In American warfare vernacular, outgoing mail is a term for friendly artillery intended for the enemy. Here at Tigerbait, it's a you tube to get you in the the right mood about the Tiger's whipping their next opponent and just getting out of the office for the weekend. I give you: Ante Up by Bert and Ernie.
Yes kids, this is Bert and Ernie throwing down gangster rap. Two lessons here. I post this in a light hearted spirit. That's where the Tigers need to be. Yes, they should be fired up and fully prepared, but there's no pressure here. All the pressure in on Alabama. This is the weekend to show up and remember it's a game, have fun. The Tigers aren't supposed to win. The Tigers aren't being discussed as national contenders. The Tigers aren't undefeated. The Tide is all of those. Tremendous pressure comes with that.
The flip side is the name of the song. Ante Up. I think Bama has to put something more on the table. Yes, LSU could certainly bear to continue the improvement seen since Florida. Both teams have a lot to prove in a game like this, it will pretty much decide the West. As aforementioned LSU can show up feeling good about themselves and their recent surge and that serves as a pretty substantial bet in and of itself. The Tide needs bring something more.
All the pressure is on Bama. Their offense has fast become one dimensional and predictable. This game is a must win for them and their title hopes. Hell, the talk is of impressing voters this time of year. Bama has to think not of winning but by as much as they can. There's the bullseye of being undefeated and the hype that comes with it. That's not a good place to be mentally when preparing for their toughest game to date. And sometimes home field is an advantage. Not this game and not this week. The record is terrible for home teams. LSU has no distractions and just gets to show up and play. Bama has to perform after another week of hype swirling around each member of the coaches and players.
I've had a good feeling about this game. But we'll see. I think it'll be a good one.