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View From Your Table

Baton Rouge, Louisiana [1]

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

That’s my dinner: a handful of hot boudin in Tiger Stadium, on a Saturday night. In this shot, the LSU Tigers are in the far end zone, about to score their fourth touchdown against the University Of Alabama — Birmingham. Final score: 56-17. Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors, Lucas and I were able to go to the game, which was LSU’s home season opener. We had a great time. There’s something really special for a south Louisiana guy, being in Tiger Stadium with his son. When the Tigers scored an early touchdown, the man behind me shouted, “Yeah you right!” Ah, home.

UPDATE: This from a tailgating reader:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana [2]

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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14 Comments To "View From Your Table"

#1 Comment By Jane (Vestal Virgin) On September 7, 2013 @ 11:34 pm

Congrats to LSU on winning their home season opener!

I had to look up “boudin”. It looks delicious!

#2 Comment By Naturalmom On September 7, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

Ha! I was confused by this post for a moment. Football in Tiger Stadium? Wha? Excuse my Michigander confusion. 😉

Glad it was a good game for your team. My Michigan State Spartans are apparently looking pretty week on offense this year, so it might be a tough season. I haven’t watched them yet myself — I was at my son’s 6th grade football game instead. His team played their hearts out and lost in a very exciting, down to the wire game. I <3 football season!

#3 Comment By Stephen On September 7, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

I hope your Tigers win until Nov. 23 when they play my Aggies.

#4 Comment By Rjak On September 8, 2013 @ 2:35 am

Sounds like a very fun evening for you and your son! Even in my mid-20s, going to the University of Michigan home opener last week with my father remains a special experience and will surely go down as one of the highlights of my fall (especially since we pulverized Central Michigan 59-9). I do wish I could’ve been there tonight to watch us take down Notre Dame, but you do what you can. Moments like this are certainly to be treasured. Go Blue! 🙂

#5 Comment By Escher On September 8, 2013 @ 8:16 am

Congrats and Go Gators!!

#6 Comment By Fred On September 8, 2013 @ 8:51 am

I was there too. Looooong day of tailgating. This morning we need to rally, because we’re off to the Superdome in a couple of hours for the Saints game.

Pre-game brunching it here:


#7 Comment By Darwin’s S-list On September 8, 2013 @ 10:54 am

White people put the same energy into tailgating that black people put into family reunions.

[NFR: An astute observation. For LSU fans, tailgating is a lot like a family reunion, except that the people at the tailgate actually want to see each other. 😉 — RD]

#8 Comment By M_Young On September 8, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

Flying the rebel battle flag in support of a team whose starters are, what, 90% black? Crazy.

I’m glad I attended a university where most of the sports activity revolved around club teams in non-commercial sports. [4], our teams actually, you know, reflect the student body, including in academic ability. Such sports may not make for what these mega ‘community’ events, events which strike me as the opposite of real, Burkean, or Crunchy. Club sports do, however, make for life long friendships. And for small but intense followings for the particular sports.

[NFR: Because white people have no business rooting for a predominantly black team? My state is 40 percent black. Black people are Louisianians too. I don’t care if Beckham and Mettenberger are white or black; on the field, the only colors that count are purple and gold. Honestly, M_Young, this preoccupation of yours with race is so wearying. — RD]

#9 Comment By Fred On September 8, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

LSU official statement on the Purple-n-Gold Stars-n-Bars:


Many are unhappy with the flag:


#10 Comment By Beyng On September 8, 2013 @ 5:10 pm


M_Young’s general fixation is wearying, but here he has something of a point. College football at the NCAA Division I level–especially in the SEC–is an enormous, corporate racket that should, at best, be spun off from the academic establishment. Sadly, if LSU’s team–or any pseudo-amateur team–were composed only of athletes with the academic credentials to succeed at the university, there would be nary a non-white face in sight. In my opinion, the corruption, corporatism, money, and outright academic cheating make college football a huge blind spot for conservatives, especially religious and/or localist conservatives.

I say this as someone who nonetheless enjoys college football, and who recognizes that most folks in this discussion thread will have no interest in examining the political and ethical implications of college sports.

#11 Comment By Beyng On September 8, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

Addendum: Thus, M_Young’s point isn’t that white people shouldn’t cheer for black athletes or black sports teams (at least, I hope it wasn’t), but rather that college athletics originated as a way to build solidarity and camaraderie among the players, who were supposed to represent a non-negligible proportion of the student body.

Today, they are corporate institutions unto themselves designed to fill the coffers of coaches, administrators, and boosters. Filling coffers requires recognizing that the academically qualified are often not also athletically qualified. And so we populate our teams with hired help, exploiting them mercilessly in the process.

But, hey, AMERICA! SEC!

Others have registered these complaints much more concretely and eloquently than I. In general, I’ve always wondered how really American, conservative, or Christian it is to embrace the spectacle of modern college (or, indeed, professional) sports uncritically. The only thing that separates them from the Roman coliseum is that there’s usually less blood on the field–it would mess up the turf, and America’s hedonists are nonetheless Puritans of a sort.

[NFR: I see your point, and if I misjudged your comment, M_Young, I apologize. I will say, Beyng, that my son Matthew and I watched “Troy” two days ago, as a supplement to our reading of The Iliad (the film wasn’t very good), and I couldn’t help thinking about all that last night as the stadium crowd got wound up just before the game. — RD]

#12 Comment By Lance Kinzer On September 8, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

Nothing better than Death Valley on a Saturday night. My parents, along with my brother and his family, will be there this coming weekend. If Odell Beckham keeps this up Johnny Football will have no shot at a second Heisman. GEAUX TIGERS!!

#13 Comment By Al-Dhariyat On September 9, 2013 @ 8:29 am

Simply lovely. I once drove from Philadelphia to Columbia, SC overnight for a University of South Carolina game (and then back to Pgh right after the game). As I drove west across SC towards Columbia, I was surrounded by cars and trucks flying Gamecocks colors as they too made their pilgrimmage to Williams-Brice stadium.

Beyng is right to voice concerns about the corporatist/exploitative nature of college football. But it’s still a special thing to see college football in the places it matters most. And in many ways, these teams are more representative of their communities than the pro teams in other cities.

#14 Comment By BCaldwell On September 9, 2013 @ 9:40 am

I didn’t know that they started serving boudin at the games…that’s good news in and of itself. To me there is nothing better than going to Tiger Stadium for a night game, there’s something about it the place after dark that just is not the same when the games are at 2:30 pm and, God forbid, an 11:30 game (that should be outlawed by an act of the Louisiana legislature – too damn early and usually oppressively hot). I can’t wait to get there this weekend for the Kent State Game. Friday lunch at George’s. Saturday starts at The Chimes as I make my way to the tailgaters…I can smell it and taste it now…curse you Rod, I will not be able to concentrate all week now.