Winds from the aftermath of a Wednesday storm sent the San Francisco 49ers into the New Orleans Saints indoor practice facility for their first full practice in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.
But the 49ers also breezed through the 95-minute session so efficiently that head coach Jim Harbaugh got through all of his team’s work with approximately 15 minutes to spare. To say the least, the practice was spirited and focused.
The officiating crew for this year's Super Bowl was announced by the NFL this morning.
Referee Jerome Boger will lead the seven-man crew this Sunday. Boger was promoted to referee in 2006, and has been an NFL game official for nine seasons. This is his first Super Bowl appearance, but he has previously officiated four divisional playoff games.
Chastising the NFL Players Association for "remarkable recalcitrance" on testing for human growth hormone, two members of Congress have pledged "to take a more active role" on the issue and say they could ask players to testify before their committee.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland tell NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith in a letter sent Monday that the union "has prevented meaningful progress on this issue."
New Orleans Saints spokesman Greg Bensel says general manager Mickey Loomis has a contract that runs through 2017.
Bensel says Loomis agreed to the deal last August but the team chose not to discuss it publicly until Monday, when the subject came up during media events connected to the Super Bowl. The game will be played in New Orleans this Sunday.
New Orleans Saints fans are celebrating the return of coach Sean Payton from his suspension following last year's "bountygate" scandal.
But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who will present the NFL championship trophy when the Super Bowl is played in New Orleans on Feb. 3, is getting a less-than-warm welcome in some quarters.
Some hold a grudge over the suspension of Payton and key players and coaches. Signs saying Goodell won't be served are posted at some bars and eateries. And Goodell's image adorns the dart board at one lounge.
As excitement over Super Bowl XLVII builds here in the Crescent City, Mayor Mitch Landrieu sat down with a who’s-who of New Orleans sports executives this afternoon to welcome the media to New Orleans, and to showcase the progress the city has made since Hurricane Katrina.
Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth says he's seeking a replacement for defensive coordinator Greg Stewart.
Hudspeth said Wednesday that Stewart will not return to the Ragin' Cajuns' coaching staff for the 2013 season. He did not indicate what sparked the coaching move but thanked Stewart for his contributions that led to the team's 18 wins, including a pair of New Orleans Bowl titles over the last two years.
The New Orleans Saints have signed Head Coach Sean Payton to a five-year contract extension, the team announced today in a press release.
Payton, whose contract will reportedly pay him $8 million a season — making him the highest-paid coach in the league — has presided over the most successful run in the team’s history since being hired by the Saints in January of 2006.
Florida seniors Jon Bostic and Omar Hunter say they're are done dwelling on what might have been if not for their lone loss to Georgia.
After finishing third in the BCS standings, one spot too low to play for a national title in Miami, the Gators say they remain motivated heading into Wednesday night's Sugar Bowl against two-touchdown underdog Louisville.
Florida is ranked fifth nationally in total defense and third in scoring defense. Yet, safety Josh Evans insists both rankings fail to reflect how good the unit really is.
In his eyes, the No. 4 Gators (11-1) are second to none defensively, something they will try to prove when they play 22nd-ranked Louisville (10-2) and dynamic quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night.