| Tiger Rant|| Sam Box, 93, brother of Alex Box, passes away - Carl Dubois on 1/27/11 at 1:10 pm|
Thought LSU fans would want to know.
| Tiger Rant|| It seems like we just said hello (again), but ... - Carl Dubois on 10/30/09 at 10:31 am|
Yesterday I accepted the job of associate editor of Tiger Rag. I start Monday.
It's been only a few months since I started here with a "Hello (again)" post and a series of pieces on what proved to be a national championship baseball team. It's been a blast. Chicken has been great to me in a time ...
| Tiger Rant|| Tulane vs. LSU: First ... and last? - Carl Dubois on 10/30/09 at 12:08 am|
[i]LSU and Tulane will play football against each other for the 98th time Saturday. LSU's game notes say the Tigers lead the series 68-22-7. Tulane's game notes say it's 66-24-7.
At least they agree about who won 88 of the 90 games that had a winner.
The first game between the schools was the ...
| Tiger Rant|| The Miles way: Secure victory, then sub - Carl Dubois on 10/29/09 at 5:45 am|
There's little to suggest Les Miles sees LSU's game Saturday against Tulane the way many do, as a glorified practice or scrimmage. That's not a term many coaches want associated with them, especially in the world of the virtual bulletin board.
Two years ago -- before LSU played Louisiana Tech, if...
| Tiger Rant|| LSU-Alabama is a 2:30 p.m. (Central) start on CBS - Carl Dubois on 10/26/09 at 10:42 am|
Just got the word from my contact at CBS....
| Tiger Rant|| LSU executes Auburn, 31-10 - Carl Dubois on 10/25/09 at 8:18 am|
Arguments about statistics and other details typically become secondary and academic at best upon the introduction of a certain word into the conversation.
In Tiger Stadium it showed [link=(http://www.lsusports.net/downloads1/358625.HTM?ATCLID=204820608&SPSID=27815&SPID=2164...
| Tiger Rant|| Auburn-LSU: Miles wants better execution - Carl Dubois on 10/23/09 at 6:31 am|
There is a reason it's called "Check with me" and not "Check with everybody." A quarterback and his offensive teammates go to the line of scrimmage and look to the sideline for signals, real ones and decoys, for an updated play call based on the defense's alignment.
They are checking with a repre...
| Tiger Rant|| Column: Three-step drop or three steps back? - Carl Dubois on 10/22/09 at 6:35 am|
It took a change of pace and a long head-clearing walk during our sweet string of consecutive Chamber of Commerce days in Baton Rouge, but I think I figured out a tiny part of this craziness that brings you and I together here a few times a week.
When we get a taste of something, we want more. I ...
| Tiger Rant|| Column: The case for Jarrett Lee - Carl Dubois on 10/18/09 at 1:51 am|
The backup quarterback is often the most popular guy on campus. In major college football, there may be no greater challenge to that notion than LSU's Jarrett Lee.
I don't have to tell you how quickly, even in a depressed economy, LSU fans could have collected enough money last season to set up L...
| Tiger Rant|| Fall baseball: LSU looks for 3B, second starter - Carl Dubois on 10/16/09 at 12:18 pm|
Rain kept LSU from scrimmaging Wednesday at Alex Box Stadium, so after five innings of coach-pitch baseball Thursday afternoon, the Tigers played four innings of Purple vs. Gold before calling it a day.
Pitchers, including walk-ons, took the mound for the first time since fall practice began Tues...
| Tiger Rant|| Column: Preseason quotes, midseason perspective - Carl Dubois on 10/15/09 at 3:44 pm|
We rip coaches when they say something controversial. We criticize them when they don't, because we wish they'd be more interesting. It's no wonder they prefer coaching to talking.
We don't forget their promises and bold statements -- when we get them right, that is -- and we hold coaches to them...
| Tiger Rant|| Column: A time of crisis is a time of opportunity - Carl Dubois on 10/14/09 at 9:42 am|
Brian Wilson stood in foul territory on a pregame Sunday morning in early March 2003 and contemplated the LSU Tigers. They were 6-6 after losing the first two games that weekend. They struck out 21 times in those two games.
"There has to be some drama," Wilson said, convinced a team doesn't find ...
| Tiger Rant|| Offensive jugger ... not; LSU loses 13-3 - Carl Dubois on 10/11/09 at 1:29 am|
Florida's linemen were superior to LSU's. Urban Meyer and his staff were better than Les Miles and his staff. Tim Tebow, at less than Superman strength, was far better than Jordan Jefferson.
Florida is better than LSU.
Gators 13, Tigers 3.
Miles wants you to believe that statistics, such as...
| Tiger Rant|| Column: Florida-LSU ... are we there yet? - Carl Dubois on 10/9/09 at 1:25 am|
I usually try not to repeat myself, but there are times when it's just too tempting. This is one of those times.
Before LSU began August camp in 2002, the preseason after its first SEC championship in 13 years, I wrote a Sunday piece with the intention of setting the scene for the start of practi...
| Tiger Rant|| Column: LSU & Florida in the new 'Trading Places' - Carl Dubois on 10/8/09 at 10:14 am|
Things aren't always what they seem to be at first glance. The Perkins Road business called Overpass Cleaners does not, research reveals, clean the adjacent overpass.
LSU fans in New Orleans -- and anywhere they could hear radio station WWL -- could listen one recent weekend to something called "...
| Tiger Rant|| SEC teleconference: Q&A with Les Miles - Carl Dubois on 10/7/09 at 1:59 pm|
Here are comments from LSU football coach Les Miles from this morning's SEC teleconference with reporters ([link=(http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/?ShowId=171337)]audio link here[/link]):
[b]Miles:[/b] "I like the position my football team's in. They're working hard. They realize that they have t...
| Tiger Rant|| SEC teleconference: Q&A with Urban Meyer - Carl Dubois on 10/7/09 at 12:12 pm|
Here are comments from Florida football coach Urban Meyer from this morning's SEC teleconference with reporters ([link=(http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/?ShowId=171337)]audio link here[/link]):
[b]Meyer:[/b] "We're looking forward to our annual battle with one of the most talented teams in the co...
| Tiger Rant|| Column: LSU can win, and here's how - Carl Dubois on 10/5/09 at 1:54 pm|
The LSU Tigers can beat the Florida Gators.
How? I'm glad you asked.
[b]Simplify the playbook[/b]
LSU's offense suffers from information overload and an embarrassment of riches. Just because someone can design 100 really cool plays, it doesn't mean you have to learn and practice them all.
| Tiger Rant|| Haters and Hatters unite: LSU wins, again - Carl Dubois on 10/3/09 at 9:59 pm|
Don't celebrate the victory. Don't. An official might see you and throw a flag, and your LSU Tigers will have to begin the Florida game next weekend in a 15-yard deficit at the opening kickoff.
Leave it to officials in the SEC -- a conference we're told is the closest thing to the NFL in scholars...
| Tiger Rant|| High rankings and high-def: LSU at Georgia - Carl Dubois on 10/2/09 at 8:27 am|
You and I aren't the only ones looking forward to watching LSU (4-0, 2-0) play Saturday at Georgia (3-1, 2-0). Gary Danielson, lead college football analyst for CBS Sports, put this game on his radar months ago.
It's a high-definition CBS afternoon matchup, and Danielson considers it one of the d...
| Tiger Rant|| Polls say Tigers are better, but are they? - Carl Dubois on 10/1/09 at 6:50 am|
If I were in charge, you'd have two main reasons to look forward to this weekend. The first, the LSU football game Saturday at Georgia, is already atop your list, so my work there would be done.
Second? The next day, we'd finally get a look at the first college football polls of the season.
| Tiger Rant|| LSU: 4-0, highly ranked and about to be put to the test - Carl Dubois on 9/27/09 at 1:51 am|
During a long Saturday of college football, I saw LSU's past, present, future and the near future it should have instead of the one I think it will have.
On my way to Thibodaux to cover Ryan Perrilloux's return to Louisiana, I listened to Jim Hawthorne and Doug Moreau call the first half of LSU's...
| Tiger Rant|| The Blind Side: Evolution of a love affair - Carl Dubois on 9/25/09 at 1:31 am|
It's not a perfect analogy (and, really, is there such a thing?), but lately I've been thinking LSU Fan is George Costanza.
When we worked together on the LSU beat, I often told Scott Rabalais there isn't a life situation an episode of "Seinfeld" can't address. Give me a situation, I'd say, and I...
| Tiger Rant|| Column: How much offense is enough? - Carl Dubois on 9/24/09 at 9:42 am|
Les Miles is holding back the best parts of the LSU offense. He's hiding something.
That's why Miles won't let LSU have as big a video screen in Tiger Stadium as you'll find at Mississippi State and Ole Miss. That's why there is an ad on the video screen covering up part of the play.
| Tiger Rant|| Tigers win 31-3, but did we learn anything? - Carl Dubois on 9/19/09 at 10:05 pm|
A few minutes before kickoff of the latest game between UL-Lafayette and LSU, the air suddenly seemed a lot more purple, didn't it? Washington, the team LSU "struggled" to defeat in the season opener, defeated USC.
That left me wondering: Who do we reevaluate more, Washington, USC or LSU?
| Tiger Rant|| Where no Cajun has gone before - Carl Dubois on 9/18/09 at 6:55 am|
Remember in "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" when James T. Kirk acknowledged beating the no-win scenario by reprogramming the computer to allow him to prevail in the test known as the Kobayashi Maru? I knew you would.
Younger readers might more readily recall the same plot line from the 2009 reboot...
| Tiger Rant|| Column: Les, say les bons temps rouler - Carl Dubois on 9/17/09 at 12:11 am|
[i]An open letter to LSU football coach Les Miles:[/i]
Hey, Les, you don't want to be the one to let it happen. You don't.
I'm here to tell you some of what to expect if you do.
Someone would repurpose "Help Mac Pack" bumper stickers and superimpose your first name in the meat position of t...
| Tiger Rant|| LSU, McNeese sign deal for 2010 football game - Carl Dubois on 9/16/09 at 2:27 pm|
Confirmed by Louis Bonnette of McNeese. The game will be Oct. 16, 2010. Expect a news release soon from LSU. I'm on my phone and will post the McNeese release when I can. Chicken, I sent you a copy....
| Tiger Rant|| Column: Rain bad, 2-0 good, but still lots to learn - Carl Dubois on 9/13/09 at 4:37 am|
I suspect many want to read a long list of areas of concern for this LSU football team. Others probably see the world around them -- a hurting economy, shouting matches that are supposed to pass for democracy (and for news), another troubling start for the Big Ten -- and will take a 2-0 record.
| Tiger Rant|| Vandy comes to town; Fulmer talks about Chavis - Carl Dubois on 9/11/09 at 7:40 am|
So much in college football is about defending, and it has a language all its own. Five years ago, after LSU won the 2003 BCS national championship, Nick Saban made it a point of emphasis to say the 2004 Tigers weren't defending anything, that the crystal ball was safely on campus, and that you don'...