SIDELINE PATROL: Tigers still haven’t been tested

Peter Silas Pasqua
Peter Silas Pasqua is the sports editor for the Gonzales Weekly Citizen. He can be reached at

Last Saturday, for the first time in my life, I watched an LSU?football game from the Press Box. With my birthday being Monday and this being such a big deal for me, I got a haircut a couple of hours before.

I started going to LSU?football games when I was six-years-old with my dad in the nose-bleed section. I still have the programs from those games against Rice and Kentucky.

As I got older, I went to a lot of games with just about my entire family when my cousin was a Golden Girl. When LSU wasn’t so good, I went to games with just my nanny and I?think I went to nearly every game when I was a student at LSU including the Sugar Bowl against Illinois and Cotton Bowl against Texas, both with my little brother.

A couple of years ago, I  relieved a photo pass for a couple of games the year the Tigers won the National Championship, but I had never been to the Paul Manasseh Press Box till Saturday night.

It was a totally unique experience that I wish I could have shared with anybody that I know. From my seat, I could see the Mississippi River Bridge, State Capitol, Pete Maravich Assembly Center and inside my dormitory room I lived in during my freshmen year on the ninth floor of Kirby-Smith.

As Louisiana-Lafayette made their way out to the field for warmups, the public address announcer stated, “This is LSU.” I couldn’t have  phrased it any better myself. Soon after, I heard the loudest Tiger Stadium would get that night when the score from the Washington-USC?game was announced.

Then the band took the field and the Golden Girls looked more golden then I had ever seen them before wearing different uniforms that looked more like dresses. The cymbals crashed, LSU was spelled out on the field and I got chills as they played the alma mater and I gazed over the campus’ stately oaks.

LSU entered the coliseum  wearing purple uniforms to the age old announcement “It is Saturday night in Death Valley and here come your Fighting Tigers of LSU.”

I continued to take notes for a while but admit, it wasn’t the most entertaining game?I have been to at Tiger Stadium. LSU played lethargic and should have beat ULL way worse, yet at the same time, everyone knew the Ragin’ Cajuns had no chance of making it a close game.

I wondered why they call Brandon LaFell, “JoJo” after he scored his first touchdown and came to no conclusion. Then I ate and ate and ate and ate.  Heck, in the second half, I even watched some of the Ole Miss - Southeastern Louisiana game.

But seriously, no one will really know how good or bad LSU is until they play some stiff SEC?competition. Of course, Washington’s victory over USC?justified the Huskies but there is still Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Ole Miss on the schedule. However, the Tigers are still undefeated as of now and you can’t take that away from them.