Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Malice in Wonderland

Coaches Richt and Miles entered the season on supposed hot seats. Since, Richt has lost four straight while Miles is off to a tumultuous 5-0 start. Many Dawg fans are understandably upset. Hard to imagine Tiger fans actually have a good (if not better) case for their coach's dismissal.

I mean...where to begin? Taking the hot hand out at quarterback after getting to the goalline...calling an option from inside the 5...not having your team ready to spike the ball when necessary...

Not to mention that this is a scene from a previous Milesian tragedy.
LSU had been favored by two TDs, and not only needed a do-over to pull out a victory, they nearly lost in the same infamous way they did at Mississippi in 2009. That game ended with LSU recovering an onside kick and getting into Ole Miss territory with plenty of time to get into winning field goal range, only to lose yards, waste crucial seconds getting plays called, complete a desperation pass to the Ole Miss 5 with 1 second left and then fail to get off one last play.
How many deals with the devil can one man make? The Mad Hatter is on borrowed time in Baton Rouge. But I'm not betting against him wiggling his way outta this mess again this season. But Lester's own left tackle Joseph Barksdale summarizes things best:
As for Miles' odd manner, Barksdale smiled as he reflected on the victory over Tennessee and said, "If I'm not mistaken, at the end of the latest 'Alice in Wonderland' movie, the Mad Hatter did his job and things ended well. So let's hope that keeps up." 
 Les Miles...keeping hope alive.

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