Alas, freedom. The past few days have been a little bit hectic for me (in a very good way). My cousin got married and I was the best man in the wedding, so between the wedding and family gatherings, etc… I have had little time to spare and as a result, the blog has taken a hit, but I am back and have no foreseeable events on my calendar, so fasten your seatbelts.

The big news out of the day from Baton Rouge is in women’s basketball where one of Van Chancellor’s assistant coaches Yolanda Wells-Broughton accepted the head coaching position at Texas Southern.

A Houston native, Wells-Broughton spent one season in Baton Rouge with the Tigers and served as one of Van Chancellor’s primary recruiters in what was a highly-touted recruiting class.


As someone who has covered women’s basketball for the past 2 seasons, I can say that Wells-Broughton is a very fine person who deserves a head coaching post. In her one season with LSU, Wells-Broughton did not show a lot of emotion and was not as active in X’s and O’s, but her primary job was to keep all of LSU’s players happy off the court where the team was bridging the gap from the Pokey Chatman controversy and also had eight seniors who were planning their futures after graduation while balancing trying to get back to the Final Four.

With a larger responsibility, I expect Wells-Broughton to take her hometown team to the NCAA Tournament in a year or two.
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In the rest of the sports world, the British Open wrapped up and this year in golf seems to be the year of the injury. Following Tiger’s dramatic win playing hurt at the US Open, Padraig Harrington took home the Open Championship for the second straight year despite having a wrist injury that had many wondering if he would even lace them up on Thursday.

Harrington won the title by four strokes over Ian Poulter, thanks to a sizzling four-under par back nine.

54 hole leader Greg Norman folded with the lead again, continuing what might be one last chapter of failures for the Shark who shot seven over par on the day to finish six shots back.

Golf needs Tiger back. The good, feel-good stories can carry a tournament for a day or two, but eventually those stories end and golf needs Americans at the top and Tiger is the only American golfer in the world right now that is capable of winning regularly, and yes, that includes Phil Mickelson and Kenny Perry.

But for the rest of the season, the sport has enough decent headlines like the Ryder Cup to keep the season afloat. But the sport desperately needs it’s main-man back in action to have any sort of long-term stability.
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Finally, the end of our third countdown is here and we are to our number one stadium. This countdown was hard to do and if I had to do it over again, I probably wouldn’t have done this countdown at all, because with me not having been to so many of these places, I was sorting between hear-say and real-life experiences and it made things sort of a mess.

But I did my best and we are down to our final stop. Sure, I may be biased, but if it’s a 7:00 kickoff, this place is king.

No. 1 college football atmosphere: Tiger Stadium (LSU)

Death Valley. Where fans line up for miles and miles at 6 a.m. for a nighttime kickoff. Where the food is great and the fans are better. Where the Tigers always come to play and where the visiting teams rarely have a nice stay.

Enough with the rhyming, but for real, LSU has the best college atmosphere in the country. You don’t believe me? Visit any rival school’s message boards and you will see that LSU is on the top of everyone’s list of favorite places to play.

And that mutual respect is why LSU is number one on this list.

We will begin a new list tomorrow.
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Headlines:

Redskins get Taylor from Dolphins – I am glad this saga is over, because Taylor can still play the game at a high level and it would have been a shame to see his career end on a rotting team.

Pettitte dominates in Yanks win – This was the MLB’s game of the day as the Yanks swept the A’s in a pitchers’ duel. Don’t sleep on the Yanks. If they get healthy, it can be bye-bye Rays or Bo Sox from the Wild Card.

Childress considering leaving Hawks for $20 M in Greece– With European basketball becoming more and more popular, the NBA needs to be fearful of this happening: Other leagues offering their role players big-money and stealing them away. If Childress is the first to take the plunge and it works out for him, you can see many others do the same in the future.

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YouTube Video of the Night:

I don’t know about you, but I miss this fella.

That is all for me today. Have a blessed Monday.

P.S. With summer coming to a close and school nearing, that means it is almost football season. I have big plans for this place once football season hits and I need your help.

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