That's an odd little video up there, but 40 seconds into the national anthem comes one of the most amazing runs in college football history, and certainly one of the plays of my life: Billy Cannon's 1959 Halloween night punt return against Ole Miss.
As some of you know, I grew up in Louisiana. And this amazing run -- I count nine Rebels who had a shot at Cannon over those 89 yards -- was replayed every Halloween night through the years that I lived there, and it's likely the tradition continues still.
The run came in the year of Cannon's Heisman Trophy and the year after LSU's first national championship. Now, of course, the Tigers are going through their second great stretch of national success.
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And so it was especially interesting to me to learn Friday that the Washington Huskies and LSU Tigers -- the Bayou Bengals -- have agreed to a two-game home-and-away football series.
The first meeting will be the Huskies 2009 season opener at Husky Stadium (see our Saturday story and the post below for full details). And I'm sure a lot of Huskies fans are excited about LSU's gleaming gold helmets gliding into Husky Stadium on an early autumn day of what will be Jake Locker's junior season.
However, fans who sometimes travel with the Huskies should be especially excited about following their team to the 1012 game in Baton Rouge and LSU's famed Tiger Stadium. If a Martian ship came down and asked to sample the excitement of college football, they could be offered few better examples than the excitement of Baton Rouge's Death Valley on a muggy Saturday night of early autumn down South.
Pass the hours before the game with helpings of Louisiana seafood, look down on the Mississippi River from levees just about a mile from the campus, visit the Indian mounds that have stood for thousands of years and no one alive knows what they were used for, visit Mike the Tiger's den just outside the stadium, and then walk in amid some of the most passionate fans in Southern football ... which, of course, means among the most passionate fans on Earth.
UW administrators over the years have done one thing consistently well: They have matched the Huskies with many of the great programs in college football. LSU is one of the few great ones that has never visited. It's something to look forward to. And so is that return visit to Baton Rouge.