8:00 AM PST, February 9, 2013
I was a New Orleans Host Committee volunteer for the festivities leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl, and I talked to lots of Ravens fans, since New Orleans was purple by more than 4-to-1. I must congratulate the Baltimore fans for being so nice; they were very much into the spirit of having fun and enjoying the experience.
The 49er fans were more reserved and uptight, it seemed to me. And the connection between Baltimore and New Orleans (Ed Reed and Jacoby Jones are both from the New Orleans area) played a pivotal role in the game. What a thrill it was for New Orleans to see one of their own set a Super Bowl record with that electrifying 108-yard kickoff return.
Let's not forget the two cities are tied together historically, with John McDonogh's legacy to the public schools of both cities, and with schools named after McDonogh to this day in New Orleans.
It was a great game, a great win and a great goal-line stand by the Ravens defense to preserve their victory. Congratulations!
Leonard Breaux, Covington, La.
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