The de facto national championship preview: The fans

College football’s de facto national championship, #1 LSU vs. #2 Alabama, is tomorrow night. We’ve already previewed the coaches and players. That leaves the fans.

I am not a fan of either team, but I have seen both teams play a couple times and had a chance to observe their fans in person. I don’t remember much in particular about Alabama fans, except that I don’t care for their particular shade of redcrimson and there are some people who should not use houndstooth as a full-body-covering textile. I do remember LSU fans tailgating so hard it resulted in the permanent closing of the prime visitors’ tailgate area at Vanderbilt games.

Instead of extolling deep insights– of which I have none– about these two fan bases, and how they will affect the game atmosphere, which in turn will affect the game itself, I’ve collected (or are we supposed to say “curated” now, and what ever happened to mere “compiling”?) a few bullet-pointed items on the surely crazed fan bases of these two teams. I hereby reserve the right to add to this list without telling you I’ve done so. Reader submissions welcomed.

  • As of Monday of this week, ESPN reported that individual tickets to this game were going for $10,423.14. “Oh, and these aren’t even close to being the best seats out there. They are in the lower level of the end zone and in row 25. You can choose between seat 17 or 18. That doesn’t come with catered food or secure you from sitting behind someone who you might consider a giant.”
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  • Here’s one I caught earlier this season:
  • The story I heard at least third-hand about the experience of a visiting SEC football team in Baton Rouge having liquid falling on them from fans while waiting to take the field and being told by the LSU stadium attendant, “That isn’t beer, but it used to be.”

Well this is getting out of hand (or it would be if you saw the pictures I’m not posting), and obviously I am not a graphic/layout designer, so we’re going to leave it there for right now. Share your photos, videos, and stories in the comments below, and keep an eye on the Occupy Herbstreit movment and their plans for this game. If you don’t like either team, or you’re looking for a reason (or fifteenthirty) to dislike them, Clay Travis can help you with that.

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Previous de facto national championship coverage
The players — 11/3
The coaches — 11/2
The de facto national championship – 11/1

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