LSU Sports Roundup: The Best of July

Nov 14, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) kneels to pray before a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) kneels to pray before a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Happy August Tiger fans! Here are some of the most memorable LSU Sports moments and stories (and some other stuff I found interesting) from around the Internet in the month of July.

July was a roller-coaster of emotions for the LSU sports fan base, particularly those residing in Baton Rouge. Tragedy struck the 225, as both civilians and law enforcement officers were killed. LSU athletes and coaches responded to the senseless violence plaguing the community.

LSU football traveled to SEC Media Days and was picked to finish second in the West behind Alabama.

The Tigers “took over” the SEC Network July 21 and LSU sports fans were treated to a replay of the famous 1996 College World Series Championship game, when Warren Morris blasted a walk off homer to defeat Miami.

LSU left-handed pitcher Jared Poche’ announced his return to Baton Rouge for his senior, delighting LSU baseball fans dreaming of Omaha next June.

Death Valley Voice writer Andrey Burin featured pieces on the LSU quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.

Former LSU shortstop Alex Bregman made his MLB debut with the Houston Astros and finally notched his very hit in the Big Leagues, a single against the Detroit Tigers.

LSU Sports News and Notes from Around FanSided

LSU Football: Why the Tigers Will be a Bust in 2016 [Southbound and Down – John Richardson]

"Sure, LSU football will still be good for 8 or 9 wins because many teams cannot stop their superior rushing attack.  But teams that have an above average front 7 will have a suprisingly easy time shutting down the Tiger’s attack inside the red zone, leaving a lot of Tigers fans wondering ‘what if…’ after this season has concluded."

We Could All Learn Something from Les Miles [Southbound and Down – Ben Richardson]

"However, after the tragedies that have taken place in Baton Rouge, I’ve been left with more respect for a football coach than could ever be earned with just wins and losses. The sense of sincerity in his voice, and the heartfelt emotion that comes with every word he speaks in relation to the recent turmoil that has overrun the Baton Rouge community has reached me in a way that I didn’t think possible."

More LSU Sports News From Around the Internet

Summer Friends: On Alton Sterling and the state of things in Louisiana and beyond [The Ringer – Micah Peters]

"I want so badly to tell you those things. I would’ve liked to have kept the memories of Louisiana summers, the barbershop, the DVD Man, and that god-awful X2 movie safe from another makeshift eulogy for another black person killed by police. I want to get out on the other side of this grief for men, women, and children whose names I should’ve never even known; I want to say that things’ll be different this time, to have answers, to be hopeful."

Legends: Ties That Bind [Tiger Rag – James Moran]

"Like Stovall a generation before him, Alexander galloped his way into the illustrious fraternity of the best backs to ever come through the Ole War Skule. And the reason he chose Baton Rouge over staying home, a decision he agonized over for months, was his trust in the man waiting behind the wheel."

Rohan Davey on After Further Review with Matt Moscona [104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge – AUDIO]

Tyrus Thomas is active in the fight for justice in Baton Rouge [The Undefeated – Maya A. Jones]

"Three weeks ago, former NBA forward Tyrus Thomas arrived back in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to spend time with family, work out and train. He didn’t foresee his weeks being filled with protests, or meetings with community leaders, council members and police officers.."

Meet Alex Bregman: Astros Call-Up, Top-Rated Prospect, and Potential Houston Savior  [The Ringer – Matt Borcas]

"If you’re an Astros fan or have been stashing Bregman on your fantasy roster, don’t freak out if he doesn’t replicate his Futures Game performance right away. (Although the Yankees starter on Monday is Michael Pineda, who has been, well, not great.) As long as Houston remains in contention, Bregman should have plenty of chances to live up to the totally reasonable best-prospect-who-ever-lived-or-bust expectations placed on him."

NBA’s Garrett Temple goes home to Baton Rouge to try to help  [The Undefeated – Marc J. Spears]

"“Killing cops is no answer at all. Killing is not right at all,” Temple said. “I’m a God-fearing man. I pray for my city. I am praying for the world right now. There has been something bad going on in the world every day of late. Today, it was Baton Rouge again.”"

LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye treated for second-degree burns after car crash that killed two others [The Advocate – Ross Dellenger]

Don’t Let the Media and Politicians Scare You [Outkick the Coverage – Clay Travis]

"I feel like I need to be screaming this from the rooftops every day because so many people in America have become terrified that death is lurking just around the corner. A country founded by the boldest, most risk embracing group of people of all races, religions and creeds has turned into a collection of infants, all curled up in the fetal position sucking on their thumbs while they hug their blankets and tremble in fear."

Hope you enjoyed another edition of the LSU Sports Roundup. Have a great week!