LSU returned to the practice field today for a couple hours today and practice again went again according to plan without any major hitches.

After an offense-dominated first day, the cornerbacks seemed to level the playing field Tuesday and have eased a lot of the doubt that was caused after Monday’s subpar day.

Here are a few more tidbits of information.

-Hatch vs. Lee is not a choice of the lesser of two evils. Both guys are throwing the ball well and both will be solid SEC quarterbacks.

-Terrance Toliver has risen out of Les Miles’ doghouse and seems to have used his summer to get a much better grasp of the playbook. Toliver is working with both the first and second teams and figures to at worst be a slot threat for LSU.

-The LSU running backs have had a rough time in the first few days. No one is out of shape or anything. They just are running against a wildebeest called the LSU defensive line.

-I could maybe be wrong, but Trindon Holliday looks to have a little more beef on his frame than before.

-Harry Coleman is still first team with Chad Jones playing rover and first substitute at every secondary position.

I will give you more as practice progresses.
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The second big story of the day today was that reports out of Tampa Bay have it that the Buccaneers have agreed in principle with the Packers on a trade that would send the disgruntled quarterback to Tampa Bay.

From one bay to another, this is a great move for the Bucs.

If you want the up to the second updates with this story, go to ESPN. They are closer to it than I am. But with every tidal wave, there are tons of ripples, so I will give some of the ripples that people will not talk about, but will likely occur because of this trade.

1. For you Saints fans – I’m sorry, but Tampa is now the odds-on favorite to win the NFC South. Jeff Garcia is good, but Brett Favre is better. Not saying the Saints can not pull it off, but Tampa is clearly the favorite now.

2. Garcia effect – Like Favre, Jeff Garcia will not be a backup. Look for Tampa to probably release him. Once released, look for him to sign with and probably start for either the Bears or Vikings, making the Packers road tougher than before.

3. For LSU fans – The moving of Favre means Matt Flynn now will probably make the Green Bay roster. With Favre back in the fold, it seemed as though Flynn was the odd man out, but Flynn should make the roster now.

Either way, it appears this soap opera has finally reached its conclusion.

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Ready for more pick’em game? I am. Blast off.

Florida:
Aug 30: Hawaii — W 56-10
Sept 6: Miami — W 27-23
Sept 20: @Tennessee — W 34-17
Sept 27: Mississippi — W 44-19
Oct 4: @ Arkansas — W 31-10
Oct 11: LSU — L 24-19
Oct 25: Kentucky — W 41-20
Nov 1: @Georgia — W 35-20
Nov 8: @Vanderbilt –W 34-13 (8-1, 6-1)

Georgia:
Aug 30: Georgia Southern — W 48-0
Sept 6: Central Michigan — W 55-6
Sept 13: @South Carolina — W 31-20
Sept 20: @Zona State — L 41-34
Sept 27: Alabama — W 35-23
Oct 11: Tennessee — W 28-17
Oct 18: Vanderbilt — W 44-14
Oct 25: @LSU — L 20-16
Nov 1: Florida — L 35-20 (6-3, 4-2)

Kentucky:

Aug 31: @Louisville — L 37-27
Sept 6: Norfolk State — W 31-12
Sept 13: Middle Tennessee — W 37-10
Sept 27: W. Kentucky — W 34-6
Oct 4: @ Alabama — L 24-6
Oct 11: South Carolina — L 34-13
Oct 18: Arkansas — L 24-14
Oct 25: @Florida — L 41-20
Nov 1: @Mississippi State — L 24-16 (3-6, 0-5)

South Carolina:
Aug 28: NC State — W 31-13
Sept 4: @Vanderbilt — W 34-13
Sept 13: Georgia — L 31-20
Sept 20: Wofford — W 55-9
Sept 27: UAB — W 41-13
Oct 4: @Ole Miss — W 24-3
Oct 11: @Kentucky — W 34-13
Oct 18: LSU — L 27-14
Nov 1: Tennessee — W 17-14 (7-2, 4-2)

Tennessee:

Sept 1: @UCLA — L 31-28
Sept 13: UAB — W 44-17
Sept 20: Florida — L 34-17
Sept 27: @Auburn — L 20-10
Oct 4: Northern Illinois — W 48-3
Oct 11: @Georgia — L 28-17
Oct 18: Mississippi State –W 17-6
Oct 25: Alabama — W 34-28
Nov 1: @ South Carolina — L 17-14 (4-5, 2-4)

Vanderbilt:

Aug 28: @Miami (OH) — L 23-13
Sept 4: South Carolina — L 34-13
Sept 13: Rice — W 24-13
Sept 20: @Ole Miss — L 16-7
Oct 4: Auburn — L 37-10
Oct 11: @Mississippi State — L 34-9
Oct 18: @Georgia — L 44-14
Oct 25: Duke — W 21-17
Nov 8: Florida — L 34-13 (2-7, 0-6)

Alabama:
Aug 30: @Clemson — L 33-17
Sept 6: Tulane — W 35-0
Sept 13: W. Kentucky — W 52-7
Sept 20: @Arkansas — W 31-17
Sept 27: @Georgia — L 35-23
Oct 4: Kentucky — W 24-6
Oct 18: Mississippi — W 31-21
Oct 25: @Tennessee — L 34-28
Nov 1: Arkansas State — W 48-6 (6-3, 3-2)

Arkansas:

Aug 30: W. Illinois — W 38-6
Sept 6: @UL-Monroe — L 30-24
Sept 13: @Texas — L 37-14
Sept 20: Alabama — L 31-17
Oct 4: Florida — L 31-10
Oct 11: @Auburn — L 27-12
Oct 18: @Kentucky –W 24-14
Oct 25: Mississippi — W 28-20
Nov 1: Tulsa — W 28-9 (4-5, 2-3)

Auburn:

Aug 30: UL-Monroe — W 44-10
Sept 6: Southern Miss — W 41-9
Sept 13: @Miss State — L 24-20
Sept 20: LSU — W 13-3
Sept 27: Tennessee — W 20-10
Oct 4: @Vanderbilt — W 37-10
Oct 11: Arkansas — W 27-12
Oct 23: @West Virginia — L 44-30 (6-2, 4-1)
Nov 1: @Mississippi — W 21-17 (7-2, 5-1)

LSU:

Aug 30: Appalachian State — W 44-17
Sept 6: Troy — W 49-13
Sept 13: North Texas — W 55-3
Sept 20: @Auburn — L 13-3
Sept 27: Mississippi State — W 21-17
Oct 11: @Florida — W 24-19
Oct 18: @South Carolina –W 27-14
Oct 25: Georgia –W 20-16 (7-1, 4-1)
Nov 1: Tulane — W 41-0 (8-1, 4-1)

Ole Miss:
Aug 30: Memphis –W 21-16
Sept 6: @Wake Forest — L 24-14
Sept 13: Samford — W 48-6
Sept 20: Vanderbilt — W 16-7
Sept 27: @Florida — L 44-19
Oct 4: South Carolina — L 24-3
Oct 18: @Alabama — L 31-21
Oct 25: @Arkansas — L 28-20 (3-5, 1-4)
Nov 1: Auburn — L 21-17 (3-6, 1-5)

Mississippi State:

Aug 30: @La Tech — W 34-14
Sept 6: SE Louisiana — W 52-3
Sept 13: Auburn — W 24-20
Sept 20: @Georgia Tech — L 28-14
Sept 27: @ LSU — L 21-17
Oct 11: Vanderbilt — W 34-9 (4-2, 2-1)
Oct 18: @Tennessee — L 17-6 (4-3, 2-2)
Oct 25: Middle Tennessee — W 44-10 (5-3, 2-2)
Nov 1: Kentucky — W 24-16 (6-3, 3-2)

We will begin to tackle Game 10 tomorrow.
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Top 10:

Our NFL countdown has been a tough one to tackle. The dilemma I run into is the same dilemma our modern media runs into: quarterbacks and wide receivers are what sells. Because of that, it makes it increasingly difficult to rank defensive players because of a natural, built-in bias toward the defensive guys.

But I am giving it my best shot, so here’s the next player on the list.

No. 7 NFL player: Bob Sanders

Sanders comes in as the second to last defender on our list and the reason he is here is simple: With him, the Colts are one of the best defenses in the NFL. Without him, they are one of the worst.

How’s that for value?


Sanders has battled injuries in the 2004 and 2006 seasons, but when he has been on the field, he has been a force to be reckoned with, single-handedly lifting the Colts defense from sub-par to superb in their Superbowl run in 2006.

If his body holds up, look for #21 to be flying around the field again for the Colts this fall.

No. 6 tomorrow.
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Headlines:

Joba visits Dr. Andrews after MRI
– Not to steal from the Wizard of Oz, but “Ding Dong the Yanks are dead.”

McCarthy: Favre not committed to Packers – Mike, Mike, Mike. You should have kept your mouth shut and let Ted Thompson stay the villain in this story. Now you are Robin to Thompson’s Batman and WHEN (notice I said WHEN) Aaron Rodgers fails, you will also take the fall.


Johnson helps Marlins close gap on Phils
– I just have a gut feeling the Marlins will win this division. I don’t know why, but I just sense they will pull it out.

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Rest in Peace, Skip!


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