Tag Archives: Tiger Stadium

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

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

LSU Needs To Go Back To The Drawing Board

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Time To Realize That Tigers Not Very Good

By John Ventola

Surprisingly, Ronda Rousey took a brutal kick to the face Saturday night. In what is turning into not that big of a surprise, LSU’s footballers got their stripped backsides kicked for the second consecutive week by an SEC opponent, losing meekly to four-loss Arkansas, 31-14. The “in your face” Razorbacks beat down was slower, although just as lethal. A first half knockdown was followed by late game domination to overcome a brief Tigers comeback. 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

LSU And Bama To Use Bye Week To Heal And Prepare

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Secondary Adjustments Need To Be Made

By John Ventola

For the second straight week, LSU and the New Orleans Saints both won their games despite sloppy secondary performances. Whereas Tiger defensive backs were exploited this week because of coverage confusion and “let downs”, New Orleans gave up two touchdowns by way of “fall downs”, and one by letting a receiver loose for an uncovered stroll into the end zone. Continue reading

LSU And Notre Dame Capture Impressive Victories

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Great Football Weekend For This Blogger

By John Ventola

The third weekend of the 2015 collegiate football season is in the books and already top teams are vying for the four College Football Playoff spots, and players are pushing for individual performance recognition such as the Heisman Trophy. Continue reading

Notre Dame Experience Can Be Habit Forming For Some

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South Bend Becomes Annual Bucket List Checkoff

By John Ventola

Eighteen years ago I satisfied a long-time sports bucket list item when I attended a Notre Dame football game in South Bend. Two weeks from today, I will enter Notre Dame Stadium for my fourteenth Irish home game. Except for a five-year absence following the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe in my Louisiana hometown, an annual flight northward has been a highlight of my fall schedule. Continue reading

Stadium Music An Assault On Hearing And Occasionally Decency

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Sports Venues Musical Selections Questionable At Times

By John Ventola

Not long ago sports fans could go to a basketball game and hear the sound of the basketball as it hit the court, the squeak of sneakers as players cut and moved through the lane, and the actual swish of the basketball as it fell through the net. They also could go to a football contest and hear the home team’s band playing popular school songs, cheerleaders helping with popular chants, and the sounds of the game itself, the thud sound when a punter’s foot starts a 45-yard booming spiral, the grunts and groans in the line skirmishes. During baseball season, a fan could actually hear the pop of the mitt, the crack of the bat (and the ping of the aluminum), a player actually calling off another before settling under a pop fly. Sports provided the sounds, the rhythm may have differed according to sport, but the games gave the sights and sounds. Now, all three of the major sports, at both the professional and college levels, are inundating sports fans with loud, pounding, rhythmic music that is basically an assault on our sense of hearing. Continue reading

Alabama Versus LSU Game Annually Showcases Quality Talent

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Annual Matchup Usually Plays Major Role In Deciding SEC

By John Ventola

The annual football game between LSU and Alabama has risen to become one of college football’s most anticipated rivalry games over the past six decades. Ever since Paul “Bear” Bryant opened his first season as coach of the Crimson Tide by hosting Paul Dietzel’s Tigers in Mobile in 1958, the annual matchups have played significant roles in deciding SEC championships, and frequently, national championships. 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