Putting on such an event is a major effort involving many people and organizations including the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, a group that brings many major sporting events to our city and community. The group may not be well know to a lot of locals, but their reputation throughout the United States for putting on major sporting events is well known. Super Bowls, menâ€™s and womenâ€™s Final Fours and SEC regional and championship games, the R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the Bassmasterâ€™s Classic, and the NBA All-Star game come to New Orleans in large part thanks to the efforts of many people and organizations including the Sports Foundation which takes a major leadership role and deserves credit for a job well done.
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Also in line for credit is Family Gras sponsored by the Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau. This annual event attracts thousands of people who gather on the neutral ground in front of
Family Gras and Super Bowl revelers received an added treat. Mardi Gras parades rolled in
If there was one problem, it was the incident in the second half of the game itself, after the Ravenâ€™s kickoff return for a touchdown, when many of the lights in the Mercedes Benz Superdome went out. To those announcers, writers, and pontificators who want to criticize what happened, as if it was a planned event by the city or the dome itself, you are proof that some people will look for any reason to be negative. To me it was just one of those things that can happen at any live event. In an outdoor stadium, like next yearâ€™s Super Bowl, the NFL runs the risk of snow storms and blizzards preventing fans from getting to the big game. Sports writers are already complaining about potential traffic issues, and the game is a year away. In a dome stadium in 2013, it was the lights. So what? The game went on and became much more competitive than it was up to that point. Lighten up, guys! Itâ€™s live entertainment.
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So despite the lights delaying the game and misguided criticism by some of the media, this weekend was one of excitement and out of the park entertainment. It was good for the city, the region, and our state.