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The ďstruck by lightningĒ nightmare continues. We have no water this morning. There was enough water for one of us to shower but it started spitting and sputtering towards the end of it. We were told last week that our water tested OK and we were able to go back to normal usage so, naturally, all of the distilled water and much of the bottled water we had accumulated is now gone. Iím here waiting on a return call from the water well people. There was a lightning strike on or near CrabAppleLane on August 26 and we're still dealing with the problems it caused. Our DirecTV is working but that required two service calls. Our DSL is not fully functional and won't be until we settle with the insurance company over our computers (The built-in network cards were fried in both of them). The only thing that has been repaired and is behind us is the electrical problem. That was resolved first. Those guys did their job in a driving rainstorm and we haven't had any trouble with it ... yet. The missed work, the constant phone calls to repair facilities and the phone tag with the insurance company who insists on calling us at home when we're at work and vice versa, and the total inconvenience has been more than a little expensive and annoying. We're quite ready for this to be over.
Big football weekend here. LSU-Florida in Baton Rouge tomorrow night is a game Tiger fans have been pointing to since last year. The Gators hung a second loss on the Tigers last year in The Swamp and ended their national title aspirations. It was easily the worst game LSU played all season. They went on to win the next seven games, including two great road wins at Tennessee and Arkansas and a blowout of Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Florida, of course, went on to win the National Championship. The national sports media has descended on Baton Rouge. CBS will have a crew filming tailgaters at 5:30AM. They get started early at Tiger Stadium. If you've never been to a big game on a Saturday night at Tiger Stadium, you have missed one of college football's best experiences. Tomorrow night's game figures to be electrifying.
About today's QOTD: It's from a book called "It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium". I may have to read it because I'm not sure what that title is about. Tiger Stadium gets its share of rain. The most famous game ever played there, the Halloween Night game of 1959 against Ole Miss, was played in a driving rainstorm. A quick recap of that game: Number One and defending national champion, LSU, was trailing Number Three Ole Miss, 3-0. It was raining hard and the field was sloppy. Ole Miss was content to let their defense carry them. Neither offense was doing anything but Ole Miss had a better punter so they were doing something you don't see much any more. They were punting on third down. If you're willing to endure an unnecessary rendition of the national anthem, here's a link to the last third down punt of that night. The crowd was so loud on that play that Dad thought his radio reception had been lost. He couldn't hear the announcers and the noise sounded like static. Ole Miss took the ensuing kickoff and held the ball for the last ten minutes of the game. Their quarterback was stopped on the one yard line.
Quote of the Day
Daddy had no use for showboats and loudmouths. He believed that humility was equivalent to class in a man, and nothing pleased him more than to hear a player deflect the praise he'd earned and credit his teammates instead. Players who danced in the end zone after scoring were buffoons. Those who calmly handed the ball to an official were to be admired.
John Ed Bradley, Special to ESPN.com
Blog of the day here.
Quote from said blog: "In good news, Mike VI will lead the charge for LSU for the first time in Tiger Stadium."