The cynics have spoken: The New Orleans Saints’ unbelievable season and Super Bowl championship will not — they repeat will not — help the city recover from Hurricane Katrina. To that we say, “Who Dat!” Tuning into the live coverage of the team’s victory parade last week on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ESPN News, the NFL Network — virtually every news outlet carried a good part of it live and CNN even stayed with it over the transition from Wolf Blitzer to Campbell Brown (it helps that she’s a Louisiana girl; her dad is former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown, fyi) — begged the question, “How can the story of the Saints and the rallying around them by the city not at least affect outsiders’ perception of New Orleans?” The party’s back on in the Big Easy, and we’re confident that will draw back the tourists and the conventions, which accounted for a huge chunk of Crescent City commerce. Much remains to be done, but we’ll whistle while we work.
This one we have to bestow on the fans of the vanquished Indianapolis Colts — not the 11 who showed up at Indy International Airport last week to welcome the team back from an unquestionably disappointing trip to Miami, but the thousands of Colts fans who didn’t bother; the thousands of Colts fans who, after the club enjoyed the most prolific decade in NFL history during which it won a Super Bowl and set the record for consecutive wins in the regular season, decided to blow it off, to let their tragic hero, Peyton Manning, and his teammates, hobbled and humbled, deplane on the chilly tarmac. Granted, it was 27 degrees and snowy, but these are Hoosiers. They like it cold, and that welcome home was definitely cold. Face it and embrace it: Even if the Saints had lost the Super Bowl, there would have been 10,000 Who Dats lining the road from Louis Armstrong International to welcome the Black & Gold home.
We’re pretty sure Gov. Bobby Jindal didn’t attend a single Saints game until the NFC Championship, but the bandwagoner-in-chief used the occasion of the Super Bowl to hold forth the tin cup, raking in lots of dough during a “Black & Gold Brunch & Tailgate” at the swanky Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., just hours before the Saints took the field — $1,000 per hand shake, $4,000 for a photo op, according to our source. This is Jindal’s MO, so little surprise there. What’s troubling is that GOP uber-fundraiser Meredith O’Rourke was the maven of this money mania. O’Rourke once worked for the political “consulting” company Triad, which a U.S. Senate investigation in 1998 determined was a “corporate shell funded by a few wealthy conservative Republican activists” and which engaged in “a variety of improper and possibly illegal tactics to help Republican candidates win election in 1996.” Anything for a buck.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, April 21, 2014:
Monday's Blogs from the Bog!
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.