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  1. 7 points
    Hey everyone. My wife and I have had an eventful couple of years, so I haven't really cared much what my alma mater is doing with sports. Had the baby. Wife got breast cancer shortly thereafter. After months of chemo, surgery, and radiation, she had a pathologic complete response, which the surgeon called "the holy grail." We later went to Hawaii and then Italy and Greece. I've started a new law enforcement job with the federal government and my wife is teaching and practicing medicine. Here's a pic of our girl!
  2. 5 points
    Hatchertiger

    2019 CB - Derek Stingley Jr.

    Committed!!!
  3. 4 points
    We married off my youngest kid (son, 29) over the weekend. Big party in Austin. All kids married now!
  4. 4 points
    Hatchertiger

    Terrence Alexander

    Is in the house
  5. 4 points
  6. 3 points
    He did it again last night in the bottom of the 11th... The Walk Off Kid, Kid Clutch... Mr. Rake City. https://streamable.com/7pgux This one was earlier this year.
  7. 3 points
    The 6’ 1”, 225, 4* LB from John Ehret HS in New Orleans and the #3 ranked LB in the country according to 247 Sports, has committed to LSU. Huge pickup for Coach O, Coach Aranda and the Tigers, moving LSU up to the #3 recruiting class in the country. Welcome aboard Donté and GEAUX TIGERS! http://www.nola.com/recruiting/index.ssf/2018/07/lsu_picks_up_commitment_from_s_1.html http://www.tigerrag.com/lsu-lands-a-commitment-from-4-star-2019-linebacker-donte-starks/ https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/lsu-football/staying-home-louisianas-top-lb-recruit-donte-starks-picks-lsu-over-auburn-georgia/ http://tinyurl.com/yd243x8l
  8. 3 points
    Nutriaitch

    For this evenings meal

    last night we had roastS. yes had to add an S, because takes two of them to feed this house. i’m gonna need a raise just to afford groceries with two teenage boys in the house.
  9. 3 points
    How about the ABC's? Altuve Bregma & Correa!
  10. 3 points
    The 6' 3", 240 TE from Copiah-Lincoln Community College has committed to LSU. He is the first TE committed to LSU's 2019 class, although the Tigers are still pursuing Ruston's Ray Parker, a TE/OT Prospect. Welcome aboard big man!!! https://247sports.com/college/lsu/Article/LSU-has-landed-a-commitment-from-TK-McClendon-119281908/ https://www.nola.com/recruiting/index.ssf/2018/06/lsu_gains_commitment_from_juco_1.html#incart_river_index
  11. 3 points
    Daughter getting married next year .... donations accepted!
  12. 3 points
    Alex Bregman's last 7 days. AB..............28 Runs............7 Hits............13 Doubles.......5 Homers........5 RBI.............10 Walks...........3 Ave......... .464
  13. 3 points
    houtiger

    Aranda chose LSU, kind of telling

    Aranda has been loyal to LSU, and to O. Here are his comments summarized by Dandy Don on 6/27: I think that is significant. Last year, everyone knew, especially the players, there was dissention between O and Matt Canada. That is gone, and the coaches room sounds better. Will that translate into another W or 2? I don't know, but it can't hurt. But I'm sure happy that Aranda is happy at LSU.
  14. 3 points
    Hatchertiger

    2019 CB - Derek Stingley Jr.

    He is very good and wants to be a Tiger! Good enough for me.
  15. 3 points
    OkieTigerTK

    Les Miles Getting Fired Up

    god knows i feel that way. i still love the man and will always be grateful for what he did for lsu, how he represented the school, and the fact that he is just a damn good man.
  16. 3 points
    houtiger

    2019 CB - Derek Stingley Jr.

    What watson said!!!! Yahooooo! Sopsher out of Amite High is the #1 DT in the nation, we get him, we comin'!
  17. 3 points
    On Friday, I will be having surgery on my left hand for a torn ligament. Will be off work for a month. Prayers appreciated.
  18. 2 points
    houtiger

    Coffee

    I still have one of those. I keep it for when the elec. goes out, or if my elec. pot breaks. When I use it, I'm amazed how good the coffee comes out. But, it's a slow process. My grandmother always made coffee in a pot like that. She would drip it through, pour the coffee out, then drip it through the same grounds again! She always had good strong coffee, served in "little cups", and always with real cream. Off topic, but, in the winter just before going to bed, grand mother made a "hot toddie", a half class of milk that had been warmed, a jigger of peach brandy (or other brandy), and a teaspoon of sugar, stir well. She claimed she slept very well!
  19. 2 points
    LSUDad

    Thai Cave Rescue on TV

    FYI: Discovery Channel fast-tracks Thai cave rescue documentary NICK ROMANO•@NICKAROMANO POSTED ON JULY 10, 2018 AT 5:00PM EDT Discovery Channel will debut the first documentary feature (of what looks to be the start of many more to come from Hollywood) chronicling the rescue of Thailand’s Wild Boars soccer team from a flooded cave. Operation Thai Cave Rescue will be an hourlong television special airing Friday, July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel. This will be followed by an airing on Saturday, July 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel. The documentary “unpacks the human and scientific drama behind one of the most difficult and heart-palpitating rescues attempted in human history,” an official description from Discovery reads. “With exclusive early access to men and women — including family members — who have been living and breathing the events, Operation Thai Cave Rescue focuses on the triumph of the human spirit and the extraordinary scientific and technological innovations used to complete this miracle rescue.” Twelve boys from the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach found themselves trapped in a cave in Thailand on June 23 when flood water cut them off deep inside the cave. After 18 days, all members were finally rescued thanks to an international cooperative effort, including 19 divers and assistance from the Thai Navy SEALs. The rescue mission resulted in the death of a former Navy SEAL, according to BBC News.
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  21. 2 points
    Dru

    Aranda chose LSU, kind of telling

    This is a guy who has been around and could have his pick of a job around the country. It does say something to me that he feels this way. https://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2018/06/dave_aranda_stayed_lsu_texas_a.html
  22. 2 points
    Hatchertiger

    Evel Knievel

  23. 2 points
    watson18

    Nola an ALL STAR

    Congrats
  24. 2 points
    houtiger

    2019 Football Recruiting Updates

    Donte Starks is the 4th of Dandy Don's top 10 in the state to commit to LSU. The remaining 6 are uncommitted so far. Sopsher (DL), Devonta Lee (WR), Trey Palmer (WR), John Emery (RB), Ray Parker (OT), and Chester Kimbrough (CB) are the other in the top 10. In spots 11-15, so far LSU has 2 commitments. Historically, for LSU to contend in the top 5 programs, we need to get 12 out of the top 15 players in the state as our base, then add top players from our traditional recruiting grounds. With 19 commits in the class of 2019, we don't have room for all these La. kids. Only 6 more spots for 9 uncommitted in the top 15. Unusual year with La. having such a strong class. I'm sure we'd take all 6 who are uncommitted in the top 10, and that would close the class out.
  25. 2 points
    Hatchertiger

    Tom Brady Leaving The Pats?

    Yes and I heard Big Pappi is coming out of retirement to join them as well.
  26. 2 points
    Herb

    2019 TE T.K. McClendon Commits to LSU

    Nice LSU name.
  27. 2 points
    watson18

    Joke Thread

    Stormy Daniels and Queen Elizabeth went to the Pearly Gates on the same day. They both met with an angel to find out if they would be admitted to Heaven. The angel said: "Unfortunately, there's only one space available in Heaven today so I must decide which one of you will be admitted.” The angel asked Stormy if there was some particular reason why she should go to Heaven. Stormy took off her top and said: "Look at these, they're the most perfect breasts God ever created and I'm sure it will please God to be able to see them every day, for eternity.” The angel thanked Stormy, and asked Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the same question. The Queen walked over to a toilet, pulled the lever and flushed it without saying a word. The Angel immediately said: "Okay, your Majesty, you may go into Heaven.” Stormy was outraged and asked, "What was that all about? I showed you two of God's own perfect creations and you turned me down. She simply flushed a commode and she got admitted to Heaven! Would you explain that to me?” "Sorry, Stormy," said the Angel, "but even in Heaven, a royal flush beats a pair, no matter how big they are."
  28. 2 points
    Hatchertiger

    Woodley & Ensminger

    Still involved in track and field; http://www.northtexascheetahs.com/page6.html
  29. 2 points
    Herb

    Woodley & Ensminger

    Easy to forget how clutch McDaniel was.
  30. 2 points
    They have us 3rd in the west. Can't really say I disagree at this point. And honestly, I don't know what to think about this year's team. I know that our defense will be one of the best in the league, you all know why. If healthy the entire season the o-line should have more depth than it's had recently. But there are questions at every skill position: (1) QB. Who is the starter? Don't know. With nobody really emerging from the spring game our best hope may be a transfer from Ohio State. What I do know is that none of the QBs who may start have significant experience as a starter. That really worries me, especially with our schedule. And we are going to rely on our starter to carry the load b/c, it appears, that we will not have the dominant run game we had the last two years. (2) RB. Think back from last year and go back each year and think of who our running backs have been. Can the current guys on the roster carry the load? You hear Chris Curry and I am sure he will make a fine SEC back. But you remember LF's freshman year? It took him a while to get completely acclimated to the college game. So even if Curry is the answer, it will take him some time to get "seasoned". But we don't have time. B/c of our "shedule" we have to be on our gam from day 1. Nick Brossette. Does he finally emerge and reach what many believe is untapped potential. Knee fully healed. It could happen. CEH? We saw flashes of what he can do last year. Can he do it consistently as the bell cow in our backfield? Don't know. Somebody else emerges? Don't know? Lots of questions here. (3) WR. Our "leading" receiver returning is a TE who had garnered 278 yards. The next productive receiver is a WR who had 219 yards. This receiving corp has so much potential but so little experience. The most experienced WR is a transfer who has yet to suit up for us. We have less experience here than we do at RB. Who replaces Chark? All eyes are on Jonathon Giles. After that its Stephan Sullivan and Derrick Dillon. Maybe some day Dee Anderson will get with the program. (Buddy of mine says he is actually suspended at the moment but I don't know if that is true.) So more questions here than answers. So goes our offense, so goes our season. That is pretty much how I see it. If a QB emerges and really takes the reigns and our skill players produce we can certainly make our mark this year. Lots of "ifs" on offense. Just my $00.02 as I have my morning coffee. Make it a great day and Go Tigers! https://collegefootballnews.com/2018/06/preview-2018-sec-team-rankings
  31. 2 points
    LSUDad

    College Football News SEC Preview

    Jerry Sullivan is one of the best in the business, they will learn the NFL route tree, how to catch the ball, how to run a route, downfield blocking, etc. If a curl is called, you'ed better know how to run it, know your plant foot. Sullivan will also have the FB, TE, RB's, etc, all involved. Sullivan is the Pete Jenkins of WR's.
  32. 2 points
    watson18

    Cajun Mardi Gras

  33. 2 points
    LSUDad

    2019- LB Kendall McCallum Verbal

    LSU has been on fire on the recruiting trail this week, and that continued on Monday morning with the addition of Kendall McCallum. McCallum announced his pledge to the Tigers, saying his recruitment would now be shut down. McCallum is a 3-star linebacker from Oxford, Al. Listed at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, he has the frame to compete for a role early with the Tigers. LSU’s most recent recruiting run has been incredible. Over the last week, the Tigers have shot up the charts all the way to No. 3 overall in the 247 Composite standings. McCallum chose the Tigers over offers from Ole Miss, Missouri, Louisville and others. He is the third linebacker in LSU’s 2019 class, and the 18th overall. In an exclusive video with 247Sports, the imposing inside linebacker announces his college destination after narrowing down his list of offers from one dozen down to Southeastern Conference members LSU, Ole Miss and Missouri. The LSU Tigers entered the race for his services earlier this year with an offer extended on February 6, followed by Ole Miss later that month and Missouri some time thereafter. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound McCallum, a relative unknown in the college football recruiting world before this year, picked up scholarship offers from Louisville, Wake Forest, Memphis, Florida Atlantic, Troy, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Arkansas State and Tulane in addition to the All-SEC trio of finalists thanks to a breakout junior campaign. He admits the group of finalists began to separate themselves from the pack this spring, following unofficial visits to both LSU and Ole Miss. A trip to Missouri failed to materialize before a public verbal commitment was to be made.
  34. 2 points
    LSUDad

    2019 Football Recruiting Updates

    LSU mock signing class 1.0 for Class of 2019 Coveted running back Noah Cain won't make a decision until December. Sam Spiegelman/SEC Country Sam Spiegelman @samspiegs Posted 7 hours ago We are halfway through the 2019 recruiting cycle, and the December early signing period is already in sight. Over the years, mock LSU signing classes have become the norm at SEC Country, and with my time here ending soon, I wanted to provide readers with one more projected class before venturing to new waters. As usual, June has been an eventful month, with the Tigers nabbing commitments from a handful of defensive backs, a junior college tight end and finding its much-anticipated quarterback in the class. However, some major dominos are still waiting to fall. LSU is holding tight to a top-3 haul for 2019, with the potential to vault to No. 1 by February. Here are my first round of projections for what’s ahead: Quarterback The pick: Peter Parrish Confidence: 100 percent Analysis: Parrish camped at LSU for Day 1 of the elite high school camp and within hours, Ed Orgeron could not hold back from offering. After missing out on some of the team’s top 2019 quarterbacks, LSU found a 6-foot-1, 200-pound dual-threat prospect to develop behind Joe Burrow and the underclassmen for the 2018 season. His recruitment is now shut down. Running back The pick: Tyrion Davis, Noah Cain Confidence: 60 percent Analysis: Davis has been locked in to LSU for about a year and John Emery Jr. is slated to make his commitment on July 7. LSU is one of a handful of top options for the 4-star running back, along with Mississippi State, Alabama, Michigan and Georgia. For Emery, the out-of-state options appear more likely. That doesn’t mean that the LSU staff will give up on the state’s top back. However, it does mean that Tommie Robinson will go full throttle on Cain, a Baton Rouge native, who is waiting until December to make up his mind. Wide receiver The pick: Trey Palmer, Devonta Lee Confidence: 70 percent Analysis: LSU has always held an edge when it comes to Palmer, the 4-star speedster who was offered by former coach Les Miles prior to his sophomore year. Palmer may not announce his decision until February, but is a candidate to commit earlier. Lee is a different case, and he is being pulled in a lot of different directions. LSU, Alabama and Texas A&M are all pushing hard for the 4-star athlete, but should he choose to play offense, consider the Tigers one of the top landing spots. Lee, too, is expected to announce his decision in February. Tight end The pick: TK McClendon Confidence: 95 percent Analysis: LSU found its tight end for the Class of 2019 at its elite camp over the weekend. McClendon is an athletic 6-foot-5, 255-pound pass catcher who impressed the staff with his blocking and moving in space. A Georgia native, McClendon gives the Tigers a legitimate pass catcher to work into the rotation next spring. Offensive line The pick: Kardell Thomas, Anthony Bradford, Charles Turner, Thomas Perry, Ray Parker Confidence: 75 percent Analysis: First-year offensive line coach James Cregg has laid the groundwork for an excellent haul. The team holds commitments from the state’s top two linemen — Thomas and Perry — who have both shut down their recruitments. Bradford is a great addition as a hybrid right tackle or guard, and Turner gives LSU some versatility at center. It would not surprise me if Parker committed this summer or during the season. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound North Louisiana native is being courted as a tight end, but eventually could grow into a big-time tackle. Ole Miss has been the Tigers’ biggest competition, but LSU’s early overture and a longstanding relationship with Steve Ensminger should pay off. Defensive line The pick: Ishmael Sopsher, Joseph Evans, Byron Young Confidence: 35 percent Analysis: After a rather large haul of defensive linemen in the last class, expect LSU to take three to replace its projected starters (Rashard Lawrence, Breiden Fehoko and Ed Alexander). Evans is the early commit of the group, while Sopsher remains the prospect sitting atop the Tigers’ board. A 5-star prospect, the staff views Sopsher as the heir to Lawrence, who by trade was a tackle but has since seen his stock rise as a 5-technique. Additionally, after missing out on a few Mississippi prospects, expect LSU to make a play for Young, who is a 4-star end that can line up at multiple positions. Linebacker The pick: Donte’ Starks, Marcel Brooks, Kendall McCallum Confidence: 55 percent Analysis: I feel very strongly that LSU signs both Starks and Brooks, but less confident that Zach Edwards, a native of Starkville, Miss., sticks with his early pledge. The Tigers have cemented their spot in the pole position for Starks, the state’s top linebacker, who is expected to commit on July 8. Brooks made the calculated choice to pick LSU and I don’t expect him to waver. Edwards very well could stick, but the odds may be against that. That opens the door for McCallum to take his spot down the road. Defensive back: The pick: Derek Stingley Jr., Dreshun Miller, Marcus Banks, Maurice Hampton, Cordale Flott, Chester Kimbrough Confidence: 65 percent Analysis: Stingley, Banks and Miller all committed to LSU over the summer, joining Hampton in the Tigers’ future secondary. Flott, a one-time Auburn verbal, flipped to give LSU five defensive backs heading into July. The staff would love to add a sixth defensive back — preferably a cornerback — by December. Raydarious Jones and Kimbrough, two long, athletic cornerbacks, both camped at LSU and impressed Corey Raymond. Jones sits atop the Tigers’ board, and the staff is prepared to turn up the heat on Kimbrough. For now, I lean toward Kimbrough taking the final defensive back spot in the class. Specialists The pick: Quentin Skinner, Cade York Confidence: 100 percent Analysis: Skinner committed to LSU a year ago and York followed suit during the joint LSU-Tulane camp in New Orleans in May.
  35. 2 points
    Doing ok. Meds make me groggy. Have had friends stopping by checking on me. Pain seems to be under control. its starting to itch now tho.
  36. 2 points
    Hatchertiger

    NCAA Tournament Talk

    Can't pull for either. My brother in law (58) is an Arky fan AND an LSU hater. He's from BR but still butt-hurt LSU didn't recruit him out of HS, instead he ended up at USL and rode the bench.
  37. 2 points
    Hatchertiger

    2019 QB Peter Parrish Commits!

    Welcome to da' Boot son! More: https://247sports.com/college/lsu/Article/LSU-Tigers-football-recruiting-Peter-Parrish-commits-2019-class-119268625/
  38. 2 points
    Hatchertiger

    2019- CB Cordale Flott

    Take that Kevin Steele!
  39. 2 points
    LSUDad

    2019- CB Cordale Flott

    Flott, a 6-foot-1, 165-pounder out of Saraland, is rated as the No. 51 cornerback in this recruiting cycle and is considered the 22 nd- best player in Alabama this year, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He is also rated as the No. 600 player in the nation for the 2019 class. As a junior at Saraland, he totaled 54 tackles, two interceptions and 20 pass breakups. At the time of his commitment to Auburn, he was rated as the No. 40 player in the state, but he has garnered more attention since the spring and his stock was on the rise. "Cordale is exactly what a lot of guys want in a cornerback," Saraland head coach Jeff Kelly said told AL.com earlier this year. "He's 6-foot-1, can run, has tremendous length and he's physical. If you look at his tape, he mixes it up well at the line of scrimmage. He's also a good tackler. Those things are a recipe for generating a lot of interest from big-time college programs." The decision to flip from Auburn to LSU -- which offered Flott a scholarship on May 11 -- leaves Auburn with two defensive backs currently committed: Saint Simons Island, Ga., Frederica Academy teammates Jaylin Simpsonand Jashawn Sheffield . Simpson is expected to play cornerback at Auburn, while Sheffield, who committed to Auburn on Saturday following an official visit, projects as a safety in college but could also play receiver.
  40. 2 points
    Geauxtigs

    2019 QB Peter Parrish Commits!

    Ka-Boom!! Huge pickup for the Coach O and the Tigers here! Sounds like he’s pretty locked in, so just hope he sticks. QB room is filling out nicely now.
  41. 2 points
    Hatchertiger

    2019 QB Peter Parrish Commits!

    In his own words: https://n.rivals.com/news/parrish-jumps-on-lsu-offer I really feel bad for the Gators and Moo State
  42. 2 points
    watson18

    Back to Back to Back

  43. 2 points
    LSUDad

    2019 CB - Derek Stingley Jr.

    Since recruiting started, LSU has never signed the # 1 rated player in the nation. Fournette was the #4 rated in the nation.
  44. 2 points
    Mahtook gains inspiration from the father he lost 15 years ago today By RANDY ROSETTA Advocate sportswriter Published: Jun 21, 2009 OMAHA, Neb. — Memories are sketchy for Mikie Mahtook, but they’re safely tucked away somewhere in his mind and will always have a special place in his heart. Taking a trip to a favorite pizza parlor. Setting up toy soldiers on the kitchen table. Remembering his dad as a gentle giant. For those things Mahtook can’t clearly recall, there are pictures and “lots and lots of stories” from family members and strangers alike to bridge the gaps. That’s helped provide LSU’s dynamic freshman center fielder a photo album full of snapshot memories of his late father, Mikie Mahtook Sr. Fifteen years ago today, Mikie Sr. sent his young wife, Mary Ann, to his mother’s house with 4-year-old Mikie Jr. and 2-year-old twin sisters Catherine and Christina for a family gathering. There was always something going on at “The Big House,” the place where Mikie Sr. and six siblings grew up in Lafayette. That Tuesday was no different. Swimming, a barbecue and, as always, lots of family. Then a phone call came that changed things forever. While playing tennis at a local club with his brother Ronnie, Mikie Sr. collapsed. Although doctors on the scene tried to revive the 32-year-old former LSU football player, he died of cardiac arrest before his body had hit the ground. The ultimate diagnosis was cardiomyopathy, a viral condition that caused Mikie Sr.’s heart to enlarge and not function properly. “We were all swimming with the family, and the last thing I remember was seeing people scrambling around and coming to get me,” said MaryAnn, an Oakdale native who met Mikie Sr. when she was a freshman at LSU. “I got to the hospital and they told me he was gone.” Added Mikie Jr., “I remember the day that he died probably more vividly than I should.” Since then, a lot of Father’s Days have come and gone, and Mikie Jr. has blossomed into a man and a vital member of the Tigers’ No. 1-ranked baseball team. When LSU takes on Texas in the championship round of the 2009 College World Series this week, Mikie Jr. will be at the core of the Tigers’ bid for their first national championship since 2000. That’s a notion Mikie Sr. would be giddy about. While his father isn’t here to see it up close, Mikie Jr. says he has no doubt Mikie Sr. helped him reach this point. As a tribute, Mikie Jr. has his dad’s initials and LSU jersey number (54) etched on his cleats. There is a wall in his Baton Rouge apartment covered with photos of Mikie Sr., along with his LSU football helmet. “It feels like he hasn’t been gone as long as he has,” Mikie Jr. said. “But he’s there with me all the time. Before every game I pray and ask him for help. Whenever there’s a big moment in the game or when I’m coming up to the plate, I say ‘Hey daddy, help me on this one.’ I feel like he’s definitely on the field with me. He’s in my back pocket.” And never too far from his mind. In LSU’s second game at the CWS, Mahtook blasted a three-run home run in the first inning to immediately put Arkansas on its heels. “The minute I hit home plate and got to the dugout, he was in my head and I told him thank you,” Mikie Jr. said. Since cracking the starting lineup for good in late March, Mikie Jr. has emerged as a five-tool big-league prospect. As much as he credits his dad for passing on athletic genes, the son acknowledges his dad’s calm, unpretentious personality also took root. “Sometimes when the ball is in the air and I’m running after it, I think he helps clear my head,” Mikie Jr. said. “Thinking about him makes it so I don’t think about things too much and just use instinct and reaction. “He’s the reason why I don’t feel any pressure. He helps me relax and stay calm and be able to play in the College World Series and not be nervous. I don’t put too much pressure on myself regardless of the situation.” Indeed, pressure is a relatively measured term for a kid who lost his father before he started kindergarten. Not that Mahtook hasn’t encountered his shares of hurdles. As a three-sport star at St. Thomas More in Lafayette, Mahtook drew plenty of attention from football and baseball recruiters by the time he was a junior. He had his mind set on playing both sports in college and always dreamed of doing so at LSU. But early in his junior football season, Mahtook’s plans took a painful detour. A dual-threat quarterback, he broke loose for a scramble near the end of the first half against Beau Chene and was knocked head over heels near the sideline. Mahtook landed awkwardly on his left arm and shattered the radius and ulna. Surgery was required, and the arm needed 14 pins and two plates to repair. “I don’t think anybody can break their arm more than I did,” Mahtook said. “They had to put my arm back together like a puzzle.” As grizzly as the physical injury was, the collateral damage was just as hard to endure. Eventually the arm healed and Mahtook got back to athletics. But mentally he struggled, and it didn’t help when recruiters took a step back to gauge his recovery. His junior year on the diamond was OK but not spectacular. There was confusion among college suitors whether he wanted to play football, baseball or both, causing some schools to back off. The injury left Mahtook at a crossroads, and he knew which path he wanted to follow. “Getting hurt like I did put my life and career in perspective and made me realize maybe I just wanted to play baseball,” he said. “I wasn’t going to shy away from anything and was going to keep playing hard in football. But baseball was my first love.” Still, it took awhile to completely separate from the idea of playing both sports in college. LSU football coach Les Miles was willing to give Mahtook a shot as a preferred walk-on. Several other in-state schools, including Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette, offered him the chance to play both. But the strong lure of playing for the Tigers kept tugging at Mahtook’s heart. After a face-to-face meeting with LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri late in the 2007 football season, Mikie Jr. and Mary Ann both knew where the future was headed. “We went into that summer after his junior year not knowing where things were going, and that was a pretty humbling time because of the expectations he had,” Mary Ann said. “Then, when we met with Coach Mainieri, he was brutally honest. He didn’t have a scholarship to offer right then, but he told Mikie, ‘You will be on the 30-man roster. You will have an opportunity to earn it and prove yourself.’ That meant a lot to both of us.” So did an impassioned message to Mainieri from her son. “Mikie looked at him and said ‘Coach Mainieri, since I was 8 years old, I’ve gone from football to basketball to baseball and never been able to commit 100 percent to baseball. I know when I commit 100 percent I’m going to the next level. I’m ready and I know I can.’ He said it with a lot of passion, so I knew where his heart was.” Shortly before the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, when Mahtook was chosen by Florida in the 39th round, Mainieri offered a scholarship. He said the Tigers needed one young outfielder and it came down to Mahtook and Taylor Dugas, who wound up at Alabama. Mahtook and Dugas are close friends. Dugas’ father, David, was one of the coaches of the Cajun Sluggers select summer team that became like a second family to the Mahtooks. “Mikie is a bona fide major-league prospect,” Mainieri said. “He’s a tremendous athlete who does so many things well. He can run, throw, hit for power, hit for average, steal bases. In a couple of years, when he’s eligible for the draft, I think that will be reflective of the talent this kid has.” Mainieri saw more than physical tools, though. “For a young guy to grow up without a father is hard for me to comprehend,” Mainieri said. “It’s just remarkable to me that Mikie could grow up to be the type of person he has. He’s got a mother who has certainly been a strong influence, and he’s had great family support on both sides along the way. “Everybody is challenged in life in one way or another and something like that makes everything else pale in comparison. Because of that, Mikie is not a kid who gets down on himself. He’s able to put things behind him and look to the future.” Not without clinging passionately to a past that changed so dramatically before he formed lasting memories. Mom made sure her son knew, though. “I’ve always kept his dad’s memory alive and never tried to hide it from Mikie,” Mary Ann Mahtook said. “I don’t think you should ever bury the memories. It’s very healthy to keep them alive.” Added Mikie Jr., “My dad crosses my mind every day. When special days like Father’s Day come along, he’s already there. He’ll be in my heart forever.”
  45. 2 points
    Hatchertiger

    Cajun Mardi Gras

    Cajun people are cool ... just sayin'
  46. 2 points
    Geauxtigs

    2019 CB - Derek Stingley Jr.

    From all indications, look for him to be back in the fold as a Tiger on Wednesday. Will be a huge pickup and boost to this years class.
  47. 2 points
    Fishhead

    Les Miles Getting Fired Up

    I think we all feel this way to be honest
  48. 2 points
    houtiger

    Les Miles Getting Fired Up

    Agree. He was too inflexible. They gave him the opportunity to change, and he would not. The team failed to perform under the old system, and he was dismissed. It's a shame.
  49. 2 points
  50. 2 points
    Hatchertiger

    Les Miles Getting Fired Up

    I honestly wish Les would have modernized his offense. He's probably still be the coach.