BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A newspaper is a piece of history for years and decades to come. It’s why many places sold out of Tuesday’s paper within hours, but The Advocate on Rieger Road prepared for the crowds.
“Today, usually air circulation on a Tuesday is about 65,000. Today, just out of this office, we will sell another 20,000 easily, and so we are actually putting the paper back on the press this morning,” said Advocate president, Judi Terzotis.
There are literally stacks of Tuesday’s paper piled on the ground and customers lining up, but there are plenty other options than a paper. There are also posters featuring the team.
“We have what we call plates that come off the press that is actually a really cool souvenir and a lot of pre-sales of our book that will capture the whole season set to come out in February,” said Terzotis.
Monty Rivers has been a faithful Tigers fan since 1966. It’s only appropriate he ordered posters of the paper to frame.
“I’m going to get one for me, one for my granddaughter, one for my grandson, my son and my grandson-in-law,” said Rivers.
While people like Rivers waited 16 years for another national title, LSU students like Dominic Garcia and Carmen Brown were hoping and praying their senior year would wrap up on a good note, and it certainly did.
“It’s very exciting. It’s like the past four years, we have not been the best, but now we worked up for this moment,” said Brown.
“It was great because every year, losing to Alabama, you kind of get crushed a little bit, but last year, we are about to graduate and it starts our last semester and everything. It’s a great moment,” said Garcia.
It’s a moment both students have to hold onto. Brown bought three papers and Garcia got a poster for himself.
“It’s a big moment. I just want to have it to give to my family so we can frame it or something,” said Brown.
Terzotis said it best. The reason for the rush to get a piece of LSU history is, “This is a big one. I mean, I think the whole story has been fairy tale with Joe Burrow. What an inspiration for kids and perseverance. Don’t give up! And then Coach O, the team getting behind him. He was the underdog to be the head coach and just this whole team, it’s been like a fairy tale.”
It’s a fairy tale everyone is willing to pay for to hang up for years to come. The Advocate on Rieger Road just off Siegen Lane closes at 5 p.m. daily, but opens at 8 a.m.