Everyone has heard of Southern hospitality, but this may be a new spin on an old ideal.
LSU’s athletic department recently took out this full color ad in the Shreveport Times, wishing new SEC member Missouri good luck in Monday’s AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl against North Carolina (4 p.m., ESPN2).
Officials at the SEC office have yet to release the 2012 conference football schedule, but it’s not expected that LSU and Missouri will play each other this coming season. It is expect that LSU will play Texas A&M – which will almost certainly be planted in the SEC West – and there have been some reports that the Tigers and Aggies will play in College Station.
On a side note, Tigers will soon be the most common nickname in the SEC, breaking a long-standing tie with Bulldogs (Georgia, Mississippi State).
In case you’re wondering, Missouri’s Tiger is named Truman, yes, after President Harry S Truman, a native of Independence, Mo. Here’s what Truman looks like:
Then, of course, you have Auburn’s Tiger mascot, Aubie:
I may be biased, but I think Mike the Tiger is tops. Truman looks a bit too cartoonish for my taste and Aubie has always looked a bit emaciated – like he was in need of a muffaletta sandwich or something.
And while we’re going way off the original track, I thought we’d add one more thought to this mascot mashup: LSU is the only one of the three to have a live Bengal tiger mascot on its campus, though Auburn of course has an eagle. One of my Missouri-educated friends humorously said his school is more interested in education than running a zoo. No wild animals for them.