The Baltimore Ravens' reputation for trash-talking arrived at the Super Bowl before they did.
While the Ravens were en route from Baltimore to the Big Easy, the San Francisco 49ers were already preparing for war of words with the chattiest team in the NFL.
San Francisco guard Alex Boone said, "Most teams don't really talk that much, but I've heard stories about them talking a lot. Guys have told me not to get into it with them. We're not here to get into a yelling match."
That might change a bit Sunday when the teams play for the NFL championship at the Superdome.
When Secretariat won what was certified to be his last race, I went down onto the track at Woodbine, and gauging where he had crossed the finish line, snatched up the last grass that perhaps the greatest thoroughbred ever had laid hooves to in his career.
New Orleans has celebrated plenty of milestones on its slow road to recovery from Hurricane Katrina, but arguably none is bigger than hosting its first Super Bowl since the 2005 storm left the city in shambles.
To see the remnants of Katrina's destruction, fans coming arriving for Sunday's game will have to stray from the French Quarter and the downtown corridor where the Superdome is located. Even in neighborhoods that bore the brunt of the storm, many of the most glaring scars have faded over time.
The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10 on January 15, 1978, in the Louisiana Superdome’s inaugural Super Bowl.
During the regular season, the two teams seemed like mirror images at times. Both teams finished with a 12-2 record, and both teams’ defenses had a quirky nickname: the Broncos’ “Orange Crush” and the Cowboys’ “Doomsday.”
Naturally, defense was the theme from the outset, and the Cowboys’ Doomsday Defense was too much for Denver to handle. Dallas intercepted Denver quarterback Craig Morton four times and forced and recovered four Denver fumbles.
On this week's The Reading Life, Susan talks with bestselling author Jen Lancaster, whose new book is Here I Go Again. Then, paper/book artist Yuka Petz, whose beautiful work appears in a new exhibit in the Carroll Art Gallery at the Newcomb Art Department in Woldenberg Art Center.
Finally, celebrate Super Bowl week with former Saint Reggie Jones, who has written a guide to football for the ladies. Hut! Hut!
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This week onInside the Arts, it's time to get your party on as New Orleans is home to Mardi Gras celebrations as well as Super Bowl 47. Diane will tell you where you can rub elbows with the sports elite, talks with vocalist Lena Prima, daughter of legendary singer and native son Louis Prima, and while all eyes are on the Crescent City, we'll talk about another reason folks like coming here... our architecture!
On if he thinks about the ‘lasts’ of his career this week:
“I think honestly that I have already put it aside. I promise you that is the last thing on my mind: Is this the last? Is this the last? The most important thing for me is to be the leader that I am for my team, and really go out and try to win this football game. That is really the only thing on my mind right now.”
New Orleans’ third Super Bowl saw the end of an era and the beginning of a dynasty.
Although it remained standing for several more years, Tulane Stadium hosted its last Super Bowl on January 12, 1975, when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 16-6 and launched a Super Bowl legacy.
Shreveport native and Louisiana Tech alum Terry Bradshaw quarterbacked the Steelers to their first of six Vince Lombardi trophies in Super Bowl IX.
Much like New Orleans’ past Super Bowls, both teams were sluggish on offense early in the game.
Take a look at this remarkable graph — is it the stock market? Home sales?
Nope. Click on the blue box in the lower right-hand corner and you'll see that the blue line tracks the number of chicken wings that Americans bought at grocery stores over the last year. See that mighty surge of wing-buying in early February? Apparently, you just cannot have a Super Bowl party without chicken wings — millions and millions of chicken wings.