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Isaac not yet impacting LSU’s opener

Tropical Storm Isaac is pictured as it approaches landfall in this  NASA handout satellite image AP

Let me get this out of the way first and foremost: it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that, even in the most primitive scheme of things, how a potentially devastating act of Mother Nature affects a football game or two doesn’t even remotely register on the Gulf Coast’s to-do list.

That said, this is a college football blog, so here goes…

With Tropical Storm Isaac — likely at least Category 2 Hurricane Isaac when it hits land Tuesday/Wednesday — following the same devastating path taken by Hurricane Katrina, the possibility of LSU’s season opener at home against North Texas in Baton Rouge being impacted has been a social media topic of discussion for the past couple of days.  As it stands right now, and as inconsequential as it is, the Tigers are still planning on their opener going off as planned.

However, the storm and its ultimate impact on the area will dictate whether “going off as planned” remains a part of LSU’s weekend.

“We are continuously monitoring weather conditions and considering potential impacts as we prepare for this weekend’s football season opener in Tiger Stadium and other athletic events,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement. “At this time we are planning to hold the game at 6 p.m. on Saturday as scheduled.  We will evaluate the impact of the storm and its aftermath as we learn more throughout the week.”

In other Isaac-related college football news, Tulane’s football team, slated to play Rutgers in the Superdome Sept. 1, left campus Monday and headed to Birmingham, Ala., to continue its preparations for the season opener.  The school hopes its team will be able to return to campus later this week.

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8 Responses to “Isaac not yet impacting LSU’s opener”
  1. southernpatriots says: Aug 28, 2012 4:11 AM

    JT: Good article in keeping all in perspective.

    All life as we know it is being impacted by this storm. No life as usual at this time. Areas being drenched will soon flood, if not already having done so during the night. Low lying streets and areas already flooded by late afternoon yesterday.

    Much preparations for this storm, far more than in previous storms because some recent storms caught civil defense, FEMA, Homeland Security, etc. all off guard and they do not want to be caught short this time, so many storm shelters, transportation

    If electricity goes out no gas pump operations, ATMs, credit cards, etc. so that definitely could impact fans going to the LSU game in Baton Rouge. If flooding occurs in south Louisiana and in parts of Baton Rouge, that could affect I-10 and that would greatly affect the ability of fans to get to LSU’s Death Valley. We have many friends and family members who have tickets and planned to be at the game, but the storm has put all those plans up in the air, no pun intended.

    Many in New Orleans have evacuated–New Orleans Saints staff and players and their families, Tulane coaches, players and their families, and others.

    Slow kind of agony as this storm advances to us at a crawl of about 12 miles per hour.

    From our extensive family and friends, we wish all in the path of this storm (including ourselves!) the very best. Be safe all.

  2. gopokes0714 says: Aug 28, 2012 4:14 AM

    was the mixed metaphor on purpose?

    hopefully everyone can stay safe. So looking forward to this weekend!

  3. parkcityute says: Aug 28, 2012 8:03 AM

    The news in my area has not been covering this much, so I did not know about this storm until last night. I am so sorry to hear the people who went through Katrina just a few years ago are facing another storm. I wish I could help in some way.

    I heard an expert say if you were going to be under water and lose your electricity it was best to travel out of the area east or west. Be careful and be safe!

  4. kozbee says: Aug 28, 2012 11:00 AM

    Even at a category 2 storm the rain and water blown ashore can be as worse as other storms in the past.send prayers to those that stay and hope them safety from the flooding that may come.IMO this is not about football but about lives that can be lost from those that can`t get out including the elderly.We can only hope the storm weakens and flooding will not be an issue.Pray everyone stay safe that plans to rde out the storm.

  5. southernpatriots says: Aug 28, 2012 9:35 PM


    You are so right. We have power on and off. Roads are flooded as are many homes. We are in a curfew. Winds howling outside and rain coming at us sideways like needles.

    We’ll get back to smoking and roasting meats tomorrow, when we expect power company repairmen to be on hand everywhere and with no restaurants open, we’ll be the source for hot fresh food. We also will be delivering food to many elderly who chose to ride out the storm, along with some who are physically challenged.

    So far, we have our roof and everyone is safe, so we are blessed.

  6. tigersgeaux says: Aug 29, 2012 9:20 AM

    Latest report…a National Guard truck with high axles reported about 40 people stranded on top of a levee, flood gate holding back about 20 feet of water, levee overtopped and homes flooded about 5 to 10 feet of water. A neighbor who is a deputy went with his boat to rescue and was able to take about 6, so he is going back to rescue more.

    Conditions in all our area is becoming far worse.

  7. suprmous says: Sep 1, 2012 2:43 AM

    I’m goin out on a limb here Folks and address you as Friends, because some have been so nice to me I feel like you’re just that and at a distance so to speak. But other than that I want all of you to know that my heart and prayers are with you back in the Great State of Louisiana and Members of the Tiger Nation. Here’s hopin that it won’t take long for ya to have things cleaned up and goin like a well oiled machine real soon, as well. Southernpatriots and geauxtigers, thank you for the welcome that you were so gracious to give me and please do tell gatorsnapper that goes for him tho we got off on the wrong foot. You folks, tho you be where you are and I where I am, will continue to be the best folks around. May the Good Lord shine his Love Light on you always, Suprmous

  8. tigersgeaux says: Sep 1, 2012 8:21 PM

    Southernpatriots’ family has been feeding so many families who have no access to their homes due to flooding. No power just about anywhere around me many miles. Flooding increases daily with lakes, creeks, bayous, and rivers overflowing, levees overtopping or breaching, entire towns flooded and homes…well, they are under water.

    Alligatorsnapper went to southeastern LA to look after his parents after they stayed. No power, nothing but water everywhere. He is helping bring hot food and bottled water around via bateau.

    Roofs are breached everywhere. Some roofs are gone. If it rains again anytime soon, we are in a much worse mess.

    Thanks for prayers. I will try to keep in touch as long as power holds. I know all the rest cannot.

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