Friday, May 23, 2008

Special Announcement: Chris Paul's Teal and White Party this Sunday

Posted By on Fri, May 23, 2008 at 7:06 PM

by Alejandro de los Rios

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OK Hornets fans, the season might be over, but that doesn't mean you can't all have a good time. At least, CP3 wants y'all can still have a good time. Or so I can imagine is the reasoning behind Chris Paul hosting a "Teal and White" party at Club 360 in Downtown this Sunday night in which Paul and other Hornets players are set to attend, the Free Agents Brass Band will perform and Chris Paul will be presented with a Lionel Milton painting and the "New Orleans MVP Award." Now far be it from me to question an athlete that throws a party in which he is presented with a painting of himself and an MVP award, but I guess that will all depend on how it's all set to go down and whether I land credentials for this thing and get to see it myself (fingers crossed).

All the details, in full press release form, are after the jump:

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McCain Putting us in the Double-Blind

Posted on Fri, May 23, 2008 at 10:58 AM

The real reason why Jindal is having barbecue with McCain?

Is it the same reason McCain is just getting around to denouncing two crackpot preachers that endorsed him?

McCain's health records are being released today. Conveniently, on a Friday afternoon going into a long weekend. Well played.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Champions League In New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 11:56 PM

by Alejandro de los Rios

Not too long ago, I was told that the best place in New Orleans to watch soccer football was a place called Finn McCool's in Mid-City. Relatively speaking, that's not much of a statement — New Orleans isn't quite known for its soccer fanaticism. But all I had to hear was that they had projection screens and Guiness on tap and I thought I might give it a shot. Sure thing, the bar was wall-to-wall for the Champions' League Final between Manchester United and Chelsea. But the sure sign that this is as authentic a football pub as you'll find in New Orleans is the immigrant presence. After all, how can you call yourself an Irish bar if you don't have any Irishmen drinking in it?

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Monkey in Sheep's Clothing

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 8:11 PM

State Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, isn’t a scientist, but he feels he knows what’s “good science,” even if the scientists don’t know. Nevers keeps pushing his Louisiana Science Act, SB 733,

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Is Every New Orleanian Deep Down a libertarian?

Posted on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 5:22 PM

by Sam Winston

According to this latest assessment of the Recovery by the national policy magazine, City Journal , New Orleans and its rebuilding successes show that...

"restoring neighborhoods is a job far better suited to citizens and organizations than to government. " - City Journal

The piece goes on to explain where it thinks government should be more of a leader in areas like blighted properties and crime.

I've always found it fascinating how the battle of ideas constantly influx in Washington squared off time and time again in New Orleans over the last three years. From charter schools, to charity, to housing, and to law enforcement, it was a non-stop fight. Now, it seems some ideas are clearly winning out.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

An Open Letter to the Airport

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Dear MSY,

I think it’s time we talked. I decided to write you a letter because I think it helps me keep track of my thoughts better than conversing in person. A lot of this is going to be hard for me to say but I think you need to hear it. I’m not sure if you knew this, but I went to Seattle this weekend and had a layover in Atlanta on the way.

I didn’t mean to betray you; I just think I need to be honest here and you deserve to know the truth. It’s time you made some changes in your life. I love you but you need professional, state-administered help. When I was in the Atlanta airport I saw so many things that were new and wonderful and they made me believe that someday you might be capable of restoring your luster too.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Wha ha-happened? or The Day the Season Died

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 5:31 PM

By Alejandro de los Rios

There is little consolation — for the players, fans, and everyone involved with the New Orleans Hornets — that this was the most successful season in franchise history. So I'll take a different path: take consolation in that this won't be the most successful season for long. With 9 players 30-years old and under, sometimes it's easy to forget just how young this team actually is. The video above should re-assure Hornets fans that there will be many more seasons like this to come. I was thinking about juxtaposing player quotes with pictures from the season, but I realized that was kind of cheesy (plus it's a lot of work) So after the jump, check out some pictures I put together from the season. Enjoy and wait till next year.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Political Odd Couple

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 11:35 PM

By: Allen Johnson

New Orleans is a city that is “fond of its own self-portrait,” Adam Nossiter of The New York Times noted in a post-Katrina dispatch. Locals hungering for first impressions from “new” New Orleans residents James Carville and Mary Matalin may have to wait until later this week.

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Where Ya Got Dem Shrimp

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 11:34 PM

By: Jeremy Alford

If a diner asks, restaurants would have to reveal the origin of their crawfish and shrimp under a bill approved by the House last week. Rep. Fred Mills, D-St. Martinville, handed out “Ask Before You Eat” buttons on the House floor before his colleagues approved his House Bill 266. “It’s time we start asking what we eat,” he says.

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What's that now? The Hornets are favorites tonight?

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 7:53 PM

by Alejandro de los Rios

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You read that right. Vegas has the Hornets as 4 1/2 point favorites (odd considering that the winner of every game has done so in double-digits) and, as Ron Hitley from pointed out, four of six ESPN analysts are picking the Hornets to win tonight as well as David Thorpe from Scouts Inc.

So what brought on this massive bandwagon jumping? Who knows. Maybe it's the fact that home teams in the second round of the playoffs have lost just two games. Or maybe it's because the rest of the country is starting to realize just how much of a home-court advantage the Hornets have.

Or maybe it's because people are just sick and tired of the Spurs. To be fair, aside from a combined two minutes of interaction with Gregg Poppovich and Manu Ginobli, I don't haven't made much of an attempt to talk to the Spurs. All I can say is that Poppovich can be a boorish ass and Manu is open about the problem with his country's soccer hooligans. Really that just leaves me free to link to this guide to hating the Spurs.

But yea, Game 7 is tonight. Tip-off is ataround 7 p.m. And don't worry, that low rumbling you'll be hearing across is the New Orleans Arena.

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