With the LSU Tigers now flying high after their enormous victory in Baton Rouge over the Arkansas Razorbacks, here are some odds and ends...first coming from winning Defenseive back, Tyrann Mathieu, and then from losing coach Bobby Petrino:
Saints coach Sean Payton said his team needs to play its best football in December, talked about Eli Manning as a quarterback, said all his running backs were doing well and updated roster moves during his media briefing on Friday at the Saints facility in Metairie.
Payton also said in the briefing that running backs Chris Ivory, Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas are ready to go against the Giants
LSU fans might argue whether this LSU team, coached by Les Miles, is the best Baton Rouge squad ever. Two more games will tell its fate.
Other than one very close overtime game in Tuscaloosa in October in which the Tigers snipped Alabama, virtually all of the games LSU have played to date have been either blowouts or dominant victories.
The Vegas oddsmakers have the BCS Championship Game winner figured out for us. No more debating who will play, who deserves to play or who will win. The Oddsmakers have made Alabama the favorite to win the title. One would have to bet $180 to win $100. The other odds are as follows, according to USA Today: LSU ($150) to win $100; Arkansas ($500); Oklahoma State ($800); and Virginiia Tech ($2,000). In an unpredictable college football season, it may be best to save your money...
The NFL is out with a list of playoff scenarios. At this point, there are eight teams going for six playoff spots and two of them -- Green Bay (10-0) and San Francisco (9-1), both of whom can clinch in Week 12 with a win and some help -- are all but assured of winning division titles. One NFC team, perhaps two, could make the playoffs with records of 9-7.
Over the past few months, there has been a rash of reports and charges of widespread and intentional withholding of evidence on the part of federal prosecutors in a number of high profile criminal cases. Intentional is the key word here. Mistakes can be made when prosecutors work under heavy case loads and the pressure of meeting deadlines. But in way too many cases, prosecutors hiding evidence that is favorable to the defense has proven to be deliberate, and in direct violation of the law. Even though such miscarriage of justice often leads to the conviction of an innocent defendant, rogue prosecutors who violate the law in this way are rarely prosecuted, or even sanctioned. This is a blight on the American justice system, today.
Before I start sharing with you all my memorable events and the upcoming ones, I would like to wish a healthy, peaceful and bountiful Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Last week was full of exciting events that included some of my all time favorite events such as the re-opening of the Louis Armstrong Park. Beautiful sunny sky shined upon us for the festivities. On Thursday, I attended "A Bounty of Bubbles" tasting presented by the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and Dorignac's. More than 65 different bottles from Champagne to Prosecco were poured accompanied by hors d'oeuvres, artisan cheeses and great entertainment by the Yat Pack.
Given the boasts of leading Republicans and Democrats after Saturday's votes were counted, two different elections took place.
"The Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority reached its aggressive 2011 goals tonight," read the release from the political action committee formed by Sen. David Vitter.
It's one of the biggest college football games of the season, and Arkansas has won three of the past four over the Tigers in this hard-fought series which resumes on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.
A total of four overtime periods were required to decide their last two meetings in Baton Rouge. This meeting is a CBS (Ch. 4) nationally televised game between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country.