BATON ROUGE, La. — The Internet is a scary, divisive place. So, when every corner of the Internet comes together to agree on something, you know it’s a big deal.
Twitter announced Thursday that it will be shutting down Vine, the six-second streaming and looping app that has changed the way social media consumes short-form content. And, as the New York Times explained, the Internet is not happy.
But let’s try to focus on the good times. Sure, it’s a bummer that Vine is going away. But now we have an excuse to waste a morning rewatching some of our favorite six-second LSU videos.
Like this one of Leonard Fournette absolutely destroying a Texas A&M defender.
Or this one, of Odell Beckham doing what he does best: catching balls with one hand.
Or any of the dozens of Les Miles’ bad lip readings.
And, of course, the gold standard of LSU memes.
So, again, there’s no reason to be sad. Your favorite Vines won’t be going anywhere. You can always find an archive of LSU vines here.
What should I do with my life?
A weekend without LSU football shouldn’t equal a weekend with nothing to do.
There’s plenty to do around Baton Rouge this weekend, plus there’s a full Saturday slate of football games you can check out if you don’t feel like leaving your house. Here’s a quick list of some of what’s available to you Saturday, if you’re in the Baton Rouge area:
- It’s the weekend before Halloween, so expect the spookiness to be on full display. For example, the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade is this weekend, beginning at 2 p.m. downtown. You can learn more about locations and times here.
- Other Halloween festivities include this one for a more adult crowd, this one for a more academic and family-focused crowd, and this one for fans of Harry Potter and Pink Floyd. That’s an odd cross section.
- If you’re looking to get your good person on, there are charity functions for:
- For those of you who just can’t get football out of your heads, Southeastern Louisiana has a home game …
- … or you can stay home and watch on your television as ranked matchups include No. 12 Florida State hosting No. 3 Clemson at 7 p.m. CT, No. 7 Nebraska visiting No. 11 Wisconsin at 6 p.m. CT and a West Coast matchup between No. 4 Washington and No. 17 Utah at 2:30 p.m. CT.
- If movies are more your thing, those exist too. But it’s the end of October. So, there aren’t many good ones, unless you really love Tom Hanks and Ron Howard.
- For a full list of events in the Baton Rouge area, click here.
LSU nonrevenue sports update
Don’t worry, LSU sports die-hards. Just because the football team is off, every other team isn’t taking the week off, too. Here’s what to expect and follow along with this weekend in LSU sports, plus some results from this week.
- The men’s and women’s cross country teams head out to Fayetteville, Ark., for the SEC championships Friday. Both teams are looking to improve from lackluster finishes last season.
- For you pool people, the swimming and diving teams host Auburn at the LSU Natatorium at 3 p.m. Friday.
- The volleyball team travels to Columbia, S.C., Friday night to face off against the Gamecocks. The squad plays again Sunday, continuing its road trip to Gainesville to face the Gators.
- The soccer team lost its regular-season finale Thursday night, falling 2-0 to a ranked Arkansas squad. The Tigers finished SEC play with a 2-8-1 record.
Two weeks is too long
As a member of the media, I love it when players speak up and say controversial things. It makes my job interesting. But I know that you guys hate it.
I get it, trash talk like the type that senior DB Dwayne Thomas dropped Wednesday can be distracting. But it’s also fun. Which is why I like that Alabama wide receiver ArDarius Stewart fired back Thursday:
Media ??? really Bruh.???? say less .. It's on
— ArDarius Stewart (@neversleepon13) October 27, 2016
But Stewart does have a point when he says ‘say less.’ There is something to be said about letting your play on the field do the talking. But I think the more interesting angle is that maybe Thomas and Stewart are just bored.
It’s hard not to get amped up when there’s a rivalry game looming, especially when you have to wait two weeks to play it. Whether you believe in the hot-hand principle of sports or you, like me, subscribe to the theory that everything in sports is more or less random, you do have to concede that emotion plays a factor in athletic events.
And waiting two weeks for the most emotional game of the season might be a move that backfires. Sure, it gives a team more time to prepare. But it also opens the opportunity for teams and players to come in too hot and try to do too much when they finally do get to play. It’s the same reason that so many of us when we were in school waited until the last minute to study for a test instead of doing it gradually for a week or two in advance. The earlier you start, the more pressure there is on the game.
I’m not saying that I think scheduling a bye week before the Alabama game is foolish. Again, I’m a firm believer that football is a silly game and silly things are prone to happen no matter how good you are. But if you’re afraid that players might let their emotions get the best of them, I hope you don’t chew your fingernails. Because you’re gonna gnaw straight to the bone this week.
Even more praise for Jamal Adams
Pro Football Focus released its midseason All-America teams Thursday, and one LSU standout made the cut.
Safety Jamal Adams, a superstar among superstars, graded out as PFF’s top college strong safety through seven games, with a grade of 90.0. Adams is one of just nine players on the squad to have a grade of 90 or better, placing Adams within one percentage point of SEC standouts such as Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett and Tennessee’s Derek Barnett.
According to the Pro Football Focus article, Adams is the top-rated college safety against the run, grading out favorably on 85.4 percent of the rushes he faces. He’s also the the seventh-highest rated safety against the pass, faring well on 88.3 percent of passing situations.
We’re running out of words to explain just how good Jamal Adams has been this year. And I know those numbers don’t sound huge, but being effective 85 percent of the time against the run as a safety is borderline incredible. Now, all that’s left to see is if the actual All-America voters will give him the same kind of love.
The hoops scoop
The NBA season started this week, with eight former Tigers dressed out on pro rosters. Almost all of their teams have played already, but very few of them have had the opportunity to get on the court yet.
In other words, they’re not starting.
But, from off the bench, one former Tiger has made his mark on the NBA season one game in. His name? Justin Hamilton. His team? The Brooklyn Nets.
To use a phrase that’s been used a lot in 2016, Hamilton took New York by storm, posting a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes of play as a reserve. Sadly, this came in a losing effort, as the Nets fell to the Celtics 122-117.
Gosh darn it, he’s cool
Danny Etling is just a nice dude.
He’s a quarterback. He’s an Eagle Scout. And, apparently, he’s fluent in American Sign Language.
Danny Etling holding a conversation with a student-athlete from Louisiana School for the Death. Personally thought it was pretty cool! pic.twitter.com/xU4T1mZass
— Lindsey Scott, Jr. (@_lj18_) October 28, 2016
As fellow LSU quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. shared with the world (then later corrected his typo in a separate tweet), Etling spent time speaking with visitors from the Louisiana School for the Deaf on Thursday night. As you can see in the video above, Etling knows sign language and looked as if he was doing a pretty darn good job of communicating there.
He seems to be a man with a lot of obscure talents. But they all seem to be useful. If you had to be trapped in the wilderness with one LSU football player, I’d bet Etling would be your man.