In many ways, LSU football is the culmination of summer in Baton Rouge. After three months of oppressive heat and humidity, the purple and gold masses will shuffle into Tiger Stadium on Sept. 1 to come alive.
With the Tigers ranked #1 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll for the first time since 1959, 225 is delivering three more editions of Tiger Pride: The Passion and Pageantry of LSU Football—now through the November issue.
We want to tell your story. Send your tailgating photos and favorite game-day memories to [email protected].
Our August issue was just the beginning. It's time to ROAR SOME MORE…
They're all players
The football team isn't the only squad ranked in the Top 10 this year. The Huffington Post has named the “Golden Band from Tigerland” among its list of Best Marching Bands for 2011-12.
LSU's acclaimed group “dazzles audiences with their consistent talent and their 'Golden Girls,'” notes The Huffington Post writer Anna Susman. Other SEC bands honored were those from the University of Tennessee and Texas A&M.
How giant is jumbo?
Installed in the summer of 2008 by Daktronics, the company that has outfitted the stadiums of the Pittsburgh Steelers—their Heinz Field scoreboard featured prominently in this summer's The Dark Knight Rises—and the Cincinnati Reds, the “jumbotron” video board at the north end of Tiger Stadium measures 27-feet tall and 80-feet wide. Here are a few more stats:
35,000 The video board's weight in pounds
178,000 Watts of power used at peak capacity
Even the little Tigers get fired up for football. Sports merchandise producer Tiger District recently teamed with the Boys and Girls Club of Baton Rouge to host an LSU T-shirt design contest for children. Eleven year-old Christopher Harris of Greenbrier Elementary School was the lucky winner with his design of a tough Mike the Tiger proclaiming, “The Tigerz will mess you up.”
The online contest called for children to send in their ideal LSU spirit T-shirt design, with the winner receiving his or her very own shirt sporting the design, plus $250 for their club and a portion of the T-shirt sales. Here are Harris' original drawing and the final Tiger District design side by side. tigerdistrict.com —CHELSEA WALLACE
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Bad Guys, Good Eats! Pop-Up Dinner at Restaurant IPO
Chef and 225 contributor Jay D. Ducote and Chef Chris Wadsworth hosted the Bad Guys, Good Eats! dinner at Restaurant IPO Wednesday night. The dinner was themed around famous movie villains, pairing cocktails and ales with plates of food resembling famous baddies like The Joker, Lord Voldemort, Hannibal Lector, and many others. The highlights of the night were the three middle courses—a black bean soup laced with blood sausage to signify Lord Voldemort, a brace of coneys on black eyed peas resembling Sauron, and lamb medallions atop a fava bean puree to pay homage to the famous favorite of Hannibal Lector.
Elizabeth Arkley Hammett, a local nursing student and Fur Ball co-coordinator, and her husband Grey Hammett III, who works in commercial real estate, will take you through our summer guide. And they'll look good while doing it, too. Where noted, their clothes and accessories are available from local retailers.
These swimsuits will keep you stylish all summer long
Better Block BR
On Saturday the two blocks between Bedford and Beverly drives on April 13, 2013, residents will get to see a model of what Government Street could look like if we push local and state officials to update the roadway to a safer, more "complete street" model.