Good morning all, and welcome back to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, where we’re at just as much of a loss as you are. We had a nice, long LSU-Florida preview planned for you guys, but, well, it doesn’t look like that’s happening. So, instead, buckle up for some analysis of the postponement, plus some alternative things you might be able to do this weekend and some links to get you all caught up on the news. Let’s get to it.
What just happened?
For those of you who might’ve missed it Thursday, here is a quick overview of what happened:
LSU was scheduled to play a game Saturday at 11 a.m. CT against Florida in Gainesville. But Hurricane Matthew had other plans. The storm is expected to hit Florida at some point Friday, and the toll the storm is supposed to have on the city is believed to be too large, so the game was postponed. Well, postponed is a vague way of saying it. The game was indefinitely postponed, and no rescheduling date has been selected or even brought up, according to LSU athletic director Joe Alleva.
Experts, pundits and Internet trolls alike have all pointed at Nov. 19 as the most likely day for a reschedule, since both teams are playing nonconference games that day and could get out of those contracts were they to pay out enough money upfront. But that would be tricky, because it would involve LSU forfeiting a home game, something the business side of the athletic department rightfully doesn’t want to do.
According to data collected by the Equity in Athletics Data Analysis, 83.4 percent of LSU’s athletics revenue is generated from football. And that’s because football is almost pure profit in Baton Rouge. Looking at the data from the most recent EADA, LSU spent $28,693,663 on football operating expenses compared to making $86,312,831 in the same year. That’s making more than three times as much money as your spending. And a significant portion of that money comes from game-day incomes, which is why neither Florida nor LSU wants to give up a home game.
Now why couldn’t the game have been postponed to Sunday like South Carolina vs. Georgia is? I’m not exactly sure. The excuse that is being commonly tossed around is about the availability of emergency personnel such as police and medical staffs, but I’m not sure how much different the situations in Gainesville and Columbia, S.C., will be, so I don’t want to editorialize. All I can say is that’s not the reason, then your guess is as good as mine.
What should I do now?
That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? For those of you who had carved out your Saturday plans around watching Florida and LSU go at it, there’s now a gaping three-hour hole in the middle of your day, waiting to be filled. So, in case you’re still lost and you’re looking for advice from your friendly neighborhood bloggerman, here are some other things you can do without LSU this weekend:
- At the same time that the game was supposed to start, you could also watch the Red River Rivalry. Texas and Oklahoma are supposed to go at it, and there’s a vested interest in Texas winning if you’re an LSU fan, because it makes them less likely to fire Charlie Strong and start muddying the waters in LSU’s head coaching search.
- If SEC football is more your speed, Auburn and Mississippi State replaced LSU/Florida’s kickoff spot on ESPN, if you want to watch the SEC team that beat LSU face one of the teams it beat.
- If watching football will be too hard for you given the cancellations, there are plenty of other options in the world of sports. There are four World Cup qualifying soccer matches set to begin at the same time that LSU-Florida would have, including one that pits England against Malta and another between Norway and Azerbaijan. Later in the day, you’ll also have postseason baseball to watch, with the Dodgers facing the Nationals at 3 p.m. CT and the Cubs hosting the Giants at 7 p.m. CT.
- If watching football in the wake of this cancellation will be too hard for you, you can always go to the movies. There are three tentpole films coming out this weekend, and they can’t be more different. There’s sexual thriller “The Girl on the Train,” historical drama in “The Birth of a Nation” and children’s film “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.” If none of those sounds appealing to you, that’s because it’s October. Movies are never appealing in October.
- Then there’s the option of interacting with your family and friends without a screen in front of you for entertainment. But I won’t blame you if you don’t choose this one. It’s a bit much for a weekend, isn’t it?
What do you think?
I’m not one to give answers. But I am one to ask. With that in mind, here’s a poll to ask you your thoughts on this weekend.
So much has happened in the last 24 hours. It’s understandable if you missed a couple of things. In case you did, here’s a quick catch-up on links from around the Web.
- A comprehensive recap on Thursday’s events can be found here
- This game being canceled might just leave LSU out of the SEC championship
- Ed Orgeron isn’t coaching this weekend, so he’s hitting the recruiting trail
- This storm is serious business. Here’s some context.
- If the South Alabama game is going to get cancelled, no one has told South Alabama
Arbitrary Analysis, part 5
All week, we’ve been counting down the most famous alums of Purdue University in advance of what we expected to be the Boilermaker Bowl between LSU quarterback Danny Etling and Florida quarterback Austin Appleby, both Purdue transfers. Now that the game isn’t happening, this whole countdown feels anticlimactic. But we can’t just leave you hanging. So here he is — the most famous Purdue graduate of all-time.
No. 1: Neil Armstrong
Wanna talk about fame? How about the first human being to walk on the moon for you? Armstrong is one of the most famous people ever to live, because no one will ever be able to do what he did. There can’t be a second first. That’s just called second.
But to minimize Armstrong’s achievements to simply beating Buzz Aldrin out of a spacecraft would be silly. He was also a decorated Naval officer, a talented test pilot, a professor of engineering and a part-time advertising spokesman. Still, until his death in 2012, Armstrong was the quintessential spaceman, a symbol of the Cold War and the Space Race and of American exploration and scientific advancement. When you ask people to name an astronaut, they either say Neil Armstrong, or are a know-it-all who is trying to show off.
Just how famous is Armstrong? According to the Pantheon Project, which we’ve been using all week to discern fame, Armstrong is the 921st most-famous human ever, placing him among Muhammad Ali, Harrison Ford and David Bowie on the list of most notable. And, at least according to this FlavorWire article, Armstrong landing on the moon is the most memorable moment in the history over television. It’s hard to argue with that one.
Good on you, Purdue. You have yourself a pretty cool most-famous graduate.
Checkin’ in with the tweets
You think you were disappointed with the game on Saturday being canceled? Imagine how the players feel.
Actually, thanks to the powers of social media, you don’t have to imagine. Here’s a roundup of some of the best football player tweets from Thursday.
To Have This Happen My Senior Year!! To get a game taken away from us is definitely disappointing..
WE ONLY GET 12 of em ??
— Tre'Davious White (@TreWhite16) October 7, 2016
— Christian LaCouture (@lacouture91) October 6, 2016
Guess I'll be going home to watch @ash_trojanFB tomorrow
— DJ Chark (@DJChark82) October 6, 2016
But perhaps the most powerful tweet came from Jacksonville, Fla., native Kevin Tolliver, who kept the whole situation in perspective pretty strongly.
Stay strong?? pic.twitter.com/IeqwW3Ad3a
— 2️⃣ (@Kevintoliver2) October 7, 2016