Mitchell Guist, brother of Glenn, died unexpectedly Monday on his boat in the Atchafalaya Swamp. Guist would have turned 49 this Friday.
In honor of Mitchell, today’s gumbo is about everything Louisiana. As Mitchell would say, “Oh ya ya bay!” (whatever that means!)
One of the greatest running backs in the history of the Southeastern Conference, Alexander etched his name in college football history during a four-year career from 1975-78. Known to LSU fans as “Alexander the Great,” he earned All-America honors in 1977 and 1978 while finishing ninth in the Heisman Trophy race as a junior and fifth in the balloting his senior season.
2. Speaking of LSU football, here’s the 2012 schedule. With 8 home games, go ahead and make plans for the National Championship game in 2013.
3. LSU Baseball’s Raph Rhymes is having a dream year. Currently, the junior left fielder from Monroe is hitting .497.
4. Huey Long (1893-1935), Louisiana’s legendary and colorful governor and US Senator, was quite the public official. Known to his constituents as “the Kingfish”, Long popularized the slogan, “Every Man a King: Share our Wealth”.
5. Billy Cannon, one of LSU’s most beloved football players, is best remembered not for winning the Heisman Trophy in 1959, but, rather, for the 89 yard punt return against rival Ole Miss on Halloween that year. One thing that hasn’t changed over the years…Ole Miss still can’t tackle.
6. Louisiana has a rich and varied history, something reflected in it’s architecture, food, and people.
7. Ever had a Cochon de Lait? Literally translated, “pig in milk”, it’s a roast of a young pig, Louisiana style. A Cochon de Lait is more than just a meal. It’s an event. One description states, “It’s an extended ‘male bonding’, ‘story telling’, ‘bull shooting’, ‘beverage of your choice drinking’, ‘fire tending’ event! Here’s how to do it.
8. Louisiana’s most unique food…the crawfish. They’re in season, and I recommend you find a couple of pounds for eating!
9. New Orleans is the place to…uh…visit! While I wouldn’t want to live there, I’ve had some great experiences touring New Orleans. From Mardi Gras to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, there’s no shortage music, food, architecture, and history. Laissez les bon temps roulez, cher!
10. And, finally, a little bit of heaven on earth! It never rains on a Saturday at Tiger Stadium, and, sometimes, it even causes an earthquake! Geaux Tigers!