| Tiger Rant|| Best LSU football team performances in a loss - lsumatt on 1/12/14 at 2:39 pm|
Obviously there are no moral victories, but there have been games LSU played their heart out and lost a tough game to a better team with some bad luck and/or bad calls. I think LSU was a (big) underdog in almost all of these games. (The focus is on the last 15-20 years, because that is what I saw li...
| More Sports Board|| Potential great football finishes that haven't happened - lsumatt on 12/3/13 at 11:49 am|
After the Auburn game, I was thinking about some of the great finishes in (college) football that were very unique and the game had a lot of meaning:
1. Kick Six. Auburn returns field goal as time expires
2. The Play. Cal returns kinckoff with several pitches and band in the endzone
3. Flutie h...
| Tiger Rant|| Jeff Sagarin Ratings are boderline criminal - lsumatt on 12/1/13 at 12:13 pm|
I have defended computer rankings for 10 years because they are based on logic and objectivity. There is a formula that isn't based on subjectivity. All of the computer polls make sense, and I can even reproduce the Colley Matrix poll to the decimal.
But I quit defending Jeff Sagarin years ago. H...
| Tiger Rant|| Bowl Projections : Looks like LSU vs. Iowa in Outback - lsumatt on 12/1/13 at 9:57 am|
[link=(http://www.usatoday.com/sports/ncaaf/polls/)]Coaches Poll - LSU #14[/link]
[b]BCS Bowl Predictions[/b]
National Title Game: Florida State versus Auburn
Rose: Stanford vs. MSU
Orange: Ohio State vs. Clemson
Sugar: Bama vs. OU
Fiesta: Baylor vs. UCF
[b]LSU Bowl Scenario[/b]
| Tiger Rant|| Script a "well-coached" and "well-played" loss on Saturday - lsumatt on 11/5/13 at 3:06 pm|
Okay, no loss is acceptable and will suck regardless. But I think we can all agree that Alabama is a great team (maybe the best in the country), that has won 2 straight national titles and playing at HOME. Therefore, LSU could come in well coached, well prepared, play hard and well and still lose ri...
| More Sports Board|| AL CY Young and MVP - Can Detroit finish 1/2 in both? - lsumatt on 8/25/13 at 11:50 am|
1. Scherzer (19-1; 2.73 ERA; 196 SO, 0.91 WHIP)
2. Sanchez (11-7; 2.45 ERA; 152; 1.13 WHIP)
1. Cabrera (0.356, 126 RBI, 41 HR; 0.447 OBP)
2. Scherzer (19-1; 2.73 ERA; 196 SO, 0.91 WHIP)
I think Scherzer and Cabrera should be locks for Cy Young and MVP. I don't they get eit...
| More Sports Board|| Max Scherzer - lsumatt on 7/8/13 at 1:44 pm|
Does he go 14-0 today? Is he the favorite for the Cy Young? He actually has the 2nd best ERA (3.09) on the team of starters (and Verlander isn't #1).
Scherzer has always been pretty hit or miss with the tigers. I am curious if he stays string the 2nd half. I expect Verlander to pick of the slack ...
| Movie/TV Board|| Star Trek Movies - where to start - lsumatt on 6/3/13 at 2:12 pm|
I have seen the Star Trek Next Generation series and the corresponding movies but I haven't seen any of the originals with Captain Kirk.
would I be okay watching Star Trek (2009) and then the new one or do I need to go back and watch the original 6 first with kirk?...
| O-T Lounge|| No message - lsumatt on 4/27/13 at 9:19 pm|
| Political Talk|| More dangerous: Puppies or Fracking? - lsumatt on 4/3/13 at 5:26 pm|
Appears to be puppies
[link=(http://info.drillinginfo.com/whats-more-dangerous-puppies-or-fracking/)]More Dangerous: Puppies or Fracking[/link]
I still can't believe we have found a way to produce a fuel that is abundant in the U.S. and twice as clean for the environment as oil (and four times...
| LSU Ticket Exchange|| NCAA tourney tickets? - lsumatt on 3/18/13 at 11:03 am|
What is the easiest/cheapest way to buy a book of tickets to the first round of the NCAA tourney (in Austin). They are expensive, but I fully expect the stands to be pretty empty. Should I bite the bullet and pay full price or would I be able to buy cheap off the street or something?
| Tiger Rant|| NIT or SEC Tourney - easier championship? - lsumatt on 3/8/13 at 10:18 am|
SEC Tourney would involve 4 wins, probably 1 against a poor team that doesn't play postseason, 1-2 NIT teams, and 1-2 NCAA tourney teams (including maybe UF or Missouri who are sweet 16 or better caliber).
NIT would involve 5 wins against above average (NIT obviously) opponents.
I would say SE...
| O-T Lounge|| Different Ways to Catch a Cheater - lsumatt on 1/7/13 at 12:41 am|
As a professor, I am always looking for new ways to catch these scum, give them an F in the class, and report them to the dean so they get kicked out of the university on their second violation. Way too many students busting their arse working hard to not catch and punish cheaters. A few ideas in my...
| More Sports Board|| Army/Navy hypothetical - lsumatt on 12/7/12 at 6:54 pm|
If either would be good enough to compete in a National title (or even BCS game). How would that work logistically since the games were announced last week?
Seems farfetched, but anything is possible. And I think navy has gone 9-3 or 10-2 in the last decade or so....
| Tiger Rant|| LSU has been ranked in the top 5, 10 straight years - lsumatt on 11/28/12 at 6:35 pm|
At least some point in the season, LSU has been ranked in the top 5 every year since 2003. Now, I know that it is final rankings that "matter", but it says a lot about a program to be in the top 5 at some point year-in, year-out. Even in the "bad" years like 2008, LSU earned enough respect to make i...
| Tiger Rant|| Who to Pull for Saturday - lsumatt on 11/23/12 at 5:49 pm|
For details about what we need to happen for an SECCG, BCS Bowl, or even NC see the [link=(http://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/display.aspx?p=37783451)]OFFICIAL BCS THREAD[/link]
There will be 100 threads about this, so lets get it out of the way. Most games are obvious, but maybe not to everyone....
| Tiger Rant|| Official BCS Thread - 11/18 - lsumatt on 11/18/12 at 4:39 pm|
[link=(http://espn.go.com/college-football/bcs)]OFFICIAL BCS STANDINGS[/link]
| Political Talk|| Honest Question about Nate Silver and 538.com - lsumatt on 10/23/12 at 11:13 am|
First off, I like the site and appreciate his mathematical and statistical approach to predictions. I do not believe his model is biased (although he may be personally - the model was presumably created well in advance to not include any personal biases).
But I am bothered by the fact that his "n...
| Political Talk|| Question about D+ or R+ polls - lsumatt on 10/22/12 at 4:36 pm|
How are most of the polls conducted by the agencies (I know they vary). Do they (a) Determine an expected breakdown of D/R/I and then adjust their numbers or (b) Randomly sample 1000 people and then report the D/R/I breakdown.
It seems like (b) is the much more scientific method. Lot of complaini...
| More Sports Board|| Verlander is a terrible postseason pitcher - lsumatt on 10/12/12 at 7:47 pm|
This was a common statement last year, based on an extremely small size )2 playoffs) against obviously good teams. Now that he has given up no runs in 16 straight innings, can that silly statement be put to rest?
In fact, can we put all statements about players being "choke artists" or "clutch" t...
| Tiger Rant|| We really just need 1 of the next 2 games - lsumatt on 10/1/12 at 5:08 pm|
Florida and SC are both going to be tough games but as long as we don't get blown out, it seems all we need to do is win one of them. Texas A&M is no push over but I think we win that one. It still comes down to Bama no matter what and that will be an emotion game in which I expect we play the best ...
| Tiger Rant|| LSU - 10 straight years in top 5 - lsumatt on 7/7/12 at 10:53 am|
LSU has been ranked in the top 5 at some point each of the last 10 years (and all of the miles years) and in the top 10 each of the last 12 - assuming we start 2012 in the top 5. I think Oklahoma is the only other program that can boast those numbers. USC, Texas, Florida, and Ohio state are all clos...
| Tiger Rant|| A reminder of how good LSU's program is.... - lsumatt on 1/16/12 at 11:04 pm|
LSU has been ranked in the top 10 at some point of each season since (and including) 2001. That is 11 straight seasons and 2012 will make 12 straight of being in the top 10. Only one other team has done that to my knowledge (Oklahoma) in that time frame. [b]We have reached the top 5 every year in th...
| Tiger Rant|| I thought JJ played well "most" of the year - lsumatt on 1/15/12 at 10:09 pm|
Well at least for him anyway. It seemed like he worked hard in the off season after a relatively strong finish last year (read Bama, Ole Miss, A&M games). The suspension seemed to make him even better. When he came in relief for Lee up to and through the Bama game, JJ played his role quite well. He ...
| More Sports Board|| 300+ passing yards - lsumatt on 1/8/12 at 7:13 pm|
| Tiger Rant|| The play that changed LSU football - lsumatt on 12/12/11 at 5:30 pm|
Obviously it was more than one play that turned LSU football in the 2000's and maybe LSU would have been great without it...but I will always point to one play that changed LSU from football mediocrity to elite. It was Saban's first season (2000) and LSU just dropped an embarrassing game to UAB at h...
| Tiger Rant|| Interesting note about the Computer Rankings - lsumatt on 12/4/11 at 1:52 pm|
Last year the Colley Matrix had a MAJOR error that put LSU at #9 above Boise. Not only did the error change that poll but the BCS in general. Fortunately Dr. Colley publishes his algorithm, so a few people caught the error and the BCS was corrected.
However, there is no way to know if Sagarin, Wo...
| Tiger Rant|| Need some help from the Rant; Wolfe Rankings - lsumatt on 12/4/11 at 9:45 am|
If the tweet from Andy Staples is right that Bama is #2 in Wolfe, it is very good for bama and that may do in Ok State.
What I need is to look at the complete ratings from two weeks ago (before the Arky/LSU game). I don't mean the order of the rankings - I know that - I mean the ratings with deci...
| SEC Rant|| Important Notes about the BCS standings` - lsumatt on 12/4/11 at 1:09 am|
1. I am not 100% sure, but think those "new" sagarin ratings have updated records but old elochess/bcs ratings. They look identical to last week for Ok State from what i recall. Even so, one poll would get dropped
2. The BCS Guru is just guessing. If he is right he gains legitimacy over Jerry pal...
| Tiger Rant|| Where Exactly is Brad Edwards? - lsumatt on 12/4/11 at 12:18 am|
He has one job to do (and has been doing it poorly) and I haven't seen him once on the only day his job is relevant.
I just want to hear him and Jerry Palm backtrack from their "Bama is a lock" comments...