7/5/15 6:10 am CT
Good morning, Tiger Fans,
First of all, I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day celebration. I enjoyed a restful day after spending the morning checking off items on my vacation-preparation check list (preserve figs: check | blanch and freeze eggplant: check | clean chicken coup: check…), then I enjoyed preparing a meal of barbecued chicken and ribs with Dirty Rice, Corn Maque Choux and homegrown tomatoes. And of course it wouldn’t have been complete without apple pie and home-churned ice cream. Life is good here in the greatest country on Earth, even on a weekend without LSU sports.
As nice as this weekend has been, I’m ready for some LSU football and looking forward to nine weeks from today when we’ll be discussing the outcome of LSU’s season opener against McNeese State. I’m also looking forward to the start of LSU “fall practice” which gets underway exactly one month from today. Between now and then, LSU will hold its final three summer camps of the year and that should provide some excitement to those of us who follow recruiting. Below is a list of Dates of Interest related to LSU football:
Thursday, July 16: LSU Takes Podium at SEC Media Days
Saturday, July 18: 7-on-7 Passing Camp & Lineman Camp
Sunday, July 19: Kicking Camp
Thursday, July 23: High School “Elite” Camp (Session II)
Sunday, August 4: LSU Football Team Reports to Camp
Monday, August 5 - First Day of Preseason Practice
Saturday, September 5 - LSU Season Opener against McNeese State
Speaking of recruiting, linebacker sensation Keyon Joyner (6-3, 200 Havelock, NC) tweeted yesterday that his top-3 schools are LSU Florida State and UNC, in no particular order. Joyner, a native of Abbeville, LA, is widely considered one of the top outside linebackers in the country and I continue to hear great things about LSU’s chances with him. Also, defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson (6-2.5, 285) of Ellenwood, Georgia, named LSU as one of his top-10 schools.
With 62 days remaining until the start of the LSU football season, today’s topic for our countdown is the greatness of beating Tulane 62-0 on three different occasions. The first of those 62-0 victories took place in 1958, the year LSU won its first national championship. Interestingly, the Tigers only led 6-0 at halftime and would score 58 points in the second half to send Tulane home with a disheartening defeat. As fate would have it, Tulane would get to experience that same exact loss two more times within the next decade, in 1961 and 1965. The Tigers currently lead the series against the Green Wave 69-22-7, and for you younger fans out there the Greenies might not seem like a significant Tiger opponent. However, I’m sure that those of you who are my age or older remember well what a big rivalry this used to be. One of my earliest memories of being in Tiger Stadium was in the late 70s or early 80s. I don’t remember exactly when it was, but I remember sitting with my Dad and watching the Tigers add to a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter. That’s when the gentleman sitting in front of us stood up and yelled with all his might, “Go for two!” I didn’t know it then, but that comment stemmed from the aforementioned 1965 win. After adding a touchdown late in that ’65 contest, the Tigers were leading 60-0. Coach Mac held one finger up in the air, signaling for the team to kick the extra point despite the boisterous crowd and pleadings of the team to “go for two.” However, when quarterback Pat Screen and the Tigers broke the huddle, the Tigers weren’t in kicking formation, and the crowd went wild as they watched LSU drive the ball into the end zone for two points, giving the Tigers their third 62-0 win over the Greenies in a span of eight years.
In other news, yesterday it was announced that six former student-athletes and two former athletic trainers will be inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame next Friday. The new inductees are: 14-time All-American gymnast April Burkholder; seven-time All-American hurdler Kim Carson; two-time All-American javelin thrower and five-time Olympic Games competitor Laverne Eve; two-time women’s basketball All-American and two-time Olympic gold medalist Sylvia Fowles; 14-time All-American swimmer Todd Torres; LSU football team captain and NFL All-Pro Ebert Van Buren; athletic trainer Mike Chambers, for whom LSU’s live mascot “Mike” The Tiger is named; and Herman Lang, a member of the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame who worked with three generations of LSU athletes. Chambers and Lang will be inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously. The event will be held at the L’Auberge Baton Rouge Event Center.
As usual, I’ll leave you today with a couple of good reads to go along with your Sunday morning coffee:
• From nola.com: You read it here first, I'm the idiot picking LSU to win the SEC: Ron Higgins
• From the Advocate: A Q&A with LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones: LSU has a Jones to be successful.