For any Ole Miss fans still on the fence on whether to attend the Lafayette Super Regional this weekend, my advice is to stay home and watch it on television.
Save your money and vacation days, because if the Rebels are able to make their first trip to the College World Series since 1972, you’re going to need both. And I would know – last year I was in Omaha for 13 days to cover five Mississippi State games.
Having just spent six days in Lafayette, La., covering the Bulldogs, I can tell you it’s an experience that I hope not to repeat anytime soon.
I’ll spare you the details of the struggles I encountered just simply trying to do my job there. I have already warned my counterpart Parrish Alford and our photographer Thomas Wells what to expect (and not expect) in those areas.
On the field, Louisiana-Lafayette is the most complete club I’ve covered this season and is very deserving of its No. 1 national ranking.
However, my experience during last week’s regional was hands down the worst of any of the eight I have covered in my career. It made me question if the NCAA’s policy to grant a host site should be based on performance alone.
M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field has a listed capacity of 3,755, although 3,920 attended Monday’s regional championship game. Most of those seats will be awarded to ULL season ticket-holders and only a small portion of bleacher seats will be allotted to Rebels fans a few minutes before the first pitch.
If you are fortunate enough to get your hands on grandstand seats, make sure you go to the restroom and concession stand prior to the first pitch, because once you’re wedged in it’s very difficult to leave.
The Ragin’ Cajun fan base is a passionate group but became very volatile towards the MSU gathering as the regional progressed. I suspect Ole Miss fans will feel their wrath as the first “Hotty Toddy” cheer breaks out. Bulldog fans attempted an “S-E-C” chant once which sent the home crowd into a frenzy so I wouldn’t suggest that route, either.
As for the city, the one thing they did get right was the food.
I ate extremely well there with some of the best Cajun dishes I’ve ever tasted.
However, should you choose not to heed my warning to stay away be sure to pack your GPS. The street layout in Lafayette was either designed by an alcoholic or a psychopath. Maybe both.
Some of the highlights from my trip included a bum knocking on my window in line at a drive-thru begging for money, a man practicing turkey calls in the hotel parking lot at 11 p.m. and also a woman dancing and shaking her ample posterior to the hum of an ice cream machine.
To Parrish and Thomas, I wish the best of luck and send my condolences in advance. And to the Rebel fans, you’ve been warned.
Logan Lowery (Logan.Lowery@jounalinc.com) covers Mississippi State for the Daily Journal. He blogs daily at InsideMSUSports.com