Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dateline Germany: The expat experience

Heard from an LSU grad named James Pollard who works in civilian support at an Army base in Germany. Here's a little of what he had to say.

About the far-flung fan base: "There are plenty of other (fans in Europe) ... just not always easy to find. Turnover is high here since most military and Department of the Army civilians only stay at one duty station for 3-5 years. You'll find the largest concentration of expats in Germany because of a larger military presence."

About catching the games: "A trip this weekend will prevent me from staying up until 2 a.m. to watch the kickoff. In these cases (and when the games aren't televised), I typically listen to the games on the LSU sports network (Jim Hawthorne) on Luckily for me, LSU does well enough that most of the big games are televised on the Armed Forces Network. ... Day games are much more convenient, as it doesn't require me to stay up until 5 a.m. the next morning to watch an entire game ... but big games like this weekend are worth it."

About tonight's Florida game: "I think our team has been more lucky than good this year. I think they've created some of their own luck, but they haven't played anyone that really has their act together either."