Saints fans ready after two weeks of hype

By Howell Dennis

NEWS EDITOR

For nearly two weeks Saints fans have s dealt with a lot. The controversy over the ‘Who Dat’ phrase, the media’s coronation of Peyton Manning before the game has even been played, and seeing Bobby Hebert in drag are probably the most disturbing. It all comes with the territory, however, as Saints fans are becoming exposed to the ‘super hype’ that comes before the Super Bowl.

“As much as I can’t wait for this game, I kind of wish these two weeks would never end,” said Maggie Simon of Eunice. “It’s been so cool to have the Saints in the spotlight, not to mention that this is the longest football season I can remember.”

Simon is definitely right as the number games the Saints have played during their history in January can be counted with one’s hands. As for February, well that would be pretty obvious.

With Mardi Gras coming less than two weeks after Sunday’s game, it’s safe to say that Bourbon St. bartenders will not have much time off in the near future.

“Win or lose it’s going to be a tremendous party,” said Maureen Stelly, also of Eunice, who is leaving for New Orleans Friday for a long weekend. “My friends and I are really looking forward to it. I’m just worried that we’re leaving too early. Hopefully we’re not too tired Sunday evening.”

Fat Sunday?

According to reports from New Orleans, hotel rooms are going to be scarce in the Crescent City this weekend with thousands of people such as Stelly seeing New Orleans (one of the worlds greatest party destinations) as the second best place to watch the Super Bowl next to Miami. In fact the city probably would get quite a few votes for first.

“This is going to be such a fun couple of days,” added Stelly after finishing up her shopping at Winn Dixie Wednesday. “I may end up quitting my job and just stay through Mardi Gras.”

Hopefully, Stelly’s boss is an understanding Saints fan.

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