LSU Fans Left; Tigers Come Back

Christopher WilliamsCorrespondent INovember 16, 2008

When the 3rd quarter started, LSU was trailing Troy State 24-3 and half of the fans in Tiger Stadium were gone. Many so called "Tiger fans" counted the Tigers out and were embarrassed by the way they were playing against a team. These fans felt LSU should have rolled over.

When the game ended, LSU pulled off a history making comeback by beating Troy State 40-31. Some of you reading this will think that having to come back against Troy State is nothing impressive, but this game was exactly what this LSU team needed. It also proved that LSU fans are one of the most embarrassing fan bases in the nation.

The lack of support from the fan base was noticed by ESPN who made a comment about it. Former LSU defensive coordinator supposedly made a comment about it as well. Can you blame anyone for being completely amazed that a defending national championship team had a stadium that was almost empty by the time the Tigers made the biggest comeback in LSU history?

Last night proved that this LSU team has coaches that does not give up on their players and to come back and score 30 points in the 4th quarter shows this teams character.

Once the 'negafans' were gone, Jarrett Lee actually looked comfortable. I honestly believe he was able to play the game without the tension created by the fans. The fans don’t completely understand the psychological affect that the negative vibes (they bring to the game) have on a 19 year old man.

One thing about last night that impressed me was the support the team showed towards Jarrett Lee. In the 4th quarter, Jarrett Lee rolled out and didn’t find the open receiver. He made the right decision by throwing the ball away instead of forcing it. Several guys including Demetrius Byrd went to Lee and showed him support for his good decision.

Although it might not seem like much, it showed this team is not falling apart. In fact, the reason Jarrett Lee is still fighting and giving it his all is due to the support his teammates give him.

Blame anyone you want for this so called “down year” but the finger should be pointed at the fans who set their expectations to high. It is the fans who are throwing this team under the bus, not the team itself.

If you are a fan blaming the quarterback or Coach Miles and the co defensive coordinators maybe it is time to think more than what you see on the surface. This team deserves the support from its fan base. If you can’t give it, you are not a fan.

Congratulations to the LSU Tigers, you guys deserve much credit.