New Jersey Super Bowl has new concern: power

Baltimore Ravens players look around the Superdome after the lights went out during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — While the NFL and officials in New York and New Jersey say they will do everything they can to prevent another power outage at the Super Bowl, energy experts warn it’s almost impossible to guarantee the lights will stay on at any event, let alone the cold-weather championship game at MetLife Stadium … Continue reading →

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Mickles: SB XLVII a game to remember

Associated Press photo by GERALD HERBERT -- The Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

NEW ORLEANS — OK, now we can officially flip the switch and turn the lights out in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Super Bowl XLVII has come and gone, and we won’t forget it for many reasons, to be sure. Not for a long time. Not by a long shot. There were way too many … Continue reading →

Harbaugh wants Reed to remain a Raven

In this Oct. 14, 2012, photo, Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed runs onto the field for the Ravens' NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NEW ORLEANS — When Ed Reed finally took a break from trying to sing “Two Tickets to Paradise” more times in one night than Eddie Money has since he wrote the song 36 years ago, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh grabbed his potentially Hall of Fame bound safety for a short chat on the bus ride … Continue reading →

Podcast: Super Bowl XLVII 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses for a photo with MVP Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco at a news conference after NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in New Orleans. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

In this "Final Score" podcast, Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles review the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 victory against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. … Continue reading →

Super Bowl Conversation: Ray Rice 

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGRavens coach John Harbaugh holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team won Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

In this "Super Bowl Conversation" Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks with Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in a one-on-one interview after the team's 34-31 victory in Super Bowl XLVII in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Editor's note: Rice has one uncontained burst of Super Bowl victory excitement. … Continue reading →

Lewis: Hope you didn’t miss this one, New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Ravens fans cheer during the first half of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS — Did you change the channel? Make a beer run? Maybe finally relent and do that chore your better half has been pestering about since the season began? Hopefully you didn’t get so distracted that you forgot to check to see whether the game ever restarted. Because once it did, 34 minutes … Continue reading →

Ravens’ Jones gets redemption

Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones celebrates after returning a kickoff for a 108-yard touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

NEW ORLEANS — Emily Jones saw the seam, and her hallowed screams could not be stifled. Not after Baltimore returner Jacoby Jones evaded the waist-high tackle of San Francisco safety Darcel McBath at his 12-yard line. The wispy mother with the thick-rimmed glasses felt the welling in her lungs after her son broke into … Continue reading →

A perfect ending for Ray Lewis

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy as he celebrates with free safety Ed Reed after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

NEW ORLEANS — Ray Lewis says he’s leaving and Ed Reed says he’s staying. Both of the primary stalwarts of the Baltimore Ravens dominating defense of the past decade-plus left the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a victory in Super Bowl XLVII, Lewis’ second and Reed’s first. Baltimore’s down-to-the-wire 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers … Continue reading →

Flacco wins faceoff of QBs

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kisses his bicep after scoring a touchdown in Super Bowl XLVII at the Merecedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Kaepernick passed for 302 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 62 yards and another score in a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

NEW ORLEANS — They entered the biggest game of their lives on opposite ends of the quarterbacking spectrum. Baltimore Ravens veteran Joe Flacco, 6-foot-6, strong-armed and stationary in the pocket. San Francisco 49ers sensation Colin Kaepernick, explosive, versatile and only 10 games into his career as a starter. Flacco had … Continue reading →

Comeback falls short for 49ers

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Graham breaks up a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree as Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed comes in to help in the second half of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS — An electrical outage nearly powered the San Francisco 49ers to an improbable comeback victory against the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. But in the end, the Ravens saw the light and held on for a dramatic 34-31 victory Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Rallying from a 28-6 deficit early in … Continue reading →

Super Bowl notebook: Hall of Famers, Les Miles on hand for big game

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta embraces a teammate after his second-quarter touchdown in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

NEW ORLEANS — The seven newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were introduced Sunday to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome crowd just before kickoff at Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. The seven-man class, which was elected Saturday, was on hand at midfield and introduced by PA announcer Continue reading →

49ers, Ravens seek one more chance to celebrate

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, right, celebrates with fullback Vonta Leach after the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NEW ORLEANS — Super Bowl XLVII isn’t as intriguing as some recent games have been ... if you’re only talking about the most glamorous of all matchups at quarterback. Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers? Not here. Peyton Manning vs. Drew Brees? Not this time. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Eli Manning? … Continue reading →

Rabalais: Harbaugh family assured of glory, heartbreak

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, right, and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, left, pose with their parents, Jack and Jackie, and grandfather Joe Sepidi during a news conference Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

If you have a brother, you know. There is no one you’d rather beat. There is no one you feel for more when they have been beaten. Notorious is the best way to describe football coaches’ single-minded determination. No distraction is too important not to be forbidden. No sacrifice can … Continue reading →


The player is former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Roy

CHARLES ALEXANDER Running back, LSU Bengals (XVI) “I remember just getting the opportunity to go and be exposed to the Super Bowl environment and all of the things that go along with it. It was a great opportunity for me. But as far as the … Continue reading →

Tracking 11 years of change in the NFL

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III salutes the fans as he leaves the field with an injured left leg during the fourth quarter of their playoff football game against the Seahawks on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Eleven years ago Sunday, Adam Vinatieri prevented the first overtime in Super Bowl history when his 48-yard field goal as time expired in the Superdome gave the New England Patriots a 20-17 victory against the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. At the time, nobody would have predicted that it would … Continue reading →

It’s time for the Superdome to shine again

The Superdome rises behind signage for the NFL Super Bowl XLVII on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

NEW ORLEANS — Much water has traveled through the $14.6 billion, world-class flood-defense system built in and around New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast in August 2005. Many tears have flowed, as well, on what has been — and remains — a long, grueling and inspirational road to recovery for … Continue reading →

Jean Francois is at home in the Dome

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois answers questions at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday Jan. 29, 2013, in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS — When veteran defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois of the San Francisco 49ers looks around at his teammates who are playing in Super Bowl XLVII, he feels right at home on his side of the ball. Players from the Southeastern Conference are sprinkled throughout the NFL’s third-ranked defensive unit: ends Ray McDonald (Florida) … Continue reading →

Before the Super Bowl, you play the waiting game

Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling -- From left to right, Warren Rabb, Roy

NEW ORLEANS — Ever wonder what a player about to step on the biggest stage of his life goes through in the hours leading up to the Super Bowl? It often includes a wave of emotions — joy, anxiety, fear, anticipation — sometimes all wrapped into one neat package as players try to make sure … Continue reading →

Super Bowl notebook: Final ‘practice’ is plenty laid-back

Ravens center Matt Birk, bottom, plays with his children on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome field after a walkthrough Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NEW ORLEANS — With all the heavy lifting complete for Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers scaled things back considerably Saturday for their final “practice” before Sunday’s game. The Ravens and 49ers held 15-minute sessions in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a little more than 24 hours remaining until game time, their … Continue reading →

Ravens’ ‘Jersey Joe’ reflects the spotlight

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco

If the world hasn’t flipped over Joe Flacco the way it has over Colin Kaepernick, perhaps the reason starts with Flacco himself. His body isn’t bedecked with tattoos. He doesn’t do anything that would make anyone coin the phrase “Flaccoing.” Aside from the slightly large size of his family by 21st-century standards … Continue reading →

New Orleans’ Super testimonial

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans officials hope to attract the 2018 Super Bowl to the The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, It would mark the 11th time the city has hosted professional football's championship game.

A three-inch ring binder cradling the pitch to end this city’s 11-year Super Bowl drought rests neatly on a book shelf in Jay Cicero’s corner office along St. Charles Avenue. Not that its intended audience, NFL owners, share a desire to peruse the minutiae of game-day operations for … Continue reading →


Advocate Staff Photograph by Mandy Lunn. Picture shot on 9/12/99  Head Saints Coach, Mike Ditka, watches his team play the Carolina Panthers during their game at eh Superdome Sunday afternoon.  Saints won 19-10.       Keyword Coach

The three-time Super Bowl champion (twice as a player) discusses Randy Moss, the president’s thoughts on football’s violent nature and his time as Saints coach: What’s happened this week to make you say, “C’mon, man?” Randy Moss saying he’s the best receiver to play the game. C’mon, … Continue reading →

Will Aeneas Williams get call from Hall?

Associated Press file photo by MURRAY GASHSt. Louis Rams cornerback Aeneas Williams celebrates after a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 8, 2003. Williams, a New Orleans native and Southern University graduate, is among 17 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

NEW ORLEANS Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin loved to dominate cornerbacks. He attacked their weakness to beat them, their strengths to break them. It worked all the time. Then he lined up opposite Aeneas Williams — the pride of Hollygrove, a rough neighborhood in New Orleans’ 17th Ward, … Continue reading →

Darcel McBath ponders shot at stardom

NEW ORLEANS — A worldwide stage such as Super Bowl XLVII sometimes lends itself to catapulting a relatively obscure player into an overnight phenom. Undoubtedly, that thought has crossed the mind of San Francisco 49ers safety Darcel McBath, a second-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2009 who’s playing on his third team … Continue reading →


San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice takes off with a 51 yard Steve Young touchdown pass during the second quarter of their game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tampa Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 14, 1993. Rice caught 8 passes for 172 yards and four touchdowns. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Widely regarded as the greatest wide receiver of all time, Jerry Rice also found post-football fame on “Dancing with the Stars.” He shares thoughts of the Raiders’ ill-fated Super Bowl against Tampa Bay, playing the big game in New Orleans, and who wins Sunday: Does it matter to you if you’re ultimately … Continue reading →

Super Bowl notebook: Ex-Packers great Taylor honored

NEW ORLEANS — Former LSU star and Baton Rouge native Jimmy Taylor was the special honoree at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Merlin Olsen Luncheon on Friday. The luncheon, which took place at the National World War II Museum, is held annually in conjunction with the Super Bowl. It brings together 25 of … Continue reading →

Ravens notebook: Offense elevates squad to Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS — The Baltimore Ravens flirted with a Super Bowl berth for a few years before getting to it this season. An improved offense elevated a team that had twice lost in the AFC Championship and twice in the divisional round in the past four years despite having one of the better defenses in … Continue reading →

Superdome a source of memories for Plunkett, Dorsett

NEW ORLEANS — Tony Dorsett can stroll the narrow streets of the French Quarter today with little fanfare. Jim Plunkett can enjoy dinner with family and friends downtown and not hear camera shutters clicking. Only now, years after earning their greatest professional achievements at one of nine Super Bowls played in New Orleans, can they … Continue reading →

Super Bowl Conversation: Pat O'Brien

In this "Super Bowl Conversation" Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks with legendary sportscaster entertainment host Pat O'Brien, who co-hosts a show on Fox Sports Radio. O'Brien talks about how the Super Bowl has changed over the years and how the event differs from some of the other great sporting events in the world. … Continue reading →

Back in the mix, Davis gives 49ers’ offense a lift

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis plays against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of an NFC divisional playoff game in San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

NEW ORLEANS — Just past the midway point of the regular season, tight end Vernon Davis appeared to become a forgotten man on the San Francisco 49ers’ offense. After coach Jim Harbaugh said hello to second-year backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick in Week 11 and goodbye to concussed starter Alex Smith and his gaudy 104.1 passer … Continue reading →

Is this Ed Reed’s final flight?

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Ravens safety Ed Reed ponders a question at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in New Orleans.

There’s snow on the roof. But is there any fire left in Ed Reed’s belly? That’s the question the Baltimore Ravens safety has been asked about this week — far more than anything about the San Francisco 49ers, his team’s opponent Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII. It’s the first for Reed … Continue reading →

East: Forget about bountygate; Goodell has bigger worries

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responds to questions as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg looks on during a news conference to announce plans for the Super Bowl on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW ORLEANS — Many of the locals around here have been preoccupied with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the penalties he imposed on the New Orleans Saints organization for its pay-for-performance program, a scandal better known as “bountygate.” But Goodell is preoccupied by a host of bigger issues that affect his entire league — not … Continue reading →

NFL Films: Makers of memories

Steve Sabol and NFL Films producers screen an episode of

They’re all here now, all in New Orleans, preparing for NFL Films’ biggest moment of the year. The IT guys started to arrive last week, laying groundwork for the cameramen and producers and logistics people to document Super Bowl XLVII as only NFL Films can do. The final few crew members trickled in Thursday. Two semi … Continue reading →

Ravens notebook: Team shifts to Saints’ practice facility

Baltimore Ravens fullback Vonta Leach celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an AFC wild-card game against the Colts on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NEW ORLEANS — One strike and you’re out. That was the case with Tulane University’s makeshift practice field, which was acting as the Baltimore Ravens’ facility in preparation for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII against San Francisco. The Ravens practiced on 80 yards of FieldTurf on the Green Wave’s baseball field Wednesday before players … Continue reading →