All sports teams have their superstitions and all fans have their favorite traditions. LSU is no exception and their traditions, wacky and serious alike, are followed by one and all Tiger fans. Tailgating is common to all live sporting events, but not all are made up of 90,000 fanatic fans shouting cheers and chants at each other in Louisiana’s second biggest party after Mardi Gras. Opposing fans, “Tiger Bait”, are taunted and goaded and plenty of fights break out, but those who bear the abuse with a good nature find themselves welcomed with the Southern hospitality and get to enjoy food, drink, and football loving company despite affiliation.
A popular game amongst LSU fans is poking fun at the Creole dialect that calls Louisiana home. “Geaux Tigers” and “Geaux to Hell, Ole Miss. Geaux to Hell” are common uses as well as playing with the names of coaches like making Gerry DiNardo’s last name “Dinardeaux” and Nick Saban’s into “C’est bon”. There are many cheers in the LSU fans’ playbook including the “Geaux Tigers” cheer which is used for first downs and distinct cheers for second and third down as well. There is of course “Tiger Bait” which is yelled at anyone wearing opposing colors. A general cheer that reflects Louisiana culture is “Hot boudin, cold coush-coush, come on Tigers, push push push.” The LSU band has a special tune called Chinese Bandits for whenever the Tigers defense reclaims a ball, this commemorates the nickname Coach Paul Dietzel gave to the defense of the first National Championship winning LSU team.
The field itself has some unique characteristics. The Tigers have H-shaped uprights as opposed to the more common Y-shape so the team can run through the goal posts at the north end of the field when they first enter. They also have the yard line numbers that are multiples of 5 on the field, as well as the 10’s.