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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Shreveporters featured in Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated's Aug. 20 College Football preview issue features a couple of Shreveporters -- former Captain Shreve star Scott Baker, a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, and former Evangel star Jacob Hester, a running back for the LSU Tigers.

Baker is included in the magazine's weekly feature, The Pop Culture Grid, where athletes are asked -- you guessed it -- questions about pop culture. Baker is included with Rockies right fielder Brad Hawpe, Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb and NASCAR driver Mark Martin.

For the record, here are the questions with Baker's answers in parentheses:
James Bond or Jason Bourne (Jason Bourne), Word that's totally out of style (bogus), Favorite piece of clothing (shoes), When I'm bored, I like to ... (watch a movie), TV show I'm dying to appear on (Lost), and People say I look like (an average white guy)

Hester is pictured in a less flattering light in a two-page photo spread at the beginning of the preview of the top 20 college football teams. He is shown being pummeled by three Florida Gators in last year's loss.

But SI has Hester and LSU ranked No. 2 behind USC in its preseason rankings. The magazine predicts the Tigers and the Trojans to both go 12-0 and meet in the BCS title game, not exactly going out on a limb.

Oh, by the way, Louisiana Tech is ranked 111th out of 119 teams, and SI predict the Bulldogs will finish second-to-last in the WAC with a conference record of 1-7 and overall record of 2-10. The Bulldogs can use that for a little motivation.

There is more LSU in the issue, too. Last week, The Times' Roy Lang III wrote about Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontentot, Tigers who now play for the Chicago Cubs. Above The Pop Culture Gride there is a mini-feature about the duo entitled "Changing Their Stripes: Two LSU Tigers turning DPs for the Cubs" with the same photo The Times used.


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