Wednesday, October 12, 2011
OK, we’re in uncharted territory here, and what a glorious view from the heights. For the fourth week in a row — the fourth week! — UL’s Ragin’ Cajuns, the LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints have each added a W to their win-loss ledger. We were beside ourselves when it happened two weeks in a row, which believe it or not was a first. There’s a turducken joke in here somewhere; sadly we can’t find it. We expected strong seasons from the Tigers and Saints, but it has typically been the Cajuns of late spoiling the weekend trinity. And with the gridiron prognosticators decreeing UL’s squad a bottom dweller not only in the Sun Belt Conference but among all FBS (formerly Division I) schools, this season has us unabashedly giddy. With a win over North Texas during Saturday’s Homecoming game, the Cajuns move to 4-0 in conference play and become bowl eligible.
OK, you know who you are. While not as pronounced in the fourth quarter of the Cajuns’ win Saturday over perennial Sun Belt powerhouse Troy as it was when the Cajuns went up by two touchdowns the Saturday before versus Florida Atlantic, there seems to be a confounding habit among some UL fans to make a dash for the parking lot at the faintest hint of either victory or defeat by the home squad. We guess it’s a good problem that recent fan exoduses (exodi?) have happened when the Cajuns were winning, but this disappearing act bit thousands in the collective butt two weeks ago when FAU tied the game in the final minutes. Come on, people, keep your glands in the stands until the final whistle!
The Ville Platte City Council ate some (Jim) Crow when it elected to suspend a stupid, racially targeted ordinance prohibiting residents from walking the streets after 10 p.m. on weekdays after the ACLU, on behalf of a resident and Evangeline Parish’s NAACP president, filed suit against the city. The ordinance was enacted in February and renewed a few times by the council in response to a spate of car burglaries earlier this year. The city, according to the lawsuit, even refused to provide the NAACP with a copy of the ordinance, which effectively and egregiously gouged a civil liberty to address a minor property crime. What’s next, a poll tax? The council was right to suspend this ordinance; it was a collective couillon to pass it in the first place.
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