The last time LSU visited Little Rock, they were victimized for the second time by miraculous doings on Markham St. Casey Dick ended his tumultuous career as the Arkansas QB by tossing a game-winning bomb to London Crawford on 4th down with seconds to play. Incredible stuff.
In anticipation of tomorrow’s battle against LSU, we asked Rasputin, our staff soothsayer and a seemingly ageless Russian immigrant, to offer his prediction for the game. Rasputin – who once narrowly bested Grover Cleveland in a legendary drinking contest in a Buffalo, N.Y., tavern - has been a rabid Razorback football fan since the program’s debut in 1894.
His forecast is after the jump:
“Journeys into the end zone, frequent they shall be, Shouts of joy and pain – both will erupt from me.
I think of my battle against Grover, so many moons ago, My comeback in that contest laid that mighty man low.
And so it shall be tomorrow, beneath the brilliant Arkansas sun, A flurry of points and good play will make the ending mighty fun.
The holiday season – it shall begin with abundant good cheer, And the Hogs will be in a top-notch bowl at the start of the next new year.
The pig-emblazoned warriors of Arkansas – 42, the most honorable and worthy Cajun warriors of LSU – 38.”
Well, we’ve heard from Rasputin – now let’s hear from you. Vote in the poll and pipe up in the comments thread (and while you’re at it – check out this awesome prognostication from exocet. After reading it, ole ’Raz said, “The soothsaying Force is strong with this one.”)
We’d guess that most of you don’t need help in the hating department this week, but just in case we cheerfully present the 2010 edition of Reasons to Hate: LSU.
1. The Fans. We say this every year but, taken as a whole, LSU fans really are awful. While we certainly acknowledge that all* SEC fanbases are generally nuts, the Tigers attract a particularly nasty breed of insanity. Visitors to Baton Rouge, particularly after sunset, report all sorts of atrocities to human decency that aren’t suitable for repeating on an upstandingly wholesome website such as this.
* Except for Vanderbilt.
2. Les Miles. The perfect coach for LSU. And no, that’s not a compliment.
3. Overrated and Unaware. Yep, we said it. The Tigers certainly aren’t a bad team, but no way are they #5 in the nation. Their charming fans are unaware of this fact.
4. Just Say Neaux No to -aux. For LSU fans, the height of hilarious wit is adding the Cajunish “-aux” to the end of anything possible. Guys, we get it. The trick was clever about 8,000,000 references ago…now it’s tiresome.
5. We Have a Lot to Play For. This is the biggest game in a year full of big games. Win, and the Hogs could be on the way to their best season since the late 70s. Lose and and we’ll always look back on 2010 as being a little disappointing.
Continuing in our series of favorite LSU-related memories, the #4 slot goes to an event from what was ultimately a fairly crushing game: the 2006 one in War Memorial. But, Darren McFadden‘s 80-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter to suddenly bring the score within five was so amazing it transcends the crappiness of the way it all ended. The way he shot out through the line and accelerated past the all-stars on the LSU D like they were standing still will stay with me for awhile.
Unfortunately, a clip of that play wasn’t available on YouTube, so here’s a D-Mac highlight video shown as part of the Arkansas-LSU pregame show. Still good stuff:
Expats readers: I’m curious to hear what you think about LSU QB Jordan Jefferson. Although he hasn’t looked particularly impressive in his two previous games against the Hogs, and was outright terrible for much of the early part of the season, he and the rest of the LSU offense seem to be clicking right now.
Given the injury-riddled status of the Razorback secondary and the defense’s general struggles against mobile QBs (exhibit A: Chris Relf looking like Cam Newton, Jr last weekend) I’m expecting him to have a big game this weekend. In fact, I predict I’ll be angrily yelling “these guys were supposed to have a crappy offense!” at some point on Saturday. (I also think the Hogs’ offense will more than hold their own against the LSU D, but that’s another topic.)
Over the next few days we’ll be counting down (or building up?) to the Arkansas-LSU game by posting some of our favorite clips from past battles for the Boot.
Coming in at the #5 slot, we have this play from the epic 2007 game in Baton Rouge. Sure, D-Mac’s run is predictably awesome, but what makes it really special is the way Casey Dick absolutely blows up the hapless Tiger defender who’s trying to catch McFadden. An all-time great block, for sure, and definitely one of Dick’s finest moments as a Razorback:
As every Razorback fan knows, the LSU Tigers are reauxlling into Little Rock this weekend to battle for the Golden Boot and the SEC’s potential 2nd BCS bowl berth. Although there are few guarantees in life, here are two absolute locks: the game will be close and the game will be crazy.
How crazy? Well, as Dem-Gaz scribe Tom Murphy pointed out on Twitter today, the combined score of the last three Arkansas-LSU battles is 111-111 with 4 OTs. Throw in the high stakes of this matchup, mix ample amounts of an unstoppable Razorback offense and an immovable Tiger defense, and then throw in a dollop of War Memorial grass in honor of Les Miles and you have the recipe for another classic.
We’ll have more in the coming days, of course, but for starters we want to hear from you: pick your favorite LSU game in our poll, then tell us about your favorite Bayou Bengal-related memories in the comments section.