TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Because Alabama is playing at LSU on Saturday, the veteran Crimson Tide players have a big lesson to pass along to their younger teammates this week:
Watch out for the tiger.
LSU has had a live tiger as a mascot since 1936, beginning with “Mike I.” The current tiger is “Mike VI” and has remained on duty since 2007.
LSU parks his cage in a special place for home football game days: by the opposing team’s locker room.
“We pretty much let everybody know now,” said Alabama’s Damion Square, a fifth-year senior defensive end. “Anybody that’s been through it before, we kind of let the younger guys know that as soon as you come out of the locker room, to your left will be a live tiger. Be ready for that. They’re pretty much ready for it.”
We’re told legendary coach Bear Bryant always had a special greeting for Mike — he always tipped his hat to him.