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Monday, September 15, 2014

Y@ Speak: the return of Roger Goodell

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Football is trying to destroy us. Roger Goodell remains in charge — despite our efforts to get rid of him even when we were on our best behavior — and the Saints' performance has sent us wandering into the night, staring at the stars and asking, "Why?" While New Orleans once again dries its tears, we look back at a week of football, sinkholes, and thanks that we do not live in Cleveland.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Y@ Speak: it is officially always #FalconsHateWeek

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM

As a fingernail-less New Orleans goes about its week, let's look back at a more innocent, simple time. Like last week. Tom Benson immortalizes himself, Uber enters New Orleans, a man posts a Craigslist ad to reenact Dunston Checks In, and we collectively lose our voice in the fourth quarter.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Rising Tide 9 set for Sept. 13 at Xavier University

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Dr. Andre Perry will be the keynote speaker at Rising Tide 9 on Sept. 13 at Xavier University.
  • Dr. Andre Perry will be the keynote speaker at Rising Tide 9 on Sept. 13 at Xavier University.

Rising Tide
, the bloggers' conference that began in summer 2006 one year after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, will hold its 9th edition Sept. 13 at Xavier University.

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Andre Perry, founding dean of the College of Education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and former associate director of the Loyola Institute for Quality and Equity in Education at Loyola University. Among this year's panels: Using Mobile Devices to Uncover Seemingly Lost Historical Memory of the Confederacy, Leprosy, and White Supremacy in New Orleans; Building Capacity in Marginalized Communities; Saga at Treme: The Story of How A Quest for Personal Resilience Exposed Incompetence and Waste in Government; and Religion in Post-Katrina New Orleans.

Tickets for the all-day event are $10 (available here). An additional (optional) $10 fee buys catered lunch from Lucky Rooster.

Previous editions of Rising Tide have included keynote speakers David Simon (former journalist and creator of the television programs The Wire and Treme), Richard Campanella (author of Bourbon StreetGeographies of New Orleans and Bienville's Dilemma) and writer/actor/part-time New Orleans resident Harry Shearer.

For more information on the conference, visit Rising Tide's schedule page.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Y@ Speak: police academy

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 1:33 PM

The chief has resigned, there's a new patrol on the streets, and New Orleans stands with victims of police brutality. Welcome to Y@ Speak: Police Academy. Meanwhile, #barbefeud continues, Jimmy Graham gets fined and there's a new parody account in town.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Forbes: New Orleans Saints fans 3rd best in the NFL

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM


According to an article on the Forbes magazine website, the New Orleans Saints' fans are the third best fans in the NFL.

Forbes' ranking was based on five categories:

1) hometown crowd reach (defined by Nielsen Scarborough as a percentage of the metropolitan area population that watched, attended, and/or listened to a game in the last year)

2) three years worth of television ratings (per Nielsen)

3) three years of stadium attendance based on capacity reached

4) three years worth of merchandise sales (per NFLShop.com)

5) social media reach (a combination of Facebook likes and Twitter TWTR -0.18% followers based on the team’s metro area population). On that, Forbes notes:

Six other teams among the list of the best fans also demonstrated their fans reach beyond their hometown crowd – the Dallas Cowboys (tied No. 7), Denver Broncos (ranked No. 2), Indianapolis Colts (No. 6), New England Patriots (No. 4), New Orleans Saints (No. 3), and Pittsburgh Steelers (tied at No. 7). All have social media followings that exceed their possible local fan base populations.

Overall in the survey, the Saints have the:

• 2nd best hometown rank
• No. 1 TV audience & stadium attendance
• 2nd social media rank
• 10th overall merchandise rank

So it appears the Saints are third because Saints fans don't buy enough jerseys.

Under the jump: Forbes' complete Top 10 fans list and a link to the rest.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Y@ Speak: rallying cry

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

New Orleans has been gripped by the events in #Ferguson, and in this week's Y@ Speak, we look at some of the voices and downtown rallies and demonstrations in response. Meanwhile, the Saints apparently raptured themselves after doing that ice bucket challenge.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Y@ Speak: gang colors

Posted By on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM

In this week's Y@ Speak, New Orleans goes to war. We remember those who fought in the battles of White Linen Night, newspaper printing schedules and Mike Ditka's wine, and Buffa's and Sidney Torres face off in court (kind of) and Sean Payton goofs on a balding Drew Brees. Elsewhere: Doug MacCash unveils a new rating system (and recovers from White Linen) and Rob Ryan goes to Wal-Mart.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Y@ Speak: You're so New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

But are you really? Did you buy a Groupon for bottle service? How "excited" are you about Phil Anselmo? And what did you tell the car boot company you wanted on your pizza? All that and more in this week's Y@ Speak.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Y@ Speak: @BeingYONCE

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Before Beyonce and Jay-Z unhinged their jaws and ate the City of New Orleans, we got maybe a little too drunk, bought a llama, ordered Uber ice cream, and went to Shamrock, and somebody (cough Wendell Pierce cough) passed out at our house. Also, Rob Ryan ate three airport pizzas, and Scott Walker mesmerized audiences by... cleaning his closet.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Y@ Speak: "targeted, smeared, tarnished"

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Or smothered, covered, chunked, diced, peppered and capped. Your Waffle House hashbrown preparation is not far off from how you would describe how you've been treated by the public. This week's Y@ Speak looks at Ray Nagin's sentencing, as well as the return of Sidney Torres, Disney-fication, and the annual Running of the Bulls.

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