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Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans

superbowl-2013-logoThe city of New Orleans will host Super Bowl XLVII (44) on Sunday, February 3, 2013 between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. This will be the 10th Super Bowl held in New Orleans, tying the city with the Miami area for the most Super Bowls hosted.

Both the 49ers and the Ravens are undefeated in Super Bowl appearances (this the 6th Super Bowl for San Francisco and the 2nd for Baltimore).

This particular game has been nicknamed the Harbaugh Bowl, named for the head coaches of the two teams who are brothers: Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh.

The game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 New Orleans time.

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captureLAPLACE, LA – Delanie Walker, tight end for the 49ers, tweeted Wednesday morning that the couple killed in a drunk driving accident early Monday morning were his aunt and uncle.

According to Louisiana State Police, the couple stopped their Nissan Altima on the side of I-10 in St. Charles Parish. Nechole Thomas, a 26-year-old woman from Houston, was speeding in a 2002 Mercedes C230 and hit the Nissan. Both vehicles caught fire and it was only after the fire had been extinguished that two bodies were found in the Nissan.

Thomas had only minor injuries.nechole-thomas-290624-3_4_rx340

At the time, State Police said they were unable to confirm the identities of the pair because of the extent of their injuries.

NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the 34 minute power outage in the middle of the Super Bowl will not overshadow the game or the week leading up to it in New Orleans.

But the company that operates the dome, SMG, is vowing to get to the bottom of the problem and it’s bringing in a private engineering firm to act as a third-party investigator.

“We will leave no stone unturned,” said Entergy New Orleans CEO Charles Rice while standing next to SMG’s Doug Thornton.  Both men vow their companies will cooperate fully to find the source of the glitch.

Rice and Thornton agree the problem occurred at the point where Entergy’s responsibility for delivering the power ends and SMG’s begins.  The question is– on which side of that line did the problem begin?

SMG says during rehearsals for the halftime show, some power was lost.  But he says that is a common occurrence whenever a show first arrives at the Superdome and workers must determine its electrical needs.

“And yes, we had a couple of fuses blow.  There were a couple of circuits that were overloaded, but it had nothing to do with the power outage.  It’s totally unrelated,” Thornton said.

Just as the city made infrastructure improvements leading up to the game, so did SMG and Entergy.  Those improvements included new feeder cables that Thornton says meet all the necessary specs.

“We do not believe at this point that those are the root cause of this problem, but we will be investigating and testing to be certain,” he said.

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02/05/13

Beyonce Danced Lights Out Guarded By Calvin Klein’s Eunuchs

When the Hobbit Frodo asked of his best friend Sam, why they were continuing their quest1 he asked ”What are we holding onto, Sam?” And Sam replied “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” I wonder if our Hobbit friends would give up their quest after watching a SuperBowl, the least offensive component of which was the 3rd quarter power outage which should have reminded us of our fallibility; even as we surround ourselves with what are supposedly God-like athletes who more often than not turn out to be seriously flawed men.

Take the on-field antics of the Harbaugh brothers who make the evil Wizard Saramon’s “Orcs” seem docile. There was brother John, the winning coach, excoriating the NFL’s Mike Kensil during the power outage with a stream of profanity2 Quentin Tarantino would envy. The late Earl of Chesterfield in “Advice to his Son…3” instructed the youth that the measure of a gentleman would always show when the positive outcome of a situation was most in doubt “…there is more judgement required, for the proper conduct of our virtues than for avoiding their opposite vices.” Harbaugh later said he regretted the outburst which I imagine was cheered on by the 99.999% of Baltimore Ravens fans who have yet to read The Earl’s advice.

Then there was the much ballyhooed halftime show performed by Beyonce which advanced the SuperBowl tradition that the best use of a scantily clad woman’s hips is to promote voyeurism. Throw in 10 minutes of non-stop erotic “beats” and one must wonder if this is the best “…good worth fighting for” we have? Especially now that women of Beyonce’s age can actually participate in combat the only thing we may be fighting for is her “right” to join us in a foxhole; guarded by the 8 pack abbed eunuchs from the Calvin Klein commercial.

1. http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/frodo

2 http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/02/04/ravens-john-harbaugh-super-bowl-jim-harbaugh-49ers/1890387/

3 http://books.google.com/books?id=pLWhGqZu0vMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Advice+of+the+Late+Right+Honorable+Philip+Dormer+Stanhope,+Earl+of&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6iwRUZbZIpH29gTe1IGIAw#v=onepage&q=Advice%20of%20the%20Late%20Right%20Honorable%20Philip%20Dormer%20Stanhope%2C%20Earl%20of&f=false
The Earl of Stanfield’s “Letters to His Son” books ended with “Advice to His Son on Men and Manners”

entergy-400×225Joint Statement from Entergy, LSED and SMG Regarding the Hiring of an Independent Third Party to Conduct an Assessment of Cause of Super Bowl Power Outage

New Orleans, La. – Entergy New Orleans, Inc., the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District (LSED), and SMG, the management company of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, today announced plans to jointly hire an independent third party expert to conduct an independent assessment of the cause of the partial power outage during Super Bowl XLVII.

Entergy New Orleans, the LSED and SMG will jointly select the independent third party, and prior to selection, the parties expect to discuss the selection with the NFL.

In the meantime, Entergy is continuing with its own root-cause analysis into the origin of the outage.

Shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl, a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system.  Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed to open a circuit causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue and prevent a larger and more protracted outage. Entergy and SMG subsequently coordinated start up procedures, ensuring that full power was safely restored to the Superdome.

NEW ORLEANS – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the Blackout Bowl won’t hurt New Orleans’ chances of hosting another Super Bowl.

Entergy blames the Super Bowl power outage on an unspecified “abnormality” in the Superdome’s power system.

The Superdome’s manager says there is no evidence the halftime show had anything to do with the outage.

He also says when the outage hit, meters indicated the stadium was actually drawing less power than during a typical New Orleans Saints game.

Once the power went out at Super Bowl Facebook and Twitter immediately blew up with people all over the nation poking fun.

 

NEW ORLEANS – As New Orleans cleans up after Super Bowl weekend, preparations are also underway for Mardi Gras.

“Outstanding,” said Dominick Pileggi visiting from Baltimore. “New Orleans was a great host town for super bowl.”

“Awesome!” “Great time,” Orlando native Robert Melillo said.

As the tens of thousands of Super Bowl fans make their exit, the rush is on to get ready for the tens of thousands of Mardi Gras revelers preparing to make their grand entrance.

“Been to Mardi Gras twice,” Pileggi said. “It’s a great time, and a great experience.”

“I would imagine it’s pretty stressful,” Pileggi said. “You go from one major event the city takes months planning for and right into another major event.”

Crews are moving like clock-work to clear stage equipment from Jackson Square.

The same kind of effort is underway along river-bound lanes of Poydras Street in front of the Superdome.

Remember those huge vinyl wraps on the dome and other buildings in the downtown corridor? All of them must come down; and workers are making it happen.

“This is a big operation, so it’s quite impressive,” Robert Melillo said.

“The way that they’re turning around the city I have to tell you it’s incredible,” Sheila Melillo said.

Robert and Shelia Melillo are visiting from Orlando.

On their way home, they’ll be thinking about police — and the short break they’ll have between the two big weekends; along with restaurant workers, and hotel staffers too.

“Super Bowl was already intense I can’t imagine it two times,” Sheila Melillo said.  “So anybody who is staying, they definitely are brave.”

Carnival parades resume starting Wednesday night, and continue every night through Mardi Gras.

One thing’s for sure, during the Super Bowl weekend celebrities love New Orleans.  Snoop Lion, Peter Facinelli, Mark Cuban, Drew Brees, Dr. Oz, Tom Arnold, Ian Somerhalder,  Neil Patrick Harris, David Arquette, Lolo Jones, B.o.B., Jillian Barberie, and many others talked to our Kenny Lopez about what they love most about The Big Easy.

29-year-old Kimmie Gee knows how to bust a move. For the past five years she’s been hip shaking with Beyonce and this last performance has topped them all.

“I am still running on adrenaline,” says Kimmie, “We have never done anything this big and we’ve done a lot of big things. We’ve done a lot of huge arenas, we’ve done festivals, but this was incredible. People at home. People in the stadium. It was just larger than life.”

Moments after the Super Bowl Superdome blackout fans took to Twitter crediting Beyonce’s banging performance with wiping out the lights. Even her hubby, Jay-Z, couldn’t help but comment.

“That is a tough act to follow. You know, I didn’t even know there was a blackout until we got home. I was so just in the moment.”

Kimmie and Beyonce started preparing for the show in December. They’ve been in New Orleans for two weeks practicing at the Alario center. Long days and nights, but at the end it was all worth it.

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02/04/13

New Orleans’ almost perfect Super Bowl

Superbowl 47 in New Orleans was almost perfect.  Almost.

A great week of weather, a great game that went down to the wire (no pun intended, Baltimore). Fans from both teams thoroughly enjoying our city and all it has to offer.

The only problem the entire week was a big one, one that most certainly embarrassed the city and the NFL.  Of course, I’m talking about the 3rd quarter “black out” at the Superdome Sunday night.

For over 30 minutes, the Super Bowl was delayed.  Apparently some protective electrical system noticed a glitch and shut down power.

Nationally, the fallout from the blackout has been mixed from “who doesn’t black out in New Orleans” (and other blackout memes) to Forbes magazine saying New Orleans shouldn’t host another Superbowl until it builds a new stadium.

One thing is certain before and after the blackout: the week leading up to the game and the game itself didn’t disappoint.

All we can do now is see how the rest of the country, and the NFL, feels we did as a city hosting our 10th Superbowl.  The city is already gearing up to host the 2018 game in 5 short years.  It would coincide with the 300th anniversary of the city.  If we get that record 11th game,  lets make sure the power stays on for that one.

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