Tag Archives: Arkansas

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

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

Rally Possum Super Powers At Work

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LSU Enters Super Regional With Omaha Again In Sight

State of mind plays a major part in the level of success achieved by players involved with athletics. When skill-sets and talent are comparable, confidence often determines the victor. Nowhere has that fact been more evident that the run the LSU baseball team has been on since a tiny marsupial snuck into the Alex Box Stadium outfield in the midst of a 9-1 beat down by SEC opponent Arkansas on May 7th. 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

Fournette Could Run Wild Against Defenseless Red Raiders

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Miles Reprieve And Opponent Should Result In Solid Effort

By John Ventola

LSU faithful have had thirty-one days to process the embarrassing drama that played out around Les Miles in November as the Tigers plummeted from the ranks of the unbeaten (ranked No. 2 in the initial CFP poll) to a team not ranked in the Top 25. A three-game SEC losing streak put the quirky eleventh year head coach on the hot seat, and ultimately atop the shoulders of his players following a job-saving victory over Texas A & M in the home finale, a win that literally gave him a “third quarter” reprieve from the coaches’ unemployed list. Continue reading

LSU Victory Provided More Than Drama And Emotion

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Miles Survives While Richt Is Fired

By John Ventola

In what will go down as the most tumultuous month in LSU athletics history, Tigers football Coach Les Miles was criticized, scrutinized, and given a supposed last game victory ride off the field on the shoulders of his players. The win, and the vocal support of the Tiger Stadium home crowd Saturday, forced a locker room job reprieve from LSU president King Alexander and athletic director Joe Alleva. Continue reading

Time To Take Hard Look At Miles Despite Hefty Buyout

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Sloppy Play And Unimaginative Calls Doom LSU

By John Ventola

LSU lost a third straight game for the first time in sixteen seasons Saturday as Ole Miss easily defeated the Tigers 38-17 in Oxford. While losing three straight is an uncommon occurrence, sloppy and seemingly unmotivated performances by this year’s Les Miles contingent have become weekly lowlights for LSU’s faithful. Continue reading