I wrote about OU’s rugged assignment at the Baton Rouge Regional for Thursday’s paper.
If you missed it, you can find it here.
One thing I found interesting is how different, apparently, the fan bases are for LSU football and baseball. The football crowd is known as one of the most obnoxious anywhere, which Sooner fans found out first hand at the BCS title game in 2003.
But the baseball crowd, by several accounts, is more civil, more of a “baseball crowd,” if you will, which to me means more cerebral and thinking.
In conversations with OSU coach Josh Holliday, who went into LSU as an assistant at Vanderbilt; and New Orleans Times-Picayune beat writer Randy Rosetta, the Tigers fans got high marks.
“I know the LSU football fan base has a reputation that’s not always savory,” said Rosetta, a Kansas grad. “They can be kind of mean-spirited and hard on opposing teams, opposing fans.
“I wouldn’t go as far as to say the baseball fans are a genteel crowd, because they are college fans. But it’s a much different kind of college fan than you might see at an SEC football game or even a Big 12 football game. They have passion, but it’s a much more controlled passion.”
Rosetta also made one very good point in suggesting there could be a shared civility toward the Sooners, considering all our state has been through in recent weeks.
“I think they’ll be very respectful of Oklahoma if they wear the blue undershirts honoring the tornado victims,” he said. “They’ll be very respectful of that. You’ve got to remember that we Louisiana people know a lot about coming back from a natural disaster.”
LSU has announced that Red Cross volunteers will be stationed at every gate, taking donations that will go directly to the Oklahoma relief fund. So already, a nice touch by the folks in Baton Rouge.