Yesterday I heard a Baton Rouge sports radio host say, "I've had at least ten people tell me they'll never go back to Texas A&M."
These LSU fans apparently weren't enamored with their trip to College Station, particularly unhappy with the long bathroom lines that caused them to miss a big chunk of the game.
Later in the same day, I then heard other LSU fans angrily detest the Tigers playing the Aggies on Thanksgiving Day next season, because returning to College Station would be difficult during a holiday. Welcome to LSU football, an arena that truly defines the mantra, "you can't keep everyone happy."
I understand the possible traveling concerns and I also realize many LSU fans feel the SEC caters to everyone else but them. But overall, I think this could be a good thing for the Tiger program and their fans.
To be clear LSU Senior Associate Athletics Director Verge Ausberry has made it abundantly clear the Tigers have ZERO interest in playing Thursday home games at Tiger Stadium, in particular on Thanksgiving. That's a big turkey. But on the road? Why not?
LSU for years tried to play games in Texas, but no one wanted the Tigers there, in particular the Texas Longhorns. Mack Brown and the boys hardly celebrated the thought of that purple and gold on their stomping grounds, mainly because it influences recruiting. Now the Tigers are not only playing in Lone Star State, but they'll have what promises to be a huge, nationally televised audience on Thanksgiving night. Families across the country will watch college football in that time slot, no matter who is playing. A border war between Louisiana and Texas should make for great theater. And yes, many star, high school recruits should be watching.
Second, maybe we can all get a little more quality visiting time with our families during Thanksgiving instead of pretending to be interested in the Detroit Lions. "The real game is coming on tonight. You can turn off the TV, dear."
And if traveling to A&M does conflict with Thanksgiving family plans, everyone can catch up in a month for Christmas and New Year's. Maybe you don't want to see some of those people twice in 30 days anyway.
Speaking as a sportscaster, LSU playing on Thursday instead Friday is better for local sports coverage also. The Friday after Thanksgiving is typically loaded with third round high school football games. LSU playing on Thanksgiving at Texas A&M, gives those kids and these games their proper spotlight. And the Saturday after Thanksgiving is naturally reserved for The Bayou Classic. Let Southern and Grambling have the local and some of the national stage that day.
All in all, LSU Thanksgiving football is fine by me. With Texas & Texas A&M no longer playing each other, the Tigers can gladly steal the Longhorns prominent, prime time spot with the Aggies and likely a few more blue chip recruits.
Stuff your face all day, gather around with the family and watch the Tigers play at night. Sounds like the perfect ending to a great holiday to me.
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