Tuesday, November 15, 2016

My Sports, Your Sports, Make it, "Our Sports" For November 15th

LSU GEARS UP FOR GATORS

LSU moves into second gear today, prepping for Saturday’s home game against Florida. The game, originally scheduled for Gainesville on October 8th, was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. The two school’s athletic directors and SEC officials could not work out a playing date or location at the time, which led to the game moving to this Saturday. Florida had to buy out a game against Presbyterian and LSU had to pay off South Alabama, the two teams on the schedule for the Gators and Tigers on November 19th.

Florida can wrap up the SEC East with a win while LSU has realistic hopes of reaching the Sugar Bowl with wins in their final two regular season games. In addition, several Tigers have made it clear they want to win to bolster the chance of Ed Orgeron getting “interim” removed from his head coaching name tag.

The game features a pair of Purdue transfers starting at quarterback. Austin Appleby replaces the injured Luke Del Rio for the Gators while Danny Etling continues to guide the Bayou Bengals. Appleby actually beat Etling out of the starting position at Purdue before both transferred, Etling over lack of playing time and Appleby is a graduate transfer who split time last year as the Purdue starter. Orgeron said, “I want to know who's evaluating those quarterbacks at Purdue. I want to give them a call.”

Whichever team ends up on top Saturday afternoon in Death Valley, perhaps the appropriate drink to toast the victory would be a Boilermaker.
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PELICANS ON A ROLL? SURE!

The Pelicans won for the second time in three games after an 0-8 start to the season, knocking off Boston, 106-105 Monday night. Anthony Davis turned in another sterling outing, leading the way with 25 points, 16 rebounds 4 blocks and 2 steals. Baton Rouge native, Langston Galloway scored a season-best 21 in a supporting role.

Isaiah Thomas tied the game for Boston with seven seconds to play on a driving layup. The Celtics fouled Tim Frazier with 2.5 seconds to play and he sank one of two free throws to deliver the win.

Thomas led Boston with 37 points.

The Pelicans take on the Magic in Orlando Wednesday night.

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CALVARY EX, LSU TIGERS EARN SEC AWARDS

Former Calvary Cavaliers quarterback, Shea Patterson was named the SEC Freshman of the week after his record-setting debut as the Ole Miss starting quarterback. Patterson led the Rebels to a 29-28 win at 8th-ranked Texas A&M Saturday night.

Trailing by 15 in the final quarter, Patterson turned hotty-toddy frowns upside down with a pair of touchdown tosses and a final drive that ended with a game-winning field goal. Patterson, a two year starter for the Cavaliers before transferring to IMG Academy for his senior season, set new marks for Ole Miss freshmen with 338 passing yards and 402 total yards.

LSU double-dipped into the weekly SEC honors. Sophomore Darius Guice earned co-offensive player of the week with his 252 yard rushing performance against Arkansas. Guice had two touchdowns, including an LSU record for longest rush from the line of scrimmage of 96 yards.

Tigers center Ethan Pocic was named co-offensive lineman of the week after a dominant performance against the Razorbacks. Pocic played all 67 offensive snaps for LSU and recorded 11 knockdown blocks to help pave the way to a 547 total yard effort.
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HOGS WIN, FANS GET A TONGUE-LASHING

Mike Anderson’s Arkansas Razorbacks knocked off Southern Illinois 90-65 in Bud Walton Arena last night to improve to 2-0. This batch of Hogs are expected to reside among the upper echelon in SEC play this year, but the crowd last night didn't reflect that. Only 4,270 fannies were in the seats for the game, a dismal showing according to the head coach… of Southern Illinois.

During his post-game press conference,SIU head coach ,Barry Hinson laid into the Razorback faithful for not showing up to support the Hogs:





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NORTH CADDO'S WILLIAMS HELPS AGGIES ROLL

Former North Caddo Rebel and Mr. Basketball in Louisiana, Robert Williams had 10 points and two blocked shots to help Texas A&M roll past American 76-53 last night in College Station. The Aggies improved to 3-0 with the win and were led by Tyler Davis with 17 points in just a 20-minute workday.

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GIANTS CLOSE OUT BENGALS, REMAIN ON HEELS OF COWBOYS

In Monday Night Football, the New York Giants improved to 6-3 with a 21-20 win over Cincinnati in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Eli Manning was picked off twice, but countered the turnovers with three touchdown passes—the third coming on fourth down in the fourth quarter. Former LSU Tiger Odell Beckham, Jr. had 10 catches for 97 yards and one of those scores. Another former Bayou Bengal, Jeremy Hill had 46 yards rushing for Cincinnati and a touchdown.

The Giants remain two games behind Dallas in the NFC East with a 6-3 record, matching their win total from each of the last two seasons. Chicago and Cleveland are next on the schedule for the Giants.