This week as our nation heads to the polls (no, not ones from The AP or ESPN/USA Today), it's not a bad time to consider where you were four years ago.
Especially if you're an LSU fan.
Four years ago. Hmmm ….
Four years ago 9/11 was the thing you dialed in an emergency. Four years ago you'd never heard of a hanging chad or a pregnant dimple.
Four years ago, the Hornets were
And four years ago this week you were still trying to figure out if the first-year football coach at LSU, Nick Saban, the 1.5-million-dollar man (seems like chump change now, doesn't it?) was the right guy to lead the Tigers into the new millennium.
As we headed into November 2000,
LSU was coming off a bye week that followed a stunning overtime victory over
It was a season that followed back-to-back losing finishes under Gerry DiNardo and eight losing seasons in 11 years.
Say that to yourself just to reinforce what things were like: Eight losing seasons in 11 years.
Sort of takes your purple-and-gold breath away, doesn't it?
So back to the 2000 season. LSU
opened with victories over Western Carolina and
Stunned fans were seen leaving Tiger Stadium mumbling to themselves about Curley Hallman or some such thing.
It was, of course, the turning point, in retrospect a watershed moment for Saban's program.
They responded well, as all five of Saban's LSU teams have to adversity.
After that aforementioned bye week,
LSU scored an historic home victory over
Southeastern Conference champs in 2001. A step backward in a roller-coaster ride of a 2002 season, and then last year's run to the national championship.
Four winning seasons in four years and some of the greatest moments in the program's history.
Which brings us up to now, when LSU
stands 6-2 after beating Vanderbilt on Saturday night. There are just four teams
in the SEC with winning league records,
But are things a heck of a lot better than they were four years ago?
If you're an LSU fan, you know the answer.
If you're an American, you have to ask the same question. Try to remember where we were four years ago and make sure you go to the polls.
My fellow Americans, in the words of – can you believe of all things? – rapper P Diddy, "Vote or Die."
That may be a bit much. Vote or feel really guilty if you don't.