Hey now …

What”s up with Scott Rabalais and The Advocate (the Baton Rouge daily, not the national gay newspaper) outing the 1988 LSU / Auburn “Earthquake Game” as nothing special, seismology-wise?

Sure, anybody with the capacity for rational thought realizes any good reaction from 80,000 LSU fans (back then) sitting in an old concrete bowl shakes things up, but this is LSU Lore, part of the unique selling proposition of Tiger football. But the first notes of the Golden Band from Tigerland before the ULL game evokes the same response? That speaks to the passion of Tiger fans, and maybe the 12,000 extra seats. What made The Earthquake Game truly earth-moving, though, was the context of the situation.

Auburn was ranked No. 4. LSU needed the win to stay on track for the SEC Championship. The game was a long, defensive struggle. Under two minutes to go. LSU losing 6-0. Fourth down. Ten yard line. Heading into the north end zone (student section).

When Eddie Fuller came down with the ball in the back of the end zone, that was a moment. It was easily the wildest moment I”ve ever witnessed at Tiger Stadium (I even came away with a free pair of Ray Bans that ended up tumbling down to my seat).

Was it good marketing for the Geology Department to post the seismograph reading in an office window? Absolutely. Might they have had a similar reading from some point in the Texas A&M game earlier that season? Sure. But it”s the context of the situation coupled with the noted geological effect that made this The Earthquake Game.

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