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And The Valley Shook Aug 21, 2016

Tigers Ranked Fifth in Preaseason AP Top 25

The Associated Press has released its preseason Top 25, and LSU checked in at the fifth spot, its highest preseason ranking since 2012. The complete poll is as follows: 1. Alabama2. Clemson3. Oklahoma4. Florida State5. LSU6. Ohio State7. Michigan8. Stanford9. Tennessee10. Notre Dame11. Ole Miss12. Michigan State13. TCU14. Washington15. Houston16. UCLA17. Iowa18. Georgia19. Louisville20. USC21. Oklahoma State22. North Carolina23. Baylor24. Oregon25. Florida That makes six SEC teams in the AP top 25, including three on the Tigers’ schedule. LSU was ranked sixth in the opening ESPN/USA...
And The Valley Shook Aug 19, 2016

Cutting The Cord As A Sports Fan - Part 2: Sling TV update, Playstation Vue, SFN TV Now

Is it possible to survive football season without cable TV? I’m about to find out. It’s been a few months since I first talked about cutting the cord and the landscape has shifted dramatically. Sling TV has become a better service while other players like Sony and Southern Fibernet have entered the national market. With the start of football season mere days away, I thought it would be a good idea to update everyone on the status of the multiple options available for those who want to give their cable bill the boot. As I mentioned last time, there are still many things to consider...
And The Valley Shook Aug 19, 2016

Leonard Fournette Talks Louisiana Flood, His Ankle

No. 7 was on hand for LSU’s visit to a flood shelter in Baton Rouge, and spoke with media. Yesterday was an off day for the the LSU football team and members of the team headed out to the large shelter at Celtic Studios to have a sort of mini Fan Day for the displaced people at the shelter. While there, a few reporters got a couple of questions in with Leonard Fournette about what it means to him to be able to do this for people who look up to him and have lost everything. And, oh yeah, the ankle’s fine. So this happened today. God bless you, @LSUCoachMiles, @LSUfootball,...
And The Valley Shook Aug 18, 2016

LSU Football 2016 Position Preview: Receivers & Tight Ends

Even with a former five-star transferring out, there’s a lot to like here. **Ed. Note: Well, I’m still here, and I’m still moving forward. Not sure how long it will be until I’m back at this regularly, but I had written this position preview up on Saturday before all the shit hit the floor. At some point I’ll definitely have something to say about the last few days. I have seen all of the comments, concerns and prayers, and I and my entire family appreciate them more than I can properly articulate at the moment. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart. Now, on to...
And The Valley Shook Aug 17, 2016

Link Gumbo 8/17/16 - Fournette Sprains Ankle; Chef Billy Needs Your Help

I’ll start off with an important personal note. A few of you have asked over the last few days for a way to help my good friend and ATVS co-manager/head chef Billy Gomila, whose house was flooded, leaving him, his wife, and his young daughter homeless. A gofundme page has been setup to take donations for them. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. Video!function(d,s,id){var...
And The Valley Shook Aug 17, 2016

Olympic Poseur: Weightlifting

Superheroes come to Rio One man’s quest to immerse himself in the Olympic spirit. Today’s sport: Weightlifting Some sports have athletes, weightlifting has superheroes. I’m not kidding, the sheer amount of weight these men can lift is beyond my capacity for understanding. It’s much easier to imagine that they have been transported from a comic book and are using their super powers in the most frivolous way possible. And I’m not the first to have this idea. Twitter to the rescue… Capitan Marvel @lydikit pic.twitter.com/9s6NvPov1S— Jesús Gálvez (@JesusMalaga) August 12,...
And The Valley Shook Aug 15, 2016

Olympic Poseur: Fencing

Green light! Red light! One man’s quest to immerse himself in the Olympic spirit. Today’s sport: Fencing Sorry for the delayed Olympic Poseur. We’re having some issues at Poseur HQ, what with one child expecting surgery in a week and now the other, not to be upstaged, deciding to get a high fever. It hasn’t cut into the Olympic watching, but it has made it difficult to get time to type out my thoughts. Fencing is one of the oldest Olympic sports, and one of just six sports to find its way onto every Olympic program. You can think of it as an obscure sideshow, but fencing has just...
And The Valley Shook Aug 15, 2016

Link Gumbo 8/15/16 - Link Gumbo Is Soggy

There was going to be a scrimmage report here, but obviously there have been some more serious issues in East Baton Rouge over the past weekend. I’m happy to report that intrepid ATVS scribes Billy Gomila, Adam, and ZRau are all safe, though Adam and Billy’s homes were flooded. I’ve included some of their reporting of the events of the weekend below, which at one point included Billy being stranded on one of the many I-12 overpass islands that formed as the Amite River and every other body of water east of the Mississippi overflowed in a historic weekend of rainfall, many of which...
And The Valley Shook Aug 14, 2016

LSU Football 2016 Position Preview: Defensive Backs

#DBU This unit took it on the chin a few times last season, but still returns four starters and enough talent that one of the best recruiting classes in the country may actually redshirt a few players. Cornerbacks (returning starters in bold) Name Height/Weight 2015 Season ...
And The Valley Shook Aug 14, 2016

DE Justin Thomas Commits to LSU

Tigers pick up another commit from the Mobile area. Early today, LSU receivers coach Dameyune Craig sent out a pair of tweet signaling LSU may have gained another member to the 2017 verbal commitment list. ☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️##251— Dameyune Craig (@CoachDCraig) August 13, 2016 PurpleReign2017!!!!!!!!!☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️— Dameyune Craig (@CoachDCraig) August 13, 2016 This came as a bit of surprise, as there were no known pending announcements nor LSU football events that might precede a commitment. On Twitter, Wes Shepherd directed...
And The Valley Shook Aug 11, 2016

Tyron Johnson to Transfer

Former five-star wide receiver recruit Tyron Johnson announced via Twitter that he would be departing the LSU program and has been granted his release by the LSU coaching staff. According to his father, Johnson is looking to play in a “more wide open offense.” 3️⃣ out #foreverLSU pic.twitter.com/UIa7OmqyAs— Tyron Billy-Johnson (@_TBJXIII) August 11, 2016 Johnson’s announcement comes on the heels of the team loosing Christian Lacouture and Isaiah Washington to season ending injuries, as well as Corey Thompson missing several weeks due to a broken leg. Unlike Lacouture and...
And The Valley Shook Aug 11, 2016

Corey Thompson Suffers Broken Leg

Another injury for one of LSU’s seniors. The injury bug continued to munch on the LSU Football team for the third day in a row on Wednesday with reports that senior linebacker Corey Thompson suffered a leg fracture of some kind, that is expected to sideline him for at least six weeks. Senior defensive end Christian LaCouture and sophomore Buck linebacker Isiah Washington both suffered season-ending knee injuries earlier this week. Thompson, a former safety that has battled injuries for most of his career and was converted to linebacker in the spring, was competing to start at the “F-”...
And The Valley Shook Aug 10, 2016

Christian LaCouture Confirms ACL Tear

LSU’s senior DL confirms that he’s out for the season. LSU’s lone senior defensive lineman confirmed reports from yesterday morning that he has, indeed, suffered a full tear of his anterior cruciate ligament. I would like to thank everyone who has offered their support during this time. I really appreciate it. I tore my ACL during practice.— Christian LaCouture (@lacouture91) August 10, 2016 I plan to attack this injury head on and I will help and support this team from the sideline and watch them achieve greatness #geauxtigers— Christian LaCouture (@lacouture91) August 10,...
And The Valley Shook Aug 10, 2016

Defensive Tackle Travonte Valentine Joins the LSU Football Team...For Now

Valentine’s Day is finally here. Well, as they say on the interwebz... That’s right, as of today, defensive tackle Travonte Valentine is officially on the LSU Football roster, and will begin practicing with the team today. However he is STILL not completely cleared for competition yet — he still has to pass an intercession course to be eligible for the fall. Because you see, this saga can’t ever really end. Valentine will likely miss the morning practices due to this class, but he’ll be out there in the afternoon. I’m told he’ll also be living with a couple of...
And The Valley Shook Aug 9, 2016

And the Valley Drinks: Founders Mango Magnifico

A sweet and spicy specialty. Have you ever tried a beer that you respected in terms of craftmanship, but didn’t necessarily care for, from a flavor perspective? That was my experience with Founders’ Mango Magnifico con Calor: Mango Magnifico is a high-gravity fruit beer brewed with mango and a touch of habaneros to add just the right amount of heat. The delicate flavors imparted by the sweet richness of the mango are punctuated perfectly by the subtle heat of the habaneros, proving that fruit beers do not have to be one-note. Each 750mL bottle of this 10% ABV ale is both sophisticated...
And The Valley Shook Aug 8, 2016

LSU Target JaCoby Stevens to Make Decision Today

Tigers are expected to land five-star safety prospect. The Tigers are expecting some good news today from yet another stud defensive back prospect, as Nashville product (but Crowley native) JaCoby Stevens is set to announce his college choice. Stevens is a composite five-star prospect for the Class of 2017, with offers from every major program in the country. The 6-2 safety had originally committed to LSU in the fall of 2015, but decommitted during the November fiasco surrounding Les Miles’ job status. He appeared set to go to one of the other conference powers, like Alabama or...
And The Valley Shook Aug 7, 2016

Sunday News Roundup: LSU Closes Practice

Checking in on the first few days of practice. In news that should surprise nobody that’s really paid attention to LSU fall practices over the years, Les Miles sent out the word that the Ponderosa is officially closed to media for the remainder of camp. Ross Dellenger had the word in this practice report, which also noted that Will Clapp was absent with injury, as was Tashawn Bower, who has been out for a few days now. I would have set the over/under on practice closing for Monday, the first day of full pads, just for the sake of Big Cat Drill video. I’m sure LSU will put some out on...
And The Valley Shook Aug 4, 2016

Roadmap to the Playoff -- What LSU Needs for a Title Run in 2016, Part 9: Improved Quarterback Play

After one of the best offseasons LSU football has had in some time, the 2016 team could be poised for some great things. Les Miles has the best running back in college football, more returning starters than any other team he’s had here, and hired one of the best defensive coordinators in the country to coach a unit that returns eight starters. The pieces could easily be in place for a run at the college football playoff -- the advanced statistics back that up as well. But as with any team, there are question marks that have to be answered. Things that have to be improved upon, or steps...
And The Valley Shook Aug 3, 2016

Wednesday Wayback: Perfect Holliday

Anything Darren McFadden can do, Trindon Holliday can do quicker. After Tennessee, LSU helped to drive the nail in the Mike Shula coffin by virtue of LaRon Landry eliminating John Parker Wilson, Bama Bangs The Second of His Name. A week later, LSU beat Ole Miss in overtime in one of the lowkey worst LSU games of the Golden Era. Issue is that this is game took place in the dark ages and was not broadcast in any capacity. (EDIT: Thanks to the recent death of the Geaux Zone subscription service, LSU’s TigerVision broadcast of the game is now available in LSU’s archives, if you can get...
And The Valley Shook Aug 3, 2016

Tyrann Mathieu signs contract extension with Cardinals

The former LSU great gets paid Tyrann Mathieu woke up this morning a much richer man. After a terrific season with the Arizona Cardinals that had him in Defensive Player of the Year conversations and got him named AP First Team All-Pro Safety, the man affectionately known as Honey Badger signed a 5 year/$62.5MM extension to remain with the Cardinals for the long run. It also makes him the highest paid safety in the NFL. And when you’re making plays like this, it’s not hard to see why There was plenty of praise for Mathieu from the national media, with ESPN (insider required) saying...