I'll be the first to agree there
were a reasonable number of questionable calls in the
The game is over. Period.
Let it be.
As unfortunate as it was to have such a great college football game play out the way it did, there is nothing you, me, Les Miles or the SEC can do to change anything. LSU lost by four points to the No. 2-ranked team in the nation on their home field.
Deal with it.
Over the last seven days from the
time I am writing this column on Sunday evening, my office and cell phone
voicemail inbox has been slammed full of messages from angry fans wanting to
talk about what went down at
Some of the folks I have chatted with just want to discuss what went on, express their feelings and be done with it. Others call requesting the number to the SEC office in hopes of contacting head of officials Rogers Redding or even the commissioner himself, Mike Slive.
Here's a hint: If they aren't going to listen to Coach Miles, chances are they aren't going to take your call either.
I have also had a number of calls
from fans that are quite angry with me and the way we (Tiger Rag) covered the game at
Here's another hint: We are an LSU sports publication. We are dedicated to covering the Tigers. We will wear the purple-and-gold glasses from time to time and even sip the grape Kool-Aid on occasion. But we aren't going to run the word "CHEATED" in 100-point font across our cover as it was suggested to me in one message from a fan.
Again, it is unfortunate the Tigers lost the game. But they did. And that is that.
As Nick Saban used to say, "It is time to move!"
But before we put Referee-Gate in the past, I would like to pass on a few of the e-mails I received over the last week.
Some were fair, others were not.
Some came from Auburn fans, others
all the way from
At any rate, the response our
office has gotten after last weekend's game truly defines the passion for
college football in
So check 'em out … (These e-mails are published exactly as they were received by Tiger Rag.)
"Well, it is too bad we lost the
"Message to coach Miles!!! Well coach, you lost a chance at the national title. With such a great defense and outstanding receivers if you would have played Matt Flynn We would have beaten auburn by 21. this QB Russell cannot run, he is tackled from behind by 300 Lb. lineman as amatter of fact he does not know when to run. PLEEEEESE start FLYNN. This is My third E Mail concerning this matter. Honestly are you being pressured to play Russell. Please reply."
"Followup from my e-mail last week
about bad hits on the
"I'm very irate at the poor
officating that took place at this past weekend's game at
"I'm sure Coach Miles has learned the real rule on tipped passes and the fact that it has nothing to do with the "line of Scrimmage." - War Eagle"
"Perhaps you haven't seen what ACTUALLY happened at the game. I didn't realize a receiver could push a linebacker while HE's IN HIS DROP, TO GET OPEN. Can he? For some reason, you and the rest of the swamp diggers haven't mentioned anything about the TACKLE your OFFENSIVE TACKLE made on the next to the last drive. I didn't think an offensive lineman could leave his feet and tackle a defensive lineman while protecting the pass. Can he?"
"CRY, CRY, CRY. PROBLEM IS THE SEC MADE IT RULING AND YOU PEOPLE EITHER DON'T LIKE IT OR DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. AS SOON AS SABAN'S PLAYERS LEAVE YOU'LL BE LOOKING FOR A NEW COACH."
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag magazine. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.