Super Bowl XLVII

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The evolution of the Super Bowl Clean Zone

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Yesterday's settlement on the Super Bowl Clean Zone may have left some wondering how, exactly, New Orleans city government could have drafted an ordinance with such obvious constitutional issues: sanctioned and permitted signs only, 60 percent NFL branding or "feel" in order to obtain a permit.

The answer is that neither the Landrieu Administration nor City Council invented any of this. The Clean Zone, as defined under the original, pre-consent judgment ordinance, has been around at least since last year's Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement's Super Bowl XLVI Information Packet, published in October, 2010, shows that city's Clean Zone ordinance was virtually identical to the New Orleans law, including the vague/bizarre 60 percent NFL branding requirement.

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Pro tip: Don't wire $5,900 to someone on the Internet who promises you Super Bowl tickets

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

From KCBS-TV in San Francisco:

HAYWARD (CBS SF) — An East Bay couple is out nearly $6,000 after falling victim to a scammer offering fake tickets to the Super Bowl.

The Osgood family found four seats for sale on Craigslist through an individual claiming to be a Baltimore Ravens season ticketholder. The cost seemed fair — $5,900, about double the original price.

After talking the deal out through text and email messages, the couple wired the funds cross country. When the package arrived from the seller, all it contained was a printed note that said "Enjoy the game!!!! Go Ravens!!! LOL.”

The San Jose Mercury News had more:

Osgood, a season-ticket holder at Candlestick Park for four years, and her boyfriend have bought seats in the new Santa Clara stadium and were planning to go to the Super Bowl in New Orleans with two other family members in their RV. They still plan on going — even if it means watching the game at a bar on Bourbon Street.

(Possible San Francisco Chronicle headline, Mon. Feb. 4: "LOCAL COUPLE LOSES $500 IN BIG EASY STREET BET OVER ORIGIN OF SHOES.")

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Monday, January 28, 2013

NFL Experience opens Wednesday

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 5:52 PM


Inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, construction crews rushed to wrap the 850,000 square feet space that is the NFL Experience, the Super Bowl-driven football circus/playground tailored to its host city and football fans who likely didn't score a ticket to the big game. Among the dozens of peripheral Super Bowl fan activities, it's the NFL's trademark Super Bowl attraction, and it returns to New Orleans for the first time since 2002 — but it's a much different monster.

Occupying several halls inside the convention center, the NFL Experience for Super Bowl XLVII features "museum quality" exhibits, like team histories, a radio-room exhibit of "great calls in NFL history," locker room simulations, and items on loan from the NFL Pro Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio — the first time the NFL has hosted a Hall of Fame installation at the NFL Experience. It will also host NFC and AFC championship trophies and Super Bowl rings.

Deuce McAllister will deliver the Lombardi Trophy on a red carpet 3 p.m. Wednesday, which is also NFL Play 60 Kids Day. The "NFL Rush Zone for Kids" has a smaller-sized field (with goal posts) and other kid-sized football activities. Athletes also will appear to sign autographs — check here for the autograph schedule — and there are auctions and a trade and collectible show.

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Free tickets to Tim McGraw at House of Blues Friday

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Tim McGraw, son of Louisiana.
  • Tim McGraw, son of Louisiana.
Among the million or so concerts taking place during this Super Bowl week: Tim McGraw will play a morning show at House of Blues live on Good Morning America on Friday.

Tickets are free and will be handed out on a first-come first-serve basis at HOB Friday morning beginning at 5 a.m., so if you're interested, plan your week accordingly. It's billed as "an intimate performance." (How intimate, and does Faith Hill know?)

Full info under the jump ...

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Y@ Speak: Arty Gras

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Carnival got going this weekend with some bigger krewes rolling Uptown. But the real show was Downtown, where creativity abounded in the form of costumed canines, Sci-Fi enthusiasts and miniature floats by the grown-up versions of the people who always made the best dioramas in the fifth grade. Also this week: the city prepares for Super Bowl, Chris Paul isn't so into the New Orleans Pelicans and Trina Edwards contemplates eating.

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Super Bowl week begins

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

San Francisco fans greeted their teams arrival in New Orleans Sunday night.

Super Bowl week is here and the city of New Orleans begins a week of being in the national spotlight as the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will play for the NFL Championship on Sunday.

Jim Harbaugh and his 49ers arrived in town Sunday evening while John Harbaugh and his Ravens arrive Monday afternoon. This isn’t the first time the brothers will face one another as both teams were the Thanksgiving night game last season with Baltimore beating visiting San Francisco 16-6.

The 49ers were led then by quarterback Alex Smith who had a game to forget as he was sacked nine times to snap an eight-game San Fran winning streak at the time. Colin Kaepernick is now under center and both the 49ers and Ravens offense has grown since the 2011 meeting.

San Francisco will practice all week at the Saints training facility while the Ravens will call Greer Field at Turchin Stadium home. Tulane’s baseball stadium has been re-striped to a football field in the outfield from left to right.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Your Super Bowl XLVII concert calendar

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Snoop Dogg/Lion
  • Snoop Dogg/Lion performs at midnight Feb. 2 at House of Blues.

It's about to get real busy, you guys. The flurry of activity downtown and the constant blog entries, tweets and carrier pigeons are there to remind you there's a Super Bowl storm a'comin'. Music venues and bands are working in OT, and while you're downtown throwing yourself into the heart of the sun (or actively avoiding it), there's plenty to check out — you can peruse our comprehensive music calendar.

I've rounded up a chunk of upcoming gigs (excluding invite-only red herrings hosted by corporate sponsors). Here you go:

Saturday, Jan. 26:

Katey Red, Cheeky Blakk, Magnolia Rhome and others, 10 p.m.
Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855
Bounce artists and DJs hit Siberia for a South by Southwest fundraiser and subsequently all-nighter bounce party. Admission $10.

Art Neville's 75th birthday celebration, 10 p.m.
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477
Charles and Cyril join Ivan and Ian for a massive Neville family reunion of sorts. Tickets $45.

Sunday, Jan. 27:

Drive-By Truckers and Houndmouth, 9 p.m.
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477
Alt-country's reigning 18-wheelers headline. Read the Gambit interview here. Tickets $25.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 asks: when is Super Bowl 2013?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

As New Orleans prepares to host the event know as the "Super Bowl," there are many questions on locals' minds. Which major roads will be closed? Will there be anywhere to park my car? What events sponsored by dog food companies and cable providers can I attend? But the most important question weighing heavily on our minds is: when is the Super Bowl?

Fortunately, has answered this tough question in its dogged pursuit of robust content-gathering.


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Monday, January 21, 2013

Super Bowl 47 has the makings of a great game

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Super Bowl 47 is all set as it will be a battle of two teams led by the brothers Harbaugh Jim and John. Sunday’s NFL Conference Championships were won by a pair of teams that captured their moment of redemption.

San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick has taken his opportunity to be a starter and ran with it.

Last season, the Ravens and 49ers played in the AFC and NFC Championship games but lost to the Patriots and Giants. This time around they won and did so in similar fashion by coming back from deficits and shut down the Patriots and Falcons offenses from scoring in the second half. The wins by both road teams is only the fourth time that has happened in NFL History. It sets up what I feel will be a very intriguing match up between two similar teams with pretty good story lines.

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Y@ Speak gets dirty

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM

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This week's tweets were filled with talk of a dirty politician, the Dirty Birds and the grand dame of dirt, the annual procession of animatronic intercourse known as Krewe du Vieux — which came early but we were totally OK with that. Also this week: New Orleans suffers residual effects of Bieber Fever.

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