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Thursday, September 20, 2007

More local athletes in Sports Illustrated

If you've picked up a Sports Illustrated in the last few months, you couldn't help but notice how many teams and athletes with local ties have appeared in the magazine.

Former Captain Shreve baseball star Scott Baker, now a Minnesota Twin, and ex-Evangel star Jacob Hester, an LSU football standout, were both in the College Football preview in August.

A few weeks ago, former Shreveporter and Woodlawn quarterback Doug Thornton, the general manager of the Superdome, was prominently featured in a story about the the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The article talked about Thornton's experiences two years ago and he and his wife's efforts to not only rebuild their own home in New Orleans but the city as well.

This week, Hester (No. 18, above) returns to SI. Like Baker did a month ago, he participated The Pop Culture Grid weekly feature where various athletes are questioned about aspects of, that's right, pop cuture.

Here are the questions with Hester's answers in parentheses ... Britney's next move should be (operating a day care center); Best comedy ever (Entourage); Phrase I can't get out of my head (Don't let anybody kid you, men); Favorite love song (Love Me Tender); Worst vice (bitterness after Atlanta Braves losses); Our locker room smells like (death)

And oh by the way, ex-Evangel star John David Booty, the USC QB, is on the cover -- handing off. The cover story is about USC's punishing ground game in its demolition of Nebraska.

The cover also asks this question -- Pac-10 or SEC: Which is stronger? SI goes with the SEC and mentions LSU coach Les Miles' wife Kathy's recent gift to her husband.

"Kathy Miles recently presented her husband, Les, with a gag gift -- a hat that says 'Pac-10 rules.' Not quite."

Louisiana Tech coach Derek Dooley is quoted in the story. Dooley, the son of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley and a former LSU assistant, watched his team get routed by the Pac-10's Cal 42-12 and was duly impressed.

"I watched three plays, and I thought, I'm seeing what I grew up with," Dooley said in the article, referring to his days watch his dad's Georgia teams. "These guys are physical, they force you to defend the run, then hit you with the long pass -- the plays you see on SportsCenter."

By the way, Jacob, Entourage may not be the best comedy ever. But it's definitely the best on TV now. There's not too many better ways than to spend 30 minutes or so with Vince, E, Turtle and Johnny Drama as they enjoy the Hollywood lifestyle.

And with LSU 3-0, Hester might have recently uttered one of Drama's catchwords from his starring days in the fictional TV series Viking Quest .... "VICTORY!"


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