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Black to the Future


The holidays are generally billed as a season of light, but Sports Illustrated picked today to run a piece about one of NOLA’s darker times—literally. The sports standard published one of the more in-depth looks at da Dome’s blackout during Super Bowl XLVII.


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Key Points Ahead of the USWNT Victory Tour in da Dome



On Wednesday (12.16) evening, a different kind of football is coming to da Dome. The world champion US Women’s National Team will take the pitch against China for a friendly to culminate the “Victory Tour” following the team’s trump at the 2015 FIFA World Cup. In case the dismal seasons posted by both the Saints and LSU turned you off to all sports, NoDef has a fast primer about the big game.


Dome to Trade Breesus for Jesus?


Celeb whisperer Roger Friedman is reporting that Fox television is about to get all sorts of evangelical at da Dome. A made-for-television spectacle focused on the story of Jesus’ last supper is set to be broadcast live from New Orleans on Palm Sunday according to ShowBiz411


New Orleans Bowl Teams Announced


It’s Bowl Season again. While most eyes are focused on the college football playoffs, locals know that there is another big game in da Dome. Today, organizers announced that Arkansas State University and Louisiana Tech University accepted invitations to the 15th Annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 19.


Band Stand


With the turkey eaten and the introductory parade over, the Bayou Classic is ready to get down to business. Billing itself as the "greatest and most distinguishable sporting event in all of Black America,"  the annual showdown between Louisiana historically black universities Grambling State and Southern turns the Superdome into a state of mind each year during Thanksgiving Weekend. Football is exciting and all, but there's another slugfest on the turf that might get just a tad closer to the soul of the competition.


Today in New Orleans: 01.25.14


Today, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is joining the L.A. based modern dance group Diavolo for a night of “architecture in motion.” Chewbacchus is setting their Phasers to stunning again for this year’s fashion show, and the Monster Jam is bringing big trucks to Da’ Dome for family friendly, super sized entertainment. On this day in 1864, Henry Watkins Allen succeeded Thomas Overton Moore as Confederate Governor of Louisiana. Now, more to do this Saturday.


Outback Bowl Preview: New QB, Old Score for LSU in Iowa Showdown


LSU's Anthony Jennings era is about to begin. Fitting with their New Year's timing, college football bowl games are often as much about looking ahead to the next season as they are a culmination of the current campaign. That's especially true of the Bayou Bengals' Outback Bowl clash with the Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4) on New Year's Day (Noon, ESPN). With Jennings, a freshman, set to make his first start at QB in place of the injured Zach Mettenberger, Tigers' fans will get a taste of what to expect over the next few years.


Tulane Accepts New Orleans Bowl Invitation


Tulane's football team are slated to move their home games Uptown to Yulman Stadium next year. But before that, they'll have one last game at their longtime home in the Dome. The Uptown university accepted an invitation to play in the R+L Carriers Bowl Tuesday, making the "New Orleans Bowl" an all-Louisiana affair.


Ragin' Cajuns to Play New Orleans Bowl


New Orleanians are no strangers to going bowling around the first of the year, and it's all the more exciting when fans have some local stock in the game. For the third year in a row, the University of Lafayette’s Ragin’ Cajuns are playing in the R+ L Carriers Bowl, representing the Sun Belt Conference in what is often called the New Orleans Bowl. 


Free Tickets to NFL Experience, Raffle Ends Tomorrow


We didn't get a Two Dat Bowl game, but fans can still hang with the Saints in the Dome. Tomorrow, the NFL Experience kicks off with interactive games, player appearances, football clinics for pint-sized players, and more from January 30 until the big game. Tickets are $25 per day, but NoDef is giving away a pair for free!


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