It’s here!!! College Football. SEC Football. LSU Football.
We are huge, and I mean huge, College football fans and particularly for the Fightin’ Tigers of LSU! Tonight, LSU takes on Mississippi State in Starkville, MS for the annual Hall of Fame Game on ESPN to kick off the 2007-2008 season. My Tigers are currently ranked #2 in the nation and we’ve got really high hopes for a memorable season.
LSU has many great traditions including a live Bengal Tiger mascot. Last year, our beloved Mike V passed away at the age of 17. It was announced on Sunday that Mike VI has arrived at the 15,000 square foot, $3 million dollar, air-conditioned Tiger Lair from a non-profit animal rescue in Indiana. While Mike the Tiger has been a formidable symbol for LSU, the Tigers actually got their name from the name of a couple of Confederate Army units, hence “The Fightin’ Tigers”.
Like food and alcohol, music plays a large part in LSU fandom. LSU music invokes pride, competitive fire and that certain joie de vivre. During the world class party that is LSU tailgating, the sounds of cajun, zydeco, country and classic rock can be heard throughout the campus. But, the best music and one of the most intense of game day traditions is the entrance of the Golden Band from Tiger Land coming over the hill next to the stadium, stirring the crowd to fever pitch emotion with the LSU Rally Cry:
Gives me goosebumps…..Hold that Tiger is used to whip the crowd (who’ve been tailgaiting for two days) into a frenzy and it accomplishes that task each time. It is repeated right before the game starts when the band takes the field to play the national anthem and usher in the Tigers. They turn and face each corner of the stadium, invoking cheers from each section. It is LOUD and it is PROUD.
There are many songs played by the band and accompanied by the crowd, during the game. Hey Fightin’ Tiger is a staple:
Of course, everybody sings along. One of my particular favorites is Hey Baby:
The student section, in particular, like Neck:
But perhaps the most fun with the band comes on each first down, defensive stand and touchdown. The crowd, nor the band, ever miss a beat.
First Down – Geaux Tigers!!
I. AM. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. FIRED. UP.
DA DA DAAAAAA DA