Monday, October 25, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
When I was younger I use to be afraid of what sports would be like in the future. I use to think football would not be played, but instead men in business suits would walk to the center of the field with briefcases. They would sit down and negotiate and eventually come to a resolution. The parties would separate and the game would be over.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
A show I enjoy watching is Seinfeld. One scene in Seinfeld best sums up how I felt as a fan after LSU's 32-10 lackluster win against McNeese State on Saturday.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
In regards to the extremely explicit language please do not tell my mother. If she finds out I am almost certain that I will not be getting any Christmas presents this year.
Someone give me an answer. Someone tell me what is going on in New Orleans. Right now through five weeks the Saints are a modest 3-2. After an embarrassing performance in a 30-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, I am officially in panic mode. I am officially sounding the alarms, ordering a Code Red and officially starting to question whether this team can even make the playoffs.
In Week 1 the Saints beat the Vikings in a defensive struggle 14-9. We, the fans, were satisfied because the Sean Payton Saints rarely win dragged out defensive games. In Week 2 the Saints managed to pull out a last second victory, 25-22, against an amped up 49ers team. Again, we were happy because despite playing lousy the Saints managed to pull off a victory against what we considered another NFC playoff team. Then in Week 3 the Saints lousy play caught up to them. Despite chances to win in the end, New Orleans lost 27-24 in overtime. The following week the Saints were to play the lowly Panthers. This was the game the Saints would finally wake up in 2010 and quick screwing around on offense. As it has been so characteristic in 2010 the Saints defense played well, but the offense was inept. Saints survived 16-14. And finally in Week 5 the Saints went against the struggling Cardinals who were starting for the first time at quarterback an undrafted rookie. New Orleans lost 30-20.
I know not having Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush on offense hurts and I realize how much more difficult winning is after winning the Super Bowl, but what the Saints are putting out on the field on Sunday is not average, sub par or mediocre. No, it stinks. There is no excuse for the type of football the Saints are currently playing.
Thomas and Bush’s absences are a big hit for New Orleans, but in no way should that be detrimental to the offense breaking, say, 25 points in a game. The defense has not been as turnover-savvy as last year, but still the unit has been effective. The problem lies with the offense and more importantly red zone efficiency. I would love to look up the stats, but I honestly am too lazy to go to NFL.com and search around (pathetic, I know). How many times this year have the Saints been in the opponent’s territory and a) turned it over, b) shanked a field goal or c) kicked a field goal when all the team had to do was convert a 3rd and short? These mishaps are hindering the offense tremendously.
One of my friends kept joking with me about the Madden Curse. I am honestly starting to believe him. Drew Brees numbers are not bad; it’s just more so than in the past he seems to be making foolish mistakes in crucial moments of the game.
As a complete unit, the offense really just looks bad. Here are some examples of things I am continuously seeing each Sunday.
-A Saints receiver drops the type of throw he rarely misses.
-When the team needs seven points and not three, on third down all too often the team fails to convert the first down. (This was seen in the Cardinals game when it was 13-13 and the Saints had to resort to kicking a field…one in which John Carney so eloquently shanked.)
-On the occasional big throw Drew Brees has been a little off. Most quarterbacks would have made that same throw, but Drew Brees normally makes that difficult throw. All too often this year Brees seems to be somewhat off on the occasional big throw.
The list goes on as there have been far too many foolish penalties and turnovers to name a few.
Nothing can ever tarnish the magic of the 2009 Super Bowl season. Still I, along with other fans, want to see the Saints SUSTAIN EXCELLENCE. Build off of last year. Grow. Develop.
Right now Sean Payton’s team is in real gut-check because with five games down the unit is only a modest 3-2, but with all things considered 3-2 could be much worse. There is no Super Bowl aura around this team; the nation has seen how the Saints are vulnerable. It’s up to them to respond, to get back up and go to work.
I am a Saints fan. I am hopeful things can turn around. Who Dat!
Monday, October 04, 2010
Have you ever seen the movie the Dark Knight? Batman is terrorized by the character known as the Joker. In short, all the Joker wants to do is cause chaos. He desires no money, fame or whatever. All he wants is to cause chaos. Despite some obvious differences in appearance among other things I believe Les Miles is an agent of chaos.
He wants the team to win, but how he goes about doing that makes me believe Les Miles wants chaos. I use to think time management was something Miles did not understand. Nope. I just think he does not care. In his mind Miles thinks the clock is just a number. Why should that stop him and his play calling?
Here's the thing we need to start evaluating - is Les Miles smarter than the rest of us, kind of like the Joker was in the Dark Knight? I know this is crazy, but LSU's coach is crazy so I am trying to find an answer to the craziness I constantly see.
Maybe in some messed up way Les Miles's plan for the Tennessee game was to win on an untimed down. Maybe it was on his bucket list. I do not know, but there has to be some explanation for a team being in disarray in the final moments of a game, there has to be some reason a massive substitute was made in the game's final seconds.
To the public this is another one of Les Miles head-scratching games, but I think there is more to the madness.
Albert Einstein once said insanity is doing something over and over and over. Well, against Auburn in 2007 Miles mismanaged the clock. Tigers still won. Against Ole Miss in 2009 he mismanaged the clock again. Tigers lost. Against Tennessee on Saturday he mismanaged the clock yet again. This time Tigers won. So as far as times where Miles has mismanaged the clock LSU has won two of three games. Not bad.
Now comes the hard part - what is Miles next move? Nobody has any idea. Only in the depth's of Les Miles's brain does the answer lie. For the past 24 hours I have been trying to think of what it could be.
Here is my list so far...
On First and Goal at the opponent 3 Les Miles sends out the field goal unit, except the kicker is none other than All-American Patrick Peterson.
On Third and 2 on the opponent's 17 yard line Miles will elect to do a flea flicker...to an offensive line man.
On 3rd and 15 after one of the quarterbacks have driven the team down the field, Miles elects to put the other quarterback in and run a quarterback sneak.
With less than 30 seconds left and LSU having just run a quarterback sneak to the right side of the field and the clock ticking, Miles will elect to make a massive substitute to waste more time. Wait. This one already happened. My bad.
"Some men aren't looking for anything logical. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."
-Alfred's quote from the Dark Knight describing the Joker (reminds me of Les Miles)
We can speculate later. We can scrutinize the Tigers 16-14 win over the Tennessee Volunteers later in the week. We can rip apart Les Miles time management issues later in the week. We can discuss the mistake-prone offense LSU runs later. That will be addressed, but for now let's bask in the fact LSU won yet another game.
And what an ending.
Having recently graduated LSU I knew getting tickets to LSU home games would be that much more challenging, and the price would be even more steep. My motivation for getting tickets to LSU games was being in the stadium and experiencing those wins when all odds pointed to an LSU loss.
Even if the clock showed zero.
There is something magical about being in a stadium when your team finds a way to win at the very last moment. That moment, that instance when your team pulls out a victory everyone is just happy. There are no mixed emotions. There is no breaking down of the game, highlighting who and what looked good. Nobody downgrades the victory. No, for a short while after your team finds a win there is just a feeling by all of your teams fans of joy. Joy because after the odds were stacked against your team and defeat seemed imminent, they somehow won. How they looked doing it is irrelevant at that moment you are going crazy with 92,000+ of your closest friends. I will go a step farther and see it's even more enjoyable when you are in the student section. You spend four quarters screaming your lungs out for your team hoping that somehow they just find a way to win. At the end of the day a victory is the most essential part of your day of tailgating and rooting for your team. If a loss results, all the trouble you went through was not worth it in the end.
After back up quarterback Jarrett Lee completed a 4th and 14 I thought LSU would score with a little less than a minute remaining. I figured Les Miles and his staff would finish the drive, more importantly prevent any chaos from ensuing. But moments later I saw myself watching LSU pull the same time management garbage they pulled against Ole Miss last year. With 32 seconds left the Tigers ran a short run to the right side with Jordan Jefferson.
The clock ticked. LSU decided it needed to substitute different players into the game. The clock continued to tick. Certain players where confused on what was going on. The clock continued to tick. And then with only a mere two seconds remaining the ball was snapped. Jefferson, unaware of the snap, had to chase down the ball and jump on it. The game was over. The 5:41 drive was for nothing, the tailgating was for nothing. Les Miles, in the most critical moments of the game, managed to gag once again.
Or did he.
As it has been so characteristic during his tenure at LSU, Miles pulled a trick out of his hat. During the substitution chaos Tennessee had too many players run on the field. After the Tennessee team celebrated and Coach Derek Dooley and his players screamed in celebration and Tiger Nation cursed, a flag was seen on the field.
LSU would be granted one more play after the Tennessee penalty. Only moments earlier Tiger Stadium let off a noise we can only hope will never be heard again. Les Miles, LSU's chaotic coach, mismanaged the clock and yet again embarrassed the team and university...or so we thought.
On the untimed last play of the game the stadium lay in dead silence as we all hoped to witness the impossible - watch LSU win a game with no time left. Stevan Ridley was given a toss to the left of the offensive line. He side stepped one defender and met the last one on the goal line. In one last burst of energy Ridley passed the goal line and Tiger Stadium let off a euphoric cry of happiness. Les Miles, the Mad Hatter, had somehow, someway managed to pull a victory out of his hat in one of the most unlikely ways.
When the chips where down and the clock struck zero, Les Miles and his insanity managed to get LSU a victory.
They say cats have nine lives. In that case how many lives does Les Miles have?