Next up in our
critically acclaimed somewhat read about series of traditions that make up what is known as the Securities and Exchange Commission Southeastern Conference, we profile a team that needs no introduction. Wait, they do need an introduction? Ok, the Lakers of the South:
the LSU Tigers
The official mascot for LSU is the
Drunken Tiger Jackie Chan. Although official documents generally leave that tidbit of information out of the annual media guide, it is a well known fact that the master of the Drunken Tiger Style was and always will be, Jackie Chan. During halftime at an LSU home game, Jackie can be seen pacing the sidelines while occasionally running up one goalpost then leaping to the other all without use of a stuntman.
The stadium at Louisiana State, after a 2 year survey and search for creative names, was named Tiger Stadium. Also commonly referred to as “Death Valley,” Tiger Stadium used to play host to a variety of Romanesque “Lady or the Tiger” type rituals were several freshman along with pass-dropping wide receivers were sent to their deaths via tigers (in an attempt to ensure fun at every event, both doors contained tigers).
It was highly debated whether to call the stadium after the instruments of the killing or the actual result of the killings, so a compromise was reached when university officials decreedthat the stadium would officially be known as “Tiger Stadium” and that “Death Valley” would simply be a nickname.
The State University of Louisiana has long been known for it’s tradition of taking things a bit too literally. One of these traditions was when the band would play “Ragtime,” and all the fans would simultaneously remove rum-soaked rags from their pockets and squeeze every last bit of hooch outinto their baby bird-like awaiting mouths. This tradition was unofficially banned after several fans mistakenly brought motor oil soaked rags and had to be treated at the university hospital. The tradition is still practiced however limited to the student section.
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