Tag Archives: Alabama

Sixteen Gets First NCAA Victory

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U May Be Cinderella

By John Ventola

March Madness turned into full blown insanity Friday night. For the first time a No. 16  tournament seed beat a No. 1 as UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) embarrassed this year’s top seed Virginia, 74-54. Continue reading

Make Or Break Time

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Draft Days Are Here

By John Ventola

The annual three-day National Football League (NFL) draft gets underway tonight in Philadelphia. Two hundred fifty-three names will be called before the event concludes Saturday afternoon. Thirty-two league franchises, each hoping to improve their team’s talent pool, will make choices to either correct a position deficiency, or select the best player available (according to their talent evaluations) at the time of their pick. 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

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

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

Oh, Danny Boy!

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Tiger Fans Can Expect Miles To Vacillate On QB Decision

Bags are packed, early flight to Chicago early today and then van-time with other Louisianans as we go to South Bend, Indiana for a Notre Dame football game. Saturday night’s ND-Michigan State matchup marks my fifteenth game on the storied campus. Most of our travel group have been multiple times also. Continue reading

Miles Could Be Headed For Another Interesting Thanksgiving

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Tigers Unimpressive In Season Opener

By John Ventola

For years good days in my hometown Baton Rouge coincided with LSU football success. At least that is the way I felt as a youngster and as a student at the university. That feeling only intensified when my dad handed over the family’s two season tickets (17 years at that point) upon my graduation. Forty-six years later (yeah, Ventola family now in 63rd year as season ticket holders), LSU victories and championships make life good and more tolerable, but are no longer essential. Continue reading

Miles Needs To Make Better Decisions Recruiting QBs

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Etling Potential And Recruitment Of Haskins Keys Optimism

By John Ventola

LSU’s two football national championship over the past thirteen years were both led by steady quarterbacks. Matt Mauck and Matt Flynn were each skilled quarterbacks, athletes that proved to be dependable field generals while leading talented teams to titles. Neither was flashy, their biggest contribution being how they carried out the game plans of Nick Saban and Les Miles by keeping miscues to a minimum. Continue reading

Alabama Should Roll To Fourth Title Under Saban

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CFPII Should Be Competitive Matchup

By John Ventola

The night is finally here. The second College Football Playoff championship game will be played in Glendale, Arizona between No. 1 ranked and unbeaten Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, clearly the most dominant teams of the 2015 football season. Continue reading