Tag Archives: Ole Miss

Season Only Halfway But Auburn Will Determine Course

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Tigers Have To Overcome Youth and Lack of Depth on Offensive Line

By John Ventola

To say the 2017 LSU football season has been unusual thus far would be an understatement. Even more unusual is the fact this proud LSU alumnus, and 64-year season ticket holder, has been to only one home game this season. 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

LSU Hopes To Continue Winning Trend At Alex Box

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Crucial Weekend Set With Top Ranked Florida

By John Ventola

For those LSU baseball fans who cancelled their June room reservations in Omaha two weeks ago, this weekend’s three game series with No. 1 Florida may have them scrambling to reconnect with Nebraska-Iowa contacts. 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

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