LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide: Political Pride on the Line

| by Alex Groberman

There will be a lot on the line this weekend when the LSU Tigers square off against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the most recent “Game of the Century.” SEC supremacy, the No. 1 seed in all major college football polls and, of course, pride are among the figurative trophies that the winners will ultimately walk away with.

But it doesn’t end there.

The political world has once against intertwined with the sports world as Governors Robert Bentley and Bobby Jindal have decided that they want to get in on the action. Both men have opted to put a small wager on the line, predicated on their respective schools emerging victorious this Saturday.

Tuscaloosa native and Alabama graduate, Bentley, is betting a 13 National Championship BLT sandwich at Rama Jama’s restaurant on his Crimson Tide defense being too big and too strong for the opposition. The massive sandwich contains 13 strips of bacon total – one for each of Alabama’s national titles.

The freshly re-elected Jindal, in turn, has wagered a seafood dinner at one of the local Louisiana hot spots – a bet he’ll only have to make good on if the Tigers defense doesn’t prove to be as quick and athletic as most expect it will be.

“He (Bentley) is a nice man and a good friend,“ Jindal said at a news conference last week in Baton Rouge, as reported by the Times-Picayune. “But we expect to beat them and treat them badly. We will not be gracious guests.“

Bentley responded to the friendly banter via a spokeswoman.

“Governor Bentley looks forward to enjoying a great game between the two outstanding teams, and good Louisiana seafood,” said Jennifer Ardis, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office.

For what it’s worth, Jindal comes into this showdown riding a little bit of a hot streak. Just one month earlier, his Tigers beat down Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Florida Gators – a victory that earned Jindal and LSU coach Les Miles a key lime pie.

Jindal was a good sport anyway, though.

“We sent them seafood anyhow,” Jindal told the Times-Picayune

The magnitude of this weekend’s heavyweight bout simply can’t be overstated. As we reported on Opposing Views, ticket prices are sky-rocketing as we approach closer and closer to Saturday’s showdown. The politicians are getting hot and heavy over the proceedings. And, of course, the players are probably a little psyched about the game too.

Who’ll walk away victorious from the latest reincarnation of the biggest game in football history?

We’ll find out in one day.