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Are you kidding me !

A short rant by yours truly, Eric Asher, about NOLA sports and politics. Sometimes you just gotta say, "Are you kidding me!"

Saints Wishing for More LSU Players??

According to a tweet sent out today by Fox 8's Sean Fazende... "Loomis: we'd like to have a few more LSU players on our team, when asked about Deion Jones" The Saints are now lamenting at the lack of LSU players on their roster? Are You Kidding Me? What has stopped them?? LSU has put more players in the NFL than any other school in recent times. Now the Saints have buyers remorse? They have no one to blame but themselves. Payton & Loomis talk a good game but the fact is despite being 90 miles away from LSU and bringing the entire organization to LSU pro days. The Saints pass year after year on LSU players with the exception of journeyman Al Woods who was a bust with the Saints. Draft after draft the Saints passed on LSU & SEC players and now they are wishing they had more??.. What a joke! If the Saints would have chosen just half of their draft classes in the last 10 years from LSU or Alabama the Saints would not be considered one of the NFL's worst when it comes to draft success. Instead with the exception of 2006 and the 2015 drafts they have averaged a contribution of one player per draft on the team, that is not how you build a consistent winner in the NFL. So let me make it easy for you Payton & Loomis if a player is on the board from LSU Alabama or the SEC.. RUN to the podium with the player's name.. you surely can't do any worse than you have in the last decade.        

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LSU Basketball Quits One Final Time in 2016

Once has to question Johnny Jones decision not to accept a post season tournament invitation. Althought this team did not reach preseason expectations after the signing of #1 recruit Ben Simmons and what was thought to be a top recruiting class. In fact the season was a disaster. The team was not well coached, selfish and undisciplined. At times they flat out quit. Lacking effort at times especially rebounding and on the defensive end where they played little or no defense and offering little or no resistance to the opposing team. This team of mostly underclassman never played with a sense of urgency or improved even when healthy as the season progressed and you wonder why they never reached 20 wins? Jones decision not to accept a postseason invite is mindboggling considering the majority of the team has never been to postseason play and this could have been used as a learning experience. The Ben Simmons experiment was a failure with Simmons leaving Baton Rouge with incredible potential but, Tigers fans only saw glimpes of greatness. His passive nonchalant style filled the stat sheet but never rarely gave the Tigers the advantage one would expect from the nation's top prospect. At times he seemed to be playing without great effort. His passing skills and basketball IQ are precocious. His lack of shooting skills & as well as his ball handling will need to be improved on the NBA level in addition to his willingness to play defense for him to reach his true potential. The cupboard is not bare for LSU next season if the young additions outside of Simmons stick around, But for LSU once again to be considered among basketball elite Jones will have to do more than recruit great talent he must also be able to develop that talent something he failed at miserably this season. Much like Les Miles, Johnny Jones gets a reprive this year because of the slashing of Lousiana's higher education budget and the preception of allowing LSU boosters to buyout coaches while the school is on the brink of discontinuing degree programs and laying off faculty and staff. No matter what happened in the lockeroom with this team. The program and the University should have accepted a berth play in the postseason not to do so is quitting just like we saw this team do over and over again this season. A few more days of practice and at least another game could have been used as a learning experience not as a punishment for an immature team that appeared to quit on it's coach, school and fans.  LSU's favorite son..Johnny Jones.. You are officially on the clock.             

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