The party atmosphere of the French Quarter will beckon many this week at the
The debauchery of Bourbon Street, the famously raucous locale packed with bars and night clubs, is a potential distraction the
How will the Ravens handle the party-hearty atmosphere surrounding them when they arrive in the Big Easy this afternoon?
"You compartmentalize and focus in," six-time Ravens
Several players made the point that there's plenty of time in the offseason to thoroughly enjoy themselves.
"You just act like you've been somewhere before," running back
As exciting as New Orleans can be, players emphasized that this is a business trip.
"Absolutely, this is why we play the game: to make it to the big game," Ravens defensive end
Low-key and understated, quarterback
"I don't envision it being very hard," Flacco said. "I think we all know what's at stake for this game, and I think you have to enjoy it. There's going to be certain points of being down there that you have to enjoy. This is something that doesn't come up very often, so talking to the media, everything that goes on surrounding the game, that, to us, is secondary.
"But everybody else is really like the prime reason that we're playing the game. You have to enjoy that. We all understand what that means and how to be smart about it. I think we have a team that does a great job doingthat, and we will this week, too."
"Our guys, that’s all we’re are thinking about right now,"
"I saw a quote that [49ers head coach] Jim [Harbaugh] had, in terms ofenjoying this moment, but enjoying the most important part of this moment, which is the football. That is the best part of it. We can do the other stuff anytime, but it is not very often that you get an opportunity to prepare for the Super Bowl, and that is what our guys are enjoying."