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Dear Mr. Kalb,

Dear Mr. Kalb,

Consider this: We (LSU) have a 6’6” 260 lb. Junior quarterback who is a come-from-behind athlete. We have a 6’3” 230 lb. Junior quarterback that demolished the humongous non-SEC Miami in the Peach Bowl. We have a 6’3” Freshman quarterback that was the number 1 high school draft pick in the COUNTRY.

Of course, we are in the undisputable best conference in the country: the SEC. I know this is not intellectual, but it is fun. Still, I love Notre Dame, every SEC team, and I admire Oklahoma, USC, Syracuse, etc. I was at the Syracuse-LSU Sugar Bowl game in the huge (93,000) Tulane Stadium as a little boy, and LSU won. What was remarkable was the hugeness of the Syracuse players that my mother and I went down to see when they came out after halftime. I have liked Syracuse ever since even though they are the Orangemen and I am Catholic.

Paul

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Dear Mr. Kalb,

”What I see is a white lower-middle class that is all too eager to adopt at least the adornments of black/Hispanic trash anti-culture. (Sports mania is to blame for a lot of it, as we are coached by the media to exalt sociopathic blacks because they can tackle people or bounce a ball and sociopathic Hispanics because they can hit or throw one.) It is very hard to see any restoration of the old America coming from men such as these.”

This is a quote from someone disillusioned (at the moment) with American culture, and deserves a comment in part because of the reference to sports. Sociopath is an extreme word, which probably was meant to mean uncultured blacks instead of severely disordered, dangerous people.

First, it is not just a white lower-middle class that is to blame for the sports mania that happens to include mostly black athletes in America. As a sports fan, it is routine to talk with upper-middle class whites about sports. Second, team spirit is extremely traditional, and the need to avoid its rejection trumps temporary situations such as the imposition of radical nondiscrimination laws that require black athletes regardless of their culture. Third, although the presence of almost all blacks is radical nondiscrimination, and currently there is no regard for the idea of choice, a liberal dictum when convenient to liberals, one must not despair.

Paul

Dear Readers,

To encourage thinking by people that tune in to this Website, here is a prediction. LSU will demolish Florida on Saturday on NATIONAL (CBS) television. Florida is ranked # 5 and LSU # 9/10. Both are SEC teams and join Auburn and Georgia in the top 10 to exhibit the SEC’s usual power over the many other conferences. Realize these teams fight one another every year.

In other words, an SEC team’s schedule is rigorous year in and year out, but the rankers always favor undefeated teams over conference schedules. Therefore there was the need for the input of computer technology, which established LSU as the 2003 National Champion when LSU defeated #1 Oklahoma. Still, the rankers do not behave capriciously in every case; in college ball, a descent team can beat an excellent team any day of the week because of emotion.

What happens is some teams get unjustifiably high rankings, believe in those rankings, get high, and get pitted against a superior opponent that has everything to lose and nothing to gain. So what, from Auburn’s point view, if it is pitted against Wisconsin in a bowl game, does Auburn have to gain? “Yeah, we beat a relatively crummy team.” Therefore, the inferior team (Wisconsin) beats the superior team (Auburn) in a bowl game such as last year’s.

LSU’s passing offense will be unstoppable by Florida, whose forte is offense. LSU, before this weekend, was ranked roughly as the # 1.5 team on defense. LSU will drop a little in the defensive rankings this week because of a late interception by Mississippi State, which ran the ball in for a touchdown. (That was not really offense, but rules are rules.)

So be on the lookout for coaching errors in the mammoth LSU-Florida game. A rule of thumb is coaches do not win games … they lose games. The players do the heavy lifting; the coaches are the ones that fail to adapt. The most probable coaching errors, if any, for LSU will be to pursue the running game against a brick wall or to fail to play a running quarterback should LSU fail to execute on its passing attack or both.

Paul