LSU Tiger Fans: Stop Crying and Learn To Live With What You Have

Christopher Williams@@6thCLagniappeCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2010

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 04:  The North Carolina Tar Heels enter the field against the LSU Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Georgia Dome on September 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The boo birds were out in strong force in Tiger Stadium during the second half of the West Virginia game. The Mountaineers did not lead at any point of the game and the Tigers went into half-time up 17-7. West Virginia scored in the third quarter to make it a three point game as the tigers still lead 17-14. Josh Jasper kicked a field goal in the fourth to give the tigers a six point lead which would also become the final score of the game as LSU beat WVU 20-14. So why were the LSU fans so upset?

LSU fans feel as if the LSU offense has no identity and that the coaching staff should remove the option from the play calling card. A large part of the fan base also wants to see back up Jarrett Lee start or at least get more playing time hoping he can provide a spark. Last year LSU's offense was ranked 112 and part of it was due to a far from productive offensive line. Going into the 2010 season many tiger fans had high expectations and to this point of the season continue to express frustration about the problems on offense. There is no question the offense has problems, but it is time for the tiger fans to stop crying about what they don't have and start appreciating what they do have.

Yes LSU almost gave UNC the game in week one and yes the Tigers did not pull away from Vanderbilt in week two until the fourth quarter when they decided to run the ball down Vandy's throat. In week three LSU beat Mississippi St 29-7 in a game in which Jordan Jefferson played his best game since his first in the Chick-Fil-A bowl in 2008, however; it was the five turnovers created by LSU's defense and the field position in which the special teams put the offense in that allowed the tigers to win by 22 points.

Against West Virginia, LSU scored its least amount of points of the season and after four games LSU averages 26.5 points per game and allows an average of 12 points. We can break down the numbers all night long, but the fact is the LSU fans are just as or more frustrating than the offense they continue to complain about. As a life long LSU fan, I am getting to the point where I do not want to be associated with a fan base that wants to fire a coach that won a national championship, continues to have highly ranked recruiting classes, and despite having to kick his starting quarterback of the team prior to the 2008 season has been able to keep the program in tack. In 2008 LSU depended mostly on Jarrett Lee to lead the offense and the team finished the regular season 7-5. 

Its pretty simple LSU fans, the tigers have a great defense and special teams and these two units will be the reason the team wins games. LSU is 4-0 and if you complain about the lack of quality opponents then go ask a Virginia Tech fan if they would trade a 4-0 record for a 2-2 record which includes a lose to James Madison. Oh and go ask Notre Dame about getting rid of a coach because he was not performing the way the fan base felt it should have been. I am sure they will tell you it could lead to hiring someone like Charlie Wiess. Does anyone in the tiger nation feel like there is another coach who could have done better up to this point? Before the Nick Saban years LSU was a program that would have sold their sold to have a guaranteed season of 8-4. And honestly, Nick Saban gave LSU one good year and that was in 2003 in which the tigers finished 13-1 and won the national championship. Arguably, Les Miles did better with Nick Saban's talent than what Saban did with his talent.

Stop acting like a bunch of spoiled goofballs and start appreciating what you have. You have a coach who is loyal to the school he coaches, currently you have a defense ranked top 10 in the nation, a heisman trophy candidate and the last 10 years have been the best years of the programs history and the only thing you can do is  focus on what you don't have. The rest of the nation laughs at you.