Friday, November 3, 2017

A Balmy Southern Night in Tuscaloosa

Saturday 7 PM CT - CBS

People in the state of Louisiana who don't take a whole lot of interest in LSU football week by week tend to take note during early November each year.  It's not so much because of a blood feud rivalry many schools have, but more rooted in a perceived shared legacy, or maybe I really should say "lost legacy". 

Because of time constraints, and even when time does permit I have struggled mightily finding the right words for game post this season. This week is no exception. As a year of rebuilding, coaching change, injuries to key players, disappointment and exhilaration, I remain optimistic the season will end very well.  The 6-2 Tigers have been remarkably improved in recent weeks, but it's now November, and time for the Tigers ultimate test in the SEC.  

After reading my SEC Sister Curmudgeon's first post for this years Tigers & Tide Tussle in Tuscaloosa Saturday night, I found that I could do no better then what she already has to say, and I pray she doesn't mind it being repeated here.  GEAUX TIGERS!
"In a sport where rivalry games serve as the lifeblood of college football fans, nobody does bitterness and contentious showdowns quite like the Southeastern Conference. Grudge matches abound in college football: Army-Navy, Alabama-Auburn, Michigan-Ohio State, Oklahoma-Texas, USC-Notre Dame, Georgia-Florida. 
For the past ten seasons Alabama and LSU have carved their own niche in iconic college football history. How did LSU overshadow Auburn as the biggest game on Alabama’s schedule? 
Nick Saban left the LSU football program for the NFL after guiding the Tigers to the 2003 BCS National Championship against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. After his stint with the Miami Dolphins, Saban returned to the college ranks at none other than SEC West rival Alabama. The Tiger Nation has never forgotten the pain he caused. 
I have been a Bama fan since I was knee-high to a grasshopper; going all the way back to the Paul “Bear” Bryant era. If I couldn’t be a Bama fan I would be an LSU fan. Through adversity, triumph and defeat the LSU faithful are rabid, devoted fans. I admire their heart. 
A tradition that began three years ago between friend and SEC sister Diogenes involves a friendly wager on the slugfest between our two beloved schools. For two years we made sizeable contributions to Wounded Warrior Project. Last year we directed our donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children. We have agreed to do so again this year. 
It hurts when you lose to your most-hated rival. Diogenes and I know one of us will face losing the ballgame on Saturday. Somehow, giving from the heart to a noble cause like Shriners Hospitals, we know we’ve helped make these children champions in their own right."
It’s all too easy to lose track of what matters in this world. What could be better than helping a precious child become all God meant for him to be? I hope you’ll join us in making a donation of whatever amount you can afford to Shriners Hospitals for Children. 
For almost 100 years, the Shriners Childrens Hospitals have helped more than 1.3 million children under the age of 18 and through the generosity of its donors turns patients back into kids. 
Dear God, let Your grace and love fall on them like gentle breezes and give them inner strength and peace and patience for the journey ahead."

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