Can You Do Me a Favor This Weekend LSU Tiger Fans?

Christopher Williams@@6thCLagniappeCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Cheerleaders run with flags after a touchdown during the game between the Louisiana State Univeristy Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   The Tigers defeated the Mountaineers 20-14.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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If you plan on attending the LSU game this weekend when the Tigers host the Tennessee Vols, I would like to ask you for a favor.

Can you please get behind this team, and refrain from booing?

I understand you paid for your tickets and you feel as if you have a right to boo, but whether you are aware of it or not, you are actually doing more harm than anything. 

Yes I get it, you do not like coach Les Miles, and you want to see back-up QB Jarrett Lee play more. The same Jarrett Lee you booed in 2008; some of you even cheered when he got hurt that same year.

Also, I understand you do not want to see the option anymore, and I am actually with you on this. If the coaching staff wants the offense to be more option-based, then why not go with Russell Sheppard at QB? That is just my opinion, but I do not see the guys everyday at practice so I do not know the reasoning behind a lot of the decisions made.

Either way, I do believe the coaching staff does make decisions that they feel give the team the best chance of winning. One thing that does not give our team the best chance of winning is a QB that lacks confidence. 

Anyone who was at the game this past weekend probably did not see the expression on Jordan Jefferson when the fans were booing. It was clear he was frustrated and the negative vibe created by the fans was not helping.

The reason Jarrett Lee is a back-up QB and the coaching staff is so hesitant to put him in more is because of the effect the booing had on him. Both QBs have a lack of confidence and knowing that your own fans do not support you does not help.

Can someone tell me what good can come from booing? What are you trying to prove? This is not the NFL, and these guys are not getting paid. Yes they get scholarships, but can you honestly say that the scholarship they receive is fair compensation for the time they put into football? 

There used to be no place like Tiger Stadium, and the LSU fans were known for being some of the best fans in college football, but the last few years this has not been the case. I understand part of it might be the fact that a lot of fans just don't like coach Miles, but if you are a true LSU fan you want the Tigers to win above all else.


This team's defense is something special and it is fun to watch. We have a special player in Patrick Peterson and thanks to the defense and special teams, LSU averages 26.5 points a game despite the fact the offense is ranked 115th. So we are not winning in "traditional" fashion, but is that a reason for the fan base to give up on the team?

If the offense can play average against Bama, Auburn, and Florida we will have a shot at winning all three games. What if this team wins the rest of their games in the same fashion they have won the first four games? Are the boo birds going to complain because the SEC championship game was not a pretty win?

Those who feel the need to boo will do so, and it will be hard to try to convince them otherwise, but maybe if a message can be sent to as many LSU fans as possible the boooing can be minimized. If you'd rather see the Tigers win and not be discouraged in their own stadium then I ask you to send this to anyone you know who will be attending the game Saturday.

Let's make the boo birds aware that they are actually doing more harm than good. Bash the Booing!