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Cajun Tomato’s Most Viewed Posts Jan. 8-15, 2012

That distant, yet clear sound you hear is me screaming “ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!” at the top of my lungs. There is no end in sight to my furor. Hell, the next football season is eight months away. I might yell my lungs out. I might not. We shall see. Oh! The intrigue!

The ironic thing about LSU and the Saints each wrapping their seasons in disappointing, yet wildly different fashions is not that I am still smarting from their losses days later. It is that they, in turn, sparked my highest page view count in the history of this blog. For that, I owe a large debt of gratitude to my friend, Jordy Pujol.

Here were the five most viewed posts for Jan. 8-15:
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LSU Loss Brings Odd Sense of Closure, Relief: A Fan’s Take

NOTE: My good friend and former lafootballguys.com co-conspirator Jordy Pujol wrote this piece about life as an LSU football fan during the Jordan Jefferson/Jarrett Lee error. The future, thanfully, looks brighter. You will enjoy this piece. I know I did.

The dust has settled.

A malevolent whirlwind of images and media spin and emotions has mercifully come to a stop. We, as battle-tested Tiger fans, survey the damage. Crimson confetti adorns the once hallowed ground of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Bama fans, in their callow, unsophisticated glory, taunt us with cries of “ROLL TIDE!!!,” but we hear and feel nothing. There is only sadness, only regret, only a modicum of pride still wheezing and panting and insecurely hissing, “congrats on the season split!”

We are a beaten people.

Our Glorious Leader, Les Miles, harbinger of chagrin, waxes philosophical from the mountaintop. Jarrett Lee could not sustain the pass rush, he says. We disagree and accuse him of high treachery, but in the end we forgive him like always. He is the innocent fool, blessed and cursed to win in unprecedented numbers while simultaneously being denounced by most of his followers.

His gameplans confuse and infuriate us, yet we accept them because of the legendary Luck of the Hatter. We remember Arizona State ’05, Notre Dame ’07, Florida ’07, Arkansas ’09, Tennessee ’10, Florida ’10, Alabama ’10, and Alabama ’11 (Part 1). This diminishes the sting of Georgia ’05, Kentucky ’07, Ole Miss ’09, and Alabama ’11 (Part 2).

With the images of the BCS National Championship burned into the backs of our eyelids in 1080p High Definition, we surprisingly breathe a collective sigh of relief. Bama fans won’t get it. Florida fans couldn’t understand it. Ole Miss fans wish they had a similar problem. We are relieved to be rid of a unique situation that has divided and conquered a fanbase.

Here’s where it gets weird.

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Lee Delivers In The Clutch To Lead LSU Past Miss. State

LSU QB Jarrett Lee

I got the sickening feeling while watching the third quarter of LSU’s SEC opener against Mississippi State that the Tigers’ inability to punch the ball into the end zone would cost them in the end. LSU held a 9-6 lead entering the fourth, a precarious advantage on the road against a team in desperate need of a hallmark victory.

A funny thing happened at the beginning of the fourth though. Oft-maligned LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee asserted himself … in a positive way.

Lee threw a pretty pass over a defender into the waiting arms of Reuben Randle for a 24-yard gain, then hit Odell Beckham three straight times for 24 yards. Three plays later, Lee capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive with a picturesque 19-yard TD pass to Randle.

And just like that LSU led 16-6. The No. 3 ranked Tigers coasted from there to a 19-6 win that was less stressful than it at first appeared it would be. LSU has now won 12 straight against Mississippi State.

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LSU Win A Must To Shut Oregon Fans Up

Only two days away!

It was Nov. 9, 1996. Tiger Stadium. Baton Rouge. LSU and Bama.

My dad and I bought tickets on the street minutes before the game. We ended up sitting in the Alabama fans’ section. It turned out to be a painfully long game. Bama running back Shaun Alexander rushed for 291 yards and four scores in the Crimson Tide’s 26-0 win over a 10-win LSU team.

The Bama fans would not shut up. Their southern drawls offended my 11-year-old sensibilities. Even then I hated redneck Crimson Tide fans from Alabama. Still do today.

I bring up this painful memory of Purple and Gold failure because I am planning to watch LSU’s season opener against No. 3 Oregon Saturday with a house full of Ducks supporters. It could be an epic victory or epic failure. There is no in-between.

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UPDATE: LSU QB Jefferson Facing Felony Charge

JJeff has seen better days

NOTE: I wrote a post earlier this week predicting Jarrett Lee would be LSU’s starter when the season opened. You can read it here.

Multiple Louisiana media outlets are reporting LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson will be charged with a felony battery charge for his role in a bar fight that sent four non-LSU football players to the hospital.

Thus ends the week-long “will police charge him or won’t they” drama. Oregon fans can stop saying the SEC doesn’t suspend anyone.

Jefferson will likely be suspended indefinitely. He could also be kicked off the team, pun intended. (No, Les Miles is not whacky enough to try to use him as the team’s punter, even though Jefferson reportedly has a soccer-style boot.)

Jefferson’s arrest comes eight days before No. 4 LSU faces No. 3 Oregon in Cowboys Stadium in one of the most highly anticipated nonconference games in years. This week’s distractions will impact the Tigers in their preparation for the game, but how much is unclear.

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And Now Starting At Quarterback For LSU … Jarrett Lee?

LSU QB Jarrett Lee

Former state pariah Jarrett Lee will line up underneath center when No. 4 LSU takes the field against No. 3 Oregon Sept. 3 in Cowboys Stadium. It is not a done deal, of course, but it feels like a foregone conclusion as more details trickle out of Baton Rouge about a bar fight last Friday allegedly involving Tigers starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson.

According to Baton Rouge TV station WAFB, 10 people say they witnessed Jefferson kick a Marine in the head in a melee that sent four non-LSU football players to the hospital. If the allegations are true, I encourage LSU Coach Les Miles to bench Jefferson for the Oregon game. If Jefferson is charged with a felony, he should be suspended indefinitely.

Jefferson’s alleged actions came two weeks before one of the most highly anticipated nonconference games in LSU history. Yet, some among LSU’s fanbase believe the prospect of Jefferson getting suspended for the Oregon game is an odd stroke of luck.

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