Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Touchdown Jesus

It's football season and folks in New Orleans love to laugh about Loyola University's "Touchdown Jesus" which graces the front of the school. But my father went to Tulane, which is located next door to Loyola along New Orleans' historic St. Charles Avenue.

His take on the statue was this, Jesus is throwing his arms up in resignation, saying, "Can I help it if a better university is located next door?"

Funny? Sacrilegious? You be the judge.

Cheré Dastugue Coen is a food and travel writer living in South Louisiana. She is also the author of several Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire and the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Write her at cherecoen@gmail.com.


  1. My daughter went to Loyola. In my view he's saying, "Thank the Lord there is a cheaper university here." In all seriousness, she had a wonderful experience.

  2. That's awesome Margaret. Both of those schools are excellent but you're right, Tulane is more expensive.