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SEC Roadtrip Package: Ole Miss at LSU

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Have you always wanted to check out a classic SEC matchup, but don’t want to deal with searching for game tickets for your group, finding a designated driver, paying for gas and parking, getting seated at a crowded restaurant or bar before the game, and all of the hassle that goes with traveling to sporting events. Well Sports Power Weekends can eliminate those hassles!

Check out yet another SEC Sports Power Weekends package for the fall — Ole Miss at LSU on November 17 — and reserve your spot today!

The experience includes:

  • Upper level ticket (Section 641) to Ole Miss at LSU at Tiger Stadium on November 17 (Kickoff at 2:30 PM CT)
  • Roundtrip coach bus transportation from New Orleans to Baton Rouge (departing from the JW Marriott on Canal Street at 10 AM CT)
  • Designated BYO tailgate spot for three hours prior to kickoff (next to Lot W by the LSU softball field)
  • Senior Day and final home game of LSU season
  • All taxes and fees

Cost: $65 per person


For additional information, contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or

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SPW on SEC Today

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Sports Power Weekends will be featured on the SEC Today on each week. Check out our segments below:

Arlington, Texas: LSU vs. Oregon (Friday, September 2nd)

Athens, Georgia: South Carolina at Georgia (Thursday, September 8th)

Nashville, Tennessee: Ole Miss at Vanderbilt (Friday, September 16th)

Gainesville, Florida: Alabama at Florida (Friday, September 30th)

Fayetteville, Arkansas: Auburn at Arkansas (Friday, October 7)

Knoxville, Tennessee: LSU at Tennessee (Friday, October 14)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Auburn at LSU (Friday, October 21)

Jacksonville, Florida: Georgia vs. Florida (Friday, October 28)

Tuscaloosa, Alabama: LSU at Alabama (Friday, November 4)

Columbia, South Carolina: Florida at South Carolina (Friday, November 11)

Oxford, Mississippi: LSU at Ole Miss (Thursday, November 17)

Auburn, Alabama: Alabama at Auburn (Tuesday, November 22)

Atlanta, Georgia: SEC Championship Game, LSU vs. Georgia (Thursday, December 1)

Tampa, Florida: Outback Bowl, Georgia vs. Michigan State (Tuesday, December 20)

Orlando, Florida: Capital One Bowl, South Carolina vs. Nebraska (Wednesday, December 21)


SEC Sports Power Weekend: Baton Rouge

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 founder/editor Jared Cooper takes a closer look at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, home of the LSU Tigers. LSU will host the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday at Tiger Stadium at 2:30 PM CT.

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In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we’ll be venturing into an actual swamp, or at least the one at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. The home of the LSU Tigers, Baton Rouge, situated alongside the Mississippi River, is a confluence of many cultures and flavors, and lives up to its motto, “authentic Louisiana at every turn.”

Baton Rouge is a versatile city: it is the capital of Louisiana, but houses universities like LSU and Southern. It is young, as it was named one of the 10 best places for young adults by Portfolio magazine, but it is professional, as illustrated by being named the No. 9 place to start a business by CNN Money.

Most notable about Baton Rouge, however, is how it comes together on Saturday nights in the fall to create one of the greatest home-game atmospheres in all of sports, let alone college football. The LSU Tigers will take on the Tennessee Volunteers in a rare day game at Tiger Stadium, but don’t fret; Death Valley is still plenty intimidating in the sunlight.


Let there be no doubt, when you are hungry in Louisiana you go Cajun and Creole or you go home. Go to The Chimes Restaurant and Tap Room and don’t be shy; with crawfish etouffee, catfish, New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp, and a variety of fried seafood platters among the many local favorites on the menu, you are in for a treat. Wash it down with an Abita or one of their dozens of other beers on tap and there is hardly a better way to start your weekend.

The night is still young as you go from one of Louisiana’s favorite pastimes (food) to another (partying). Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s is a good spot to let your hair down and listen to some live music. As part of the “Live After 5” fall series, Blaine Roy & Second Wind will treat the crowd to some country/southern rock. At midnight the bar switches gears and turns into a dance party. There is something for everyone at B&T.


With LSU playing its only day home game of the year, you will not have a ton of time to take in the city before starting to tailgate and preparing for the main event. That doesn’t mean you should just sleep in though.

Head into downtown Baton Rouge after grabbing a quick bite at Louie’s Café; that is if you didn’t stop in their last night after B&T’s. Check out the Old Louisiana State Capitol Building (also called the Castle of Baton Rouge), which is adjacent to Baton Rouge City Hall and the Old Governor’s Mansion. You will also pass the nearby USS Kidd, where you can walk the decks of the Fletcher-class destroyer, known as the “Pirate of the Pacific,” that serves as part of a memorial to honor America’s Armed Forces. Make your way up North River Road to the Louisiana State Capitol, which is the tallest state capitol building in the United States, and was once the tallest building in the south. The building is nestled between State Capitol Park and Arsenal Park, and makes for quite the spectacle.

As the old cliché goes, you can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been. Well, now that you know where Baton Rouge has been, you should be excited about where its people are going; Tiger Stadium. The accolades heaped on Tiger Stadium seem to go on and on. The Sporting News proclaimed Tiger tailgating and “Saturday Night in Death Valley” as the top gameday tradition in all of college football, named it the scariest place to play in 2007, and it was named the most spirited student section by ESPN the Magazine in 2008. For the time being, we will focus on another piece of lofty praise from ESPN the Magazine regarding Tiger Stadium: the country’s top tailgating location.

The Tigers have the eighth-largest on-campus stadium in the country (92,400 fans) with another additional 20,000+ who show up on gameday just to tailgate. LSU estimates that over two-thirds of Tiger fans tailgate for five or more hours before each game. All of the best Cajun food (jambalaya, seafood gumbo, duck, gator, rabbit, shrimp, etc.) that you can imagine is being cooked up all around you. Soak in the scene.

About two hours before kickoff you can witness the “March Down the Hill,” where LSU coaches and players walk down Victory Hill between Tiger Stadium and the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Shortly thereafter, the mascot, Mike the Tiger, will precede the greatest band in all the land, the Golden Band from Tigerland down the same hill. Make sure to be at your seat at least 15 minutes before kickoff to see one of the top pregame routines in college football as the band takes the field.

The Tigers have a 32-6 record at home under Les Miles, who instituted the tradition of having the players and coaches sing the Alma Mater after each home win. Before the 2009 season, Tiger Stadium added an 80-foot wide, 27-foot high high-definition video board to the north endzone of the facility. Renovations to the area surrounding Tiger Stadium on North Stadium Drive are also forthcoming.

After the game you’ll probably need some time to unwind, but this is a Sports Power Weekend, so you’ll need to keep your head in the game. If you head back into downtown Baton Rouge you can check out the Shaw Center and go up to Tsunami on the sixth floor. More than being known for having the best sushi in town, Tsunami has the best view of the sun setting over the Mississippi in Baton Rouge. Get a drink there if you aren’t looking for a full dinner in this upscale $55 million, five-year-old building.

For a more low-key dinner you can head out east to Dempsey’s for some potboys and authentic Louisiana cooking. If you want to stay local on campus, you can always go to the trusty chain Raising Canes for some chicken fingers and sandwiches. This happens to be former LSU All-American safety LaRon Landry’s favorite restaurant on campus.

Finish off your long day with a drink and some LSU highlights at Hound Dog’s or Roux House in downtown, or if you are still feeling energetic there is the gameday party at Varsity that seemingly goes on all night.


From perhaps the best home game atmosphere in college to arguably the best in the NFL, the nearby Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints are hosting the division-rival Carolina Panthers. Before making the one hour and 20 minute drive southeast to New Orleans for the 12 PM CT kickoff, make a pit stop at Frank’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge for some breakfast biscuits.

After the game, familiarize yourself with New Orleans a bit. The Allstate Sugar Bowl is held annually at the Louisiana Superdome and will feature the champions of the SEC. Unless of course the SEC champs are playing in the BCS National Championship Game. Again.

Jared Cooper worked for the National Football League’s PR department for four years before creating You can follow him on Twitter (@SportsPowerWknd) or contact him at

Interview with former LSU safety LaRon Landry

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 founder/editor Jared Cooper caught up with former LSU standout and current Washington Redskins starting safety LaRon Landry to discuss his experiences at LSU and his memories of Tiger Stadium. Landry was a first-team All-America selection as a senior and was a four-time All-SEC selection.

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Cooper: How would you compare your experience of playing at Tiger Stadium to some of the SEC road stadiums you have played in?
Landry: “Tiger Stadium – there is nothing like it. I mean, the only true stadium that reminds me of LSU stadium is our own, FedExField, because the crowd noise is real loud and it is like the 12th man on the field. It is really family-oriented. There is nothing like it at all.”

Cooper: How would you describe the overall experience of the crowd in Tiger Stadium?
Landry: “At LSU, there are like 98 thousand people. It feels like the field is rising. Back in the day they registered an earthquake in Tiger Stadium because it gets that loud. There is always the tradition of the crowd being like that.”

Cooper: What are some of your favorite traditions at LSU home games?
Landry: “The Tiger. It is kind of intimidating to the outside opponents. To just hear the Tiger roar coming out of the locker room, I just love it. I love running out of the tunnel because the student section is right behind you and you have your family and friends right there. That is pretty cool.”

Cooper: How does the LSU Tiger compare versus the Auburn’s Tigers and their mascot Aubie?
Landry: “No, they do not compare at all. Are you talking about that little mascot? Boo, don’t even mention that.”

Cooper: What was your most memorable experience at Tiger Stadium?
Landry: “I had so many memories, it is so hard to pinpoint. One of my favorite memories was my first opportunity to start my freshman year. I started as a true freshman and we played Mississippi State in my fourth game. I led the team in tackles and I was SEC Player of the Week. It was phenomenal. There are just so many memories at LSU stadium.”

Cooper: What was the most hostile road SEC game you ever played?
Landry: “There are really three. Auburn – that is pretty crucial. Their fans are hostile and they don’t really like us. They get kind of crazy over there. Florida is pretty crucial too. Arkansas is number one because we are playing for the boot.”

Cooper: You have any favorite restaurants on the LSU campus?
Landry: “When I got there, Canes was popping. Raising Canes was popping. I got introduced to that my freshman year and I never stopped eating it. So, that is pretty cool.”

Cooper: What are some of your favorite things to do in Baton Rouge when you aren’t playing football or in class?
Landry: “I liked going to the Rec and working out. It is real nice. It is like the French, you know, the French Riviera. It is big like that. You get to go in there and play basketball against your fans and just ball out really. All the football guys would be there and it was always real competitive all the time.”

Cooper: What was your favorite place to hang out at on the LSU campus?
Landry: “WCA – West Campus Apartments. It is where all the athletes stayed. Everybody would come over there and we really had our own campus apartments. It wasn’t really a dorm, so it was just like having your own apartment. I moved off campus my junior year, but we all find our way back to the WCA because that was the hangout spot.”

Cooper: Are you planning on going back to LSU for a home game this year and if so, what is the first thing you will do in Baton Rouge?
Landry: “On our bye week, if they play at home, I will go back. There is nothing major I would really do when I go back, I would just talk to the fellas right back at the WCA.”

Cooper: Explain your experience going back to LSU games since you have graduated?
Landry: “I went back, I think it was my second year in the NFL and they played Alabama. I won with my national championship with Coach [Nick] Saban my freshman year. I started all my years and Coach Saban really helped me a lot since he was a pro-style coach. Going back it is kind of hard to say, I really root for both teams. I root for Coach Saban because he is one of my favorite coaches and LSU because I went there. But, my crazy ass during that game went on the LSU sideline with a Crimson shirt on. So, it was awful and they lost.”

Cooper: Talk about the LSU fans.
Landry: “The fans are the best I had been around until I went to Washington. They are on the same level as the Redskins fans and they are family-oriented. I love LSU. Go Tigers.”

Cooper: What it is like being on the Redskins with fellow LSU Tigers, and national champions, running back Keiland Williams and linebacker Riley Perry?
Landry: “I played with both of them at LSU. They were sophomores when I was a senior. Ever since I came to the Redskins, I had never had an LSU guy on the team. Most guys have a teammate from college on the Redskins that kind of looks out for them. I am a big brother to those guys. After spending time with them at LSU, especially Keiland, as soon as he came in I had to give him a hard time. With him being a running back and me being a safety, I would always hit him and give him a hard time. We do the same thing out here just like at school because we are all the same old people. I am definitely a mentor to them. They come by my house and chill now and we keep it a family. You know, always a Tiger.”

Sports Power Weekend Destination: New Orleans

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

October 1-3 Friday
Saturday Tennessee at LSU
Sunday Panthers at Saints

The Fleur-De-Lis and Debauchery Down in New Orleans

What’s not to love about the Big Easy?

The food is in a class by itself, the nightlife is top notch, the music and the feel-good vibes course through your veins as you walk the streets, and there is even some beautiful architecture for the non-sports loving WAGs. Oh yeah, on certain weekends in the Fall you can see the defending Super Bowl champion Saints and the perennial BCS-contender LSU Tigers take the field in what are widely considered the top home-field advantages in professional and college football, respectively.

Where to stay

  • Holiday Inn French Quarter
  • Sheraton New Orleans (French Quarter)
  • Marriott New Orleans
  • Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans
  • W Hotel

Note: It pays to stay down by French Quarter, even if it is slightly more expensive than alternatives. Taxis from hotels near airport and on outskirts of the city can cost upwards of $30 each way.


  • Acme Oyster House
  • Cat’s Meow
  • Pat O’Briens

Fly into New Orleans on Friday night and check in to one of the many reasonably priced hotels on Canal Street next to the French Quarter. Take a stroll up Canal to Bourbon Street and make sure you bring your appetite. One block off Bourbon on Iberville Street is the famous Acme Oyster House. Acme has been serving award-winning hand-shucked oysters since 1910 and is a must while you are in town.

There are often lines out the door (no reservations), so tell your buddy to grab you guys some Big-Ass Beers to help pass the time on the line. Yes, you can drink on the street without fear. If raw oysters aren’t your thing, try the Fried Peace Maker Po-Boy, and don’t be shy, ask for some Hush Puppies on the side too. For those who are trying to watch their figure while in New Orleans, well you may just have to put those ambitions on hold for 48 hours.

After you feast you might as well experience everything else Bourbon has to offer. Walk the streets and check out the freaks. Hop in and out of bars at your own volition as you continue to walk towards St. Peter street to the Cat’s Meow, the “World’s Best Karaoke Bar.” If you don’t want to partake and you get sick of hearing drunken Bon Jovi songs, double back one block to Pat O’s, originator of the New Orleans favorite “The Hurricane.” The dueling pianos are worth the wait for a table. Be mindful, more than two Hurricanes can be detrimental to your reputation.


  • Mother’s Restaurant
  • Jackson Square
  • Café DuMonde
  • Tiger Stadium
  • The Boot
  • Harrah’s

As you shake off the cobwebs from last night, you are sure to build up another Cajun appetite. Make your way towards Mother’s Restaurant on Poydras for their renowned Ferdi Special po boy. Make sure to try to one of the gumbo or jambalaya apps as well.

After lunch, walk east on North Peters (turns into Decatur) or along the Mississippi River towards Jackson Square. The Square, which is in the shadow of the Louisiana State Museum and St. Louis Cathedral, has been around since the 1700s and prominently features a statue of Battle of New Orleans hero Andrew Jackson on horseback.

Just outside of Jackson Square is yet another food landmark, Café DuMonde. Beignets, fried dough smothered in powdered sugar, at Café DuMonde are a necessary part of any New Orleans visit. After your quick treat continue walking on Decatur until you reach Frenchmen Street. Frenchmen is a quaint street lined with musicians and performers in front of nice local shops and its fair share of bars with live music. Take a seat, have a drink and relax, because soon when you’re in Baton Rouge at Tiger Stadium – often referred to as Death Valley – you will be on your feet and surrounding by cheers so loud your head will ring for days.

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Rent a car and take the 1 hour and 20 minute drive from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Make sure you leave enough time to account for pregame traffic as well as ample time to tailgate and mingle with the fans. There are 90,000+ fans in Death Valley during the game and additional 20,000+ who show up on gameday to tailgate.

A couple of hours before the game catch the “March Down the Hill,” where LSU coaches, players, cheerleaders and Tiger Band march down the hill between Tiger Stadium and the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. If you have time you can check out the LSU mascot Mike the Tiger’s new habitat on campus. Get to your seats well before kickoff for one of the top pregame routines in all of college football as the band takes the field.

Tennessee coming to town for an SEC showdown is sure to bring out the best in the LSU crowd. This is a crowd that once made so much noise that the shaking of the stadium registered on the Richter Scale in the geology building down the street. Opposing coaches like Georgia’s Mark Richt say this place is the loudest stadium they have ever heard. Wide receivers Terrence Tolliver and Reuben Randle form one of the nation’s best wideout duos and all-purpose wide receiver Russell Shepard is a former five-star recruit that will be sure to bring the crowd to its feet throughout the course of the game. Make sure to represent in some purple and gold to maximum enjoyment.

After the game head back to New Orleans to cap off the night right. Keep the college motif going uptown at Tulane’s top bar The Boot (1039 Broadway Street). As you make your way back to Canal you can press your luck at Harrah’s. Just make sure you don’t bet your Saints tickets away.


  • Surrey’s Café
  • Superdome

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With a noon local start, you will be hard pressed to get up and do much before the Saints game. It is definitely worth your while to set the alarm a little earlier than you normally would in order to check out Surrey’s Café for a pregame fill up. You are definitely going to need to get your energy up if you want to jump around and scream Who Dat! in your Saints jersey for three hours in the Superdome.

The Super Bowl XLIV champion Saints defend their home turf against NFC South-rival Carolina in an early-season contest that could shape the division race. The Superdome crowd is sure to bring the thunder in what Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, among others, consider the loudest stadium they have ever played.

With Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees taking snaps out of the shotgun, flanked by a multitude of weapons, the Saints are poised to make another run at the Lombardi Trophy and their third division title since realignment. The Panthers counter with the one-two punch of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, the first tandem of running backs to rush for 1,100 yards in the same season in NFL history (2009). This promises to be a high scoring affair with “Stand Up and Get Crunk” blaring over the speakers consistently after Saints touchdowns.

You might not be too well rested, and you may desperately need a workout after your flight home, but when you look back at your pictures and videos it’ll be well worth it. You didn’t forget your camera at Pat O’s, did you?

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