Brace yourself: It’s LSU-Auburn … on Halloween … in 2020
We’re just asking for trouble.
Don’t LSU and Auburn do enough goofy stuff when they play each other under normal circumstances?
An LSU game-winning touchdown pass that created a reaction from the Tiger Stadium crowd powerful enough to register as an earthquake in the Geology Department elsewhere on campus.
Speaking of ancillary events on campus there was the old Auburn gymnasium that caught on fire while LSU and Auburn were playing in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Jamie Howard threw five fourth-quarter interceptions and three of them were returned for Auburn touchdowns.
A few years later Auburn place-kicker John Vaughn seemed to be saying, “Hold my Gatorade” as he went out and missed five field goals in an LSU overtime win.
There have been strangely enforced rules, all kinds of weird clock stuff, pre-game taunting and post-game cigar-puffing, in addition to the more ordinary – dramatic turnarounds and last-second scores and stops.
And now we’re about to see what LSU and Auburn can cook up next.
This Saturday – on Halloween, with a blue moon hovering, in 2020 no less.
Are you kidding me?
We’re just asking for trouble.
Or at the very least, something improbable, something memorable from two teams that thus far haven’t done anything special.
Maybe LSU will have injured quarterback Myles Brennan dramatically hobble onto the field to play unexpectedly – like Willis Reed in the NBA Finals.
Auburn already has won two games this season because of weird stuff from the officials. In the name of Ronnie Prude, why not a third?
Or maybe the scales will start to get balanced and the officials can hand LSU a victory.
Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville is favored to be elected to the United States Senate from Alabama just three days after this game. Maybe he’ll hold a premature celebration and fire up a few cigars for old-time’s sake.
Speaking of old-time’s sake, maybe LSU will eschew a game-winning field goal in the final seconds to inexplicably loft a pass into the end zone and flirt with running out of time.
Or maybe it’ll snap the ball a split-second late on the game’s final play and proceed with an apparent winning touchdown pass that will be overturned on replay – for old-time’s sake.
After all, clocks get turned back Saturday night and Jordan-Hare was where the clock finally struck midnight for Les Miles four years ago.
LSU and Texas A&M went seven overtimes just a couple of years ago and the NCAA changed the overtime rules to make it almost impossible for teams to keep retying the score that many times.
But this is 2020. Why can’t they go 10 extra periods? Or better yet – 20?
If they do, Terrace Marshall Jr. is liable to catch a half dozen touchdown passes. He already has nine this season.
LSU has given up the most passing yards in one game in SEC history once this season. Why not twice? Records are meant to be broken – and, well, you’ve seen that defense.
Rare things are supposed to happen under a blue moon.
This could be a doozy.
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Les East is a nationally renowned freelance journalist. The New Orleans area native’s blog on SportsNOLA.com was named “Best Sports Blog” in 2016 by the Press Club of New Orleans. For 2013 he was named top sports columnist in the United States by the Society of Professional Journalists. He has since become a valued contributor for CCS. The Jesuit High…