Monday’s practice came and went . . . And again there was a storyline about LSU’s quarterbacks as freshman Jarrett Lee was not at the portion of practice visible to the media and Miles did not update anyone as to Lee’s status.

I was told by someone close to the team that Lee was at the beginning portion of practice, so I pose my theory on it all — Les is playing mind games.

Yes, the man with the strange looking hat who goes for it virtually every fourth down is doing it again and is keeping Appalachian State and really the rest of the country out of the loop when it comes to who will be the team’s starting quarterback.

Let’s look at the timeline:

Summer practice began and Hatch was a clear favorite, so Miles then talked up Jordan Jefferson, making him the flavor of the week among Tiger nation.

Then there was Lee’s ankle injury which seemed to push him to the back of the line behind Jefferson and Hatch.

Then there was Hatch’s “back injury” in the scrimmage, which pushed Lee closer to the top once more.

Then today, news of Lee not being at practice seems to shoot him down once again.

I am not saying that Miles is fabricating some of these things. But it sure as heck seems that way. I know LSU doesn’t want anyone to know who their starter is. You know how I know that? Because if they did, they would have announced it publicly.

So instead they want their decision to remain anonymous. The best way to do that is to play musical quarterbacks in practice and to see how things go from there.

All-in-all, my money is still on Hatch. But it also wouldn’t surprise me either if Coach Miles threw a curve ball either, so who knows.

What do you think? Is Miles playing head games? And if so, is that good or bad for the quarterbacks? Shoot me a comment and let me know what you think.

We can take a break from football and talk Tiger baseball as LSU coach Paul Mainieri announced that pitchers Louis Coleman and Jordan Brown will both be enrolled at LSU this semester and have opted to not sign professional contracts.

This is great news for the Tigers and Mainieri as LSU now has penciled in either two weekend pitchers or a closer and a starter, depending on the route they choose to take.

The real prize to me is Coleman, who despite giving up the grand slam to North Carolina was LSU’s best pitcher this past season out of long relief. But Brown has the potential to blossom into a stud, also.

And the #1 rule of baseball is that you can never have too many arms, so add to more quality ones to the mix for LSU as they will try to make another run to Omaha next season.

In New Orleans Saints news, the team added former Pro Bowl safety Lance Schulters to their roster yesterday, signing him to a one year deal.

Schulters, 33, made the Pro Bowl in 1999 with the 49ers and has had cups of coffee with the 49ers, Titans, Dolphins and Falcons.

All-in-all, it’s a pretty good move. I don’t care if he made the Pro Bowl 100 years ago, he is still probably better than what the team currently has.

A lot of blame goes to New Orleans’ cornerbacks (and with good reason), but on deep passes, if I’m not mistaken, there should be safety help, too, so it’s not solely the cornerback’s fault, so if this guy still has anything left in the tank, he should help.

Top 10:

2 down, 8 to go in our countdown of the NBA’s best players. This list has been extremely difficult to get down to 10. 27 NBA players averaged 20 points per this past season and that does not include guys like Paul Pierce or Deron Williams or Tim Duncan, so there is a lot of talent in the NBA.

Today’s pick is a man who was made a $100 million man in the offseason by his team and is known simply as Agent Zero.

No. 8 NBA player: Gilbert Arenas

Arenas broke onto the scene in 2001 with the Warriors as a second round pick and then blossomed into a star a few seasons later with the Wizards.

Agent Zero battled injuries this season, but averaged more than 28 points per game in 2005-06 and 2006-07, while also dialing up more than six assists per game, making him one of the league’s elite offensive players.

If he, Jamison and Butler can ever stay healthy for a full season, the Wizards would be a team to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference.

No. 7 tomorrow.

Daily Dime:

So, I swung and missed on both picks yesterday as the Astros were hammered by Sabathia and the Mets lost to the Pirates.

I will try to fight back today and get back to .500.

Sure thing:

Mets -210 vs. Braves – If the Mets fail me again, they will be my least favorite team in baseball. Oh, wait, they already are! But Jo Jo Reyes stinks and Oliver Perez owns the Braves, so go with the Muts *cough* I mean Mets.


Yankees +125 vs. Blue Jays – The Yanks are just better than the Blue Jays and it’s time for them to make one final push at the postseason beginning tonight.

3-5 total

1-3 on sure things
2-2 on upsets


Rays top Angels in showdown of AL’s best – Call me a hater if you want, but I really, really dislike the Rays. Not that I dislike them, I dislike all of the people who are coming out and claiming this team. Where were you when they lost 100 games every year? That’s right.

USA beats Germany 106-57 before medal round – Wow. That was the biggest beating I think I might have ever seen. So much for Chris Kaman going for the gold with Germany.

Orton named Bears starting QB – Kyle Orton. Wow. Sorry if I am under whelmed. I’d rather have WWE superstar Randy Orton. Or Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick.

YouTube Video of the Day:

If they can get along, why can all humans get along?