Who Dat Nation savours big win
‘Lots of love going around’ New Orleans after historic Super Bowl victory
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
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.