13th August 2010

Quarterback – Jordan Jefferson

Quarterback Jordan Jefferson

At the Tiger’s Spring Game I watched Jordan Jefferson and Garrett Lee and thought to myself that what will happen next season? Neither one looked like they really wanted to be the LSU Quarterback, can you imagine that? I could’t, if I could I would be the QB for LSU. Well to my surprise I caught an interview with Jordan Jefferson and thought that this young man is ready. He was poised, mature, and looked like the leader of a Tiger Football Team.

We all remember the Quarterback we saw in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl when Jordan Jefferson stepped up and took the leadership role. He said all the right things, played like he was possessed. Then the fall campaign of 2009 started and Jefferson was at best just trying to learn what to do. Most fans, sports writers, and for that matter, Tiger Nation, waited to see and we were very disapointed in his performance. He looked like a deer in the headlights and seemed uncomfortable in the spotlight. Since the Spring Game, Jefferson has matured and grown comfortable in the role of Quarterback. I watched an interview on the sports news and saw the leader that we waited for last season. The sports announcer said that “two freshman receivers were moved up to work with the upper class-man as they had caught the eye of the quarterback.” That was the first time I had ever heard him put his opinion out in the public. Now, I know he has not played a down yet this fall, but what a difference it could make. He knows the offense, he is mature, he is not just a freshman trying to impress the upper class man, and he has been under fire in many SEC games. Yes, we have come along way from the Chick-Fil-A Bowl to the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game. If I am right we will see a young man that has grown into his position and will lead this team to fabulous season.

Written By Tracey Wilson

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11th August 2010

LSU VS NORTH CAROLINA – GEORGIA DOME

I Will be traveling to the Georgia Dome for the kick off to the football season and can’t wait to see the 2010 Tigers! I would like to share some information that y’all may be interested in:



LSU ATLANTA’S CHICK FIL A KICKOFF GAME TIGER FAN GUIDE

Hey Fightin’ Tigers!  Get ready to have a good time and cheer LSU on to a big win over the North Carolina Tarheels! Here are recommended events, tips and links to official activities from the Atlanta alumni chapter.

FRIDAY SEPT. 3 EVENTS

FEATURED EVENT:  Tiger Kickoff Bash at The TabernacleFEATURED EVENT:  Tiger Kickoff Bash at The Tabernacle

This is our top pick event of the weekend!  Party with the most rabid Tiger fans featuring a great lineup of Louisiana music in an amazing place within view of CNN Center. Tabernacle is a former church converted into a House of Blues for the Olympics and continues to be a favorite music venue.  The concert will feature New Orleans’ premier party band Bag of Donuts, LSU fan favorite Travis Matte & The Kingpins (“Tiger Tailgate Party”) and fiddlin’ phenom Amanda Shaw.  There is also a downstairs showroom with local entertainment.  All ages. Floor admission is $25, and there is balcony padded seating for a $45 ticket. A portion of proceeds will benefit LSU Atlanta and the LSU Tiger Marching Band.

Show Info and Online Ticketing Link:  www.2010kickoffparty.com

Buckhead Kickoff Party – Buckhead Saloon has a reunion of the Baton Rouge variety band Questionable At Best (two former members/LSU alums now live in ATL) as an option for Tiger fans staying and partying in Buckhead. QAB kicks off at 7:30 on a double bill with local favorite Scott Munns Band. No cover until 10 pm.  3227 Roswell Road in the heart of Buckhead.  www.buckheadsaloonatlanta.com

Atlanta Kickoff Street Fest– A street party in the Midtown bar district hosted by one of our local sponsors (Front Page News).  Featured bands Yacht Rock Schooner, Hot Sauce & Justin. FPN offers New Orleans food. A short cab ride from downtown walking distance from Midtown hotels and MARTA.  $10 advance, $15 gate.  $1 of every ticket sold goes to Gulf Aid.  Use promo code “lsualum” by 8/15 and save $5 – www.AtlantaKickoffStreetFest.com

Georgia Aquarium Jazz Journey Fan NightAdmission to all areas, cash bar, food court and live jazz 5–10 pm. $15. See Official Events below for link.

MIXING AND DINING FOR LSU FANS

DOWNTOWN

Sidebar (79 Poplar St. at Spring St.- very close to CNN Center and downtown hotels) is LSU Atlanta’s Official Tailgate Bar.  It’s a neighborhood bar and grill that reminds us of a French Quarter hangout. 10 beers on tap and a full bar plus a great kitchen (they have a killer Cuban sandwich.)  Sidebar opens at 11:30 am and stays open late – last call at 2:30 am.  For those going to the Friday Tabernacle show this is the perfect before and after party place just one block up and one block over. Info at www.sidebaratlanta.com.  A portion of the bar sales from all day Friday and Saturday will be donated to the LSU Atlanta scholarship endowment fund!

Pittypat’s Porch says “Why eat hotel food? Come join us at Pittypat’s Porch for some old Southern charm and new Southern flavors!”  Pittypat’s is conveniently located at 25 Andrew Young International Blvd. within short walking distance from over 20 hotels, the Georgia Dome and the Tabernacle.  Normally open for dinner at 5 pm, Pittypat’s will have special hours on Game Day with a daytime menu for Tiger fans. Meet friends and pass a good time in the Rocking Chair Lounge- which literally has rocking chairs along one side of the bar and all around the atrium overlooking the dining room below. You will be pampered and charmed. www.pittypatsrestaurant.com.

Ted’s Montana Grill (133 Luckie St. – right across the street from the Tabernacle) is Ted Turner’s flagship restaurant for a chain featuring eclectic comfort food including bison selections. The proprietor/manager is also a Louisiana native and LSU fan. www.tedsmontanagrill.com/GAAtlanta2.html

LITTLE FIVE POINTS

Front Page NewsIf you venture to the Bohemian environs of Little Five Points, you will be pleased to find a place that smacks of the French Quarter with its outdoor patio and décor – they display LSU colors year round. The varied menu has some bayou treats as selections. FPNalso has a Midtown location as mentioned above.

BUCKHEAD

Copeland’s Famous New Orleans Restaurant – Piedmont Ave. one block west of Peachtree near the Hyatt. Great food, drink and Copeland’s hospitality. Parking validated.  Also locations at Cumberland and Kennesaw. www.copelandsatlanta.com.

Cheyenne Grille Peachtree Road in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center in lower Buckhead. Nice sports bar, both homey and upscale at the same time. Our official Buckhead football viewing location with a chef-run kitchen and great atmosphere. www.cheyennegrille.com

Buckhead SaloonNear the Buckhead intersection. See Friday event above for link/info.

VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS

Atkins Park TavernVirginia Highlands is a longtime favorite nightlife and dining destination near Midtown and our recommended hotspot is Atkins Park, partly owned by Louisiana folks. Great kitchen. It’s Atlanta’s longest running continuously licensed bar and there’s always a good vibe there, which is why locals call it “Action Park.” There’s also an Atkins Park location in Smyrna if you end up in Cobb County. www.atkinspark.com.

OTHER METRO AREAS:

We have several great partners that support LSU Atlanta year round. Please visit www.LSUatlanta/sponsors  for ideas if you are staying outside the main action.

TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING

PARKING AND TRAFFIC: Two of our favorite words in Atlanta. Not. Take your time, you’ll get there. To navigate ATL, do your homework. Mapquest/Google is your friend. Serenity now. For parking downtown, there are surface lots and parking decks all over. Street parking is at a premium and meters/hours are strictly enforced Mon.-Sat. Illegal parking will almost always get you booted/towed in this area. Best advice: Park at the hotel and hoof it or take a cab or MARTA if traveling between downtown, Midtown, Buckhead etc.  Cab rides can be just a few bucks for short hops but like all big cities getting from one zone to another (like downtown to Buckhead) can run you $30 or more. MARTA is your friend for longer runs.

MARTA: Budget cuts have reduced MARTA service but it’s still a good option even with the recent fare adjustment. Trains do not run as often as in the past (every 12 to 20 minutes depending on day part) and it does not run 24/7 (usually stops running at 1 am) so you may be taking a cab if you stay out late. They usually add additional trains and/or extend hours for big events so check www.itsmarta.com for complete information and service hours. We’ll update this guide if/when any new info is provided.

SAFETY IN NUMBERS: Most of the downtown area is safe, especially if you stay on the beaten path. We have our share of crime and homelessness, but the authorities keep a good eye on the area around hotels and attractions, especially when special events are going on. Still, travel in a group if possible and avoid straying from traffic areas.

GAME DAY OFFICIAL EVENTS

We know many Tiger fans do their own tailgate thing in the parking lots, but we also offer Sidebar as LSU Atlanta’s Official Kickoff Bar.  For all official Chick Fil A Kickoff Game events, parking and special offers: Visit http://www.cfack.com/.  Here’s some of their Game Day highlights you will find more information about there:

Fan ZoneIndoor activities Noon- 6 pm at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) with TV lounges, interactive games, giveaways, autographs and pep rallies with bands and cheerleaders. $5 admission, good value for families.

Tailgate Cook OffNoon – 5 pm in the Green Lot next to GWCC, FREE for game ticket holders. Chef demos, head to head fan cookoff, exhibits and prize giveaways including 2 tickets to LSU-West Virginia game

LSU TailgateAlso in the GWCC from 4 – 7 pm. A premium gathering including boosters and traveling clubs for TAF and LSU Alumni Association but anyone can attend. $65 per person.  Buffet, drink coupon, pep band appearance, Joe Alleva talk, ticket to Fan Zone.

680 THE FAN RADIO COVERAGE

680 The Fan (680 am) is the official local radio partner so there will be a lot of game talk on the station. Tune them in as you drive into town. They will also be carrying the national ESPN Radio game locally. After sunset you can frequently get a good signal from WWL 870, but reception inside the Georgia Dome can be spotty and weak. Good luck!

DOWNTOWN ATLANTA ATTRACTIONS

Centennial Olympic ParkGreat place for a late evening stroll as the city lights come on. www.centennialpark.com/events/ice.html

The Georgia Aquarium North end of Centennial Park. Largest aquarium in the world.  Note there will be a “Chick-fil-A Bowl Fan Night” special event there Tuesday 12/30 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm with admission only $15.  Info and reserved time entry tickets at www.georgiaaquarium.org.

World of Coca-ColaHas moved from Underground Atlanta – now next door to the Georgia Aquarium. Also the exhibit itself has been completely redone.  Info at www.woccatlanta.com.

High MuseumWorld class exhibitions and a diverse permanent collection in Midtown.  Featured special exhibition is “Dali: The Late Work.”  Get reserved time entry tickets at www.high.org

Atlanta Children’s Museum Spring St. across from World of Coca-Cola.

Martin Luther King Jr. Center Impressive exhibit. Free admission and parking.  Info at www.nps.gov/malu

CNN Studio TourInformation at www.cnn.com/tour/atlanta/

For information about all metro Atlanta attractions, shopping, recreation, accommodations and services, visit the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site at www.atlanta.net.

WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?

FYI: LSU fans will be sharing the streets with more than just Tarheels. You may also see Romulans, Wookies and other creatures in your elevator or in line for a beer. Be aware that DragonCon, one of the largest sci-fi conventions in the country with as many as 30,000 attendees, is scheduled for the same weekend at the GWCC.  If you venture into Midtown you may also discover a Black Gay Pride celebration is scheduled. Oh yes, there’s a NASCAR race going on too.  There’s always something interesting and diverse going on in Atlanta!

LSU Atlanta Members – Not Going to the Game?

Our official view-in partners are: Front Page News – Little Five Points, Cheyenne Grille in Buckhead, Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna and Buffalo Wild Wings in Alpharetta. Come for all the action this season with giveaways, music and fun with your fellow Tiger fans. Visit our Web site for more info.

GEAUX TIGERS!

www.LSUatlanta.com

contact@lsuatlanta.com

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13th May 2010

Rumor – ESPN Trying to Start Trouble Again

LSU Head Football Coach Les Miles

John Gruden by Lorenzo Bevilaqual/ESPN

What is wrong with ESPN? All they do is stir the pot and without any proof of what they say. Let me see in 2007 at the SEC Championship game they reported that Les Miles was leaving LSU for his alma mater University of Michigan. I think that Coach Miles ended that rumor with “HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!” Now ESPN is back in the rumor saddle again where LSU is concerned, they are saying that LSU is targeting John Gruden to be the next head coach for the Tigers. Did I miss something and Coach Miles is no longer the coach? Since ESPN is so credible in their reporting you would think that this would be a great story to be on their show College Football Live or on the College Football webpage. It is if only your pay money to see the content. If ESPN wants to have a story then they need to publish it and be big enough to stand behind it.

John Gruden also signed a multiple year contract with ESPN’s Monday Night Football to continue as an analyst. Yes, he could leave, but he turned down the Notre Dame job this year. Even though he is from the area and would be a great college coach, he decided that maybe being an analyst was a better gig. No headaches, no baby sitting, no working yourself to death and yet he still gets to be a part of football.

I hope that LSU, Les Miles, and John Gruden come out and put these rumors to bed. And to ESPN – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!! When you have concrete proof then let College Football Nation know, until then shut your mouth and report only what can be proven in fact.

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25th April 2010

NFL DRAFT IS A CRAP SHOOT

Tim Tebow - A Denver Bronco Photo by Ed Andrieski/AP Photo

The NFL Draft was held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with many players being drafted and going to various teams across the country. It seems that these young men will offered a lot of money on the speculation that they will preform and make their prospective teams better and help them to win. Well, here is the true of the matter, that usually is not the case, these young men albeit are great athletes and want to play at the next level, but of this class of 2010 most likely half will not be in the league 5 years down the road due to injury, poor workout habits, getting into trouble, and poor coaching. What does this say about the NFL? It says that drafting a player in the first round is first, going to cost them millions of dollars and it is a crap shoot at best. Let’s look a Tim Tebow, for an example. This young man did everything asked of him by the University of Florida, he is a upstanding citizen and a great person, and he is winner, but does that make him an NFL Quarterback? In my book no. I watched this young man for four years and in those four years he never went under center except for one time in 2009 against LSU to try and draw the Tigers offsides. (It did not work). The NFL quarterback plays under center almost all of the time and must be fast. Look at Drew Brees, Payton Manning, and Eli Manning. For all the greatness of Tim Tebow, he is slow and larthargic in the QB position. To me I think that his size works against him in the way he moves in the backfield. He seems to be lumbering, instead of flowing. I liken the QB position to that of a ballerina dancer. Flowing and making the job look effortless, Tim Tebow does not look like that in the way he throws the ball. He has great heart, great character, and is a great leader, but I do not see this young man being what he was in college in the NFL. The defenses will plant him in the ground, because of the slowness. He will be  work in progress and who knows maybe he will prove me wrong, but I have to say that I think in this instance that Denver will regret taking a him in the first round and shelling out millions of dollars on a crap shoot. Good Luck to them and to Tim Tebow.

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23rd April 2010

LSU Players Not Living Up to the Hype

SEE WHAT KANSAS CITY CREATED

In an article written by Kent Babb for KansasCity.com, Mr. Babb writes that for the past four seasons LSU Football players have not lived up to their expectations of where they were drafted in the NFL. Well, I would like to let Mr. Babb know that he might like to dig a little deeper and find out what is going on not at LSU, but with the teams that these players have been drafted to. Starting with JaMarcuss Russell, now with the Oakland Raiders, the name says it all. They have a crazy owner, a head coach who has some previous domestic issues and the coach before him, Lane Kiffin, big mouth and no results to speak of on any level as a head coach. When you have that combination why would anyone want to play and get the crap beat out of you. Russell has talent, he needs the right coach and motivator.

As for Glenn Dorsey, with the Kansas City Chiefs, the team has done nothing in how long? One player does not make a team. If the folks in Kansas City thought that Glenn Dorsey would walk through the door and change that team, then you need to quit drinking the KoolAid and get in the real world. Tyson Jackson, now with Chiefs, I guess you might say the same thing. Here we have a team that in 2008 that went 2 – 14 and in 2009 went 4 – 12. So could it be that the coaches are the problem with winning and motivation. So let me see if I understand Mr. Babb – It is Glenn Dorsey’s and Tyson Jackson’s fault that the Chiefs are not winning and that these two are supposed to carry a team that in the last two years could only muster 6 wins out of 32 games? Who is he kidding?

If all that Mr. Babb wants to do is rant about how someone has not lived up to expectations I would say take a look at the owners, coaches and management and you will probably find the answer to many of the questions you seek. These people are paid high salaries and have not lived up to the expectations that the fans have for the chiefs. Believe me I know I have been a New Orleans Saints fan for 39 years and finally they made it to the big dance and won. Who Dat?! But to get there it took a lot of work, patience, perseverance and MOTIVATION.

When a player or coach comes into a situation that is not and has not been good those folks have to reach deep inside themselves and look for what motivates a person to want to achieve to highest level, money is only the “carrot” it is what gets you to the door. It is up to the Coach and his staff to find the right switch to to flip to motivate young men in the NFL. I would say that the coaches from the Raiders and Chiefs do not have a clue what I am talking about.

If you look at Glenn Dorsey in his Senior season at LSU this was a young man highly motivated to win a National Championship and be the best he could be. Why? He wanted to be in the NFL and make his mark like many before him. Why has that not happened? Motivation in a word. I submit that being on a team that is going no where must be hard to find the motivation that will push you to  the next level. If you want to criticize then Mr. Babb I suggest that you put yourself on the field with a team that is going no where and with coaches who do not have clue how to motivate their players. Then rewrite this article from that stand point.

Another point that Mr. Babb tries to make is that because Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson come from “poverty ridden Louisiana” and that the money is all these young men wanted. He goes on to describe how Tyson Jackson’s mother worked in a school cafeteria and that Glenn Dorsey’s father cleaned out oil drums, where I come from hard work does not mean anything bad. A great many of the African – American NFL players come from simple backgrounds and yes it is a means to an end. These young men put their bodies on the line to play a sport and get beat up for more than 16 weeks out of a year. I think that if we the fans did not use football as our religion then maybe we would not be having this discussion. I think that Mr. Babb should think hard and long the next time he wants to blame LSU, Louisiana High Schools, and these young men for not living up the hype. Remember that these young men have families and that one day you might have a child that plays in a sport and gets publicly criticized because he or she did not live up to the hype. Then pull this article out ant reread it. Mr Babb you need a lesson in civility.

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5th April 2010

Meeting A Football Legend

Merle Schexnaildre

Written By: Tracey Wilson

On Easter Sunday I was at my cousin’s home is St Amant having a great time when two gentleman came over to say hello to my cousin’s husband, and low and behold I was in the presence of Merle Schexnaildre, one of the Chinese Bandits from the 1958 National Championship Team. For me it was a thrill of a life time. I grew up in Baton Rouge and Tiger Stadium. I remember hearing about the Chinese Bandits, Billy Cannon, and Paul Dietzel, like everyone did, but then to meet one of those who was actually part of it, was something you will never forget. Mr. Schexnaildre was wearing his Championship Ring with the L and diamond they were surrounded by Tiger Stadium. For most of my life LSU Sports has been a big part of my life and just to meet someone who made history playing a sport that brings people together to cheer and enjoy the accomplishment was just great. I know I sound like a blushing school girl, but it was a moment you want to remember for a life time. Thank you Merle Schexnaildre and all the Tigers of the 1958 Championship Team. Geaux Tigers!!!!!

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27th March 2010

LSU Spring Football Game

LSU Football National Championship Flags

Written By: Tracey Wilson

The LSU Football Team held their annual Spring Game on March 27, 2010 and ESPN was there to showcase the Tigers! Jordan Jefferson was not sharp and showed little progress from what I could tell. The brilliance we saw in the Chick-Fil-A bowl in 2008 has not been seen since. He seems timid and not sure of himself. Garrett Lee looked comfortable passing the ball, although he did throw an interception for a pick 6. The offensive line opened up holes that were missing last year and Steven Ridley and Michael Ford ran with authority. Ruben Randell, Russell Sheppard, and Terrance Tolliver all had a good day. Russell Sheppard also played running back and lined up in the Wild Tiger Formation. He is a special player and he shows it every time he touches the ball.

The speed of the defense was like white lightening. It will take a real game to know if what we saw was real, but I was very impressed.Kevin Minter played on both teams and had fourteen tackles. He was all over the field. Kelvin Sheppard did not play due to previous shoulder injury.

There were some minor injuries, but nothing to serious.

All in all the Tigers put on a vanilla show that gave us a glimpse of what is to come in the fall. We have few months until football season starts, but it will pass fast and then we will getting our tailgate menus ready and our outfits planned for the first game. GEAUX TIGERS!!!!

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