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.
“He’s just a special guy. I call him the surgeon.” Jimmy Graham, Saints tight end, on quarterback Drew Brees
The Carolina Panthers could have used a 12th man on defense Sunday night against quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
Six days after laboring to get 188 yards in a blowout loss at Seattle, the Saints amassed 373 yards and cruised to a 31-13 victory against the Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to grab a one-game lead in the NFC South.
“I certainly like what I see. It appears Dr. Menon is bringing a refreshing change to the Coroner’s Office even in just a short period of time.” Rick Franzo, who heads the group Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany
One difference between interim St. Tammany Parish Coroner Pramod Menon and his predecessor was evident Thursday afternoon: He returned a reporter’s phone call within half an hour.
Such a response was unheard of during the last year of Peter Galvan’s tenure as coroner, when mounting media reports and investigations of alleged misspending rendered him incommunicado and culminated in a federal indictment, resignation and eventual guilty plea to federal theft charges.
For the first time in at least five years, many retired teachers, state workers and school system employees are in line for an increase in their pension checks.
Louisiana’s four statewide retirement system boards are preparing to seek legislative approval of a general cost-of-living adjustment — likely between 1.5 percent and 2 percent — for tens of thousands of retirees over age 60.
In addition, some older retirees who have the smallest pension checks could be in for a further boost.
ATLANTA — A week ago, the Southeastern Conference looked as though it had finally been vanquished.
The rest of the nation breathed a sigh of relief, clearly relieved it wouldn’t have to watch the haughty SEC celebrate another national championship.
Not so fast.
After a wild Saturday in this most unpredictable of seasons, the SEC was back in a familiar position — set to play for a BCS title, albeit not in its usual role of favorite.
No. 2 Auburn (12-1) was expected to land a spot in the championship game against top-ranked Florida State (13-0) when the BCS pairings were announced Sunday night, the fallout from Ohio State losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game.