Feb 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; General view of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in advance of Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Although the New Orleans Saints didn’t make it to play in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, there is one thing that they can be sure of. And that is that The Big Easy will surely give them another chance at Domefield advantage.
All reports that have come out of the city have been that not only Saints fans have been having a blast, but the media and out-of-towners for the big game have been too.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White tweeted out earlier last week that he took back everything he’s ever said about New Orleans and that “it’s a great place.” Even ESPN’s Colin Cowherd had his mind changed.
AwfulAnnouncing.com reported that Cowherd has given New Orleans some positive press by saying it’s “the service capital of the world” and a “Mecca.” This was a drastic change from when he said last year that it was “America’s least safe major city.”
Of course leave it to one of ESPN’s family and Cowherd’s co-host of SPORTSNATION, Michelle Beadle to sour the punch. Almost eight hours ago she posted this on her Twitter account:
"I love you New Orleans BUT you are not prepared to host this many people. #gridlock #nocabs"
Obviously Beadle has an addiction to public transportation since she also mentioned that at least in New York they have a subway system. New York by the way will host the next Super Bowl and coincidentally that is where Beadle lives….go figure. Make it less obvious next time Michelle.
Other than the city itself, the NFL Experience has drawn countless people towards the playing field. In fact, a friend of mine took his son the other day and couldn’t stop raving about it.
His eyes lit up and he was acting like a kid at Christmas describing how he and his son spent eight hours going to get autographs from past and present NFL greats, touring the different events, as well as participating in a football clinic given by Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins. He said all the volunteers and event staff were friendly and top notch.
All in all, judging from what I’ve heard from several friends and in the media, New Orleans should see plenty of Super Bowl visits in the future. I mean hey, if Roddy White can say something nice about New Orleans, they’ve got to be doing something right.