The 5th Quarter

Bayou Classic: Fans Sound off about the 5th Quarter

The Undefeated’s, Maya A. Jones asks fans about their thoughts on the 5th Quarter of the Bayou Classic

It was the most wonderful time of the year again.

Deep in the heart of New Orleans, native Louisianians, alumni, current students and fans of Southern University and Grambling State University gathered for the 43rd annual Bayou Classic — a battle that has, for decades, determined which school would reign supreme for the year.

Each year, New Orleans becomes swallowed up in a sea of black, blue and gold. A quick glance at the car flags, bumper stickers, school paraphernalia — and traffic — in areas surrounding the Mercedes-Benz Superdome speak to how important the Bayou Classic still remains 43 years later.

“Bayou Classic pits North Louisiana against South Louisiana, and Louisiana is a boot — and we’re at the top,” said Larry Pannell, Grambling’s band director, of the event in October. “It’s bragging rights for the year. When [Grambling students] come in on Aug. 1, the freshmen hear about Southern University.”

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