Skip to comments.Mon. Night Football/New Orleans (Was anyone else bothered by some of this?)
Posted on 09/26/2006 6:01:32 AM PDT by LS
I watched the full TiVo-d MNF football this morning, and was a little disturbed by some of the things that I heard.
First off, I rooted for the Saints. I like their team, and they are a classic "underdog" story. I hope they win every game until they lose to my Cowboys in the NFC Championship.
BUT . . . the message that seemed to come across---I could be wrong---was that football "was" the future of NO, that it was all the city had. Having Spike Lee in the booth didn't help, but beyond that, it seemed like the reconstruction of the SuperDome, which, I'm guessing, was done overwhelmingly with tax dollars was kind of the wrong message to be sending.
I could have missed it, but I didn't see the "success stories" being featured of the private companies that had come back (have any?) or the private-sector's successful rebuilding of communities. (They did mention Harry Connick, Jr.'s program, but didn't really focus on its success.
I guess my concern is that the underlying feeling was that if ALL a city has is a football team---no political leaders who can rally the public, no civic leaders who can create an atmosphere of confidence, and no entrepreneurs (aside from Emeril, who has done a whale of a job) who are creating jobs---then you don't have much.
Now, I do think it could be a reasonable business strategy to re-build from the "inside out," and bring back tourism, sports teams, restaurants, hotels, etc. But that would require something the MNF team didn't want to touch: the incredible corruption of Nagin and the LA scene, and the necessity of having a strong, reliable police force that will make tourists feel safe. (Last couple of times I was in NO, I did not feel safe.)
Am I making too much of this, or were others here troubled?
Spike Lee in the booth bothered me.
I flipped it on for a few minutes to check the score, and I heard Spike Lee make some comment about "they didn't do enough". I turned it back to "Hannity & Colmes".
Aside from football, the only other thing New Orleans has is Texas.
Who won the game?
I just think that $185 million could have been better spent on fixing neighborhoods or levies then on the dome.
Prior to Katrina NO was one of the top ten tourist and convention destinations in the country. It'll be so again, although in a much different form.
There were comments here last night.....
Sounds like it was a staged bash.
"the message that seemed to come across---I could be wrong---was that football "was" the future of NO, that it was all the city had."
Then you weren't paying attention. The focus was on the Super Dome, which has hosted the Saints, SuperBowls, the NCAA Final Four, and countless other events.
N'Orlans is a tourist city, and they need these events to attract people back to the city. That is what they were trying to say.
I quit watching when Spke Lee showed up to pinm his wet dream crockumentary.
Note to ESPN, you are there to announce the action going on on the field, not be a 3 hour cheerleading political ad for the city of New Orleans.
It's my understanding that the NFL itself paid the majority of the refurbishing costs for the Superdome.
Also, there seemed to be a "don't get political" edict on the broadcast last night. Spike Lee even seemed to be muzzled. Interedtingly, GHW Bush was not booed, as I expected.
All in all, it was a true Disney production.
I refused to watch one second of that game. I am totally appalled that a penny of my tax dollars was spent on the Superdome while 200,000 homes in New Orleans are still without electricity and 100,000 are still living in FEMA trailers. All the resources and labor that went into fixing up a stupid football stadium and not homes, shops, and schools! It makes me sick, sick, sick!!!!!
I turned the channel when I saw Spike Lee.
pinm = pimp.
Unfortunately, ESPN is a Sports network and the show was Monday Night FOOTBALL not Monday Night TOURIST ADS FOR NEW ORLEANS.
Sports teams actually do a good job of bringing a city together and generating lots of ancillary small business (aka jobs). This is why they get to suck at public trough so much.
Hooking up the whole NFL thing with Greenday and U-2 bothered me. I remembered why I never watch Monday Night Football. It's not football. It's totally self-congratulatory excess mixed with liberal sociology.
It seemed to be a well planned PR campaign to basically push the city of New Orleans. Now the ethics of that on a "football broadcast" I guess is up to personal choice. But it almost seemed like overkill. Of course there was a tinge of Bush has not done enough , even though his father did the coin toss.
People need to understand that with the devastation along miles and miles of gulf coast there are places that will take ten years to rebuild.
I'm another who turned the channel when Spike Lee was on...
It seems to me that either NO, or MNF, or whoever booked these "ACTS" did so very politically. Spike Lee and Green Day??????
Although I concede that the dome could be a vital part of the rebuilding of the cities financial future, it cannot be the main part. Without local businesses, the tax base cannot be reestablished. Many of the jobs they touted are seasonal, or game day jobs only. Hardley a stable job.
I agree with your comments. The game and the theme were pretty good in my opinion.
The life blood of NOLA was tourism. The Superdome, for better or worse, housed events that brought massive numbers of people to the city ... Super Bowls, Final Fours, Sugar Bowl ... etc. They had to get it back up and running.
George HW Bush got a nice response. :)
Kornheiser is a lib who tried desperately to get Spike Lee to bash Bush. Totally inappropriate.
A word of advice. Don't live there. If you do, fend for stupid self, buy insurance and stop sucking money out of my wallet!!
I can't afford to rebuild my own house, but I can afford my NFL season tickets to the Saints. /sarc.
The music choices were,,,,,odd. I mean, when I think of the music of New Orleans, the first bands that come to mind are not U2(Ireland), Green Day(California), & Goo Goo Dolls(Buffalo, New York). What, they couldn't find any New Orleans musician?
Spike Lee is an overrated, smug, twit.
We turned the channel..there's nothing he can say that matters squat to me.
I was happy to see the dome back in shape, the team winning and everyone having a good time, yet you do bring up some good points.
The city motto, "Let The Good Times Roll" got them in mega trouble as they blew off Katrina until too late. Fun is great, but 'where's the beef?'. Pointing fingers and begging handouts doesn't get anything productive accomplished. IMHO of course.
Will it be "a chocolate city," as Mayor Nagin says?
Exactly, they interviewed Harry Connick Jr. on the sidelines - my first thought was "Ummm why is Harry one of the musical acts?" --- or maybe Dr. John and one of the bands from Bourbon Street, etc etc etc.
My wife asked me why the main musical attraction was two British groups and not an American group. My question was why they didn't have a Jazz band open the game. I was so embarrassed by the Brit fags attempt to sing "The House of the Rising Sun" that I left the room. I did not watch the half time show. I find all celebritry interviews to be annoying and would love for the NFL to stop the sideline chick reporting. My take is the commentators need to focus on the game and not on celebrities and their advertisements. Based on the report by Marshall Faulk, I think New Orleans is going to join Detroit as the incredible shrinking cities. The only thing that can truly save NO is for them to develop a two party system. Only then can they kill the poison of corruption that has killed economic prosperity in NO for the last 60 years. As regards Spike Lee I didn't even listen to him. Just another celebrity hawking his wares for free. Too bad they didn't actually interview anyone from NO, the story might have been different.
I agree. I didn't see any bias, and I was looking for it. Lots and logs of fans holding up "thank you" signs. Interviewees not asking for government handouts, but instead asking for the tourists to come back and revitalize the economy. Honestly, it made me want to go to New Orleans.
It was quite a production. I was thinking of how much the temptation must have been to work the outcome for a happy ending.
The pre-game crud made me turn off the whole thing!
The Saints have never been a TEAM and have lost 346 games, a fine example of what a city is all about!
It'll be a shopping mall.
That should have been "Why ISN'T Harry one of the Musical Acts"
"If you do, fend for stupid self, buy insurance and stop sucking money out of my wallet!!"
I assume you have the same advice for people who live in places like Gulfport, the Outer Banks, tornado alley, or on the San Adreas fault?
Unfortunately, our fellow FReepers attempt to politicize everything about N'Orlans.
So what if Spike Lee was in the booth? Big deal.
It was a great night for the city and the fans. I loved the U2/Green Day cover of "The Saints Are Coming".
Amen. And it's doesn't stop there--ESPN has gotten more and more "involved" politically for a while now. CNN had a roundtable of sorts with 4 radio talk show hosts a week or two ago that I flipped by that had some ESPN pundit moaning about the war in Iraq.
It was mostly money from FEMA.
Just my observation and opinion.
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