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Video: ‘Without the Eye of the Tiger,’ it wouldn’t really be Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Eric Fasbender, LSU Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities & Grounds, sprays gold paint as he and his crew of staff and student workers paint the Eye of the Tiger, in preparation for Saturday's Tiger Stadium home opener, which pits LSU against Sam Houston State. The 90-year-old stadium's new south end zone expansion and scoreboards loom behind him. The grass gets a special water-based paint that has optimized amounts of binding agents and solids, for adherence and color, but also to allow as much light as possible to pass to the plant, allowing the photosynthesis that keeps the grass alive. His crew battled intermittent rain showers Thursday as they painted the Eye, all the numbers, hash marks and SEC logo. Tiger Stadium is unique in that it paints numbers in five yard increments, not the usual 10, he said. 'But without the Eye of the Tiger,' it wouldn't really be Tiger Stadium,' he said.

Eric Fasbender, LSU assistant director of athletic facilities and grounds, and his crew of staff and student workers paint the Eye of the Tiger, in preparation for Saturday’s Tiger Stadium home opener, which pits LSU against Sam Houston State. The grass gets a special water-based paint that has optimized amounts of binding agents and solids, for adherence and… Continue reading →

Saints owner Benson honored with statue at Superdome

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--A statute of New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson holding the Vince Lombardi trophy for Super Bowl XLIV where the Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts is seen after an unveiling ceremony in Champions Square by the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

Tom Benson was moved to tears. Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, was honored Tuesday with a statue of himself on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s grand staircase, overlooking Champions Square. The statue is of Benson in a suit smiling and holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy aloft after the Saints won the Super Bowl… Continue reading →

Video: Get ready for ‘Pregame’ in Tiger Stadium

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Video by Moe Athmann, Command Cam Productions The LSU Tigers will play their first home football game against Sam Houston State University on Saturday, Sept. 6. Here’s a video from the LSU Tiger Marching Band’s videographer, Moe Athmann, to get fans revved up before the band steps on the field to play “Pregame.”… Continue reading →

Video: The Spirit of 45

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Auston O'Neill plays taps on the USS Kidd Tuesday during a stop in Baton Rouge with  his wife Bonnie as they tour the country in a National Spirit of '45 Unity Tour bus to bring attention to veterans and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2015.

The Express is part of the National Spirit of ‘45 Unity Tour and organizers Auston and Bonnie O’Neill are on a mission to raise public awareness about the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII next year. The anniversary will be celebrated August 14, 2015. The event was hosted by the USS Kidd.… Continue reading →

Video: Payton looks for positives in rainy practice

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton leaves the field after beating the St. Louis Rams 26-24 in a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Saints coach Sean Payton, who usually takes a no-nonsense look all things involving his team, looked for the positive in the team's sloppy practice in the rain. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Southern road fixed

Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered the Department of Transportation and Development to begin emergency repairs on a damaged road July 17, 2014, at the intersection of E.C. Harrison Drive and Roosevelt Steptoe Avenue on Southern University’s campus. The road was opened today for travel.… Continue reading →

Down the Road: Just off urban doorsteps, Lafitte is a dive into wild Louisiana

Photo by Ian McNulty - Sweeping vistas of marsh and wetland reward visitors who make it to the end of the trail at the Barataria Preserve, part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park.

If it’s true that nature abhors a vacuum, then it doesn’t seem to have much use for straight lines either, at least not in the alluvial sprawl of southeast Louisiana. This became increasingly clear the more I explored the area centered on the town of Jean Lafitte, where the natural patterns all seem entangled and entwined, sinuous and… Continue reading →

Driving Grand Isle

The Advocate’s outdoors sportswriter Joe Macaluso and photo editor John Ballance were in Grand Isle for the annual Tarpon Rodeo. While there, they took a driving tour of the island.… Continue reading →

Jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos to be honored at Satchmo SummerFest

New Orleans jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos poses for a photograph in front of his home that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina Thursday, July 17, 2008 in New Orleans. Ferbos, who died this month, was the oldest actively working jazz musician in New Orleans.  (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Lionel Ferbos, the city’s oldest jazz musician who died this month at 103, will be honored at Satchmo SummerFest, which runs Friday to Sunday. The festival will note the trumpeter’s death with photo tributes at outside stages and inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. Musician Leroy Jones will pay tribute to Ferbos… Continue reading →

Everything ready to go for Saints at Greenbrier

When Tripp Fayard heard the Saints were considering holding 2014 training camp at a West Virginia resort rather than their own Metairie facility, his initial reaction was less than positive. Fayard is the transportation and account manager for John Fayard Moving and Warehousing, which became the Saints’ official moving company in April 2013. As coordinator of the… Continue reading →

Down the Road: The art of the beach outing

Photo by Ian McNulty - The beach at Biloxi sits in quick day trip distance from southeast Louisiana.

Any beach town worth its salt promises a day basking in the sun, playing in the sand and crashing in the water. But sometimes the difference that really sets one of these destinations apart from another is what happens when it’s time to get off the beach. The landside attractions and the character of the town itself contribute mightily… Continue reading →

Emotional sheriff says he found Talaija Dorsey's body

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- St. James Sheriff Willy Martin, Jr., announces that the body of a 12-year-old girl, Talaija Dorsey, was found Sunday morning in a wooded area near St. James. She had been missing since July 1.

After five exhaustive days of searching by law enforcement, St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. said Sunday he found the body of 12-year-old Talaija Dorsey at the edge of a cane field near a wooded area on La. 3127. The discovery comes five days after the St. James community girl was Continue reading →

Landrieu asks for state police in New Orleans

Person of interest in Bourbon Street shooting

With few new details to provide about Sunday’s shooting on Bourbon Street that injured 10 people, Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Tuesday called on state and federal officials to provide New Orleans with additional resources to help stamp out violence, including 100 state troopers on long-term assignment to patrol the city. That request was met with a… Continue reading →

Video: Cam Cameron goes fishing and talks LSU offense

It is a side of LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron that few have ever seen. In part one of this two part video, Cameron and LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson and his son go fishing with Captain Andre' Boudreaux at Boudreaux's Marina. He also talks about the toughness of the Tigers' offense, which he says won't change this… Continue reading →

Omer Asik fills big need for Pelicans

Associated Press photo by Bob LeveyHouston Rockets center Omer Asik dunks over New Orleans Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez on Jan. 2, 2013.

The Pelicans and center Omer Asik got their wish when the team obtained him Houston Rockets on Wednesday night in a trade for New Orleans’ 2015 first-round draft pick. Asik, 7 feet, 255 pounds, fills a big area of need in the Pelicans’ desire to become a playoff team and competitor in the Western Conference. The trade… Continue reading →