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* * * BREAKING NEWS * * *
CHALMETTE REFINING PETITION! PLEASE JOIN THE PETITION!
(Just click the ORANGE “Sign Petition Now” button on right)
NOTE: PLEASE continue to inform ALL your friends and neighbors about the petition and urge them to sign up.
As of this afternoon (7/29), we now have 726 signed Petitions! The growth in the Petition is slowing down SIGNIFICANTLY, so be sure to tell ALL your friends to sign the Petition!
IMPORTANT: I posted short instructions on the “Petition” window after you click on the ORANGE “Sign Petition Now” button. It is IMPORTANT that ALL fields on the form be completed, NOT only the “*” lines. ALSO, after completing the form, after AGAIN clicking the ORANGE “Sign Petition Now” button, please check your e-mail to click the link provided in the e-mail to REGISTER your petition.
Today (7/9/2014) we are announcing the start of a Petition to URGE Chalmette Refining to resume the manufacture and sale of ethanol FREE gasoline from their refinery’s truck rack in Chalmette.
ALSO PLEASE NOTE: I posted a copy of a letter which I mailed on Thursday (7/10/2014) to our Louisiana U.S. Senators and Representatives regarding the availability of conventional, ethanol FREE gasoline in southeast Louisiana in the wake of Chalmette Refining’s having discontinued the manufacture and sale of conventional, ethanol FREE gasoline from their refinery in Chalmette. You will note I asked their help by either repealing the EPA’s Renewal Fuel Standard, OR, allowing ALL U.S. refineries to manufacture and sell 5% of their total gasoline sales as ethanol FREE gas with NO EPA penalties! ALSO, please read a letter which I am mailing to the EPA Administrator today.
Read the articles on “Pete’s Articles” page on the website.
IT’S NOW TIME FOR “ROUND 2″
I’d AGAIN like to ask ALL READERS to call each of the phone numbers listed below for Chalmette Refining and leave a POLITE message URGING them to resume the production and sale of ethanol FREE gasoline! I have asked my webmaster if he can design a new page for a “Petition” to ask Chalmette Refining to resume the sale of conventional, ethanol free gas. Will announce if/when he can get this done.
I am VERY DISAPPOINTED to report that Chalmette Refining has apparently “BACKED OFF” from earlier expectations that they would resume the manufacture and sale of conventional gasoline from their truck rack at the refinery! That information comes from some of their distributors. I spoke to Chalmette Refining’s Public Relations Manager Patrick Trahan today (7/3), and, as usual, he would NOT provide ANY information! This is the most “SECRETIVE” organization I’ve ever dealt with, EVER! I don’t know if they are backing off because consumers have ‘quieted down’, thinking this has blown over or not? I am near complete with a letter I am writing to our Louisiana U.S. Congressional delegation in Washington, asking them to please introduce a bill in both the House and Senate to allow refiners to manufacture at least 5% of their total gasoline sales as conventional, non ethanol gasoline with NO EPA PENALTIES! If the real issue with refiners not wanting to make E0 is the “RIN” issue, this would take care of that problem. BUT, this would certainly NOT happen overnight! I’ll post the letter when I mail it out.
MEANWHILE, I URGE all readers to “AMP UP THE NOISE” on Chalmette Refining IMMEDIATELY – ROUND 2! I would ask that all readers phone the phone numbers I’ve listed below, AND, write a short, polite letter to Mr. Maxwell, the Chalmette Refining Plant Manager urging him to please resume the sale of Eo as soon as possible. I will also write a letter to him and will cc the CEO of Exxon/Mobil also.
Here are the Chalmette Refining phone numbers to call and the address to write Mr. Maxwell:
NOTE: Since Chalmette Refining also previously supplied ethanol free gasoline to the western side of Mississippi, I ALSO ENCOURAGE OUR MISSISSIPPI READERS TO CALL THESE PHONE NUMBERS ALSO!
I URGE EVERYONE TO CALL EACH PHONE NUMBER AT LEAST DAILY OR MORE OFTEN AND TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO WRITE A SHORT, POLITE LETTER TO THEIR PLANT MANAGER ALSO, URGING HIM TO PLEASE RESUME THE SALE OF ETHANOL FREE GAS………FLOOD THE LINES AND MAIL BOXES – LET THEM KNOW WE ARE SERIOUS and WILL NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!!!
- Community Hotline: (504) 211-1101
- Public Relations Manager Patrick Trahan
(504) 281-1409 (office) (832) 421-1995 (cell)
- Ms. Jackie Autin – Head of Product Quality
(504) 281-1534 (office) (504) 250-6964 (cell)
Mr. Wade Maxwell, Plant Manager Chalmette Refining 500 West St. Bernard Hwy Chalmette, LA 70043
ALSO, I will write a short letter to our Louisiana Washington Congressional and Senatorial delegation URGING them to act on my request to pass a bill to allow refiners to manufacture at least 5% of their total gasoline sales as E0 and will post the letter so you can ‘copy and paste’ for you to send it to our Senators and your District Congressman.
I will ALSO get hold of my contacts in the print media, TV media and radio talk shows to ask them to give us more coverage on the issue AGAIN! I intend to make this an “all out MEDIA WAR” if Chalmette Refining does not communicate with us AND resume the sale of conventional, ethanol FREE gasoline from their refinery!
TODAY’S ARTICLE : Today I posted a followup ethanol related article that discussed a MAJOR issue that is facing eight States from Texas to South Dakota. A HUGE water aquifer that provides drinking water and also water for crop irrigation is being depleted at an alarming rate. This is yet ANOTHER of the “unintended consequences” of the Government’s ethanol policy.
LETTER TO EPA ADMINISTRATOR: I encourage you to read a letter which I mailed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator today regarding the damage the RFS is doing to the Gulf of Mexico AND, the shortage of conventional, non ethanol gasoline, which has worsened due to the recent Chalmette Refining decision to STOP the manufacture and sale of ethanol gasoline in southeast Louisiana. The letter is found on the “Pete’s Articles” page of the website.
SPORTS ARTICLE: Last week I posted an article from LSU Sports.net announcing that LSU Freshman running back Leonard Fournette will receive the “Corbett Award” next month. He is the first EVER high schooler to receive this prestigeous award. Read the article in the LSU section. There are VERY high expectations of Fournette. We all hope he can live up to these expectations.
I ALSO posted a link to a video tour of the new and expanded Tiger Stadium. It is now the 2nd largest football stadium in the SEC and the 5th largest in the Country. See the video link in the LSU Section.
VIDEOS: Note that I posted a new video on the website. It is just below the Tobasco video. The video is of another of Louisiana’s VERY UNIQUE crops: Perique Tobacco. The ONLY place in the World this rare tobacco is grown is in the Grand Point area of St. James Parish. It is primarily used to blend with other tobaccos for cigars and pipes. Read this article for more info on Perique tobacco:
The second video is under the LSU Sports Videos and is titled “I Wish I Was in Dixie – SEC Sports”.
GUN CONTROL NEWS: Today (7/24) I posted a new gun control article from The Nashville Business Journal which announces that “Beretta USA is moving all of its Maryland manufacturing operations to its new production facility in Gallatin, Tennessee”. Earlier in the year, Beretta announced it would move it’s specialty arms division to Tennessee, BUT, after seeing new anti-gun legislation that passed the Maryland Senate, they decided they would exit Maryland TOTALLY and move it’s entire manufacturing facility to a more gun friendly State. Nearly ALL ammunition, parts and gun manufacturers either have moved or are moving their facilities from New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Colorado, California and Washington State because these States have enacted very restrictive new gun control laws. They are ALL moving south, with few exceptions.
This is yet another reason why if we value our 2nd amendment rights, it is CRITICAL that we WAKE UP and write, call and e-mail our U.S. Senators and Congressmen and URGE them to protect our 2nd Amendment rights. In so doing, you should make it very clear that ANY elected official that votes FOR new gun laws will NOT get your vote. ALSO, if you are not already a member of NRA, I urge you to join. They are a very powerful lobby force in Washington and need our support. See the link below on how to join.
It is CRITICAL that we FIRE any and all gun control U.S. Senators and Representatives in the upcoming November election. In Louisiana, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu voted two years ago FOR the UN Small Arms Treaty. The stated objective of this UN Treaty is to DISARM AMERICA! At that time, Obama or his Secretary of State had not yet signed the treaty, so this vote was a test by Senate leader Harry Reid to see if he had enough votes to ratify this treaty – he DID NOT. Now, Obama’s Secretary of State, John Kerry HAS SIGNED this treaty and it awaits Senate approval!
It is CRITICAL that Louisiana voters FIRE Senator Mary Landrieu in November. If we don’t FIRE her, she WILL VOTE to give our 2nd Amendent Rights to the United Nations, whose acknowledged objective is to DISARM AMERICA (read an article on the UN Small Arms Treaty which I posted on the ‘Gun Control’ page last year)! U.S. Representative Dr. Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge is 5-8% points ahead of Landrieu in recent polls. Dr. Cassidy is a strong 2nd Amendment supporter and hunter. It is important that we support Dr. Cassidy as he has the best chance of defeating Landrieu. You can make a donation to help Dr. Cassidy’s campaign at:
Many have been concerned for some time that Obama and his cronies ultimate objective in gun control (the key word here is “CONTROL“) was the total CONFISCATION of all guns in the U.S. This article describes how the Obama administration plans to reach it’s objective. This is their TOP PRIORITY and gun owners and 2nd Amendment advocates are URGED to get involved. We MUST put pressure on our U.S. Senators and Congressmen to oppose any attempts to require MANDATORY background checks and ESPECIALLY gun registration, like Connecticut and New York recently tried, but a huge majority of gun owners DID NOT comply. If you are not currently a member of NRA or NAGR, it is now time to get involved and join. They need our support and money to fight this. Obama and his Attorney General will not be satisfied until they reach their objective of DISARMING all Americans! That’s the ONLY WAY he can “CONTROL‘ us! Act NOW!
This is yet ANOTHER reason why gun owners and 2nd Amendment supporters are URGED to join the NRA if you are not already a member. We need their help in fighting this with lawsuits. This President will not stop until he finds a way to control and then confiscate our guns! Do you part and join NRA today. See the link below…….
Read the gun control articles on the website’s “Gun Control” page.
YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED: American gun owners and defenders of the 2nd Amendment NEED HELP in fighting off the Government and State ‘gun control’ advocates! If you are not currently a member of the NRA (National Rifle Association) or the NAGR (National Association for Gun Rights), you are urged to join TODAY. Here’s how (the NRA is the most powerful and influential):
Chalmette Refining Issue Updates:
NOTE: If Chalmette Refining does in fact resume production and sales of conventional, ethanol FREE gasoline in 4-5 weeks (as suggested in the article below), with the secrecy of their plans by their Public Relations Manager Patrick Trahan, I don’t expect we’ll hear anything more until then. Meanwhile, I urge readers to continue to call the Chalmette Refining ‘Community Hot Line at 504-211-1101′ and write the Plant Manager at the refinery address listed below and urge them to resume the sale of ethanol free gas as soon as possible. WE MUST CONTINUE TO LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD! OTHERWISE, THEY MAY THINK WE’VE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE ISSUE! I will make an updated announcement should I get more news when we learn more.
I had hoped to make a HUGE and very surprising announcement regarding the Chalmette Refining Issue today; HOWEVER, I could NOT get confirmation from the Chalmette Refining’s Public Relations Manager Patrick Trahan. Here’s the story:
On Friday, May 23rd, I received a phone call from a gas distributor friend who told me he received a call from a gentleman from Chalmette Refining (presumably a supervisor – I can’t give his name) earlier in the week, who asked for a favor dealing with a gasoline issue. During the conversation, the Chalmette man told the distributor that there was a meeting at Chalmette Refining recently and that it was decided to resume the manufacture and sale of conventional, ethanol FREE gasoline. He indicated it would resume in about 4-6 weeks, presumable to revise piping from E0 tanks to their recently revised truck loading rack. The distributor asked what was the reason for the change in position, and he told him it was due to “PUBLIC OUTCRY”! SO, your phone calls and letters were apparently listened to if this story turns out to be true.
I was finally able to reach Public Relations Manager Patrick Trahan on Tuesday afternoon (May 27th) hoping to get a confirmation on this story. BUT, as usual, Mr. Trahan would NOT confirm or deny the story, citing it was ‘private company business’. I don’t know if he has been ‘muzzled’ by his refinery Manager, attorneys or just won’t comment. He indicated to me he was offended by my comments in my website’s post in which I mentioned that I had spoken to three different distributors who were hauling conventional gasoline from their truck rack for years and not one had ever heard of his claim that Chalmette Refining would continue E0 sales through “commercial” outlets, and I questioned whether or not this ‘secretive commercial’ program was real or a fabricated story to appease the consumers. And, Trahan has NEVER, to this day, given ANY information about this ‘commercial sales’ program, even to their distributors! I just don’t understand Chalmette Refining’s unwillingness to communicate ANYTHING to their customers, their gas distributors, much less to the public.
Meanwhile, I URGE all readers to continue to call the Chalmette Refining Community “Hotline” (see the Chalmette Refining information below) and urge them to PLEASE RESUME the sale of conventional, non ethanol gas from their refinery. Be polite but express your request and why. I also urge readers to write to the Chalmette Refining’s Plant Manager, Mr. Wade Maxwell at the refinery address listed in the Chalmette Refining section on my website’s “Home” page, also urging him to please resume the sale of conventional, non ethanol gas from their refinery. Let’s hope that the story I described is real and they will resume sale of conventional gas from their refinery in the near future. Keep the phone calls and letters going! They are apparently being listened to. If Mr. Trahan doesn’t become more cooperative, I may be forced to give readers his office and cell phone numbers so you can vent your frustration to him personally. I earlier promised him I would not post his phone numbers if he was honest and open with me about this entire situation, but, I am beginning to question if he has lived up to his end of our ‘gentleman’s agreement’!
HUGE BREAKING NEWS ON ETHANOL GAS!
NEW INFORMATION ON CHALMETTE REFINING DECISION TO STOP THE MANUFACTURE AND SALES OF CONVENTIONAL OR E0 GASOLINE (Monday, 5/5 @ 10:00 pm):
I spoke with Chalmette Refining’s Public Relations Manager late Monday afternoon (5/5). He indicated to me the reason for their decision is due to the high price they are required to pay EPA for “RINs”. I expected this to be their reason for their action. Wednesday and Thursday I’ll post article on this ‘RIN’ issue. BUT, in the conversation, he also offered some GOOD news. Apparently Chalmette Refining is modifying their truck loading rack to load ONLY E10 gasoline since they are planning to blend much more ethanol gasoline. BUT, he mentioned to me that they will also still offer “some” conventional, non ethanol gasoline (he would NOT disclose if it will be the same as before or less) to “commercial” applications. He could not go into any more details as anti-trust issues might arise. But, from my personal experience of working in a refinery for several years, I personally believe what they mean is they they will continue to manufacture some Eo (I expect less than they were manufacturing before) and likely make arrangements with an outside, third party facility to ship E0 from their refinery to a storage terminal by rail, truck or barge. Gasoline distributors would then have to make arrangements to pickup truck loads from that facility to deliver to service stations. NO DOUBT, that many stations will convert to “corn gas” in the meantime as they will be without E0 until this arrangement is completed, UNLESS they can get some E0 from Placid Refinery in Port Allen meanwhile.
This whole scenario sounds just a little ‘hypocritical’ to me since for years from 2007 until Jan 1, 2012 refineries were given a “golden goose” of $0.45/gallon tax credit from you and I the taxpayers to blend ethanol gas. During this 5 year period, refineries enjoyed a $12+ Billion/year tax credit (all refineries combined) and now they complain of having to pay a few million in RINS to take conventional gas away from consumers? We, the tax payers and consumers are getting “SHAFTED” both ways!
I suspect this is as far as Chalmette Refining (Exxon/Mobile) will be willing to budge on this issue. What I find strange however, is that they say the high cost of RINs is the reason for their decision, but at the same time they say they will continue to manufacture and sell some Eo on a “commerical” basis? The net result of this entire issue is that MANY currently ethanol FREE gas locations will convert to “CORN GAS” and the number of locations selling E0 will be reduced significantly! Long term, the real solution to this entire problem is to continue to PRESSURE the U.S. Congress to REPEAL THE RENEWAL FUEL STANDARD – this is the most STUPID law ever put on the American public!!
ALSO, PLEASE READ A LETTER WHICH I MAILED TO CHALMETTE REFINING MANAGER MR. WADE MAXWELL TODAY ON THE WEBSITE’S “Pete’s Articles” PAGE!
I learned on Thursday afternoon that Chalmette Refining in Chalmette has notified it’s distributors that they will STOP manufacturing ETHANOL FREE gas on or about May 15th! This is VERY, VERY BAD for conventional gas availability as this refinery supplied most of ethanol FREE gas to most of southeast Louisiana and west Mississippi. I spoke with their Public Relations Manager Thursday and again on Friday. He was supposed to call me back Friday afternoon with a statement by their Plant Manager, hopefully explaining why they are doing this, but he never did call back. I HAVE NO IDEA why they are doing this. No doubt, MANY stations currently supplying ethanol FREE gas will be forced to switch to ‘corn gas’. Some older stations whose tanks/pumps are not compatible with E10 may be forced to stop selling gas altogether. The only other source of ethanol FREE gas in the area is Placid Refining in Port Allen. They are a very SMALL refinery and I doubt they have the capacity to replace the volume that Chalmette Refining was supplying. I spoke with their Sales Rep Friday afternoon and he indicates they will attempt to supply as many E0 stations as they can; BUT, since they make regular grade (87 octane) by blending 84 octane and 91 octane, their E0 is about $0.15/gallon higher than what was being bought from Chalmette Refining, PLUS added travel expense by the distributor to go to Port Allen to pick the fuel up.
THIS WILL BE DISASTEROUS for marine engines, ATV’s, Jet Skis, all lawn and garden tools, chain saws AND home generators! Being forced to use ‘corn gas’ will SEVERELY damage all this equipment that is NOT compatible with E10 fuel. Also, GOOD LUCK with your home generator next time power is lost……if you last used E10 in it, I can ASSURE you it will NOT start next time it is needed! I actually saw this a few weeks before Hurricane Issac in 2012 when a gentleman who repairs small tools in LaPlace had 50+ home generators in his yard needing carb cleaning as they would NOT start after leaving them idle with E10 after their last use of the generator.
I have heard suggestions that boaters and interested parties protest in front of Chalmette Refining. We’ll look into that. Meanwhile, MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD! Flood the Chalmette Refining phone lines and ALSO your State’s U.S. Senators and Representatives. Let them hear our DISPLEASURE! Louisiana is the “Fisherman’s Paradise”, but without ethanol FREE gas, it may become a “Fisherman’s Graveyard”. I have contacts in the TV and newsprint media. I’ll contact them to cover this issue also. I will also post this news on Louisiana and Mississippi Sportsman and direct them to read the full news on this website. SPEAK UP READERS!
Here is information on Chalmette Refining:
Chalmette Refining, LLC (A joint venture between Exxon/Mobil (50%) and PDVSA (50%) the Venezuelan State Oil Company. Exxon/Mobil is the operating partner)
500 West St. Bernard Hwy, Chalmette, LA 70043
Main Phone: (504) 281-1212 - Community Hot Line: (504) 211-1101
Plant Manager – Mr Wade Maxwell
Public Relations Manager – Patrick Trahan
I URGE all readers to call Chalmette Refining’s Community Hot Line and URGE the Plant Manager to re-consider their decision and CONTINUE to manufacture ethanol FREE gasoline. Also, below are the names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of Louisiana and Mississippi U.S. Senators and how to contact your U.S. Representative. I also URGE you to “flood your Senator and Representatives’s phone lines” AND e-mails and DEMAND that they REPEAL the EPA’s Renewal Standard and allow the free market to determine if consumers want ‘corn gas’ and high food prices. I ALSO URGE you to have them contact Chalmette Refining’s Manager and ASK him to PLEASE continue to manufacture ethanol FREE gasoline! Here are the Senator and Representative contact information:
LOUISIANA U.S. CONGRESSMEN:
Senator David Vitter: http://www.vitter.senate.gov/contact/email-senator-vitter
516 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510
D.C. Phone: (202) 224-4623 - D.C. Fax: (202) 228-5061
Metairie Office: (504) 589-2753 – Baton Rouge: (225) 383-0331
Lafayette Office: (337) 993-9502 – Alexandria: (318) 448-0169
Monroe Office: (318) 325-8120 - Shreveport: (318) 861-0437
Lake Charles Office: (337) 436-0453
Senator Mary Landrieu: http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/?p=contact
703 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510
D.C. Phone: (202) 224-5824 – D.C. Fax: (202) 224-9735
New Orleans Office: (504) 589-2427
HOW TO CONTACT YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
MISSISSIPPI U.S. CONGRESSMEN:
Senator Thad Cochran: http://www.cochran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me
113 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg, Washington D.C. 20510
D.C. Phone: (202) 224-5054
Jackson Phone: (601) 965-4459 - Oxford: (662) 236-1018
Gulfport Phone: (228) 867-9710
Senator Roger F. Wicker: http://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
555 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510
D.C. Phone: (202) 224-6253 - Fax: (202) 228-0378
Tupelo Office: (662) 844-5010 - Jackson: (601) 965-4644
Hernando Office: (662) 429-1002 – Gulfport: (228) 871-7017
HOW TO CONTACT YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
* * * WEBSITE NEWS * * *
My entire effort of updating my Louisiana ethanol FREE gas list is “up in the air” with Chalmette Refining’s recently decision to discontinue the manufacture and sale of E0. I acknowledge the Louisiana list is not up to date, but any effort on my part to update the list until the fallout of Chalmette Refining’s decision is final would be FUTILE and a total waste of my time!
NOTE: I created a new page on the website titled “A Little Louisiana History Lesson”. I hope you will visit the page to view some of Louisiana’s very UNIQUE history and culture!
* * * TODAY’S NEWS ARTICLE * * *
Today I posted an ethanol article from NBC News which is a followup to the article I posted yesterday. This article is titled “Heartland Water Crisis: Why the Planet Depends on These Kansas Farmers“. According to the article, “Last August, in a still-echoing blockbuster study, Dave Steward, Ph.D., and his colleagues at Kansas State University, informed the $15 billion Kansas agricultural economy that it was on a fast track to oblivion. The reason: The precipitous, calamitous withdrawal rates of the Ogallala Aquifer.
The Ogallala is little known outside this part of the world, but it’s the primary source of irrigation not just for all of western Kansas, but the entire Great Plains. This gigantic, soaked subterranean sponge – fossil water created 10 million years ago – touches eight states, stretching from Texas all the way up to South Dakota, across 111.8 million acres and 175,000 square miles”.
Corn requires a HUGE amount of water irrigation to grow. Also, ethanol manufacturing plants are ALSO “water hogs”. This aquifer depletion rate is becoming ALARMING to many States that depend on it. Many States have already begun rationing programs. This is yet ANOTHER of the many “UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES” of the Government’s ethanol policy. It’s a very interesting article and I urge you to read it.
* * * FOOTBALL SEASON IS NEAR * * *
ONLY 30 DAYS TIL THE 2014 TIGERS FIRST GAME!
Here is the Tigers 2014 football Schedule:
* * * * 2014 FOOTBALL NEWS * * * *
Here is a link from DandyDon.com for the recently announced 2014 LSU Football “DEPTH CHART”:
Here is a link to a video tour of the new and expanded LSU Tiger Football Stadium:
FOURNETTE FIRST HIGH SCHOOLER TO WIN CORBETT AWARD
By Michael Bonnette/Sr. Assoc Athletic Director/SID – LSU Sports.net – July 23, 2014
NEW ORLEANS – LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette has been named the winner of the 2013-14 James J. Corbett Award, which is presented annually to Louisiana’s top male amateur athlete, the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee announced on Wednesday.
Fournette is the first high school athlete to earn the Corbett Award since its inception in 1967. Some other notable winners of the award include: Pete Maravich (1968 and 1969), Bert Jones (1972), Charles Alexander (1978), Chris Jackson (1989) and Shaquille O’Neal (1991).
Christina Hamilton of Louisiana-Lafayette was named the female recipient of the Corbett Award. This year’s Corbett winners will be recognized along with 27 other individuals and three teams at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The winners of the Corbett Award are selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, which is made up of current and former media members.
As a senior at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Fournette was regarded as the nation’s No. 1 prep player in 2013. He was named the USA Today National Offensive Player of the Year as well as being selected as a member of the All-USA First Team and the prestigious Parade All-America First Team.
The first player in Louisiana history to twice be named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, he finished his high school career with 7,619 rushing yards and 88 rushing touchdowns, including 1,792 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior.
Fournette, who led his team to a 9-2 record and an appearance in the Division I semifinal game as a senior, was also listed as the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation by ESPN.com and Scout.com and was named the 2013 Mr. Football by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The Corbett Award was created in 1967 and named in honor of the late James J. Corbett to commemorate his many contributions to intercollegiate athletics and specifically to the Sugar Bowl. At the time of his death, Mr. Corbett was the Athletic Director at Louisiana State University. These awards are presented annually to the most outstanding amateur male and female athletes in the State of Louisiana. The Corbett recipients are selected each year by members of the New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, based on nominations submitted by the state’s sportswriters, sportscasters and sports information directors.
Since its inception in 1967 (through 2013), Corbett Award winners include 16 NFL players, seven Major League Baseball players, four NBA players (including two Hall of Famers), eight Olympians (including seven Gold Medal winners), three WNBA players and one PGA Tour star.
Here is an interesting article from LSU Sports.net about the soon to be completed, enlarged Tiger Stadium:
TIGER STADIUM CAPACITY EXPANDED TO 102,321
By Michael Bonnette/Sr. Assoc. Ath Director – LSU Sports.net – July 11, 2014
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Tiger Stadium is now the nation’s fifth largest college football venue with a stadium capacity of 102,321, the SCHOOL announced on Friday.
Tiger Stadium is in the final stages of the south endzone expansion that will move it to No. 2 in the SEC behind only Tennessee (102,455) in stadium capacity.
“We are listing a stadium capacity now rather than seating capacity, which is in line with what other schools in the SEC are doing,” LSU associate athletic DIRECTOR for tickets operations Brian Broussard said. “The stadium capacity takes into account ancillary groups, such as media, game MANAGEMENT and concessions staff.”
LSU was recently named by Athlon Sports as the No. 1 place in the nation to watch a college football game.
“The south endzone addition brings much more to Tiger Stadium than just seats,” LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva said. “As part of the expansion we have added two high-definition video boards, two additional LED ribbon boards and replaced the two LED ribbon boards that already existed in the stadium all in an effort to enhance the in-game experience for our fans.
“We are also in the process of installing a stadium-wide SYSTEM that will allow our fans to have better cellular connectivity, which has become such a big part of the fan experience.”
LSU will play its first game in the newly expanded Tiger Stadium on Sept. 6 when the Tigers host Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC NETWORK. The Tigers open their 10th season under Les Miles a week earlier on Aug. 30 against Wisconsin in Houston at the Advocare Texas Kickoff.
College Football’s Largest On-Campus Stadiums
1. Michigan Stadium (Michigan) 109,901
2. Beaver Stadium (Penn State) 106,572
3. Ohio Stadium (Ohio State) 104,944
4. Neyland Stadium (Tennessee) 102,455
5. Tiger Stadium (LSU) 102,321 (134 less than Tennessee)
6. Bryant-Denny Stadium (Alabama) 101,821
7. Royal-Memorial Stadium (Texas) 100,119
8. Sanford Stadium (Georgia) 92,746
9. Memorial Stadium (Nebraska) 92,000
10. Florida Field (Florida) 88,548
Here is a current listing of LSU Football’s 2015 Committments (as of July 14, 2014):
2015 LSU football commitments (14) – Star Ratings by 24/7 Sports
Maea Teuhema (5 Star) OL, 6-4, 340, Keller, Texas, (Keller)
Kevin Toliver (5 Star) CB, 6-2, 185, Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian)
Nick Brossette (4 Star) RB, 6-0, 205, Baton Rouge (University)
Jazz Ferguson (4 Star) WR, 6-5, 205, Saint Francisville (West Feliciana)
Derrius Guice (4 Star) RB, 6-0, 210, Baton Rouge (Catholic)
Kevin Henry (4 Star) S, 6-1, 200, Baton Rouge (Central)
Xavier Lewis (4 Star) CB, 6’0″, 180, East St. John, LaPlace
David Ducre (3 Star) FB, 6-0, 230, Mandeville (Lakeshore)
Matt Wommack (3 Star) OL, 6-7, 320, Hernando, MS
Adrian Magee (3 Star) OL, 6-4, 352, Franklinton (Franklinton)
Isaiah Washington (3 Star) DE, 6-3, 225, New Orleans (Edna Karr)
Blake Ferguson (3 Star) LS, 6-1, 235, Buford, Ga. (Buford)
Hanner Shipley (3 Star) TE, 6-5, 260, Marble Falls, Texas, (Marble Falls)
Justin McMilan (3 Star) QB, 6’2″, 170, Cedar Hills, Texas
* NEW CHANGES TO ETHANOL FREE GAS LIST *
We removed TWO ethanol FREE location in Louisiana this past week:
Conn’s Store, 3119 LA Hwy 146, Chatham, Jackson Parish – Store Closed (Thanks to Woody for the info)
Jim’s Convenience Store, 2801 LA Hwy 306, Des Allemands, St. Charles Parish – Store CLOSED (Thanks to Mike for the info)
We also added TWO new ethanol FREE location in Louisiana this week:
Race Trac, 2713 Paris Road, Chalmette, St Bernard Parish – the station sells BOTH E0 and E10 fuel.
Riverstop (Chevron Station), 31539 Hwy 22, Springfield, LA (Livingston Parish) – the station sells E0 and E10 both
NOTE: If any reader locates a store that is selling ethanol FREE gas but is not on our list, PLEASE send me the information asked for on the “Ethanol Facts” page so we can add it to the list!
We encourage all readers to patronize retailers who sell ethanol FREE gas. If they are not profitable selling EO, they may convert to sell ethanol gas and stores with EO will become harder and harder to find. ———————————————————————————————————-
Have a GREAT week readers!