Politics, sports and eating, a revered trinity in south Louisiana, have been at the forefront this weekend, with a mayor’s race in New Orleans dominating the news on Saturday, and the Super Bowl, equal parts football and food, enjoyed today in households across the area.
For south Louisiana residents, today’s Super Bowl contest is a welcome diversion after the stresses of last week’s winter storm and the bustle of regional politics. Today’s big game is also an occasion to chow down on game-day buffets, and south Louisiana has never missed an opportunity to savor good food.
Today’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos is bittersweet, of course, because the Saints didn’t make it to pro football’s biggest contest after being eliminated in the playoffs. But the presence of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, son of legendary Saints quarterback Archie Manning, should heighten local interest in the outcome of today’s game.
The Manning connection has inspired local loyalty to the Broncos in today’s contest, and the Saints’ troubles this season at the hands of the Seahawks are another reason to root for the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Regardless of the outcome, today’s game should be an interesting one. Enjoy the show, and pace yourself near the chips, dip and king cake.