Look. I’ve seen tons of LSU games in Tiger Stadium. I’ve sat in the rain with less than 10,000 people when Miami pummeled the Tigers 44-3. I’ve been there in the heights of the upper West Desk when Alabama kicked a field goal with 30 seconds left to dash the Tigers’ hopes of breaking “the curse” of losing at home to The Tide. I was there when we beat Georgia in the waning minutes of the game in 2003 to keep the winning streak alive on the way to the National Championship.
Mr. D was there for those, in addition to many, many others — like LSU losing to Tulane 3-2. In 1958, the 10-year old Mr. D watched from the wings as Billy Cannon provided an 89-yard punt return to beat Ole Miss 7-3. He endured the Chollie Mac years, the Curly Hallman years, the Mike Archer years and the revolving door of coaches LSU has had over the last 40 years.
So, that’s why the story I’m going to tell you is so significant. Let me start at the beginning.
Through divine providence, I was able to procure two very good tickets (and an ever-more important parking pass) for the Florida/LSU game in Baton Rouge. So, early Saturday morning, Mr. D and I head out on our pilgrimage to “mecca”. We arrive around 11:45 am for the 7:30 pm game, but boy am I glad we did. After finding our ever-so-convenient parking spot, we find my BFF and her friends for a round of tailgating.
Now, I know that there are many college campuses that proclaim to have the best tailgating. I have one word — BULLSHIT.
There is NO BETTER place on the planet to tailgate, than LSU. I mean, where else can you experience big game hunters…
Sit with 160,000 of your best friends and enjoy delicacies like Fried Soft-shell Crabs,
generous portions of libations,
and keep up with up to the minute happenings in college football?
Now, basically everyone in Louisiana knows each other. If I didn’t believe that before, it was certainly proven on Saturday. Within one hour of tailgating, my beautiful godchild stumbled upon us (she’s in Med. school — so cool!) and we got to catch up. Some of the people in the tailgating party ended up being good friends with Mr. D’s brother and one of my cousins was two “tents” down. Proves that the cajun identifier of “Who’s Yo Mamma?” is still relevant. We all seem to have two degrees of separation.
Anyway, about 5:00 pm, we bee-lined it down to Tiger Stadium to check out the band coming down the hill….
then, into the BEST DAMN STADIUM IN THE COUNTRY…DEATH VALLEY.
As for the “Mike Watch”, he did make it down the hill and into the stadium. By all accounts, Mike VI thoroughly enjoyed himself. Note: This is one big, damn animal.
This was a game of monumental proportions in the Deep South. By nature, it attracted the rich and famous….like pro golfer David Toms (who happened to be sitting about 10 rows behind us)…
and ESPN’s Lee Courso (who ran up and down the sidelines with various plays)….
Unequivocally, this was the BEST game that we have ever experienced in Tiger Stadium — and that is saying A LOT! Florida was a supreme opponent who played three quarters of flawless football. Believe this, folks, Tim Tebow is the real deal. (Even though he doesn’t know how to spell.) However, the Tigers hung around and stayed in the game, and FINALLY, took the lead with 1:09 to go. The defense then became possessed, to the final ending….
(I took this!!!)
You cannot imagine how loud this actually was.
LOUD. No, I mean, REALLY LOUD.
Phenomenal. They may lose a game or two before the end of the season, but this night…and for the next week, LSU is unanimously, the #1 College Football team in the country…. and rightly so.
I thought folks might enjoy the creativity of some fans in showing support of the Tigers’ win. Might sound a little familiar to some…
p.s. No offense to my Northern and Western friends but THE S.E.C. RULES!!!, by far.