Archive for the 'Sports?' Category

Called the Cops

Friday, September 9th, 2011

I called the popo on a neighbor last night. Hated to do it, but he was apparently intoxicated, enraged, and going after his brother with a damn shovel, yelling that he intended to kill him. Three cop cars showed up. Fortunately I don’t think anyone was hurt or arrested. There is data indicating that “violence […]


Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Property tax bills are coming out in New Orleans right now. But this is not about that. I finally beat my father-in-law at Scrabble. The key play for me: MILLAGES, a triple triple bingo for 158 points. This is a word I only learned upon living in New Orleans; it’s another word for property tax. […]

Thoughts on the Death of Jeremy Galmon

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

When I was changing planes in Philly I got two pieces of bad news from New Orleans, the second of which was so harrowing it made the first seem trivial. First, I learned the Saints suffered their first defeat of the season, in overtime, no less; to the Atlanta Falcons, no less; at the Superdome, […]

How the Game Was Won

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Brett Favre Retirement Party

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Is there any point in even trying to talk about anything else today? No. There’s not, not here in New Orleans anyway. Tonight the Saints play the Vikings in a re-match that is being hyped beyond all belief. And yet the massive hype feels perfectly natural and entirely appropriate, here in New Orleans anyway. I […]

Rituals & Roundtables

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Over the long weekend I was privileged to observe and even participate in some bizarre graveyard rituals to ensure a victorious season for the New Orleans Saints. These were organized in large part by college professors. There were at least three profs in attendance — maybe more. With getups like these it’s hard to tell. […]

The Argument for Repeal

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Since I don’t seem to have anything interesting to say, I thought I’d just link to Oyster’s brilliant short essay on why we need to repeal that unfortunate recent legislation we’ve all heard so much about. I considered myself vaguely in favor of the new rules until I read this. Give it a look, it […]


Sunday, February 28th, 2010

It’s not quite official. Xy made the first cut and has been going to practice sessions. The rules are strict and harsh — you have to pass through many circles of hell before you can be considered a Big Easy Roller Girl. And it will be even longer before she sees any action in a […]

Settling for Less — No More

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

New Orleans Saints Fans High-Five Each Other by Aisha Turner/PBS Newshour / CC BY-NC 2.0 Today I’m offering a rare guest post by my friend David. Take it away, man. B, I agree with all your points, but as someone who grew up here, the win means even more. We all know that historically the […]

Not a Football Fan

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

A number of friends have remarked recently at how surprised they are to see me writing about sports, and about football in particular, since they remember when I didn’t know anything about the game except that the ball’s shaped funny. It was not that long ago, really. One thing I should perhaps clarify: I am […]

A Few Choice Quotes

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Toddler Abuses Peyton Manning The Saints won a decisive victory against a worthy opponent, and people in New Orleans couldn’t be happier. To be perfectly honest I’m still having a hard time believing this is real. I had been anticipating defeat. I’d thought about what I’d say here if New Orleans lost — how it […]

The Hex Is In

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

One last thing…

Indy Facts 21-30

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Indy News Flash: Long Line at the Taco Bell Drive Thru! / CC BY 2.0 My research continues to pay dividends. I’ve discovered things about Indianapolis that even I didn’t know, things that will make your hair stand on end. I started this list to help Saints fans, but when my friends and family up […]

Hoosiers Fight Back!

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Enraged Hoosiers / CC BY 2.0 It’s almost heartening to see the Indianapolis folk awaken from their torpor and struggle to mount a defense against the mountains of factual evidence I’ve been compiling over the last couple days. Of course, in typical Hoosier fashion, their counterattacks fall somewhat short of the mark, to say the […]

Indianapolis Facts 11-20

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The Elusive Beauty of Indianapolis / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Persona non grata! Apparently I am no longer welcome in the place where I was raised. My parents have written me out of the will; my sister says she never wants to see me again, and I don’t even want to tell you what her husband […]

Ten Things Saints Fans Should Know About Indianapolis

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Typical Indianapolis Architecture / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Now that I’ve sobered up sufficiently, I thought I’d write about something serious for a change. Some people suffer a persistent delusion that the Super Bowl is won by whichever team plays better on that day. Not so. Wise folks know the big game will be won by […]

Black & Gold & Blue & White Superbowl

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Yesterday everyone on campus was wearing black and gold — except for our administrative assistant. A Colts fan from way back, she was defiant in a blue and white dress which she’d been saving for the occasion. She’ll be rooting for the Colts in the Superbowl. But even she was […]

Not Just a Game

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Just when I thought the whole sequence of events couldn’t get any stranger, in the midst of unpacking I was summoned via text message to Ashley’s grave where I partook in a bizarre quasi-religious sports ritual. It was funny but also deadly serious. And it struck me: It’s not just a game. Meanwhile, up north, […]

Saints Metaphor

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

I was listening to WWL and WBOK yesterday. These two talk-radio stations could not be more different in so many ways. And yet the theme was the same on both — the Saints as a metaphor for this city. Not a metaphor for what we actually are, but a metaphor for what we could be. […]

Using Flickr for Neighborhood Activism

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Some of my neighbors have been bickering, er, I mean debating about Comiskey Park here in Mid-City. The basketball goals that used to be there were taken down when an television production company made plans to rebuild the park for a reality show. That didn’t pan out in the long run, and the park was […]