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From the Other Sideline – LSU (Summer Editon)

I decided to bring in a new face for this week’s “Other Sideline.” I can only take so much of one cajun at a time. Robert Hopkins (@LSUSDS) is the writer for Saturday Down South’s Calling Baton Rouge. He is a lifelong LSU fan and is a healthy contributor to the over the top fanaticism that is SEC football. He hails from New Orleans and for him, every Saturday in the fall is a mini Mardi Gras. No matter where he ends up. Oh, and you’re probably going to hate him.

1. Seriously? No points? 21-0? Do you know what you’ve done to the smart half of the State of Alabama?

Is this a trick question?  Smart half of Alabama?  No such thing.  As for no points in the BCS, maybe we limited out after hitting that other half of Alabama for 45 in October.

2. More hated: Jordan Jefferson, Gerry DiNardo, or Nick Saban?

Let’s see…Hate is such a strong word.  DiNardo brought the magic back and was 3-2 against the War Tiger Plainsmen. Saban built a foundation off of DiNardo’s cornerstone and went 2-3 against the Tigles.  Jefferson, even though he couldn’t complete a forward pass in his last game, still managed to go 2-1 against the Pligers.  You complete the dots on that one.

3. Back to real football. Is QB Zach Mettenberger really going to be as good as everybody thinks? Does he have the chest to please Les Miles?

Mettenberger is as good as advertised.  Remember, he beat out Aaron Murray as Georgia’s starter before he started clubbing in Athens.  That is the same Aaron Murray who tossed 4 TDs against Auburn in a 45-7 thrashing last November. 

Wow, did ya’ll know the Plainsmen gave up 30 or more points SIX times last year?

Back to Mett.  He has the talent and moxie to please Miles, but that talent could cause some chest pains for Les as well.  Every time the Bayou Gunslinger tosses a TD or has a moment of brilliance, it will beg the question…Why did he not play in the championship game?

4. And about Les… does he have the full support of the fan base? I know most of y’all practice voodoo, but even the most hardcore warlocks have to see that he ain’t all there…

Better watch that talk about Voodoo or the Loup Garou will be after you. 

In regards to our savant ball coach, he obliterated all the positives of orchestrating one of the most impressive college football seasons ever by laying a humongous egg in the championship game.  A 13-1 coach shouldn’t have to prove himself, but that is the corner Les has painted himself into.  Miles has two things to do next year to keep the grumblings away…beat Bama in November as soundly as he lost to them in January and win the BCS trophy. 

Kind of fitting, the wackiest way to determine college football’s champion being won in its final year by the game’s most off the wall coach. 

And all that talk about his mental faculties, remember he is 5-2 against Bama’s little sister. 

5. Who are two Auburn Tigers that scare you? Yes, you have to say at least two.

Bo Jackson and Cam Newton.

6. Who are two new LSU Tigers that should scare Auburn fans?

Ronnie Feist and Jeremy Hill. 

Feist is screaming up the depth chart at LB and seems to be ready for SEC play.  The coaches are really high on him and he could be one of the next great defensive players for LSU. 

Hill is a new head to the RB Hydra Les is growing in Baton Rouge.  Remember those guys from last year.  It was almost as if the Auburn players were jumping out the way.

7. Where does Jordan-Hare rank on your scale of totally awesome stadiums?

Well it’s not Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night and it’s located in Alabama, so that’s two strikes.  Actually, I will be making my first visit to Jordan-Hare this September and I will reserve judgment until then.  I will say this; at least you can’t buy fifteen tickets together in the school’s alumni section. Right Ole Miss?

8. What will happen in this year’s game? Score prediction?

34-7 LSU.  The Tigers are still picking Auburn’s defense out of their cleats from last year.  They will run over them again this year.  The Bayou Bengal’s offensive line is better, over 2500 yards rushing return with even more weapons and the defense could very well be nastier.  That and a chip on their shoulder the size of Alabama could make things really ugly for LSU opponents next year.  

9. Where will LSU and Auburn end up this year?  

LSU will end up in Miami.  Auburn will end up in Shreveport.

10. Lastly, what is your favorite Auburn-LSU game of all time… that LSU didn’t win?

1994.  The Interception Game.  LSU was leading #11 Auburn 23-9 going into the fourth quarter. The LSU QB, Jamie Howard, then forgot which Tigers he was playing for and threw FIVE picks.  Three were returned for touchdowns and LSU lost 30-26.  That could possibly be the craziest fifteen minutes of football that I have witnessed. 

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24 comments

wde92 06/29/2012 at 12:01 pm

I feel my IQ dropped a little having read this guys answers.

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wluker17 06/29/2012 at 12:13 pm

Mr. Hopkins, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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wluker17 06/29/2012 at 12:10 pm

There is no “probable” hate here, it is 100%. Does this guy have gumbo for brains? He must be one of the people that teach their children to curse and flip off anyone wearing orange and blue before they are out of diapers. This was a complete waste of time as far as the questions or any actual information goes. All this did was show that corn dogs are as stupid as if not more so than bammers.

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Stephen (@walker_stephen) 06/29/2012 at 2:09 pm

Blogle, I believe he is the Agent Smith to your Neo… Sarcastic and a homer. He will take any cheap shot possible (what are the “Tigles” and the “Pligers” anyway? Oh, I get it… He combined all of our “mascots”… How clever he is…) and remind and rub it in our faces the stumbles we’ve have against the grass-chewing mad hatter… I almost think he may be worse than a bammer, too. I mean, at least bammer arrogance has been hampered by Dye, Tubs and Cam; his arrogance seems to have multiplied since Cam burned a 50 yrd, Heisman clenching TD run as well as Auburn piling on 440 rushing yards (incidentally, the MOST EVER achieved by a team going against an SEC defense… That includes Vandy…source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auburn%E2%80%93LSU_football_rivalry) and only AFTER we lost 3/4 of our starters and were stomped in the mud; all of a sudden LSU is God’s gift and we should be shaking in our cleats.
Oh, and the fact that the mad hatter is 5-2, congrats. And we’ve gone one for one in the past three years now… Let’s see what happens this year when we have a little more expirence on the TRUE TIGERS side. WDE.

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bully 06/29/2012 at 2:12 pm

I stopped reading after #3, as if I bit into a rancid corndog.

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Jonny 06/29/2012 at 4:18 pm

I would normally really enjoy this format, but then I see its full of trolling. If I wanted that, I’d go to a message board.

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BREADY 06/29/2012 at 4:43 pm

Mr. Hopkins, you hit the nail on the head so many times it was like you were building a house. Let me change that since we are talking about the state of Alabama, I should have said building a mobile home.

Trip to Jordan-Hare will be awesome this year. I am think 45-3. We should be able to get tickets easily, I hear there is a brother-sister dance that weekend in Auburn.

I still believe Scam Newton cost the AU boosters plenty of $$$$$$$. I wonder what their salary cap is this year.

G-E-A-U-X —— T-I-G-E-R-S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Andrew 07/06/2012 at 3:28 pm

You, sir have the IQ of a canary. Let’s do these one-by-one.

45-3? Really? Since when can LSU score points? Oh that’s right, you scored on us last year. How many Freshman were we starting, 8? And at an away game? Yeah, I sincerely doubt it’ll go that easily with sophomores at home, buddy, but keep telling yourself that.

Yes, he cost us so much money that the NCAA and FBI were both able to find it… oh… wait a second…

May God have mercy on your soul, because intelligent life won’t.

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BREADY 07/06/2012 at 4:02 pm

LSU has won 4 out of the last 5. That is no fluke.

Your 8 freshman were on scholarship, so that had to be at least a little good.

Remember, we were laying so many big hits on your kick returner that they wanted to kneel the kick offs. And that guy, Jarvis Landry, who was laying those big hits was a freshman too.

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LSUsucksCornCogs 06/29/2012 at 5:18 pm

He’s never been to Jordan Hare (and probably never been to Auburn). Wow. Ignorant corn dog fan is ignorant corn dog fan.

Congratulations, you fit the LSU fan mold perfectly.

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Hunter-Gatherer 06/29/2012 at 5:27 pm

Wow. Can some Bama fan please teabag this tool?

Too soon? Sorry, not sorry.

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Josh 07/02/2012 at 8:26 am

Wow. That has got to be one of the greatest comments I have EVER read!

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David G. 06/29/2012 at 5:31 pm

A “lifelong LSU fan” who has never been to JHS? Sorry, but that alone brings his fandom into question.

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swha 06/29/2012 at 5:31 pm

When your state’s claim is Swamp People, hard to bash another state, even Alabama. I think he took Blogle’s attempts to balance humor and decent discussion(kind of the, “man, it was rough, wasn’t it?” type agreement you have with friends of other teams) too seriously and felt he had to go on the offensive.

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mbjorklund21 06/29/2012 at 5:44 pm

You sure picked a classy guy to interview Blogle. I can take and maybe even laugh at some jokes during an interview, but when a person answers a total of one question seriously it gets old faster than it took cam newton to run past LSU’s entire defense for a 50 yard touchdown.

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rob etheridge 06/29/2012 at 5:57 pm

well, well, well…please tell me that the LSU football staff is thininkg that they will face a ‘just-picked-out-of-the-cleat’ Auburn defense. I am thinking that these fellas are in for a jolt without Roof in charge. WAR EAGLE!!!

And, seriously, we still have people who think Cam was paid?

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AU_Truth 06/29/2012 at 7:38 pm

LSU blasted AU last year, but let’s check ourselves:

LSU played Bama twice, scored: 9 points total

AU played Bama once, scored: 14 points

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pike1612 06/30/2012 at 7:46 am

Amazing how giddy and climatic someone acts when its a team that your supposed to beat?A field full of “Tiger Cubs”that had just graduated high school a few months before and you act as though you have accomplished some magnificent feat..and you couldnt even cross the 50 on the biggest stage in CFB against BAMA BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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waspan 06/30/2012 at 3:33 pm

Nice to get other opinions, at least I hope his tongue was in cheek..

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FlyAuburn13 07/01/2012 at 1:44 pm

I thought it was funny. He was taking some jabs and dishing them right back out. I can promise you the LSU fans won’t take to the message boards to whine and moan like the MSU fans did.

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Rob Hopkins 07/01/2012 at 4:09 pm

Absolutely tongue in cheek, middle of summer, poke the hornets nest and see what happens fun. Also, isn’t the away team something like 1-9 the past decade in this series?

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DCTiger 07/17/2012 at 8:44 am

This guy is embarrassingly bad.

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WarBlogle.com - From the Other Sideline (Summer Edition) - LSU 09/18/2013 at 3:57 pm

[…] Jason Esthay (@TigerHype) runs TigerHype.com, an independent website featuring LSU sports, news, and opinions. TigerHype.com was created as a one stop shop for LSU fans whose goal is to give LSU fans everything they could possibly want or need in one centralized location. So basically they sell purple drank and fried foods. I kid. LSU is next as we take our early walk look at Auburn’s schedule, and Jason was nice enough to answer a few questions for us. You won’t hate him near as much as the last corndog. […]

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