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Posted: Wednesday, 19 June 2013 6:38AM

LSU fans will miss Omaha

Thousands of Tiger fans are streaming home today following LSU's exit from the College World Series.

In the dozens of interviews with LSU fans here in Omaha, a common theme came through: Omaha is a special place for folks wearing Purple and Gold.

Chris Guillot, the LSU "super fan" who starts the 'Geaux Tigers' cheer at Alex Box, said he looks forward to coming to Omaha for more than just his baseball team.

"They treat us like gold," Guillot said. "We're the best fans in the country...we come here, we drink, we eat, we smile...everybody around here has been very friendly.  

Part of our job here in Omaha involved interviewing LSU fans...but about half the time we approached someone wearing purple and gold, they turned out to be Nebraska locals who were supporting the Tigers.

"This town appreciates all the teams and fans that come for the World Series, but when we get LSU, it's like we landed the Super Bowl," one Omaha native told me.  

Another Omaha resident told me about eating breakfast at a local restaurant while wearing the purple and gold. As she was getting ready to pay her bill, the waitress informed her that a  man at another table (presumably another Omaha resident) had already paid her tab, apparently thinking she was a visitor from Louisiana.

"It was such a sweet gesture that made me proud of my city," she said.  "He may be surprised if he sees me around in a month or two, though," she laughed.

As a town geared for entertaining out-of-towners during a big sporting event, Omaha certainly gives New Orleans a run for the money.  It's a Midwest city with all the hospitality and warmth you'd expect from a visit to the Deep South.

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