Monday, January 02, 2006
New Year's Resolution
My older daughter graduated from LSU the week prior to Christmas. She has been attending college continuously since the summer before her senior year in high school. She is the first of my parents' 17 (and counting) grandchildren to finish college. Needless to say I am very proud of her. We had a big dinner party afterward at Bonefish Grill in Baton Rouge. My parents and two of my brothers and their families and several other friends were there. It was very nice.
Graduation had been moved back from a Friday to the following Monday after classes had been interrupted by a total of about a week after Louisiana was hit by two real hurricanes (not to be confused with the University of Miami football team) only 26 days apart. In addition the Arts & Sciences degree ceremony was moved from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center to the Maddox Field House due to the date change. Actually, no one even graduated that day. They were all potential graduates pending final grades due to the previously mentioned disruption. It was an interesting end to a very interesting semester.
Eleven days later LSU dismantled Miami in one of their most complete and dominating performances in years. The last time they looked nearly this impressive was the 2003 SEC Championship against Georgia. I was confident that the Tigers would prove that they know the difference between a Miami Hurricane and a real hurricane but I truly expected a closer game. All I can say is WOW! In retrospect it seems very likely that this season, as successful as it was, would have been even more so had the schedule not been disrupted by the two hurricanes. The season opener was postponed and rescheduled for the only open date on the schedule. The next game became the "home" opener but, due to the LSU resources devoted to the response to the first hurricane, was moved to the opponents home field, over 1,000 miles away. With less than a week's notice, the next home game was moved, due to the approach of the second hurricane, from a Saturday to the following Monday. By the time LSU reached the SEC championship game they had a 10-1 record but they had played ten successive weeks without an open date. I'm very impressed with how well this season was managed. I'm also very impressed with the generosity of the opponents this season. They all opened their hearts and wallets and gave generously to hurricane relief. I attended the homecoming game in which Appalachian State presented a check for $40,000. They have since won the division I-AA national championship. Go Mountaineers!
A lot else has happened since my last post. I hope to post some more soon.