Tag Archives: Jamarcus Russell

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

Bizarre First Day Highlights 2016 NFL Draft

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Education of Some College Athletes Seems Deficient

By John Ventola

The three-day 2016 NFL Draft is in the books. Once again sports fans of the 32 league teams will have to wait and see if the selections of their favored franchises pan out over the next few years. Will a top pick turn into a bust (JaMarcus Russell, No. 1 overall, 2007 Draft, Oakland), or will a late-rounder become one of the best ever to play his position (Richard Sherman, fifth round, 2011 Draft, Seattle)? Always interesting to see how a NFL player’s productivity measures up against his potential. 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

Time For LSU-Alabama To Settle Things On Football Field

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Tiger Tide Rivalry More Than Football

By John Ventola

LSU will face Alabama tonight in a critical Southeastern Conference (SEC) game that will not only play a key role in deciding this season’s eventual league winner, but go a long way in determining the 2015 College Football Playoff (CFP) champion. Continue reading

Draft Focus On Passing Game, Athletes To Make It Stop And Go

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Time To Address Team Needs With Player Rankings

By John Ventola

Tomorrow’s professional football draft choices had three or four years to showcase their skills in collegiate competition. While that was important, and a successful body of work during their careers opened them up to further evaluation, the past three months of individual workouts and school pro days for coaches and scouts has given them the opportunity to overcome both skill and character flaws. Up close and personal. Continue reading

LSU Should Revisit Prep Quarterback Evaluation Process

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Tigers Need To Get Capable Quarterback On Board

By John Ventola

After taking a couple of days to digest Ohio State’s demolition of Oregon’s Sitting Ducks in the College Football Playoff (CFP) title game, local attention should refocus on how LSU coach Les Miles addresses his squad’s lack of a top rated quarterback. Continue reading

LSU And Notre Dame Will Attempt To Play Good Music

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Bowl Mania Starts Three Week Run

Bowl-mania started in earnest yesterday and since it will be three weeks before the College Football Playoff national champion is crowned, football fans across the country should resign themselves to the fact that they will be spending two weeks of that time period visiting their friendly neighborhood sports bar or home recliner to watch inconsequential games played in less than exotic locations. Continue reading

CFP Final Four Announcement Coming After Final Week

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Rivalry Week Not Kind To SEC

By John Ventola

Alabama managed to hang on to its No. 1 ranking by scoring touchdowns on its last five possessions in an exciting comeback against archrival Auburn, but the Southeastern Conference (SEC) took a big hit to its reputation during rivalry week games. With the victory, the Crimson Tide claimed the Western Division title and earned the right to play Eastern champion Missouri for the SEC championship Saturday in Atlanta, while Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina each lost to an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foe. For a league that has enjoyed having four or five teams ranked in the nation’s Top Ten most of the year, the conference could have only Alabama in the elite bunch if Mississippi State drops more than six spots after being defeated by nineteenth ranked Ole Miss. Continue reading