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Monday, July 24, 2006

A Thought on How Louisiana Bloggers and Others Can do Something For Our Troops.

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I have been giving some thought on how perhaps bloggers in Louisiana can do something special for our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. This would involve also working with Bloggers from other particular States or regions.

It does seem that our Servicepeople are able to watch their favorite College Football Teams way over in the warzone. In fact from what I have read, this has been a favorite activity during the fall months. I was entertaining the thought that perhaps we could arrange something special for ou Louisiana guys and gals for one of these viewing events. This would be along the lines of shipping for instance LSU or other College items, special food items that are local, perhaps a football signed by the team, jerseys and things of that nature. Perhaps a live radio hookup from a local station could be arranged so they could say hi to buddies and familes listening at home. This would be held in cooperation with Bloggers that support the other team we might be playing. They would do the same. Thus making the event more fun for them. We need someone on the ground there to help on that end as to logistics. Also it would have to be in probally one of the bigger camps or where there is a likehood that there are good numbers of fans of those teams represented.

My thoughts are that a LSU game is a must just because it is viewed as the State Team in many ways and is more likely to be broadcast. But I think that Louisiana Tech and ULL should be considered also. I know Tech at least is occasionally Broadcast and should be able to be picked up Ditto for ULL.

This is the LSU football lineup

Sep. 2
Louisiana-Lafayette
Sep. 9
Arizona
Sep. 16
@ Auburn
Sep. 23
Tulane
Sep. 30
Miss. State
Oct. 7
@ Florida
Oct. 14
Kentucky
Oct. 21
Fresno St.
Nov. 4
@ Tennessee
Nov. 11
Alabama
Nov. 18
Ole Miss
Nov. 25
@ Arkansas

Now like all games there will be several problems. One is that of course these games can be switched from afternoon to night and Vice Versa pretty quickly. Also some guessing as well as research has to be had in determing which games will be broadcast and to be able to be received in Iraq. Do they have ESPN Gameday there? Anywho my thoughts are this. The first LSU game is against ULL. That would be a great one to do. Also easier to get help on. Problems are it will not be televised on a regular television network. However, if I recall LSU has broadcast similar games like this through that Tiger Vision like service through satellite. The other problem is that this date is fast approaching. But there is still time. I suspect the other games are hot prospects too.

Louisiana Tech-
September 2
at Nebraska
September 16
Nicholls State
September 23
at Texas A&M
September 30
at Clemson
October 7
at Boise State
October 14
Idaho
October 21
Utah State
October 28
at San Jose State
November 4
at North Texas
November 11
at Hawaii
November 18
Nevada
November 24
Fresno State
December 2
at New Mexico State
Now of course some of these games really catch my eye. Of Course Nebraska and Texas AM strike me as games that pretty easy to get. The Nebrask game is currently scheduled for 3:30 which would put it in the late hours in Iraq but that might be a advantage. Also I believe that Fresno Game very likely could be televised and could be a very big game depending on how the WAC plays out. Note I live close to Tech and could handle the logistics for this pretty easy for stuff that needs to be done on this end.

ULL

Sept. 2
at Louisiana State
Sept. 9
at Texas A&M
Sept. 23
NORTH CAROLINA A&T6th Annual Herbert Heymann Classic
Sept. 30
EASTERN MICHIGAN
Oct. 7
at Houston
Oct. 18
at Florida Atlantic*Nationally Televised on ESPN2
Oct. 28
MIDDLE TENNESSEE*61st Homecoming
Nov. 4
at Troy*
Nov. 11
NORTH TEXAS*
Nov. 18
at Florida International*
Nov. 25
ARKANSAS STATE*
Dec. 2
LOUISIANA-MONROE

Now of course we mentioned the LSU game earlier. Again same applies. We do see a game that ESPN2 has committed to that will be national. I am not sure if the Sunbelt conference has some thing similar to WAC Tv or not. Again getting a signal picked up over there is the key.

Ok so I think you see where I am going with this. I am not ignoring ULM, or Southern, or Grambling, or Tulane in this proposal. IF there is is interest and those games are some how televised and a signal can get to Iraq that could be done too.

If there is enough interest I can set up a seperate blog for this activity. If this develops one game can be planned for each school or more. I tmight be nice to do more than one because that would spread the wealth some over there in different camps. I think what is needed for this to work is the following. One blogger to take one of this schools under his wing and help head up the efforts of all the bloggers that want to work for that particular team on this project. Hopefully it would be one that is near it and is a alumni. That would help getting all the goodies from the atheletic department and other areas to send over. Thre is a lot that can be done to make this special depending on how far you want to go with it. Then there needs to a Iraq or Afghan located alum on the other side. Just in a sense to spread the word and all the stuff can be delievered too.

Now it seems that we could get a lot of help with this also from the Sports forums on the internet. Such as WWW.tigerdroppings.com for instance as for LSU.

If there is interest leave a comment with a email or perhaps send me a email. I am not asking that you sign up for any particular responsibilty right now but just to gage interest. Also, if we can decide what games would be good choices we can start contacting our counterparts that are bloggers from those schools.

Sometimes it seems that we have forgotten about those that are serving us and something like this could very well make a Soliders week. Also, this might be a good thing to do so we fellow Louisiana Bloggers can get to know each other and also network some. This alone has benefits that could make us as a blogging community in this State more helpful and in fact revelant to what is going on in our communities.

7 Comments:

Blogger Cajun Tiger said...

I'm not sure how that could work logistically. I know they do broadcast some games, mainly only the biggest ones of the day nationally on the internal Armed Forces Network that they pick up from the major networks and ESPN. I wasn't there last football season, but for basketball they had all the NCAA tourney games and then all the College World Series games.

From what i've been told is they pick the top game at noon, 3, 6 and 9 eastern and show those for us.

I'm planning on listening online to the games I can't watch. Jim Hawthorne's people would be a good to reach in this effort.

Hope that helps.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

PA

Thanks for the visit!

I'm afraid I don't have much to add to the discussion right now. I have to study it to understand what can realistically be done. Just keep me informed.

You got me fired up for some Tiger Football!

9:04 PM  
Blogger Pondering American said...

Tahnks Ron and Cajun. I have heard that sililar things were done when we had a substantial guard presence over there.. I going to make some inquires and see what is feesable on the Iraq side.

9:08 PM  
Blogger we saw that... said...

we agree with what cajun tiger has posted because we remember when we were in the service - armed forces radio or whatever it was broadcasted sports games. and ~cringe~ we dont support the troops - these two essays by jacob hornberger explain why better than we can: The Troops Don’t Support the Constitution and The Troops Don’t Defend Our Freedoms

9:24 PM  
Blogger Pondering American said...

we saw that

Good grief, lol. Well I shall that comment to much on those articles since I am trying to keep this post non political to a certain extent. However, I think I shall try to do a seperate post this week on them and then proceed to tear their arguments apart lol

9:37 PM  
Blogger we saw that... said...

lol thats what blogging is all about. :P

9:47 PM  
Anonymous tigerbait32 said...

The LSU/Arkansas game would be a good game. It is on nation TV the day after Thanksgiving, and featured to good southern teams that are both states flagship schools. I think in is a great idea. Good luck and keep up the good work

9:38 AM  

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