Turn on any TV this week and tune in to ESPN or any other sports show and chances are the topic of discussion is something pertaining to this weekend’s matchup of #1 ranked LSU versus #2 ranked Alabama. This game has been hyped up for the past 3 weeks, and talk has seemingly now moved into the realm of obsession.
I’ve got to be honest – March Madness is probably my favorite three weeks of the year. With that in mind, Mason and I are constructing our brackets and looking to introduce a little juice into the competition with this HoopDat Bracket Challenge on Facebook. On the line for the winner will be… an Adidas official Chris Paul teal road jersey! There are only two requirements to have a chance to win this FREE contest:
#1 – You have to “like” (be a fan of) our Facebook page.
#2 – There must be at least 50 entrants into the bracket pool on Facebook.
Remember, if you end up winning this challenge, and you were not a fan of us on Facebook before the start of the NCAA Tourney, you will not be eligible to win. Make sure you tell your friends to “like” our facebook fan page and join the bracket challenge so that you guarantee yourself a chance to win this authentic Chris Paul jersey!
In addition, we will be hosting a live chat to discuss our bracket picks tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 9 PM central time, so be sure to tune in to get our insights and ask any March Madness questions that you might have.
The ghosts of Warren Morris, Ben Mcdonald, and Todd Walker seem to still echo down Nicholson Road. The old Alex Box is gone yet the memories still lurk long behind. The new Alex Box is glowing as the lights turn on and seems to have a magical feel long after those same lights disappear. The 2011 season is full of optimism and hope as the Tigers get ready to open the season. The LSU pitching staff will be full of young guns (Guasman and McCune) yet will have the luxury of turning to solid veterans in every situation (Alsup, Bradshaw, and Ott). Their lineup should see plenty of fireworks throughout the year as a weakness seems tough to find anywhere. Omaha or bust rings across campus as the Tigers seem destined to restore their 2009 form.
The start of NCAA Division I Baseball is only one weekend away, so it’s time to get excited for the upcoming season. Both Tulane and LSU are poised for strong years, as both are ranked in the Baseball America 2011 Preseason Top 25 (the only poll which utilizes a truly knowledgeable voting base). This year’s poll marks the first time that both Tulane (#25) and LSU (#22) have cracked the top 25 at the same time since March of 2006 in the Collegiate Baseball poll (Baseball America historical polls are not available online). Without further adieu, let’s take a closer look into Tulane baseball’s 2011 roster.
I’m not going to write an in-depth breakdown of tonight’s championship game between Oregon and Auburn, but I did want to jot a few notes down about the game and share which team I think will ultimately end up on top.
In part II, we’ll examine the Texas A&M Offense vs. the LSU Defense, and then predict a winner.
This Friday, January 7, the Bayou Bengals of LSU take on the in-state “host” Aggies from Texas A&M in the 75th annual Cotton Bowl. This matchup will mark the 2nd year the game has been played in the new Cowboys Stadium (aka Jerry World), and the 5th and 12th appearance for the Tigers and Aggies, respectively. The 1940 Orange Bowl was the last and only bowl game these two teams have squared off, however there is definitely a familiarity for “seasoned” fans of both programs with 10-straight games being played during the Mike Archer and Curley Hallman stints as head coaches from 1986-1995. The following is part I of a 2-part preview of perhaps one of this year’s top bowl games, starting with a look at the LSU offense vs. the Texas A&M defense.
Alright, with 2010 over and done with, it’s time to make some projections about the year ahead. Without further adieu, here are 5 bold predictions for Louisiana sports in the first half of 2011.