This is the fourth installment of Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100, my daily series chronicling my experiences and observations as a new New Yorker.
Earlier this week I decided I would watch LSU’s football game against Florida at a bar with other Tigers fans. In New York City that means watching the game at Legend’s in Manhattan. I knew this prior to Saturday, and yet I chose a different location. Put in football terms: I picked up the ball and ran the wrong way.
After rolling an 89 in my bowling league debut at Brooklyn Bowl Wednesday night I walked past d.b.a., a bar that bears the same name as one on Frenchman Street in New Orleans. This bar advertised south Louisiana cuisine and LSU and New Orleans Saints games on its televisions. It seemed like a quaint place to watch an LSU football game, I thought. (Why did I equate quaint with good?)
When Saturday came around my galpal Kerry and I arrived at d.b.a. five minutes before kickoff. I had a purple and gold “Chinese Bandits” LSU T-shirt on. I didn’t see anyone else with purple and gold on. The game started and I heard one person clapping for LSU. I spotted others clapping for Florida. What the hell is this, I thought.
I ordered food before the game started. Catfish for me, red beans and rice for Kerry. I had to remind the server about our orders. It arrived at the beginning of the second quarter. Turnover, d.b.a.
As I watched LSU shit the bed in the second half, a couple sat down at the table next to us. They were enthused about the Tigers. Finally, someone else who felt my joy and my pain, I thought. It was mostly pain on this Saturday afternoon. The woman next to me, who identified herself as a Baton Rouge native, told me she had to stop going to Legend’s because it was too rowdy.
I needed rowdy on Saturday. I wanted to throw my Abita Amber at the television screen, and hit CBS commentator Verne Lundquist in his bulbous head.
I vowed to myself as I watched LSU lose 14-6 Saturday that I wouldn’t repeat my first NYC mistake again. This upcoming Saturday, when LSU hosts South Carolina, yours truly will be at Legend’s.
Check back Monday for the fifth installment of Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100. I have no idea what I am going to write about. It should be interesting.