I’m Here For You Too, Husky Fans
What I mean by that is this: After the first 10 or so paragraphs, I will give you something you won’t get anywhere else – where Husky fans should go in Baton Rouge while you’re there.
I corresponded with Ted Greener, a diehard LSU fan, who gave me some tips on where to go in town if you’re a Husky fan who’s making the trip to Baton Rouge. You already know that you’re coming home with a big double-digit loss, so you might as well make the best of it while you’re there. I’m here to help…
But first, let’s talk about that tiger that Coach Sark brought to practice on Tuesday. He wanted his players to get used to the sight of a tiger because LSU has a live mascot named Mike that hangs out at Tiger Stadium.
I talked to a sports psychologist who thinks it was a smooth move by Coach Sark because it will be one less distraction for the Dawgs to deal with.
But I of course feel differently. If you’re worried about a damn tiger – that’s in a cage, mind you – to the point of actually bringing a damn tiger of your own to practice, you’ve got issues, big issues, really big issues.
You’re worried about some damn tiger having an adverse impact on your team. If you’re trying to simulate what the team can expect, I would have asked Pete Carroll if you could borrow Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin for the day so they could show you the kind of pass rush they can expect from Barkevious Mingo Saturday night.
Just like the Huskies, I have seen Barkevious Mingo in my dreams this week, and in every dream he’s sacking Keith Price. I can’t wait for the ESPN announcers to call out his name play after play. For me anyway, it will be a dream come true. Can’t wait for that.
Anyway, back to the damn tiger. I still can’t believe it. Let’s just say the Huskies pull off the upset at the same time the world ends Saturday night. You mean to tell me that Price is going to say to reporters after the game: “I don’t think we could have done it if Coach Sark hadn’t brought that damn tiger to practice this week.”
Here’s what I thought when I went to practice and saw the damn tiger:
I’ve taken some crap, and justifiably so, from some Husky fans who said that I’d think it was great if Mike Leach had brought a tiger to a Coug practice. And ya know what, they’re right, I’ve got a double standard and I’m a hypocrite and I’m whatever else you want to call me, for whatever that’s worth.
Here’s what Leach had to say about Coach Sark’s tiger stunt when Christian Caple of the Spokesman-Review asked him about it:
“I think it’d be impressive if they let that tiger out of the cage. Or the other thing they could have done is stuck a husky in there with that tiger and let that tiger outduel that husky inside that cage. I think that’d send a message to everybody.”
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TODAY: Leach appears on 710 ESPN Seattle at 4:30 p.m.