Super Bowl XLVII

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Volunteering at WrestleMania Axxess: one man's story

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 2:47 PM


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I first met Robb Roemershauser in 2007; he was the maestro behind the Aboveground Zine Library, a vast archive of self-published periodicals that was one of many wonders within 511 Marigny before that building's tragic yuppification.

Robb's an inveterate collector, but he's also a dedicated volunteer. He volunteers for the Crescent City Classic, for festivals and for special events. If there's something big in town, he's likely donating his labor to it.

When WrestleMania 30 came here in 2014, Robb volunteered for Axxess, WWE's WrestleMania fan experience. To provide the inside scoop on the life of an Axxess volunteer, Robb agreed to a debriefing at Waffle House following his first volunteer shift Thursday night.


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Bye Bye Berni: Landrieu deputy mayor and longtime right-hand man leaving government

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 8:52 PM

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Ryan Berni, who has served Mayor Mitch Landrieu in various capacities during both of the mayor's terms, announced today he will be leaving his current post as Deputy Mayor later this month. Berni plans to open his own political and public affairs firm.

The former chief of staff to Democratic strategist James Carville, Berni became Landrieu's press secretary when the mayor took office and has since held several titles, including communications director, senior adviser and campaign manager for Landrieu's reelection campaign. He took a break in 2014 to manage the final months of former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's unsuccessful bid for the Senate. Berni has served as deputy mayor of New Orleans since January 2016.

In a statement, Mayor Landrieu said, “Ryan has been an integral member of our team since 2010. There’s been very little done in the past eight years that Ryan hasn’t been involved in from beginning to end. I wish him nothing but success as he enters this next endeavor.”

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Curren$y remembers Super Bowl 44

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 1:16 PM

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As Bacchus nears, and with it, Super Bowl 50, Complex looks back at some of the most-watched thing's best-ever moments.

New Orleans rapper Curren$y, who was performing in Miami on Feb. 7, 2010, remembers Tracy Porter's miraculous pick six against Peyton Manning that ended the Colts' potentially game-changing drive. Porter's interception ended in a 74-yard touchdown and sealed a win for the New Orleans Saints.
We probably wouldn’t have bounced back as a city and rebuilt so quickly had none of that shit transpired. That interception f—in' repaved some streets. I’m serious. It got construction done. Where would the city be, bruh?

That interception turned a lot of shit around, man. Legit. That interception opened businesses. The city was completely flattened by the hurricane. Just flattened. That interception is what put the city in position. I’m not even talking sports and Saints, because I’m talking about the whole city. So that’s everything included. We got renovations on the [Superdome]—everything just went crazy after that. That interception paved streets. Opened f—in' Buffalo Wild Wings and shit out here. That’s what that interception did. 
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Orleans will not host Super Bowl LII in 2018

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

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It's official. Though it seemed a near-guarantee that New Orleans was the favorite to play host for Super Bowl LII, the city will not welcome the Big Game in 2018. Super Bowl LII was poised to be the city's 11th Super Bowl and was to coincide with the city's tricentennial, a selling point pitched by the New Orleans Super Bowl committee, which includes city officials and members of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. The pitch ("N.O. Better Time") failed to win over NFL owners who ultimately decided the hosting gig will go to Minneapolis, Minnesota, among a trio of finalists that also included Indianapolis, Indiana.

New Orleans hosted Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, and its Super Bowl pitches have been 10 for 10 dating back to its first-ever, 1970's Super Bowl IV. Today's "no, thank you" vote is a first. Though the power outage and "blackout" during last year's game marred an otherwise perfect week for the NFL, commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear it had no impact on the future of the NFL in town: "This will not affect the people's view in the NFL about the success of the game here in New Orleans. We know that they have an interest in future Super Bowls and we look forward to evaluating that going forward. I do not think this will have any impact at all on what I think will be remembered as one of the great Super Bowl weeks. And, again, we thank the people of New Orleans for that."

New Orleans remained the favorite for Super Bowl LII — ESPN and Sports Illustrated said New Orleans deserves the Big Game. NFL owners were split on a decision in their first round of voting and it came down to New Orleans vs. the Twin Cities city.

Minneapolis was measured as New Orleans' biggest contender for the bid. The city is finishing a massive $1 billion stadium — big enough for the Big Game — scheduled to be finished in 2016, a sort of promise with the NFL that it would receive Super Bowl LII. The game will be its second-ever Super Bowl. Its first was in 1992 for Super Bowl XXVI.

On the bright side: Super Bowl LII is tentatively scheduled Feb. 4, 2018, and Mardi Gras is Feb. 13.

Below the jump, a statement about the bid loss from host committee's Jay Cicero, president of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mitch Landrieu to Stephen Colbert: Thought about relocating to New Orleans?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

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File under long shots: Mayor Mitch Landrieu has written to CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves, asking the network to consider moving The Late Show to New Orleans when Stephen Colbert takes the reins from David Letterman in 2015.

"Though it may seem like an unlikely fit, New Orleans and The Late Show or its successor would be a great fit," Landrieu wrote. "New Orleans is a brand unto itself and is particularly attractive for the demographic you are trying to reach."

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Y@ Speak: New Orleans On Ice

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

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Ah, winter in New Orleans. An Ice Capades of children making snowmen with sleet, icicles dangling from shotgun porches and hot toddies. Also: panic over road closures, Drew Brees accidentally stabbing former mayors, the same former mayor going on trial, Mackels wearing scrunchies, and election day meltdowns. We have all that and more in this week's Y@ Speak: ON ICE.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Super fun Super Bowl: No tailgating at Super Bowl XLVIII

Posted By on Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 5:54 PM

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There's probably no way to compete with all that fun that people had at the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans. So the host committee for Super Bowl XLVIII — which will be held in sunny East Rutherford, New Jersey, in nice warm February — doesn't even seem to want to try.

CBSSports.com headline:

No tailgating, no limos, no taxis at Super Bowl XLVIII

It doesn't matter if you've dropped thousands of dollars on tickets. It doesn't matter if you've traveled 3,000 miles to get there. And it doesn't matter if you offer to shovel the snow that's sure to come to the Meadowlands.

You will not be allowed to tailgate at Super Bowl XLVIII. Unless you literally stay inside your car while you do it.

"You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car," game committee CEO Al Kelly said during a Monday news conference. "And provided you're in the boundaries of a single parking space, you'll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you're not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you're not going to be able to take out a grill, and you're not going to be able to take up more than one parking space. And it'll all be watched very carefully."

ESPN.com has more details, including the interesting fact that you will not be allowed to walk to the Meadowlands:

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Property owners blast city for lack of illegal short term rental enforcement

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM

At a meeting of the New Orleans City Council's Housing and Human Needs Committee today, bed-and-breakfast operators, property owners and representatives of the city's tourism industry demanded more stringent enforcement of short-term property rental laws, saying the city's apparently lax attitude toward the problem takes business from legitimate bed and breakfasts and hotels and costs tax dollars.

"Every year legitimate operators lose $13 million in potential bookings to illegal short-term rentals," said bed and breakfast operator Brian Furness, giving the estimates of the French Quarter Citizens Illegal Short-Term Rental Committee. Based on taxes paid by licensed and permitted facilities, he added, "Those illegal operators would owe $1.4M annually in taxes. Against this backdrop, the city's lack of enforcement is perplexing."

Under city code, property owners without hotel or bed and breakfast permits cannot rent out their homes for less than 60 days in the French Quarter or 30 days elsewhere in the city. The city enforces the law by sending out notices to property owners or agents advertising illegal short-terms. But in January, Gambit found that the city had not sent out any such notice during the entire second half of 2012, despite flagrant online advertising in the run-up to the Super Bowl. Nor had city government ever provided a semi-annual report on enforcement efforts, as required by the law.

(More after the jump)

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Press release: Sheriff reports 1,681 arrests during Super Bowl, Mardi Gras

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 3:06 PM

According to a press release from the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, 1,681 people were arrested in New Orleans between Friday, Jan. 25 and the end of Tuesday, Feb. 12, including 289 arrests during Super Bowl weekend. The Advocate reports 879 Carnival season arrest actions — a number that includes suspects who received summonses rather than being taken into custody — in the New Orleans Police Department's Eighth District, which covers the French Quarter and the Central Business District. That compares to 1,056 Eighth District arrests last year.

According to Lindsay Meaux, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office, the numbers released today represent only people who were arrested and brought into custody.

Average daily arrests over the season (Jan. 25-Feb. 12), based on OPSO's numbers:

88.47 per day overall.

72.25 per day during Super Bowl festivities.

92.8 per day for the Carnival season not including Super Bowl days.

The Metropolitan Crime Commission reported in May that 33,117 people were arrested in all of 2011. That works out to an average of about 90.7 per day.

(Read the press release after the jump)

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Y@ Speak: Carnival 2013, part 1

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM


After a brief respite thanks to the Krewe of Super Bowl XLVII, Carnival is back in full swing. We got super krewes with celebrity riders, satirical floats, marching bands and all those fine folks camping out for Endymion (shout out #kreweofchad). Also this week: food trucks, residual Super Bowl celebrity gossip, Kelly Clarkson, New Orleans representing on the Grammys and more.

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