Fall in our house met quite a few things. The sugar cane fields around us were being harvested. We didn’t have central heating in our house so we spent lots of time cutting firewood for our wood stove and heater. And LSU football.
Looking back I would say listening to LSU football on Saturday evenings was the most memorable thing I did with my father. Not that we did lots together, but Saturday nights were special for me back then. Now this is in the early 70’s. LSU football was never on any of the three channels beamed into our black and white zenith television. So our Saturday evenings were spent listening to LSU football on a little pocket transistor radio.
One similar to the radio above. Except our didn’t have a back. The batteries were held in play with electrical tape. It was the same radio that we listened to during hurricanes after we lost electricity. So my father and I would sit at the table and listen to the LSU football games on this radio. He’d sit on the end of the table and I sat to his right. Yes, he would drink. And curse at the play selection. But those evenings he generally was on his best behavior. So I know he was capable. That radio never let us down, though there were some games it would have been better to not get reception. Lots of losses to Bear Bryant coached Alabama teams. What I remember the most though was the times there were thunderstorms either in our area or in Baton Rouge. The broadcast would crackle with the lightning. I can hear it clearly. The voice on the radio frequently interrupted by the crackle sound! How fun! He took me to a game in Tiger Stadium against Mississippi State. We lost. But it was a wonderful memory in a lifetime of few good memories.
There is a line in City Slickers when Daniel Stern’s character talks about how when he and his father couldn’t relate to mostly anything, the one thing they could relate to was baseball. I guess this was the one thing that brought us together. LSU football on Saturday nights.
My mother died on a Saturday night. I got the call while I was watching LSU vs Ole Miss. I suppose when she met him he griped how she interrupted the LSU game for me. Kinda makes me smile in an odd way.