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Does a billboard congratulating a second place finish reward failure?

One sports analyst thinks so

April 22, 2019 - 8:48 am
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Tom Perumean reporting...

Since when is second place a victory?  

A Baton Rouge billboard saluting the second place finish of the LSU Gymnastics Team at the NCAA College Gymnastics Championship over the weekend in Fort Worth has drawn the attention of one detractor.

LSU Gymnasts defeated every other team in the event to get the final four and the championship competition, only to lose out to Florida, the university still saluted them with an electronic billboard showing the team with their trophies.  

Action Network, and former ESPN, sports analyst Darren Rovell doesn't think coming in second is a win.  He lit a fuse on Twitter by chiding the accomplishment:  "No, you can't put up a billboard for coming in second."

 

LSU Gymnasts defeated every other team in the event to get the final four and the championship competition, only to lose out to Florida, the university still saluted them with an electronic billboard showing the team with their trophies.  

The ensuing response to Rovell ranged from ignoring his comments and moving to on, to calling sour grapes on Rovell's part and pointing out he is no longer affiliated with ESPN, but rather Action Network.  

Whether seen as a win or a loss, the team's effort in Fort Worth over the weekend marked the last time LSU seniors McKenna Kelley, Lexie Priessman, Sarah Finnegan and Julianna Cannamela would compete for the purple and gold. They are the nucleus of the most highly decorated class of gymnasts in school history.  

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