#News - New Orleans & South Louisiana

#News - New Orleans & South Louisiana

Treating every rep like a Super Bowl rep

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 01:31 PM PST

Metairie, La. -- After earning the top seed in the NFC playoffs, the Saints now find themselves one win away from the Super Bowl. The talent and will to win on this team is undeniable, and when you throw-in an unparalleled work ethic on top of that, it's not really a surprise they're in this situation.

On the offensive side of the ball, Drew Brees has long set the bar for intensity and thorough preparation, but he's said numerous times this season how impressed he is with the work ethic of his top receiver, Michael Thomas.

"You turn on the tape and watch him," Brees said, "and whether you're a football professional-- a coach or a player or somebody who really knows the game-- or a member of the media or a fan. Look at the numbers. Look at the results. I can tell you as his teammate, as his quarterback, there's not a guy who prepares harder, works harder in practice. What you see on game day is what we see every day-- in the locker room, on the practice field. Every rep is a Super Bowl rep to Michael Thomas. And that's why he just continues to improve and improve. He's visualized himself being in this situation before any of us even saw it."

But does Thomas prepare harder or bring more intensity than his quarterback? Brees stopped short of saying he's getting out-prepared or out-hustled at practice.

"It's two different positions obviously," Brees said. "I would say our sense of urgency is very much the same. Every rep, I try to visualize as a game rep, a Super Bowl rep, a win the game on this rep. And he takes the same approach. When we're able to practice like that. I feel like it carries over to the game."

Tulane Struggles on the Road Against South Florida

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 12:58 PM PST

TAMPA, Fla. – Despite 17 points from Krystal Freeman, the Tulane women’s basketball team dropped its second consecutive game when it fell 73-46 at USF in the Yuengling Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulls (11-7, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) shot 43 percent from the 3-point line and got 16 second-chance points from 17 offensive rebounds in its win over the Green Wave (13-5, 3-2).

Freeman got her team-high 17 points on a 5-of-10 performance from the field plus six made free throws. Also nearing double-figure scoring on the day were Anderson and Sierra Cheatham with 8 points apiece.

Harlyn Wyatt was the team’s leader in rebounding with five and also had three blocks to increase her career total to 94. Maddison Wells and Freeman each had four boards. Kaila Anderson topped Tulane with three assists.

Tulane started the game hot, getting 3-pointers from Freeman and Cheatham to take an 8-2 lead and force USF to take a timeout.

But after the timeout, the game belonged to the Bulls. USF scored the next 9 points to turn a 6-point deficit into a 3-point lead. USF held a narrow 16-14 lead entering the second quarter, but that’s when they took even more control.

Enna Pehadzic started the period with consecutive 3-pointers for the home team, and USF scored the next 6 points as well to take a 28-14 lead before the Green Wave got on the board in the quarter. At halftime, hot shooting and second-chance points helped USF’s edge grow to 40-22. Two Anderson 3-pointers and two Freeman free throws were the Green Wave’s only points in the second.

Tulane never recovered from the deficit as the Bulls went on to win by 27.

Tulane will have a week without a game for the first time since league play started, as the team does not play again until January 26. On that date, the Green Wave will honor Coach Lisa Stockton for her 500 Tulane victories and 25 years in charge of the team as it faces Wichita State at 2 p.m.

Article Courtesy of Tulane Sports Information Department.

Southeastern Falls Short Against McNeese

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 12:53 PM PST

LAKE CHARLES, La. – McNeese outscored Southeastern Louisiana, 18-7, in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 62-56 victory in Southland Conference women's basketball action Saturday at the H&HP Complex.

Southeastern (7-9, 2-3 Southland) made five-of-six three-point field goals in the third quarter to turn a 14-point deficit into a five-point lead. However, the host Cowgirls (4-13, 2-4 Southland) held SLU to 13.3 percent (2-for-15) shooting from the floor in the final period to win their second straight contest.

McNeese's advantage on the glass and at the charity stripe provided the difference in the game. The Cowgirls out-rebounded SLU, 57-36, and scored 14 second-chance points off 21 offensive rebounds. McNeese netted 20-or-25 free-throw attempts, while SLU was nine-for-16 from the line.

Celica Sterling led a balance SLU attack with 15 points, while Jaclyn Scholvin and Charliee Dugas joined her in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Caitlyn Williams (14 rebounds), Tyler Morrison (eight assists) and Scholvin (five steals) all set or tied career highs with their game-high totals in respective categories.

Double-double efforts by Callie Maddox (29 points, 10 rebounds) and Bre'Ashlee Jones (11 points, 13 rebounds) paced the McNeese effort. Maia Robinson also had 10 boards off the bench for the Cowgirls.

Southeastern was red-hot from the floor to start the game, making 61.5 percent (8-for-13) of its field goal attempts in the opening quarter. However, McNeese closed the period on a 9-1 run and a half-court shot by Kaylee Hughes tied the game at 19-19 after the initial 10 minutes.

The second quarter was all Cowgirls. The Lady Lions made just 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) from the floor in the period, as McNeese went into the break with a 35-25 lead.

The Cowgirls scored the first two buckets of the third quarter to stretch the lead to 14. After a timeout, SLU roared back with its best quarter of the 2018-19 season. Scholvin (12 points, 3-for-3 3-FG) and Dugas (8 points, 2-for-3 3-FG) sparked a 24-5 run to close the quarter and send the Lady Lions into the break with a 49-44 advantage.

Southeastern would briefly lead by seven after a Sterling bucket, but McNeese rallied to tie the game at 52-52 with 3:16 remaining. After a Scholvin turnover, Maddox knocked in two more free throws to give the Cowgirls the lead, but Dugas slashed to the hoop to knot the score at 54-54 with 2:44 left.

Dugas' basket was the last made field goal for the Lady Lions. Jones drew a foul on the Cowgirls' next trip and made both free throws to put McNeese ahead by two. Sterling was whistled for an offensive foul on SLU's next possession and Maddox made it a two-possession game, 58-54, with 2:04 left.

McNeese and SLU traded empty possessions until Morrison drew a foul and netted a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 58-56 with 13.7 seconds left. However, Maddox was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line to secure the win for the home team.

Southeastern returns home on Wednesday to host Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. in the University Center. In conjunction with the contest, Southeastern Athletics Student Marketing and Promotions and the SLU Student Government Association (SGA) will partner to host a Back to School tailgate outside of the UC before Wednesday's game. Once inside, students will be able to enjoy other interactive games and promotions while cheering on the Lady Lions.

Kyla Williams is Wednesday's Spotlight Player of the Game. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the New Orleans, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE.

Wednesday will also feature a Cane's Challenge at the UC. If the Lady Lions score 50 or more points, fans can take their game tickets or student coupons to their local participating Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.

Article courtesy of Southeastern Sports Information Department.

Ditto Dat: in a New Orleans truck you can call, ‘Bianca’

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 10:00 AM PST

NEW ORLEANS - Ready to roll with the Saints?

Need a ride.

WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood is ready with a Toyota truck named Bianca.

That's Bianca as in Bianca Jagger.

Seems there's an iconic photo of Bianca Jagger riding into Studio 54 in New York City on a white horse.

The Toyota truck, at least to its two owners, is a big white horse.

So, the truck has the name Bianca.

She's even on Instagram as Biancadat.

Her owners are a couple of New Orleans Saints fans who've been driving the truck enough to accumulate about a quarter million miles now.

They are Cam Mangham and Lisa Laursen and with Bianca, they are a Saints loving trio.

But Bianca is gassed up and ready to go.

And the next stop is Atlanta and the Super Bowl.

She's been on the road for years.

Some of those quarter million miles were logged going back and forth between New Orleans and Burning Man, the festival that's held every year in the California desert.

Now, Bianca is rolling around New Orleans especially in the Marigny.

That's where she's found a home and a group of fans at Vaughan's Lounge at 24229 Dauphine Street.

In fact, Vaughan's Lounge was so happy to have Bianca pull up outside,  an entire menu was created around her appearance.

Well, sort of.

One featured item on the menu.

An important item on the menu.

The poorboys were labeled "Ram Poorboys".

Dressed with all the fixings.

But in fact, they really were roast beef after all.



Arctic blast is on the way for Who Dat Sunday!

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 08:19 AM PST

NEW ORLEANS-  Today we head close to the 70’s with a chance for severe storms Saturday morning. We can see a line of storms with a cold front. That’s going to move into the city around 10am and then quickly move out of here by lunchtime.  After that, remember how I said cold front? We are definitely going to feel that cold on Sunday!

Morning lows will plummet into the 30’s and maybe even the freezing mark in the North shore.  We are going to watch that as things progress though.  So, Sunday is the huge game, but pack that heavy coat and ladies get those ponytails ready. It’s going to be an Arctic blast only in the 40’s and its going to be really windy after that front. That’s why we have a wind advisory in effect as well. So, tailgating may not be so pleasant with the wind and the cold air. But, that’s not stopping the Who Dat spirit!

So, for the 7 day forecast we are warm in the 60’s, storms come in Saturday morning. That arctic blast will be here for the game on Sunday. We warm up a little bit for MLK day.  Then we have another cold front by Wednesday. So, the cold isn’t done just yet.  One more thing you can see this week is the total lunar eclipse on Sunday if you can stand the cold. You’ll just have to stay up a little later at 11:12 at night to see the maximum eclipse.  Send pics of that if you can to pics@wgno.com!

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100 black men of metro New Orleans presents: Growing Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 08:00 AM PST

NEW ORLEANS- 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans' (the 100) mission is to provide support and improve the quality of life for African Americans, and youth in particular, in the New Orleans community.

The 100 hosted one of the biggest resource fairs in New Orleans promoting education, literacy, economic empowerment and health and wellness. The 2019 event theme celebrated the rich history of New Orleans Culture and the Mardi Gras Traditions during the weekend we honor Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy.

Michele Blouin-Williams, CEO of Capdau Charter School hosted this year's event at their beautiful state-of-the art facility, adorned with a massive outdoor area, large cafeteria, spacious gym and multi-purpose room. Their past events have attracted more than 100 vendors and community partners to provide and share resources to more than 400 attendees.

Saturday fan photos – did you make the cut?

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 08:00 AM PST

NEW ORLEANS – Here's round four of fan photos!

Tomorrow will be your last day to be featured!

Send in your Saints fan snapshots to pics@wgno.com, and you may get featured!

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Not sure where to catch the game? Here’s a list of local watch parties

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 07:00 AM PST

NEW ORLEANS – Rams vs. Saints, where will you be? If you’re still looking for a place to catch the big game, we’re here to help.

We’ve put together a list of a few big name spots in the Metro area that are hosting watch parties.

Food specials, drink specials, and big screen TV’s!

Click the venue to be directed to their Facebook event.


NOLA Brewing Tap Room

Second Line Brewing

The Red Door Lounge

The Kamp Bar

La Casita Taquiera

Port Orleans Brewing Company

Mid-City Lanes Rock n Bowl

Urban South Brewery

The Swamp on Bourbon

Beachcorner Bar and Grill

Fulton Street Fan Fest

The Revolution

Colby’s Cocktails

Wrong Iron on the Greenway

Even the cicadas are dancing to Choppa Style

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 06:00 AM PST

Instagram Photo

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans photographer Eric Sanders has come up with one of the most creative adaptations of the Choppa Style dance yet.

Sanders put the iconic song, which was a hit more than two decades ago and has been adopted by the New Orleans Saints this season, over a video of a cicada “dancing.”

The result is a hypnotizing instagram video, which has quickly gone viral.

It just goes to show that in New Orleans, even our insects are Saints fans.

And everyone knows how to dance.