In their first year of eligibility, Pearl Jam easily garnered enough votes to find their way into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With the induction ceremony coming up on April 7th, the band will be honored by another legendary Hall Of Famer – Neil Young. As Pearl Jam regularly covers Young’s music, this will be a meaningful way for the two artists to share their respect for one another.Though, Pearl Jam’s induction has caused controversy among previous drummers who were not in the original or existing lineup. With founding member Dave Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron in line to be formally inducted – alongside frontman Eddie Vedder, bassist Jeff Ament, and guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready – past drummers Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlin, Dave Abbruzzese, and Jack Irons were all left out.Abbruzzese expressed his concern to Facebook recently, saying: “I challenge anyone to justify why I am not worthy of a place in the history of Pearl Jam.” The drummer, known for his tenure with PJ from 1991-94, continued, “The official reason given from the RRHOF makes it bullshit. It make my years of hard work appear to be worthless towards the success born of the formative years of Pearl Jam. This is simply not the case. The milestones and the success obtained during my period in the band… The Grammy, AMA’s, MTV Awards, over 20 plus million albums sold. MTV Unplugged performance. SNL twice, etc. Over 275 shows.”He even nudged his former bandmates to do the “right thing.” He says, “They can’t justify ignoring my contributions. Like me or not. If there is still a part of that band that remembers how hard we worked, how much blood and how much sweat … They will do the right thing.”Pearl Jam has officially responded to this matter, recruiting Abbruzzese and all other former drummers to join them at the induction ceremony next month. They write:“While awards and accolades are understandably subjective and a countless number of our peers have yet to be honored, we do feel fortuante to be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group. Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years.”“Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlin, Dave Abbruzzese, and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs. Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill.”You can read Pearl Jam’s full letter below.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame goes down April 7th in Brooklyn. A pre-recorded telecast will then air on HBO on April 29th.[H/T CoS]
Oklahoma, Big 12 still looking for Playoff winBrendan Radley-Hiles’ cheap shot on Edwards-Helaire at 13:24 in the second quarter was symbolic of the Sooners’ latest meltdown on the national stage. Oklahoma wasn’t ready for LSU.The Sooners have yet to win a Playoff semifinal in four tries, including in three consecutive seasons. That comes after losing three straight championship games in the Bowl Championship Series era (2003, 2004, 2008). That’s seven missed swings since the program’s last national championship in 2000. The Big 12 is the only Power 5 conference that hasn’t had a team win a semifinal in the six-year history of the Playoff.Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has lost just three regular-season games in leading three Big 12 championship runs, but a third straight loss to an SEC school in the semifinals will lead to another offseason of questioning the Sooners’ big-boy credentials. After three straight semifinal losses, that criticism is warranted. No. 1 LSU routed No. 4 Oklahoma 63-28 in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Peach Bowl on Saturday.The Tigers (14-0) — behind Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow’s 493 passing yards and eight total touchdowns, advanced to the Playoff championship game in New Orleans on Jan. 13, giving them a chance to match Clemson as the only teams in the modern era of college football season to go 15-0. Oklahoma (12-2) lost in the College Football Playoff for the third consecutive season. MORE: LSU-Oklahoma: Tigers set crush Oklahoma in record-setting blowoutHere are three takeaways from the Tigers’ blowout victory:Burrow, Jefferson set recordsBurrow threw four first-half touchdown passes to Justin Jefferson — scores of 19, 25, 42 and 30 yards — as part of a run in which the Tigers scored touchdowns on seven of eight possessions. It was another remarkable performance with the help of offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and passing game coordinator Joe Brady. Oklahoma hadn’t allowed a 300-yard passer all season under new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.Burrow had 403 yards by halftime, a College Football Playoff record. He also broke the Playoff single-game passing record, and he’ll have a chance to make a run at Deshaun Watson’s two-game total of 679 passing yards, set in 2016. He also set the record for “most touchdowns responsible for” in a single Playoff game — in the first half — when he threw his fifth touchdown pass. He added two more passing scores and a rushing touchdown before exiting in the fourth quarter. Burrow finished with 515 total yards of offense.LSU did all that with limited usage from running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who played sparingly because of a hamstring injury, and starting offensive lineman Damien Lewis, who was injured early in the game. The Tigers proved once again this offense is borderline unstoppable with Burrow at the controls.Thing is, LSU played defense, too.Tigers’ defense sets the toneLSU rattled Heisman finalist Jalen Hurts in his final college game. The Tigers forced four three-and-outs and an interception in the first half, and that was enough to break the game open. In a Playoff that features four elite offenses, that’s more than enough to get the job done.LSU did an excellent job of keeping Hurts contained on designed runs, and flushed him out of the pocket on passing plays to force errant throws. Aside from a 51-yard pass play to CeeDee Lamb, LSU did an excellent job of avoiding chunk plays, too.Hurts was 5 of 18 for 101 passing yards in the first half, carrying the ball eight times for 24 yards. He finished completing 15 of 31 passes for 217 yards and an interception, adding 43 rushing yards and two scores on the ground.But Oklahoma couldn’t keep up in the first half, and that led to a 42-14 deficit and the ultimate 63-28 final score.