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LSU Comeback Was Epic Battle

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Comebacks Now In Vogue

By John Ventola

What a week! Local college and professional football teams were involved in epic, comeback battles before emerging victorious, seemingly setting a pattern that would carry over to other top professional football and baseball games. Continue reading

Season Only Halfway But Auburn Will Determine Course

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Tigers Have To Overcome Youth and Lack of Depth on Offensive Line

By John Ventola

To say the 2017 LSU football season has been unusual thus far would be an understatement. Even more unusual is the fact this proud LSU alumnus, and 64-year season ticket holder, has been to only one home game this season. Continue reading

Alabama Clemson Face Off In CFP Rematch

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Saban Can Tie Bear with Sixth National Title

By John Ventola

The third College Football Playoff championship game will be played tonight in Tampa between No. 1 ranked, unbeaten Alabama, and No. 3 ranked (before CFP semifinals), once beaten Clemson. Continue reading

Injury Diagnosis Should Be Only Reason To Miss Bowl Game

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Players Opting Out of Bowl Games Setting Unsavory Precedent

By John Ventola

Three of college football’s best running backs, each with a likely National Football League career ahead of them, decided to not participate in their team’s post season bowl game. All three said they wanted to start preparations for next month’s professional showcases leading up to February’s NFL draft. Continue reading

Revenge Boomerangs and Hits Wake Forest Broadcast Analyst

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Cheating for Victory Always Distasteful

His name was not mentioned on the television show appropriately named Cheaters. His name did not appear on the infamous Ashley Madison list that was hacked with personal information about signed-up philanderers. Continue reading

Alleva Needs To Alleviate LSU Coaching Scrutiny

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Coaching Drama Now Annual Thanksgiving Tradition

Louisianans can be excused for backing away from the Thanksgiving feast in front of them for the second consecutive year. Just like 2015, the turkey and cranberry was again served this year with a large helping of drama, courtesy of the LSU head football coaching position. Continue reading

Alabama Only Top Four Survivor

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CFP Rankings Reshuffled By Historical Week

By John Ventola

Elvis proclaimed it in ‘50s lyrics, and ten years later Cassius Clay boasted he had done it after beating Sonny Liston. While Presley wailed that he was “all shook up,” and the soon to be Muhammad Ali bragged that “ah have shook up the world,” nothing in recent memory can compare to the upheaval seen last week on both the national political and college football stages. Continue reading

LSU Has To Focus On Next Three Games

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Important Part Of Coach O’s Audition Starts Tonight

Alabama defeated LSU for the sixth consecutive time last Saturday, temporarily stemming whatever momentum interim coach Ed Orgeron had built up in three home victories. While the Tigers’ effort and defense showed up, the offense was, well, offensive. Six first downs, 125 yards of total offense and 33 yards rushing will almost always result in an L in the record ledger. Continue reading

Win For Mike VI

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John Ventola

While watching former and current LSU players come down Victory Hill two weeks ago before the Missouri game I spotted a couple of middle-aged guys jockeying for position to get a better view. Eager as they were, they were not making much headway toward the guardrails that separate the fans and players. I noticed their Mizzou shirts, and motioned for them to join my friend and I and sit on the wall near the journalism building, explaining we could stand and see everything—and everybody—when the players and band approached. Continue reading

LSU In For Long Season

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Lackluster Offense And Sideline Incompetency Doom Tigers Again

By John Ventola

Reversal of good fortune? Nah, just lady luck evening up some things with embattled LSU coach Les Miles. Continue reading