They play big-time football at Louisiana State University.
And so when there were plenty of tickets to buy for last Saturday’s game for their Tigers to face the Orange of Syracuse up north in the Carrier Dome, the fans of Baton Rouge and the Bayou beyond did not hesitate in buying them up and traveling the 1,418.2 miles attend the game and make as much noise as they could around it.
Many Tigers fans drove RVs and parked them in Syracuse’s Skytop lot, a shuttle bus away from the dome but the best open spot for group tailgating.
Others booked flights and filled area hotels. My dear wife Karen and I saw some Tigers fans eating out Friday night at our usual hideaway Ruby Tuesday’s off hotel-heavy Carrier Circle.
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Saturday afternoon up on the Syracuse University hill, the visiting fans were getting their fill 90 minutes before the noon kickoff. My dear wife Karen was called in with her entire department at SMG to work overtime, so my friend and bowling teammate Steve accompanied me for the big game.
We didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when it appeared that a couple of LSU fans joined in the corner of a wedding photo shoot we spotted while walking up the hill. I caught the moment with my iPhone 6. Maybe they were invited. Into the photo, that is. I hope they went to the game instead of the reception.
The fans from Louisiana had promised to drink Syracuse dry in a story that ran in the big daily and web site. Everybody seemed to be keeping their cool with drinks in hand on the quad and outside the dome.
I wrote my weekly Mark It Up community column for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org about the day. You can read my story and see more photos by clicking the link below.
Inside the joint, there was plenty of purple amid the Orange.
Syracuse fans appeared to be more plentiful than the first three games of the year. They were even louder than the boisterous bunch from LSU. The total crowd was announced at 43,101, some 15,000 higher than the early season contests.
LSU wore down Syracuse 34-24, but it was one heck of a game. Better than any of the three victories this season, in fact. Lots of learning was done.
Have you gone to a sporting event where the visiting team was represented by passionate, vocal fans, and if so, did everybody get along OK? What’s the farthest you’ve traveled to attend a game, and where to and was it worth the trip? Which is your favorite photo and why?