Ernie Gremillion, our unpaid sports analyst, explains the Saturday night debacle:
"LSU could have won that Alabama game, but since what happened after the Georgia game (being fined $100,000 for fans storming the field after a win), the players wanted to make sure LSU was not fined $250,000 after this one."
Geri Schexnayder, of Donaldsonville, says, "On Saturday the brothers of LSU defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko, from Hawaii, came in with a 'Haka' dance and chant that gave me goosebumps.
"We thought they were cheering on LSU, but I heard, 'Oh Tua, Tua, tonight the Hawaiian gods will be on your side.'"
I don't know, Geri — from what I saw, their fellow Hawaiian Tua Tagovailoa, the Alabama quarterback, didn't appear to need any supernatural help.
Got to be good
Garrad "Smiley" Landry, an LSU engineering student, tells me he and his dad Greg operate Smiley's Grill, a casual restaurant on Downman Road in New Orleans East.
Garrad explains his nickname: "People have found it easier to call me Smiley rather than my real name, so I have run with it!"
He says Smiley's is popular with vintage car folks, and holds regular events for them:
"I attend 'Cruisin' the Coast' (on the Mississippi Gulf Coast) and many other car shows around the area.
"I asked him about a guy I knew who worked there, and said, 'He told me what he was doing after retirement, so I really don't know.'
"How come there is no shared food tradition for All Saint's Day? It's the only holiday I know of that doesn't have some food-related ritual.
"Your recipe probably should make use of left-over Halloween candy."
She's right, it seems — I'm thinking of Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey, Easter ham, St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage, etc.
And since I can't think of any recipe involving Halloween candy that's not fattening and/or disgusting (like trying to pop candy corn), I'm proclaiming crawfish bisque the official All Saints Day dish.
There's no particular connection between the observance and bisque that I know of — it's just my favorite food, so why not?
Russ Wise, of LaPlace, recalls the “stuffing” craze in the ‘60s, "when you’d crowd as many people as you could into telephone booths and Volkswagens.
"That might produce a string of stuffing tales from your 'Boomer' readers…"
Special People Dept.
— Armede Smith, of Palmetto, celebrates birthday No. 99 on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
— Lena Hebert Usie, of Nottingham Regional Rehab Center in Baton Rouge, celebrated her 98th birthday on Monday, Nov. 5. She is a native of Breaux Bridge.
Born to run
Political pundit Frank S. Ransburg says Saturday was the 100th birthday of the late U.S. Sen. Russell Long.
He says, "An interesting thing happened during the 1963 gubernatorial election.
"Sen. Long was asked who would the late Gov. Earl K. Long be supporting for governor if he were alive. Would it be Public Service Commissioner John J. McKeithen, or his cousin, Congressman Gillis W. Long?
"Russell's reply was swift and direct: 'Neither. If Uncle Earl were living he'd be running for governor himself.'"
Got those time change blues
Seven or eight? Early, late?
Just go back to bed