A few Superbowl odds and ends: I’m glad I didn’t die before I got old (talkin’ bout my generation…)

Jeff Duncan at the Times Picayune strongly suggested it this morning and the AP made it official, Superbowl 44 was the most watched TV show of all time, eclipsing the final episode of M*A*S*H shown in 1983.

The New Orleans Saints’ victory over Indianapolis in the Super Bowl was watched by more than 106 million people, surpassing the 1983 finale of “M-A-S-H” to become the most-watched program in U.S. television history, the Nielsen Co. said Monday.

Compelling story lines involving the city of New Orleans and its ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina and the attempt at a second Super Bowl ring for Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning propelled the viewership. Football ratings have been strong all season.

“It was one of those magical moments that you don’t often see in sports,” said Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports.

Nielsen estimated Monday that 106.5 million people watched Sunday’s Super Bowl. The “M-A-S-H” record was 105.97 million.

The viewership estimate obliterated the previous record viewership for a Super Bowl — last year’s game between Arizona and Pittsburgh. That game was seen by 98.7 million people, Nielsen said.

Also a very good friend who lives in Coral Gables gave me a head up to check Dave Berry in today’s Miami Herald. Dave’s column is laugh out loud funny, here are a few snippets: Continue reading “A few Superbowl odds and ends: I’m glad I didn’t die before I got old (talkin’ bout my generation…)”

And remember folks. It ain’t over until the ‘yat lady’ sings

Radio show host Spuds Mcconnell does Wagner.

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Superbowl fever! Slabbed hops on to dat Glory Bound train with Editilla

From the Creator of the Original Who Dat Song…

“This year’s Saints have prompted a number of artists to record their own Saints song, so Carlo Nuccio – who wrote and recorded the original “Who Dat” more than 25 years ago – has returned with “Glory Bound,” an update of the song. The song features the return of Aaron Neville, who sang the song the first time around, and Theresa Andersson, along with Ivan Neville, Jon Cleary, Matt Perrine, Barry Foulon, Shamarr Allen, Joe Cabral, Ben Schenck, Jimi Burtchaell, Alex McMurray, Paul Sanchez, Derrick Freeman and Rob Schafer.”


Gentlemen grab your dresses part deux: The Bunch-of-Men

The Picayune has the story with a couple of photos here.

The NFL network is reporting Dwight Freeney may miss next weeks game.  I found this breaking news report on MSNBC.

At the risk of sounding callous this is Divine providence IMHO.

I’ve put the Times Picayune Video Embed of the parade below the fold. Continue reading “Gentlemen grab your dresses part deux: The Bunch-of-Men”

Gentlemen, grab your dresses. Saints parade and the soul of New Orleans

New Orleans sports radio legend Buddy Diliberto always promised he would wear a dress if the Saints ever made the Superbowl, secure in the knowledge (as he would sometimes say) that it would never happen in his lifetime. By all accounts Buddy D was a fun loving guy so I’m certain he’d appreciate the spectacle of Sunday’s “Bunch-of-Men’s Dress March”. There is a Mississippi connection as Buddy D’s son Chris of Ocean Springs plans to attend to make good on his Dad’s promise to the Who Dat Nation. James Jones at the Sun Herald filed the story:

Longtime WWL radio personality Buddy Diliberto promised to wear a dress if the New Orleans Saints reached the Super Bowl.

Unfortunately, Diliberto died before seeing the Saints finally make it.

Chris Diliberto will honor his late father’s promise to Saints fans this weekend in the Crescent City before the team heads to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV and a date with the Indianapolis Colts.

Chris Diliberto, of Ocean Springs, was in Gulfport Tuesday night to pick out a dress to fulfill his dad’s promise. Former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert and Abdul D. Tentmakur of Vancleave, who both work for WWL 870 AM, will also wear dresses. Continue reading “Gentlemen, grab your dresses. Saints parade and the soul of New Orleans”

A quick look back at the Saints-Vikes: Most watched NFC Championship game in 3 decades

I can envision Nowdy watching the game on her TV, watching Brett get the snot knocked out of him with the accompanying camera shots towards Deanna and Momma Favre as they looked on in helpless agony. Buddy it kicked them motherly instincts into overdrive as I soon found out after sticking my old post To the Superbowl and Beyond…. to the front page of Slabbed after Hartley made the field goal to end the game. Nowdy and the local Who Dat Nation were not alone watching the game as the Time Picayune’s Dave Walker explains:

The New Orleans Saints’ overtime playoff victory over the Minnesota Vikings was the most-watched non-Super Bowl TV broadcast since the May 1998 “Seinfeld” finale.

And it had a better ending.

With an average national audience of 57.9 million — 40 percent larger than last year’s NFC Championship Game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals — Sunday’s game was also the most-watched NFC Championship game in nearly three decades.

The January 1982 conference title playoff between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers — broadcast by CBS and won by Dwight Clark’s leaping, last-minute reception know as “The Catch” — attracted 68.7 million viewers nationally. The “Seinfeld” finale drew 76.3 million. Continue reading “A quick look back at the Saints-Vikes: Most watched NFC Championship game in 3 decades”

Word has it the celebration in New Orleans is still on

Bill Barrow at the Times Picayune filed this early report on the post game celebration:

You might call this one a stranger-hugger — grabbing the person closest to you, then the next. No one paying attention to anyone’s words. No one ashamed of the tears.

Of course, there really were no strangers to begin with in a city that has known so much pain — the kind that extends well beyond the football field, into the sad realm of hurricane winds, rising waters, lost lives and wrecked property. The kind of immeasurable pain that almost makes a mockery of the bags that once covered the heads of New Orleans Saints fans in what is now a bygone era.

While experiencing the pain of loss is part and parcel to the human condition no place on this planet matches New Orleans when it comes to the art of celebration. Unlike other locales no houses burned down nor did out of control mobs of drunken celebrants smash windows and turn over cars. That simply is not the style of the City that care forgot as we continue:

“The suffering in this city. The bags over our heads. The rebuilding. This all makes it worthwhile,” said Bobby Grosz, sitting stunned atop his bar stool at Finn McCools Irish Pub in Mid-City. Continue reading “Word has it the celebration in New Orleans is still on”