Braves Part Ways With On-Field Reporter, Kelsey Wingert

After four full seasons as a Braves reporter, Kelsey Wingert will not return for the 2020 season.

The 27-year-old Sugar Land, Texas native has been on the field bringing Braves fans like myself the latest injury news and much more.

Wingert attended Stephen F. Austin University and Louisiana State University for college.

Thursday, the reporter posted a statement regarding her departure on her Twitter account.

Wingert started reporting for the Braves in 2016.

Kelsey, thank you for the memories, your constant updates, your love for the game and so much more.

You will be terribly missed in the dugout. I believe I speak for all of us when I say, we love you from the bottom of our hearts.

Thank you for your willingness to work with Atlanta for the past four seasons. Braves Country won’t be the same without you.

In closing I say, you will always be welcomed to Atlanta with open arms.

Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Chop On forever.

Kelsey Wingert’s statement regarding her departure which was posted to Twitter Thursday afternoon. Source: Twitter.
Source: The Athletic.

Why Did Clemson Pick that Tiger as their mascot?

I’m not exactly sure what Clemson University officials were thinking when they voted on a mascot, but there’s got to be a better-looking, more sober tiger mascot available than Clemson’s Tiger.

What made them think that those yellow eyes on that small Tiger head looked ferocious?

Why did they make the head that small?

It wouldn’t be that bad if his head wasn’t as small and he actually looked bathed at least half of the time.

But instead, he looks like a Tiger that hasn’t got much sleep, along with not taking a shower his entire lifetime.

Why does he look so ugly? I get it, the yellow eyes are supposed to be intimidating. Most of the time they are intimidating, to a certain degree.

But on that mascot?? I mean LSU fans have started a GoFundMe to buy you a new mascot. Maybe because, even drunk cajuns realize that the Clemson Tiger is absolutely horrendous.

You expect to have a dynasty? Okay, well you have the coach, the players, equipment and so much more.

But the one thing you are lacking is a mascot. Maybe if you would accept the Cajuns offer, they could help you build a dynasty. I mean, it’s worth the chance. It can’t get much worse.

Come on Clemson, you gotta do better.

Picture: Clemson.edu

Remembering Sports Broadcasters/Journalists Who Gained their Wings in 2019

2019 was a rough year to be a sports broadcaster and journalist, I can’t remember a more deadly year surrounding one industry.

Sure, there have been more deadly years in the past, but I can’t remember when they were.

Maybe it’s because I am still in shock at the amount of sports broadcasters and journalists whom were welcomed into heaven over the past 365 days.

2019 started out pretty smooth, and then on May 25, 2019, things took a turn for the worst when then-Auburn Baseball, Basketball, and Football Voice, Rod Bramblett, and his wife Paula were killed by a teenage driver who was under the influence at the time of the crash and topped out well over the speed limit.

Rod was just 53, while Paula was 52.

On December 24, 2019, ESPN’s Edward “Ed” Aschoff passed away after a brief battle with pneumonia at the young age of 34.

On December 28, 2019, Louisiana Sports Journalist, Carley McCord, the daughter-in-law of LSU OC, Steve Ensminger, was killed in a plane crash in Lafayette, Louisiana while on her way to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, to watch the Tigers in the College Football Playoffs Semifinals against Oklahoma.

McCord was just 30-years-old.

While 2019 was a trying year for sports journalists and broadcasters like myself, I hope 2020 takes it lighter on this industry too many people with bright futures in this industry were lost in 2019.

God Bless.

Pictures: Daily Mail, Saturday Tradition and The Wrap).

If the Heisman Trophy was Awarded to the Most Courageous Player, Jalen Hurts Would Win by Unanimous Decision

Jalen Hurts, what a story, what a season, what a man. Some people still don’t understand why Jalen left Tuscaloosa, Alabama for Norman, Oklahoma.

He didn’t leave because of a coach, a teammate, or a circumstance, Jalen Hurts, the Oklahoma Sooners’ graduate- transfer-quarterback by way of the University of Alabama, who hails from Houston, Texas, left because he saw a better opportunity in Norman under Lincoln Riley’s direction.

Now, we all knew early on that LSU’s Joe Burrow, a transfer-quarterback by way of Ohio State University, was going to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night.

But if the most-prestigious award in college football was awarded to the most-courageous player in college football, Jalen Hurts would’ve won by unanimous decision.

Why, you ask? Well, you see, when Tua Tagovailoa beat out Jalen Hurts for the starting quarterback position in 2017, Jalen could’ve decided to transfer.

When Nick Saban pulled him out of the national title game in favor of Tua in 2017, Jalen could’ve throw in the proverbial towel, but yet he decided to stay.

Not because of Coach Saban or himself, but for his teammates. To show them that even though life may not always go as you plan, you can weather the storm and be rewarded in the end.

As was the case, when Saban pulled an injured Tua Tagovailoa out in favor of Jalen Hurts to win the 2018 SEC Championship.

Jalen Hurts is man of inexplainable character and courage. If only the Heisman Trophy went to college football’s most courageous player.

Coaches Say Things After A Big Win, It’s Part of Sports

I’m sure we’ve all heard what Coach Orgeron said in the locker room of Bryant-Denny Stadium after upsetting the Tide 46-41, so I won’t repeat it.

But here’s the way I see it, folks. It’s part of sports, I’m sure we’ve all heard coaches say things like this in a locker room after a big win.

Emotions were running high and Coach O just said what was on his mind. Do I think it should’ve been videoed?

No, coaches talking in the locker room, is like us talking to family or close friends. It should not have been videoed, but it was.

I’ve heard coaches say things like this many times in the locker room, the difference here is nobody videoed it.

I want you to watch Saban’s mouth after Alabama doesn’t successfully execute a play and the media pans over to him. Tell me the difference.

There isn’t one, coaches want to win just as bad, if not worse than their players. Things happen.

Get over it and move on, instead of crying and carrying on saying “He shouldn’t have said that.”

Nick does the same thing, under different circumstances on the sideline. It’s called adrenaline people.

We’ve all said things we didn’t mean when our adrenaline was pumping.

You don’t see the world breaking into outrage when Saban has his sideline/media rants do you? No, so if you can’t handle the energy of the sport, it’s simple, don’t watch it.

Have You Ever Watched An Ed Orgeron Interview With the YouTube Closed Captioning on?

If you have never watched an interview of LSU head coach, Ed Orgeron, on YouTube with the closed captioning on, you’re missing out.

I just thought I couldn’t understand what he says, but after watching the YouTube interview with closed captioning on, I have come to the conclusion that I can understand more of his gibberish than I originally thought I could.

In fact, I found myself laughing at the captions so often that I couldn’t laugh anymore.

It made me feel extremely bad for Coach O. He’s just trying to address the media and the closed captioning just makes his interviews even better than they already are.

It’s quite possibly the funniest interview I have ever watched, and I have been a part of and watched many interviews in my life.

Coach Oregeron has the best interviews hands down. Even if you can’t understand what he is saying which makes it even better.

If you get a chance, I highly recommend looking up Ed Oregeron interviews on YouTube with closed captioning on. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

What Impact Does LSU’s Jump to No. 1 Have on Upcoming Matchup at No. 2 Alabama

We just thought the stakes were high for this game, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, November 9th, 2019.

The brand-new Associated Press poll just raised the stakes and expectations of this game even higher.

Not these two teams needed any more of a reason to go to war in Tuscaloosa on Saturday inside Bryant-Denny.

So many people are questioning the AP’s decision to have the Bengal Tigers from Bayou jump the Crimson Tide of Alabama in the latest poll.

But personally, I understand it. Yes, I know Alabama completely obliterated a sub-par Arkansas team, who is now (2-6) on the season. Yes, I know LSU’s struggled to squeak past an Auburn that was ranked No. 9 at the time, and is now ranked No. 11.

I think when you look at those matchups both on paper and on-field, LSU definitely had the better opponent.

In no way, am I taking anything away from Alabama, but, LSU had the more physical opponent. Sure, Alabama’s performance was dominant, but look their opponent and then come to me.

Y’all get ready for a knock-down, drag-out dogfight November 9th in Tuscaloosa. The stakes were just lifted.

“I’ll Never Forget It.” Wetumpka’s Brent Turner recalls 1996 LSU-Auburn “Barn Burner”

The 1996 LSU-Auburn game is one that will go down in history and stand the test of time, but for one Wetumpka native and WHS Football coach, it’s one that he will remember for the rest of his days.

According to Brent Turner, an Auburn linebacker from 1995-1998, it’s much more personal than for others. Turner stated, “It was a fairly hot night, I didn’t even know I would be playing in it.” On Tuesday of the LSU game, Turner tore his hamstring, but didn’t let that hold him back.

He recalled the fire as if it happened yesterday. “I thought it was something inside the stadium, they never stopped play, nowadays they would definitely stop play.” Turner stated as he recalled September 21, 1996.

“It seemed like the stadium was covered in smoke.” The smoke, in fact, wasn’t coming from inside the stadium, but rather, outside of the stadium from a quanta building that housed the gymnastics team practices during Turner’s time on The Plains. “That whole night was weird, every time we played LSU, something strange always seemed to occur at some point during that week.”

“I hope I never witness that again.” He stated. For Turner, Tiger Stadium, also known as Death Valley, “was probably the loudest place I’ve ever played, they never sat down.” The Auburn Tigers ended up losing that night, 19-15. “It’s definitely something that I will never forget for the rest of my life.”

Pictures: Brent Turner.

How Can Anyone, Anywhere Understand Ed Orgeron?

Since Ed Orgeron took over for Les Miles as interim head coach back in 2016, I’ve often found myself referring to him as “Waterboy,” or Donnie Thornberry, from The Thornberrys. It almost seems as if “Coach ‘O'”, as many refer to him, should have a translator or an interpreter with him at all times, or at least during his postgame media interview and postgame press conferences. I can barely understand him when he mutters “Geaux Tigahs,” or Go Tigers, for us non-Cajuns. I find myself pulling for LSU during games just because I want to hear what Coach Orgeron has to say after that. Thus was the case during Saturday night’s game vs. Florida. I was on the phone with a family friend watching the game and we were discussing the gibberish that comes from Coach “‘O”‘. Nobody can understand him. I’m not even sure his players, mentors, co-workers, or even family can understand him. His accent has a strong hint of deep south Louisiana. Even though he needs Rosetta Stone, I can’t help but love the gibberish-speaking, high-energy, energizer-bunny sounding, Bayou-born, Coach Ed Orgeron at LSU.

Tigers Take Down Longhorns in Austin, 45-38

Saturday night’s game between LSU and Texas was set up to a be a show. And it definitely lived up to its billing. LSU’s Joe Burrow went 31-for-39 through the air for 471 yards, an average pass of 12.1 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Clyde Edwards-Helaire touched the ball 15 times for 87 yards, an average carry of 5.8 yards, one touchdown and a long run of 24 yards. Defensively the Tigers were led by Michael Divinity Jr., who had 20 tackles before the game ended. Texas was led quarterback, Sam Elingher in Saturday’s primetime showdown with LSU but was unable to pull it out.