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Wow, where did the school year go?
It's May and we have no parish teams still playing, . That's always disappointing. Congratulations to the Cathedral baseball and softball teams on advancing to South State. Good luck Green Wave and Lady Wave.
The annual Miss-Lou Relay for Life Friday night on the Vidalia Riverfront was warm, dusty and a great place to be, as usual.
I guarantee you none of the dozens of cancer survivors were complaining.
Just shows the good things that happen when everyone works together for such an important cause.
Easy Eddie and Party Rockers added so much to this year's event.
Two things I want to see happen in the next two or three years - Easy Eddie and the Party Rockers in the Delta Music Musuem Hall of Fame and Max Fugler in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
But getting back to the sports world. I love the statement released by Johnathan Vilma and his lawyer.
I was skeptical until Vilma finally made a statement. And it's a doozy.
"I am shocked and extremely disappointed by the NFL's decision to suspend me for the 2012 season," Vilma said. "Commissioner Roger Goodell has refused to share any of the supposed evidence he claims supports this unprecedented punishment. The reason is clear: I never paid, or intended to pay, $10,000, or any amount of money, to any player for knocking , or any other player out of the 2009 Divisional playoff game, 2010 NFC Championship Game or any other game.
"I never set out to intentionally hurt any player and never enticed any teammate to intentionally hurt another player. I also never put any money into a bounty pool or helped to create a bounty pool intended to pay out money for injuring other players. I have always conducted myself in a professional and proud manner.
"I intend to fight this injustice, to defend my reputation, to stand up for my team and my profession, and to send a clear signal to the commissioner that the process has failed, to the detriment of me, my teammates, the New Orleans Saints and the game.''
The NFL lawyer contends they have absolute proof to the contrary.
The funny thing to me is that when they show clips of Vilma to go along with the story, there are three or four plays were a running back catches a pass and has his head turned and Vilma has a clear shot to clean his clock. But he grabs him around the waist and brings him down. Hmmmmmm?
You are not gonna collect on that.
• Mason Katz is hitting .331, while Ty Ross is batting .305 for the LSU baseball team. That's outstanding in anybody's book. Unless you are on the same team as Raph Rhymes.
Rhymes has been unbelievable this season, hanging around the .500 mark all year. He is currently right at .500 with 170 at bats. That's amazing to keep that type of average up, especially facing SEC pitching. For the record, Russ Johnson hit .410 in 1994, Eddy Furniss batted .403 in 1998 and Todd Walker hit .400 in 1992.
The SEC season record for batting average is .525, held by Alabama great Dave Magadan. That number is likely safe.
However, anything after that is well within Rhymes' reach. The junior outfielder is currently 35 hits away from the SEC season record of 120. At his current pace, Rhymes would need 17 games to reach that mark. The Tigers have seven games remaining in the regular season, and will likely advance to both the SEC and NCAA Tournament. At this point, how can you doubt him?
• LSU lost a great voice for Tiger sports in Dandy Don Long. I e-mailed Dandy Don about twice a week, asking questions, talking Tigers, or passing something along. No e-mail went longer than a day without receiving a reply. He was a first-class gentleman and, not only a class Tiger fan, but a true sports fan. Scott Long has taken over the Dandy Don Web site, and I can promise you it will be just as enlightening, entertaining and insightful. But his dad will surely be missed.
• A Louisiana Tech friend told me he won't have to mortgage his house for away games anymore. Well, after this year anyway.
As part of the Western Athletic Conference this year, Tech has away games at New Mexico State, Texas State and San Jose State in its final year of the WAC.
Last year it was Idaho, Fresno State and Utah State.
Tech's addition to Conference USA means games now at Southern Mississippi, Tulane, Alabama-Birmingham, Rice and Tulsa.
That's awesome. And the competition will be a lot better with more rival games. Playing closer teams should really benefit recruiting and draw even more local interest. Oh yeah, and cut down on the frequent flyer miles for fans.
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