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SBD/Issue 100/Events & Attractions
Saints Fans Flocking To New Orleans As Super Bowl Approaches
Published February 5, 2010
|Saints Have Ignited Mass Rush To
New Orleans During Typically Slow Time
BIG EASY TAKING AWAY FROM SOUTH BEACH: Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said of being in Miami for the Super Bowl, "This is the most subdued Super Bowl atmosphere that I've seen in the 35 years that I've been going to Super Bowls." Paige: "I think it's a situation where the people in New Orleans are partying in New Orleans. That's the party city, not down here" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 2/4).
BOND LIKE NONE OTHER: In a special to ESPN.com, Democratic strategist James Carville wrote to say New Orleans is "now buzzing would be a gross understatement." The Saints organization for so long "has been a metaphor for all the ills of New Orleans -- always trying to get over the hump but continually falling a little bit short; a team and a city short on luck." But during the team's Super Bowl run, the Saints have "become a symbol for not only what can be but also what is." Carville: "New Orleans is moving. She's recovering. But the Saints are more than a symbol of or for New Orleans. ... What this Super Bowl run has done possibly more than anything else is forever link this luck-starved franchise with the city I am now proud to call home. They're one and the same" (ESPN.com, 2/4).