Pre-season is over and everything counts now in football. And it has been a crazy beginning for one of our favorite college football sports.
First off, our home state LSU got its likely opening cinch win against McNeese State College called off after five minutes of play due to bad weather in our state’s capitol city. It was the first time this has ever happened in the history of our state’s No. 1 college football team.
Now the Tigers are down to an 11, instead of a 12, game schedule with the resulting opener against Mississippi State this weekend a bit tougher than what they missed out on as a beginner in the Capitol City pourdown. What will that mean if one or some of its major competitors didn’t have to sit out any of its games and won all 12 of their scheduled games?
The Tulane Green Wave, which lives right next door to St. Charles Parish on U. S. Highway 90 in Jefferson Parish played Duke in its opening battle and did miserably in losing 37-7. Hopes were high for them before the season with some new stars gaining experience.
Since most of the college football watchers in Southeast Louisiana are Tigers from the Baton Rouge side of the local landscape, they are a bit unfamiliar with the possible qualities of what Tulane is producing this year. First off, there is a quarterback named Tanner Lee, a star from Jesuit High School in New Orleans who is expected to be good and more experienced in his second year of college football after his first year, if not excellent. Plus there are other new players who have grown in talent from their starts in the last two years to make the Greenies into a figure that can take its place in the national roster of at least contenders.
In other words, it was thought possible that Tulane would win much more than three games like it did last year. But expectations are not very high at the present time.
But there is always time for a turnaround.
Tulane games are played at the school’s new Yullman Stadium on South Claiborne Ave., not far away from the Huey Long Bridge next door in New Orleans – less than 15 miles from our parish line.
In fact, Tulane is the closest university to the Parish of St. Charles.
So, if we want to root for a home team, why not make it Tulane in addition to LSU? That is, of course, in addition to Hahnville and Destrehan high schools.
And what about the Saints? They lost four pre-season games and are now going into the regular season this weekend.So let’s all forgive the Wave for its first loss and not count LSU’s first unfinished game and scratch the four pre-season Saints losses that don’t count anyhow.
So we’re willing to begin anew this coming weekend and head toward a positive season for our Gridiron favorites.Let’s hope for a positive rest of the season finish this year. And let’s start considering Tulane a home team to St. Charles Parish as we do Destrehan, Hahnville and, of course LSU and Saints and spread our cheering in more directions.
After all, that gives us more of a chance to make the season an exciting one.