Who Dat Na­tion savours big win

‘Lots of love go­ing around’ New Orleans af­ter his­toric Su­per Bowl victory

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY MARY FOSTER

lined down the St. Charles Av­enue street­car tracks.

On Mon­day morn­ing, Bour­bon Street crews worked at dawn to clean up the rem­nants of the street party that be­gan be­fore the game ended and stretched into the new day.

“It was crazy the whole day,” said Earl Wheeler, 21, a bar­tender at one of the Bour­bon Street clubs. “It was one re­ally good time. Lots of love go­ing around. But I was too busy to watch the game. I’m go­ing home to do that to­day.”

The victory came a day af­ter New Orleans elected a new mayor and sev­eral other city of­fi­cials. But in the area news­pa­pers there was lit­tle be­sides the Saints.

The New Orleans news­pa­per, The Times-Picayune, ran a 5-inch head­line that said “AMEN.” The sub­head read, “Af­ter 43 years, our pray­ers are an­swered.”

At Lake­side News, which usu­ally sells about 100 copies a day of the Times-Picayune, owner Michael Mar­cello said he had sold 6,000 to 7,000 by 9:15 a.m.

“I wish I had some,” he said. “I’m out again. This is the fourth time I’ve run out.”

At the Louisiana State Pen­i­ten­tiary, the game was on tele­vi­sion in all the dor­mi­to­ries, and even some of the cell blocks where prob­lem pris­on­ers are kept, said prison spokes­woman Cathy Fon­tenot.

“Nor­mally they wouldn’t have tele­vi­sion priv­i­leges, but we thought it was such an im­por­tant game we let them watch this one,” Fon­tenot said.

Traf­fic was light com­ing into town Mon­day, and many busi­nesses ex­pected peo­ple to stay home. DAY­TONA BEACH, Fla. — Here’s some­thing to con­sider: Maybe Dan­ica Pa­trick is a pretty good race car driver.

She cer­tainly has her de­trac­tors, the ones who have dis­missed her as noth­ing more than a well­mar­keted, at­trac­tive fe­male who has tal­lied all of one victory in five sea­sons of IndyCar racing. So she of course was writ­ten off long be­fore she ever climbed into a stock car with the in­ten­tion of giv­ing NASCAR a spin.

Her crit­ics rolled their eyes at her in­ten­tions.

And right­fully so. Dario Fran­chitti couldn’t cut it, and Sam Hor­nish Jr. is still strug­gling three years af­ter his move. With five IndyCar ti­tles and two Indianapolis 500 wins be­tween them, Fran­chitti and Hor­nish have far more ac­com­plished re­sumes than Pa­trick.

So what would make any­one think Pa­trick would do any bet­ter? Well, she did. Pa­trick bumped and banged her way through the crash-filled ARCA race at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way, where she suc­cess­fully dodged one of the slop­pi­est events in re­cent mem­ory. She pulled off a mas­ter­ful save on a slide through the in­field

The As­so­ci­ated Press

New Orleans Saints fan Shan­non Sims greets the team at Louis Arm­strong In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Ken­ner, La., Mon­day. The Saints de­feated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in the NFL foot­ball Su­per Bowl, at­tain­ing its first cham­pi­onship in fran­chise his­tory.

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