Posted: Sep 10, 2010 11:06 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Sep 10, 2010 12:12 PM
Football fever has spread all the way to Iraq, where soldiers from Louisiana’s National Guard recently displayed their SEC pride.
Members of the 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry regiment based in Shreveport received a pair of LSU flags signed by members of the Tigers football team. The regiment posed for photos with the flags, and their commanders said some ongoing SEC rivalries are helping to foster comradery in the unit.
“The Troopers have been counting the days to LSU football,” said Maj. Keith Robinson of New Orleans, the squad operations officer and LSU alum, in a press release. “It’s definitely one thing we have to look forward to and definitely brings the squadron together on Saturdays, even if they don’t all cheer for LSU.”
The flags were sent by a Guard member’s sister, who first sent the flags to Coach Les Miles to be signed by the entire football team. Susan Avery of West Monroe said her sister had been getting some heat in the unit because she’s a big Florida supporter, and a large Gators mug she kept with her was being held for ransom.
“I was so surprised when she called and asked me to send an LSU flag,” said Avery. “If anything, she is ‘Miss Florida Gator’ and there is no way she will ever cheer for LSU. I realized then that it was her intent to burn the flag in front of the brigade if her Gator mug wasn’t returned.”
Both the flags and mug appeared unharmed in the unit’s group photo.