Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Saints preseason announced

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Patriots on the road, Texans in the Dome, Chargers in the Dome, Titans on the road. And it's all just a little more than four weeks away. Go under the jump to get the scoop straight from the NFL press office ...

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Tonight: Miss Pussycat film screening at NOMA

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 8:19 PM

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Miss Pussycat — puppeteer, artist, film maker and partner/maraca-shaker to Quintron — screens two of her puppet films tonight at NOMA in conjunction with the pair's "Parallel Universe" exhibition. Screenings of "Electric Swamp" (2005) and a new addition to Miss Pussycat's "Trixie and the Treetrunks" series, "Spirit Hair," are followed by a Q&A session. The screenings start at 6 p.m. in the Stern Auditorium on the first floor.

Museum admission on Wednesdays is now free and, in keeping with the recent boozification of NOMA, there will be a cash bar.
"Parallel Universe" is available to view on the museum's second floor through May 2.
Cover story: Live from NOMA

Art review: Quintron and Miss Pussycat

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Sometimes it's best to leave celebrities alone

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 2:55 PM

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Way back when the Hornets were the second seed in the Western Conference and everyone thought they may supplant the Saints in popularity, quite a few celebrities came out to see Chris Paul and Co. light up the court. When said celebrities would be shown on the jumbo tron, I made a habit of finding them in the stands and conducting an interview (OK, I still do that on occasion). In any event, no interview I conducted was as sublimely bizarre Bruce Willis interview with Cox Sports Television during Monday's game against the Lakers. Please, enjoy, it's worth your time.

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Questionland-question of the day: Second Lines!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Beverly recently visited New Orleans and wants to know more about Second Lines. New Orleanians, show your southern hospitality and help a visitor out. What is a second line, and what do they mean to you?

Answer now on Questionland

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Good Friday Food for a Good Cause

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 3:56 AM

Photograph by Jonathan Bachman

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E. Lee

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If you're looking for some good food on Good Friday and would like to help donate to a good cause, check out the Good Friday Fish Fry at the Musicians Village.

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Six bucks get you catfish, macaroni and peas, bread and dessert and proceeds go to helping the Musicians Village. Oh, and if you get four orders or more you can get delivery. For more details, call the man pictured above, Edward Lee (tuba player, Soul Rebels Brass Band) @ 504-810-2462

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Hornets chose a hell of a time to play their best basketball

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 3:25 AM

Photograph by Jonathan Bachman

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David West like WHOA

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After the Hornets' lopsided loss to the Portland Trailblazers - in a game they had to win to stay in playoff contention - it seemed as if the season had reached the end of its mortal coil and the Hornets players would coast to the finish line. And with the mighty Lakers in town Monday night, it wasn't quite set up for a Hornets breakout performance.

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And then the Hornets did something that no one expected them to: they played lights out and took it to the defending NBA Champions, beating them 108-100 in front of a sold-out crowd at New Orleans Arena on Monday night. This team may be out of the playoffs but they are obviously not without some semblance of pride.

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For Hornets fans, this was as bittersweet as wins can get. Six hornets scored in double figures, Chris Paul added a double-double and the rookies combined for 35 points. All in a game that doesn't matter. And it's not like the Lakers just laid down and died. Kobe Bryant scored 31 points and Pau Gasol had 26 points and an ridiculous 22 rebounds. The Lakers out-rebounded the Hornets (48-40), had more second chance points (24-11), and had more points in the paint (42-34).

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So how did the Hornets do it? By shooting close to 50 percent from the floor, getting 40 bench points' to Los Angeles' 12 and by watching the Lakers miss 22 of 27 three-point attempts. Oh, and by not having one of those complete meltdowns that have defined this Hornets season. After jumping to a 13-point lead to start the second quarter, the Hornets let up their guard just once at the start of the second half when the Lakers brought the game within two. The Hornets, though, did not falter and finished the third quarter on a 20-5 that all but decided the game.

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And yet, after tonight, the Hornets don't have anything to show for their win other than the possibility of having a slightly worse draft pick after the season is done. Maybe the Hornets, sans injuries, could have played like this all season. In the end, woulda, coulda, shoulda can only take you so far.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Questionland: question of the day- CRAWFISH!

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Questionland: question of the day

What is the average price of crawfish per pound right now?

Help a New Orleanian out- answer now on Gambit's Questionland.

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The Saints Post-Championship World: Disenfranchised Fan Edition

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Now that our Saints Super Bowl hangover has finally abated, we can once again go about the business of taking a (somewhat) sober look at where the Saints are and where they will be this upcoming season. But this season is special, because it is the first time that the Saints will enter it as Defending Super Bowl Champions. --Pause for parade.-- With that in mind, we're going to be taking a sort of different look at this off-season's events and how it affects Who Dats every where. You got your Super Bowl Championship, but what happens now? Let's find out.

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Chef Who Dat

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All but forgotten during last season's championship run was the deal the state of Louisiana struck with the New Orleans Saints and owner Tom Benson to keep the team in New Orleans through 2025. Among the incentives Benson got to stay was a chunk of property (which he purchased on the cheap and is now leasing it back to the city at higher-than-average rates) and the use of $85 million in state funds to refurbish the Louisiana Superdome.

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It all seemed like a great deal at the time. But now less than a year away and with the Saints no longer on the field to distract fans, they start to realize that things aren't as great as they seem. Ask Chef Who Dat and the  1,200 or so season-ticket holders in sections 639 through 641, which are being eliminated to for a new press box. Where are those seats going? They're moving down in the stands and up in price in the form of "3,100 plaza level seats, 16 new luxury boxes, premium club lounges and 43 additional food and drink stands accommodated by larger concourses in the Superdome."

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Granted, many of those seats and luxury boxes are being made available by refurbishing the old press box, but when the decision was made over a year ago when these plans were presented before the state legislature, it was clear the Saints had no problem letting go of 1,200 upper-deck tickets in exchange for millions from richer clientele down the line. Just ignore the devotion, time, and money spent by the 1,200 fans that bought season tickets before the Saints won the Super Bowl. Just forget about how those same fans' tax dollars (as well as the rest of the country's) is going to destroy their seats.

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Sadly, this is the way of sports today (really as far back as 20 years and likely well into the future). The Saints have the opportunity to become a billion-dollar franchise with a fancy stadium featuring modern amenities with a mini entertainment district surrounding it, all welcoming the Super Bowl with open arms in 2013. So what if in the process they eliminate a small percentage of season ticket holders and up the price for everyone else? That's called progress.

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Tremé: The ad

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Coming April 11 to HBO...

treme ad

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Hornets remind Spike Lee of the New York Knicks. Great.

Posted By on Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 3:01 AM

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Photograph by Jonathan Bachman

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Roy elevating

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The Hornets 112-101 loss to the Portland Trailblazers was just another listless effort from a New Orleans team seemingly coming to grips with the fact that they won't play past the regular season. The game was never really close and the only thrilling moments came when Sean Payton was shown on the jumbotron in the second half and when Spike Lee and Mos Def, who were sitting baseline, got up to leave in the fourth quarter.

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Though Lee and Mos Def were out before I could get them to comment on the game (biggest question on my mind had to do with why they waited until less than three minutes remaining in the game to leave), our Jonathan Bachman attests that the New York director was catching jokes on the Hornets play, at one point saying "I feel right at home, like I'm watching the Knicks."

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If only the Hornets could be that good.

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Kidding! The Hornets are not nearly as bad as the Big Apple's sorry-excuse of a team and, as bad as Portland made them look, New Orleans didn't play as bad as to merit such a blowout. At least not on paper. Both teams were about even in shooting percentage, turnovers, and points in the paint. But the truth of the matter is that the Hornets played defense as intensely as team that's been eliminated from the playoffs would play. Which is to say, they didn't play good defense at all. The let LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy combine for 52 points, gave up 17 second-chance points and were out-rebounded 35-25.

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But, as is our wont, we'll look at the positives. Chris Paul started the game and played 31 minutes, scoring seven points and dishing 10 assists. Not the CP3 we're used to but clearly progressing since his return. Darren Collision continued his scoring binge with 22, David West remained consistent as ever with 18 points and...and...well they showed up, didn't they?

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After all the ups and down of the season, it seems like the Hornets are at long last beginning to break down. Through the good and bad losses this team almost always played hard, tonight was an exception not the rule. But with just eight games left in the season and nothing to play for beyond that, it seems like the Hornets are losing even the will to play hard. Not that you could blame them.

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But as bad as the end of this season may seem, don't listen to Spike Lee. The Hornets are not as bad as the Knicks. At least I don't think they are.

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