Bulldogs vs. Bulldogs Set for Saturday
April 9, 2009
RUSTON--The dictionary defines a Bulldog as any of a breed of compact muscular short-haired dogs having widely separated forelegs and an undershot lower jaw that were developed in England to fight bulls. The Louisiana Tech football team has a slightly different definition.
As you walk into the Louisiana Tech locker room from the football field and look to your left you will see a painting of a bulldog on the wall. Next to the bulldog is an inscription of the team's definition of a bulldog.
A bulldog is a blood thirsty animal with a passionate ATTITITUDE.
A bulldog is a loyal guard dog with a strong willed DISCIPLINE.
A bulldog is an untamed savage with a ferocious TOUGHNESS.
A bulldog is a fiery defender with a relentless EFFORT.
A bulldog is a powerful protector of its territory on an unbreakable TEAM.
With all of this being said there is still one question left unanswered. What happens when you put a Louisiana Tech Bulldog up against a Louisiana Tech Bulldog? Who wins that fight?
Last season Tech fans saw first hand what their Ruston Bulldogs were capable of as they took down Bulldogs from Starkville, Miss. as well as thumping rival Bulldogs from Fresno, Calif. Tech fans even witnessed their Bulldogs top some Huskies from Northern Illinois. However, this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium Tech fans will have the chance to watch their Louisiana Tech Red Bulldogs take on a mirror image of themselves in the Louisiana Tech White Bulldogs for the T-Day Spring Game.
"Well I'm going to have to go with the Bulldogs in this one," Louisiana Tech Red Team center Lon Roberts said. "The team with the most passionate attitude, discipline, toughness, effort and team work will win this game and I think the Bulldogs have the ability to do that this weekend."
As much confidence as Roberts has that the Bulldogs will win the spring game this weekend, he has just as much confidence that his Red Bulldogs will be the superior team in the matchup.
"I honestly wouldn't even consider the White Team Bulldogs," Roberts said. "I see the other team as a calm little kitten that just sits in my lap and sleeps all day."
White Team defensive tackle Mason Hitt begs to differ on Robert's claim that the Red Bulldogs have the edge over the White.
"I agree with Lon's prediction that the Bulldog's will win, but I think it's going to be the White Bulldogs that come out on top," Hitt said. "I've never even seen a red bulldog before. They don't even exist. The Red Team seems more like a dachshund to me. They're funny to look at and they have a couple of the same features we have as Bulldogs, but we're just bigger, faster, stronger."
Hitt brings up a good point that there have not been many red bulldog sightings in the world, but the White Team is sporting a number of rare breed bulldogs as well in the form of long haired bulldogs like Phillip Livas, Dustin Mitchell and Eric Harper. All three of these dogs have their hair flowing out of the back of their helmets as opposed to the standard short haired bulldog like Daniel Porter of the Red Team.
To end his interview Roberts mentioned something that he thinks might give his team the mental edge they need.
"Well bulldogs are very protective of their territory," Roberts said. "You have to mark your territory to protect it though so the Red Team might have to make a trip out to the field before this weekend and mark our territory before the White Team does."
I'm not sure what Roberts meant by that comment, but I think what he was trying to say is that although the two separate teams of Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will be battling each other out on the field this weekend they will still in fact be an unbreakable TEAM after it is all said and done because after all, WE ARE... BULLDOGS!
Spring Game Commissioner Derek Dooley was unavailable for questioning.
The Louisiana Tech Third Annual T-Day Spring Game is this Saturday April 11 at 1 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Season tickets for the 2009 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by logging onto www.latechsports.com or calling 318-257-3631.
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