Tag Archives: Mark Ingram

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

Restricting Heisman Ceremony Candidates Not Fair To Some

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Fournette Snub Shows Process Is Flawed

By John Ventola

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

Supercharged New Orleans Knocks Atlanta From Unbeaten Ranks

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Saints Accomplish Amazing Turnaround In 100 Hours

By John Ventola

What a difference a day makes! Quadruple that, and national football fans were able to see the fate of a professional franchise change before their very eyes. The New Orleans Saints recovered from an uninspired, inept performance on Sunday in losing to Philadelphia to defeat arch-rival Atlanta 31-21 in a raucous Superdome Thursday night. Continue reading

Brees’ 400th Touchdown Pass Gives Saints Overtime Victory

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Saints Give Fans Reasons To Look Ahead

By John Ventola

Folks in south Louisiana are walking more briskly and smiling more freely today. Last night’s overtime victory by the New Orleans Saints over Dallas has given them hope that their team can use the win to propel them to a much needed winning streak. With Carolina and Atlanta both off to 4-0 starts, the victory was needed to keep the National Conference’s South Division from becoming a runaway two-team  race. Continue reading

Fournette Needs To Focus And Ignore National Talking Heads

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Knee Injury Can Possibly End Career

By John Ventola

Only three games into his sophomore year, LSU running back Leonard Fournette finds himself hemmed in more by questions about his collegiate future than any defense he has faced this season. Continue reading

Play Calling And Lack Of Defensive Push Costs Saints Opener

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Palmer Leads Cards Over Saints In Season Opener

By John Ventola

Veteran Carson Palmer, returning after a knee injury ended his season last year, passed for three touchdowns Sunday to lead the home standing Arizona Cardinals over the New Orleans Saints 31-19 in an NFL season opener.   Continue reading

Saints Transactions Necessary To Improve Below Average Team

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Record Plus Future Outlook Leads To Saints Dismantling

By John Ventola

When a Super Bowl champion drops below a break-even record just five years after capturing the title, roster changes are inevitably necessary to restore the team to a winning mindset. Aging, injury, dropoff in talent, or poor team chemistry, can all play a major part when a team’s effectiveness and productivity worsens. The New Orleans Saints, 2009 NFL Champions, saw a gradual deterioration of its record during the past few years, showing a marked decrease in overall offensive efficiency, and a porous defense that had to strain to stop any opponent. After last season’s 7-9 record, the team’s front office and coaching staff apparently came to the conclusion that, in fact, all four reasons contributed to the Saints fall from grace. Continue reading

Walks Like A Duck, Runs Like A Duck, Color Ducks Champions

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Talking Heads Lack Objectivity In Predictions

By John Ventola

Jerry’s World will be hosting the first College Football Playoff championship game tonight and professional results from yesterday point to the owner not being in a festive, entertaining mood. Continue reading

NFL Could Have Major Fallout Over NFC South Playoff Team

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South Division Could Prove Very Divisive For NFC

By John Ventola

National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell has experienced a bumpy 2014 season while the league’s reputation has been tarnished due to current and former players being charged in well-publicized rape, domestic and child abuse cases. Those troubling off-the-field incidents forced Goodell to submit and get NFL owners approval on a new personal conduct policy. As serious as those cases were because of the human element involved and their severity, the league is only weeks away from a major on-field public relations nightmare. A current playoff rule will come under scrutiny and be discussed ad nauseam at the end of the regular season and, no doubt, be changed by league officials before next year. Continue reading

Saints And LSU In Need Of Immediate Improvement

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Louisiana Realizing This Could Be Long Football Season

By John Ventola

There is no amount of gumbo that can erase the bad taste from the mouths of south Louisiana football fans as they have agonizingly watched the New Orleans Saints put on four sub-par performances to open the season, and LSU fail miserably in its second real challenge of the year. It has been a tough September in the Bayou State, and the outlook for improvement of the two teams is hazy at best. Continue reading