Pardon the cliché, but the atmosphere in Tuscaloosa is electric. Downtown, Midtown, and, especially, campus are completely a-buzz, and have been since Thursday. We went to the library yesterday and got a little, “HEY, LSU fans are here!” lining River Road near the RV lot on the river. They’re a precious bunch, the LSU fans.
Football Saturdays in Tuscaloosa are one of the reasons I love this town. The traffic is insane, and I rarely leave the house on gameday (unless we have tickets or are going to tailgate) because of it, but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
Even the birds know what I’m talking about; they’re lying low today, too. As I type, personal jets, filled with fans coming in for today’s game, create continuous screaming Doppler waves. I expect we’ll be hearing them for the next couple of hours before kick-off.
They’re calling today’s match-up the “Game of the Century.” I don’t know about that, but it’s guaranteed to be epic.
I don’t think I’d want to attend today’s game, however. Everyone’s emotions are way too high for my liking. Don’t get me wrong: I’m all about getting fired up to beat our opponent. But when fans have spent the entire day drinking tasty beverages (besides Dr. Pepper), talking smack, and stoking one another’s devotion, well, there’s bound to be an altercation or two. SEC fans are passionate about their teams.
Bama fans are little proud of that number. (I may or may not watch a dozen hype videos on youtube today.) But not too proud to understand that today’s game could end in LSU’s favor. They aren’t #1 for nothing and they are going to fight hard to keep their position. This game, by far, is going to be Bama’s toughest one of the season. That is, if we don’t have to play LSU again for the National Championship.
The men in my house have been excited and nervous about today for the last two weeks. 7 PM can’t get here soon enough.
ROLL TIDE ROLL!