We typically produce the weekly editions of Tiger Rag on Sunday afternoon to hit the streets on Tuesday. But due to the events on Sunday evening and Monday morning, we are here Tuesday frantically trying to get this week's edition ready to go.
We work with heavy hearts this day
still in shock from the wrath of Hurricane Katrina and the mark she left on
While there are hundreds of
thousands without power, including much of
The first images of Monday's
carnage were transmitted late that evening. Tuesday morning brought radio
reports that Coast Guard and Red Cross workers were trying desperately rescue
people trapped in attics and along rooftops through the
The homepage of ESPN.com showed a
grim image of the Louisiana Superdome, its white domed shredded with holes from
Katrina's 145 mph winds. The home of several Super Bowls as well as LSU's Sugar
Bowl triumph over
Below the picture of the battered Superdome read a caption, ‘The Superdome is scheduled to play host to the Saints opener on Sept. 18.' Football is the farthest thing from the minds of Saints fans, which fill the seats of the 70,000 seat structure in the fall. On Monday, those seats weren't filled with ardent fans but rather refugees fearing for their lives, almost 30,000 to be exact.
While those and many other native
New Orleanians tried to put the pieces back together on Tuesday, the focus in
"It looks like everything came through the storm very well," said senior associate athletic director Dan Radakovich told the Baton Rouge Advocate. "It's in as good a shape as can be expected."
It seems rather ridiculous to focus
on the construction of Tiger Stadium's west side with the surrounding
destruction in southeast
LSU coach Les Miles said the Tigers practiced on Sunday afternoon and then were released to avoid the storm conditions on Monday. LSU is scheduled to practice again Tuesday afternoon.
It was Miles' first experience with
a hurricane having lived in south
"It was exciting," Miles told The
Advocate. "We're without power. So far, so good. We just hope like heck the
The mood today is one similar to
that of the 9/11 attacks on
Good luck and Godspeed.
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag Magazine. Reach him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org