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LSU Football: Get in the Spirit

Dirty Handsome recently enjoyed the annual LSU football weekend at home in Baton Rouge visiting family and Pretty Handsome (on location in New Orleans). This is the first in an ongoing series about the virtues of all things Louisiana.

You and 93,000 of your closes friends.

You and 93,000 of your closes friends.

Traveling to Baton Rouge Louisiana for an LSU football game is one of Dirty Handsome’s most important annual rituals. After a review of the 2008 LSU football schedule the choice was clear: return home for the LSU vs Alabama football game to participate in the fierce rivalry bourne our of over one hundred years of football and an intense, searing, infiniate hatred for Alabama football couch Nick Satan. Ugh, just typing that name out makes me want to cut off my fingers as punishment.

Excitement, loyalty, and passion for LSU football is unparalleled in the sports world. I know, I know, you’re sitting at home thinking that your tailgates at ‘the’ Ohio State were awesome, or that the sacriledge of Touchdown Jesus is fantastic, or that USC football is totally awesome and TOTALLY plays hard conference games. You’re wrong. Tiger football isn’t just a way to spend a Saturday or the only outlet to decent football in a 1,000 mile radius (looking at you USC). It is a tradition that goes back to 1894, a unifying cultural force is an occasionally backward state, and a rallying point for a state that has weathered disasters ranging from segregation to Gustav.

LSU football is life in South Louisiana. People plan weddings on bye weeks. Upwards of 300,000 fans will be on campus for any given homegame, most of which will actually have to go home to watch the game or watch at their tailgate outside the stadium gates. Fans will travel great distances for games; Dirty Handsome attended the LSU at Arizona game in 2003, along with 10,000 other LSU fans. The stadium at UA only seats 50,000 – a full 20% of fans in the stadium were Tigers.

In Louisiana, wearing purple and gold isn’t just advisable, it’s well over the other side of tacky. Hell, it’s two of the three Mardi Gras colors (another fashion forward stride for Louisiana). Spirit is shown a variety of ways around campus – click through the gallery below to check out the variety of ways Tiger fans show their pride.

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4 comments

  1. eeyun posted on November 24, 2008:

    That dog pic is legendary. Braveaux LSU fans.

  2. sarah posted on November 24, 2008:

    i’m pretty impressed by the dog pictures.

  3. jkwh posted on November 25, 2008:

    geaux tigers!

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