The LSU Tigers football program known as the Fighting Tigers, represents Louisiana State University in the sport of American football. The Tigers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. LSU ranks 16th most in victories in NCAA Division I FBS history and claims four National Championships, 16 conference championships, 35 consensus All-Americans; as of the beginning of the 2018 NFL season, 40 former LSU players were on active rosters in the NFL, the second most of any college program. The team plays in Tiger Stadium, Ed Orgeron is the head coach. Louisiana State University played its first football game in school history on November 25, 1893, losing to rival Tulane in the first intercollegiate contest in Louisiana; the game sparked the Green Wave that has lasted generations. The Tigers were coached by university professor Dr. Charles E. Coates, known for his work in the chemistry of sugar. Future Louisiana governor Ruffin G. Pleasant was the captain of the LSU team.
In the first game against Tulane, LSU football players wore purple and gold ribbons on their uniforms. According to legend and gold were chosen because they were Mardi Gras colors, the green was sold out; the rules of play in 1893 were more like rugby than. LSU achieved its first victory by beating Natchez Athletic Club 26–0 in 1894. Samuel Marmaduke Dinwidie Clark has the honor of scoring the first touchdown in LSU history; the first football game played on the LSU campus was at State Field on December 3, 1894, a loss against Mississippi. LSU's only touchdown in that game was scored by Albert Simmons; this was the first year of play for William S. Slaughter. Slaughter was LSU's first five time football letterman. By 1895, LSU had its first win in Baton Rouge; the 1896 team was the first to be called the "Tigers" and went undefeated, winning the school's first conference championship in the school's first year as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the first southern athletics conference.
Coach Allen Jeardeau returned for his second but final year at LSU in 1897 for two games in Baton Rouge. A yellow fever outbreak throughout the South caused the postponement of LSU's classes starting, the football season being cut back to only two games. Another outbreak of yellow fever similar to the one in 1897 caused LSU to play only one game in 1898. By the time LSU was able to play its only game of the season, Allen Jeardeau had departed from the school as head football coach, no provision had been made to replace him; the job of coach fell to the team's captain, Edmond Chavanne. New coach John P. Gregg led the Tigers to a 1–4 season in 1899, including a loss to the "iron men" of Sewanee; the only wins were in an exhibition game against a high school team—which LSU does not record as a win—and against rival, Tulane. Chavanne was rehired in 1900, he was replaced by W. S. Borland as head coach in 1901 -- 1 season. After a 22–2 loss to Tulane, LSU protested to the SIAA and alleged that Tulane had used a professional player during the game.
Several months the SIAA ruled the game an 11–0 forfeit in favor of LSU. The seven-game 1902 season was the longest yet for the Tigers and featured the most games on the road; the 1903 season broke the previous season's record, with nine games. Dan A. Killian coached the team from 1904 to 1906. Running back René A. Messa made the All-Southern team in 1904. Edgar Wingard coached the team in 1907 and 1908. In 1907, LSU became the first American college football team to play on foreign soil in the 1907 Bacardi Bowl against the University of Havana on Christmas Day in Havana, Cuba. LSU won 56–0. John Seip ran back a 67-yard punt return; the 1908 team posted an undefeated 10–0 record. Quarterback Doc Fenton led the nation in scoring with 132 points, he threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Mike Lally in the win over Auburn. The National Championship Foundation retroactively awarded 1908 LSU the national championship though it is not claimed by LSU; this season led to an SIAA championship. Auburn and Vanderbilt were among those listed as alternative conference champions.
1910 was a disastrous year for the Tigers. After a strong 1909 campaign which saw their only conference loss come to SIAA champion Sewanee, the team lost some star power with Lally and center Robert L. Stovall all graduating. In 1912, coach Pat Dwyer developed a "kangaroo play" in which back Lawrence Dupont would crawl between offensive lineman Tom Dutton's legs. Fullback Alf Reid made the All-Southern team in 1913. LSU's largest loss margin came on October 1914 in a game against Texas A&M in Dallas, Texas. In 1916, three coaches led the team for parts of the season; the coaches were E. T. MacDonnell, Irving Pray, College Football Hall of Fame coach Dana X. Bible. Due to World War I, no games were scheduled or played for the 1918 season by LSU. Pray served as head coach full seasons in 1919 and 1922, compiling a total record of 11–9 at LSU. In 1923, Mike Donahue left Auburn to become the seventeenth head football coach at LSU. 1924 saw the first game played at the newly built Tiger Stadium, with an original seating capacity of 12,000.
The Honda NSR500 is a road racing motorcycle created by HRC and debuted in 1984 for the Grand Prix motorcycle racing's 500 cc class. Honda won ten 500cc World Championships with the NSR500 from 1984 to 2002, with six in a row from 1994 to 1999. With more than 100 wins to its credit, the NSR500 is the most dominant force in modern Grand Prix motorcycle racing; the 1989 NSR500 that won Honda's third 500 World Championship with Eddie Lawson exemplifies the overwhelming power and raw speed that has always been synonymous with Honda's 500 cc two-stroke V4. Designed to succeed Honda's first two-stroke Grand Prix racer, the NS500 triple, NSR500 debuted in 1984 for the Grand Prix motorcycle racing's 500 cc class. Building on lessons learned from its three-cylinder predecessor, the new V4 used a single crankshaft, making it lighter and more compact than its dual-crankshaft adversaries. Though tormented by unorthodox chassis technology in its first season, the NSR500 evolved to clinch Honda's second 500 cc GP title in 1985.
Opening the V-angle to 112 degrees in 1987 made room for a quartet of 36 mm Keihin carburetors between the cylinders where they could be fed more cool air. The new arrangement let the engine exhale more efficiently through its four artfully intertwined expansion chambers. By year's end, Honda won a third 500 World Championship with Australian rider Wayne Gardner. Redesigned for 1988, the NSR500 got a stiffer, twin-spar aluminium chassis and various engine changes; the changes made to the 1988 bike made it somewhat problematic for the riders in the first half of the season. Wayne Gardner had a hard time in defence of his 1987 World Championship and although he got on top of the bikes problems and won three races in a row in mid-season, he could only finish second in the championship behind the Yamaha of Eddie Lawson; the main complaints about the 1988 NSR500 was that the engine, while undoubtedly the most powerful in 500cc racing, was very'peaky' and had to run up high in the rev range to get the best out of it.
The suspension geometry of the bike wasn't as good as in 1987 and the bike was noticeably harder to handle through the turns than the rival Yamaha YZR500 and Suzuki's new RGV500. While the engines power advantage was seen on the faster tracks such as Suzuka, Assen and Paul Ricard, on tighter tracks such as Jarama and Jerez it was off the pace due to its handling. More improvements gave the 1989 NSR500 upwards of 165 horsepower at 12,000 rpm — doubling the output of the 1966 Honda RC181 Grand Prix four-stroke. Capable of well over 190 miles per hour, the 1989 bikes had more top speed and acceleration than anything else on the track. To contain all that muscle, the stiffer, twin-spar aluminum chassis used a curved, gull-wing-type swingarm to accommodate more efficient expansion chambers; the result was an unforgiving, but brutally fast, package that earned Honda a fourth 500 cc World Championship in 1989 thanks to Eddie Lawson who had joined the factory back Rothmans team alongside Gardner and young Australian Mick Doohan.
Though the 499 cc V-4 could produce more than 200 horsepower, chassis development, sophisticated engine management and an Australian named Mick Doohan made the NSR500 a legend in the 1990s. Extensive testing in 1991 led to a new aluminum chassis patterned on the successful RVF750 endurance racer. Honda unveiled a revolutionary idea with a 1992 V4, timed to fire all four cylinders within 65-70 degrees of crankshaft rotation — the so-called "Big-Bang" engine. Along with a balance shaft that neutralized the single crankshaft engine's gyroscopic effects, the 1992 NSR500 was a breakthrough. Emphasizing acceleration over sheer speed, Doohan used this engine to win five of the first seven 500 Grand Prix races of 1992. Although a badly broken leg denied Doohan's bid for the 1992 World Championship, he would not be denied for long. Beginning in 1994, Doohan and the NSR500 won five consecutive 500 cc World Championships. Winning 12 of 15 races in 1997, he broke a single-season win record, set in 1972. Combining for 54 total 500 Grand Prix wins, no man and machine in modern history had dominated the 500 World Championship so thoroughly.
From around 1997, the NSR500 again featured the older "Screamer" engine in some factory racers, with Mick Doohan preferring the higher outright power of this design despite it being much more difficult to harness. Constant development and ever-increasing sophistication sharpened the NSR500's edge, earning Honda two more 500 World Championships, with Àlex Crivillé in 1999 and again with Valentino Rossi in 2001. For the 2002 season, technical regulations for the World Championship motorcycle road racing 500 cc class were changed drastically, with four-stroke engines being allowed to grow up to 990 cc and up to six cylinders; the name of the class was limited to race prototypes only. Because of these changes, Honda introduced the RC211V in 2002 to race alongside the NSR500; the larger displacement RC211V and other four-stroke bikes dominated the series and the NSR500 was phased out of the class along with all other two-stroke motorcycles. Riders World Championships won with the NSR500: 1985 Freddie Spencer 1987 Wayne Gardner 1989 Eddie Lawson 1994 Mick Doohan 1995 Mick Doohan 1996 Mick Doohan 1997 Mick Doohan 1998 Mick Doohan 1999 Àlex Crivillé 2001 Valentino Rossi NSR500 Heritage official Honda page for heritage info on the NSR500 Honda NSR500 at the Honda Collection Hall Japan History of the NSR500 from Superbike Planet
The following is a summary of notable incidents at any of the amusement parks and water parks operated by Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. In some cases, these incidents occurred while the park was under different ownership; this list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of every such event, but only those that have a significant impact on the parks or park operations, or are otherwise noteworthy. The term incidents refers to injuries, or deaths that occur at a park. While these incidents were required to be reported to regulatory authorities due to where they occurred, they fall into one of the following categories: Caused by negligence on the part of the guest; this can be refusal to follow specific ride safety instructions, or deliberate intent to violate park rules. The result of a guest's known, or unknown, health issues. Negligence on the part of the park, either by ride operator or maintenance safety instructions, or deliberate intent to violate park rules. Act of God or a generic accident, not a direct result of an action on anybody's part.
On June 24, 2017, a 14-year-old girl from Greenwood, Delaware fell 25 feet from her gondola, striking a tree before falling to the ground. The girl had slipped under the chair's safety bar; the ride was stopped when park visitors alerted the operators to the incident, while other visitors gathered underneath the girl to prepare to catch her. She fell into the group of visitors below her, with an unidentified 47-year-old man receiving a back injury from the attempt; the passenger received no serious injuries, was taken to a local hospital. Park officials stated that there did not appear to be a malfunction of the ride, but closed the ride pending review. On July 6, 2012, a 67-year-old employee of the park was killed at Le Vampire; the employee was found underneath the attraction in a restricted area, appearing to have suffered head trauma. Park officials stated; the employee was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials with the park did not know why the employee entered the restricted area of the ride while it was operational, but they did state that the ride was operating and that procedures for entering restricted ride areas, including notification of ride staff, had not been followed.
On August 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. a film crew was involved in an incident in which two gondolas flipped over and the crew were stuck 20 feet in the air. The park was not open to the public at the time. No one was injured. Firefighters rescued the crew within 30 minutes and speculated that the gondolas flipped due to heavy equipment causing instability; the ride remains closed. La Ronde said in a statement "The safety of our guest and employees is our highest priority." On August 25, 2019, a passenger's safety harness broke off when one of the trains climbed on Sunday, causing an emergency stop. Safety sensors on the Super Manège stopped the initial climb of the train; this was the ride's final day of operation, the ride closed earlier than intended. All passengers were evacuated from the area to continue their visit to the park. On August 3, 2007, a 6-year-old girl fell from the Octopus while the ride was in motion and suffered minor injuries to her head and leg. Park officials said that they believe the girl fell because she was standing up while the ride was moving.
On August 10, 2014, at about 3pm, 24 people were trapped on the roller coaster when the train stalled along the course. The train was upright on a curve near one of the highest points on the ride; the local fire department used an aerial fire apparatus to bring down riders one at a time. By 7:30pm local time, all riders had been removed from the ride, closed for investigation. Investigators claim. No riders were injured and all were evaluated by emergency personnel. On April 13, 2017, at a little before 6pm, the ride stalled along the same length as the 2014 incident. 24 riders were stuck on the train, firefighters rescued all the riders with the use of an aerial fire apparatus by 9:20 PM, more than two hours after the park's closing and four hours after the train got stuck. On September 26, 2014, a 15-year-old boy from Prince George's County, Maryland was injured in the parking lot during its annual Fright Fest event after a fight broke out, he fell to the ground and hit his head on metal concrete.
The boy suffered a medically induced coma and was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery where a portion of his skull was removed for his swollen brain to expand and heal. Two more people were injured in the accident and were hospitalized. On June 28, 2000, eight people were trapped. All riders escaped. On June 13, 2018, a 14-year-old boy was admitted to the hospital in critical condition after he was rescued from the Wave Pool. Park staff and paramedics treated the boy. On July 13, 2016, a bomb threat was called in right; the Prince George's County Fire Department bomb squad and security personnel were deployed around the park and found two unattended backpacks that were determined not to be explosive. The all-clear was announced after a search of the park around 2:45 p.m. Six Flags announced that the park would be open until 8 p.m. that evening. On August 9, 1997, a 51-year old maintenance worker was killed after being struck by a roller coaster train