Friday, April 18, 2014

Hirsch Coliseum talk and LSU Baseball


Player of the Day: Mayor Cedric Glover.

RE-PLAY of the CEDRIC GLOVER interview about the Hirsch Coliseum and wanting to put money back into it.

Cupcake thought Easter was last Sunday.

Ralph: I did not know, I knew they were hostile over there, but I didn't know they were rude. That's another story.
Fletch: They were not happy, that's the first SEC home game Ole Miss has lost.
Ralph: What do you think about coaches continuously coming out and crying and whining?
Fletch: I think it can benefit you if you play it the right way. If you bring the issue to the umpire's attention in a calm and professional matter, you'll likely get the call. But if you become a thorn in the side, you end up looking like an idiot.
Ralph: It was a good ballgame, I'm hoping they can come out with a series win. I was just going to get your take on manager's tying up the game.
Fletch: Well Aly said she likes the pace of the game because although there's something always exciting with every pitch, it's a nice pace.

Keith: I'm gonna tell you something, in basketball, you got mostly black kids. And in baseball you got mostly white kids. You got more places in Kentucky and Florida that don't care, but then you got Ole Miss and Mississippi schools with kids that react differently. All over the nation, people watch March Madness, but in the south some would rather watch the CWS. There's still some southern states that think its 1957.
Fletch: I think some pockets of the southern states, yes.


Fairgrounds Field Solutions:
Use architecture. Wherever the bats are, rebuild around it so the bats can't have access.
Gradually push them out.
Use Cupcake as bait and let him walk the bats out and continue to walk until he dies, we name the stadium after Cupcake, may he rest in peace.



Wade: You had me at Hawthorne. I'm still waiting for him to say the lead hitter's name right. He says "Mac-Mullen" instead of "McMullen". I wish he would pick a sport, have a farewell tour, I'll even take him announcing a year in advance. It's one thing he does that drives me nuts is he can't stand anyone talking over himself. 

JBo: I love the Hirsch, been there many times. The only downfall about fixing the Hirsch is that it's an old building, after the first $10M put into it, years later you'll have to put another bit of money into it. 

Bill: Hirsch does have a concert coming, Paul Rogers. But my wife won't go because you have to pay for parking and if it rains then you'll get dripped on during the concert. 


Russell: I had to help my friend remove bats. They're just taking them out and removing them. We put simple steel on the beams and they ran out of places to rest and nest. 

Terry: I say they take that $10M and make it into a $10M lazy river. 




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

All You Can Eat for D1 Athletes, Ron Higgins from Times Picayune talks Clement Mubungirwa!

NCAA has settled on a decision to give D1 athletes unlimited meal access.

Zack: From an LSU band members perspective, we pulled up to Auburn and they had a Chik-Fil-A truck waiting for us, and it was the best eating I'd had in a long time. LSU does things really well, if a football player wants a protein shake or a protein bar or whatever, they have access to it. They get to go to the front of the line. At LSU it isn't a problem, being behind the scenes and seeing how all of it works, I don't believe the whole thing entirely but I do agree with Sports Wife that they need to set something up across board regulation.
Fletch: NCAA kind of throws the spaghetti noodle on the cupboard and says "There ya go, make something out of it."


Another rule the NCAA passed, they lessened the rule for testing positive for marijuana during a championship from being suspended for a full season...now its been reduced to a half season. 

Big Jerry Tillery: The band member doesn't practice like a football player all day and moving that much. Now athletes don't room with their other teammates, they room with other students. If your parents don't have money, you know you can't work because NCAA rules deal away with that.

On Little Jerry Tillery: 
Big Jerry Tillery: He's still committed at Notre Dame, the only thing I've told him is to still just go see what else is out there because you never know what tomorrow will bring. I told him to talk to everybody and don't go to a school because of the coach because as we all know, coaches come and go.

RP: I think I have a solution for the NCAARP: MRE's.

Ron Higgins from the Times-Picayune talks Clement Mubungirwa:
Higgins: I can't say enough about the kid and how much Episcopal supports him. It's a remarkable story, how this kid overcame ALL this stuff and he gets in 30 minutes, after all of these pleads, a hand vote and "Alright, next.". To me that was the most stunning thing of all. You don't want to go deliberate it? Nothing? They asked two questions...one was "do you have any brothers and sisters because this rule would apply to them also."
Typically Ron writes about LSU and the SEC, this topic is outside of the box. 

Fletch: It seems like we hear these cases too often where kids are taken out of the situation and adults put themselves in that position and think that's how a child would think. Why have an appeals committee if you never even change the rules?
Higgins: Louisiana gets criticized for a lot of things, for the education system, the government choices, lots of things, and this is their chance to prove people wrong about their criticism. Dale Brown called and was stunned and said he would pay for his first semester of college. When they told Cle, he didn't even know who Dale Brown was, and they told him he coached Shaquille O'Neal, I will never forget the look on his face, total shock. People just don't realize how grateful this kid is. I hoping these people will look at this logically and look at all of the stuff people are giving the NCAA, they aren't trying to cheat, they're just trying to do that right thing.
Fletch: There is progress right?
Higgins: There is, and I know Dale called a lot of people. Episcopal's AD has served on so many committees and has done so much, she always plays by the rules and this one case is one where she's trying to bend the rules. If you saw the picture of him when he was still an African refugee, it's a typical African refugee picture that you'd see in National Geographic. If anyone saw this picture of him barely clothed, no shirt on with barely anything on, barefoot, standing in the dirt, and with those hungry eyes staring back into the camera, no one can say "no" to that.


If you'd like to help Clement out, contact your state legislator or even by simply going on Twitter and RT'ing or tweeting with the hashtag: #LetClePlay

Mike: I was just going to chime in on the young man who seems to be an outstanding man, it tugs at your heart strings, and I also want to say I don't have a dog in this fight, I don't have an alliance with the LHSAA, as a matter of fact I volunteered coaching for the last 10 years and picking up students. The point is everything has to be subjective. "He can't be 6'1 but he can be 5'11" that kind of thing.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hunt Palmer from Bayou Bengals Insider and Matt Yoder from Awful Announcing joined us!


Billy: When I watched them play, they're missing something. I don't think they can go into a clutch situation without Aaron Nola. When I watched them I saw an average baseball team, and Arkansas could've almost slapped them in that series. When I watched them, unless somebody else stands up, they've got no chance of getting anything else.
Fletch: They can't quite figure it out.

Ralph: I'm like Billy, they're a good baseball team, they just haven't had that special moment. When you have Hunt on please let him know about the Wally Pontiff Classic and what it's all about.


Check out Hunt's work at Bayou Bengals Insider

Fletch: 11 or 12 years since Wally Pontiff Jr. passed away at 21?
Hunt Palmer: It was summer of 2002.
Fletch: How old were you in 2002?
Palmer: I was 14, I was in high school. I remember getting the news on the internet, that was really when I started following LSU baseball and it was truly shocking.
Fletch: For those that don't remember, Wally Pontiff was one of the greatest LSU baseball players. He was the scrapper, never a clean uniform, the guy that whenever you would go down to cover LSU baseball he was the one you got your sound byte from. They started the Wally Pontiff Jr. Foundation, what dod they really charge with doing?
Palmer: It's a foundation to benefit children without parents or underprivileged children's. Their family is highly involved. It's a wonderful family, and we're kind of reminded about it this time of year, year-round but that family is working throughout the year.
Fletch: Apparently right after the game, the fellows are getting on a sleeper bus and going to St. Jude to tour and interact with the children.
Palmer: They got this opportunity to do this on spring break and apparently there are a lot of Louisiana residents that are patients at St. Jude's so they thought they would bring some light to those guys.


Palmer: Mainieri is the nicest guy you will ever know but he's also very competitive. Les Miles, win or lose will crack a joke, and Trent is just always angry, but if Mainieri wins he'll be happy and laughing but if they lose, he'll stare and give you short answers.

Ole Miss:
Palmer: They do some thing I really really like over at Ole Miss. LSU and Georgia's feel like very nice minor league stadiums but Ole Miss feels like a real college stadium with students wheeling up ice chests and sitting on the grass. I think Ole Miss is the clear favorite to win this weekend. You look at the pitching match ups and it's tough to say LSU is prepared for Saturday and pitching.


Spring Football: 
Fletch: What have you noticed in the spring games that have kind of given you a crystal ball to get an idea of 2014 season
Palmer: I think I've seen it in Georgia and in the east. I noticed Florida is trying to figure out the offense and spread things out a little more. I'm curious to see some spring clips of Laquon Treadwell over at Ole Miss. The QB play is really already figured out by the Mississippi's.

Dak Prescott:
Palmer: It was very interesting when I was in Starkville for the game, the fan reaction was so different for Prescott was coming in to play vs. Russell. With Prescott at QB and Mullen calling the plays, they'll have plenty to get the job done.


Matt Yoder from AWFUL ANNOUNCING
Fletch: What's the worst tweet mishap you've seen?
Matt Yoder: Ohio State's Cardale Jones tweeted "I didn't come to play school, I came to play football." The NCAA has yet to make that their motto, but it really makes collegiate athletes look great. 
Fletch: As a guy who jumped into the website of AwfulAnnouncing.com, what can Twitter do next to stay up and where can the sports consumer go with Twitter?
Yoder: It's a much more useful tool for me than Facebook. It's speed is much faster, and your feed won't be cluttered with pictures of that girl from high school who you haven't talked to in 6 years' baby. I think there are something that Twitter can do better. I look at the user experience...there are hateful people out there. You tweet a couple jokes about Kentucky, you get 7 "F you's" back. You see racist language and hateful language...I think one thing Twitter could do better at is cutting some of that language and negativity out, make a cleaner stamp. 


Saints Talk:
Yoder: When you look at their salary cap situation...if you remember 4 months ago, the team was saying goodbye to 4 of the most important veterans and your'e thinking to yourself "how are the saints going to make up for these losses?" If you look over the Drew Brees and Payton era, there hasn't been a ton of change over from year-toyear, but I think with this Champ Bailey signing, and letting go to those guys, they are willing to roll the dice and have more roster turnover and taking the next step. This team was very close to beating Seattle in the divisional playoffs. 


Fletch: It appears no one knows what is going to happen with the Saints for this draft season. Where do you think the Saints are going to go with the draft? 
Yoder: I don't really see trading down as something that would excite a lot of Saints fan. Trading out of the first round? I'd like to see the Saints be more aggressive and trade up. Maybe grab someone like Aaron Donaldson from Pitt. If the Saints stay where they are, to me it's staying at the same level they are at. Wide receiver may actually be more of an unknown. Meachem isn't really a guy I can expect to keep catching passes over the next few years. 


Fletch: Malcolm Jenkins says there isn't that much he likes in NFC east now that he's at Philadelphia, do you think he is that much of a play-maker to be able to say that? 
Yoder: No, not really. Especially considering that the Saints have a former Eagles...who's probably going to make that match-up pretty miserable for him 

Bob asks about Sproles leaving and why they would trade him out. 
Fletch: Same thing happened with Jacob Hester and the Broncos. They traded him out for a younger, cheaper pick. Not a better pick, but cheaper. I think that's what the Saints are going to do during this draft season, go cheaper. 

Fletch: Andy Tanner...I wonder if the Saints have seen enough of him that if he's available...will they try and make him the new Lance Moore? 
Cupcake: He's still on the practice squad. 


Fletch: I mentioned Malcolm Jenkins earlier and how he is already making waves saying that the NFC East isn't exactly "all that". He says things that are true, but you wouldn't probably say that when you just start for one of their teams. 

ProFootballTalk reported: 
He saved his harshest rebuke for the Cowboys, though. Jenkins noted how firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan wound up helping the Saints defense more than the one in Dallas and scoffed at the notion that the Cowboys defense, which lostJason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware, would be better than the one that allowed the Saints to pick up 40 first downs in a game last season.
“The offseason comes and you don’t do anything in free agency to get any big name players to come help you out, so I really don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel for this defense in improving when you got the same guys and the same coaches,” Jenkins said on NFL Network, via Philly.com.

LA-1: I want to give a shoutout to the motorcycle officers, you and Cupcake are more than welcome to come and ride along.

University of Louisiana at Monroe is the "most underrated university in Louisiana"
Lee: I graduated from that business school, so go Indians! I went to the spring game and the defense was looking sharp. What do you think this season will look like?
Fletch: Well, speaking of underrated colleges, even more so an underrated coach. Todd Berry can do many things.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Games, Master's Challenge Winner; Aldon Smith Did What? Andrea Lee Punches Cupcake!


Learning about Rat this morning. "I knew it from the start / You'd put an arrow through my heart ..."

LA Tech spring game:
Paul Turner ends up showing out. Were we expecting this? First play of the game, Turner takes a toss from Higgins and goes 70 yards. This is what Tech was sorely missing. It seems like LA Tech has a couple of things cooking on the offense. Trent Taylor continues to show quite the ability to find his way open and when the ball is delivered, participate.

Mississippi State:
Dak Prescott looked like a high contender. They limited him to what he would do in the spring game and they won't give out any kind of film, but he looked really awesome.


Rafe: I don't think our [LA Tech] QB is on the campus yet, I think he's going to be graduating from Iowa in May.
Fletch: What makes you think this guy will do anything different?
Rafe: I've seen what we have and I think he is more talented. I don't think we're ready..I feel like I can go ahead and cross Adam Young off.
Fletch: Let's look up what he's done...
Rafe: Well...he hasn't started...Where Tech's strength is on the Defense with just improvements on the LB situation.


Dr. TV: So you were talking about the explosiveness of the transfer going to Tech from Iowa? Did you see the stats of the freshman at the Tennessee spring game? He had 181 yards, he is one to highlight, for sure.


Schutt Vision Update:
JR: We got some action in the Spring games Saturday...Patterson or Peterson for Miami was wearing it in the spring game, Georgia, ULM, Rutgers, didn't see it on Clemson, Florida State guy was hurt but yeah it's going pretty good.
Fletch: Have you added some orders here recently?
JR: I got the biggest order of life...a little team in Pittsburgh named the Steelers ordered six of them. We're getting a Notre Dame one made and then sending it to Mike & Mike in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully they'll show it on the show. It's pretty much been word-of-mouth with teams that have been just pushing them out. At the collegiate and NFL level it's just word-of-mouth right now. People are just hearing about it, so it's no longer Schutt calling people to tell them about the product.
Fletch: Working with the NCAA, what are the obstacles that you guys have to clear in order to get Schutt Vision approved?
JR: There's a rule that says video equipment can't be on the field or during the play. It writes out to avoid home-cooking if you will, so no one will have an unfair advantage to the other team. We've been asked to meet with the chairman of the committee to talk competitive advantage. For example, if ULM is going to play LSU and LSU has been practicing with Schutt Vision, then ULM should be able to practice with Schutt Vision as well.

2014 Master's Challenge:

Shayne thinks he won the Master's Challenge because he had Watson on his roster. Shayne's total score, was +26. The actual winner is

6) Marc Wilson
T4) Stan Rodgers
T4) John Rosales
3) Craig Mills
2) SoBo
1) Mark Mixon

WINNER: Mark Mixon




Bo Pelini entered the Huskies spring game holding a cat high up in the air: 

 Photo courtesy of: The Big Lead.

Jeff: I just wanted to call and talk about how the CBS weather bug was bugging everyone at the Master's. I think they should get the rights to reciprocate during regular weather broadcasts, have an LSU logo where they would usually have a weather logo. It's only fair.

Andrea Lee: 2013 Muay Tai Champion, 2013 Golden Glove, 2013 IKF World Champion,  V3 Flyweight Champion, 2014 WKA, NAGA World Champion. Basically, if there's an amateur event, she's either the national or world champion.
Lee: I walk around at about 145 but i have to cut to about 125 for fights. It's not as easy for a girl.

Andrea is going to punch Cupcake again.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Short Show Today! Have A Good Weekend!


Arkansas State's Red Wolves Foundation has put up a bid on e-bay. As of right now, for $11,500 you can bid to be the Arkansas State head coach for the Spring Game. 

Billy: Fletch, that's hard for me to believe. This just shows you how much money is floating around college football.
Fletch: With three days left on the bidding to coach Arkansas State...at it's at $11,500.
Billy: What amazes me is that just shows you the power of alumni money at any university. Just how many people would sit down for the Texas gig or USC? It juste shows how much money you just want to throw away. And we wonder why student athletes fall to the temptation of people that have extra money to just stand there in the spring game.
Fletch: There's probably more people thinking "Hey, shouldn't that $11,500 be going into the pockets of recruits?"


Imagine Nick Saban giving up the spring game for some stranger to come in and coach them. Imagine if you were the one who won the bid and the whole time Nick Saban is behind you watching every move you make.

Fletch: I could just see at Alabama if this happened...You're coaching the Crimson Team and you  line them up for a field goal. You point at Saban and then yell "THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD'VE DONE RIGHT HERE!!!"

G$: I agree the field goal defense needs to be practiced more. I worked for the Captains and we would have Diamond Dig Night. What MLB team would let women get on their field and dig holes?
Fletch: No one.
G$: Well, one night we had "Used Car Night" and brought 10 used cars and even though it was whatever, it put people in the seats. You gotta know who you are and what you stand for. When we're looking at something like this, it's funny, and we can make fun of it, but what has it gotten Arkansas State? It's the same thing that happened with the Lady Techster hire last week.
Fletch: You are absolutely right. Who would be talking about Arkansas State football's spring game if it weren't for this e-bay bid. Who would have been talking about the Lady Techsters if it weren't for the hiring of Tyler Summitt?


Thursday, April 10, 2014

2014 Masters Challenge; Todd Walker in Studio and Roy Lang from Augusta!

We're all about contests on this radio program and now that March Madness is over, it's time for the Masters Challenge. 



Get a free beer at Rotolo's while watching the Master's for those who call in and pick a number for the contest! If your name is on the list tell them at Rotolo's for your free beer, only DURING the Masters!


Wade is the Cupcake of our contest because he always loses, therefore he is a loser. (Wade, we don't actually think you're a loser.)

Todd Walker joins us in the studio!

Todd Walker: Calvary Baptist is on a 4-win winning streak. They had a good win against North Webster the other night and tomorrow night they will go over to play against the Loyola Flyers.
Fletch: They have a great ballpark.
TW: They have a beautiful park, and they have a decent team this year, they can beat you on any night of the week they want to.


RP: Before you get into LSU with me, I have got to ask Todd why his team is trying to bring back the single-handedly, the mullet.
TW: It's awful. Isn't it amazing how full-circle that is? I asked them if they have girlfriends and only the center-fielder has one.
RP: I've told them, if you all bring back parachute pants and bandanas around your legs...
Fletch: Then I'll be stylish again! Yes!

Roy Lang from the Shreveport Times joins us on the air from Augusta National.

Lang's Top 3 Picks:
1) Hideki Matsuyama
2) Thorbjorn Olesen
3) Jason Day
4) Jordan Spieth

Fletch: Hows the ground looking?
RL: I wouldn't say it's soggy, if David Toms were playing this weekend, you may think he was playing a little soft. But by no means is there any puddles or any mud. It doesn't really favor anybody, it sort of takes the David Toms type out of it. You're looking at whoever can put the best.


Fletch: You didn't see an oddity in promotion, but you hd to have seen a manager rant.
TW: Ironically enough, I played for just a lot of low-key guys. None of them ever got thrown out of games. Buddy could get hot a few times when I was playing for Colorado. I actually thought about that as a coach, does it help your team by going out there and performing like that? And I think in some cases it does fire up the team, but I'm not about to do that.


The biggest news in baseball so far has been about Josh Hamilton diving into first base and being out for 6-8 weeks. Did you ever dive into 1st base and was it on purpose and what are your thoughts on Hamilton?
TW: The clarification is, when you're leading off and they pick you off. I don't remember them getting on us too many times about certain things but the one thing they stressed on EVERY team was run through the bag on 1st. It usually happens with a guy who is trying to prove something.
Fletch: He's a gamer!
TW: Yeah, like I'm a gamer! And he looks like he's really trying but if you get hurt and you're a big money guy, I remember the stress and importance of not diving into the bag.
Fletch: When I was a kid no one was diving in head first to any base. Are you a diver or a slider?
TW: I generally had my momentum going from my upper body. I used both but on steals, generally I went diving in.




Fletch: It's been kind of a down year for high school baseball. The high school ranks, there aren't really any big studs, but do you see that on the horizon when you go to play other teams?
TW: No. I've got 15 freshmen, 10 of them are 1st basemen. The harsh reality is on our group I don't have much. You'd asked me the reason and the only thing I could say is kids have choices to go to high school anywhere they want. Byrd should be excellent every year like a power house reloading every year, so I don't know, it thins out because of the different options you have now. They treat high schools like college now, you get to go visit them and then make your pick.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WWE's Ultimate Warrior Passes Away; King Hardware's Bob McElhatten

2009 Saints draft:
1st Round- Malcolm Jenkins
2nd Round-
3rd Round-
4th Round- Chip Vaughn and Stanley Arnoux
5th Round- Thomas Morstead

So they were pretty much 2:4 that year.

Chimi V's now has "Southern Drawl" by Great Raft Brewing! 29 degree local beer? YES! 

SEC UPDATE:

  • Auburn fan guilty for what?!
  • Texas A&M baseball
  • Florida Gators took care of business.
For more detailed information go check out Want For Victory


The Ultimate Warrior passed away yesterday at the age of 54.

Bob: It's a sad day in the McElhatten household. I wake up this morning to countless text messages telling me the Ultimate Warrior died, and I thought I was dreaming. I wish I was still dreaming. Am I still dreaming?
Fletch: Are you thinking of urinating?
Bob: No.
Fletch: Oh...that was just my dream from last night.
Bob: This man had more steroids running through his body than any other person on the planet. He was a bodybuilder before and he had muscles on muscles on muscles. Football players have had concussion-related problems over the years, but wrestlers have it the worst. 
Fletch: That goes to show the "Dead Wrestler of the Week" article. Did he appear ill at WrestleMania?
Bob: He wasn't on there but on Monday night he made an appearance. 
Fletch: Where does he rate on your pantheon of greatest of all time?
Bob: He was such a polarized figure especially as child watching wrestling, he was a Top 6. All I know today is that I'll be watching many Ultimate Warrior fights. 
Fletch: WWE Network already has almost 700,000 subscribers. 
Bob: For the price of two Starbucks coffees, you get any wrestling from any time period.
Fletch: What was your favorite wrestling moment?
Bob: WrestleMania 6 when he beat Hulk Hogan for the World Championship.


Lucky Jack: Yeah man, it really is a pretty sad day. It's also the same day that Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses Grant. It's not like we really lost though, no one really retires and moves up north anyways.
Fletch: What was your favorite memory of wrestling?
LJ: When the Rock and Sting teamed up and became the Blade Runners.
Fletch: We talk about our music history in Shreveport-Bossier, we talk about our new movie industry here, what about without Shreveport there wouldn't be a WrestleMania 30, in the '50's it was huge hear and really blossomed in Shreveport. 
LJ: The basketball game was expected to get an 18-20 for ratings and they ended up getting a 12.5. Most of the responses as to why they didn't watch the NCAA Championship was because they were watching WrestleMania. 
If Mettenberger proves today that he can throw the football efficiently with no ill effects after his knee surgery, he will be bumped up highly on the draft list. If he doesn't succeed in this and shows some difficulty, he will at worst become a 2nd Round pick. 




Jim Nantz stopped by the studio this morning.

Rotolo's: Let's spice up that Master's Challenge. If you will give me a copy of the listeners who participated, I will give one free beer for each participant who comes in to watch the Masters at Rotolos, either location.You have to come in while the Masters are on TV. AND Rotolo's will now be doing MILITARY MONDAYS! On Mondays at Rotolo's on E. 70th and the Bossier Rotolo's on Benton Road, all military personnel can come in and receive 25% off all day every Monday!