BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two men who admit they have never cheered for the LSU Tigers are big fans this weekend. Thanks to a generous donation to Louisiana's flood victims, they will get the royal treatment in Tiger Stadium.
In a crowd of people clad in purple and gold are a couple of guys who don't typically don the color combination much less cheer for the Tigers on Saturday nights.
"I'm an Oregon Duck through and through," said Barnaby Biggs.
"I actually made the mistake of wearing red yesterday and realized when I got here, I'm wearing Alabama colors. I better take this off," said Brent Arritola.
It is their first time in Louisiana and in the Tiger environment. They are both in the Capital City because Biggs did something extraordinary. He entered a contest on the nationwide Russillo and Kanell Radio Show where people could call in and donate money to the Capital Area United Way flood relief fund.
"I know what it's like to have a house damaged, but to lose a house, have family, kids, pets displaced, how hard that must be," Biggs said.
Leah Gaiennie with Guaranty Media, a local media partner, said Biggs' name was entered into a drawing to win a prize package which included travel to Baton Rouge, two tickets to the LSU-Bama game, sideline passes, and more. The cause raised $40,000.
"They said it was the fastest turnaround of getting that much money in a 24-hour period," Gaiennie said.
Biggs said as soon as he learned he had won, he went shopping online to update his game day wardrobe and invited his friend Arritola.
"It's amazing, I've got to admit. I was a skeptic when he called me and I said nobody actually wins those things. You're not actually going to go and ESPN has just been absolutely amazing and held our hand through the whole thing, and it's awesome," Arritola said.
Now he has just got to find something more fitting for an LSU game.
"I thought I was going to buy some at the hotel but they were all sold out. We're going to find something on campus and get my purple gold before the game tomorrow," Arritola said.
On Saturday night, they will be watching the Tigers roar from the 15th row on the 50-yard line.