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A Man + A Plan + A Band = LSU Superfans

“Ole Miss is number three and we’re like in the 20s which is WEIRD so obviously THAT needs to be fixed!”

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Better Than Ezra jams in Baton Rouge for their traditional late October concert.

I knew I loved Better Than Ezra before the lead singer made that statement last night, but afterwards? I was swooning right there along with the rest of the crowd at L’auberge consisting of every gender and persuasion.

BTE’s love for LSU is well-known among these parts, including but not limited to their Louisiana origins and stories from The Chimes and Fred’s.

Last night, they told of the background of “This Time of Year,” which originated while on their way to play in Oxford before the LSU/Ole Miss game, and got stuck in Clinton outside of Jackson.

The words and lyrics came during that time, because, “Let’s face it, this time of year has a special feeling to it. Am I right?”

Um, obviously.

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Better Than Ezra’s drummer easily accepted the lead singer’s challenge of a solo…on cowbells. NBD.

Along with Better Than Ezra’s many pro-BR/LSU and anti-Ole Miss comments during the concert was a strong rendition of the LSU fight song, which led the crowd to chant “T-I-G-E-R-S,” then, of course, “L-S-U!”

Throughout the event and before and after the encore, the lead singer encouraged everyone to cheer for the Tigers and reminded us all that this was just the pregame for LSU vs. Ole Miss Saturday and the Saints’ game Sunday.

So….even if I didn’t love them so hard…I think it’s safe to say these guys are true LSU Superfans.

It.was.so.good.

Rebekah’s General Warning:
Much to the author’s chagrin, no special attention or tickets were given for this positive write-up about the band. However, BTE, it’s not too late. Tweet a sista.

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Who is in the Tailgate Tent Nextdoor? “WTF”

We’re Tiger Fans!

Walking around campus and looking for fun tailgates is a hard job – but one I have sacrificed to take on this year.  (Hope you can read the sarcasm there; I am loving it.)

When I spotted a big wrapped RV with “WTF” proudly displayed I had to go ask their story.  Of course it means “We’re Tiger Fans!”  What did you think it meant?

WTFTrey Boudreaux told me most of them met because they are neighbors and kids are in schools together.  The invested in the RV because their wives said they would come tailgate more with them; the wives did’t come to every game this year.

They had a nice green space beside their parking space until last week; LSU was adding a few much needed parking spaces beside them.  The kids were tossing the ball on the grass behind the RV now.  They guys had a large cooler full of beverages and a table full of food.  They have been tailgating together since 2009.

I think they probably had the best time designing their wrap job.  Many of our Championships are listed.  They have picture of athletes, but all the names on the jerseys are the names of the 8 who are WTF.  In addition to Boudreaux there is Mistretta, Jene Plauche, Mark Emonet, Richard Tilley, Andy Gutowski, Neal Manuel and Keith LeBlanc.  (I hope I read my handwriting OK there guys, please excuse any typos.)

Thanks for letting me visit with you!  I suggest to anyone stopping by and letting them show off the RV to you as well.

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Who is in the tailgate tent nextdoor? Krewe de Crown & Krewed Awakening

Several weeks back when I started this series and asked who you thought I should visit someone posted “You should visit Krewed Awakening and Krewe of Crown.”  I finally was able to get over to the old front nine and see what all the fun was about.   They are easy to spot by the second footbridge; look for their trailer and all the flags.

Krewed Awakening Trailer

After you spot the trailer listen for the DJ.  This rowdy bunch hasn’t missed a home game since 2001.  Brannon enjoys getting people to stop for the 8 man funnel (no Senators needed); if you are walking by and they need an extra you are sure to get called upon to take the extra spot.  There is dancing, food and friendships to be made at this tailgate.

8 man funnelThe tailgate is merging with Krewe of Crown – RPH who tailgates right next door.  James Roy has the title of Director of Tailgating Affairs and even has the card to prove it!  This tailgate groups is not just for football; look for them during baseball season as well.  They have a St. Patricks day party and even go to the beach together.

They vote each week on a “Tailgater of the Week” and who ever wins the honor has their picture on the trailer during that season. At the end of the season the names are sent to Crown Royal to have the official sticker made for the season.

KOC trailer

 

They are a good group of super crazy fans.  They welcome every one to come by and tailgate.  They have even welcomed BAMA fans so I am sure there will be a few Rebels welcomed in this week.  Follow them on Facebook here. https://www.facebook.com/KOC.RPH.Tailgating

Look for the Flags

 

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Drum Centerpiece

It was the first time I marched Pre-game. . . .

This weekend was the annual band alumni reunion. The President of the Alumni Association told me that this is the second largest group they have had to return to one of the reunions; there were 37 Golden Girls, 42 Color Guard, 18 Tigerettes (the baton twirlers), and 259 band alumni for a total of 356. With the 325 current members, the total on the field will be the largest ever.

I went to the Lod Cook Alumni Center to ask some of the biggest #LSUSuperfans I have ever met what their favorite LSU memory is. Some got a twinkle in the eye and I amended the question to a memory that could be shared on a public forum. By far many told me their favorite memory was the first time they got to march the “Pre-game.”

Pre-Game!

Phedra White Abbott (89-93), Beth Kutnner Clark (88-91) and Rob Kuttner (90-93) all said that memories of their first pre-game were their fondest; also running down the hill through the crowd was a highlight.

James and Kayla Alidor

James Lindsey Alidor came in from Houston for the reuntion. He said all you heard was the first drum beats of the cadence and then after that the noise of 92,000 (at the time) compares to the white noise you hear on a TV turned all the way up. He applied all of the practice on silent counts after that. (Pictured with him is his wife, Kayla, who said her favorite memory of LSU was making Tebow cry in Tiger Stadium.)

Claire Cagnolatti (74-77) of Dallas also said the first pre-game as a band member is one of the highlights of her time at LSU.  She attended games from the time she was 13, but the first time she was about to do Pre-game she had to work to calm herself.  She attended the reunion every year so her guess is that she has been on the field  about 28 times.  She appreciated every one; the first time she had to sit in the stands as a graduate student she admitted to a few tears.

Romance

The SwindellsWhen I asked Ed Swindell (61-64) about his favorite memory, his wife Becky sat up to listen.  They met on the bus on the way to the 1963 Cotton Bowl game.  When the band returned to campus, Becky’s friends were ready to go and Ed said he didn’t know what got in to him when he told them “She’s going with me”.  They decided the bus ride must have been fate because they never would have met otherwise – he was in the front row of the band and she was on the back row.

Another couple who met while in band was former Color Guard Debbie Whitehouse Dupre (85-89) and her husband Keith Dupre (85-92).  They met at practice on the Bernie Moore Field.  They both echoed other comments on hearing just the first 1-2 drum beats and only hearing the fans after that.  Debbie told me she just hoped whe was on the right beat and foot after that.  This reunion was the first they have been able to make since Keith is a high school principal and usually had a conflict.  This was the first time their children will be able to see them on the field so it was a special weekend.  Keith was also happy to hear present band playing the middle drum cadence that he helped to write back in the mid-eighties.

Uniforms

Golden GirlsWhen I walked up on three former Golden Girls, I didn’t know I would be meeting people I felt like I knew for years.  Rae Phillips Tulle (1964), Suzanne M. Minvielle (63-65) and Janet Pounds (63-65) all agreed that walking down the hill was exciting.  The crowd seemed to get even more excited when they would line up on the 20 yard line and pull off their purple capes one at a time for the crowd after being introduced as “Sixteen as the South’s Loveliest Ladies”.  The dances were a little different then; they were not allowed to touch any part of their bodies except for their toes.  Even after throwing off their capes, the uniforms still had skirts for modesty.

Long Time #LSUSuperFans!

Buddy BoudreauxThe oldest member to return this year was Buddy Boudreaux. He attended LSU for two semesters before leaving for a music career. He was a member of the band in 1936.  Castro Carazo who was the leader Huey Long appointed after he heard him playing at the Roosevelt in New Orleans.  Buddy told me that while Carazo was an amazing band leader and wrote many of the LSU songs we still play today, he was “scared of Huey”.

Bus Trips

If someone didn’t answer that their favorite memory was “Pre-Game”, then the second answer was the bus trips.  Steve Jackson (73-77) and Mike Arthur both tried to tell me their bus was the better bus. If you are reading this you will have to tell me if “Bus 5″ or “Bus 6″ was better.

Ruby NeelyRuby Neely’s (53-54) favorite memory also occurred on a bus trip.  On one of their trips to Ole Miss, the bad broke up the freshman bon fire by marching through it!  I had so much fun just picturing that!

To prove that the band members were still some of the biggest superfans, Ms. Neely told me she drives 25 miles each way by herself to watch our Tigers play with the Denver Alumni at the Krewe Crescent City BBQ.  This was her first trip back for an alumni band weekend.

 All-American College TV Band

All-American College TV BandWhile many of us remember the recently awarded Sudler Trophy, I heard many tales of the 1971 band title only awarded once (after all once you have awarded it to the best band why give it away any more?).  Dr. Thomas Guillot told me the band was the best part of college and his favorite memory were his trips to the 1971 Orange Bowl and being immediately flown to San Francisco by ABE to play in the East West Shrine Bowl.  They were awarded the All-American College TV Band trophy.  Mike Boudreaux (67-71) remembered they did two different half time shows for the games.

If you have ever talked to a band member, you knew they had a special experience during their tenure.  After talking with so many members this weekend, I became even more aware than I already was that they have a special friendship and love for each other and LSU than many other alumni.

2015 On The Books

Last week, LSU’s 2015 football schedule was released with the typical accompanying fan emotions, including (but not limited to) well-known irritation with Bama’s light schedule/bye weeks, curiosity over particular games (Syracuse?), and general excitement about another football season.

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At the risk of hitting too many Geaux Bingo squares, I’m looking forward to seeing how our Tigers will play after this season as such a young team.

But until then, let the good times roll!

 

 

Post-Game Reflections: LSU Can Set My Universe Straight with a Win Next Saturday

A beautiful sunset as the Golden Band from Tigerland plays Pregame.

A beautiful sunset as the Golden Band from Tigerland plays Pregame.

“We’re 5 and 1! Can you believe that?”

A pair of Kentucky fans was discussing its improbable football success this season with the LSU fan standing next to them on the bus to campus before Saturday’s game. I’m nosy and I couldn’t help myself – “No, I can’t believe it,” I interrupted.

We all had a good laugh. Because, and I’m not the first to say it, this football season has felt weird. Losing never feels great and losing to Mississippi State in our SEC opener was brutal. Half of the nation’s undefeated college football teams are from the state of Mississippi right now, which seems highly improbable and wholly unacceptable. One of my first LSU memories is walking to a game while my Dad yelled, “Geaux to Hell Ole Miss! Geaux to Hell!” (I was mortified.) A rivalry with Ole Miss is part of my DNA.

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For me, dropping out of the rankings, even briefly, was a sad gut check. I’m not new to LSU football – I was in college during Gerry Dinardo’s reign and grew up surrounded by choice words being hurled at Curley Hallman and Mike Archer. We haven’t always been a good team in my lifetime. I get it.

And I still love my team and our players, I do. I even like our crazy Coach. Even when he kicks a field goal third down instead of trying for a touchdown. #ShakesHead #CrazyUncleLester

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But the heart of my fandom has been during the Nick Saban and Les Miles eras. And that’s enough to get you used to always being ranked. To winning Championships. To always being bowl eligible.

I needed a pick-me-up from the Tigers.

Thankfully, LSU followed its stressful win over Florida with a convincing victory over Kentucky. The Tigers made it look as easy breezy as the picturesque early Fall weather in Tiger Stadium Saturday night. A two game winning streak! Rejoining the Top 25! Things were feeling normal as I shuffled out of Death Valley and into the abyss that was River Road traffic.

“Geaux to Hell Ole Miss! Geaux to Hell!”

The chant boiled up as LSU fans snaked down the ramps to exit the stadium following our defeat of Kentucky. Twitter reported that a sparsely populated LSU Student Section attempted to start a “We want Ole Miss” chant towards the end of the game. And, oddly enough, that Alabama fans started a “We want State” chant during their rout of Texas A&M.

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If we can agree with Alabama fans on one thing, it’s that this Mississippi domination of college football is unnatural and must be stopped. I’m ready to feel normal again — and I think everyone else is too. So let’s say a prayer to the Football Gods (and LSU Jesus) for successful preparations for next Saturday’s game and healthy players. For good weather and cloudless skies. For better guest pickers on College GameDay.

And, you know, if you can spare a ticket for an #LSUSuperFan, I wouldn’t complain.

Get in the game with a game to play during the game

Bingo

This year, Tiger fans might need a little distraction and humor on Saturday nights. We’re here to help. Click here to get your printable LSU Tigers bingo card.

 

A Picture’s Worth: #LSUsuperfans Paint Instagram Purple and Gold

During this ramped-up time of the Cardiac Cats also known as football season, some of us may need visions of purple and gold not just dancing in our heads, but actually right before our eyes.

Instagram-logo-4If that’s the case for you, I recommend InstaLSU, a name I made up mere moments ago, but which will bring you the astounding representation of our beloved Fighting Tigers on the visual social media sharing platform that is Instagram

(If you’re not on Instagram, don’t be afraid. It’s free to join. Or if you’re not interested in that, just ask your kids, friends or coworkers to show you the ropes/their accounts if you want to look but not touch.)

Here are some of the InstaLSU accounts I enjoy perusing not only during football season, but also throughout the year. The photos and quick videos are posted by photographers, vendors, and all-around enthusiastic #LSUsuperfans:

@lsuedits
LSU TIGERS All the glory goes to God -bama fans not allowed- I don’t own these photos just edit them Edits of all LSU sportsIMG_0688

@magnoliacreativeco
Emily Welch A Southern mama who loves paper, paint, parties, friends, family and three special people I’m lucky enough to call mine. Magnoliacreative.blogspot.com http://magnoliacreativeco.com

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@ericakays
Erica Kay Sweeney The limit does not exist. |#PRlife | @WrightFeigley Communications | @LSU Alum. |

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@theresaoverby
Theresa Overby Tourism marketer, steakhouse owner, runner and SEC football fan. Leo. #wanderlust. http://twitter.com/theresaoverby

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@lsufootball
LSU Football The official Instagram of LSU Football. Geaux Tigers! #LSU http://www.LSUsports.net/football

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@msbatonrouge10
Melanie Putting the real in real estate. Secretly Wonder Woman. Waiting on Superman. Somebody’s mother. Forever LSU. Who dat. http://about.me/melaniemurr

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@jennellasboutique
Jen n Ellas Boutique Miss,Jr, Lady Apparel, accessories,monogram/jewelry, gifts Facebook /Twitter/Google+/Wanelo Jen n Ella’s Boutique http://WE.SHIP225.673.6107

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@bayoubeastgfx
LSU EDITS http://psncardgenerator.com/?i=392826

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@mrs_apf
Amy P. Fennell

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@pogopinell
Pogo Pinell Rockstar Kangaroo loving life. Send questions and/or inquiries to: pogopinell@gmail.com Copyright protected http://twitter.com/pogopinell

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@ttmint
Terri Christian, actor, life liver. http://imdb.me/terriminton

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@bubbletreesoapery
Lisa Daye Love handcrafting bath & body treats, cooking and family. http://www.bubbletreesoapery.com

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@katiapple
Katie Appleby

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@brsocme
BR Social Media Association http://brsocme.org

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@christinastephens
Christina Stephens

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@laurencathleen89
Lauren Cathleen Blogger, Baker, Tom-Fooler, Life-Lover http://www.ayoungunprofessional.blogspot.com

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@ellenmcdowell
Ellen McDowell

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@mrs_mastrantonio
Emily Mastrantonio Book lover, movie fanatic, former princess, and Tiger fan. Heaven is for real. http://www.joie-de-vivre.us

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@chrisparent
Chris Parent LSU Athletics Photographer http://www.chrisjparent.com

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@snaplsu
snaplsu An official LSU Instagram feed. How do you see “Passion & Genius” every day at LSU? Shoot, filter & post your stories. #snaplsu http://www.lsu.edu/

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As with Twitter and Facebook, you can even find some of your favorite players and coaches on Instagram, too! Be careful, though; not all posts/comments are PG.

@lsucoachmiles
Les Miles Head Coach of the LSU Football Team http://www.LesMiles.net

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@averyjohnson2
Avery Peterson #2 LSU WR Blessed Student-Athlete At LSU Just a Young Man Chasing my Dream – Pompano Beach FL ✈ Baton Rouge LA

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@lsu_rr21
Louisiana State University LSU #21 The Mantis Pompano beach,Fl ✈️ Baton Rouge,Louisiana #FREESKIN,POOH,TJ – Florida Boy -Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance

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@qleslie1_lsu
- Quantavius Leslie Sr. – Georgia Boy LSU Football Player #1 Hogansville GA, ✈️Baton Rouge, LA Proud Father – Grinding for my son – http://ask.fm/qleslie

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If you post LSU pics of your own during football season, don’t forget to include the hashtag #LSUsuperfan so we can follow them.

Have fun and Geaux Tigers!

 

Your Weekly LSU Cardio



I know I’m not the only person whose heart health is consistently tested every Saturday night.  I don’t have to hit the gym in the morning, because the Tigers took care of me.

Here’s some workout music courtesy of fellow #LSUSuperfan blogger, Christina, to get the blood pumping.


5 minute Warm-Up

You’re tired.  You’re uneasy about this workout/game because of last week’s flop against Auburn.  Florida returns 62 yards for a touchdown.  The sweating starts.

Light Jog
Leonard Fournette scores a touchdown. This is getting interesting. You probably shouldn’t have eaten that last corn dog.

Inclines
Florida gets another touchdown.  They get a field goal.  Have to keep going. Hilliard did it! He scored!  14-7.

Dance Break/Half Time

Squats
Ugh! Squats.  You need to perfect that huge jump Fournette made for the touchdown.  20-17.

The Final Countdown
The 4th Quarter truly feels like sprints.
3 minutes left.  LSU Touchdown.
2 minutes left. Eww, Florida scores to tie the game.
Jefferson makes an interception! No, not that one.  Rickey.
The kicker saves the day.  30-27.

Time to hydrate.  Till next time, fellow gym rats.

Map of college football fans shows La. lives gold (and loves purple)

LSU football fans dominate Louisiana, with a smattering of supporters in the southern-most part of Mississippi, according to an interactive map put together by The New York Times. Check it out here.FanMap