the Gator Bowl. The younger Vick was under a zero tolerance policy after several altercations and coach Frank Beamer had had enough. Days after he got booted from the team, he was arrested for brandishing a firearm at some high school kids at a McDonald's. Now big brother is coming to his defense. "He didn't do anything wrong," Michael Vick said. "The world will all know when the truth comes out." Nothing wrong? It is interesting to speculate how the older Vick's career might have turned out had he stayed in Blacksburg all four years.
To coach Mack Brown and Mark Richt. Two coaches that won championships each got big raises. Brown won the national title with Texas and Richt the SEC title with Georgia, however the Bulldogs had a little hiccup in the Sugar Bowl.
Finally, we pull out the soapbox. When are radio personalities going to be held accountable for what they say on air. Last week, we told you about WJBO program director Matt Kennedy's comments about Les Miles' wife prior to the Peach Bowl, which is still under investigation. This past week, local morning sports talk radio host Jon Fine had some rather in appropriate comments concerning a couple of Baton Rouge area sports writers. Fine made repeated jokes on the air about the weight of a couple of writers from The Advocate's sports staff and singled one out referring to him as "A.K.A. FAT." The comments were rude, inappropriate and extremely unprofessional. However there is hardly anything professional about this goon who hides behind a microphone and has an opinion on everything, yet never darkens the door of any sporting events on the LSU campus. When are these "so-called" members (and I use this term loosely) going to be held accountable for their actions?