Hi there, Tiger fans, and welcome back to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, the easiest way for an LSU fan on the go to catch up on all the latest news. Or should I say fan on the geaux? Anyway, today in the Briefing, we’re going to talk about video games, social media and CGI. Oh yeah, also some sports. Let’s jump right in.
Madden-gate: A play in three acts
If you thought the controversy surrounding Danny Etling was over just because he seems to have a tight grip on the starting quarterback job, you’d be wrong.
Last week, James Bewers of The Advocate wrote a profile on Etling in which he chronicled the quarterback’s talents with a controller in his hand. As the story explained, Etling is an offensive whiz in the Madden NFL video game series, able to use his real-life knowledge to call audibles and make checks at the line of scrimmage. This talent makes Etling and his team a well-documented threat in the LSU football team’s Madden league.
But now, a week after the story ran, some previously-unknown details surrounding Etling’s alleged 28-0 victory over offensive lineman Will Clapp have entered the fray. Hiding in plain sight among reporters in Etling’s media scrum Monday, Clapp used the forum to ask one of the toughest questions in recent LSU media history.
“Danny, we’ve all heard recent reports about you crushing Will Clapp in Madden,” Clapp said. “But, recent reports have showed that you let Foster Moreau play that game [in your place] and did not tell Will Clapp. What would you say about that inside report that we got?”
“If you could cite those references…,” Etling fired back dryly without a hint of guilt.
“I can cite the references from Foster Moreau,” replied Clapp, confident that he had his quarterback on the ropes.
“Bring him over here,” Etling said. “We can talk then.”
Then, out of nowhere as if he’d been summoned, Moreau appeared behind Etling, ready to testify in front of the media and all their cameras to answer any and all allegations of wrongdoing.
“I’m right here, what’s up?” Moreau said. “What was the question?”
“Did you play that game (for Etling)?” Clapp repeated, hoping to get a confession out of the tight end.
“When Danny whooped up on you?,” Moreau replied. “I heard Danny whooped up on you.”
This is where the tables turned. Because it’s one thing for Clapp to accuse Etling and Moreau of cheating. But it’s another thing for Clapp to present motive, and that’s just what he did next.
As if he was a Sherlock Holmes of the gridiron, Clapp deconstructed the situation. Last Saturday was Etling’s first start at LSU. Last Saturday was also the day that Moreau caught his first pass as a collegian. Could then, a trade of a win for a reception have been in play as a sort of trickled-down spoils system? Or is it possible that Etling threw Moreau that pass as a sort of payment for their illicit behaviors? Or, there is the possibility that Clapp, ashamed of his loss, has fabricated the story to cover up his own personal humiliation. The intrigue is almost endless.
What do you think really happened? Vote here in our totally scientific poll to voice your opinion. The results will be revealed in Wednesday’s Bayou Bengal Briefing.
Where was the love?
Les Miles understands. He just doesn’t want it to happen again.
Saturday night was a hot and humid one, and with LSU leading by as many as 20 points in the second half, Miles understands why plenty of fans prematurely left Tiger Stadium. But as Mississippi State slowly clawed back into the game, Miles noticed the lack of fan support in the less-than-full stadium.
LSU’s coach noticed players waving their arms up-and-down to try to get the fans into the game a little more, and, to the credit of the fans who stayed, the crowd noise picked back up. Miles only brought up the situation to caution fans from allowing something of the like to happen again.
That said, Miles understands why it happened.
“We had a great first half then everybody decided they could go tailgate some,” Miles said.
Arbitrary Analysis, part 2
Monday on the Briefing, we kicked off a countdown of the five best fictional tigers in pop culture in honor of this weekend’s “Tiger Bowl” between LSU and Auburn. At No. 5, we had The Jungle Book’s Shere Khan. Today we reveal No. 4. Stay tuned all week as we count toward No. 1 on our list.
No. 4 — Richard Parker, Life of Pi
OK, full disclosure: I’ve never seen Life of Pi. I’ve never read Life of Pi. But c’mon, that’s a cool looking tiger, right? I mean seriously, can you believe that’s animated? I know it’s been more than four years since that movie came out, but just visually speaking, that’s one of the most fantastic achievements in film history. There’s a reason Ang Lee won Best Director for this movie, and he went up against arguably the best director of all-time, Steven Spielberg, that year.
So yeah, I get it, this tiger doesn’t really have a personality. And yeah, I can understand how ranking this tiger that can’t even talk above a beloved cartoon icon might anger people. But that’s a cool looking tiger. And it’s my list. So deal with it. And marvel at how freaking cool looking that tiger is.
Your non-revenue sports update
Now that you’ve recovered from whatever heart attack you almost had because of Saturday’s football game, it’s a good time to remind you that there are 15 other athletics programs at LSU, and some of them are also active in-season right now. Here’s an update on how some of those teams did last weekend:
- LSU soccer swept the weekend with decisive home wins over Ole Miss and Lamar by the scores of 3-0 and 4-0 respectively.
- Led by strong individual performances by Ryann Foster and Becca Weissmann, LSU women’s tennis had a quality showing at the James Bonk Invite this weekend.
- Cross Country hosted the LSU Invitational this weekend, with the men’s team placing second out of nine and the women’s team finishing third out of eight teams.
- The volleyball team couldn’t quite muster out a win this weekend, as they lost two matches in straight sets, the first to Baylor by a score of 25-22, 25-19, 26-24 and the second to No. 13 Florida State by a score of 26-24, 25-20, 25-18.
As we often do, let’s end today’s Briefing with the football player Tweet of the Day, as determined by me. Today’s tweet belongs to wide receiver DJ Chark.
After catching his first career touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday’s win, Chark unsurprisingly gained some notoriety he didn’t have before. But for all his foot-speed and newfound notoriety, Chark still isn’t exempt from his studently duties, something a professor was quick to remind Chark on Twitter Monday.
— K. Agyemang, PhD (@KwameDwase) September 20, 2016
Chark fired back feebly with one of the oldest excuses in the book, but capped it off with some emojis to keep up an air of goodwill.
The traffic be holding me up sometimes ? https://t.co/sRV4Xsafg1
— DJ Chark (@DJChark82) September 20, 2016