The difference between our idea of pregame speeches and the reality of those speeches is generally pretty stark. Coaches probably like to imagine themselves as priming their players to “run through a wall,” but any time we get a peek a a real speech we often see a bunch of lame platitudes being strung together in front of a bored looking team. But thankfully there’s Ed Orgeron.
Orgeron, LSU’s temporary coach, is kind of a wacko as it is, and now he’s coaching his hometown Tigers—a gig that has openly been described as his “dream job.” The combination of personality, desire to succeed, and Cajun twang produced a speech before LSU’s game last week against Arkansas that is so hard to understand that it’s probably the most enjoyable pregame pep talk I’ve ever heard.
What the hell is he saying? So far I’ve got:
- Take care of that football
- Start fast, finish strong
- Go to war (?)
- On three
LSU won, 38-10.