It feels somewhat strange sitting at my desk this Sunday afternoon writing a column about the events of the past weekend.
Four years ago today, the United States was rocked to its foundations with the attacks of 9/11 on New York City and Washington D.C. Presently, south Louisiana is still trying to get its bearings after being drilled by Hurricane Katrina, the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
With what is going on around us, it
has been hard to talk about football – even in
After the season opener versus
North Texas was postponed, there was lots of debate over whether or not the
The fans wanted the game played in Shreveport, Houston and even Ole Miss offered Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, but in the end LSU chose to move the game to Tempe, Arizona, call it a home game for the Tigers, and have all proceeds dedicated to the relief effort.
While it gave the Sun Devils a huge
advantage, due to the fact they had already played a tune-up game versus
At Tiger Rag, we always travel with
the Tigers during football season. However, due to the last-minute change in
plans with the game moving to
So with the game being moved, I
acquired the services of Steve Hershey, an aspiring journalist in
It seemed strange being in Baton Rouge on a Saturday afternoon in September with no game to cover, but it did give me an opportunity to do something I haven't done in five football seasons – watch a game and enjoy it rather than staring blankly at a computer screen while scribbling notes on a pad in some cramped press box.
It was also the perfect opportunity
to spend some quality time with parents, who were in town from
The situation, while joyous, was dampened a bit due to the events of Hurricane Katrina, but it was nice to get an opportunity to spend time with my family and have my loved ones and closest friends spend this wonderful weekend with Beth and me.
While things went a bit awry with
the game being moved and things being a bit tense in
It is a weekend I won't soon forget.
We hated to see Jimmy Hyams leave
our lineup after 18 years, but we wish him the best in all he does. I would like
to take a brief moment to welcome our new SEC expert to the Tiger Rag family.
Coming to us from a recommendation from our good friend Lyn Scarborough of
Lindy's Magazine, Richard Scott joins our family direct from
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag Magazine. Reach him at email@example.com.