I admit that sometimes I get so caught up in the past that I miss things that are happening in the present. I was thus caught by surprise when I read yesterday that Rice is going to play LSU in football in 2018. It is, of course, a return to an old and very long rivalry. The teams played almost every year from the early 1930s through the 1950s and each game was a major event.
My favorite piece of ephemera from this long relationship is this program cover from LSU’s visit to Rice in 1932:
As governor, Long was a huge booster of the LSU football program (and it’s marching band as well) and frequently arranged for trains to bring large numbers of fans to away games. It could be a bit of a scene. One would expect events surrounding the 2018 contest to be less colorful but this being Louisiana you can’t rule anything out.