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Hunt the Fan
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my reaction to the season
BBI asks me to write previews and reactions to the games. Everything has already been said about the game, so I threw out my thoughts on the season. I figured I'd post them here, too. I check this board daily and enjoy the discussion, good and bad. But I think we can all agree this was a special run. Here's what I had to say...


On Saturday afternoon I sunk into a metal chair just outside Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop on the end of Bourbon St and took a swig from my Bud Light. An orange clad visitor fresh off a plane from Boston ambled over and engaged me in conversation. He'd followed his alma mater to Glendale, Tampa and San Francisco for national title games. His first stop at title game #4 was, predictably, Bourbon St.

I was wearing my LSU Sports Radio Network shirt, and he asked me if I did radio for LSU. I confirmed. So he started breaking down the game.

"I think the offenses are about even," he started.

I nodded.

"Now, I'd much rather have our defense," he said emphatically.

I shook my head, "Nope."

He looked at me, tilting his head and said, "oh yeah?".

Then I said something that made him question my sanity, but I said it with unwavering confidence.

"We're going to score 40, and there's nothing y'all can do about it."

He scoffed and said that 27 was about the max LSU could score.

Now look, I realize Joe Clemson Alum is not exactly an expert on all things college football, but that conversation put into perspective for me something we watched all year that the college football world didn't know until the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

LSU's offense was truly unstoppable, the best in college football history. And LSU's defense was damn good, and by the end of the year may have been as good a defense as there was in college football.

You already knew the first part, but look at the second.

After Ole Miss embarrassed the LSU defense in the second half, the Tigers put the clamps on everyone.

Arkansas is awful, but still, LSU held them to 6 point through 3 quarters. Texas A&M scored 7 points. Georgia scored 10. The Beletnikoff runner up and a Heisman finalist had 14 points at halftime of the semifinal. After that the game was decided. And then Clemson, featuring two elite WRs, the ACCs all-time touchdown king and a QB that an analyst said might be the best all time when his career was complete, scored 8 points in the second half. Lawrence was under 50% completions, and Etienne rushed for 78 yards.

LSU dusted Clemson thoroughly to finish off the greatest season in the history of college football. I don't need NFL draft stats. I don't need scoring differentials from the 90s. I don't need anything. I watched it with my own eyes. This is the best ever.

And that's what I want to close with. When the clock hit zeros on Monday night, I threw my arms around two of my closest friends. I doled out a dozen high fives on the concourse level headed to the press box. I watched the confetti fall and Coach O raise the last remaining trophy the NCAA had left to give to LSU. The entire state was represented on one half of the Dome, and not a soul had left before that presentation. I soaked it all in. And when the postgame show was over I got a ride to the team hotel and embraced my mom and dad, all smiles. But I realized in the middle of all of that jubilation that the real joy comes in the ride.

It comes in watching the faxes come in on signing day. It comes in watching the band take its first steps before the Georgia Southern game. It comes in watching 3rd and 17. It comes in church, on the driving range, at the gym, where everyone is talking about the Tigers. It comes in watching College Gameday when they pick the site where the Tigers are taking the field. It comes in talking to my dad every halftime, in person or on the phone. We don't know a damn thing about football strategy, but we sound like Bill Walsh in the moment. It comes in consuming talk radio hours at a time during the week, getting ready for the next game. It comes in tailgating and watch parties. It comes in looking around the French Quarter when it becomes a sea of purple and gold, much of which I know personally. It comes in living your life inundated by football at every turn.

The months leading up to the title are the joy. Raising the trophy is just the exclamation point, and this Tiger team used a sledgehammer to punctuate it.

I'll never, ever forget the ride we just watched. The 2003 title will always be the first one for me. The 2007 title will always be my collegiate crown. This one will ALWAYS be the standard bearer. This team was simply that good.

We've watched the exodus over the last week. We knew that was coming. And let me tell you this; I don't watch much football that isn't SEC football. I don't have any interest in the other conferences, and Sundays are too good for naps and golf to spend watching Chiefs-Dolphins. But I will take a sincere interest in Baylor, the Panthers and whoever takes that #1 pick. You take me on a ride like that, you have my heart forever unless you end up at Alabama.

I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. It went by too fast, but man was it fun. It'll take me some time to come down off this high, but eventually it will happen. Those memories, though, they're here forever.  
Geaux Tigahs!!





RGJ18
LSU Fan
Collierville, TN
Member since Feb 2010
7238 posts

re: my reaction to the season
Good stuff, Hunt. And major props to you for running Hesters show for the first hour on Tuesday on short notice. First hour was excellent.


jimbeam
USA Fan
University of LSU
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my reaction to the season
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BBI asks me to write previews and reactions to the games.

I was like WTF you think you are
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Hunt the Fan
And then like, carry on good sir


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CBandits82
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re: my reaction to the season
awesome Hunt


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pingman
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Delcambre, La
Member since Dec 2013
293 posts

re: my reaction to the season
We're going to score 40, and there's nothing y'all can do about it." ??????

Awesome work! That comment just about says it all!


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tigerinridgeland
LSU Fan
Mississippi
Member since Aug 2006
7013 posts

re: my reaction to the season
Thanks for expressing so eloquently what we are feeling about this season, this team and LSU. GEAUX Tigers.
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ChenierauTigre
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oOoLsUtIgErSoOo
LSU Fan
Louisiana
Member since Aug 2006
23238 posts

re: my reaction to the season
What a great post. I think that sums it up for just about every long time fan there is.

2003 was great, because it was the first one (well my first one).

2007 was great, because it was a total roller coaster ride.

This one was special though. When we had the ball with 28 seconds, on around the 40, with one time out, I said, "we are scoring 7 before half." And we did just that, with 10 seconds to spare. Think about the LSU offenses that we have all come to know. 40 yards in 28 seconds was not realistic, but this team made it look EASY!!

This was one hell of a special season. I enjoyed the ride.


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TigerLunatik
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Member since Jan 2005
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re: my reaction to the season
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I check this board daily

Amazing post, but can you get Moscona to admit this too please?


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Jumbo_Gumbo
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re: my reaction to the season
Holy freaking Novel Batman!


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tigernnola
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re: my reaction to the season
Great post ! I have a few years on you, but you are dead on. For me, the journey began as a youngster. I was on Tulane Stadium for the 62-0 in 1958 that clinched the AP #1 ( not the Sugar Bowl Clemson game as many think). In the time that’s passed, there have been many ups & downs, but this year puts all else in the shadows. Was fortunate enough to be in Austin & Atlanta this year and always just shake my head at the purple in the stands. So grateful to still have the capacity to be in that number.

For better or worse, all that will follow will be compared to this team. The board will overflow with, “if we still had Burrow, Chase, Jefferson”. For the youngsters I can only say, enjoy the moment & get behind the teams to come. There may may never be another 2019, but there will be another NC down the road ....... before we see another Super Bowl Champ :-)


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marcnbc
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Bossier City, LA
Member since May 2004
3708 posts

re: my reaction to the season
As a BR native living in Bossier the past 22 years....I know JJ and Bonzai must be in deep depression right now. Hardly ever listen to them anymore, but hope you rubbed it in a little(if not a lot).


farad
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Dec 2013
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re: my reaction to the season
I don't have the words for this season Hunt...

but you did...

thanks my friend...



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Tiger Erk
LSU Fan
Atlanta
Member since Oct 2003
144 posts

re: my reaction to the season
Like Billy Jack said, "I’m going to take my right foot, and I’m going to whomp you on that (pointing to the left) side of your face, and you know something? There’s not a damn thing you’re going to be able to do about it."

Billy Jack


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Hunt the Fan
Member since Jan 2017
101 posts

re: my reaction to the season
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Good stuff, Hunt. And major props to you for running Hesters show for the first hour on Tuesday on short notice. First hour was excellent.


Ha! I appreciate it! I literally sat down with 10 minutes to go and just went with it. Luckily it was an easy day. Thanks so much for listening!


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wahoocs
LSU Fan
Lafayette, LA
Member since Nov 2004
14220 posts

re: my reaction to the season
Better than Cypress Point, huh?

LOL

Best season ever for a CFB fan from any school


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Penrod
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2011
13808 posts

re: my reaction to the season
That’s a nice description of the season. I feel identically.


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Hunt the Fan
Member since Jan 2017
101 posts

re: my reaction to the season
HaHa! They were very complimentary this week. Those guys are great, they just don't love LSU. That's why I show up every Wednesday at 5:30.


Martini
North Carolina Fan
Near Athens
Member since Mar 2005
46309 posts

re: my reaction to the season
My wife asked me the day of Georgia Southern how did I think the Tigers would look.

I said “I think the Tigers are going to kick the shite out of them.”

I told her that same string of words to her every game day morning until there were no mornings left.

I felt it back then. I thought so after 3rd and 17. 46-41 Tuscaloosa made me realize they were going to kick the shite out of everyone and you are right. No one was going to stop them. No one. And never once did I think anymore about it. I knew they were National Champions that day.

They knew it before any fan. This team knew exactly where it came from, where it was at the moment and just where the hell it was going and no one was going to deny them.

More than one for the books. This one belongs to the ages.

And while I fully expect change and that perhaps this really will end up the best, I feel like when they come out of the tunnel on September 5, 2020 and my wife asks how I think they will look I see know reason why that day and for many more Saturdays into the future I won’t respond with “I think they are going to kick the shite out of them.”


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HerkFlyer
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He scoffed and said that 27 was about the max LSU could score.


Little did he know, that drive back to Greer/Spartanburg/Anderson would have still been just as long an painful even if we did only put up 27.

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The months leading up to the title are the joy. Raising the trophy is just the exclamation point, and this Tiger team used a sledgehammer to punctuate it.


You truly summed up the ride for me here. The NC was the most gratifying game of the season by far. However, it was not the most adrenaline inducing. Prior to the Auburn game I didn't know for a fact we were going undefeated. After the Alabama game I knew for a fact we couldn't be beaten.
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