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Cal student transfers to LSU for one semester for football


an imbecility, a stupidity without name
[font=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]LSU attracts the idiot from every village, even Berkeley[/font]

[font=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]Geaux South, Young Man[/font]
As much as The Dash and Adriana adore college football, we might have met our match in LSU football-exchange student Blake Buisson (14).

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</TD></TR><TR><TD width=275>[font=verdana, arial, geneva]Blake Buisson (fifth from left) tranferred from Cal to LSU for the semester to major in football.[/font]</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>The 20-year-old Californian with the classic French-Louisiana surname transferred from Cal to LSU this semester. When it's over, he's transferring back. He switched schools for one reason, and one reason only:

"To get my football fix," Buisson said.

Unfulfilled by the tepid grid culture at Cal, Buisson decided to channel his inner Chinese Bandit, tracing the roots of his passion to their source.

His father, Jay, was born and raised in New Orleans and went to LSU. He raised his son in Encino, Calif., as a Bayou Bengal fanatic in absentia.

By age 10, Blake had the plastic LSU helmet, shoulder pads and jersey. He was in full Tiger regalia for one trip with his family to a game at Baton Rouge, and remembers pouring Bloody Marys for passengers while squashed into the back compartment of a Chevy Blazer.

Coming out of Crespi Carmelite High School, he narrowed his college choices to Cal and LSU. "I went with academics," the mass communications major said. "But LSU's always been my team."

For that reason he made it to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl last year to see the Tigers win the BCS half of the national championship. Then he started thinking about how fun it would be to follow LSU all season.

Working hard through his sophomore year, Buisson got ahead on credits toward his degree. Then he pitched the idea of a one-semester grid sabbatical in Baton Rouge.

Dad was excited. Mom, Janice, was worried about his ability to transfer back to Berkeley in good standing.

Everything checked out, and the deal was done. Buisson enrolled in 14 hours of course work -- the vast majority of it non-bunny material -- but mostly he's there for grid-related purposes. He's tailgated for days at every home game, driven with buddies to Athens and bused with a student group to Gainesville.

"Football pretty much is dominating my life," Buisson said. "Most people laughed at me. They couldn't understand it. But they'd never been here, that's why.

"It was eating at me. I've been to Louisiana 20 times my entire life. It's so different down here, I felt like I owed it to myself to see what it's really like."

What it's really like in the Red Stick during football season? Buisson offers a couple of examples:

<LI>"At Cal, you could have a home football game and half the people on campus wouldn't know who we're playing, or if we even have a game," Buisson said. "At LSU, the girls are tailgating at 10 a.m."

<LI>The professor in Buisson's management class came in on the day of a test wearing eye black and blaring the LSU fight song on the lecture-hall sound system. Blake's reaction: These are my people.

He misses his friends at Cal and still roots for the Golden Bears -- who, irony of ironies, are in the top 10 while LSU has plummeted out of the top 20. But even now, in the midst of what could be a Wrong Way Roy Riegels (15) decision for Buisson (to reference a name that lives in Cal football infamy), he offers no regrets.

"I wouldn't trade coming down here for anything in the world," Buisson said. "I'm still enjoying Cal's season vicariously through my friends. But I'm getting seven home games here, and I'm going to make three road games. That's 10 amazing weekends."

Not a bad loaner program, if you can get it.
To each his own I guess.

"At Cal, you could have a home football game and half the people on campus wouldn't know who we're playing, or if we even have a game," Buisson said. "At LSU, the girls are tailgating at 10 a.m."

Ha!!! I knew there was something screwy about them cajuns. They start tailgating 5 hours late.
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somebody forgot to tell him he was a season too late... heck if the kid wants to party and watch football for half the year, I cannot blame him... if only my parents were as understanding as his... :tongue2:
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As one of the BP posters that has had the opportunity to tailgate at LSU I say you have to give the kid some credit. It is one hell of a party. What they also conveniently left out is that Red Stick is 70 minutes from the Big Easy, so you double your party fun.

Hell, his parents could probably rent out his room in CA for more than it would cost in room and board at LSU.

His daddy was a tiger and they are very loyal. The kid also gets props for selling it.

Before my neighbors got divorced I used to go with him to the games. He would cook brisket all night and we would leave here at 8:00AM. We would stop and get some beer at the ticket pick up spot and then meet one of his customers that had one of the $500K buses. There would be crawfish boils and sauce piquant cooking all around us. Music and TV's were keeping us in the mood until the game started at 8:00PM. There are quite a few cute young things to keep your attention and everyone is welcome. After the game we would head back to eat and drink what was left as the crowd thinned out.
We had ex-LSU players and a governor candidate and his family stop by.
When I moved to LA I said I was glad I found it when I was older. If I had lived here all my life I would have drank and fornicated myself to death by graduation.
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