Keep it Classy, Baton Rouge
On Saturday, try to remember that it’s just a game
By Kasey EmasPosted Oct 31, 2012
It’s that time of year again, when intoxicated LSU fans scream “tiger bait!” in the faces of Alabama fans. When sorority girls from Bama and sorority girls from LSU stare each other down, and when the Crimson Tide rolls in to compete with its archrival, the fighting Tigers.
As you all know, the LSU vs. Alabama contest is the biggest game of the year – and naturally we hate one another, especially after Alabama unexpectedly kicked our butts in the BCS game back in January.
I was there to witness the madness of that night: the absurd lack of human decency and respect for one another. Being in New Orleans for the BCS game was a terrible idea on my part because the aftermath was horrendous.
It was a cold Monday night, and we were ready to show Alabama that we were the deserving champions of college football. So were the Crimson Tide fans. As soon as I stepped out of the car, they were flipping me off. That was only the beginning of it.
Bourbon Street was a sea of red and they were ready. I made fun of their over confidence as the game started. As it dragged on, I took more and more shots of this horrible watered down purple poison because we were losing – BAD. Bama fans started mocking us during commercials. Some would jump up on the stage at the bar and tell LSU fans off. They were drunk and ready to take over The Big Easy – and man, were we easy.
When the “game of the century” ended, the score was an embarrassing 21-0. I looked to my left in the crowded bar and saw a grown man crying, and as I looked to my right, I saw a group of Bama fans screaming obscenities at everyone in purple and gold around them; sticking their middle fingers in the faces of young women, and mooning the crowd.
There were words between one Bama fan, who from what I gathered, was making fun of an LSU supporter for crying. A fight broke out – one of hundreds, I presume, and they were on top of one another. It was LSU against Bama, in a rage, fighting to be better than the other. I felt like I was Lindsay Lohan (which was a horrible feeling in itself) in Mean Girls watching people act like animals fighting in the wilderness. I stepped back and thought, “What the hell is wrong with everybody. It’s just a game.”
Shortly after the game, some of you may remember the passed out LSU fan in the Krystal restaurant in New Orleans who was sexually assaulted by an Alabama fan. The type of behavior that ensued was the kind that one individual would never do without the defense of several other sick and twisted individuals. This phenomenon is called group-think. Look it up people.
The Alabama fans threw trash on top of the kid, prodded him and poured water on him. Another Bama fan went so far as to take out his genitals and place them in the passed out LSU fan’s face as he thrust his crotch onto him. The incident was recorded by some idiot, then released on YouTube for all the world to see.
Watching this helpless individual should be embarrassing not only for Alabama fans, but for humanity. To think we as human beings took it this far is disgusting and inexcusable. I personally would like to see an actual tiger’s genitals mashed into the face of the Bama fan who did such a thing.
There are numerous other incidents that have occurred because of the LSU/Bama rivalry. Like the dozens of fights, or the stabbings on Bourbon, or the couple who was shot in Alabama after a game-related feud. When will it all be enough?
So, everyone, let’s do something different this year. Let’s remember that we all need to respect one another no matter the outcome of the game. Just because one drunk moron is getting in the faces of other drunk moron doesn’t mean you have to partake in it.
Alabama fans definitely take the cake on worst insult in the history of LSU fans vs. Alabama fans, but let’s one up them. Let’s not scream in their faces or antagonize them. Let’s try and keep it clean and classy. I’m not saying you have to share your kegs or boudin balls with them or tell them, “OMG I love your crimson romper, where did you get it?!” but don’t go out of your way to act like a jackhole. After all, a game is just a game. Rivalry is good, but putting your genitals in someone else’s face is not.