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Loyalty is a strong trait to possess, and commands respect amongst your peers. But being too loyal could also be a downfall with friends, and one's chosen career path. LSU head coach Les Miles' loyalty will ultimately be his undoing.
LSU's demolition of Texas Tech, 56-27, in last year's Texas Bowl was a mirage for the offensive unit. The Red Raiders defense is likened to a junior varsity unit. A reminder of this fact; Arizona State's Kalen Ballage racked up eight touchdowns against Tech this past weekend. The Sun Devils won the contest 68-55.
Coach Miles could have moved on from offensive coordinator Cam Cameron after the bowl game, but instead gave him a contract extension. LSU fans got promises that things would change for the unit, but that just wasn't the case.
Miles' loyalty to his quarterback, Brandon Harris, could also be another factor in his dismissal. Miles gave Harris the hook after going 1-for-4 passing, with 8 yards against Jacksonville State. Danny Etling relieved Harris, and promptly led the Tigers to three scoring drives in a row. Etling will start this week against Mississippi State. "I want you to know Danny will take the first snap," said Les Miles to an LSU-produced interview.
You could argue the move was one week too late. Harris went 3-6 passing against Wisconsin going into halftime. An Etling second half could have saved the Tigers from Harris' ill-timed interception at the end of the contest. Harris rewarded Miles' loyalty by tweeting "U smart," in response to a tweet by Tyron Johnson on his recent transfer out of the Tiger program.
These are all only a small samples of mistakes that could haunt Miles if the losses mount in 2016.
You could argue with all this talent, the Tigers shouldn't be in this situation every year. LSU led all colleges with 42 players on week one NFL rosters in 2016. In fourth place, Alabama with 36 players. The Crimson Tide won their fourth national championship in seven years, defeating Clemson 45-40 in January.
Stoking the flames of Miles' shortcomings came Thursday by Fox's Colin Cowherd. On his show "The Herd," he said Saban told his "allies" that LSU is the best program in America. He could win the same amount of national titles at LSU, that he's won at Alabama. Just another glaring example of why things need to change in Tiger town.
It's with debate, but I believe the soccer capital of the world is Manchester, England. The two top managers in the game hail from Manchester, José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola's Manchester City could win the English Premier League, and the Champions League this 2016-17 season. The roster is flat-out loaded at each position, and they have rich owners. Guardiola's won domestic titles, and captured the Champions League before, no doubt he'll do it again very soon.
Speaking of money, Manchester United has a ton of it. Manchester United announced total revenue of £515.3 million ($683.5m) for the year ending June 30, 2016. Becoming the first UK club to earn over half a billion pounds in a single year. The figure is short of the £570m in annual revenue that Barcelona announced in July. With Mourinho's coaching, and healthy backing from the club, the Red Devils will be on City's heels all season.
It's refreshing to see the Caribbean Room's jacket-required dress code last night in action. The Ponchartrain Hotel restaurant is only one of two places in the city with jacket required, the other Galatoire's. Too many times tourist populate restaurants wearing Hawaiian shirts and cargo shorts. This isn't beach time, it's fine dining.
I understand restaurants need tourist to make money, but required dress codes should be widespread in our city.
I thoroughly enjoyed not only the dress code at the Caribbean Room, but the menu also. Went with the Crab Remick for an appetizer, and main course, the Grouper Pontchartrain. Of course, for dessert the Mile High Pie. With a very competitive restaurant market, I'm intrigued to see how the future plays out for this legendary space.