"Whatever it takes!"
"Did that almost happen?"
"A win is a win."
While the radio blared one LSU fan after another phoning into the postgame show to berate quarterback JaMarcus Russell, Coach Les Miles or the Tiger defense, it all became very clear.
It didn't matter how LSU won that
game on Saturday. Sure, the home fans didn't want the Tigers to need overtime to
beat the lowly Rebels from Ole Miss. Besides, it was a home game, wasn't it?
Every game LSU has played within the confines of Tiger Stadium has been a
blowout. All except the
Fans were looking forward to watching Russell and Co. roll up a hefty halftime advantage so they could return to the sanctity of their tailgate parties or beat the postgame traffic home.
Sure, LSU looked absolutely awful versus a horribly outmatched Ole Miss team, but at this point, a win was all they needed.
LSU isn't going to win the SEC title, nor the national championship, so you can toss style points right out the window.
The important thing is the Tigers won the game. Period.
Winning is all that matters right
now. Miles and the Tigers need to stockpile as many victories as possible in
hopes of possibly grabbing a BCS at-large berth. As I said last week, LSU has a
good shot at one of those bowl games if they continue to win. With Friday's date
with the Razorbacks in
With Rutgers losing to
First and foremost, LSU needs to
beat the Hawgs in the Rock on Friday. A little help from
So, for you folks out there who
were fit to be tied leaving Tiger Stadium Saturday night – settle down. LSU was
due for one of these games, one of those absolutely awful performances that in
past years have produced an "L." Remember Tulane in 1982,
Last weekend was one of my favorites of the year.
It was LSU-Ole Miss weekend, and that meant a mingling of Tiger and Rebel fans at parties and tailgate gatherings.
I want to pass on thanks to Brent
The tailgate party Saturday was complete with two tents – one decked out in purple and gold, the other red and blue (including tablecloths and flower arrangements, but no crystal chandelier, a la The Grove).
It was a grand gathering as the LSU fans gave the Rebel fans a hard time. However, the Ole Miss faithful nearly had the last laugh as LSU needed overtime to turn back the Rebs.
One more item of business. For those of you who enjoyed Glenn Guilbeau's column in Tiger Rag, you'll have to wait until football season is over to read it again.
Last week, a bizarre chain of
events led to
Kleinpeter mistakenly thought
However, the AP then revoked Kleinpeter's voting privileges and named Guilbeau the new regional voter for the poll. AP guidelines indicate Guilbeau can't write for an independent or fan magazine-type publication like Tiger Rag while voting on the poll.
And so, Guilbeau must refrain from writing his weekly SEC Behind the Scenes column until after LSU's bowl game.
See you in January, Glenn.
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag magazine. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.