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The Human Condition: The Tail of the Then and Now at Tiger Stadium | entertainment / life

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My husband and I got two extra tickets to the LSU vs. Auburn game, so we invited our twin granddaughters Margaret and Katherine to join us.

Immediately, Margaret asked if we were going to Uncle Fritz’s tailgate in the big tent near the stadium. I had to remind him that he was not in the state catering and with Covid, I was not sure the university would allow large meetings. I was asked to pack up and have a picnic before the game. He said in a terrifying tone, “What do you mean? Are we going to eat from behind your car?” She didn’t expect that!

Getting ready to tailgate with my siblings and parents during Saturday night’s LSU game at Tiger Stadium was one of my favorite childhood memories.

The tiling was prepared with military precision, which made the common man proud. My dad and brother take a car on the ferry during the day to secure a nice spot near Alex Box Stadium, our mom, sisters and I prepare ham and cheese po-boys, fried chicken and potato salad. The dessert is usually lemon glazed sheet cake.

Finally, my parents and I and eight kids loaded up the station wagon and lined up to take a ferry across the river from Plaquemin to Baton Rouge. Traffic on the “new bridge” was not struggling at the time, but the crossing on the ferry was very close and this fueled excitement.

As soon as we reached our “reserved spot”, the tailgate was lowered and our meal was shared for everyone’s enjoyment. If we were playing Tulane, the train would stop next to the parking lot and people would get off the train and walk towards the stadium, while the parking spectators chanted “Tiger Trap, Tiger Trap!” Used to shout Screamed.

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Once our tail mile is over, the entire parking lot will move to Tiger Stadium. Our family knows three players so Chapman Lee, Popes Newman and Charlie Moore are very excited to win the game.

After the game, the tailgating continued while we waited until the traffic cleared. We’ll never forget the entertainment we sat by the tailgate of our station wagon.

These days, my son, Fritz, is a caterer for Catering Cousin. His “tailgating” was under a giant tent next to Tiger Stadium. He serves up all Florida game with smoked alligator, charred oysters, smoked salmon, pork tenderloin, pineapple/mango salsa, micro-greens, seafood pasta salad, hot roast beef sliders, and seared tuna on the Zambalaya. While Fritz’s tailgating party was the only tailgate my granddaughters experienced, I assured them that our tailgate meal would be special too.

We updated our family’s regular tailgating fee to include ham-and-Swiss pinwheels, sushi, vegetable hummus, grilled alligator, stuffed eggs, and nuts. We add lemon-glazed sheet cake to old times.

Whether tailgating in a big tent or in the back of a car, one thing remains the same… Saturday night at Tiger Stadium will be enjoyed by all!

– Carville Placamine. lives in

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