The LSU faithful are so excited about The Game of the Century with Alabama on Nov. 5 that they’ve eschewed mere prose for poetry (more or less).

This effort by Margaret Moore Foote was sent to me with “apologies to William Blake,” which would seem to be in order.

It says, in part:

“Tiger, tiger, burning bright,

Winning for us, day and night,

What mere mortal referee

Could claim excessive penalty?

Humbly now, I take the knee

For fakes with perfect symmetry,

Neither team great injury,

And Saban’s tearful eye, not me.

Fake the handoff, fake the pass,

Steal the ball from crimson grasp,

Make Saban’s heartbeat skip and pause,

From swiping, sharpened, Tiger claws.

When we fans put down our beers,

Raise eyes to heaven with our cheers,

With winged joy and Jarrett Lee,

For real may all your touchdowns be!”

Lower education

Mike, of Denham Springs, says his grandson, a seventh-grader, “was busted by a very observant teacher the other day for a uniform violation.

“He was cited for ‘nonuniform socks.’ He had worn a pair of ‘sockees,’ those short socks that barely come above the shoe tops.

“If you had gotten down on your knees, you could have clearly seen the brand name printed an eighth of an inch above the shoe top.

“I am thankful that we have teachers who care enough to nip this in the bud.

“Who knows where this would have led my grandson if not stopped now?”

Flat nice officer

George Lane says, “Driving home with my mother, my son and his wife after dinner at an Italian restaurant on busy Perkins Road near the overpass, I suddenly saw directly in front of me, in the middle of the road, a large, white cinder block.

“With heavy traffic, I couldn’t avoid it, and a front tire struck the cinderblock and went flat.

“Almost as soon as I got out of traffic in a parking lot, two police cars pulled over, and without hesitation, Officer McCauley changed the tire.

“He reminded me again why they’re called Baton Rouge’s finest.”

Worthy causes

• The St. Vincent de Paul Price Leblanc Toyota-Lexus Golf Tournament Monday at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Denham Springs benefits the charities of St. Vincent de Paul. Call (225) 383-7837, ext. 0, or go to

• Dream Day Foundation, which aids St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, benefits from the Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championships Golf Tournament Monday at Oaks at Sherwood golf course.

Contact Lt. Carl Dabadie, (225) 389-3802 or

• A “Fun, Food and Fashion” card party, luncheon and fashion show Tuesday at Broadmoor United Methodist Church by Lagniappe Woman’s Club benefits the Battered Women’s Program.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Call Pat Quartararo, (225) 275-9993, or Wynona Martin, (225) 272-3067.

Special People Dept.

• June Bookter Boucher celebrates her 90th birthday on Sunday.

• The Rev. J.T. and Ruby Halley, of Baker, celebrate 72 years of marriage Saturday.

• Harold and Lorraine Gautreau, of Gonzales, celebrate their 61st anniversary on Sunday.

Thought for the Day

From Algie Petrere comes this note, which seems to be a description of some current politicians: “You can’t stop progress, but you can unplug a good chunk of it.”

Horse sense

Dan Burkhalter, the Carencro Curmudgeon, says, “News that they fired Tulane football coach Bob Toledo brought to mind an old saying, ‘Eddie Arcaro couldn’t win the Kentucky Derby on a Budweiser Clydesdale.’

“You gotta have the horses.”

Rough estimate

Speaking of football, Roy Pitchford, our senior Monroe correspondent, recalls the time years ago “when Tiger Stadium hosted a small-college playoff game and a few hundred people rattled around in the big stadium.

“An NCAA spokesman said the official attendance estimate was 8,000, causing veteran Advocate Sports Editor Bud Montet to say he would like to have those folks estimating his assets when he applied for a loan.”