Just Talkin’ for March 3, 2022


Natchitoches Central and Lakeview boys basketball teams will be on the road for quarterfinal action Friday.
NCHS, ranked 8th in the state Class 5A, defeated, 9th ranked Destrehan Tuesday night, 65-51, and is now headed to take on number 1 Zachary.
Lakeview, ranked 1st in Class 2A defeated Avoyelles Public Charter Tuesday by a 66-20 margin, and is on the road to 9th ranked Jonesboro-Hodge.
Good luck to both of those teams.
JT just loves this time of year because you’re in the final games of basketball, baseball and softball are underway as is track, so there are plenty of opportunities to support your school.
Don’t know about you….but JT is sure glad February is over.
It may be the shortest month of the year but JT wouldn’t have minded at all if it was only 25 days instead of 28.
As we usher out February….so do we say goodbye to Mardi Gras season. Fat Tuesday as well as Ash Wednesday passed us by this week and we enter the Lenten season.
Speaking of Mardi Gras….like many of you JT was disappointed the Krewe of Dionysos and Krewe of Wag-uns had to cancel their parades because of bad weather.
He’s told there is no make-up date. Mardi Gras ended with Fat Tuesday so the carnival season is done. JT’s told another reason for no parade is because the permit and insurance purchased, which are non-refundable, were good for only that one date.
It’s really sad because a lot of people put a lot of work and expense into the parade….just to bring a smile to our faces.
As they say in sports….just wait till next year.
JT was reminded of his early days…studying to be a journalist at Northwestern…and his first summons to the Dean’s office.
He was on the staff at the Current Sauce and we had started a weekly column called “Hot Sauce”. It was an opportunity for students to write in or call with questions and we’d get the answer for them.
One of the first questions received, obviously from someone from South Louisiana, was why didn’t Northwestern observe Mardi Gras. Now remember, this was back in 1974 or so and Mardi Gras was not a holiday for us like it was for students at some of the other colleges in the state.
Before he got to the real reason in his answer, JT surmised that we were just a “red neck university” up here and Mardi Gras wasn’t observed above Alexandria.
It didn’t take long before JT got to share some one-on-one time with Dr. Richard Galloway, Vice-President of Student Affairs at the time. Dr. Galloway shared some words of wisdom with a young JT.
As he left the session, JT vowed to make it through the rest of his years at NSU without having to go back to the Deans office. He almost made it too…until he and some dorm buddies thought they could get away with putting laundry detergent in the fountain at Watson Library. They didn’t. To JT’s luck, there was a new dean this time.