Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Whodathunkit? When UL introduced its new head football coach less than a year ago following the firing of Rickey Bustle and a three-win season, everyone assumed 2011 would be a rebuilding year. But we didn’t know Mark Hudspeth. The firebrand coach turned out to be either one hell of a football mind, a master motivator or damn lucky. Or all three. After far exceeding expectations and notching eight wins (and counting) including a perfect 5-0 record at Cajun Field and a 6-2 Sun Belt Conference record — preseason prognosticators pegged the Cajuns to finish not only last in the SBC but last among all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams — the Ragin’ Cajuns on Monday officially celebrated what has been the worst-kept secret in college football: UL’s invitation to the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Dec. 17 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Geaux Cajuns!
While football fans in Lafayette are on top of the world these days with the unparalleled success of the Cajuns (not to mention the Tigers and Saints), golfers got a dose of bitter reality last week when venerable Acadian Hills Country Club became the first golf course in Lafayette Parish history to close, succumbing to a grim reality: too many courses and, in a tough economic environment — especially for an expensive sport — not enough golfers. The third-oldest course in Lafayette, Acadian Hills’ 100-plus acres were arguably the most scenic 18 holes in the city — picturesque, sloping fairways lined by pine trees on what used to be a dairy farm. But with the opening of new courses over the last decade, especially the city-owned Wetlands less than a mile away, the choices for golfers outgrew the market.
One step forward, one step back. Just as the Ragin’ Cajun football squad — and by extension the university — is set for some positive national exposure with the Dec. 17 New Orleans Bowl, comes the Cajun Smurf. The series of ham-fisted animated video shorts appearing on YouTube (and elsewhere, we fear) features a Smurf character speaking in that gallingly stereotypical Boudreaux-Thibodeaux accent, telling stupid jokes and recounting mindless anecdotes. Not sure what the point is, other than the personal amusement of a couillon, but the videos reinforce every misconception of Cajuns as ignorant rubes and simpletons. A picaresque pixie this Smurf is not.
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