QUESTION: Whatever happened to the Rally Possum opossum?

ANSWER: We had to do a bit of digging to find out what happened to the critter that skittered onto LSU’s Alex Box Stadium baseball field on May 7 as the Tigers were battling the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The game was briefly delayed while LSU personnel, armed with a shovel, a garbage can and a garbage bag, scooped up the varmint, who had already hissed its displeasure at Arkansas outfielder Carson Shaddy.

The game resumed to the crowd’s chants of “Rally Possum,” leading to LSU’s 10-9 victory.

The media-savvy marsupial has its own Twitter handle — @realrallypossum — with close to 5,800 followers, as well as a Facebook page.

But its whereabouts, especially now that the team has been derailed from the Omaha train, remain largely unknown.

LSU Associate Athletics Director Michael Bonnette, who assures us the baby opossum has not been harmed, tells us, “the possum was caught and released in a field behind the stadium.”

We imagine that wherever the unofficial mascot landed it’s still in mourning.

Road sign clutter

QUESTION: Why are there so many road signs littering Staring Lane? It could be a nice boulevard but is overloaded with traffic signs. Is it really necessary to have “wrong way do not enter” every place there is a connector to the street?

ANSWER: Standards for roadway signs are spelled out in a document called the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

“This manual dictates sign sizes, type of lettering, shape of signs as well as physical placement of the signs,” says city-parish Chief Traffic Engineer Ingolf A. Partenheimer.

“Staring Lane is a divided arterial street with increasing volumes as it continues to extend. Given its design and functional classification the number and type of signs is appropriate.

“We have several other streets which are similar,” Partenheimer says, and those will be changed to conform to the manual.

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