Old football stories. If you played, you've got 'em. And LSU coach Ed Orgeron is no exception.

A banquet recently held in Orgeron's honor in Larose also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the South Lafourche Tarpons’ state championship team of 1977.

Players and fans celebrated and reminisced, they ate and drank, deep into the night. And they told old football stories.

Here are a few favorite stories:

* Orgeron often enjoyed an unusual game-day breakfast of a shrimp po-boy and French fries.

* Players went by such unusual nicknames as Spaghetti, Big Foot, White Bean, Vulture, Roach, Snooze and Bébé.

* At halftime of one game, the team doctor sewed up gash above Orgeron's eye, allowing him to answer the bell for the second half. No pain reliever, no anesthetic. There was no time, a teammate said.

* Head Coach Ralph Peré smoked two packs of cigarettes each game. And sometimes broke clipboards over players' helmets. And once told a player, “You’ll be hurt when I say you’re hurt!”

* The Tarpons lost four games during the regular season in 1977, barely squeaking into the playoffs. They were the underdogs in all but one of their five postseason victories.

* One playoff game in Monroe featured a wind chill near 0 and no hot water in the showers. No one showered, leading to a long, stinky, but victorious ride home.

* And the title game: It took a late-game, fourth-down, tipped-ball "miracle" touchdown, as well as a deflected, barely good extra point, to get the victory done.

Now, that's the stuff memories are made of.


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