10 Ways You Know You're an LSU Tigers Fan

Jake Martin@JakeMartinSECCorrespondent IIIMarch 29, 2013

10 Ways You Know You're an LSU Tigers Fan

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    To be an LSU Tigers fan, you have to appreciate grown-man football.

    To be a fan of LSU, you have to love beating teams down with physical play. To root on the Tigers, you have to acknowledge the past.

    The words "Cannon," "Halloween night" and "Bluegrass Miracle" have to touch your soul. The sound of the Golden Band from Tigerland and the sight of Tiger Stadium have to render you speechless. These are the characteristics of a diehard LSU fan, but there are many more traits to go along with these.

    Furthermore, you know you're an LSU fan if...

10. Halloween Night Reminds You of Cannon Blasts

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    My father was born in 1959. Think that prevented me from knowing about Billy Cannon's punt return against Ole Miss?

    It doesn't matter what your age is, if you proclaim to be an LSU fan, you've heard of Cannon and his magical run that took place in Tiger Stadium on Oct. 31, 1959. It's something taught straight from the womb.

    On Halloween night, Cannon made one of the greatest punt returns in college football history to defeat the No. 3 team in the nation, 7-3.

    College football is built on tradition, and LSU's football tradition became richer when Cannon caught that punt and broke free for an 89-yard touchdown.

9. Choreographic Dances Are a Common Theme Throughout the Course of a Game

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    There's nothing wrong with a little swagger, right, Tiger fans?

    If you go to an LSU game, be sure to watch the Tigers' student section whenever the band starts to play. A dance will follow.

    Clap. Clap. Wave. Clap. Clap. Wave. The students dance in unison. Bobbing their hands up and down and shouting obscenities while LSU's band plays "Neck" is commonplace.

    But the best of all is when LSU's defense makes a stop and the entire stadium bows as the band plays "Chinese Bandits." Defense is worshiped in Death Valley.

8. The Bluegrass Miracle Means Something Special to You

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    "Caught. Caught. Touchdown! I do not believe it!"

    The voice of the Tigers, Jim Hawthorne, took the words right out of the mouths of every LSU fan who watched the Tigers play Kentucky in 2002.

    In the most unbelievable moment in LSU history, Marcus Randall dropped back, fired a Hail Mary, and after being tipped in the air, Devery Henderson reeled in a miraculous catch.

    The Tigers won on the last play of the game, and it is still to this day one of the craziest moments in college football history.

7. Les Miles Makes You Both Confident and Nervous

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    Oh boy, where do we begin with Les Miles?

    Miles is a great coach. He really is. No matter how you look at it, it's hard not to tip your cap to the "Mad Hatter" for his 85-21 record at LSU.

    He constantly brings in great recruits and has talent for days. That makes LSU fans confident. However, Miles has another side to him as well.

    Sometimes Miles gets caught up in the game and makes a bad judgment call or fails to manage the clock correctly. Thus, when Miles is in the driver seat, Tiger fans are both confident that a championship-caliber team will take the field and nervous that Miles might screw it up in the end.

6. Tiger Stadium Is the Most Beautiful Landmark in the World to You

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    It's beautiful, isn't it?

    Tiger Stadium is absolutely perfect. It has many nicknames, but LSU fans simply call it home. It's the heart and soul of LSU fans, and it fills to capacity with passionate fans.

    Though the stadium is not the largest in college football, it's certainly the loudest. Paul "Bear" Bryant once famously said it's "the worst place in the world for a visiting team. It's like being inside a drum."

    It truly is the cathedral of college football.

5. Causing an Earthquake in a Stadium Sounds Plausible

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    It was Oct. 8, 1988 in Death Valley.

    The LSU Tigers trailed the Auburn Tigers 6-0 with less than two minutes remaining in the contest. It was 4th-and-10 when LSU quarterback Tommy Hodson dropped back to pass...

    Hodson found Eddie Fuller in the back of the end zone for the go-ahead score, and the eruption by LSU fans produced a minor earthquake. Only in Tiger Stadium can fans really shake the world. 

    Let the valley shake.

4. Nobody Understands Quarterback Struggles Like You Do

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    Two words: Jordan Jefferson.

    You don't know my struggle, so you can't feel my hustle. Yes, those are Lil Boosie lyrics, but could any other words be more fitting?

    With Jefferson, Jarrett Lee's freshman season in 2008 and Zach Mettenberger having a rocky start to his LSU career, LSU fans simply can't catch a break at the quarterback position. Grief and misery are exactly what LSU fans experienced in the last five years watching the quarterback position.

    Hopefully that all changes with the growth of Mettenberger and the offensive ingenuity of Cam Cameron.

3. You Enjoy Watching Defense More Than Offense

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    The defensive players are the real superstars at LSU.

    In the Big 12, fans of their beloved teams love to watch their players light up the scoreboards and pile on the yardage. LSU fans are the exact opposite.

    Fans of the Tigers love to see big hits and dominance on the defensive side of the ball. Heck, most SEC fans do.

    In the past few years the biggest superstars on the LSU roster have been on the defensive side of the ball. Here are a few names so you'll get the gist—Glenn Dorsey, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid and Barkevious Mingo. Need I say more?

2. You Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Nick Saban

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    Fans tend to be split on Nick Saban.

    Some fans appreciate what he did for LSU, while others seem to hate everything about him for sleeping with the enemy, Alabama.

    Therefore, LSU fans tend to have a love/hate relationship with Saban. If it weren't for Saban, LSU would not be the powerhouse it is today. Two SEC championships and one national championship in the early 2000s make that a fact.

    But because of Saban, LSU's rival, Alabama, is now a dynasty. There's a fine line between love and hate for LSU fans, and Saban is split right down the middle.

1. "Dun, Dun, Dun, Dun" Sends Chills Down Your Spine

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    This is how you really know you're an LSU fan.

    All it takes is one simple melody to bring on the goosebumps. All it takes is one simple visual that makes your eyes water and for you to feel like a kid again.

    That, of course, is when LSU's band makes the march down Victory Hill, stops and begins to play "Touchdown for LSU." The crowd goes absolutely wild every single time it plays.

    As an LSU fan, it gives me chills just writing about it.