Remember Sept. 3, 2005? Hot and muggy Tiger Stadium was empty.
The opening tune-up against
Nearly Perfect Storm that wrecked the structures, homes—and lives—of an entire region.
Then, what was supposed to be the
second home game, against
When LSU finally did suit up in
There will be no such torturous
memories about Louisiana-Lafayette after the 45-3 beating the Tigers put on
their neighboring cousins, the at-the-moment not so Ragin' Cajuns. The only way
this particular game would be remembered after this year is if ULL had found a
way to win—much like the only real way we remember
The first weeks of the 2005 season were hard to remember … and yet unforgettable.
Other than the remarkable recovery
Les Miles' team made after Tennessee, two of the most enduring memories of LSU's
Season of Katrina were: (1) "Daaant, daaant, DANT!'' the blaring sound of a
recording of the Tiger fanfare coming from the area of the old Pentagon Barracks
on an otherwise almost deserted campus after the postponement of the North Texas
meeting. Some fans, refusing to give up their football rituals, were tailgating,
complete with spicy food, cold drinks and heart-pumping music; and (2) Driving
around Mandeville, after 16 days in stifling heat without electricity and the
almost non-stop drone of bad news sounding worse and worse on the car radio, and
hitting a couple of buttons, hearing all of a sudden
It was an audible oasis, not only hearing something different all of a sudden, but that the conversation was on football. The call-ins were upset, all right, but not with the tattered state or the inhabitants who were struggling to stay alive in dire conditions. They were angry and spewing venom about Miles and LSU's melt-down against the Vols.
We were back in the real world. Or
at least the world
A Fox documentary, "Eye of the Storm," provided a glimpse into that mindset for the rest of the world to digest. It is priceless.
Mike Serio, owner of Serio's Deli,
a landmark eatery in downtown
Mike's first marriage ended in
divorce years ago, falling victim to what he admits is his obsession with LSU.
He had attended every LSU football game, at home and on the road, for the last
25 years. That string, which does seem pretty small in the scope of what was
"When they moved the
Memories, even in the midst of the heartache brought on by the Near-Perfect Storm, are made of this.
Marty Mule' can be reached at MJM981@Bellsouth.net.