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Friday, August 19, 2016

NBA All-Star Game will not affect first weekend of Mardi Gras parades, city officials say

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 2:26 PM

New Orleans hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 2008 and in 2014. - CREATIVE COMMONS/MARK GSTOHL
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  • New Orleans hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 2008 and in 2014.

Lost in the news that New Orleans has been awarded the 2017 NBA All-Star Game is the significance of the game's date, Sun. Feb. 19, 2017 — which also happens to be the first Sunday of major Mardi Gras parades on St. Charles Avenue, with the krewes of Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur and Alla rolling one after another. Those parades, of course, come within blocks of the Smoothie King Center, where the All-Star Game will be played.

Unlike 2013, however, when the city of New Orleans moved the first weekend of parades up a week earlier to accommodate crowds for Super Bowl XLVII, the parade dates and route largely are set and will not be changed to any great degree, according to Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

"It's going to be one of the most interesting and complicated weekends we've ever had," Perry said. "In addition to the All-Star Game, we have two citywide conventions that weekend, we have a lot of corporate meetings and associations in hotels, and, of course, Mardi Gras. We're going to have a sold-out city."

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Orleans wants to host the 2017 NBA All-Star game

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 5:40 PM

New Orleans hosted NBA All-Star games in 2008 and 2014.
  • New Orleans hosted NBA All-Star games in 2008 and 2014.

New Orleans might host the 2017 NBA All-Star game following the league’s objections to LGBT discrimination laws in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the game was scheduled next February. Today the league announced it's pulling out.

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 requires transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates, and it omits and limits LGBT protections from statewide anti-discrimination laws, including workplace discrimination. The law has been widely derided by touring performers, companies and events that canceled gigs or business in the state.

“Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans," reads a statement from the NBA. "While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

The NBA will announce its replacement city "the coming weeks." According to Yahoo Sports, New Orleans is on the top of that list. New Orleans hosted All-Star games in 2008 and 2014. The event is scheduled Sunday, Feb. 19, with a week of events leading up to it — in New Orleans, this means an All-Star weekend in the middle of the last weeks of Carnival, with the game a little more than a week before Fat Tuesday.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Y@ Speak: "still in the hole"

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 6:20 PM

This week: Irvin Mayfield had a breakfast, Baby Cakes should win by default, and Buddy & The Brow is gearing to be  the best buddy cop flick of 1981. Also: Baton Rouge and England explode simultaneously and the heat is strong enough to bend time.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Voting for new Zephyrs name begins Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 5:21 PM

Zephyr Field — soon to be Baby Cakes Field or Po'boys Field? - CREATIVE COMMONS/DEREK BRIDGES
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  • Zephyr Field — soon to be Baby Cakes Field or Po'boys Field?

The New Orleans Zephyrs has released the finalists in its competition to rename the minor-league baseball team. The organization asked the public for suggestions, then whittled that list down to seven options — perhaps a wise tactic, considering recent crowdsourced renaming fiascos such as the Boaty McBoatface incident.

But did the organization itself choose wisely? Well...

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Mike Detillier, draft man: The Louisiana football analyst on the NFL draft

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Mike Detillier in his Raceland "man cave." - CHERYL GERBER
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  • Mike Detillier in his Raceland "man cave."

If the walls of Mike Detillier’s Raceland home could talk, they would regale observers with countless tales of the sports icons whose jerseys, pictures and autographs adorn the walls of his “man cave.”

Fortunately for observers, Detillier, with his trademark bayou drawl, can speak for his walls with an impeccable penchant for storytelling and an impressive wealth of sports knowledge.

Known to many simply as “The Football Guy,” Detillier, 55, is one of the premier football analysts in the region, and has recently wrapped up his annual pre-NFL Draft guide, aptly titled Mike Detillier’s Draft Report, in advance of the NFL draft, which begins Thursday.

The 200-page publication rates more than 700 college football prospects and features in-depth profiles on over 350 players. The M&D Draft Report has become a spring staple for many rabid football fans around the world over the last 30 years, selling thousands of copies each year to places as far as Japan and Australia.

“My mom always says, ‘You could’ve done this when you were 10 or 11 years old,’ Detillier explained. “It’s always been something I had a great interest in.”

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Sean Payton to USA Today: "It's like the Wild, Wild West here"

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 4:20 PM

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. - MICHAEL C. HEBERT/NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
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  • New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
In the aftermath of Saturday night's shooting that killed former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith, Saints coach Sean Payton has given a frank interview to USA Today's Jarrett Bell, in which Payton states "I hate guns," "“I’ve heard people argue that everybody needs a gun. That’s madness" and “They don’t want to kill tourism. But right now, it’s like the Wild, Wild West here.”

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Y@ Speak: endangered species

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Dear Bird Lover Basketball Fan:

Our Pelicans need your help. One by one, these men are forced to wear suits and sit down instead of running for a few hours in their natural habitat: shiny, shiny wood in multimillion dollar state-of-the-art arenas. Please, think of the bird men.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Y@ Speak: Easter'd

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Ah, spring. Roaring in like a mutant crawfish man. And here come the two-dimensional cubes, Popeyes and boundin-filled bunnies.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Y@ Speak: "street justice rooted in Napoleonic Code"

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Brooklyn has voted: New Orleans is over! As the state gears up for its March 5 presidential primary, New Orleanians march for Bernie Sanders, Gov. John Bel Edwards dumps on Bobby Jindal, abortion rights have virtually disappeared, and the state budget is the contents of my couch. Also this week: A rare #NOLAscanner hat trick.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Love and hisses for the New Orleans Pelicans' King Cake Baby

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 6:04 PM

King Cake Baby meets a fan.
  • King Cake Baby meets a fan.

It's high season for New Orleans Pelicans mascot King Cake Baby — so boo to GQ for profiling KCB in an article titled "The New Orleans Pelicans King Cake Baby is Basically a War Crime."

What's the website's proof? This Vine, pretty much, in which the lovable giant humanoid plastic cake decoration homunculus infant creature startles a woman walking into Rouses:


Trew2TheGame host Chris Trew took a kinder, gentler look at the KCB, playing some baby games with the Pelicans mascot.

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