Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Louisiana Offshore Fishing Trip

Great Day Fishing off the Louisiana Gulf Coast

Great Day Fishing off the Louisiana Gulf Coast

Great Day Fishing off the Louisiana Gulf Coast

Great Day Fishing off the Louisiana Gulf Coast

Great Day Fishing off the Louisiana Gulf Coast

Great Day Fishing off the Louisiana Gulf Coast

Great Day Fishing off the Louisiana Gulf Coast

Great Day Fishing off the Louisiana Gulf Coast

Louisiana’s nickname “the Sportsman’s Paradise” is a well-earned one.

Our state boasts what’s arguably the best saltwater fishing in the nation in both the inshore and offshore sectors, and has always been consistently productive in freshwater areas.

Each year, anglers wonder what lies ahead for their favorite fisheries, so we put together this calendar to give you the inside scoop on five of the state’s top species from the northern tip of Toledo Bend Reservoir to the Chandeleur Islands.

Check out the article and calendar at LA Game & Fish.

We had an awesome day saltwater fishing out of Port Fourchon, Louisiana last Sunday! Our group brought in 30 Red Snapper, 6 Mangrove Snapper, 1 Black Drum, 4 Amberjack, 2 Wahoo, and 8 Dolphin! WOOT! Lots of fish in the freezer!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Back Home in Omaha!

LSU Tigers Baseball 2008 - headed to Omaha!

LSU Tigers Baseball 2008 - headed to Omaha!

Final Sunset in Alex Box Stadium

Back Home In Omaha. The Tigers have arrived. LSU enjoyed the two-hour flight from Baton Rouge to Omaha on a spacious charter plane as the team landed just after 8 p.m. Clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s gave way to a sunset on the plains of Nebraska.

LSU took a 20-minute ride by bus to its hotel where the Tigers were greeted by several fans and the gracious College World Series staff. LSU head coach Paul Mainieri and the players signed autographs for the fans and a Little League baseball team that is also staying at the hotel.

After a pizza dinner, the players called it a night as Friday’s schedule will be a busy one. Most of the players enjoyed the remainder of Thursday evening watching the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers in their rooms. will take you all-access with the Tigers on Friday that includes media opportunities, practice at Rosenblatt Stadium, an autograph session and the College World Series opening ceremonies.

Our “Back Home In Omaha” blog will feature audio and video from Friday’s festivities. Throughout the Tigers’ stay, infielder Buzzy Haydel will go behind the scenes with “The Buzz From Omaha” and keep you updated from a player’s perspective.

Check out The Buzz From Omaha at LSU Sports.

Congratulations, Tigers! Unfortunately, I will be at scout camp with my boy next week and will miss all of the action... at least I'll have my radio!

Be sure to check out the College World Series Headquarters at LSU Sports.

Geaux Tigers!

UPDATE: The Tigers lost Friday night and headed home after one helluva great season... keep your heads up, Tigers - we're proud of you!!!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Hold the Rope!

LSU Tigers Baseball 2008 - SEC Champs

LSU Tigers Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri

LSU Tigers Baseball 2008 - 70 Years in the Box!

LSU Tigers Baseball 2008 - ON FIRE!

Michael Hollander caught the last out of the regional, a foul pop near third base. Then he flipped it softly into the grandstand.

It was a simple gesture, something any player on the team might have done, but you suppose if anybody understands the meaning of a special souvenir at Alex Box Stadium, it’s someone’s who’s been in those seats.

Hollander, a senior, is preparing for his last weekend at Alex Box. He and junior teammate Nicholas Pontiff are the links to LSU’s national championship years.

Pontiff is the younger brother of the late Wally Pontiff, a freshman starter on LSU’s 2000 team, the most recent to win it all. Hollander grew up idolizing Wally and followed his baseball career path to Jesuit High School in New Orleans and to LSU.

After Wally died of a heart abnormality at 21 in 2002, Hollander was all but paralyzed with shock and grief, unable to play some of his summer-league games.

Six years later, Hollander is playing Wally’s old position, third base, and is the inaugural recipient of LSU’s Wally Pontiff Jr. Scholar Athlete Award.

“I would rather receive this than the Golden Spikes Award,” Hollander said, referring to the award given annually to the best amateur player in the country.

A highlight video can sell a 17-year-old on signing to play baseball at LSU, but it can’t pump purple and gold into his bloodstream the way growing up a fan of the Tigers can.

There is no substitute for being a part of the family before you’re part of the team.

In the years when LSU baseball made the leap from growing program to national power, the Tigers were fond of repeating a Skip Bertman saying: “Hold the rope.”

The pitcher leaving the mound tells the one replacing him. A batter who wills his way on base tells a pinch runner.

The 1996 team tells the 1997 team.

Hold the rope.

Blair Barbier, a player on the 1997 and 2000 national championship teams, was an LSU assistant coach last year. He understood.

Hollander’s LSU career ends when this season ends. Pontiff, a senior in the classroom, may or may not be back.

Whether the season ends at The Box or at the College World Series, who will hold the rope next year, and how tightly?

Turnover in personnel is so common in pro sports, Jerry Seinfeld said of the fans, “When you root for a team these days, you’re mostly rooting for laundry.”

In college sports there is some of that, but a roster of players from Mandeville and Metairie and Shreveport and Baton Rouge has meaning at LSU.

There’s one way this roster, with its sunflower-gold laundry, can ensure the 2009 team has a piece of rope to hold, a link to the championship days. Seven wins would do it.

Two this weekend would buy the ticket for the trip to finish the job.

Check out article at The Advocate.

The Tigers are playing some great ball right now! Let's hope we can keep up our streak!

Geaux Tigers!

Let us not forget... on this day in history: D-Day: June 6, 1944