This election weekend was full of historic landslides. Gov. Bobby Jindal coasted to another term with over two-thirds of the vote. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand received a jaw-dropping 90 percent mandate.
Most impressively, though, the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints dominated Auburn and Indianapolis by a combined score of 107 to 17. The gridiron thrashings were so brutal, so complete, I had to make sure that the Louisiana Democratic Party wasn’t somehow coaching the visiting teams.
Of course, if the Dems actually were coaching, neither team would have shown up to play.
Since it never rains in Tiger stadium, the weather was predictably perfect on Saturday. Prior to the game, Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley (unfortunate surname, there) said LSU was “probably” the best defense he’d ever faced. “Probably,” he allowed! Perhaps, at some point between the sacks and interceptions, Moseley achieved finer certainty on that point.
The Saints were even more dominant, and ran over the Colts like a finely tuned German automobile. They did it again and again, scoring at will, until they were finally stopped and had to punt – with three minutes left in the game.
There’s no doubt about it, this is a high point for the Tigers, the Saints, and the state Republican Party. The only question for each is this: to what extent can they stretch the current apex into a long-term plateau?