It would have been quieter to stand in a steel mill or ride in the cockpit of a race car than to be in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at its loudest point on Sunday night.
But for all its force, the din fell a few decibels short of breaking the Guinness record for loudest crowd roar at an indoor sports stadium.
The noisiest it got in the Superdome during the Saints’ 31-13 dismantling of the Carolina Panthers was 122.6 decibels, said Jamie Panas, a spokeswoman for Guinness World Records.
In an effort to become known as more than just a hotline for people phoning in anonymous tips about crimes in the New Orleans area, Crimestoppers debuted a new website and image campaign Monday promoting its various services.
The website www.crimestoppersgno.org includes new interactive features, such as a blog where individuals can discuss concerns with the nonprofit’s president and CEO, Darlene Cusanza, and a page devoted to teenagers that will give them access to crime-prevention materials.
The youth page will be designed and monitored by the organization’s Teen Ambassadors Against Crime.
Larry McKinley, an influential New Orleans radio personality and music promoter as well as the longtime voice of the Jazz and Heritage Festival, died Sunday at his home in Baton Rouge. He was 85.
His daughter, advertising and public-relations executive Glenda McKinley English, said her father — who was widely regarded as a pivotal figure in the history of the city’s rhythm and blues and rock ’n’ roll scene — died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Taking stock Sunday night of LSU’s invitation to the Outback Bowl leaves Tigers fans little to fret over.
Unlike last season, coach Les Miles’ team wasn’t passed over in the pecking order. Instead, the No. 14 Tigers (9-3) were plucked instead of the SEC Eastern Division champion in Missouri, who landed in the safety net of the Cotton Bowl.
Twelve months ago, fans grumbled — and that’s putting it generously — about packing bags for the Chick-fil-A bowl and a fourth trip to Atlanta in five seasons.
Congressional District 2, as redrawn by the Legislature in 2011, looks like a wind-ruffled ribbon that curls from the eastern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, through New Orleans, then up the Mississippi River to northern Baton Rouge.
It is an unusual image on paper, and District 2 already has pitted candidates and voters in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas against each other in a congressional election.
Now, it is the focus of a court suit that could result in new election boundaries for all congressional districts in Louisiana.
Black and white.
Night and day.
Home or away.
Win. Or loss.
The New Orleans Saints are like two different teams inside their ear-splitting abode or exposed to the great outdoors.
The first is dominant. The other can be dominated.
At home in their dome, fueled by rivers of sound cascading onto the field like an aural waterfall generated by the unbridled passion of their fans, the Saints take on another dimension. The sound makes their game go to 11 like Spinal Tap in shoulder pads with good songs (sometimes) blaring from the loudspeakers.
As Oklahoma State’s coach in 2005, Les Miles watched LSU’s last-second loss to Iowa in the 2005 Capital One Bowl.
He wanted a peek at his future team.
Nine years later, Miles’ Tigers — not Nick Saban’s — will meet Iowa on New Year’s Day in the Outback Bowl, the program’s first trip to the destination in 25 years.
“The Tigers,” Miles said Sunday night, “are looking forward to coming.”
Kickoff is set for noon Jan. 1 at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
HOUSTON — As the Southern football team prepared for its rematch with Jackson State, it zeroed in on the shortcomings that it felt were its downfall in a regular-season loss to the Tigers.
The Jaguars felt they had beaten themselves more than JSU had beaten them. Their focus all week in preparation for the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday in Reliant Stadium was on not repeating the same mistakes.
In the first meeting, Southern had allowed the Tigers to run the ball consistently well enough to control the time of possession, especially in the second half.
Saints 31, Panthers 13
Carolina6 0 0 7 — 13
New Orleans0 21 3 7 — 31
Car: FG Gano 45, 8:42.
Car: FG Gano 24, 1:56.
NO: Colston 6 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), 13:35.
NO: Colston 15 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), 2:44.
NO: Graham 5 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), :18.
NO: FG Hartley 19, 4:18.
NO: Graham 8 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), 9:52.
Car: Smith 17 pass from Newton (Gano kick), 5:15.
“You have to be aware of scrambling quarterbacks, such as Cam (Newton) and Russell (Wilson), and we definitely learned from our mistakes.” Cameron Jordan, Saints defensive end
Six days ago, Seattle’s Russell Wilson made it look so easy, the way he picked apart the Saints defense.
Carolina’s Cam Newton worked much harder on Sunday night, and without anywhere near the same success. In fact, this 31-13 loss to the Saints proved to be one of Newton’s worst games of the season.