Bayou Classic: The Grambling-Southern Football Rivalry by Thomas Aiello

By Thomas Aiello

The once a year conflict in New Orleans among the Grambling kingdom collage Tigers and the Southern collage Jaguars represents the fiercest and such a lot expected in-state soccer contention in Louisiana. the main major nationwide online game to add traditionally black schools and universities is greater than a competition; the Bayou vintage is a lavish occasion, that includes celebrities, a fan competition, and a halftime conflict of the Bands that gives an depth equivalent to that of the gridiron. In Bayou vintage, Thomas Aiello chronicles the historical past of the sport and explores the 2 colleges broader value to Louisiana, to activities, and to the black neighborhood. while the Southern collage Bushmen soccer workforce traveled to Monroe, Louisiana, to play the Tigers of Louisiana Negro general and business Institute for the 1st time on Armistice Day, 1932, few discovered they have been witnessing the delivery of a phenomenon. Aiello recounts Southern s early dominance over the smaller, two-year establishment; Southern s popularity into the Southwestern Athletic convention; Grambling s hiring of the mythical Eddie Robinson, who may lead the Tigers to 408 wins among 1941 and 1997; Grambling s first victory over Southern; and years of alternating domestic and away video games. In 1974, the contention came upon a impartial website in New Orleans first at Tulane Stadium after which the Superdome and have become the Bayou vintage. An NBC tv agreement brought the Bayou vintage to a national viewers and accomplished the transformation of the sport right into a significant occasion. The Bayou vintage is still the one nationally broadcast video game among traditionally black faculties. Aiello vitamins his colourful narrative with interval photos and informative appendices offering video game effects, statistics, and all-star groups from each year the universities have performed. to understand the contention, trainer Eddie Robinson as soon as famous, you might want to observe Grambling and Southern enthusiasts are shut neighbors, in addition to kinfolk. Bayou vintage deals a appropriate background for enthusiasts, associates, and people who need to know extra approximately this distinct video game.

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It was marked progress for the school and the region. LouiÂ�siÂ�ana Tech was the dominant college in Lincoln Parish. The Ruston Daily Leader, Lincoln’s largest newspaper, reported diligently on the Bulldog football team but never found room to report on the young program from nearby GrambÂ� ling. The schools were separated by only four miles, but they were worlds apart. 1 Improved race relations weren’t the only change affecting Normal’s campus. GrambÂ�ling was in the process of transition. After adding a third year to the curriculum in 1939, the school added a fourth in 1940.

Ferguson decision validating Jim Crow segregation. It is generally credited as the birth of the postwar first-Â�wave civil rights movement. But just as the founding principles of its argument inspired what would become the Montgomery bus boycott the following year, it also inspired a new vigor in white reaction to black citizenship rights. After Brown, LouiÂ�siÂ�ana witnessed the birth and growth of two powerful segregation advocacy groups—the SouthÂ�ern Gentlemen in Baton Rouge and the Florida parishes, and the White Citizens’ Council, which predominated in the north of the state.

The Tigers ended the season with 4 wins and 4 losses. SouthÂ�ern’s record wasn’t much better at 4–5–1, but the Jaguars’ schedule was far more competitive and the team’s star, Raymond “Pelican” Hill, took first-Â�team All Southwestern Confer- Southern quarterback “Red” Wilson was a star performer in 1939. Here he is shown intercepting a pass intended for Â�Mozelle Ellerbee while Southern tailback Green looks on. Wilson helped lead the Jaguars to a 53–7 victory over Â�GrambÂ�ling. Courtesy Louisiana Weekly Halfback Cleveland Woodson (1), tackle Captain Walker (2), and linemen Norman Tadlock and Robert Hodge (3) all took a back seat in popularity to Southern’s All-American fullback, Raymond “Pelican” Hill (4).

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