Two weeks after I moved to the capital city the last weekend of August 2001, our nation was rocked to its foundation with the horror of Sept. 11.
Now, four years later, our country has been dealt another huge blow. But this time, the tragedy was not thousands of miles away, but instead in our own backyard.
I can recall my roommate waking me
up just before 7 a.m. that Tuesday morning with news of the 9/11 attacks on
For two days, we sat staring at a
television screen watching this computer enhanced red mass growing in the Gulf
of Mexico, inching its way closer and closer to southeast
But just after 6 a.m., the storm
made landfall just east of Grand Isle. We watched on television as news reports
began rolling in of 145 mph winds in Plaquemines Parish. By 7:30, the storm was
making its way north toward
On a battery-powered television in
the darkness of Monday afternoon, early footage of Katrina's carnage began
transmitting for just 70 miles away. It was reported the storm shifted just
before landfall and
While the storm will go down as one
of the most powerful ever, the aftermath makes Hurricane Katrina the worst storm
Scenes of flood victims wading the streets, looters, the horror of the Superdome and Convention Center swept the nation – and the world – leaving people glued to their televisions frozen from shock.
While the national media spent the
days after the storm flooding the airwaves with reports of botched efforts by
the state and federal governments, sensationalized hate and racism, the people
of Louisiana and beyond reached out to the victims of the flood. The influx of
refugees in the days following the storm grew
The growth of our city was overwhelming.
There were lines at the gas pumps stretching for blocks, people huddled on street corners and in parking lots, all with no place to go, no one to whom to turn. The scene was one of semi-chaos, one of not-knowing what would happen next. Everywhere you turn was - and still remains – a constant reminder of the tragedy that will affect, not only the state, but nation, for years to come.
Shelters were established in churches, rec centers, school gymnasiums across the state and beyond. The Maravich Center and Maddox Field House were transformed into a triage unit and special care facility as a swarm of helicopters transporting victims of the storm buzzed overhead day and night.
In amidst the commotion, the people
However, in the aftermath of
Katrina, the thought of opening the football season five days later versus
Much like that September 11 in 2001
when LSU's SEC debut versus
The decision was received by Tiger
nation as the right one. How could a football game be celebrated with the
ongoing carnage just a few miles down Interstate 10? Instead, fans reached out
to the displaced
The first weekend of the college
football season has now come and went. The lights of
Pressing on is important and is
what everyone must do. Life will and must go on. This Sunday morning, it has not
been decided if LSU will open its season versus the Arizona State Sun Devils in
Tiger Stadium. The decision lies in the hands of
However, a representative from LSU
said the week will open with business as usual. Miles will host his weekly press
luncheon on Monday, the team will practice and classes with open on Tuesday,
Sept. 6. The Tiger football community will proceed with full intention of
playing the Sun Devils Saturday night in
While the triage unit remains in
"We feel like it's time for us to
get back out there and play football for the state of
Vincent and the Tigers press on –
as will the rest of
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag
Magazine. Contact him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.