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    Off Topic LSU Baseball star Wally Pontiff is dead

    his mom went to wake him up this morning, but he would not wake up. He died overnight. Cause of death unknown.

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    I just read Ellis Hugh's post about this.

    Shocking and sad.

    Our prayers go out to his family.

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    He was a great baseball player and a good kid. So sad.

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    Another tragedy. Why? How? I will keep him and his family in my prayers.

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    This is very sad...

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    WWL will carry a press conference at 2:00PM CST with Smoke and Skip.

    Former Tiger Todd Walker hit a grand slam today, and Branden Larsen hit a 3-run homer.

    R.I.P. #31


    YOU GOTTA SAY IT OUT LOUD - "ELLIS HUGH! ELLIS HUGH! ELLIS HUGH! TIGERS!"

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    this is very sad. i didnt really know wally, but he graduated 3 years ahead of me at Jesuit. does anyone know the cause of death?

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    As I posted on the EE board, I am pretty broken up about this. He was a fine third baseman and a good smart kid. He was the heart and soul of that team.

    From what I understand, he went the Zephyrs game last night. When his mother came over to his apartment at 8 this morning, she couldn't wake him and he had stopped breathing. He apparently died in his sleep.

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    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Pontiff family and all his coaches and team mates.
    Where stately oaks and broad magnolias shade inspiring halls,
    There stands our dear old Alma Mater who to us recalls
    Fond memories that waken in our hearts a tender glow
    And make us happy for the love that we have learned to know.


    All praise to thee, our Alma Mater, molder of mankind.
    May greater glory, love unending, be forever thine.
    Our worth in life will be thy worth, we pray to keep it true,
    And may thy spirit live in us... forever, L-S-U.

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    We'll miss you Wally #31

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    I couldn't believe this, I heard about it today at my veterinarian's office (he is a LSU grad).

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    i didn't believe it when I first heard it. He was my favorite LSU player. He was a good ball player but an even better person. Intelligent, althetic, generous. RIP Wally Pontiff, for you're in a better place.

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    Commentary: Jim Henderson Laments Another Untimely Death
    07/24/2002

    Jim Henderson - WWL-TV Sports Director


    I drove past the home of a neighbor this morning where once a young Mandeville athlete and LSU student had lived.


    And I wondered if the wounds left by the untimely death of Ben Wynne would ever heal? More likely, I thought, was that each time the cover was pulled off the fishing boat that remains in their driveway, it was like peeling the gauze off a cut to the bone, opening it anew, confirming that the healing would be slow if ever, the scar deep and permanent.


    Within minutes came the news of Wally Pontiff. And, I had the answer to my question.


    The same feeling I had upon Ben Wynne's death and those of other young LSU athletes whose lives were cut short re-surfaced as freshly as if the tragedies occurred yesterday, not years and in some cases decades ago.


    I remembered how I felt upon hearing similar news during my tenure here -- Pete Maravich, Don Redden, Eric Andolsek -- all here too briefly and gone too soon.


    Young people die every day to be mourned by a few in private. But when a young, prominent athlete dies, our grief for him is widespread for he symbolizes all who suffered a similar fate. And their passing makes us acknowledge our personal grief and how perpetual it is.


    Days like these put our lives in slow motion, enabling us to separate what is truly important from that which the demands of day-to-day living deceive us into thinking are.


    At times like these we are reminded to hold those we hold dear a little longer and to kiss them good-night a little slower.


    Because life holds no guarantees that tomorrow will give us the chance we have today and that "good-nights" at sorrowful times like these can sometimes be "good-byes."

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    Another excellent commentary by Jim Henderson. Well said.

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