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The Sports Troll: Hysteria around LSU closing camp is ‘fake news’

This is always the worst time of the year to be a sports fan.

The basketball offseason is over. Baseball has long gotten stale.

And football is oh so close that we can taste it, but yet so far away that it’s still almost a month away.

And we’re all a little bit crazy because of it – deprived by the sport we love.
It’s like the kid who is sitting in his/her car seat, while waiting to finally get to Disney World after being in the car for six-straight hours.

“Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”

Almost, but not quite.

The next few weeks of waiting will be uneasy and painstaking.

Since LSU closed camp, local and national media members have voiced their displeasure with the decision – the biggest wrap on the wrist coming from ESPN head Paul Finebaum, who said that it was “a bad look.”

The Tigers are the only team in the SEC to have a complete media shutdown during camp, which has also added to the frenzy.

If anyone wants my two cents, I think this whole ordeal is not a big deal – not at all.
In fact, I don’t know how it’s any more or less different than anything we’ve had to deal with in the past.

Les Miles was very tight on media access.

Yes, practices were “open,” but reporters were only able to witness workouts and warmups, which basically is nothing.

In lieu of media access, LSU is releasing photos and videos of camp and are providing them to local media.

In post-practice news conference, Coach Ed Orgeron is giving in-depth information to reporters about who did and didn’t practice, while giving updates on who performed well.
So we’re getting photos, videos and updates from the coach about players – all things we didn’t get in the past.

And we still have the nerve to complain?

Give me a break.

LSU practice being closed is fake news – a non-story that is only in the headlines because we have literally nothing else to talk about right now.

Once the Tigers start their BYU prep, practices will be opened again and they will remain open throughout the entire season.

I’m sure by then, we will all find something else to complain about.


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