Game takes new turn in family

Published 12:01 am Friday, October 24, 2014

The annual “Brother Bowl” at Ronnie and Melanie Lewis’ house Saturday will take on an unfamiliar storyline.

When the Lewis’ host family and friends that are both LSU and Ole Miss fans Saturday evening, Ronnie, an Ole Miss fan at heart, will be a little more nervous than he has in years passed.

“It’s really more nerve racking because it’s the opposite that it normally is,” Ronnie said. “Now, we’re the highly ranked team, and now, LSU has nothing to lose.”

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The roles were reversed a year ago, as LSU went to Ole Miss and was upset 27-24. At last year’s “Brother Bowl,” Ronnie had his siren working, sounding it every time the Rebels scored, while his brother Jimmy Wilkinson — an LSU fan — shot a cannon at a stuffed blacked bear in the yard for every time LSU scored.

“He didn’t get to shoot that cannon a lot last year,” Ronnie said. “I should get to blow my siren a little more this year.”

Unfortunately, no cannons will be shot at bears in the yard this year, at least not by Wilkinson. Wilkinson will be with his son at a state shooting competition in Thibodaux during the game Saturday.

“I hate to miss it,” Wilkinson said. “But there will be another game, and my son only grows up once.”

Ronnie’s brother Melton Pierre, who is an Ole Miss fan like Ronnie, said the pressure is on entering the matchup Saturday, and the gathering should be divided.

“It’s going to be 50 percent LSU and 50 percent Ole Miss,” Pierre said. “We’ll talk trash, but we’ll have a good time. We’ll be cooking all day. Hope everyone who comes will do so with an empty stomach.”