Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Big Time Contender Knocks Off Pretender In Burger War

Our recent trek to the mountainous regions of New Mexico and Arizona for a little camping trip helped me reach a tummy-pleasing conclusion.  

This is just one man's opinion, and it will be unpopular to many of my closest friends as well as imperfect strangers: 

Blake's Lotaburger's specialty, "The Lotaburger with Hatch Green Chiles" is far superior to anything coming out of the kitchen at In-N-Out Burger.  


Monster-Style, Animal-Style, Protein-Style? Hang it up. You're the Thunder with a 3-1 series lead and one game at home.  The Lotaburger toys with you for two-and-a-half periods before firing the dagger---the Steph Curry of fast-food condiments, New Mexico's Hatch Green Chiles.

There is nothing sloppy, or napkin-grabbing about this New Mexico staple.  There are no "hip" points for ordering "off the menu".  The 70+ Lotaburger's that are mostly exclusive to New Mexico (Arizona has one and El Paso is home to three) feature "made to order" service, little or no dining space (order and go!), excellent attention to detail, superb seasoned-fries and highly desirable chocolate shakes. And that delicious slice of Santa Fe, the lovable Las Cruces lunch, the joint that puts the 'burger' in Alburgerquerque... the Lotaburger. 

I'm not going all-Lannister'y and claiming Lotaburger the ruler of the seven kingdoms without a fight.  Whataburger would still make a white-walker drool, thus remaining the closest thing to a King in the fast-food fiefdom.  All I ask of you Steak-N-Shake Supporters, In-N-Out Stylists, Five Guys Freaks---when in New Mexico (or Tucson or El Paso), do as the New Mexico'ans do. Visit the place overseen by the long-legged, pinstriped pugilist of puny taste... Blake's Lotaburger. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Fletch Freaks Out

When Fletch's worlds collide, an Airline grad plays for his alma mater, Little Rock Trojans, in NCAA tournament, passion ignites! Josh Hagins DOMINATED Purdue in a double overtime, record setting bonanza, it's almost more than our fanatical friend can take.

WARNING: There will be high pitched, voice cracking shrieks, the house will shudder from a collapse on the rug, there will be hopping, clapping, cursing, muttering, pleading, incoherent shouts, spittle, hysterical cackles of maniacal laughter, rocking in place, pointing, flailing, insult hurling... And much, much more. 

I would like to take a moment to thank myself for recording this crazy for you to enjoy. For you it's a novelty, for me it's more of a lifestyle😜


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tide's Obashohan Rolls Through LSU

LSU missed a difference-making fifteen free throws Wednesday night in a 76-69 loss at home to Alabama.   Freshman phenom Ben Simmons had 20 points and 10 rebounds---but his night could have been much better and the result possibly flipped if he had not missed nine of his 19 shots from the charity stripe. Craig Victor led the Tigers with 21 points and Keith Hornsby added 18.


The Crimson Tide's Retin Obashohan led all scorers with 35 points as the result of an 11-for-18 night from the floor and 11-of-11 effort from the free throw line.   Avery Johnson's Tide also had a sizable advantage in bench scoring with Alabama's reserves outscoring LSU's 25-2.  LSU once again received a solid game shooting from their top three scorers, with Victor, Simmons and Hornsby hitting 18-of-35 shots.  The rest of Johnny Jones' team hit just 4-of-22 shots with Tim Quarterman the biggest culprit--the mercurial guard made just 2-of-10 shots last night.

LSU falls out of a first place tie with Kentucky---but could find themselves knotted with the Wildcats after tonight's Kentucky-Tennessee game if the Vols can find a way to upset the 14th ranked Cats in Lexington. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Scott Picks Up LSU Offer; Sneed Announcement Set For Thursday

In the evolving world of college football recruiting, Louisiana’s reigning player of the year picked up a scholarship offer from LSU Tuesday. Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott tweeted that he received an offer after offensive coordinator Cam Cameron spent hours at Zachary High School. LSU has run into difficulty landing a quarterback for this recruiting class, swinging and missing on a few of the highest rated prospects in the country, which included former Calvary star, Shea Patterson who chose Ole Miss over LSU.

Will Scott push Brandon Harris or Danny Etling or Justin McMillan for playing time or lofty depth chart position? Doubtful.  But after the efforts to net a stud from out of state, it's good PR for the Tigers to make concerted effort to land the biggest QB fish in the state---particularly one that starred fifteen minutes outside of Baton Rouge.

The track record for Les Miles and quarterbacks with more athletic skills than passing skills is well-documented: Russell Shepherd, Terrance Magee, John Diarse... all were moved from the position where they ruled the roost ii high school.  Will Scott be the next in that line, if he even chooses to bring his ability to B.R. this summer?

On the radio show this morning, it was brought to our attention, the last time LSU came in late with an offer for a quarterback in state who had the talent but mostly escaped their radar? Dak Prescott. The Haughton star re-wrote the record book at Mississippi State.  If Prescott had latched onto the late LSU offer, I'm wagering the Tigers record book would have been mainly unaltered after Prescott's time in school.

That's not a knock on Dak.  The system, the competition at the position, the expectations, all those factors and more would have been prohibitive in Baton Rouge---but were assets in Starkville.

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Minden super-athlete L’Jarius Sneed will announce his college choice tomorrow, on his birthday. Sneed had over 1,000 yards receiving and another 300 + rushing in just 9 games for the Crimson Tide in 2015. Louisiana Tech and UL-L are the reported front-runners for Sneed’s services.

Tigers Go Cold In Aggie-Town

After hitting nine of their first 13 shots from the floor last night, LSU went stone cold the rest of the game-connecting on just 13 of their final 46 attempts,losing all hope for a road upset of 8th ranked Texas A&M.

The Aggies, guided by ex-Centenary Gents head coach Billy Kennedy, smothered the Tigers 71-57 to remain unbeaten in SEC play. LSU dropped to 5-2 in league action. Jalen Jones led A&M with 20 points, mostly from the paint area. Tyler Davis added 18 on 7-of-9 shooting.


Ben Simmons had 10 points and 11 rebounds for LSU.

Keith Hornsby’s jumper with 17:39 to play gave LSU a 42-41 lead. Johnny Jones’ team was outscored 30-15 the rest of the way, done in by sloppy half-court offensive sets and a severe lack of transition defense.

LSU visits the Avery Johnson-coached Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday.

Monday, November 23, 2015

In Defense Of Les

Where in the world is Joe Alleva? The LSU athletic director hasn't been heard from since the beginning of the "Les Miles must win his final two games or he's gone" situation. 

Alleva's strong-handed ways may not have shoved John Chavis out the door, but he certainly made the former Tigers defensive coordinator aware that his car was waiting outside with the engine running and the tank on "E" at the end of the 2014 season. 

With his successful head coach wafting in the wind, publicly outed as "fired coach walking," Alleva has chosen to remain hidden behind the practice of not commenting on a coach's status until after the season. 

Now this? Sending Les out to face questions about his employment status? Has Les Miles delivered the goods to rival Nick Saban and Urban Meyer consistently as the greatest coach in the country? No. However, aside from those two upper echelon coaches, Miles really doesn't take a backseat to anyone over the last ten years.  Jimbo Fisher has made his presence felt on the coaching landscape the last six years to join the list of elite coaches. Aside from that trio, is there a coach more successful than Les Miles in college football? 

Miles has made his share of mistakes in critical situations. There have been times when his disciplinary procedures lacked backbone; he has proved stubborn and unaccountable (21-0 loss to Alabama in 2012  BCS Championship); and his skills as a tactician leave something to be desired.  

But... He doesn't light into players like they just violated curfew with his daughter the way Saban and Jim McElwain have exhibited regularly; his bravado doesn't supersede limitations, ala' Bret Bielema; he is not aloof and anal like Meyer; he drags his wife and kids around everywhere he goes, not as a trophy to indicate his "family-man" status, but simply because he seems to really like seeing them.  

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And... He wins. 10 games a year on average, even though the last three seasons have fallen shy of his version of average.  He's a national media star, which definitely aids on the recruiting trail. ESPN, SEC Network, national radio shows... They all love Les. 

Quick, name a coach that networks crave interviews with... Spurrier isn't walking off the tee box and through that door; Les is the guy.

As a lifelong Razorback fan, and reporter covering LSU since 1995, I'm not sure what LSU's fan base is looking for if title contender, ace recruiter, genial CEO, family man and media star doesn't fit the bill. 
There are over 100 college football fan bases that would gladly trade the past ten years' results with Tiger fans---Woo Pig Sooie's, Rebels, Cowbell Clanga's, Aggies, Gamecocks, ShowMe's, Wildcats, Plainsmen, Commodores, UGA's, Volunteers and Gators included. 

Friday, September 4, 2015


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