Hi, my name is John Ventola and thanks for visiting my new JV Sport Shots Blog Website. While majoring in journalism in college (LSU), I covered high school sports and college basketball and baseball as a correspondent for The Morning Advocate. A native of south Louisiana, famous athletes like Bob Pettit, Jimmy Taylor, Billy Cannon, Pete Maravich, Ben McDonald and many others left their marks forever in my sports memory bank and changed the Louisiana Sportscape.Although my professional life took a different route and my intended career as a sportswriter never materialized, my true love of sports never wavered. I learned to look at and see more than what was on the surface of an athletic event. Strategy, injury, “team chemistry”, coaching, bad fortune, good bounces, and a myriad of other factors can all play a part in a game. In JV Sport Shots I intend to point out and talk about those factors, the “little things” that makes sports watching a national pastime.Today’s athletes, either professional or amateur (college and high school), are so well trained and coached that there is a slim margin of error between winning and losing. That fact alone keeps everyone attending games, keeps everyone with the “this could be our game/season” attitude. Sure makes the week or following day more tolerable when the game goes in the W column for one’s team.As my dad jokingly ingrained in me: “When you win, everyone loves you. When you lose, only your mother loves you”.
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Jimi Hendrix died over 46 years ago, but the title of one of his hit songs has resonated with the LSU fan base over the past fifteen months. “Hey Joe” has been spoken many times, most often in frustrated tones, as Tiger fans clamored for university athletic director Joe Alleva to change leadership of their football and basketball teams.Continue reading →
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 →
Years ago those that made an early-aged appearance in the major leagues were essentially those who would go on to become long-time stars. Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, Ken Griffey, Jr. each represented teenage signees that went on to big league superstardom with little or no minor league seasoning. (Koufax did little in the late ‘50s while on the Brooklyn roster before harnessing everything later in Los Angeles).Continue reading →
Hey Joe Alleva, even though it may be tempting to send Johnny Jones packing after LSU’s recent three-game conference swoon, just go ahead and give the former Bengal basketballer the rest of the season. As painful as it is to watch Jones send out the nation’s top recruit and some other talented cagers with no direction game after game, why not give the Dale Brown protégé a few more games to firmly establish Jones’ legacy as possibly the worst coach to ever lead the Tigers.Continue reading →
LSU went down to the wire before losing to No. 1 Oklahoma Saturday at the PMAC. It was the Tigers’ eighth defeat of the season as the team continues to befuddle basketball experts with losing efforts. While a victory over the talented Sooners was not expected, the loss continued a pattern of second half collapses by the team, which features the top recruit in the nation, Ben Simmons.Continue reading →
The Heisman Trophy finds itself losing some of its luster as the selection process criteria of the most prestigious award in collegiate athletics now seems to rely strictly on statistics, and whether the recipient is on a high ranked team.Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →