Quite a contrast from last Sunday
We were gathered to watch the LSU
women play in their Final Four in
Evacuate to the second floor ballroom, hotel officials instructed. We grabbed our beers and joined hundreds of others who all hoped the worst was behind us.
It was, except for the part about returning to our table and watching the end of the women's game.
The tornado did major damage to a couple of buildings nearby. Luckily Indy was OK, but that same swath of storms took lives and did horrific destruction down the road. The Earth continues to be angry and we have to assume Mother Nature is simply not a sports fan.
Just as we appreciate a beautiful
spring day in
Not that it matters to LSU fans, who are able to separate the two once the whistle blows.
When the whistle blew a week ago
Saturday night, it didn't appear as if the LSU men's basketball team heard it.
Sitting next to me, scouting and still basking in a tremendous victory over
George Mason, was
He, too, seemed stunned at how UCLA manhandled LSU, completely overpowering its big men. The prevailing thought going in was that if UCLA could neutralize LSU's frontcourt, its guards could be the difference.
Shyatt and I both left the arena
thinking that UCLA was the team to beat. And then Monday night
The next night, the LSU women completely melted down against Duke. There were times when you wondered if the Lady Tigers had ever practiced defense in their lives.
It was so bad that even missing part of the game because of the tornado was an afterthought. So much for having to go to a Final Four to learn how to succeed at one. This was the LSU women's third consecutive Final Four and third consecutive semifinal exit.
Which makes you wonder if making a
Final Four makes a difference from one year to the next, especially in the men's
game. UCLA hadn't been since 1995.
Now LSU has been and knows what
it's like and all that goes with it. Glen "Big Baby"
Tyrus Thomas is sure to go to the
NBA, but even so LSU should be a top-10 team when the ball bounces again next
October. Tack Minor returns, Magnum Rolle will be a year better, and two
transfers, Dameon Mason from
When talk surfaced about LSU coach
John Brady being a candidate for the
There is, after all, a tapeworm to be fed.