One of the few families my parents remained friends with from their college days (after having kids and all) were big LSU fans. They live in Slidell. I grew up hanging with this family on occasion, staying with them for the Bama/LSU game, etc. New Orleans is my favorite Deep South city. LSU never bothered me because we owned Death Valley for so long. But much of Louisiana I have always appreciated (music, food, culture, hell even LSU's colors and jerseys are unique and admirable). Baton Rouge is a great college town. All this to say I have always liked LSU and the state of Louisiana for a number of reasons (I am from the Wiregrass part of Alabama).
And now it's come to this. Tuscaloosa is recovering from a tragedy brought by a tornado. Coach Kragthorpe is dealing with his recent diagnosis. Coach Miles lost his sister. There are many immediate reasons to remind us that this is just a game. But we all know come kickoff time the want to win will be great indeed (yes that was intentional). There is a sense of irony in the game that is soon to take place. Coach Saban stands as Dr. Frankenstein - the monster he helped create is now its own being altogether, and very well might destroy him Monday night. If so, then congrats LSU. You do deserve it, and you will be labeled as one of the best teams of the BCS era, rightly so, and you will be loaded for another run next year. All this to Miles' credit. He has been a solid hire since his arrival, and I imagine he'll be around for many more years.
Yet, as a Bama fan, it does just seem right for us to take home that damned trophy. To us, it does feel like order has been restored in the universe when we are national champions - regardless of the state of the world. To us, this is our birth right. To us, delusions of grandeur, pride from our state's flagship football team, dreams of football glory...we've been doing this shit for almost one hundred years. And it only grows as time passes. No football base in the country expects, demands, AND wants this more than Bama fans year in year out. So yea, I am nervous about tomorrow night. Y'all have a great football team, and I could see this game going either way. I could see it being a rout either way. And to the victor belong the spoils. Good luck Bayou Bengals. There are probably 25 NFL players on the two-deep between these two teams with good coaching staffs, they both play sick defenses, and the game is being played in a great, loud venue. Screw the rest of the football nation...I love the rematch (y'all would've been here too had we won the first one, and rightly so)...I hope it's a great game. It will hurt if we lose, but because it's y'all - I can't complain too much. I suspect next year we'll all be pulling for y'all or us to beat the crap out of OU or USC. But for now, much respect LSU. Geaux Tigers and Roll Tide.