January 29, 2013
Bourbon Street has been one of the most famous New Orleans attractions for about 200 years, but I'm wondering if even the pirates who once walked the famous cobblestones would have been shocked and embarrassed by what it has become. Think of The Block on steroids ... or that deer antler stuff. Strip clubs everywhere, each with an irritating barker offering a free glimpse of what you can see pretty much for free all day long during Mardi Gras starting next week. There was even one club that advertised “Live Love Acts,” and I'm pretty sure they weren't talking about Ray Lewis and Ray Rice hugging after the Ravens shocked the Denver Broncos.
February 2, 2010
Susan Reimer, you are obviously pro-choice ("Keep politics out of the Super Bowl," Feb. 1). If you don't like the pro-life commercial, then pony up and buy your own Super Bowl commercial. It's called freedom of speech. I guess all the other Super Bowl commercials showing off scantily clad women promoting beer, godaddy.com or whatever doesn't offend you. Go figure. Tim Tebow's commercial with his mom is promoting life. How would you feel if your mother had decided to terminate her pregnancy carrying you?
February 1, 2010
I can picture it now. A triumphant Drew Brees holds the Super Bowl trophy aloft as confetti rains down on him and fireworks explode around the Miami stadium. A voice asks, "Drew Brees. You've just won the Super Bowl. What are you going to do next?" And instead the usual plug for Disney World, he says, "I'm going to crisscross this nation of ours promoting heath care reform, banking regulation, immigration reform and term limits!" The Super Bowl, a national holiday devoted to beer, football and food, has gone political.
February 11, 2013
The Baltimore-based officers of the Cable Ship Resolute, who are working in the United Kingdom this winter, watched this year's Super Bowl at the Walkabout Pub in Bristol in southwest England. It was one of half a dozen venues in that city featuring Super Bowl parties. The place was packed and the locals were very much into the game. The room was pretty evenly split between Ravens and 49ers fans, with our table of 10 mostly from Baltimore. The game started at 11:30 p.m. local time and went until 3:30 a.m. but it was well worth it. It's great to see American football thriving over here, and it was even better to see the Ravens take the Lombardi trophy.
January 25, 2013
The NFL should not be the real life equivalent of Gordon "Greed is Good" Gekko, yet the NFL behaves just like him. I grew up in Detroit, and as a kid my father took me to every Detroit Lions home game from 1966 to 1978. That is why when it was announced that the Ravens were moving to Baltimore, I was ecstatic. I had to buy a personal seat license in order to obtain season tickets. When I bought my PSL, I was told by the Ravens ticket office that one of its benefits would be that all PSL holders would have an equal chance to get Super Bowl tickets if the team ever made it. I got a second job so I could pay for the PSL. In 2001, I got married, and in 2003 my first child was born, followed by a second in 2007.
February 1, 2013
OK, I'm sure you'll start thinking about the Orioles in roughly 10 days when pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota. Right now, you have other sporting things on your mind. I get that. This week the bar is adorned in purple and black. I had to borrow the colored lightbulbs from a Deadhead couple I know. Hope you like the special touches in here. We haven't done a Prediction Friday in a while. But boy is this the perfect time to do it. We can't just be all football in here this weekend.