Jeremy takes a time out and plays with Jax.
And when his jam comes on the radio... he busts out the moves.
I have never ever ever been to an LSU game, and I have always wanted to go as a passionate LSU fan. When I told Jeremy about this he mentioned that he gave away his season tickets to auction off for charity - but he could get some more.
And he did. I am quite grateful he did. This could me a once in a lifetime experience, and we are playing our current nemesis Alabama at home. First time in Tiger Stadium aka Death Valley and a BIG BIG game - and I get to man-hate on Nick Saban and perhaps shout at Les Miles' clock management.
After getting our tickets we go outside and are ready to leave to Baton Rouge and tailgate. Oh yeah, I've never tailgated at a LSU game either - so I'm ready for some serious tailgating.
We are finally get nearer to Tiger Stadium and the traffic is growing.
And we find a car spot on prime real estate that we rent out for a discount. Why? because the guy renting it out turns out to be one of Jessica's ex-coworkers.
We begin the walk to our tailgating location.
Along the way we see a girl with that famous visual on TV.
Back to tailgating.
I meet some of Jeremy's friends, and cousins. Somehow or the other everyone I meet is related to Jeremy or his extended family.
However one the guys I meet is BJ who is a Sigma Nu at Northwestern State University. I turns out that we actually met each other while I was in college at Nicholls State. He was in the basketball team while in college and his team played the Nicholls State Colonels at our home. Co-incidentally that was the day, that I with a few of my chapter brothers decided to go to the game and got front row seating with our Sigma Nu flag. He saw it and after the game came up to us and chatted with us. Cannot believe we reunite at a LSU tailgate. Who would have thunk?
Everyone is having a good time.
There is even a game of flip cup.
I love the bus and the digital messages.
Time to get some food to balance out the beverages.
And after a few drinks and some food we decide to walk around and see the other tailgates and meet friends and 'cousins' they know.
We get to the other tailgate... and it is INSANE. Quite the lively party.
Jeremy introduces me to this guy. I forgot his name but I'll just call him the Gumbo man.
Are you serving me?
Oh, yes please!! It was quite good. I was already stuffed but found a way to make room. All this good Louisiana cooking cannot go to waste.
And then we decide to check out the party bus.
More group photos outside the party bus.
And the beverage & ice coffin. Dang, they have a coffin. This is truly Death Valley right?
Oh the flags...
And the pet Tigers.
We head back to our main tailgate and tend to the last minute items.
And now it is time to head to Tiger Stadium/Death Valley.
Lots of people.
We decide to wait and watch the band. Good idea!
We watch them walk by, stop, perform, and then run into the stadium. Long video. The action begins around 2:15 minute mark.
After the band finishes, we get closer and closer to the stadium and now are literally under it tailgating with more of his friends and extended cousins/family. I am beginning to think that since he knows everyone they should just rename Tiger Stadium to LaCombe Stadium.
I meet two more of Jeremy and Jessica's friends: James and Kelly who are also well traveled and we bond over our travel stories. For their anniversary they always travel together across the country to a different state they haven't visited. What a great idea and way to see the country!!
It is now time to enter Tiger Stadium.
Walk through the gates.
And we find our seats. Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!
What a crowd. I feel welcomed to Death Valley!
I am so grateful for this moment.
A passionate Tiger audience. Just the way I like it!
It is game time!!
Our view of the field.
The game begins
I flash signs of LSU Tiger pride!
Half time show!
Can you tell I love panoramic shots?
This game is close!
Even Tim Tebow makes an appearance.
But in the end our defense fails us and we lose a very close game.