December 7, 2012 |
“The Bathtub,” the grittily colorful Bayou region in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” may seem like a difficult and impoverished place. After all, director Benh Zeitlin based it on towns outside the Louisiana levee system that have been destroyed and rebuilt dozens of times and lack what might be considered a conventional quality of life. But Zeitlin says that he views the Bathtub -- and the real-life towns that inspired it -- as something very different. “There's this kind of joyous spirit that's still intact and this culture that's still intact,” he told the audience at the Times' Envelope Screening Series earlier this week.
December 3, 2012 |
You might rather know what goes into the sausages at "Barry's Floor Scraps & Other Deli Delights" than know what goes into making college football's postseason. The system is so smarmy and sullied it sometimes defies explanation or description. For example, when the Music (City) stopped Sunday night, Louisiana Tech at 9-3 was left out of a bowl but Georgia Tech at 6-7 got in without much of a fight. Louisiana Tech was in the top 25 of the Associated Press media poll for five weeks and leads the nation in total offense.
December 3, 2012 |
Former Laker Karl Malone, who went to school at Louisiana Tech, went on a Twitter rant Sunday after his school missed out on a bowl game. Louisiana Tech had an invitation to the Independence Bowl in its pocket, but was hoping for an invitation to a more lucrative bowl. Independence Bowl official weren't happy with that, and, after Louisiana Tech failed to receive the bowl invite they were waiting for, Independence Bowl official told them their invite was no longer valid. Result: the 9-3 Bulldogs aren't going anywhere.
November 27, 2012 |
ANGOLA, La. - In the middle of the rodeo arena, the four men could smell manure from the animal pens and cracklins and caramel corn from the stands as they steadied themselves in their plastic lawn chairs, spread their hands on the red card table in front of them and planted their feet in the mud. They were bracing for the bull. Once it was turned loose, the last one sitting in this game called Convict Poker would win. They looked almost identical in their black helmets, protective vests and striped uniforms.
November 24, 2012
A welder injured in an explosion on an oil platform off the Louisiana coast two weeks ago has died -- only hours after his family had arrived at his bedside, the Philippines Embassy announced. "We were very saddened to learn Avelino Tajonera , one of the workers injured in the Nov. 16 incident, passed away last night, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family," Black Elk Energy said in a statement Saturday. "We continue to work in close cooperation with government officials to understand exactly what happened in this incident.
November 17, 2012
Utah State 48, at No. 19 Louisiana Tech 41 (OT): Kerwynn Williams scored on a four-yard touchdown run to give Aggies a lead in overtime and Utah State stopped the Bulldogs on four plays to clinch at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship. Chuckie Keeton threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns for the Aggies (9-2, 5-0), who let a 24-point, third-quarter lead slip away against the Bulldogs (9-2, 4-1). A pass by Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron was intercepted late in the second quarter, snapping his NCAA-record streak of 445 attempts without an interception.
November 16, 2012 |
An oil platform exploded off of the coast of Louisiana, injuring at least four people, the Coast Guard said Friday. Officials were searching for at least two people who were believed to be missing. The explosion took place about 9 a.m. local time, sparking a fire on the platform that has since been extinguished, a Coast Guard spokesman, Chief Bobby Nash, said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. At least four people were evacuated from the platform, about 25 miles off the coast of Louisiana near Grand Isle, and taken to a hospital.
November 7, 2012 |
RUSTON, La. — The triggerman for the highest-scoring college offense this side of Oregon can't be found anywhere in this week's NCAA passing statistics. Stephen Warner is built like a cinder block at 6 feet and nearly 300 pounds, and not one day in his life has he been confused for a Manning. Warner will never be a Davey O'Brien or Johnny Unitas award candidate. His throwing motion might even put him on some "don't watch" lists. Warner is the starting center for Louisiana Tech, which would be leading the nation in scoring if not for Oregon's hanging 62 points on USC. The Bulldogs (8-1)
October 22, 2012
Idaho fired football Coach Robb Akey with the team 1-7 and coming off a blowout loss. The school announced the move Sunday and promoted offensive coordinator Jason Gesser to interim coach. Gesser, a former Washington State quarterback, has been on the Idaho staff for two seasons. Akey was 20-50 at Idaho since taking over in 2007. He had one winning season with the Vandals, going 8-5 in 2009 and beating Bowling Green, 43-42, in the Humanitarian Bowl. Idaho lost, 70-28, to Louisiana Tech on Saturday and gave up 839 yards.
October 10, 2012 |
Time is running out to champion a worthwhile cause. "Death to the BCS" is settled law and "Save the WAC" didn't seem worth gumming up a car bumper. The "West Virginia Defense Fund" closed shop after the Mountaineers' offense showed that it didn't need a defense. A glimmering, flickering, ray of hope revealed itself this week, however, when something called "Louisiana Tech" washed ashore. Louisiana Tech is off to its hottest start since the year before "Rocky" was released.