I say, call them the New Orleans VOODOO! Next to Jazz & Food (the New Orleans Gumbo?), Voodoo is one of the signature associations of New Orleans in popular culture. I know, some religious minded folks might have an issue with this. But just how many "Devil" teams are there in professional & college sports? Blue Devils, Red Devils, Demon Deacons? In the NBA alone, we already have the Orlando Magic, yes? And does anyone doubt that the Miami Heat made a pact with the devil last year? Or that if they lose the playoffs again this year, they'll be burning in the flames of Hell? As a brand, the New Orleans Voodoo can put a hex on their rivals, and cast a spell on the public imagination. A mascot is ready-made. Papa Legba with a basketball! Then again, henceforth, we could all discuss the business of the team, and it's impact on the region under the heading.... VOODOO ECONOMICS.
The New Orleans Cops. Now that's BAD. And Scary too.
Hate New Orleans??? What B.S.! The only people who hate New Orleans are conservative evangelicals like Jerry Falwell, and politicians who toady up to them. And even they would really like to come down here & be fallen sinners for spell, if only they could get away with it in private, which most of them can't. Then, maybe there's Atlanta Falcons fans.... But who cares, really. Most of them love New Orleans too. Just hate to get beat by the Saints, and it must be said, the record there probably is about 50/50, so how bad can that be? Hate N.O.?? Naw.... Go have yourself a beer....
I'm a New Orleans native AND a long time resident of New England.
I'm a Saints fan AND a Patriots fan.
Both the so called "Spygate" episode & this Non-Mutiny on the Bounty episode are equally sad & tawdry. The bounty business is sadder & tawdrier in my opinion. I don't think any Saints fan can BUT be sad about it. 'Nuff said in my opinion.
Couldn't have said it better... Couldn't agree more....
If the New Orleans police have a concern about maintaining order, all they need to do is post an officer or two on bicycle to tag along and enjoy the fun. If anything gets out of hand, all they gotta do is radio for help. Otherwise, keep the cruisers away!! Just be there to insure public safety & be part of the community. As for the Indians, they shouldn't have to do anything more than request a permit for a date & time. Reserve a bike cop escort. Maybe agree not to parade down the middle of St Charles Ave on rush hour. And that's it. They shouldn't need a parade route. They're not disrupting traffic with most of their parades anyway.
NOPD needs to rethink & revise all it's policies re Mardi Gras Indians & Brass Bands too for that matter. Help support the culture. Don't knock it on the head!
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