FEINSWOG: Saturday will clear things up

This will be the week of retrospectives. Hurricane Katrina one year later. That's the story that will dominate your news until, finally, perhaps Friday, when it will be a day before football season opens in Baton Rouge.

All eyes will turn to Tiger Stadium and visiting Louisiana-Lafayette and, hopefully, a nice, dry night to play football.


At this writing, Ernesto is forecast to turn to the east, a hurricane now presumably headed to Florida for late week woes.


A quick check of that state's football schedule shows Florida at home Saturday against Southern Miss and Central Florida the host to Villanova. Florida State doesn't open till Monday, Labor Day, at Miami. That game will include a group called Hands On Miami collecting flashlights, radios, batteries, can openers, first-aid kits and cash to help out those who need it in the worst of times.


Speaking of which, got your flashlights, batteries, etc., ready?


Assuming the best but prepared for the worst, Saturday will finally give us some answers to the many questions surrounding LSU football.


The Ragin' Cajuns are a decent team, picked to win the Sun Belt, and, while LSU will overpower the visitors, the game should provide better insight than some season openers.

All of us will be watching JaMarcus Russell's every move at quarterback, looking to see if he's completely healed from his injuries that kept him out of the Peach Bowl to his renewed leadership of the offense.


Should LSU get a comfortable lead, maybe we'll get to see either Matt Flynn or Ryan Perrilloux, or both, which would be a nice bonus.


All eyes, too, will be on rehabbing running back Alley Broussard, whose knee is cause for great speculation. Certainly LSU was better with him than without.


Dwayne Bowe, who had some key drops despite 41eceptions, nine for touchdowns a year ago, had eye surgery. Will that make him a better receiver?


How will the offensive line really be in the post Andrew Whitworth-Rudy Niswanger era? Will the biggest of the big men, Herman Johnson, all 6-foot-7 and 351 pounds of him, dominate up front?


And the defensive line will take the field without one of the all-time great leaders in LSU history, Kyle Williams. Will Glenn Dorsey be as good as his coaches say he is?


How will LSU handle the quirky scheduling of two games at home and one on the road times four?


No doubt the first three road games are the toughest games on the schedule, Auburn, Florida and Tennessee.


You know already that the winner of the LSU-at-Auburn game, in only third week of the season, is the likely winner of the Southeastern Conference Western Division with the loser facing a heck of an uphill battle to stay in the national-championship hunt.


Yeah, if the weather cooperates and the first hurricane can wait till after the first two home games, against ULL and Arizona, we'll get a lot of questions answered.


In the meantime, prepare for the media onslaught. This week will be one to remember Katrina – sports included – until finally we get to some football. And even with the temperatures in the high 90s, that will be a welcome relief.




Lee Feinswog is a Baton Rouge sportswriter and host of the television show Sports Monday. Reach him at (225) 926-3256 or lee@sportsbatonrouge.com.

His book, "HoopDaddy" is available at www.HoopDaddy.net.

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