Pat Shingleton: "The BCS and Snow..."
Before the BCS Championship series was inaugurated in 1998, bowl games retained their original names. In 2002, it was the Nokia Sugar Bowl. On January 1, 2002, the LSU Tigers competed against the Fighting Illini of Illinois. Tiger fans trekked to the Super Dome on a cloudy, cold day. The forecast initially called for rain, changing to sleet, ice pellets and a flurry. LSU won 47 to 34 and the ride home also provided additional excitement. At the end of the game, snow was falling in Baton Rouge and when we pulled into the driveway our son, Michael was frolicking in a few inches of snow. We attempted to awake our daughter Katie who slept through the falling snow but still enjoyed lingering patches and icy conditions the next morning.