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And The Valley Shook 15 hours ago

Best Games of the Les Miles Era #2: Alabama 2011 - The Game of the Century

#1 vs #2. Miles vs Saban. LSU vs Alabama. A game can never really be a "Game of the Century." A game being coined the "Game of the Century" means it really was the Game of the Century. Thing is.....we coin a lot of games the "Game of the Century." Usually this comes about when we see #1 play #2. 31 times in the 20th Century did #1 play #2. Now considering there were millions of CFB games played in the 20th Century this doesn't seem like a lot. But to have #1 vs #2 you have to have the stars align. Maybe it's an OOC game. Perhaps it's two teams in the same conference meeting at just the...
And The Valley Shook 16 hours ago

And the Valley Drinks: Karbach Brewing's Weisse Versa Wheat

A beer that longs for a hot summer day. A few weeks ago, I spent a week in Texas for a class.  Since Texas has a plethora of small breweries, I found a liquor store on my last day and loaded up with a bunch of beer and a bottle of Texas whiskey. One of the breweries I was most draw to was Karbach Brewing of Houston.  I tried a few of their beers at a pub near my hotel and was hooked.  Since it is summer, I’ll start my small tour of Texas beer with the Karbach hefeweizen, Weisse Versa. I haven’t seen Karbach beers in stores or on taps anywhere in Louisiana.  Hopefully some of...
And The Valley Shook Jul 30, 2014

Better Know a Freshman: Clifton "C.J." Garrett

Clifton Garrett is one of the best linebacker prospects in the country. Could he make an impact in 2014? Here we are again, praying for that stud-elite linebacker. It's a prayer we've offered up so many times, year after year, signing class after signing class. There have been a mixture of solid to very good players in that span. Kevin Minter stands out, but alas we only got one truly terrific year of production from him. Players like Kelvin Sheppard were true leaders and very good players, but perhaps not "studs." Quality play came from Perry Riley and Ali Highsmith. So yeah, a lot of good...
And The Valley Shook Jul 30, 2014

Patrick Peterson Signs for 5 Years, $70 Million Extension

Former LSU DB Patrick Peterson got paid. News broke last night that former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson inked a spanking new 5-year, $70 million contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals. He's guaranteed $48 million of that contract. The news first leaked via his personal twitter account: Happy to announce my 5 year extension with @AZCardinals! $70M and $48M Guaranteed!! #AZCardinals #P2Nation #YearOfTheCardinal — Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) July 30, 2014 Peterson becomes the first member of the 2011 draft class to sign an extension. He was recently voted #22 of the...
And The Valley Shook Jul 30, 2014

Wednesday WayBack, 1982: LSU 20, Alabama 10

We take the WayBack Machine a little farther back… Our WayBack journey has closed the door on the Nick Saban Era of LSU Football. And while chronologically, we should be moving forward into 2005, the first season of the Les Miles Era, we're not going to do that. Why? Because by NEXT summer, we'll be a full 10 years removed from, not only the beginning of that era, but that first season's penultimate and defining event: Hurricane Katrina. There will be a time to talk about that dark time in Louisiana's history, and everything that went along with that. But this is not that time. For now,...
And The Valley Shook Jul 29, 2014

Cookin' ATVS Style: FRIIIIIIIED CHICKEN

Simple. Elegant. Underrated. For all the stereotypes, we haven't done a ton of frying stuff on here. A little fish. Some soft-shelled crabs. Miscellaneous. To be honest, I don't have the world's greatest diet anyway, so I try to avoid frying things too often. Besides that, it's a pain. Who wants their whole house to smell like grease? Still, Dan Rubenstein's Easy Call SEC Preview over at the Mothership inspired me to try something that I'm not exactly making from scratch, and that's frying my own chicken. Obviously, frying a whole chicken isn't something you can just throw together. But, if...
And The Valley Shook Jul 29, 2014

History Lesson, Part II

The 80s were just insane. And not just the fashions. We tend to think of the way things were when we were kids as "normal". I can't imagine a time before color TV, but the internet is still "new" to me, even if I was throwing away AOL CD's back in the ‘90s. There's only three TV networks, Oreos only have two flavors (regular and Double Stuff), and the morning newspaper really matters. Things change, but that's the way things are supposed to be.* Ed Note: This whole column is a bit of a digression, but that's what summer is for. If you can't go down research rabbit holes in the offseason,...
And The Valley Shook Jul 29, 2014

Link Gumbo - 7/29/14

A round-up of assorted news and notes. Former LSU star Tasmin Mitchell is still chasing his basketball dream | NOLA.com - Former LSU basketball star Tasmin Mitchell isn't giving up his pro basketball dreams just yet. The 2014 fall weddings guide: College football is better than weddings - SBNation.com - If you do fall weddings, have shame. News / Allstate Sugar Bowl - Leonard Fournette has won the James J. Corbett Award, presented by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and given to the best amateur athletes in Louisiana. He is the first High School player to win in the history of the award. The...
And The Valley Shook Jul 28, 2014

Bettter Know a Freshman: Trey Quinn

Wide receiver Trey Quinn is one of the top receivers in the 2014 signing class. Can he make an immediate impact? LSU's current receiver depth chart is perhaps the most unstable of any position on the team. The Tigers return just eight catches, 156 yards and two touchdowns. They will be replacing a pair of 1,000-yard receivers that both declared early for the NFL draft. Big shoes to fill, to say the least. Travin Dural looks to be the heir apparent. He shined as a freshman in camp before injuring his knee, causing him to miss the entire season. Last year, he played well in spots, including...
And The Valley Shook Jul 28, 2014

LSU Elite Camp Recap: WHAT NO COMMITMENTS?!?!?!

Sometimes it's the impact you make on young kids that's more important than the commitment Fooled you with that title huh?  Thinking in your head "No way am I reading another negatiger incessantly whine about the past week." Message boards went up in a frenzy.  You could have sworn the end was near for LSU football according to some idiotic board members.  But at the end of the day (or weekend in this case), with some of the most talent ever put together at an LSU camp, the staff made an impact on a lot of recruits that could go a long way in the near future. There Were Offers To Be...
And The Valley Shook Jul 25, 2014
Better Know a Freshman: Russell Gage

Better Know a Freshman: Russell Gage

Redemptorist athlete Russell Gage waited a long time for his offer. What does his future at LSU look like? Good things come to those who wait. I don't know if that's true or not, but it's certainly true for Russell Gage. Month after month LSU toiled away in pursuit of high profile defensive back prospects like Tony Brown, Hootie Jones, and Adoree Jackson. It's not that LSU came up entirely empty handed. No that's entirely not the case, as they wound up with a crew of defensive backs that rank amongst the best in the country. It's just that they had hoped for even more. Tony Brown, for one,...
And The Valley Shook Jul 25, 2014

SEC Unit Rankings: Linebackers

Where I point Auburn's defense is terrible How much benefit of the doubt does Alabama get? They lose three starters, including All-Everything LB CJ Mosley, and they return one starter, a senior who has mediocre production so far. Last year, he had a decent line of 65 tackles, 31 solo, 7.5 TFL, and 2 sacks. The media has reacted to these facts with all of the sobriety we've come to expect... Just kidding. DePriest is a consensus preseason 1st team All-SEC player and All-American. The Bama LB core, which remember, only returns DePriest as a starter, is widely ranked as one of the very best...
And The Valley Shook Jul 25, 2014

And the Valley Drinks: Crooked Letter's Mystery Romp

Back to good. After a couple of weeks of experimentation, I decided to go back to what I know best and find a good dark beer. A recent trip over to the Chimes brought Crooked Letter Brewing's Mystery Romp to my eye. And hey, that name sounds intriguing enough, right? Crooked Letter is out of Ocean Springs over in Mississippi. I've vaguely heard of them but haven't had the occasion to try many. They were at the recent Baton Rouge Beerfest last May, but my memories of that are...um...hazy. Anyway, Mystery Romp is their porter. Right away, you gotta love a label like this. Nearest I can...
And The Valley Shook Jul 24, 2014

Better Know a Newcomer: Jevonte Domond

Jevonte Domond committed to LSU in May and signed his Letter of Intent on June 1st. What type of impact will he make at LSU? It's the dawning of a new era on the offensive line for LSU this season. Les Miles found a new home for seven-year veteran OL coach Greg Studrawa and replaced him with former Virginia Tech off. line coach Jeff Grimes. Like most new coaches, the players have sung his praises throughout the Spring, declaring his emphasis on detail and technical focus. Let's not forget that similarly high praises were sung for the Billy Gonzales hiring, which ddin't really pay...
And The Valley Shook Jul 24, 2014

LSU Elite Camp Starts Today

Here's a run down of all the prospects in attendance at this weekend's elite camp. LSU's biggest camp of the summer starts today and runs through Saturday. Last year's iteration drew rave reviews for the number of high quality prospects in attendance. This year looks to be no different. Prospects from the signing classes of 2015 all the way through 2018 will all be in Baton Rouge to compete with one another. The camp kicks off this afternoon with registration concluding at 2 p.m. Players will time and test after registration. The first practice will begin at 3:45 p.m. Keep in mind that LSU...
And The Valley Shook Jul 24, 2014

Diary of a Mad Fullback: What's in a Name?

These are the lost diaries of LSU Fullback Connor Neighbors. We found them. Diary 97, June 14th, 2004 Today sucked. Jenny said she'd call me back, so I sat around the danged phone all day waiting for her to holla, and you know what? Jenny never holla'd. That's what I don't get about these girls, man. It's all about them. You know, I was supposed to go fishing with Rico today down at the creek? Rico had a good catch too. Know how I know that? Because the first person to call me wasn't Jenny. It was Rico. Good ole, dependable Rico. The world needs more Ricos. You see, dependability is not a...
And The Valley Shook Jul 23, 2014

Wednesday WayBack: Iowa 30, LSU 25 -- the Saban Era Ends

What if I told you one end was another beginning? The 2004 regular season closed out with LSU accepting a bid to take on No. 11 Iowa in the Capital One Bowl. It was a solid New Year's Day fate for a 9-2 football team still ranked 12th in the country, but there wasn't much bowl game talk that December. The Miami Dolphins, as widely expected, had come a-courtin' for LSU's head coach, Nick Saban. There'd been a lot of dissatisfaction in the football offices around that time. Nobody had really enjoyed the season, least of all the head coach, who seemed frustrated with his inability to pull the...
And The Valley Shook Jul 23, 2014

LSU Hires Football Graduate Assistant Sean Patterson

Arizona football graduate assistant Sean Patterson will join the LSU staff as a Quality Control Graduate Assistant. The machinations of the coaching industry are not all that unlike any other industry in that it's often who you know which is more important than what you know. The one caveat to that being that hires are often connected to the assets to which they are connected. Involved with coaching and related to a high profile recruit? Well, we might just be able to find a job for you. Admittedly, that's as cynical of an opinion as it gets, but it's nearer to reality than we often...
And The Valley Shook Jul 23, 2014

Link Gumbo - 7/22/14

A round-up of assorted news and notes Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle takes a final trip home - ESPN The Magazine - An emotional longform from ESPN on former LSU legend QB Y.A. Tittle, and his struggles with dementia. The Official Website of Eastern Michigan Athletics - Rob Bolden Joins the EMU Football Program - Rob Bolden - a QB/WR for LSU - has transferred to Eastern Michigan after not playing a snap for the Tigers after transferring from Penn State in the wake of the Sandusky scandal. Annual Fan Day Set for Aug. 10 - LSUsports.net - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics -...
And The Valley Shook Jul 22, 2014
Best Games of the Les Miles Era #3: Auburn 2007

Best Games of the Les Miles Era #3: Auburn 2007

Flynn to Byrd to win the game with only a second remaining. One of the best moments in Tiger Stadium history. Paul 2007 proved a monumental year in the life of Paul Crewe. That fall would be my final semester of college. I would meet the woman I would eventually marry. And it would be the last time I stepped foot in Tiger Stadium in some time. Fortunately, magic happened that evening. cdub71323 I was born and raised an LSU fan by my dad, who went to and graduated from LSU. However, due to the distance from my home in Dallas and the female persuasion, I headed to College Station for Texas...

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