Ode to LSU stolen
BATON ROUGE - It appears sacred words written by the voice of LSU's football stadium were stolen by another university and at times, used word for word.
In 2010, Dan Borne wrote his Ode to Tiger Stadium, which ends with the unforgettable line: "It's Saturday night in Death Valley".
Recently, a promotional video for North Carolina State University appeared. The video was produced to showcase the school's basketball team and mirrors the original LSU football version.
Lines from Borne's poem - "It is a pantheon of concrete and steel" - are ripped and read by the announcer for the NC State video.
Other similar lines include "a city that rises defiantly in the delta," for Baton Rouge compared to "a city that rises defiantly in the triangle," for Raleigh. And, there are numerous others.
"Wow," was LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette's reaction to the video. "We never thought another institution would take it and pretty much mirror Dan's words. It caught us by surprise."
"It's like the same thing," LSU fan Brittany Mellen said.
"That's almost the exact same thing," Michelle Porrier, another Tiger fan, said.
LSU did not trademark its version. But Borne believes the poem is LSU's property. Borne said he did not take the copying of his poem personally and did not wish to get in the middle. LSU has no plans to file suit.
Bonnette suggests NC State should "go and do something more unique to their program." He added, "I think both of us can learn something from this."
The video has disappeared from the Internet and NC State refused to return calls for comment.
Watch the video by clicking the attached video link.