Faye Hoffman Talbot, of Jackson, says, “If anyone is giving an award for the person traveling the farthest to the BCS Championship game, I think my son Ross would win.”

She says he’s flying in from Moldova for the game, then going back to finish his tour with the Peace Corps.

Says Faye: “He is a huge fan, the biggest in Moldova. He placed his Christmas tree, adorned with purple and gold ornaments, on a table draped with an LSU tablecloth.

“Of course there is no guarantee he will get a ticket to the game, but he WILL be in New Orleans.”

Another top cat

The above-mentioned Faye Hoffman Talbot also tells us that, “We are raising Les Miles’ namesake.”

Several years ago, she says, a stray cat appeared on her doorstep.

At that time, there were rumors that Les was contemplating leaving the LSU football program for the Michigan coaching job.

Faye says, “Since I didn’t know if the cat would stay either, I named it Les Miles.”

They’re both still here — and we like it that way …

Jurassic Tigers

Ronnie Hotz says, “The banter about a team named the Rhinos has triggered a thought.

“I know the current Tigers will be etched in stone forever, but perhaps sometime in the future we might choose to hang a moniker on our great defense, like the Chinese Bandits from days of yore, and call them the — READY? TYRANNosaurus Rex, or some derivative thereof.

“I know your contributors can work with this base and come up with something great.”

Nice People Dept.

Sue Lutz says she was leaving a Wal-Mart on Tuesday with a basket of gifts for the great-grandchildren when she discovered that it had started raining and turned cold outside:

“Naturally, my umbrella and jacket were in the car.

“This very kind lady came up to me, held her umbrella over me, and walked me to my car.

“She held the umbrella over me while I loaded the trunk, then followed me around and kept me dry while I got in.

“I want to publicly thank her for this kindness.”

Looking for stuff

Allen Hill says, “At the LSU-Western Kentucky game, Roy “Blackie” Bennett was recognized on the ‘big screen’ for serving as a Tiger Stadium marshal for 51 years, missing only one game during that time!

“Surprised friends in attendance missed the photo op, and wonder if anyone who might have taken a picture of the announcement could share it.”

Allen’s at apbdhill@aol.com.

Looking for people

The LSU College of Education is accepting nominations for “Alumni Distinction” and “Distinguished Service on Behalf of the College awards.” Deadline for nominations is Dec. 22.

The honors will be handed out at an awards banquet April 26, 2012.

Information is available at http://www.lsu.edu/coe, or by contacting Melissa Argrave at margrave@lsu.edu or (225) 578-6796.

All that glitters

Eva Jones says Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary has a “Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Sale” from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the hospital. All items are $5.

Special People Dept.

• Mollie Pierson Olds celebrates her 95th birthday Thursday. (Son-in-law Mike Gauthier, of Thibodaux, says her daily breakfast is two Krispy Kreme doughnuts fried in generous amounts of “buddah.”)

• Frances Williams celebrates her 94th birthday Thursday.

• Adele McKinney celebrated her 94th birthday Wednesday.

• Ferne and Hewitt Underwood celebrated their 65th anniversary Monday.

Wrong insect

Amy Dollenmayer says grandson Nicholas (“aka Vinnie”) started pre-K this year, and soon came down with his first stomach virus.

He evidently heard his mother talking about him having a “bug” because when he went back to school his mom overheard him explaining his absence to a fellow student.

His excuse was, “I got a FLY caught in my throat and it made me throw up for two days.”

Different downs

When Trish Kaplan visited her 94-year-old Aunt Kap, she told her aunt that they just HAD to watch the LSU-Georgia football game.

Aunt Kap turned out to be very football savvy.

At one point in the second half, as LSU was starting to come alive — but the TV announcers kept pointing out that they hadn’t made a first down in the first half — Aunt Kap said to the Tigers on the screen, “You guys don’t make FIRST downs, you just make TOUCHDOWNS!”

Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.