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Vendredi

December 19th

WWOZ 34 Birthday Party

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, DJ Soul Sister

 

Kermit Ruffins Big 50th Bash

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Celebrate Kermit’s birthday w/ The Barbeque Swingers, Nayo Jones and Neisha Ruffins Band

 

Bounce Holiday Edition

Republic, 10p.mm.

Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggady and more! $5

 

Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Mid-City Theater, 8p.m.

A holiday play complete with speed dating and snuggies

 

Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Music with legends to kick off 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

 

Shotgun Cinema Turns One

Freeport Auditorium at the CAC, 7p.m.

Screenings of Night Moves & Monsieur Hulot's Holiday; $7 each

 

Samedi

December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II

 

Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker

 

Irvin Mayfield’s Birthday Celebration

Royal Sonesta, 8p.m.

Trumpet Mafia, Jonathan Batiste & Special Guests

 

Pine Leaf Boys

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Local grammy nominees take the stage

 

Dimanche

December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)

 

Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson

 

Lundi

December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 

LSU Comes Back to Beat Texas A&M, 24-19


by Chris Rinaldi

After one week it was hopeful that the reign of idiocy was over at LSU. But for the first half today, and with glimpses shown in the second half, it's unsure when the stupidity of Greg Studrawa will ever finds its bounds of completeness. The bumbling offensive coordinator calling the plays continues to do his best to bungle the LSU rushing game and squander the defensive riches that are driving the Tigers to victories like the 24-19 win over Texas A&M at Kyle Field.

 

 

 

Pass plays were called on first down when LSU was inside the 10 yard line; pass plays were called on 2nd down and 6, pass plays were called on 3rd and short, and pass plays were called with LSU leading by 5 with under 7 minutes to go in the 4th Quarter. Whenever it defied logic, pass plays were called. And, when those pass plays were called, they were always the short hitches and slants that have not been changed at any point in the past two years. 

 

 

However, the ball-hawking and swarming LSU defense showed up after the first quarter in College Station and Freshmen Running Back Jeremy Hill made the 4th Quarter his showcase for the second straight week, complimented by Michael Ford's ability to cut the corners on the outside. That was enough to propel the Tigers to victory. 

 

 

The Tigers struck for the first time in the 2nd Quarter on a Michael Ford 20 yard touchdown run, which was setup up by a Jalen Collins interception on an errant pass by Johnny Manziel. It would be a 47 yard touchdown run by Jeremy Hill which sealed the game for the Tigers, also a result of an errant Manziel pass  that was intercepted by Tharold Simon in the 4th quarter. 

 

 

Manziel, more affectionately referred to as "Johnny Football", began the game by picking apart LSU's four man front in the 1st quarter, However, once LSU switched to a three man front in the 2nd quarter, "Johnny Football" looked more like "Johnny Ragdoll", as he was chased around the field, thrown to the ground, and forced to make poor decisions, resulting in three interceptions.  

 

 

One has to wonder what this game would have looked like if the Tigers focused on running the ball and avoiding penalties. Barkevious Mingo seemed to be playing off his own snap count, jumping offside numerous times, and Eric Reid kept Texas A&M's hopes alive in the 4th Quarter when he inexplicably mauled the Aggies' freshman wide receiver Mike Evans, well after an incomplete pass attempt. 

 

 

This should have been a signature win for the Tigers, but instead it was one they had to grasp onto. But, a win's a win nonetheless, and maybe that is the true signature of the Tigers.  

 

 

Between the necessities to clean up their play and  to give their dinged up players a break, next week's bye is coming at the most opportune time. When LSU takes the field in Death Valley on November 3, they will host Alabama. The Crimson Tide have always struggled with the LSU in Baton Rouge, but most importantly, the Tigers can't struggle with themselves if they hope to overtake the defending National Champions. 




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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

Published Daily by

Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock