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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Merry first day of football season

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Or should I say, Happy First Day of Football Season? Don't snicker and assume Political Correctness never made it here. This was actually the first town in Mississippi to ban smoking in restaurants and bars. Nevermind, there are no restaurants and bars.

Just kidding.

It's football season finally. It's like Christmas morning for those in our world. Even the cows seem to have a little spring in their step. Oh, just kidding. If you name your town STARKVILLE, just deal with it.

For football fans in Louisiana, it has never been better. Never have both LSU and the New Orleans Saints been expected to do so much and are so highly thought of nationally. LSU is ranked No. 2 in the nation. The Saints are called Super Bowl contenders, and after you look around, no one is laughing.

And they both just happen to be playing tonight. The Tigers are here to play Mississippi State at 7 p.m. on ESPN, and the Saints will be hosting the Miami Dolphins in their final exhibition game also at 7 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome. This must be what they mean by multi tasking.
"Flynn throws long to Doucet, TOUCHDOWN LSU ... click ... Brees swing pass to Reggie, TOUCHDOWN SAINTS ... click."

LSU has not been this highly ranked by a wire service poll going into a season since 1959. The Saints will dropping their first division championship banner since the 1991 West title in the dome tonight.

Just pause and think a second.

There, now breathe out.

How great is this? It wasn't long ago that LSU was a coaching graveyard and losing 10 straight SEC games. Now you say the Tigers are going to lose one game this season and you're called negative. Just two years ago at about this time, the Saints were a sick franchise with one of the worst and most overpaid head coaches in modern history. Owner Tom Benson and his granddaughter Rita Benson LeBlanc were trying desperately and sleazily to seize the opportunity of Hurricane Katrina and move the team to San Antonio. Last night, Rita was on WWL radio talking up New Orleans. This is great. The Bensons have done many right things after former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue told them to, and all is seemingly forgotten now.

But I remember what you did last hurricane.

But, I digress.

Enjoy this day and night, because it can only get better. Can you imagine the Saints hosting a playoff game next January and LSU playing USC for the BCS title in the Superdome in the same week! It could happen.


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