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NFL Remains King Of Hypocrisy On Vegas

    When it aired, this was one of our top three Super Bowl ads. The fact that it rattled cages at NFL headquarters makes it our top choice.
    Sometimes, the league’s hypocrisy is just nauseous. But that’s the NFL way. They’d prefer you put your head in the sand and imagine objects, or in this case a commercial, aren’t what they appear to be.
    The league’s top brass isn’t pleased a Super Bowl ad by Kia slipped through, showing some of the resorts on the Vegas Strip, which is against the league’s policy. Casinos and gaming resorts are banned from appearing in advertising during NFL games. Drugs and alcohol are OK, but gambling? Don’t even think about it.
    Love the comment from Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. “I’m watching the ballgame and I said, ‘My goodness, I thought that the convention authority wasn’t going to place an ad this year,’ ” Goodman told the Las Vegas Sun this week. “I see ‘Welcome to Las Vegas,’ I see all the hotels, I see the glitz and glamour of the Strip and I see it’s not a (Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority) ad. It’s Kia. So I was happier than a pig in mud.”
    Las Vegas Sun

February 11, 2010   No Comments

Nevada Sportsbooks: $6.8 Million Profit

    That’s what the state’s books generated on Super Bowl wagers, up $1.2 million from last year. For nine of the last 10 years, the state’s sportsbooks (there are 182 of them) have been on the money. The notable exception was when the Giants clocked the Patriots in 2008, resulting in a $2.5 million loss.
    Las Vegas Sun

February 9, 2010   No Comments

It’s Only A Game, But Saints’ Super Bowl Win Pumps New Life Into City Once Left For Dead

    If ever there was a city that needed this victory, it was New Orleans. If ever there was a region that needed it too, it was this one.
    And if ever there was a group of people who earned the right to celebrate a football game and team, it is these folks.
    The Saints’ Super Bowl victory will not wash away the horrors of Katrina. It won’t bring back the ruined lives that were destroyed by that devastating hurricane. No houses were rebuilt, no lives restored, no families reunited.
    In the end, it was just a football game.
    However, no game meant more to a set of fans who have suffered through some of the hardest of times.
    It is easy for us who did not experience the suffering first hand, to forget about those pictures of people clinging to life on top of their homes. We forget that while we watched the drama unfold, there were many who were struggling just to live another day.
    Having visited New Orleans both before and after the storm, I can only say it is still a shell of the great city it once was. The people may talk about the city and its comeback, but there still exists the feeling of tragedy and loss.
    Buildings remain empty, houses are still washed out and you wonder if it will ever be the same.
    But for one night, all of that can be forgotten.
    Sunday night that city which was left for dead found life in a football team that refused to take the easy way out of town.
    There is no question the Saints and their ownership had every business reason to pack up their toys and move out on the first truck that could find a dry road.
    They even had a home waiting for them in San Antonio, with a perfectly clean dome and freshly painted bleachers.
    Meanwhile, the Superdome was being used as a home for those left trapped in the city by the rising waters. And it was not the best place to call home at the time, either. Even after the repairs, there were those owners who would have still left for greener pastures and a better economic future.
    Owner Tom Benson didn’t move. He wanted to. He was close, but didn’t. Maybe he was forced to stay by the league, but it is good to know that instead of taking the money and running like so many other business owners, Benson stayed home and helped do his part to rebuild the city.
    Ironically, the Saints won their championship against a franchise that back in the spring of 1984 did just that, leaving Baltimore in the dark of night, sneaking out of town like a thief leaves the scene of his crime.
    The Colts left for money; the Saints stayed for the people.
    Sunday night their loyalty paid off.
    I can’t imagine what the people of this region have gone through over the last five years. I have only lived here for eight months, and am not really a part of the Who Dat Nation.
    However, I have seen enough damage caused by Katrina to know that the people of the Gulf Coast, perhaps like no others in this nation, have earned the right to celebrate.
    And they know how to throw a party.
    Party on folks on the Bayou. You earned it.

      Jim Gazzolo, a former sports editor and columnist with several Southern California publications, is a freelance writer in Lake Charles, La. He’s a frequent contributor to

February 8, 2010   No Comments

Just Like LeBron

    We realized how crushed Peyton Manning felt after losing Super Bowl XLIV. This was the Super Bowl for the Colts to lose and surprisingly to many they did just that. It’ll take the entire off-season for him to recover or deal with the magnitude of the loss. Of course it will always linger. His comments after the game reminded me of the old Manning, the one who didn’t except losing well and blamed anyone but himself. Are you listening Jim Caldwell? I can understand that, but you accept your loss as a team. Worst, he seemed hesitant to give the Saints credit. Dude?
    Though he apologized today, there was no excuse for Manning not congratulating Drew Brees and the Saints. This was the city of New Orleans. For a guy who usually is a class act, he showed again that he doesn’t handle losing well. Like LeBron.
    Fox Sports

February 8, 2010   No Comments

This Turned Out To Be A Bust

    The best laid plans didn’t pan out with the Lingerie Bowl. Oh doctor. All the hype and the network folks couldn’t deliver?
    Bleacher Report

February 7, 2010   No Comments

Party On

    New Orleans is jumping and it probably will for days or weeks to come. The championship parade is Tuesday and Mardi Gras is a little more than a week away. It’s all good.
    NewOrleans Times-Picayune

February 7, 2010   No Comments

Sweet Brees Blows Through New Orleans

      Sean Payton clearly takes a better Gatorade bath than Nick Saban. But Payton is a better guy and coach.
      The second-half kickoff was huge and set the tone. For the Saints, it was like throwing a knockdown punch and putting the Colts on their heels. There was more pushing and shoving on that play than any in the second half. The Saints used that and marched in for a touchdown, the first of their 25 points in the second half. And you sensed Who Dat Nation saw blood in the water and seized control. Oh doctor, did they.
      Tracy Porter capped it with a pick that will go down as one of the Saints’ all-time greatest highlights.
      “The defense has strived on making big plays all year,” Porter said.
      None was bigger than his.
      But Drew Brees is the man. He completed 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked only once, by Dwight Freeney of all people, who never was a factor after that.
      Cover your eyes and ears Charger fans.

February 7, 2010   No Comments


    Who dat again? Saints 31, Colts 17. More TK.

February 7, 2010   No Comments

Halftime: Colts 10, Saints 6

      The Colts dominated the first quarter and scored on their opening two drives to build a 10-0 lead. And for a short time, it looked like Indy might break this contest open. But the Saints came alive in the second quarter, dictating much of it on offense. They got two Garrett Hartley field goals to cut the Colts’ lead. But the Colts came up big by keeping New Orleans out of the end zone, stopping Pierre Thomas on a fourth-and-one late in the second quarter.
      The first-half stats were practically even. The Saints finished with 179 yards in total offense compared to 169 for the Colts. Peyton Manning, who hit Pierre Garcon for a 19-yard touchdown late in the first quarter, completed 10 of 16 passes for 97 yards. Drew Brees, who got off to a slow start, was 16 of 22 for 164 yards.

February 7, 2010   No Comments

Rings Around The Quarterbacks

    Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, who both have won four Super Bowls, are considered the standards by which others are compared. Troy Aikman and Tom Brady are three-time winners though Brady was handed one of them as a gift by a folly called the “Tuck Rule.”
    The game’s best quarterbacks are remembered by how they perform in the big games. Either Peyton Manning and Drew Brees will enhance their status today by winning Super Bowl XLIV. For Manning, he will be aiming to become the 22nd quarterback to win at least two Super Bowls. Brees is looking for his first Super Bowl ring.
    Dave Anderson provides a quick history lesson on some of the game’s best quarterbacks (some of them played before the big tent known as the Super Bowl) and how they made their marks in championship affairs.
    N.Y. Times
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February 7, 2010   No Comments