Southern and Grambling fans flock to Big Easy for Bayou Classic

Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 2:00am

Die hard Jaguar and Tiger fans filled the streets of New Orleans for the Bayou Classic Saturday.

The rivalry between Grambling State University and Southern University is legendary.

"It's bragging rights," said Tracy Tinsely, Grambling fan. "I have some Southern friends and I have some Grambling friends but this is bragging rights."

The Bayou Classic is the battleground for the Tigers and the Jaguars to face off on the football field every November. Fans come from miles around to catch a glimpse of the game.

"We just love coming here. It's christmas for us," said Kenny Ricard.

Kenny Ricard only missed one Bayou Classic since the beginning of the series in 1974. He said the Bayou Classic is the social event of the football season, but making the game requires dedication..

"We get to New Orleans as early as possible that's our tradition. We try to get here park in the same spot every Bayou Classic, " said Ricard.

Southern and Grambling fans said one of the most important things about the Bayou Classic is coming together as a community.

"It's a place where black schools the HBCU schools come together and have fun. It's a tradition," Tinsely said.

"It's like our superbowl everybody enjoys coming here for the rival game between two state schools. But it's also our family too as far as Grambling State University is concerned," said Ricard.

The Southern Jags took home the win beating Grambling 38 to 33.


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