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Race to Super Bowl Scavenger Hunt Kicks off NOLA 10


by Sarah Esenwein

While New Orleans preps with barricades and scaffolding for parades, floats and massive throngs of Carnival party-goers, football fans are gearing up for the city’s historic tenth Super Bowl. To help get local fans into the action, Verizon Wireless has instituted a ten-event agenda, called the NOLA 10, honoring ten NFL legends including the Saints own Drew Brees. The kickoff to the New Orleans Super Bowl festivities started yesterday with Brees hosting a rousing ‘Race to the Superbowl’ scavenger hunt through the French Quarter.  

 

Thirty-five frenzied teams of four braved frigid weather and a dreary drizzle, equipped with Verizon’s Droid Razrs and given ten mind-tumbling riddles that would lead them to iconic landmarks around the Vieux Carre. Each destination contained clues that, if answered all correctly and in the shortest time, would garner the winning quartet tickets to the big game at the Dome on February 3rd.

 

Starting at Jax Brewery with the Saints own WHO DAT chant, led by Brees, the teams scrambled throughout the streets searching for answers that just might garner them a Super Bowl ticket win.  From Jackson Square, to the Riverwalk, deep into the darkness of LaFitte’s Blacksmith shop, teams had to deliver secret messages, dance, and even bellow ‘WHO DAT!’ to actors strategically stationed on city streets. What a spectacle it was to see frantic foursomes running from location to location with one sole objective: to win.

 

The race ended where it started, this time with a cozy and comforting dinner and cocktail reception in the Riverwalk room at Jax Brewery where the teams exchanged hilarious stories of missteps and mistakes. However, fun and feasting soon turned tense as Saints All-Pro punter Thomas Morestead and the Beer Man, Michael Lewis took to the stage to announce the winners.  

 

 

Prizes were awarded to the top three teams.  Third place honors went to a crestfallen group of lads, receiving Drew Brees signed mini-helmets; placing second was a group of ladies overjoyed to join the stage with the players and to take home yet-to-be-released EA sports carbon headphones and the latest release of Madden 13.  The grand prize, four tickets to see the Super Bowl in the Superdome, went to a team of women who understandably dissolved into tears and screams of joy. While the other thirty-two teams were of course disappointed, their spirits were hardly dampened. In true New Orleans spirit, losers and winners continued to party on consuming cocktails and dancing the night away.

 

The next nine events will include a "Future of the Game" football clinic for kids, concerts, behind the scenes tours, and a family-friendly art workshop.  For a full list and description of events, please visit NOLA 10's Website.




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